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Evidence of rising anti-Semitism, but data mostly elusive

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:54pm

Has anti-Semitism accompanied Donald Trump's rise to power? Some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. But data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection — a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren — and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice.

Trump pick as security adviser is nod toward pragmatism

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:27pm

President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Andrea Rosa and Hussein Malla, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:56am

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.

Pastor: Jesus statue vandalized twice at Indianapolis church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40am

A pastor says a statue of Jesus has been vandalized twice this month outside an Indianapolis church.

Florence's Duomo encourages digital graffiti as deterrent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:38am

Florence's famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead.

Dutch lawmaker suspends campaigning due to security scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:36am

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders says he will suspend campaigning for an upcoming parliamentary election in the wake of a scandal centering on a security official responsible for protecting him.

Supreme Court won't hear Ohio man's Amish hair-cutting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:00am

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of the Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

A man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online, the state's highest court ruled on Wednesday.

2 Amish men dump horse-poop lawsuit against Kentucky city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:45pm

Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.

Detroit suburb will allow mosque to settle lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

A Detroit suburb that had denied a religious organization's proposal for a mosque in a residential neighborhood will allow construction to move forward to settle two lawsuits that alleged religious discrimination, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Vatican abuse probe of Guam archbishop heads to mainland US

Grace Garces Bordallo and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:06pm

Vatican officials prosecuting Guam's archbishop for alleged sex abuse have moved their investigation from the territory to Hawaii and now the mainland U.S. so they can interview potential witnesses.

Son of dissident cleric begins prison term

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:28am

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has begun serving a six-year prison term.

Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

A decision by Bosnia's Muslim leader to revive a wartime genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the United Nations' top court has rekindled divisions that led to the 1992-95 war, the top leaders of Serbia and Bosnian Serbs warned on Wednesday.

Pope demands access for food aid to famine-struck S. Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:10am

Pope Francis is demanding concrete action to get food aid to famine victims in South Sudan, saying words aren't enough to prevent millions from being condemned to death by hunger.

Militants kill 2 Christians in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:50am

Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have killed two Christians in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, days after an Islamic State affiliate vowed to step up a wave of attacks on the embattled minority.

School district agrees to remove Ten Commandments monument

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:35pm

A Pennsylvania school district has agreed to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from outside a high school and pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle a federal lawsuit.

Cardinal at center of Ireland's clergy abuse scandals dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:15pm

Cardinal Desmond Connell, whose tenure as Dublin's Roman Catholic archbishop was dominated by revelations of pedophilia in the priesthood, has died at the age of 90.

Police say 2 arrested for vandalism at mosques in Arkansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:56am

Police say two Fort Smith men have been arrested for vandalizing mosques in the western Arkansas city.

FBI assessing threat against Muslims made during meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:45am

The FBI says it's looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina.