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Korean martyrs' descendants feel pride and burden

08/12/2014 2:41am
They died well over a century ago, but the 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis this week still have a hold over many of their descendants — even some who learned of their sacrifices only in recent years, or whose families are now Buddhist or Protestant.

Myanmar lifts curfew in violence-hit Mandalay

08/12/2014 3:50am
Authorities in Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay have lifted a curfew imposed after attacks on minority Muslims left two people dead and injured 14 others.

Cheney School District regrets religious assembly

08/12/2014 7:10am
Cheney School District officials have apologized for allowing a religious missionary to speak last March at a mandatory student assembly.

Vatican to Muslim leaders: Condemn Iraq barbarity

08/12/2014 8:30am
The Vatican is urging Muslim leaders to denounce the "barbarity" of the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and other minorities in Iraq, saying their credibility is on the line.

Nostalgia fuels push for Hopewell school reunion

08/12/2014 8:30am
The classrooms at the old Hopewell Elementary School contained only simple desks, tables and chairs.

Pakistan rallies to test government, its democracy

08/12/2014 11:20am
Ahead of planned massive anti-government protests, Pakistan's capital feels like a city preparing for a siege.

Iraq's PM-designate faces challenges ahead

08/12/2014 12:10pm
The choice of Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq's next prime minister, a move that would end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule, came as a surprise to many Iraqis. He was not among the best-known members of the Baghdad political elite, nor an obvious choice to replace the embattled premier.

UN chief warns Iraqi forces: Stay out of politics

08/12/2014 1:21pm
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday it is "imperative" that Iraqi security forces refrain from intervening in the political process leading to the formation of a new government that must tackle the takeover of a large swath of the north by Islamic extremists.

Judge sets settlement talks in friar abuse suits

08/12/2014 2:31pm
A judge has scheduled a settlement conference for civil claims by people who say a Franciscan friar molested them when he was an athletic trainer at a western Pennsylvania Catholic high school from 1992 to 2001.

Iraq's prime minister seems increasingly isolated

08/12/2014 8:21pm
His days in power in Iraq appear increasingly numbered. World leaders, including his biggest ally, Iran, hail the nomination of the man who would be his successor.

Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

08/12/2014 10:40pm
Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security agents mingled among them.