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India says US politicizing religious riots in which 30 died

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

India accused a U.S. government commission of politicizing communal violence in New Delhi that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200 as President Donald Trump was visiting the country.

Islanders who suffered 1940s war atrocities on Guam get paid

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.

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran says 22 dead

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

Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move that came as the Mideast has over 240 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

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.

'A historic day': LDS Business College to rebrand as Ensign College, offer bachelor's degrees

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:40am

The LDS Business College is expanding to add three bachelor’s degree programs and rebrand as Ensign College, school officials and church leaders announced.

Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy seeks asylum in France

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:38am

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, and who faced death threats from Islamic extremists, said she is going to request asylum in France.

Violence in Indian capital casts shadow over Trump's visit

Sheikh Saaliq and Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 3:52am

An angry group of Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks Tuesday at Muslims in a fresh round of violent protests in the Indian capital over a new citizenship law, with at least 10 people killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the country.

Tears from a comic, a mom and a legend mark Bryant memorial

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 7:08pm

Memorable moments from inside the memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Stephen Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 3:32pm

Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s.

Latter-day Saint Charities provided about $100M in assistance in 2019, reports show

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:22pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ humanitarian organization has now spent about $2.3 billion since its inception in 1985.

Iranian clerics keep shrines open, even as virus spreads

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 9:41am

Shiite shrines that attract tens of millions of visitors annually have come under focus in Iran as the country grapples with the spread of the coronavirus.

Video shows man tackling deacon during Saturday evening mass

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:56am

A man was captured on surveillance video tackling a deacon who was conducting a Saturday evening service at a Florida church.

Justices throw out seizure of church assets in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 8:45am

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a court order to seize assets belonging to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay pension benefits for Catholic school teachers.