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Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 11:54am

A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race.

Haiti mourns 5 people killed during ongoing protests

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:39am

Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago.

New Latter-day Saint missionary handbook focuses less on ‘rules’ and more on ‘principles’

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:48pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new missionary handbook Friday that focuses less on rules and more on principles.

Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:16am

The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches.

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 4:38am

The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 11:49pm

Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support.

Pope decries that ‘greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others

Frances D’emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 3:04am

Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy.

Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 9:10am

Myanmar's government rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Pope urges ‘prudent’ choices as hospital weathers new storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 6:48am

Pope Francis has urged the Vatican’s pediatric hospital to make “prudent” choices as it expands to welcome more patients.

Parole rejected for Charles Manson follower after 50 years

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 1:15pm

A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson who has been in prison for decades for two of the Manson family’s slayings in the 1960s.

Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 8:15am

Myanmar’s government announced Wednesday that its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will head a legal team it will send to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands to contest a case of genocide filed against it by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Group: Egypt targets relatives of dissidents living abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 2:30am

An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested, raided houses and imposed travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism.

Turkey issues warrants for 133 officers over coup links

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 12:04am

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 133 military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:39pm

Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity.

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Tracey Lindeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:39pm

A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 6:58am

Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year.

Kuwait’s ruler fires ministers, orders new government formed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 5:15am

Kuwait’s ruler has fired two warring Cabinet ministers at the center of embezzlement allegations and directed the prime minister to form a new government.

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 7:08pm

A Bolivian official says a U.N. envoy is urging the government of the Andean country’s interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives and is causing food shortages.

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 12:18am

A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.