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Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

07/28/2014 12:20am
The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

07/28/2014 2:20am
Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

07/28/2014 4:21am
Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

07/28/2014 6:10am
Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there's no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

07/28/2014 9:51am
Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

07/28/2014 10:31am
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."

Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church

07/28/2014 11:11am
Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.

Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

07/28/2014 11:51am
Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

07/28/2014 12:52pm
Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.

Israel appears ready to broaden war

07/28/2014 2:31pm
Israel's military is urging residents in parts of the Gaza Strip to leave their homes, ahead of what appears to be a broadening of the three-week war. In phone messages, the Israelis warn, "What is coming will be worse."

France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq

07/28/2014 3:41pm
France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.

Obama nominates rabbi to be religious freedom ambassador

07/28/2014 4:51pm
President Barack Obama has nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to be the next U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom.

Utah family hosts local Muslims in end-of-Ramadan celebration

07/28/2014 8:08pm
Roughly 70 guests gathered at a Salt Lake City home Monday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and cleansing for Muslims.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

07/28/2014 8:21pm
Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.