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Brazil's Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash

Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 12:11pm

Before her son was born, Danielle Alves didn't know Luiz Gustavo would have microcephaly, a condition that has left the 3-year-old so disabled he can't walk, talk or eat without help.

Memorial service held for victims of train crash in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 11:30am

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a memorial service for the 11 victims who died in a head-on train crash in southern Germany.

Bahrain protesters clash with police on uprising anniversary

Reem Khalifa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 10:50am

Hundreds of Bahraini youths shouting anti-government slogans took to the streets in Bahrain despite a heavy police presence Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of an uprising calling for political change in the tiny island kingdom.

Indonesian officials, clerics ban Valentine's Day observance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 4:10am

Officials and clerics in the world's most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.

The Latest: Pope ventures out again to greet faithful

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:41pm

The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):

Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:30pm

The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.

Dalai Lama reschedules University of Utah speech for June

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:29am

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is scheduled to speak at the University of Utah on June 21. A planned appearance at the university and participation in the Parliament of the World's Religions in October was canceled due to health issues.

Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:11am

Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 6:50am

Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 3:40am

Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does not show results within a year.

Israeli educators battle government over textbook content

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:10am

Israel's main high school civics textbook has become a new battleground in a culture war embroiling the country — pitting politicians against educators in a debate over how much religion and Jewish history should be included in the country's national curriculum.

Deal delays eviction threat for San Francisco nuns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:30pm

Nuns who faced possible eviction from San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district because of a rent increase have won a reprieve.

The Latest: Pope arrives at envoy's residence to spend night

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:41pm

The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:30pm

With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

Scalia's death means loss of key vote in divided cases

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 1:00pm

Justice Antonin Scalia's death deprives conservatives of a key vote that could change the outcome in some major Supreme Court cases, including one in which labor unions appeared headed for a big defeat.

Columbine shooter's mother says she thinks of victims daily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 10:01am

The mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold says she didn't know anything was wrong with her son before the 1999 attack, and she prayed for his death when she heard he was involved and that the rampage might still be under way.

Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:10pm

Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.

Baylor regents set measures to curb sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:31pm

Baylor University regents announced on Friday that they have approved added measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and additional training for faculty and staff.

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious unity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious unity.