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Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:03am

Religion played a central role in this week's deadlocked election in Israel's secular heartland.

Judge set to rule on trial for suspect in synagogue shooting

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:02pm

A judge is expected to rule whether a 20-year-old former college student should stand trial on charges of firing an assault rifle inside a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people.

The Latest: Witness describes California synagogue attack

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sep 19th - 12:28pm

The Latest on a preliminary hearing for a 20-year-old man charged with opening fire on a Southern California synagogue, killing a woman and injuring three other people (all times local):

3 politicians sorry for using, defending anti-Semitic trope

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:39am

Three city council members in New Jersey's capital city have apologized for using or defending anti-Semitic language while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney.

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 10:24pm

Hundreds of mourners have packed a church service and children stood vigil as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral.

Prosecutors seek trial for man charged with synagogue attack

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 10:13pm

Prosecutors will have a recording of a 20-year-old's call to an emergency dispatcher and his online posts when they try to convince a judge that he should be put on trial for opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people.

Politician apologizes for use of anti-Semitic trope

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 4:20pm

The city council president in New Jersey's capital city has apologized for using an anti-Semitic trope while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney.

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of alleged clergy abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 9:06am

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren't properly reviewed.

Russian Orthodox priests speak out to back jailed protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 1:20am

Several dozen Russian Orthodox priests have signed a public petition, condemning a series of recent trials and prison sentences for anti-government protesters.

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Desmond Butler and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 10:10pm

Facebook likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported.

Latter-day Saint missionary dies from injuries suffered in car crash

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 17th - 4:49pm

Elder Bryant Keck died with his mother by his side, according to church officials.

5 rights groups urge UN chief to condemn China over Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 3:08pm

Five human rights organizations are urging U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to condemn the Chinese government's detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region and call for the immediate closure of government detention camps.

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese has paid out $80M to law firm

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Updated Sep 17th - 12:52pm

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm alone since 2000, the Minnesota-based attorney who heads the firm told reporters.

Saudi Arabia says full production restored within the month

Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Updated Sep 17th - 12:48pm

Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Tuesday that 50% of its daily crude oil production that was knocked out by a weekend attack had been restored and that full production is expected by the end of the month.

Biden's abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 9:08am

a sign that Catholic Democrats' political calculus may be changing as the 2020 election approaches.

Greek schools to stop recording pupils' faith, nationality

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 8:10am

Greece's Education Ministry says it's agreed to remove all references to schoolchildren's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates.

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sep 17th - 4:01am

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago.

Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 4:00am

A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors.

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary elections

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 2:29am

Israel is holding the country's 22nd parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots. Coming on the heels of April elections, it is an unprecedented repeat vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.