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Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Nicholas Riccardi and Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:19am

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.

Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:34am

The German government on Friday strongly rejected criticism from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together.

Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states' demands over its Qatar base

Adam Schreck and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:18am

Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country.

The Latest: UAE minister: Qatar undermining reconciliation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:18am

The Latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local):

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:12am

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Parole denied for Manson follower Krenwinkel in California

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Officials denied parole Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after considering whether battered women's syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the notorious murders nearly five decades ago in California.

Rome show smashes myth Virgin model was Borgia pope's lover

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:07pm

For centuries, Renaissance artist Pintoricchio was practically accused of blasphemy by those who contended he used Pope Alexander VI's young lover as the model for the Madonna in a wall painting that decorated the pontiff's private apartment.

Official: Girl found at church likely to be missing baby

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

An Arizona investigator said Thursday he is confident a baby left at a Las Vegas-area church is the same one that authorities have for weeks been searching for across three states.

The Latest: Lawyer for Manson follower blasts parole denial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:18pm

The Latest on the parole hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson (all times local):

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

Balint Szlanko and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:10pm

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret.

Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 10:49am

The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.

German Parliament backs plan to pull recon jets from Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 1:27am

Germany's Parliament has voted by a wide majority to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State group missions from a base in Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries.

Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:05am

A police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city was beaten to death after he fired at a group of people who suspected him of spying on worshippers during the holiest night of the year for Muslims, police and witnesses said.

Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

A federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal.

Man indicted for hate crime for Texas mosque fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:58pm

A man has been indicted on a hate crime charge for a January fire that destroyed a Texas mosque, authorities announced on Thursday.

Holocaust survivor wins gender base case against El Al

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 2:47pm

An advocacy group said Thursday that it has won a case against Israel's national airline that will make it illegal to ask females passengers to move their seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox males.

Brooklyn diocese announces sex abuse compensation program

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:35am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn announced Thursday it is setting up a compensation program for victims of past sexual abuse by priests, modeled after a program the larger New York archdiocese started last year.

Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 11:05am

Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority, including three church bombings and a deadly bus shooting, all claimed by the Islamic State group.

London police link 51-year-old man's death to mosque attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:34am

London police have linked the death of a 51-year-old man to the mosque attack, saying he died of "multiple injuries" after a van plowed into worshippers near two mosques in north London.

The head of the Church of England admits that it helped to hide sex abuse of boys and young men by one of its bishops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:00am

The head of the Church of England admits that it helped to hide sex abuse of boys and young men by one of its bishops.