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Time deepens agony for Flight 370 relatives

06/17/2014 4:10am
In the more than 100 days since her husband disappeared along with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Zhang Qian's world has collapsed. She quit her job, sleeps rarely and prefers not to go out, except to the Buddhist temples where she has found some solace.

Review: 'The Who & The What' by Akhtar is vibrant

06/17/2014 5:20am
Thorny disputes can erupt when traditional religious beliefs are publicly questioned. Ayad Akhtar, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Disgraced," has written a strong, colorful new play taking on fundamentalist reactions to questions about the role of women in Islam.

Pope rails against corruption as Italy probes rise

06/17/2014 8:11am
Pope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals afflicting several major public projects in Italy.

Police: Priest killed with gun owned by colleague

06/17/2014 12:11pm
A homeless ex-convict is being held on $1 million bond, accused of beating a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church and then wrestling away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant.

US urges protection for Sri Lanka minorities

06/17/2014 12:31pm
The United States on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka's government to protect religious minorities and their places of worship after hard-line Buddhists launched deadly attacks on Muslims.

UN appalled at suffering in Myanmar's Muslim camps

06/17/2014 1:51pm
A top U.N. humanitarian official said Tuesday she witnessed "appalling conditions" and the worst human suffering she has ever seen in camps for stateless Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's violence-torn Rakhine State.

Humiliation at rout hits Iraqi military hard

06/17/2014 2:21pm
The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee.

Mormon agency changing focus of adoption services

06/17/2014 3:52pm
The social services arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer handle adoptions and will instead shift its resources toward making referrals and counseling families about the process, officials said Tuesday.

Arizona break-in highlights gun-possessing clergy

06/17/2014 4:13pm
A Roman Catholic priest responding to a break-in at his downtown Phoenix church grabbed a handgun that police say ended up in the burglar's hands — and was then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help.

Brewer reflects on successes, woes of 2014 agenda

06/17/2014 5:51pm
Gov. Jan Brewer entered her sixth and final year as Arizona's chief executive in January with a goal of finishing her remake of the state's business-tax structure, overhauling its scandal-ridden child welfare system, enacting a budget that funded priorities while ensuring it became balanced in three years, and pushing a major expansion of broadband Internet service for public schools.

Presbyterian panel backs Israel divestment measure

06/17/2014 6:01pm
A proposal to divest stock in protest of Israel's treatment of Palestinians is moving forward at a national Presbyterian meeting.