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China says fire in sacred Tibetan monastery not arson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:04pm

Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that damaged a 1,300-year-old monastery that is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:19pm

A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash."

Billy Graham went from tent revivals to the White House

Rachel Zoll and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:06pm

As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel — and political advice — to U.S. presidents.

'God understands': Quotes from the Rev. Billy Graham

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:04pm

The Rev. Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99. He was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history. Here are some quotations from the man who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism.

Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:42pm

The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse underwent gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.

Mexican front-runner promotes 'well-being of the soul'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:36am

Religion has been the electrified "third rail" of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died.

Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:58am

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:36am

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement.

Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:46pm

The Vatican's sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest.

The Latest: Wife loses bid to replace lawmaker who shot self

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:00pm

The Latest on a special election to complete the remaining term of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year (all times local):

Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:20am

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.

Myanmar to resettle 6,000 stranded Rohingya refugees

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:30am

Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh on Tuesday to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar, officials said.

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.

Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:51am

Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:22am

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99.

Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:17pm

A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.

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.