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Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 7:36pm

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context.

After mosque attacks, NZealand banning 'military-style' guns

Juliet Williams and Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 6:47pm

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban Thursday on sales of "military-style" semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers.

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:41pm

A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites.

Attorneys: Church list of accused Illinois clergy incomplete

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:51pm

Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children — a roster more than twice as long as what the state's six dioceses previously released.

Idaho man honored after quitting high-paying job to build beds for thousands of kids

Nate Eaton,  |  Posted Mar 20th - 10:29am

It was 2012, and Luke Mickelson was looking for a service project that he could do with young men from his Latter-Day Saint congregation in Twin Falls.

Indian court acquits 4 Hindus in blast on train to Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 7:25am

An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four Hindus charged with triggering explosions on a train heading to India's border with Pakistan 12 years ago, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistani citizens.

Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 6:07am

Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key World War I campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam.

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:37am

The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local):

New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

Nick Perry, Juliet Williams and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 11:14pm

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.

Why Facebook didn't block live New Zealand shooting video

Kelvin Chan and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 2:05pm

Why did Facebook air live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting for 17 minutes? Didn't anyone alert the company while it was happening?

Mosque shootings renew fears of terror by lone attackers

Adam Geller, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 2:03pm

most notable for acting alone.

North Dakota Legislature repeals Sunday morning shopping ban

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 1:44pm

North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature on Tuesday repealed the nation's toughest Sunday business restrictions — rules that are rooted in religious tradition and that have been in place since statehood.

Analysis: Pompeo skirts talk of peace plan on Israel trip

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 1:41pm

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pays a visit to Israel this week but it's what he's not doing while there that may be the most notable aspect of the trip.

Jeanine Pirro case squeezes Fox News in two directions

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 1:23pm

The apparent suspension of Jeanine Pirro is squeezing Fox News Channel in two directions.

Teacher who asked student to wipe ash cross from his forehead returns to classroom

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Mar 19th - 12:44pm

A Bountiful elementary school teacher who asked a student to wipe palm ash from his forehead has returned to the classroom after a school district review.

Muslim civil rights group accepts invite to W.Va. Capitol

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 11:11am

The nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization says it has accepted an invitation from West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol in the wake of an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber.

Arkansas House OKs bill requiring schools offer Bible course

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 5:32am

The Arkansas House has approved a bill that requires public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible if students request one.

The Latest: Diocese disputes some allegations in lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:23pm

The Latest on a West Virginia lawsuit accusing a Catholic diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles (all times local):

Lawyers to release list of accused Illinois Catholic clergy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:07pm

Attorneys who have represented clergy abuse victims across the United States say they are releasing a report that lists the names of every Catholic priest and lay person in Illinois who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.

The Latest: Names of 37 clergy accused of abuse released

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 11:28am

The Latest on a Catholic diocese in Mississippi releasing the names of clergy accused of sexual abuse (all times local):