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Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope

Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. Read more »

Published Aug. 19, 2014

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Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is... Read more »

Published Aug. 17, 2014

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Islamic State militants press female captives to marry, Yazidis say

Hundreds of Yazidi women who were captured by Islamic militants during their sweep through the town of Sinjar are being incarcerated at scattered locations across northern Iraq in what increasingly looks like a deliberate attempt to... Read more »

Published Aug. 16, 2014

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Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an... Read more »

Published Aug. 16, 2014

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Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other... Read more »

Published Aug. 16, 2014

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Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago. Read more »

Published Aug. 15, 2014

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Tens of thousands hold anti-PM rally in Pakistan

Pakistan's famous cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan early Saturday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down to pave the way for fresh elections, saying last year's vote was massively... Read more »

Published Aug. 15, 2014

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Cops: Amish girls kidnapped by more than 1 person

Residents of a peaceful rural community are reluctant to let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their... Read more »

Published Aug. 15, 2014

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Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis called Friday during a trip to South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell. Read more »

Published Aug. 15, 2014

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Gaza truce extension fans hope of lasting deal

A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appeared to be holding despite a rocky start on Thursday, fanning cautious optimism of progress in the indirect negotiations underway in Cairo between Israel and major Palestinian factions,... Read more »

Published Aug. 14, 2014

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Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive... Read more »

Published Aug. 14, 2014

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Pope to Koreas: Avoid 'fruitless' shows of force

Pope Francis called Thursday for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force, opening a five-day visit... Read more »

Published Aug. 14, 2014

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Pakistan rallies to test government, its democracy

Ahead of planned massive anti-government protests, Pakistan's capital feels like a city preparing for a siege. Read more »

Published Aug. 12, 2014

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Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance,... Read more »

Published Aug. 11, 2014

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US aids displaced Iraqis as airstrikes help Kurds

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq — President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and... Read more »

Published Aug. 9, 2014

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Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have fled across the border from Iraq to seek refuge with the Kurds of northeastern Syria, said two Kurdish officials and an activist on Saturday. Read more »

Published Aug. 9, 2014

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Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party

Egypt's highest administrative court dissolved Saturday the political party of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets liquidated, in the latest move against the 86-year old Islamist... Read more »

Published Aug. 9, 2014

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US airstrikes in Iraq; humanitarian crisis worsens

The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from... Read more »

Published Aug. 8, 2014

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2 Bible Belt filmmakers expand box office horizons

It's the Hollywood ending every studio wants: Low-cost production and high returns at the box office. Read more »

Published Aug. 3, 2014

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Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the... Read more »

Published July 28, 2014

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Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

Israeli jets struck several sites in Gaza on Monday as rockets continued to fall on Israel, the Israeli military said, disrupting a relative lull in the Gaza war at the start of a major Muslim holiday. Read more »

Published July 28, 2014

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UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting early Monday morning. Read more »

Published July 28, 2014

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Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Read more »

Published July 28, 2014

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After government topples crosses in China, congregations react with defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. Read more »

Published July 25, 2014

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Pope meets Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for her faith

Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith. Read more »

Published July 24, 2014

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