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Duterte to end martial law in Philippine south after 2 years

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:53am

President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to end more than two years of martial law in the southern Philippines after government forces weakened Islamic militant groups there with the capture and killing of their leaders, his spokesman said Tuesday.

India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:33pm

For years, Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God.

Natan Sharansky receives Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:49pm

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms, organizers announced Tuesday.

North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:06pm

A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Donald Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so.

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:14am

More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses, challenges and sex abuse scandals complicating their lives and those of their fellow priests across the United States.

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Joseph Krauss and Mohammad Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:56pm

For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:12pm

People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all ”graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons.

'Provide the good news of Christ': Latter-day Saints hold Christmas devotional

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:19pm

The swelling strains of a familiar Christmas hymn echoed through the Conference Center Sunday night as choir members sang during the annual Christmas devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shooting survivor sues Southern California synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 1:00pm

A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn't use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report.

Pope Francis prays to mark start of Italy's holiday season

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 12:03pm

Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season.

Pope names Manila Cardinal Tagle to major Vatican post

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:15am

Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself.

Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:08am

Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91.

I didn’t want to be gay, Ed Smart tells LGBTQ conference

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:38pm

‘I thought Elizabeth’s ordeal was very difficult, but this one is more difficult,’ he said.

Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:49pm

with the handle "DaDUTCHMAN5" — that posted the threat against Rashid, according to the affidavit. The post was accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the infamous 1915 lynching of a Jewish man, Leo Frank, in Marietta, Georgia.

15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds

Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 11:38am

Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen.

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:06pm

India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated violence.

Utah Supreme Court punts on BYU records fight

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:07pm

Court says a decision would not be useful because a new law has reshaped the legal battle waged by journalists.

US likely to hit China over human rights despite trade talks

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 1:57pm

Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he tries to deliver a long-sought trade deal with Beijing.

Ex-NY Giants chaplain sued over abuse allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:52pm

A former New York Giants team chaplain who faced sexual abuse allegations nearly 20 years ago has been sued by one of the accusers.