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Pope cautions against 'unfair' Middle East peace plans

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:00am

Pope Francis has cautioned against “unfair” solutions aimed at ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Iran raises death toll from new virus to 8, infections to 43

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 3:02am

Iran's health ministry raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight Sunday, amid concerns that clusters there as well as in Italy and South Korea could signal a serious new stage in its global spread.

Indian authorities scramble to give Trump a mega-rally

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:13am

The sun-baked city of Ahmedabad was jostling with activity Sunday as workers cleaned roads, planted flowers and hoisted hundreds of billboards featuring President Donald Trump, a day ahead of his maiden two-day visit to India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised him a boisterous public reception.

Former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to be recognized with award for sponsoring religious bills

KSL.com Staff  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:07am

Those who win the award have “demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious freedom in America and around the world,” according to a news release.

At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:19pm

A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting there on Monday with President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans.

‘He is so humble’: House bill seeks to honor Salt Lake pastor, civil rights icon France Davis

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:37pm

Rep. Sandra Hollins was a member of Rev. France Davis’ congregation for nearly 30 years. Now she hopes to honor his legacy with the help of the Utah Legislature.

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:37pm

A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole survivor of the attack nearly three years ago.

Students' arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:46am

Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality.

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:57am

Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

Hyung-Jin Kim and Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:56am

Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere.

Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:42pm

Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain.

New visa rules set off 'panic wave' in immigrant communities

Philip Marcelo and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:45am

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.

Police: Stabbing at London mosque not terror-related

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:34am

A man was stabbed during afternoon prayers at one of London's biggest mosques Thursday, and police officers detained another man on suspicion of attempted murder.

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:46am

Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:13am

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday.

Carnival in Belgium again has Jewish stereotypes in parade

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:32am

The Aalst Carnival parade included stereotypical depictionsof Jews for the second year in a row and the Belgian government said that the anti-Semitism in the three-day festival embarrassed the nation and endangers society.

Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:38am

Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Hero in Hanukkah attack declining $20K reward over Zionism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 6:21pm

An Orthodox Jewish man credited as a hero for attacking a knife-wielding man who stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City is refusing to take a $20,000 reward from established Jewish groups because he considers them Zionists, according to a rabbi who knows him.

Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:21am

The Israeli military said Thursday it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription.