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US Muslims see friendly neighbors, but a foe in White House

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:10am

U.S. Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump's presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually be fully accepted in American society, a new survey finds.

Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:38am

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.

Priest at center of clergy sex abuse scandal to be released

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:21pm

One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal has completed his prison sentence on child rape charges and will be released this week after two experts hired by prosecutors found he does not meet the legal criteria to be held as a sexually dangerous person.

Housekeeper welcomes role as symbol in deportation fights

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:33pm

A housekeeper and mother of four who has secured sanctuary inside a church says she's comfortable being a symbol in the push to change immigration laws.

The Latest: Pastor calls 10 flash flood victims hardworking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:52pm

The Latest on the funeral for 10 members of an Arizona family killed in a flash flood. (all times local):

Ailing Nigeria president gives thanks for nationwide prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:29am

Nigeria's government says President Muhammadu Buhari has written to Guinea's leader thanking him for organizing nationwide prayers for his health and saying "I am making good progress."

Report: German runaway found in Iraq wants to go home

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 8:11am

A teenage German girl who ran away after converting to Islam and was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul says she wants to go home, a German newspaper and broadcaster reported Monday.

The Latest: Duterte meets with protesters outside Congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 7:01am

The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's state of the nation speech (all times local):

Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:31am

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

After Mosul victory, Iraq mulls future of Shiite militias

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:02am

In the wake of victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's political, religious and military leaders are debating the future of the country's powerful Shiite militias — the tens of thousands of men who answered a religious call to arms three years ago and played a critical role in beating back the extremists.

Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Ian Deitch and Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:42pm

Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

Kirsten Grieshaber and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 12:01pm

A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.

Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:36am

European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:00am

The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants and stamp out similar extremist plots in the volatile region.

Sean Spicer hit bumps in road from first day at White House

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:41am

From Day One, it was clear that Sean Spicer was in for a rocky ride as President Donald Trump's press secretary.

Israel bars entry to 5 US activists under anti-BDS law

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:17pm

Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country.

Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:33am

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Al-Azhar setting up religious edict booths in Cairo metro

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 1:21pm

Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, is setting up booths in Cairo metro stations to provide religious edicts to commuters in the latest bid to dispel religious misconceptions seen as fostering Islamic militancy in the country, which is targeting mainly security personnel and Copts.

Erdogan says Muslims won't remain silent on Jerusalem crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 5:37am

Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent.

Pakistani inmate asks court to suspend practice of hanging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 3:00am

A defense lawyer says a Pakistani death-row inmate has requested that a court suspend the "un-Islamic" practice of hanging prisoners because it is "too painful."