06/27/2014 4:20amBefore the fast, let there be a shopping feast.
06/27/2014 6:31amVatican ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic convicted by church court of sex abuse, defrocked.
06/27/2014 6:50amA member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the plan was publicized and he was asked about his faith. He was then told he was no longer invited.
06/27/2014 7:30amA member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the plan was publicized and he was asked about his faith. He was then told he was no longer invited.
06/27/2014 12:01pmA homeless ex-convict has been formally charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman two weeks ago during a burglary at a Phoenix church.
06/27/2014 12:42pmIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is under increasing political pressure to step aside as Sunni militants led by fighters from the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant overrun much of northwestern Iraq. Al-Maliki, a Shiite who is looking to secure a third consecutive term after winning April elections, has proven himself to be a skilled politician and hard-nosed negotiator. But there are growing calls from all quarters — including fellow Shiite and senior clerics — for him to step aside. Here's a look at some of the names being mentioned to possibly replace him:
06/27/2014 12:51pmPope Francis canceled a planned visit to one of Rome's main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.
06/27/2014 1:41pmPresident Barack Obama is sending his best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world on the start of the holy month of Ramadan (RAH'-mah-dahn).
06/27/2014 1:42pmThe Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic for sexually abusing boys. It's the first time a top papal envoy has been convicted of the crime and signals that Pope Francis is serious about imposing "zero tolerance" for abuse, regardless of rank.
06/27/2014 6:12pmThe Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.