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Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 7:57am

Turkey's president has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand, which is trying to stop its use, is due to visit Turkey.

New Zealand bans 'military-style' guns after mosque attacks

Juliet Williams and Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 6:19am

The government of New Zealand announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Thursday, just a week after such weapons were used in attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch that killed 50 people.

Pakistani lawmakers claim women's march was anti-Islam

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:17am

Provincial lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan have assailed as anti-Islamic women's marches held earlier this month across the country to mark the International Women's Day.

Bombs target Afghan Shiites marking new year, killing 6

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 12:19am

A string of bombs exploded near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital on Thursday as people gathered to mark Nowruz, the Persian new year, leaving six people dead and as many as 20 wounded, Afghan officials said.

The Latest: Austria says NZ attack suspect visited there

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 8:23pm

The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local):

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 7:36pm

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context.

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:41pm

A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites.

Attorneys: Church list of accused Illinois clergy incomplete

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:51pm

Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children — a roster more than twice as long as what the state's six dioceses previously released.

Idaho man honored after quitting high-paying job to build beds for thousands of kids

Nate Eaton,  |  Posted Mar 20th - 10:29am

It was 2012, and Luke Mickelson was looking for a service project that he could do with young men from his Latter-Day Saint congregation in Twin Falls.

Indian court acquits 4 Hindus in blast on train to Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 7:25am

An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four Hindus charged with triggering explosions on a train heading to India's border with Pakistan 12 years ago, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistani citizens.

Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 6:07am

Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key World War I campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam.

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:37am

The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local):

New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

Nick Perry, Juliet Williams and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 11:14pm

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.

Connecticut diocese settles priest abuse lawsuits for $3.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:25am

A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut has agreed to pay $3.5 million to five men who alleged in lawsuits that they were sexually abused as children by priests.

Austrian court rejects complaint by expelled Turkish imams

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:22am

Austria's Constitutional Court has thrown out a complaint by two Turkish imams expelled under a 2015 law that prevents religious communities from getting funding from foreign nations.

Jordanian king vows to protect Jerusalem holy sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 1:54am

Jordan's King Abdullah II is vowing to keep protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, calling it a "red line" for his country.

Muslim civil rights group accepts invite to W.Va. Capitol

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 11:11am

The nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization says it has accepted an invitation from West Virginia lawmakers to visit the state Capitol in the wake of an Islamophobic display outside the House of Delegates chamber.

Arkansas House OKs bill requiring schools offer Bible course

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 5:32am

The Arkansas House has approved a bill that requires public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible if students request one.

The Latest: Diocese disputes some allegations in lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:23pm

The Latest on a West Virginia lawsuit accusing a Catholic diocese of knowingly employing pedophiles (all times local):

Lawyers to release list of accused Illinois Catholic clergy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:07pm

Attorneys who have represented clergy abuse victims across the United States say they are releasing a report that lists the names of every Catholic priest and lay person in Illinois who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.