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US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:53pm

A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage.

Ex-official facing trial recognized as refugee in Belarus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:53pm

A former Ukrainian defense minister accused of embezzling $2 million has been granted refugee status in neighboring Belarus.

Russian pilgrims mark 100th anniversary of czar's execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:07am

Thousands of Russian pilgrims have walked in a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family.

Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

Philip Marcelo and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:35pm

A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.

Turkey marks 2nd anniversary of thwarting violent coup

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:35pm

With prayers and other events, Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of thwarting a coup against the Turkish president and the government that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded.

The Latest: Fountain, wing-like benches anchor memorial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:51am

The Latest on plans for a memorial at a South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain in 2015 (all times local):

$63,000 found in ceiling at home of priest accused of theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:16pm

State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions.

Vatican-OK'd journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 12:17pm

A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years.

Austrian province faces controversy over kosher meat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:55am

Proposals in an Austrian province for possible restrictions on the slaughter of animals according to Jewish and Muslim religious customs are drawing strong criticism.

Israeli parliament to vote on contentious Nation State bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:27am

Israel's parliament is set to vote on a controversial piece of legislation that would define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Catholic order reaches $1M settlement over sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:42pm

A Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in Massachusetts.

Correction: Israel-Jewish Nation Bill story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:24am

In a story July 16 about a contentious legislation that would define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to the coastal city of Tel Aviv as Israel's capital. It is the country's commercial center.

Exorcist blesses house formerly occupied by troubled priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:45am

The house of a retired Boise priest who was accused of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession has been cleaned out and blessed by an exorcist.

Manager: Asking Muslim kids to leave pool not discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:14am

A Delaware pool manager who asked Muslim children to leave a pool because of their clothing says her action was not discriminatory.

Man convicted of hate crime, arson in Texas mosque torching

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:06pm

A man accused of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been convicted of federal arson and explosives charges and of a hate crime charge.

Procession marks 100th anniversary of czar's execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:29pm

Thousands of pilgrims have begun a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family.

Investigation into weeping Virgin Mary statue continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:21pm

The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping.

Egypt draft bill to immune senior military officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 12:33pm

Egypt's parliament has passed a draft bill that could immune senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence following the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

Judge: Jewish heritage can be basis for race discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:20am

A federal magistrate judge says a football coach should be allowed to pursue his legal claim that a private Baptist college in Louisiana racially discriminated against him because of his Jewish heritage.