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The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:03pm

The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local):

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:43pm

An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court.

Bosnia's bid to form a new govt fails over divisions on NATO

Eldar Emric, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:24am

The three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency failed on Tuesday to break a 10-month deadlock on forming a new government amid deep divisions over the Balkan country's bid to join NATO.

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:14pm

The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago.

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:29pm

Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard.

Pell's appeal argued 'solid obstacles' precluded convictions

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:23pm

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen "solid obstacles" that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys.

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 11:42pm

A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:38am

Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:38am

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:36pm

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

Prosecutor probes possible hate crime in synagogue shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:37am

Prosecutors are investigating to determine whether hate crime charges are warranted in the shooting of a 68-year-old man outside a North Miami Beach synagogue.

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:37pm

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Suit: Catholic school fired unwed teacher for being pregnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:45am

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried.

Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 6:18pm

A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school.

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:10am

Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure.

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:44am

Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews.

Police: 2nd mosque prayer leader killed in SW Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 4:26am

Pakistani police said Saturday that a second mosque's prayer leader had been killed in as many days near the southwestern city of Quetta.

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:34pm

The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.

Priest already deemed sexually violent sentenced again

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:34pm

The first Catholic priest in the U.S. to be labeled sexually violent when he was convicted in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s.