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German minister questions Islam's place in the country

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:26pm

Germany's new interior minister said Friday he doesn't consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration.

The Latest: Ex-Guam archbishop appealing sex abuse verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:24pm

The Latest on the Vatican convicting suspended Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of some charges in a sex abuse trial (all times local):

Myanmar forces Burman culture on minorities, erases identity

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:48am

From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies.

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 9:26pm

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.

Interfaith leaders, youths to push for assault rifle ban

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 7:42pm

A movement to ban assault rifles in Oregon was launched in a Portland church Thursday, with clerics saying youths — many of whom have been protesting for gun control — will drive the campaign.

Afghan baby named Donald Trump proves divisive

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 12:21pm

When Asadullah Poya's wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of Donald Trump.

School dance, anyone? Pakistan lawmakers in Punjab seek ban

Zaheer Babar and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 9:51am

Pakistani lawmakers in a provincial assembly voted in favor of a recommendation to ban dance parties at schools and other educational institutions, saying they promote Western culture, officials said Thursday. The move drew criticism from students and activists, who vowed to oppose the decision.

Muslims lament lack of solidarity over German mosque attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 6:10am

Muslim groups in Germany are asking for greater solidarity from officials and the general public over a series of attacks against mosques.

Father testifies in Australian court cardinal abused son

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 3:46am

A father testified in an Australian court Thursday that his son said he was sexually abused by Vatican Cardinal George Pell during a waterskiing outing years ago. When a defense lawyer accused him of lying, the father told the court it was an insult.

Alleged leader of mosque bombing could be threatening figure

Michael Tarm, Amy Forliti and Teresa Crawford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 11:51pm

A former sheriff's deputy and purported ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views who also wrote books and attracted others into his shadowy group.

French minister: Fighting gender violence 'the top priority'

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 4:51pm

Fighting violence against women isn't just a top priority for French President Emmanuel Macron — it's the top priority, his gender equality minister said Wednesday. And one of the first targets is street harassment.

Vatican doctors photo of Benedict's praise for Francis

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 2:52pm

The Vatican admitted Wednesday that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis. The manipulation changed the meaning of the image in a way that violated photojournalist industry standards.

Lawsuit: Police forced Muslim women to remove head coverings

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:03pm

Two arrested Muslim women who said the police department forced them to remove their religious head coverings and pose for mugshots sued the city on Friday to try to change the practice.

St. Louis high school band gets surprise visit from the pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:59pm

A group of 45 band students from a Jesuit high school in St. Louis didn't know they'd get a surprise visit from Pope Francis when they recently performed at the Vatican.

Catholic, Jewish leaders in Poland seek to reduce tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 11:14am

Catholic and Jewish leaders in Poland have taken steps to try to rebuild dialogue and fight prejudice in their communities after a Polish-Israeli dispute sparked expressions of mutual hostility.

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after anti-Muslim violence ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 5:53am

Sri Lanka's government on Thursday ended a weeklong ban on social media that was imposed because of concerns that it was being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country's central region.

Judge dismisses lawsuit of Muslim boy's dad with prejudice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 8:43pm

A judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school.

2 arrested in death of pastor's wife during home invasion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 3:41pm

Officials in North Carolina say two men have been arrested after a Sunday school teacher was killed and her pastor husband severely injured in a home invasion robbery ended with a house fire.

Atheists challenge Kansas county over prayer before meetings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 3:37pm

Local government officials in the second most populous county in Kansas are grappling with a challenge by atheists to a decades-old practice of opening meetings with prayer, prompting a Sedgwick County Commissioner to say during a public meeting Tuesday that if they don't believe in God, he doesn't care if they "go to hell."