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Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, in a sign that a five-year suspension of important Catholic-Muslim ties was over. Read more »

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Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

ing to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional... Read more »

Published May 18, 2016

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International Modest Fashion Week takes off in Turkey

Spring colors, breezy fabrics, high necklines and long hemlines: The International Modest Fashion Week opened Friday in Istanbul as Turkey sought to be seen as a creative hotspot for conservative... Read more »

Published May 13, 2016

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Egypt court recommends death for 2 Al-Jazeera employees

An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death sentence against six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the... Read more »

Published May 7, 2016

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In Minnesota, 100s take opportunity to sue over sex abuse

It's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. Read more »

Published May 7, 2016

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London's new Muslim mayor vows to be leader for everyone

Sadiq Khan has a simple, striking message for Londoners: He'll be a mayor for people of all faiths and none. Read more »

Published May 7, 2016

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'Holy Fire,' fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000... Read more »

Published May 1, 2016

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For Hillary Clinton, church offers a trusted comfort zone

Sunday mornings at Baptist churches fall right into Hillary Clinton's comfort zone. Read more »

Published April 24, 2016

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Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric, bluster

As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feel he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company. Read more »

Published April 24, 2016

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Obama says US has 'momentum' in fight against Islamic State

President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its partners have the momentum in the fight against the Islamic State group and intend to keep it. Read more »

Published April 13, 2016

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Israel to free 12-year-old Palestinian girl held in prison

A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who was imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement will be released early, Israel's prison service said Monday, capping a... Read more »

Published April 11, 2016

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Belgians find elusive 'man in the hat' from airport video

After nearly three weeks of frantic searching, Belgian authorities announced Saturday they had finally arrested and identified the elusive "man in the hat" spotted alongside two suicide bombers who... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016

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Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word "God" with a lowercase "g'' whenever... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016

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Official: 6th person arrested in Belgium over attacks

Belgian authorities have detained a total of six people suspected of ties to the Brussels bombings, including the last known fugitive of last year's Paris attacks and a Swedish fighter linked to... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016

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Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016

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Catholics react to Pope Francis' document on family life

the world, Catholics reacted Friday to a sweeping document in which Pope Francis said they must be guided by their own informed consciences and not rely exclusively on church doctrine to negotiate... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016

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Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016

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Groups rally to call for veto of religious objections bill

More than 300 protesters in the state capital Monday had one message for Gov. Phil Bryant: Veto House Bill 1523. Read more »

Published April 4, 2016

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General Conference speakers likely to push civility amid campaign vitriol

Mormon leaders are not expected to mention presidential candidates by name at this weekend's church conference, but they may reiterate their push for more public civility and compassion amid a... Read more »

Published April 1, 2016

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Archaeologists digging at Malcolm X's boyhood home in Boston

Archeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly... Read more »

Published March 29, 2016

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As Pakistan mourns, prime minister vows to defeat militants

In an emotional televised address, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to hunt down and defeat the militants who have been carrying out attacks like the Easter bombing that targeted Christians... Read more »

Published March 28, 2016

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Obama and family attend Easter service at historic VA church

President Barack Obama and his family are attending Easter service at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, which traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president. Read more »

Published March 27, 2016

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Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing... Read more »

Published March 27, 2016

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Pope Francis presides over Good Friday Colosseum procession (+video)

Pope Francis at the traditional Good Friday cross procession denounced those committing "terrorist acts" while profaning God's name and decried "cowardly silence" over the barbarous killing of... Read more »

Published March 25, 2016

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Iran's Rouhani making first visit to Pakistan as president

Iran's Hassan Rouhani arrived Friday in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first since becoming president, at a time when Saudi Arabia is courting Islamabad to increase participation in a new... Read more »

Published March 25, 2016

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