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Thai wildlife officials start removing tigers from temple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:40pm

Wildlife officials in Thailand have begun removing some of the 137 tigers held at a Buddhist temple following accusations that the monks were involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals.

Head of Egypt's journalists union to stand trial

Salma Shukrallah, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 4:30pm

Prosecutors on Monday referred the head of Egypt's journalists union and two board members to trial after they were formally charged with spreading false news and harboring journalists wanted by authorities.

Bahrain court more than doubles opposition leader's sentence

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 7:40am

A Bahraini appeals court on Monday more than doubled the prison term for the country's top Shiite opposition figure in a ruling that his political bloc blasted as "unacceptable and provocative."

Turkish leader Erdogan rejects family planning for Muslims

Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:20am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken out against birth control and family planning, saying they go against Muslim traditions.

Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 3:01pm

Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Parishioners hold last service at church after 11-year vigil

Steven Senne, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 2:30pm

For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church kept their beloved parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in a peaceful protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it.

The Latest: Final service held in church after long protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 2:20pm

The Latest on the final service held at a Roman Catholic church after an 11-year protest (all times local):

Saudi Arabia slams Iran's role in Iraq as 'unacceptable'

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 1:40pm

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable."

Colombian rebels free Spanish journalist, 2 others

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 8:30pm

Leftist rebels have freed a Spanish correspondent and two other journalists who went missing in a lawless region of Colombia, ending a weeklong saga that recalled some of the darkest days of a long-running conflict the South American nation is trying to move beyond.

Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:30pm

On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security — and vowing to retaliate.

Israeli Christian wins first 'Miss Trans Israel' pageant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 11:41am

An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country's first transgender pageant.

Mississippi governor: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:40pm

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the "secular, progressive world" vented at him for signing a bill that would let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Loud but quiet: Hanover chat connects deaf community

Clare Becker(hanover) Evening Sun, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:51pm

Jeff Wright realized he had an aptitude for sign language when the class he attended to learn signing dwindled down to a private lesson. He'd barely even noticed.

EU court adviser: Employers can ban Muslim headscarf

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:40am

A senior adviser to the European Court of Justice says a European Union business may legitimately prohibit an employee from wearing a Muslim headscarf on the job, provided the ban is based on a general company rule prohibiting visible political or religious symbols in the workplace, and not on prejudice against a particular religion.

Death row inmate says Mormon church interfered in his trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 4:10pm

A Utah man sentenced to death in a 1985 murder case is appealing his conviction by arguing the Mormon church interfered in his trial.

Egyptian court sentences 36 Islamists to life in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 5:00am

An Egyptian court has convicted and sentenced 36 Islamists, including a top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life imprisonment.

Man convicted on terrorism charge in synagogue firebombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

A New Jersey man convicted of terrorism for vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home is now facing a possible life sentence.

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:50pm

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist.

A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:30pm

Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country: