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Pastor whose child was shot at Texas church runs for office

Paul J. Weber and David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 25th - 1:46pm

A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among more than two dozen people killed in a mass shooting at his church in 2017 said Sunday that he will run as a Republican next year for a seat in the state Legislature.

G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

Marcelo By Souza, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 25th - 4:34am

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.

President Nelson embarks on ministry tour in Latin America — the 4th in nearly 1.5 years

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 24th - 8:55am

Just a few weeks before his 95th birthday, Latter-day Saint President Russell M. Nelson will embark on a ministry tour to Latin America — his fourth tour in nearly one and a half years.

The Latest: India's Modi bars opposition from Kashmir visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 8:12am

The Latest on Kashmir (all times local):

India's Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 3:39am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

Explosion in Iraq near Shiite mosque kills 3, wounds dozens

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 2:13am

A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shiite mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34, Iraqi security officials said Saturday..

Buttigieg versed in faith-based appeal to Democratic voters

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 10:28pm

Republicans for a half century have built a loyal following among white evangelical Christians. But presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) is trying to demonstrate that there's a strong religiosity among Democrats, too.

Yeshiva University hit with sexual abuse lawsuit

Verena Dobnik and David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 3:49pm

Thirty-eight former students of an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City operated by Yeshiva University sued Thursday over claims they were molested by two prominent rabbis in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:34am

Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends.

Report alleges sex abuse by 40 Vermont priests since 1950

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:26am

A report released Thursday by Vermont's Roman Catholic Church found there were "credible and substantiated" allegations of the sexual abuse of minors against 40 priests in the state since 1950.

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:03am

Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday.

Australian prison chaplain nervous about cardinal inmate

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:33am

A chaplain at an Australian prison for pedophiles on Thursday described the prospect of ministering to a cardinal who until recently was regarded as the third highest-ranking Catholic in the Vatican as "nerve racking."

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:39pm

The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades.

Police: Man shoots worshipper during church service robbery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 25th - 1:30pm

Authorities say a man walked into a South Carolina church demanding money during an early Sunday service and shot one worshipper.

Austria prepares to repatriate IS supporter's children

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 3:51am

Austria is preparing to repatriate two sons of an Austrian Islamic State group supporter believed to have died in Syria after she headed there in 2014.

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 4:37pm

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Roman Catholic priest stabbed to death in Mexico border city

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 2:29pm

A Roman Catholic priest was stabbed to death in the northern Mexico border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas, church officials said Friday.

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 4:25am

The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local):

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 7:10pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups."

Michigan priest accused of binding teen with plastic, tape

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:24am

A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor's room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment.