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Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Derek Cai, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:49am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.

Other suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:42am

Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has initiated legal proceedings to expel just 137 of the estimated 10,000 suspected Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II.

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:11am

Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab.

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:27pm

Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Pope: No effort spared to fight abuse, but offers no details

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:17pm

Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to fester.

Texas priest disappears amid molestation allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 9:27am

A Texas priest who's accused of molesting teens and stealing from his parish has gone missing.

Sign at high school named for Cardinal Wuerl is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 8:09am

A sign at a Roman Catholic high school in Pennsylvania named for Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been vandalized with paint.

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

Danica Kirka and Pietro By Cristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:57am

An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.

The Latest: Archbishop says he didn't see misconduct letter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:23am

The Latest on the clerical sex abuse scandal (all times local):

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:25pm

Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gathered on Monday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

New chapel in Idaho replaces meetinghouse that burned down in 2016

Nate Sunderland,  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:52pm

A massive fire destroyed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Swan Valley in 2016. Since then the congregation has been looking forward to the day when they could use and worship in their own building again. After months of construction that day will finally arrive next week.

Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:32am

The archbishop of Dublin said Sunday he hopes Pope Francis will speak frankly about the "darkness" of priestly sex abuse during his upcoming visit to Ireland, which has been clouded by new revelations of misconduct in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Bishop: Church today 'not the church' of grand jury report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:50am

The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation and said the diocese has "followed every single step" needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse.

Catholic school scrubs bishops' names from campus buildings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 8:03am

A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania says it is acting in solidarity with victims of child sexual abuse and is removing the names of three bishops from campus buildings.

Syria's Assad attends holiday prayers at Damascus mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:15am

Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power.

2 priests, 1 accused of sex abuse, found unfit for ministry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 2:35pm

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found two priests unsuitable for the ministry, one as a result of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor that surfaced in a 2011 report by a grand jury.

Priest abuse hotline gets 400-plus calls in wake of report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 2:01pm

Prosecutors say a hotline set up to get information on child sexual abuse by clergy within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses has received more than 400 calls over the past six days.

Priest accused of stealing $200,000-plus from church resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:34am

A South Florida priest has resigned after being accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church.

Pope issues letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, demanding accountability

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 4:21am

Pope issues letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, demanding accountability.