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Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote

Elena Becatoros and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:48am

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has never lost an election, is taking a gamble that will consolidate his hold on power in Turkey if he emerges victorious from Sunday's landmark presidential and parliamentary vote.

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:48pm

A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can

Alessandra Tarantino, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:48pm

Pope Francis urged nations Thursday to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won't turn to human traffickers to reach countries that can offer a better life.

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians must work together on peace

Jamey Keaten and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:44pm

Pope Francis journeyed Thursday to the well-heeled city of Geneva to encourage all Christians, despite their differences, to join in efforts to foster justice and fight poverty while the rich grow "ever more wealthy."

Mississippi man pleads guilty in killing of Catholic nuns

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:32pm

A Mississippi man admitted Thursday that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders.

The Latest: Pope stumbles after Mass, but aides prevent fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:24am

The Latest on the pope's visit to Geneva (all times local):

Religious beliefs deserve as much protection as race and gender, LDS leader says

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:02am

Religious beliefs are as much a part of many people’s core identity as race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation and should be offered at least as much protection, said Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy.

Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:39am

A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent.

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:56pm

Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .

LDS Church updates guidelines for interviewing youth

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:53pm

The LDS Church is again updating its guidelines for how its bishops should conduct interviews with youth and children.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:42pm

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:12pm

Pope Francis backed the Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the practice of separating children from parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally, according to an interview published Wednesday.

Former Vatican diplomat Capella admits accessing child porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:20pm

A former Vatican diplomat on trial for possession of a large quantity of child pornography has admitted the charges during the first hearing of an expedited trial inside the Vatican.

Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:43pm

A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that "hate narratives from outside the country" have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country's west.

Pope: Not putting brakes on communion for Lutheran spouses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:09pm

Pope Francis says the Vatican has "not put the brakes on" the possibility of communion for the Lutheran spouses of Catholics.

Maryland delegate says man yelled 'Heil Hitler' at her

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:21pm

A Jewish Maryland state legislator says a man yelled "Heil Hitler" at her while she was campaigning.

Court halts release of report on Pennsylvania priest abuse

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:55pm

Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday held up the release of a grand jury report into the handling of sexual abuse claims involving six Roman Catholic dioceses and local officials, days before it was expected to be made public.

Iran arrests lawyer for criticizing execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:21pm

An Iranian lawyer has been arrested for "spreading lies" after saying on social media that a Sufi executed this week was wrongfully convicted.

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:53am

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.

Europol says homegrown jihadis behind most 2017 attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:20am

Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed.