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Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:38pm

Rohingya refugees accused former Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice in testimony Wednesday in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group.

Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:07am

Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election that critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention.

Locations of Orem, Taylorsville temples announced

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:16am

The locations of two future temples in Orem and Taylorsville were announced Wednesday in a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:49am

Indian lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated illegally from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Critics of the government said the legislation undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests against the law intensified in some parts of the country.

Israel to hold 3rd straight election, prolonging stalemate

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 11:19pm

Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

Families can now document same-sex relationships on FamilySearch

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 10th - 11:43am

FamilySearch now “provides the ability” for families to document same-sex family relationships.

Duterte to end martial law in Philippine south after 2 years

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:53am

President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to end more than two years of martial law in the southern Philippines after government forces weakened Islamic militant groups there with the capture and killing of their leaders, his spokesman said Tuesday.

India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:33pm

For years, Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God.

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:49pm

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday.

North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:06pm

A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Donald Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so.

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:14am

More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States.

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.

Man charged with attacking guards at National Shrine in DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:59am

A man attacked two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Ex-NY Giants chaplain sued over abuse allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:52pm

A former New York Giants team chaplain who faced sexual abuse allegations nearly 20 years ago has been sued by one of the accusers.