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Anti-headscarf law activist sues Iran in US over harassment

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:55am

An Iranian-American activist famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women has sued Iran in U.S. federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family.

Here's what will happen during the 4-year closure of the Salt Lake Temple

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:20pm

Renovation plans for the Salt Lake Temple have been in the works for almost a decade. In a few weeks, they'll finally be set in motion.

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:07am

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

China and US clash over Xinjiang, Hong Kong bills

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 9:39pm

Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong.

'Create welcoming communities': Latter-day Saint leaders release statement on refugees

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 7:10pm

Latter-day Saints should "create welcoming communities" for refugees, according to a Monday statement from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 9:30am

Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, according to a lawsuit filed under a newly enacted New Jersey law that gives accusers more time to make legal claims.

Pope sends aide to Greek island to bring back 33 migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 6:56am

The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome.

German bishop charged with embezzling 6-figure sum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:27am

German prosecutors have charged a Catholic bishop with embezzlement after he allegedly took a six-figure sum from an elderly parishioner to buy himself a property.

Former priest sues over inclusion on list of alleged abusers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 9:30am

A former priest has sued the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging it libeled and slandered him by including him on a list of clerics credibly accused of abusing children.

Activists apologize for use of Holocaust victims’ remains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:25am

An activist group has apologized to outraged Jewish organizations because of an urn placed outside the German parliament that the activists claim holds the remains of Holocaust victims.

Trial set for man charged with threatening Muslim candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 11:25pm

A federal trial is scheduled to begin Thursday for a North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia.

Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:04am

Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases.

US Congress condemns China for crackdown on ethnic Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 6:38pm

Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday aimed at pressuring China over a brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, legislation that follows a similar measure over human rights abuses in Hong Kong that angered the Chinese government.

Beatification for Fulton Sheen delayed by Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 4:05pm

Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood has been delayed as Vatican officials postponed this month’s scheduled beatification in Peoria.

Alabama youth evangelist pleads guilty to child sex charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 6:28am

An Alabama youth evangelist faces decades in prison after pleading guilty multiple child-sex charges.

Jews angered by activists’ use of Holocaust victims’ ashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 3rd - 1:59am

Jewish groups have expressed outrage at an oversized urn placed in front of the German parliament that organizers say contains the remains of Holocaust victims.

Italy expels 2 suspected extremists from Bangladesh, Morocco

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 1:48pm

Italy’s interior ministry says two suspected extremists from Bangladesh and Morocco, including an imam who allegedly beat children studying the Quran, have been expelled from the country.

Temple collapses in Cambodia, killing 3 and injuring 13

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 7:34am

Police in Cambodia say a Buddhist temple under construction in Siem Reap, home of the famed Angkor temples, has collapsed, killing at least three people and injuring 13 others, including two monks.

UK group: Rabbi badly beaten in London, hate crimes on rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 2nd - 7:18am

A neighborhood watch group that protects largely Jewish neighborhoods in London says a visiting rabbi has been badly beaten by men shouting anti-Semitic abuse.