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Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Joseph Krauss and Mohammad Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:56pm

For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:12pm

People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all ”graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons.

'Provide the good news of Christ': Latter-day Saints hold Christmas devotional

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:19pm

The swelling strains of a familiar Christmas hymn echoed through the Conference Center Sunday night as choir members sang during the annual Christmas devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shooting survivor sues Southern California synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 1:00pm

A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn't use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report.

Pope Francis prays to mark start of Italy's holiday season

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 12:03pm

Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season.

Pope names Manila Cardinal Tagle to major Vatican post

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:15am

Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself.

Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:08am

Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91.

I didn’t want to be gay, Ed Smart tells LGBTQ conference

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:38pm

‘I thought Elizabeth’s ordeal was very difficult, but this one is more difficult,’ he said.

Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:49pm

with the handle "DaDUTCHMAN5" — that posted the threat against Rashid, according to the affidavit. The post was accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the infamous 1915 lynching of a Jewish man, Leo Frank, in Marietta, Georgia.

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.

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.