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New MTC buildings in Provo include larger classrooms, outside study space

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:46pm

Kelly Mills knows the Provo Missionary Training Center is not intended as the ultimate destination for the tens of thousands of Mormon missionaries who pass through it each year.

Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening — creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel.

French president attends memorial for IS-slain priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:20am

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech Wednesday after a Mass marking one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists who pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession

Aron Heller and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:21am

A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there, prolonging a crisis that Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site.

US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:10am

U.S. Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually be fully accepted in American society, a new survey finds.

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:38am

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

Priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

Housekeeper welcomes role as symbol in deportation fights

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:33pm

A housekeeper and mother of four who has secured sanctuary inside a church says she's comfortable being a symbol in the push to change immigration laws.

The Latest: Pastor calls 10 flash flood victims hardworking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:52pm

The Latest on the funeral for 10 members of an Arizona family killed in a flash flood. (all times local):

Ailing Nigeria president gives thanks for nationwide prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:29am

Nigeria's government says President Muhammadu Buhari has written to Guinea's leader thanking him for organizing nationwide prayers for his health and saying "I am making good progress."

Report: German runaway found in Iraq wants to go home

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 8:11am

A teenage German girl who ran away after converting to Islam and was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul says she wants to go home, a German newspaper and broadcaster reported Monday.

The Latest: Duterte meets with protesters outside Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 7:01am

The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's state of the nation speech (all times local):

Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:31am

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

After Mosul victory, Iraq mulls future of Shiite militias

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:02am

In the wake of victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's political, religious and military leaders are debating the future of the country's powerful Shiite militias — the tens of thousands of men who answered a religious call to arms three years ago and played a critical role in beating back the extremists.

Tennessee police department's Bible verse plaque to be moved

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:11pm

A biblical passage that has long been displayed at a Tennessee city's police headquarters will be moved following a complaint from an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state.

Priest's conviction in sex abuse of Honduran orphans upheld

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:50am

The conviction of a Pennsylvania priest accused of sexually abusing orphans during missionary trips to Honduras has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

Israel bars entry to 5 US activists under anti-BDS law

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country.

Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:33am

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Al-Azhar setting up religious edict booths in Cairo metro

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 1:21pm

Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, is setting up booths in Cairo metro stations to provide religious edicts to commuters in the latest bid to dispel religious misconceptions seen as fostering Islamic militancy in the country, which is targeting mainly security personnel and Copts.

Erdogan says Muslims won't remain silent on Jerusalem crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 5:37am

Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent.