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Tens of thousands at Jerusalem funeral of influential rabbi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:49am

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are attending the funeral of an influential rabbi in Jerusalem.

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:35pm

Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis seething as they fend for themselves in areas of the country shattered by the three-year war against the Islamic State group.

Bishop at heart of abuse cover-up claims testifies in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:16pm

The Chilean bishop accused of covering up sex abuse by a pedophile priest has testified before a Vatican mission looking into the allegations, a priest involved in the interviews said Friday.

Myanmar bulldozes what was left of Rohingya Muslim villages

Todd Pitman and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:22pm

First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:14pm

Myanmar's parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.

Hobbs residents rally to keep Ten Commandments at City Hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:46am

Some residents in southeastern New Mexico are opposing calls from civil liberties advocates to remove a Ten Commandments monument from public property.

'Lost Tapes' series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:54am

Malcolm X was reviled and adored during his lifetime thanks to his views of black nationalism and "by any means necessary" approach to battle racial discrimination. Following his assassination, the civil rights advocate's popularity was revived by hip-hop artists in the late 1980s and early '90s and his image began appearing on clothing, college dorm posters and eventually in a Spike Lee 1992 biopic.

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

Ricardo Nunes and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

With two months to go before Venezuela's presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures.

German ex-priest convicted of sexually abusing boys

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:38am

A court in southeastern Germany has sentenced a former Catholic priest to 8 ½ years in prison for child sex abuse.

Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:10pm

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

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.

US donors balk at pope's request for $25M for Rome hospital

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:35pm

The Vatican is facing another financial headache after donors to a major U.S. Catholic foundation balked at a request from Pope Francis to foot a $25 million loan to a scandal-plagued Rome hospital.

French court keeps Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:13pm

A court has rejected a release request by a prominent Islamic scholar incarcerated this month on preliminary rape charges.

Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:21am

When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts.

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.