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Used to giving orders, Kansas abortion foes can't cut a deal

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 8:27am

Abortion opponents who've become used to giving orders to Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of new restrictions are stymied now that they face compromising to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot.

Buffalo Roman Catholic Diocese seeks bankruptcy protection

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:49am

The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that's been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of its bishop.

Vatican task force offers help to church on abuse prevention

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:07am

The Vatican is launching a task force of experts to help Catholic dioceses and religious orders develop guidelines to handle cases of sexual abuse by clergy and tend to survivors.

Prayers at fire-bombed mosques as India's riot toll grows

Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:07am

Muslims in a northeastern neighborhood of India's capital returned for weekly prayers at fire-bombed mosques on Friday, two days after a 72-hour clash between Hindus and Muslims that left at least 40 dead and hundreds injured.

Virus outbreak in Iran sickens hundreds, including leaders

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:04pm

After facing sanctions and the risk of war amid tensions with the United States, Iran’s Shiite theocracy now has an enemy in the new coronavirus that infiltrated its leadership in plain view of state-controlled media and despite repeated denials of any looming threat.

Correction: Barr-Religious Broadcasters story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 4:26pm

In a story Feb. 26, 2020, about the National Religious Broadcasters convention), The Associated Press erroneously reported that attorney Jay Sekulow was scheduled to appear on a panel with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Sekulow was scheduled to speak separately after DeVos.

Church discourages international travel to US for general conference amid coronavirus

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:12pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discouraged members outside the United States from traveling to general conference amid coronavirus concerns.

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase

Stefanie Dazio and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:39am

It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway.

What's happening: Virus forges on, as world hunts solutions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:32am

and that's bad news in an election year.

Virus response in Mideast tainted by political views of Iran

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:13am

In the Middle East, even virus outbreaks are political.

Legion of Christ vows better abuse response amid new scandal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:22am

The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order.

Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for 'slight' illness

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:31am

Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said.

Tunisia approves government after months of deadlock

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:05am

Tunisia has a new government at last, after four months of arguing among rival parties in the young North African democracy.

Scars of violence haunt India's capital after deadly riots

Emily Schmall and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:05am

India's hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim communities for months in anger that finally boiled over in the worst communal rioting in New Delhi in decades, leaving 38 people dead and the Indian capital shell-shocked.

Guam residents compensated for war atrocities decades later

Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:05pm

For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams.

Amid virus, Saudis close Islam's holiest sites to foreigners

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:18pm

Saudi Arabia on Thursday closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus, disrupting travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affecting plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan and the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:43am

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal.

Jury: Man callously disregarded life in train murders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:23pm

A jury has ruled that Jeremy Christian callously disregarded the lives of the three men he stabbed on a Portland light rail train, was fueled by racist and religious bigotry, poses a future danger and can’t be rehabilitated.

German court upholds restrictions on law clerk's headscarf

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:35am

Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that a Muslim law clerk can be prevented from wearing a headscarf during court proceedings.