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US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:58am

For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed.

What President Nelson did during his 9-day tour through the Pacific

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25th - 7:53pm

Just seven months after returning from a 10-day tour through South America, Latter-day Saint prophet President Russell M. Nelson flew off for another ministry tour in the Pacific. Here's what he's been up to.

'Queen of Great Power' chosen at Bolivian festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:21pm

Organizers of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power Festival, which fuses Andean and Catholic cultures, have chosen the queen to head the annual event which will mobilize 74,000 dancers and more than 4,000 musicians in the Bolivian city of La Paz.

Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to "hiring a hitman"

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 5:22am

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term.

US ambassador raises concerns during rare Tibet visit

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:55am

The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday.

'Revolution' in Poland as nation confronts priestly abuse

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:49am

Poland thought it had started confronting the problem of clerical abuse and its cover-up by church authorities. Then a bombshell came: A documentary with victim testimony so harrowing it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with pedophile priests in one of Europe's most deeply Catholic societies.

Congregants grapple with church shooter once their colleague

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:26pm

Minister Joey Spann watched Friday as 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson was convicted of first-degree murder for killing one person and wounding seven others when he sprayed Spann's church and its congregants with bullets in 2017.

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:37pm

A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie "Spotlight" is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine.

Judge tells attacker to study Sikhs as part of sentence

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:37pm

A judge on Friday ordered an Oregon man to learn about the Sikh religion and submit a report to the court as part of his sentence for an attack on a Sikh shopkeeper in Salem, a civil rights group said.

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric hold sit-ins against war

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:10pm

Thousands of supporters of an Iraqi populist Shiite cleric held sit-ins around Iraq on Friday night, saying their country should not be a battlefield between the United States and Iran.

South Dakota bishop to lead Saginaw diocese in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:52am

A Catholic bishop in South Dakota has been selected as the new bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.

Jury finds man guilty of murder in Tennessee church shooting

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:56am

A jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded.

Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:04am

A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said.

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:39am

Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.

Analysis: Economy, Hindu-first impact are Modi's challenges

Amrit Dhillon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:59am

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his first term as "filling in potholes" — shorthand for addressing the country's basic needs.

The Latest: Jury finds man guilty in deadly church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:34pm

The Latest on jury deliberations in the 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local):

Marshal, officers kill fugitive outside Florida mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:19pm

A U.S. marshal's task force fatally shot a fugitive wanted for attempted murder outside a Florida mosque.

The Latest: 5 priests charged with sex crimes in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 9:32am

The Latest on the Michigan attorney general's investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church (all times local):

5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 8:35am

Michigan prosecutors announced Friday that five former Catholic priests are facing sexual abuse charges as part of the state attorney general's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse going back decades.

Catholic nuns urged to speak out about, confront sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:12am

The umbrella group of Catholic nuns is urging religious sisters around the world to speak out about sexual abuse by priests and other abuses of power that they experience, while also announcing new initiatives to protect children in their care.