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Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:30pm

On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security — and vowing to retaliate.

Israeli Christian wins first 'Miss Trans Israel' pageant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 11:41am

An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country's first transgender pageant.

Polish Church leader appeals for end to political conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:11am

The head of Poland's influential Catholic Church Episcopate has appealed for an end to a political conflict that has divided the nation and strained foreign ties.

The Latest: G-7 wants to close gaps on fighting extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 11:10pm

The latest news on the Group of Seven summit in Japan, where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days (all times local):

G7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging global growth

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:21pm

The leaders of the Group of Seven rich economies pledged Friday to "collectively tackle" major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows.

Under high security, Jewish pilgrims gather on Tun

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:20pm

Under unprecedented security, the Tunisian island of Djerba hosted an annual Jewish pilgrimage amid raised fears of religious violence after deadly Islamic extremist attacks last year scared away visitors.

UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 1:00pm

The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.

Egypt: Muslim mob attacks Christians, parade naked woman

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 12:32pm

An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

Tens of thousands take part in Brazil's March for Jesus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 12:31pm

Tens of thousands of evangelical Christians are taking part in Brazil's "March for Jesus," an annual event that unites faithful from hundreds of Protestant churches in a country that is largely Roman Catholic.

Provo woman leads charge to restore town’s long forgotten Easter cross

Carter Williams  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:00am

A Utah woman is spearheading an effort to restore a religious symbol that once brought interdenominational groups together in Provo, but was torn down 40 years ago.

AP PHOTOS: Israeli transgender contestants ready for finals

Oded Balilty, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 8:40am

Contenders in Israel's first transgender pageant have been polishing their moves this week ahead of Friday's competition.

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:50pm

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist.

A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:30pm

Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Chile police say 2 churches burned in Mapuche conflict zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:10pm

Two Roman Catholic churches were burned in a southern region that the Mapuche indigenous group claims as its ancestral territory, police said Thursday.

Fourth missionary injured in Brussels attack out of hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

A 66-year-old Mormon missionary who suffered severe burns on more than one-third of his body in the Brussels airport bombing has been released from the hospital.

St. Paul archdiocese plan offers over $65M to creditors

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set up a trust fund of more than $65 million to compensate some 440 clergy abuse victims plus other creditors, with just over half of that amount coming from insurance.

A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 11:31am

Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Court: New Jersey can't give $11M to religious schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 11:31am

New Jersey cannot give $11 million in grants to two religious schools, including one of the largest ultra-Orthodox yeshivas in the world, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

UN envoy says Yemen peace talks are back on track

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 9:10am

The U.N. envoy for Yemen says peace talks aimed at ending fighting in the impoverished country are back on track in Kuwait.