News  /  Features  /  Religion  / 

Most Recent

AP Explains: What next after the downfall of IS in Sirte?

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:21pm

The Islamic State group this week lost the city of Sirte, its only foothold in Libya, essentially ending its ambition to expand its self-styled "caliphate" into the North African nation, at least for now.

Macedonia to hold early vote after corruption allegations

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:00am

Macedonia is holding an early general election after a nearly two-year political crisis that has roiled the government and threatens the Balkan nation's ambitions of joining NATO and the European Union.

An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:20am

Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued.

Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:00am

Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.

Aide to late Pope John Paul II retires as Polish archbishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 6:10am

Roman Catholic Church authorities in Poland have announced the successor to the retiring archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who had been personal secretary to the late Pope St. John Paul II, a native of Poland.

IS calls for attacks on US bases in uneasy island of Bahrain

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:30am

The Islamic State group is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain, including those targeting American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary.

Former French budget minister sentenced to 3 years

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:40am

Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison in one of the biggest political scandals of President Francois Hollande's government.

Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC chair

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13am

Aides and supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are searching for an alternative to Rep. Keith Ellison, the early favorite in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, amid growing resistance to his bid.

UN scrambling for land to shelter displaced outside Mosul

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

The U.N. is scrambling to find enough land to shelter those displaced by the fighting to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group as humanitarians brace for the exodus of as many as 700,000 people from the city, an official said Wednesday.

The Latest: Investigators describe scene at church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:30pm

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):

Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC chair

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:51pm

Rep. Keith Ellison said Wednesday he'll resign his seat in Congress if he's elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Pope insists suggestion on remarried has church backing

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:50am

Pope Francis says the majority of the world's bishops back his suggestion that civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, adding fuel to the debate that has riled some conservative Catholics.

Pope warns about fake news - from experience

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

Pope Francis is warning about the dangers of fake news, and he should know: Earlier this year, he was reported — falsely — to have endorsed Donald Trump for U.S. president.

Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids stolen from church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:30am

Police in Connecticut are investigating the theft of dozens of toys collected for underprivileged children from a Watertown church.

Germany: 3 teens go on trial over bombing a Sikh temple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:10am

Three teenagers have gone on trial in Germany over an explosion at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen.

The Latest: Judge refuses to delay Dylann Roof's trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:00pm

The Latest on the trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people in a Charleston church (all times local):

Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20pm

Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom.

Court won't hear appeal of rabbi after wife beaten to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:41pm

New Jersey's highest court won't hear an appeal from a rabbi convicted of plotting the 1994 murder-for-hire of his wife at their home.

Muslim cleric in US court says he wasn't convicted in Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:02pm

The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques took the stand in court Tuesday to defend himself against charges he lied on his green card application.

Graffiti welcomes Muslims at Islamic center in Missouri

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 10:31am

At a time when reports of anti-Muslim sentiment are rising, an Islamic Center in Missouri has received a different message.