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Vigil held to support Minnesota mosque where bacon was found

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 2:42pm

People have gathered for a vigil to support a Minnesota mosque after officials found bacon left near the front door and in its parking lot, an act one group called "attempted religious desecration."

Jews, Muslims in Berlin team up on bike rides against hatred

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 11:58am

Some 25 Jews and Muslims rode tandem bicycles through the German capital on Sunday in a protest against growing anti-Semitism and attacks on Muslims in the country.

As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 3:50pm

Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a small stage, dancing for the crowd. A song with a woman's voice blares through the loudspeakers, singing: "I love you Saudia. My love, Saudia."

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

Fay Abuelgasim and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:31am

In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:15am

The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.

Ex-priest who abused child allowed access to Chicago schools

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 2:26pm

Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.

Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote

Elena Becatoros and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:48am

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has never lost an election, is taking a gamble that will consolidate his hold on power in Turkey if he emerges victorious from Sunday's landmark presidential and parliamentary vote.

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:48pm

A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Pope: Countries should take in as many refugees as they can

Alessandra Tarantino, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:48pm

Pope Francis urged nations Thursday to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won't turn to human traffickers to reach countries that can offer a better life.

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians must work together on peace

Jamey Keaten and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:44pm

Pope Francis journeyed Thursday to the well-heeled city of Geneva to encourage all Christians, despite their differences, to join in efforts to foster justice and fight poverty while the rich grow "ever more wealthy."

Mississippi man pleads guilty in killing of Catholic nuns

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:32pm

A Mississippi man admitted Thursday that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders.

Activists rally at New York facility housing immigrant kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 6:29pm

Politicians and religious leaders vowed to ensure immigrant families separated at the U.S. border are reunited swiftly, as a crowd rallied Saturday outside a facility housing children bused from Texas to New York.

Iraqi PM al-Abadi announces coalition with elections winner

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 2:57pm

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Saturday a political coalition amid talks to form a new government after national elections last month.

IS demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 1:01pm

The Islamic State group released a hostage video on Saturday demanding the release of all Sunni women prisoners from Iraqi jails.

The Latest: Ex-Vatican diplomat convicted for child porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 5:53am

The Latest on the ex-Vatican diplomat child pornography case (all times local):

Former Vatican diplomat Capella admits accessing child porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 12:20pm

A former Vatican diplomat on trial for possession of a large quantity of child pornography has admitted the charges during the first hearing of an expedited trial inside the Vatican.

Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:43pm

A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that "hate narratives from outside the country" have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country's west.

Pope: Not putting brakes on communion for Lutheran spouses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:09pm

Pope Francis says the Vatican has "not put the brakes on" the possibility of communion for the Lutheran spouses of Catholics.

Maryland delegate says man yelled 'Heil Hitler' at her

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:21pm

A Jewish Maryland state legislator says a man yelled "Heil Hitler" at her while she was campaigning.