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15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 11:38am

Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen.

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:06pm

India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated violence.

Utah Supreme Court punts on BYU records fight

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:07pm

Court says a decision would not be useful because a new law has reshaped the legal battle waged by journalists.

US likely to hit China over human rights despite trade talks

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:57pm

Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he tries to deliver a long-sought trade deal with Beijing.

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:44pm

A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit this summer in New York.

Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:55am

An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family.

Here's what will happen during the 4-year closure of the Salt Lake Temple

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:20pm

Renovation plans for the Salt Lake Temple have been in the works for almost a decade. In a few weeks, they'll finally be set in motion.

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:07am

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

China and US clash over Xinjiang, Hong Kong bills

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 9:39pm

Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong.

'Create welcoming communities': Latter-day Saint leaders release statement on refugees

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 7:10pm

Latter-day Saints should "create welcoming communities" for refugees, according to a Monday statement from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

German bishop charged with embezzling 6-figure sum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:27am

German prosecutors have charged a Catholic bishop with embezzlement after he allegedly took a six-figure sum from an elderly parishioner to buy himself a property.

Former priest sues over inclusion on list of alleged abusers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 9:30am

A former priest has sued the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging it libeled and slandered him by including him on a list of clerics credibly accused of abusing children.

Activists apologize for use of Holocaust victims’ remains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:25am

An activist group has apologized to outraged Jewish organizations because of an urn placed outside the German parliament that the activists claim holds the remains of Holocaust victims.

Trial set for man charged with threatening Muslim candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 11:25pm

A federal trial is scheduled to begin Thursday for a North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia.

Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:04am

Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases.

US Congress condemns China for crackdown on ethnic Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 6:38pm

Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday aimed at pressuring China over a brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, legislation that follows a similar measure over human rights abuses in Hong Kong that angered the Chinese government.

Beatification for Fulton Sheen delayed by Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 4:05pm

Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood has been delayed as Vatican officials postponed this month’s scheduled beatification in Peoria.

Alabama youth evangelist pleads guilty to child sex charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 6:28am

An Alabama youth evangelist faces decades in prison after pleading guilty multiple child-sex charges.

Jews angered by activists’ use of Holocaust victims’ ashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 1:59am

Jewish groups have expressed outrage at an oversized urn placed in front of the German parliament that organizers say contains the remains of Holocaust victims.