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Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 2:55am

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago.

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary elections

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 2:29am

Israel is holding the country's 22nd parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots. Coming on the heels of April elections, it is an unprecedented repeat vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran's supreme leader: No talks with the US at any level

Nasser Karimi and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 12:34am

Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday "there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level"— remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries' presidents at the U.N. later this month.

No new measles cases reported in fading US outbreak

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 8:38am

The nation's worst measles epidemic in 27 years could be in its final stages as a week went by with no new reported cases.

Pakistan to open border crossing for India Sikhs in November

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 7:43am

Pakistani officials said Monday that a much-awaited visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India will be ready by early November, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day.

Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have died

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 5:45am

More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday.

Israel faces potential deadlock in a closely contested vote

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 12:20am

Israel is headed toward an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no guarantee that the do-over vote will produce a more decisive result than the inconclusive one last April.

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 10:59am

A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect.

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:18am

Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a breakaway 51st "Liberty State."

Congo police detain ex-health minister in Ebola funds probe

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 7:04am

Police in Congo have detained the former minister of health amid an investigation into the use of Ebola funds as confirmed Ebola deaths rose to near 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus exceeded 3,000 in the sprawling African nation.

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 11:51pm

Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election.

Far from debate spotlight, Williamson keeps campaigning

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 10:32pm

Marianne Williamson's voice dropped to a near whisper, then soared preacher-style to the rafters.

AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 7:24pm

Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing.

Suspect arrested in fire at historic Minnesota synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 13th - 5:44pm

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota.

Greek schools to stop recording pupils' faith, nationality

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:10am

Greece's Education Ministry says it's agreed to remove all references to schoolchildren's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates.

Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 4:00am

A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors.

Norway police: Suspected mosque gunman's sister shot 4 times

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 2:10am

Norwegian police say the teenage stepsister of a man suspected of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque was shot three times in the head and once in the chest by a .22-caliber rifle that was later found in his car.

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 1:41pm

A federal judge has refused to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man who is campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia.

Pakistan arrests 3 over attack on temple, Hindu homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 16th - 3:20am

Pakistani police say they have arrested three people after a mob of angry Muslims ransacked a Hindu temple over the weekend and damaged a school and several homes belonging to the minority community in the southwestern town of Ghotki.

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 12:23pm

Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia.