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Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 5:27pm

Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.

The Latest: Priest abuse report faults Cardinal Donald Wuerl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 5:07pm

The Latest on a grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local):

Pennsylvania grand jury report on 'predator priests' also says there could be 'thousands' of victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:19pm

Pennsylvania grand jury report on 'predator priests' also says there could be 'thousands' of victims.

Landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report finds more than 300 'predator priests' sexually abused children

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:09pm

Landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report finds more than 300 'predator priests' sexually abused children.

Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:49am

Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference on Tuesday as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order in the South American country, prosecutors said.

Bosnian Serb leader denies genocide in Srebrenica massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:53am

The leader of Bosnia's Serbs denied on Tuesday that genocide was committed in Srebrenica and called for the withdrawal of a government report that acknowledged the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian enclave in 1995 — triggering possible new tensions in the war-scarred Balkan state.

Abbot's murder in desert monastery shocks Egypt's Christians

Hamza Hendawi and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:31am

It reads like a murder mystery set in an exotic locale: an abbot found dead in a desert monastery; a monk defrocked and arrested; another held by police and hospitalized after trying to kill himself — or did his fellow monks stage a revenge attack?

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 11:13pm

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail.

Judge dismisses sex assault lawsuit against ex-MTC president; only 1 claim remains against LDS Church

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 13th - 5:30pm

A federal judge Monday dismissed a Colorado woman's lawsuit against a former LDS Church Missionary Training Center president who she says raped her more than 30 years ago.

Israel detains prominent Jewish-American critic at airport

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 12:46pm

A prominent Jewish-American commentator who has been critical of Israel's policies said Monday that he was detained by Israeli airport authorities and interrogated about his political views before he was allowed to enter the country.

Tunisian leader backs equal inheritance rights for women

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 9:06am

Tunisia's president promised Monday to submit a bill to parliament soon that aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate over the topic of inheritance reverberated around the Muslim world.

Egypt hands Muslim Brotherhood leader another life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 12:48pm

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced five people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges.

Israel PM defends contentious law in face of Arab protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 5:50am

Israel's prime minister has criticized the presence of Palestinian flags at a protest against a contentious new law defining the country as a Jewish state.

Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill

Shlomo Mor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 2:48pm

Members of Israel's Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state's non-Jewish citizens.

Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:37am

A massive Chicago-area evangelical church whose founder faces accusations of sexual harassment paid $3.25 million to settle lawsuits alleging a church volunteer sexually abused two disabled children.

Prosecutor says authorities are raiding the headquarters of Chile's Catholic Episcopal Conference in probe of sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:43am

Prosecutor says authorities are raiding the headquarters of Chile's Catholic Episcopal Conference in probe of sex abuse.

China newspaper defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 10:57pm

An official Communist Party newspaper is defending China's campaign of pressure and internment against the country's Uighur Muslim minority, saying it had prevented the far-northwestern region of Xinjiang from "becoming 'China's Syria' or 'China's Libya.'"

Church gunman's wife says he bound her to bed before deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 1:14pm

The wife of the man who opened fire at a Texas church last November , killing more than two dozen people before killing himself, says he tied her to their bed before leaving for the shooting.

Activist disrupts event for Muslim US House candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 9:39am

A conservative activist disrupted a campaign event for Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib.

Church abuse report, 2 years in works, may soon be released

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 9:03am

A damning report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days.