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Iraq Christians flee Mosul after militant threats

Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul under threat from Islamic extremists described on Tuesday leaving behind all their possessions, as signs emerged that the crackdown on the... Read more »

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Iraq Christians flee Mosul after militant threats: Convert, pay a tax or die

Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul after Islamic extremists seized it described Tuesday leaving behind all the possessions, as politicians in the country still struggle to form a... Read more »

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority... Read more »

Published July 20, 2014

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United States sharpens criticism of Hamas, urges cease-fire

The United States on Sunday sharpened its criticism of Hamas and urged the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting with Israel. Read more »

Published July 20, 2014

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Obama will sign order barring gay, transgender discrimination

President Barack Obama has turned down a plea from religious groups that they be exempt from an executive order he plans to sign Monday prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads, police... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq's fight

A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country's Revolutionary Guard to... Read more »

Published July 17, 2014

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Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for... Read more »

Published July 16, 2014

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Democrats seek political edge in contraception ruling

Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President... Read more »

Published July 16, 2014

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Church of England says yes to women bishops

The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. Read more »

Published July 14, 2014

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French financier to become new president of Vatican bank

The Vatican has chosen a French financier to become the new president of its bank, which is overhauling the way it operates after a series of financial scandals. Read more »

Published July 9, 2014

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Iraqi parliament delays next session until August

Iraq's deadlocked parliament on Monday postponed its next session until mid-August, prolonging the country's political impasse despite urgent calls for a new government that can confront Sunni... Read more »

Published July 7, 2014

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Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors — but another victim called the gathering nothing more... Read more »

Published July 7, 2014

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Iraq analyzing tape purported to show top militant

Iraqi officials are working to determine the authenticity of a video that purportedly shows the leader of the Islamic extremist group that has seized large swaths of the country delivering a sermon this week in the nation's... Read more »

Published July 6, 2014

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Priest guilty of killing nun will get funeral Mass

An Ohio diocesan official says a Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass. Read more »

Published July 5, 2014

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Priest guilty of killing nun will get funeral Mass

A Roman Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass, a church official said Saturday. Read more »

Published July 5, 2014

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Egypt premier defends steep rise in energy prices

Egypt's prime minister on Saturday defended a steep rise in fuel prices as necessary move to shore up the treasury, as outraged commuters bickered with public transport drivers over fare hikes and some rushed to gas stations over... Read more »

Published July 5, 2014

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China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest

Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting... Read more »

Published July 2, 2014

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Iraq parliament makes no progress on government

Iraq's new parliament deadlocked less than two hours into its first session when minority Sunnis and Kurds walked out, dashing hopes for the quick formation of a new government that could hold the... Read more »

Published July 1, 2014

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Hobby Lobby ruling puts Green family in crosshairs

David Green felt like the black sheep of his family. His five other siblings had followed their preacher father into church work; David went into retail. But as his business successes mounted, he... Read more »

Published July 1, 2014

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Tempers fray as displaced Iraqis break Muslim fast

Waving pots and pans, police pushed back dozens of hungry Iraqi refugees as they rushed to seize free food, ending their first daylong fast of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an encampment for... Read more »

Published June 30, 2014

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Egypt moves to restrict Ramadan sermons to faith and morality

Egypt will restrict sermons during the holy month of Ramadan to topics of faith and morality, the state's top official in charge of religious affairs said Sunday, in the latest measure by the... Read more »

Published June 29, 2014

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Iraqi Christians return to villages

Thousands of Iraqi Christians flocked back to their homes in the north on Sunday, days after they fled villages under attack by Sunni Muslim extremists. Read more »

Published June 29, 2014

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From Morocco to Jakarta, Muslims mark Ramadan

Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented... Read more »

Published June 28, 2014

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Sudanese Christian woman ordered freed again

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was ordered freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents. Read more »

Published June 26, 2014

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