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Tens of thousands Shiite pilgrims converge on Baghdad shrine

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:50am

Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged Tuesday on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the Iraqi capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.

Raging fire destroys historic New York City church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 7:30am

A historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter.

Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus

Alejandra Cancino, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:32am

On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. The phone rang with a last minute order as Chris Willard tended to a large pot of Thai-style soup with fresh ginger, vegetables and thin-sliced beef.

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

Susannah George and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:00pm

Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

'Holy Fire,' fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 10:10am

With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.

The Latest: Iraqis announce disbanding of Green Zone protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 10:10am

The Latest on Iraq's political crisis (all times local):

Pope insists pedophile criminals be 'severely' punished

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 7:40am

Pope Francis is insisting that pedophiles who abuse children be severely punished.

Pope decries 'desperate' situation in Syrian city of Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 5:40am

Pope Francis is decrying worsening violence amid the already "desperate" humanitarian situation in Syria, particularly in the northern city of Aleppo.

Lawsuit accuses Connecticut rabbi of sexual abuse

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:40am

A Connecticut rabbi is accused of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times from 2001 to 2005 when the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.

Jewish leader asks Michelin to taste Israeli cuisine

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 7:20am

The leader of an umbrella organization representing world Jewry has asked the Michelin travel guide company to evaluate Israeli restaurants with its famous rating system, implying that the decision to omit the country may be political.

Detention powers stir concern over Indonesia terror law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:30am

A lawmaker involved in vetting Indonesia's proposed counter-terrorism law says a contentious provision allowing detention without trial for six months could undermine the fight against Islamic extremism.

US agency reports heightened religious persecution abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:11pm

Noting an increase in persecution, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is recommending additions to its list of countries of particular concern.

Muslim woman sues California police over headscarf removal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:21pm

A Muslim woman is suing Long Beach police, saying an officer forcibly removed her religious headscarf during an arrest.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:51pm

A man's planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday.

Iran criticizes US presence in the Persian Gulf

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 6:20am

Iran's Supreme Leader criticized the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf region on Monday, saying American forces should go back to the Bay of Pigs, state media reported.

Bill would require colleges to reveal religious exemptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:00pm

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is pushing legislation she says will help members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community make more informed decisions about college.

Followers of Iraqi Shiite cleric announce disbanding of protests in Baghdad's Green Zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 9:40am

Followers of Iraqi Shiite cleric announce disbanding of protests in Baghdad's Green Zone.

New Jersey schools aid new school halfway around the world

Kelly Kultys, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 9:20am

The old desks, metal chairs and other office furniture were bound for the trash here in Burlington County, but a world away, those ready-to-be-tossed items were able to help transform a school.

Nationalist party declares Islam doesn't belong to Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 8:00am

Members of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party have backed a political program that says Islam doesn't belong to Germany and supports a ban against minarets, muezzin calls and headscarves for women and girls in school.