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Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:20am

Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Coldplay's latest video criticized for portrayal of India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:40am

British rock band Coldplay's latest music video has triggered a debate in India over its portrayal of the country with critics accusing its producers of showing stereotypical images of India with Hindu holy men, peacocks and colorful festivals.

Photos: LDS temples, meetinghouses and tabernacles around the world

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 3:07pm

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship in a variety of buildings around the globe.

'Be open to ideas, beliefs of others,' chairman of interfaith group urges Utahns

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:27am

The chairman of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable urged Utahns Friday to be "open to the ideas and beliefs of others, respectful of our differences and not threatened by them" during an observance Friday at the state Capitol.

Pope pleas for help for Syrians fleeing war so they survive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 5:00am

Pope Francis has made a public plea for help for Syrians fleeing civil war so that their survival and dignity are assured.

Islamic authority rejects new Jerusalem Jewish prayer area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 4:30am

The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: 'Tell and retell stories' of people's lives so they live on

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 10:16pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world renowned presidential historian and award winning author and former three-time Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt spoke on the value of storytelling at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, which concluded Saturday.

Pope's sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 11:40am

Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.

Importance of storytelling captured in RootsTech general session

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:22pm

Three engaging storytellers addressed RootsTech attendees Friday as they told their touching success stories.

Chechen Special Ops in Syria says republic's leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:10am

The strongman leader of Russia's Chechen republic says special operation units from his region have infiltrated the Islamic State group.

Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:20am

A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.

Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:20am

Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission stressed Monday that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.

2 killed on Calgary bobsled track mourned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 8:31pm

Twin teenage brothers who died during an after-hours visit to a luge-bobsled track are being remembered as dynamic members of their school communities, while prayers continued for other boys who were hurt in the crash.

Professor who wore headscarf to leave Christian college

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:30am

A professor of a Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God will leave her post, the school near Chicago announced.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:40am

A Utah County board is again waiting to make a decision on a Snowbird ski resort expansion into American Fork Canyon following a contentious meeting about whether the project could stir up old mine waste. The Daily Herald newspaper in Provo reports that Sheriff Jim Tracy once threatened to clear the room if the crowd at the Utah County Board of Adjustment didn't settle down on Thursday. The decision was ultimately postponed for 60 days.

Struggle over Saint Edward: Renovate it, or tear it down?

Lynn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:10am

When developer Kevin Daniels announced plans in August to renovate the badly deteriorated 1931 seminary building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore and turn it into a hotel and spa, he said he knew it would involve a lengthy public process and outspoken neighbors who love their park the way it is.

Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 9:11pm

The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.

Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 7:31pm

A pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds, a Christian rights group said.

Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 5:30am

— Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence.

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:11pm

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.