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Muslim leaders tell faithful to return to Jerusalem shrine

Ian Deitch and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound.

Trump transgender ban nod to Christian conservatives

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

His agenda stalled and his party divided, President Donald Trump veered into the nation's simmering culture wars by announcing plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Kansas political leaders debate Brownback's legacy

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:57pm

Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work.

New MTC buildings in Provo include larger classrooms, outside study space

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:02pm

Kelly Mills knows the Provo Missionary Training Center is not intended as the ultimate destination for the tens of thousands of Mormon missionaries who pass through it each year.

Israel removes railings, overhead bridge near holy site

Aron Heller and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:31pm

Israel removed railings and an overhead metal bridge it had recently installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters and causing thousands of Palestinians to celebrate in the streets early Thursday.

Trump to nominate Kan. Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:11pm

Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work.

The Latest: Brownback tweets religious freedom is 'first'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:01pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's plans to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom (all times local):

Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest's whereabouts

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:11pm

In the 1960s and '70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths.

Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening — creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel.

French president attends memorial for IS-slain priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:20am

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech Wednesday after a Mass marking one year since the killing of a local French priest by two 19-year-old Islamic extremists who pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group.

US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:10am

U.S. Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually be fully accepted in American society, a new survey finds.

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:38am

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

Priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

Housekeeper welcomes role as symbol in deportation fights

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:33pm

A housekeeper and mother of four who has secured sanctuary inside a church says she's comfortable being a symbol in the push to change immigration laws.

The Latest: Pastor calls 10 flash flood victims hardworking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:52pm

The Latest on the funeral for 10 members of an Arizona family killed in a flash flood. (all times local):

Ailing Nigeria president gives thanks for nationwide prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:29am

Nigeria's government says President Muhammadu Buhari has written to Guinea's leader thanking him for organizing nationwide prayers for his health and saying "I am making good progress."

White House: Trump to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:01pm

White House: Trump to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Tennessee police department's Bible verse plaque to be moved

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:11pm

A biblical passage that has long been displayed at a Tennessee city's police headquarters will be moved following a complaint from an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state.

Priest's conviction in sex abuse of Honduran orphans upheld

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:50am

The conviction of a Pennsylvania priest accused of sexually abusing orphans during missionary trips to Honduras has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

Israel bars entry to 5 US activists under anti-BDS law

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country.