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Cracks show in China's vision for model ethnic unity village

Emily Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:59pm

In this corner of China's far west, rows of identical white concrete houses with red metal roofs rise abruptly above the sand dunes of the harsh Taklamakan Desert. A Chinese flag flutters above the settlement, and a billboard at the entrance says, "Welcome to the Hotan Unity New Village."

Police search for religious supplies store attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 8:51am

Police on Tuesday were searching for a man who they say sexually assaulted someone in a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store and fatally shot a customer before fleeing.

Bosnia's 3-member presidency takes office after Oct. vote

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

Bosnia on Tuesday inaugurated the country's three-member presidency following last month's election, with nationalist politicians dominating a body designed to heal the country's ethnic divide.

Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 2:27am

A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance.

Gunman fatally shoots woman at Catholic store in Missouri

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 4:09pm

Police in suburban St. Louis on Monday were searching Monday for a gunman who went into a religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head. Police said the shooting victim later died at a hospital.

Hijab-wearing lawmaker takes seat in Bosnian Serb parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:42am

For the first time since Bosnia's ethnic war, a woman who wears a traditional Muslim headscarf has become a lawmaker in the Serb-run part of the country.

President Nelson speaks to 24K people in Texas, talks of facing life's challenges

Sam Penrod, KSL TV  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:31am

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Texas on Sunday night.

6 arrested on sex charges at Toronto all-boys school

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:18am

Police arrested six students from a prestigious private all-boys Catholic school in Toronto on Monday and charged them with sexual assault related to a video that was posted on the internet.

UNESCO launches Holocaust education website

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 5:14am

The U.N. culture and education agency has teamed up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Al-Haj and Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 12:54am

Yemen's Shiite rebels said Monday that they will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the latest push to stop the civil war in the Arab world's poorest country.

Philadelphia Archdiocese to set aside $25M for abuse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 4:00pm

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is putting aside a minimum of $25 million to start paying compensation to people who claim that as children they were sexually abused by clergy.

Genital mutilation charges dismissed in Detroit-area case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 2:45pm

A federal judge dismissed some charges Tuesday against eight people — including two doctors — in the genital mutilation of nine girls at a suburban Detroit clinic, finding it's up to states rather than Congress to regulate the practice.

Pope to meet with young inmates, AIDS patients in Panama

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:47am

The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS.

Diocese removed Iowa priest after girl reported touching

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 9:36am

A longtime Roman Catholic priest in Iowa has been removed from the ministry indefinitely after a girl complained a year ago that he improperly touched her, a diocese has confirmed.

Polish bishops seek forgiveness for pedophilia by priests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 5:11am

Poland's Roman Catholic bishops have asked for forgiveness from those who have been abused by priests in the mostly Catholic nation.

The Latest: Woman shot at religious store dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 8:12pm

The Latest on the shooting at a religious supply store in suburban St. Louis (all times local):

Swastika painted on Duke mural honoring synagogue victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 11:04am

Duke University officials say someone painted a Nazi symbol on a mural honoring victims of last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Episcopal diocese reports record applicants for next bishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 8:41am

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine says it had a record number of applications for its next bishop.

Polish official: ruling party treated way Goebbels did Jews

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 6:49am

Poland's culture minister has compared the treatment of members of his conservative ruling party by political opponents to the way Jews were treated by Nazi Germany's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Vatican hosts Russian art, icons from Tretyakov Gallery

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 4:42am

The Vatican is hosting an unprecedented exhibition of Russian fine art, bringing treasures from Moscow's famed Tretyakov Gallery to Rome following a sold-out exhibit of Vatican works at the state museum two years ago.