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Sarajevo: The slaying that set off World War I

06/19/2014 1:31am
A century after Gavrilo Princip ignited World War I with a shot from his handgun, the baby-faced Serb teenager who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo in 1914 still provokes controversy.

Muslims close shops to protest Sri Lanka attacks

06/19/2014 11:52am
Muslims shut their shops in Sri Lanka's capital on Thursday to protest recent attacks by hard-line Buddhists and demand that the government punish those responsible.

Republicans: Obama must defend Christian values

06/19/2014 1:22pm
Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America's leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom as they courted social conservatives expected to play a critical role in the next presidential contest.

French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

06/19/2014 1:31pm
Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. More than 5,000 are on track to leave this year, the most since after the Six-Day War in 1967.

Pope skips procession, takes it easy ahead of trip

06/19/2014 2:31pm
Pope Francis skipped an annual procession to a Roman basilica on Thursday as he takes it easy ahead of a jam-packed trip to southern Italy this weekend.

Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers

06/19/2014 4:51pm
Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

Iraq: al-Maliki's rivals jockey to replace him

06/19/2014 5:01pm
With the country in turmoil, rivals of Iraq's Shiite prime minister are mounting a campaign to force him out of office, with some angling for support from Western backers and regional heavyweights.

McCrory signs 4 bills into NC law

06/19/2014 5:41pm
Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill laying out the activities students and staff can perform while exercising their constitutional rights for religious expression and prayer in North Carolina's public schools.

Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

06/19/2014 6:11pm
The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

Chief minister of troubled Myanmar state retires

06/19/2014 11:20pm
The chief minister of Myanmar's Rakhine state that has been embroiled in sectarian violence has retired and the country's religious affairs minister has been fired.