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Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:44am

Myanmar's parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.

Myanmar bulldozes what is left of Rohingya Muslim villages

Todd Pitman and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:36am

First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

Ricardo Nunes and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

With two months to go before Venezuela's presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures.

German ex-priest convicted of sexually abusing boys

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:38am

A court in southeastern Germany has sentenced a former Catholic priest to 8 ½ years in prison for child sex abuse.

Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:10pm

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

China says fire in sacred Tibetan monastery not arson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:04pm

Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that damaged a 1,300-year-old monastery that is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:19pm

A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash."

Billy Graham went from tent revivals to the White House

Rachel Zoll and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:06pm

As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel — and political advice — to U.S. presidents.

'God understands': Quotes from the Rev. Billy Graham

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:04pm

The Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. He was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history. Here are some quotations from the man who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism.

Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:42pm

The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse underwent gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.

Mexican front-runner promotes 'well-being of the soul'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:36am

Religion has been the electrified "third rail" of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died.

Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:58am

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:36am

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement.

Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:46pm

The Vatican's sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest.

The Latest: Wife loses bid to replace lawmaker who shot self

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:00pm

The Latest on a special election to complete the remaining term of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year (all times local):

French court keeps Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:13pm

A court has rejected a release request by a prominent Islamic scholar incarcerated this month on preliminary rape charges.

Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:21am

When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.

Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:51am

Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:22am

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99.

Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:17pm

A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.