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'Lone wolf' terror attacks inspired by IS to persist in West

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:10pm

The threat of "lone wolf" acts of terrorism inspired by the Islamic State will persist in the West, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday, even as the extremist group loses battles and territory in the Middle East.

Trump's shifting position Muslim ban causes confusion

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:11am

From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 9:50am

Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:10am

As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.

Judge: Mississippi law creates inequality for gay marriage

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:40pm

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.

Bombings claimed by IS killed 43 in southern Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:20pm

An Islamic State affiliate carried out a series of attacks in Yemen's southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 43 people and wounding several others, officials said.

Egyptian students stage rare protest in Tahrir Square

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:11pm

Hundreds of Egyptian high school students staged a rare protest in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Monday before security forces quickly moved in, dispersing them with tear gas and detaining several.

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:11am

Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts.

Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:00am

The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:50am

China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion.

Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:10am

Turkey says Pope Francis's recognition of the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide during his visit to Armenia won't help efforts to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus region.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

Susannah George and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 2:20am

Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS.

Fake monks? Buddhist leaders warn NYC tourists to be wary

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:51pm

New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks."

Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 5:51pm

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Pope defends Armenia 'genocide' comment; no offense meant

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 2:41pm

Pope Francis defended using the term "genocide" to describe the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, saying Sunday that's how he has always referred to the massacre, he didn't mean anything offensive by it and that it would have been "very strange" to have avoided it.

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:01pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.

Ancient temple of Mexican Otomi Indians damaged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:01am

Assailants who allegedly said they were Jehovah's Witnesses have toppled stone structures used as altars at an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico.

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:31pm

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Trial resumes for sister charged in fatal church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:10pm

Testimony is scheduled to resume in the murder trial of a New York woman accused of taking part in a group attack during a church counseling session that killed her half brother and injured another.

Man who criticized church's Ramadan message goes to mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 1:41pm

A Pennsylvania politician who apologized for criticizing a church that posted a message wishing Muslims a "blessed Ramadan" attended a worship service and dined at a Harrisburg mosque.