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Church discourages international travel to US for general conference amid coronavirus

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:12pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discouraged members outside the United States from traveling to general conference amid coronavirus concerns.

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase

Stefanie Dazio and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:39am

It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway.

What's happening: Virus forges on, as world hunts solutions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:32am

and that's bad news in an election year.

Virus response in Mideast tainted by political views of Iran

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:13am

In the Middle East, even virus outbreaks are political.

Legion of Christ vows better abuse response amid new scandal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:22am

The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order.

Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for 'slight' illness

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 3:31am

Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, officials said.

Tunisia approves government after months of deadlock

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:05am

Tunisia has a new government at last, after four months of arguing among rival parties in the young North African democracy.

Scars of violence haunt India's capital after deadly riots

Emily Schmall and Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 1:05am

India's hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim communities for months in anger that finally boiled over in the worst communal rioting in New Delhi in decades, leaving 32 people dead and the Indian capital shell-shocked.

Guam residents compensated for war atrocities decades later

Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:05pm

For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams.

Amid virus, Saudis close Islam's holiest sites to foreigners

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:18pm

Saudi Arabia on Thursday closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus, disrupting travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affecting plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan and the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Victims of New Delhi's deadly communal clashes fill hospital

Sheikh Saaliq and Aniruddha Ghosal, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:46am

Patients on stretchers crammed the emergency room, while relatives of the dead wailed outside a morgue as injured people continued to pour into a public hospital after three days of clashes between religious groups that coincided with President Donald Trump's visit to India.

Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

Nicole Winfield and Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 4:11am

The Vatican was going ahead with plans for Pope Francis to celebrate the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church's Lenten season, but elsewhere in Italy Masses were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus and other Catholic countries took precautions.

Barr, DeVos speak at religious broadcasters forum

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:05pm

U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned a group of Christian broadcasters on Wednesday that the decline of religion in America is undermining liberal democracy. In a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee, Barr said religion is necessary to provide citizens with a moral compass. Without religious morality, tyranny is necessary to control people, he said.

Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 7:59pm

At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

Vietnam dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do dies at 91

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:35pm

Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the Communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, has died at age 91.

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

Michael Balsamo and James Martinez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 2:22pm

White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”

Inmate seeks end to solitary over refusal to cut dreadlocks

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 12:51pm

An inmate awaiting trial in a shooting case wants a federal judge to release him from solitary confinement in a central Pennsylvania county jail, where he has been for more than a year because he refuses to cut dreadlocks that hold religious significance for him.

Jury: Man callously disregarded life in train murders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 5:23pm

A jury has ruled that Jeremy Christian callously disregarded the lives of the three men he stabbed on a Portland light rail train, was fueled by racist and religious bigotry, poses a future danger and can’t be rehabilitated.

German court upholds restrictions on law clerk's headscarf

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 2:35am

Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that a Muslim law clerk can be prevented from wearing a headscarf during court proceedings.