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Deadline looms for release of Catholic church abuse report

Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 11:39pm

Time is ticking down to a court-ordered deadline Tuesday afternoon to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 11:13pm

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail.

Late cloud over Ellison bid for Minnesota attorney general

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 10:15pm

Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party's nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse.

Judge dismisses sex assault lawsuit against ex-MTC president; only 1 claim remains against LDS Church

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 13th - 5:30pm

A federal judge Monday dismissed a Colorado woman's lawsuit against a former LDS Church Missionary Training Center president who she says raped her more than 30 years ago.

Israel detains prominent Jewish-American critic at airport

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 12:46pm

A prominent Jewish-American commentator who has been critical of Israel's policies said Monday that he was detained by Israeli airport authorities and interrogated about his political views before he was allowed to enter the country.

Tunisian leader backs equal inheritance rights for women

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 9:06am

Tunisia's president promised Monday to submit a bill to parliament soon that aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate over the topic of inheritance reverberated around the Muslim world.

Egypt hands Muslim Brotherhood leader another life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 12:48pm

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced five people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges.

Israel PM defends contentious law in face of Arab protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 5:50am

Israel's prime minister has criticized the presence of Palestinian flags at a protest against a contentious new law defining the country as a Jewish state.

Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Israeli bill

Shlomo Mor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 2:48pm

Members of Israel's Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state's non-Jewish citizens.

Pope to youth: Dream, don't let fear make you pessimistic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 12:34pm

Pope Francis has told Italian Catholic youths in Rome to pursue their dreams despite job market worries.

Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 9:38am

Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists have held an hours-long protest in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality.

China newspaper defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 10:57pm

An official Communist Party newspaper is defending China's campaign of pressure and internment against the country's Uighur Muslim minority, saying it had prevented the far-northwestern region of Xinjiang from "becoming 'China's Syria' or 'China's Libya.'"

Church gunman's wife says he bound her to bed before deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 1:14pm

The wife of the man who opened fire at a Texas church last November , killing more than two dozen people before killing himself, says he tied her to their bed before leaving for the shooting.

Activist disrupts event for Muslim US House candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 9:39am

A conservative activist disrupted a campaign event for Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib.

Church abuse report, 2 years in works, may soon be released

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th - 9:03am

A damning report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days.

Egypt prosecutors order ex-monk detained over abbot death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 12:54pm

Prosecutors on Saturday ordered a recently defrocked monk to be detained for four days pending an investigation into his alleged involvement in the death of the abbot of a prominent monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo, Egypt's state news agency said.

Officials ID 3 Kansas teens killed in church van crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 10:25am

Missouri officials have identified three Kansas City-area teens killed in the crash of a church van that injured 10 others.

Egypt officials say bombing attempt near church thwarted

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 8:38am

A man wearing an explosives belt attempted to attack a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo but failed to enter before blowing himself up, Egyptian security officials said Saturday.

Archbishop to celebrate mass at former Holy Land park

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th - 7:38am

Organizers of a Roman Catholic Mass at a former biblical theme park are hoping to attract several thousand people to the Connecticut hilltop site.