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India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:39am

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:39am

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.

The Latest: Jurors break for night in church shooting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:09pm

The Latest on the Tennessee church shooting suspect's trial (all times local):

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:54am

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

Jail calls: Suspect, ex laughed at Tennessee church shooting

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:34am

Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend.

Lawyer: Synagogue massacre suspect wants plea deal

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:33am

The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, his lawyer said Thursday.

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:44am

Charismatic but polarizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surged to a landslide victory in Indian elections, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades.

India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 4:29am

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman's attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:36pm

A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday.

Defendant says he doesn't recall if he shot 8 at church

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:15pm

The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others at a Nashville church in 2017 testified Wednesday that he can't remember if he did it.

Brazil: Man who killed 3 at Baptist church was 'incoherent'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:29pm

A man was disoriented and speaking "incoherent phrases" when he shot three people to death at a Baptist church before being seriously wounded by Brazilian military police, authorities said Wednesday. He allegedly arrived at the church after having killing his ex-girlfriend with a knife.

Russian city cancels cathedral construction after protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:18am

The governor of Russia's Urals region says a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention.

Polish bishops admit they haven't done enough to stop abuse

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:06am

Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests.

Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuits over church attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:47pm

A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead.

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:14am

The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.

Russian court upholds guilty verdict for Jehovah's Witness

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 6:03am

A court in Russia has ruled that a Danish Jehovah's Witness must stay in prison for the next six years.

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:12pm

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count.

Dutch prime minister, populist leader clash in Europe debate

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:24pm

The Dutch prime minister clashed Wednesday with the leader of a right-wing populist party over immigration and whether the Netherlands should remain in the European Union in a debate on the eve of European Parliament elections.

Austria: photos of Holocaust survivors defaced in Vienna

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:18am

Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on a central Vienna street have been defaced with swastikas, drawing condemnation from political and Jewish leaders.

Michigan priest facing allegation of misconduct with minor

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:07am

A priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is on administrative leave while church officials investigate an allegation of misconduct with a minor.