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US, Turkey strain for deal on key element of anti-IS fight

Suzan Fraser and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

The Trump administration and Turkey appeared no closer Thursday to resolving a dispute over the Kurds' role in defeating the Islamic State group in Syria, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited America's often nettlesome NATO ally for the first time.

The Latest: Justice Department disagrees with court ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:26am

The Latest on a federal court's ruling in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):

The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:40pm

The Latest on a hearing in federal court in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):

13 killed, 2 hurt when church bus and truck crash in Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:36pm

A small shuttle bus carrying Texas church members home from a retreat collided head-on with a pickup truck, killing 13 people and injuring two others Wednesday on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, officials said.

UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:07am

Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in an attack that started on the span a week earlier.

IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

Bassem Mroue and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:40am

Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.

Pope demands 'urgent' action to protect civilians in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:55am

Pope Francis demanded urgent action Wednesday to protect civilians in Iraq, saying forces involved in the battle for Mosul have an obligation to protect innocents following a recent spike in civilian casualties.

With monster trucks and Comic-Con, Saudis defy killjoy image

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:10am

Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia.

Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:34pm

A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel's political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews to discuss anti-Semitism in the United States.

Irish church hopes 2018 family meeting helps restore trust

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

Irish church officials are hoping that a meeting of Catholic families that is expected to bring Pope Francis to Ireland next year will help families regain trust in the church following the clerical sex abuse scandal.

2 copies of Quran stolen from Charlotte airport chapel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:00am

Someone has taken two copies of the Quran from the chapel at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and left a note criticizing the Islamic holy book.

Australia finds no proof its World Vision aid went to Hamas

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

The Australian government said Thursday it had found no evidence that any of its donations to the Christian charity World Vision had been siphoned to Islamic militant group Hamas.

Muslim immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10pm

A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving the Affordable Care Act, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate."

Latest: 13th bus passenger dies from crash injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:44pm

The Latest on a Texas crash of a church bus and a pickup truck in which 13 people were killed and two injured (all times local):

Utah governor signs hardened polygamy law over objections

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:57pm

Under a new law signed late Tuesday night by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert over objections from plural families, polygamists would face harsher punishments if they are convicted of other crimes such as domestic abuse or fraud.

Texas state trooper: 12 killed, 3 injured in crash between church van and pickup truck in southwestern Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 4:50pm

Texas state trooper: 12 killed, 3 injured in crash between church van and pickup truck in southwestern Texas.

Parents' lawsuit says son was baptized against their wishes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10am

The parents of a developmentally disabled boy in Ohio have sued his former court-appointed guardian, a minister and the child's mentor claiming he was baptized at an evangelical church last year against the couple's wishes.

Florida student suspended for treatment of Muslim professor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:06am

A student at Rollins College in Florida has been suspended temporarily for his treatment of his Muslim professor. The Christian student says he is the victim of religious discrimination.

Denmark arrest 2 men for planning to join IS in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:16am

Two men were ordered held in pre-trial custody until April 21 Wednesday on suspicion of violating Denmark's terror laws for planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.