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Church announces groundbreaking date for Layton Temple

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:58am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will break ground on the Layton Utah Temple on May 30, 2020, according to a news release issued by the church Thursday.

Islamic leaders make 'groundbreaking' visit to Auschwitz

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:29am

Muslim religious leaders joined members of a U.S. Jewish group at Auschwitz on Thursday for what organizers described as “the most senior Islamic leadership delegation" to visit the site of a Nazi German death camp.

Trump: Travel ban expansion coming, nations aren't yet final

Colleen Long, Matthew Lee and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:44pm

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it's not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban.

Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:53am

The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship program and make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states.

Notre Dame renovation chief says rebuild won't be rushed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:31am

The French army general in charge of rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris says renovation work will begin in earnest later this year.

Auschwitz survivor who was just 2 at liberation nurses scars

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 1:22am

Only 2 years old and so ill she had to stay on for weeks after liberation, Eva Umlauf was one of the youngest prisoners to be freed from Auschwitz.

Battle for India's new citizenship law moves to top court

Rishabh R. Jain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:08am

India's top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths.

Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:48pm

A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic

Kirsten Grieshaber and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:58am

A court in eastern Germany indicated Tuesday that it will likely reject a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached.

Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event in Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:37am

Poland has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to refrain from using World War II and Holocaust victims for current political goals and pointed to wartime documents in which the Polish government called on the Allies to save Jews.

Temple demolition draws crowds in St. George as west end torn down

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:28am

Clusters of onlookers gathered on the sidewalk Monday evening near the west end of the St. George Temple as heavy equipment tore down the back end of the building.

Murder trial begins in fatal Portland light-rail stabbings

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:29pm

A man charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train went to trial Tuesday, two years after the killings in a liberal city.

'We are all part of the same divine family,' Elder Stevenson tells Salt Lake NAACP

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:18pm

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s Salt Lake City branch Monday at the Little American Hotel, where he commended the organization for its work in advancing equality and striving for justice in society.

Myanmar probe: Security forces likely committed war crimes:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:25am

An independent commission established by Myanmar's government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more than 700,000 members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Plea change set in African American church fire case

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:51pm

A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing.

North Carolina pastor charged with more than 100 sex crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:20pm

A North Carolina pastor has been charged with more than 100 felony sex offenses involving three children, authorities said.

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists

Arsene Kabore, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 6:02am

Burkina Faso's parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism, a decision that underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country.

Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

Sam Olukoya, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:27am

Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had pleaded for his life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day.

Vatican orders sex abuse investigation of Brooklyn bishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:38pm

The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.