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Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:49am

A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies.

Nepal protesters demand government keep away from trusts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:00am

Thousands of people gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to protest proposed legislation that would allow the government to nationalize centuries-old community and religious trusts responsible for organizing festivals and ceremonies.

UN launches plan to combat escalating hate speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:14pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is launching a plan to combat hate speech and counter what he calls "a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred" around the world.

Sharer of New Zealand mosque shooting video gets 21 months

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 7:15pm

A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison.

'Emanuel' explores life after tragic church shooting

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:48am

Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:08am

The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local):

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:28am

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant.

Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 9:07am

A secret society billed as a "sisterhood" that would empower women instead was a scam used to put them under the control of the sex-crazed leader of a purported self-help group, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at a New York City trial.

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:34am

The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:20am

With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in China.

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:04am

At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her.

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 9:07am

A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:37am

Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 7:55pm

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Prosecutors: Syrian man planned ISIS-fueled church bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:22pm

A Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. three years ago plotted to bomb a church this spring to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq, federal authorities said in announcing the man's arrest Wednesday.

Court document: Mosque bombing suspect tried to escape

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 7:11pm

An Illinois man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year.

Group seeks hate crime probe of Ali mural vandalism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:34am

A Muslim advocacy group wants Kentucky authorities to investigate vandalism on a mural of boxing champ Muhammad Ali as a possible hate crime.

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:37pm

A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:49pm

A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said.

Ex-priest in molestation case returned to Arizona from Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:17pm

A former Catholic priest who fled from Arizona to Italy in 2003 after being indicted on child molestation charges has been returned to the state.