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Dozens missing after ferry sinking at Indonesia's Lake Toba

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:14pm

Dozens of people are missing from a ferry that sank on Indonesia's Lake Toba, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month.

Church suspends talks to ease Nicaragua political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:52pm

Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis.

The Latest: Hungary asked to delay vote on 'Stop Soros' bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:46pm

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US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:02pm

The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices" to deny rights to detainees.

LDS Church to significantly revise hymnbooks, asks for original submissions

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:49am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will significantly revise its hymnbook and children’s songbook and is asking members and nonmembers to submit original music for consideration.

Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:12am

Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country.

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:24pm

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.

Papal envoy asks forgiveness in divided Chilean diocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:00pm

A papal emissary asked forgiveness Sunday from Roman Catholics in a region of Chile where people bitterly protested a now-resigned bishop who had once been a lieutenant of the country's most notorious predator priest.

Portugal remembers 66 victims from deadly year for wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:26pm

Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people.

Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 8:33am

Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations involving the sides in the Yemen conflict so the humanitarian crisis doesn't worsen.

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:36pm

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

U. School of Medicine honors LDS Church President Nelson

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 16th - 1:26pm

The University of Utah School of Medicine honored President Russell M. Nelson, president of the LDS Church, Friday for his many years as a practicing heart surgeon.

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Wafaa Shurafa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:08pm

Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan.

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:00pm

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Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 6:42am

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether donations intended for charity instead went to Myanmar's military, which is accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims.

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:59am

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Filipino Muslims mark Eid in ruins of war-torn Marawi

Joeal Calupitan and Aaron Favila, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:52am

Muslim residents of a southern Philippine city devastated by last year's bloody militant siege celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Friday in gunfire-riddled mosques while many whose homes were leveled by the fighting prayed in tent shelters.

Vatican, Mexico lament children suffer most from migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:29am

The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from forced migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Swiss Guards to get place of honor during pope's Swiss trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:06am

The Vatican's Swiss Guards are getting a place of honor in Pope Francis' upcoming day trip to their native Switzerland.

The Latest: Houthis deny Saudi-led forces seized Yemen port

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 12:34pm

The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local):