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Iran says 'idiotic' new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 7:21am

Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as President Hassan Rouhani derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation."

Cuba restores oldest Jewish cemetery as Havana is spruced up

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 10:03pm

Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some plots, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks.

Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 11:56am

Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest.

Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 11:29am

The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Unrepentant 'sinners' romp in Spanish town at Corpus Christi

Bernat Armangue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:39am

It is time for the Corpus Christi celebrations in Spain and the central town of Camuñas smells of rosemary.

California campus removes bell marking Catholic missions

Natalie Rice, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:39pm

A university in Northern California removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism.

AP names Sally Stapleton to manage new global religion team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:26am

Sally Stapleton, an award-winning editor, photojournalist and newsroom leader, has been tapped to direct global religion coverage for The Associated Press, overseeing a new team that will report on faith and its influence throughout the world.

Syrian refugee held for trial in alleged church bomb plot

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:08am

A young Syrian refugee was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial on charges he plotted to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq.

Bible underscores Lincoln's belief he was to end slavery

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:13pm

A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president's budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow's labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say.

Riot police drive protesters away from Georgian parliament

Sophiko Megrelidze, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:01pm

Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas and unleashed water cannons early Friday to drive thousands of protesters away from Georgia's parliament building and off the capital's main avenue. As dawn broke, police appeared to be in full control of the city center after a night of clashes that injured scores.

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:33am

A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.

Saudi coalition says head of Yemen's Islamic State captured

Aya Batrawy and Sam Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 8:51am

Saudi Arabia's special forces captured the leader of the Islamic State group's branch in Yemen during a raid on a house that was under surveillance, a Saudi military statement said Tuesday, dealing a blow to the extremist group which has taken advantage of the country's turmoil to launch devastating attacks.

Turkish court frees US Consulate worker from house arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 4:31am

A court in Istanbul has released an employee of the U.S. Consulate from house arrest for health reasons.

Iran's president says new US sanctions targeting Islamic Republic's supreme leader, others are 'outrageous and idiotic'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 1:33am

Iran's president says new US sanctions targeting Islamic Republic's supreme leader, others are 'outrageous and idiotic'

Spanish prosecutors want inquiry into church sex abuse cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:33am

Spain's public prosecutors are suggesting opening a national investigation into the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church, the first such official proposal in the country.

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Martin Adames, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:44pm

A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

APNewsBreak: 395 claims filed in church bankruptcy case

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:17pm

Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday.

Vatican sex abuse office looking for more canonists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:23am

The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world.

Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:14am

Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits.

'Hail Satan' prayer at Alaska gov't meeting sparks protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:57am

A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared "Hail Satan" during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.