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At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:19pm

A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting there on Monday with President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans.

‘He is so humble’: House bill seeks to honor Salt Lake pastor, civil rights icon France Davis

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:37pm

Rep. Sandra Hollins was a member of Rev. France Davis’ congregation for nearly 30 years. Now she hopes to honor his legacy with the help of the Utah Legislature.

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:37pm

A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole survivor of the attack nearly three years ago.

Students' arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:46am

Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality.

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:57am

Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

Hyung-Jin Kim and Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:56am

Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere.

Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:42pm

Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain.

New visa rules set off 'panic wave' in immigrant communities

Philip Marcelo and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:45am

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.

Police: Stabbing at London mosque not terror-related

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:34am

A man was stabbed during afternoon prayers at one of London's biggest mosques Thursday, and police officers detained another man on suspicion of attempted murder.

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:46am

Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:13am

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday.

Iran announces 3 new cases of new virus after 2 deaths

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:30am

Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new virus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city of Qom.

Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:29am

A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago.

Indiana official 'sorry' for Islamophobic posts won't resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 2:28pm

An Indiana councilman whose predecessor resigned after posting Islamophobic comments online says he will not step down after he was also criticized for sharing similar views on Facebook.

Pope tenderly kissed on forehead by man in front-row seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:44am

Well-wishers at Pope Francis' weekly audience have thrust soccer T-shirts, flowers and many a wailing baby into his arms. And on New Year's Eve, one admirer, trying to pull him closer, yanked his arm so hard he slapped her hand to free himself, an angry reaction Francis later famously apologized for.

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:19am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics.

New 'ministerial' church handbook clarifies transgender guidelines, excommunication

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:01am

A new church handbook released Wednesday combines two older guideline manuals and details several changes. Here are the highlights.

Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:21am

The Israeli military said Thursday it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription.

Christian theme park in Florida laying off most workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:11am

A Christian-oriented theme park in central Florida that describes itself as “bringing the Bible to life” is laying off most of its workers.