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AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: Americans struggle to ID true facts

Nicholas Riccardi and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 6:24am

In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican’s finance minister

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 5:13am

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia.

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 4:21am

Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

David Crary and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:34pm

A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis.

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

Michael Rezendes, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:34am

A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week.

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:38pm

Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned.

Trump says US on the hunt for new Islamic State's leader

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 1:25pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America now has its eye on a new Islamic State leader, telling the Economic Club of New York that "we know where he is."

AP Explains: A look at the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza

Ilan Ben Zion and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 9:10am

An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta, a senior official with the Islamic Jihad militant group, setting off the worst bout of fighting in recent months. Islamic Jihad is one of several groups fighting Israel, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:41am

A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia.

Iran's top leader grants mass jail pardon on Islamic holiday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 7:27am

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on “security” charges.

Tunisia elects new parliament speaker from Islamist party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:49am

The longtime leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahdha has been elected speaker of the North African country’s new parliament.

Vatican: Pope, Anglican head aim for joint South Sudan trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 10:44am

The Vatican says Pope Francis and Anglican leader Justin Welby intend to visit South Sudan together if a national unity transition government can be formed in next three months.

Ukrainian capital names streets after Nazi collaborators

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 5:31am

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee's director has harshly criticized a decision by the Ukrainian capital's legislature to name streets after Nazi collaborators.

Pope blasts 'inhuman, un-Christian' rebirth of anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:34am

Pope Francis has denounced the "inhuman, un-Christian" rebirth of anti-Semitism, weighing in on an issue that has convulsed Italy in recent weeks.

Prince Charles discusses climate change with Indian experts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 2:35am

Prince Charles is meeting with Indian experts during a two-day visit to the country focusing on global challenges such as climate change and business sustainability.

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 4:42pm

Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach.

Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:36pm

Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse.

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 7:27am

Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.

Cyprus' Church to return money if donor's passport revoked

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 6:41am

Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says it's ready to give back a fugitive Malaysian financier's 310,000-euro ($342,000) donation if a probe into wealthy individuals who were granted a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program finds that he broke eligibility rules and is stripped of citizenship.