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Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:06am

An Egyptian court on Tuesday added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Pakistan cricketer turned politician Khan marries 3rd time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:39am

Pakistan's cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time by marrying a faith healer, his party announced on Monday.

Hungarian leader calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:05am

Hungary's prime minister says that "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam."

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 10:04am

From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability.

Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 3:41pm

A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the scandal.

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 2:47pm

Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide.

Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:23am

Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:19am

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:03am

Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics.

Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:26am

Pope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged.

Religious protests against films expose divisions in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:45am

Religious protesters in Romania have disrupted the screening of two movies in Bucharest, saying they violate traditional values in the Eastern European country.

IS claims responsibility for church shooting in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:21am

The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region.

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:28pm

A gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others, then was shot and killed by police, authorities say.

Egypt sentences 65 Islamists to jail for incitement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:05am

An Egyptian court has sentenced 65 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to jail over alleged incitement against the state.

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:00am

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

NY archbishop celebrates funeral for US soldier from Ghana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:16pm

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana who died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in quarter of a century.

The Latest: Chile abuse victim: story is finally heard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:33pm

The Latest on a Vatican sex-crimes investigator meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal (all times local):

Jailed Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan reported hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:35pm

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was jailed this month during an investigation of two alleged cases of rape, has reportedly been hospitalized.

Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:03am

A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that's considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.