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UN: Violence in April kills at least 741 Iraqis

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 6:50am

The United Nations says at least 741 Iraqis have been killed in April due to ongoing violence, a sharp decline from the previous month.

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.

Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 8:10pm

Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.

The Latest: Iraq PM says situation in Baghdad under control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 11:40am

The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):

Holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem draws thousands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:20am

Thousands of Christians have gathered in Jerusalem for an ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus' resurrection.

Utah businessman to buy 500 more acres in Vermont for utopia community

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:33pm

An LDS Utah businessman who wants to build a massive, futuristic, utopia-like community in central Vermont says he's about to buy 500 more acres of land for the project, bringing his total to about 1,400 acres.

US urges action by Bangladesh to prevent killings

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:20pm

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Bangladesh's leader to step up law enforcement to prevent a wave of killings targeting liberal voices, the State Department said Friday amid fears that the traditionally moderate South Asian nation is under threat from Islamic extremists.

At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 12:00pm

Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.

Pilgrims trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:00am

Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox pilgrims are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.

Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:10am

Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs.

Vietnam war protester, Catholic priest Daniel Berrigan dies at age 94

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 7:10pm

Vietnam war protester, Catholic priest Daniel Berrigan dies at age 94 .

Complaint accuses hospital of religious discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 1:30pm

A complaint filed by a federal agency is accusing Mission Hospital of religious discrimination and violating federal law for firing three workers who refused to adhere to the hospital's flu vaccine requirement and declined the shot.

Deal considers measures as deadline looms

Ryan Phillips, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 9:50am

Several pieces of legislation continue to wait on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, as the May 3 deadline looms for Deal to sign, veto or opt to not take action on the measures.

Protesters loyal to Shiite cleric breach Baghdad's Green Zone, home to government, embassies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 30th - 6:30am

Protesters loyal to Shiite cleric breach Baghdad's Green Zone, home to government, embassies.

Correction: Notre Dame-Indianapolis story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:50pm

In a story April 25 about the University of Notre Dame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the school was taking over five schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis through its Alliance for Catholic Education program. The university says it is entering into a partnership with the schools.

Families of Mormon missionaries being targeted in phone scam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 9:41am

A telephone scam is targeting grandparents of Mormon missionaries, asking for money to release their relatives from jail.

Kerry raises religion's role in diplomacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 8:21pm

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. can't lead the world if American diplomats don't understand the importance of religion.

3rd of 4 Mormon missionaries injured in Brussels goes home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 5:41pm

A Mormon missionary injured in the Brussels bombing attack is back at home after he was released from a Salt Lake City hospital.

Illinois school settles separation of church and state case

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 4:12pm

An Illinois public school that requires students who ride the bus to arrive early for optional religious instruction at a Roman Catholic parish has agreed to discontinue the practice in response to a legal challenge.

Dubuque considers financially aiding church redevelopment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 28th - 3:41pm

Members of the Dubuque City Council will consider supporting an effort to turn a former Catholic church campus into apartments for formerly homeless women.