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Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 24th - 6:29am

A spate of attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims.

Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 5:54pm

Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain.

Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 5:29pm

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015.

Bishop critical of Nicaragua's Ortega leaves for Vatican

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:47pm

A Roman Catholic bishop who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Daniel Ortega over Nicaragua's political standoff left the country Tuesday after being called to the Vatican indefinitely by Pope Francis.

Czech lawmakers approve taxation of church restitution plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 10:29am

Czech lawmakers on Tuesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive from the state for property seized by the former Communist regime.

Kushner: Middle East peace plan to be unveiled after Ramadan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 10:04am

The White House is planning to release its long-awaited Middle East peace plan in the next few months.

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:31am

They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's "caliphate." They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but whatever the reason, they tied their lives to a group that became notorious for its atrocities.

In camp of diehard IS supporters, some women express regrets

Maya Alleruzzo, Philip Issa and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 12:14am

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivete, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group.

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 11:23pm

More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.

Seaside Sri Lanka town known for its churches is in mourning

Gemunu Amarasinghe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:49am

The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community.

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 9:14pm

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 8:33pm

A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war.

Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 3:02am

Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks.

Appeals court nixes condo's coed swimming restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 5:14pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Jersey condominium association violated women's rights by setting separate swimming hours for male and female residents.

Sri Lanka expats wait to reconnect amid social media block

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 3:23pm

Viji Devadas hasn't heard from her nephew in Sri Lanka on her family WhatsApp chat group since he reached out just after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that tore apart churches and hotels and killed hundreds in the South Asian nation.

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 2:56pm

A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent.

Survivor of Sri Lanka bombing fears returning to church

Gemunu Amarasinghe and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:15am

St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 4:53am

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported.

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 12:21am

The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 21st - 11:59pm

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers.