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40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Read more »

Published Sept. 14, 2014

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Pope urges world to shed apathy toward what he characterizes as third world war

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed... Read more »

Published Sept. 13, 2014

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Pope Francis to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including... Read more »

Published Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri... Read more »

Published Sept. 12, 2014

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Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

Hours before President Barack Obama's prime-time address on a strategy for fighting Islamic State militants, the Senate's Democratic leader urged quick authorization of the president's request to... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Kerry to meet with new Iraqi prime minister

With a new Iraqi government finally in place and a growing Mideast consensus on defeating insurgent threats, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad Wednesday to press Iraq's Shiite... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at... Read more »

Published Sept. 10, 2014

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Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political... Read more »

Published Sept. 8, 2014

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US and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the "brutal and poisonous" Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in... Read more »

Published Sept. 4, 2014

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Video purports to show second beheading of US journalist

Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes... Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2014

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Yemeni president dismisses Cabinet to ease tension

The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet including the prime minister who led it for two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding... Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2014

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Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of... Read more »

Published Aug. 27, 2014

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Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks

Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. Read more »

Published Aug. 26, 2014

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Outgoing Libyan parliament names rival government

Libya's outgoing parliament voted Monday to replace the current interim government with one headed by an Islamist-backed candidate, deepening the conflict-torn country's already stark divisions and leaving it with two rival... Read more »

Published Aug. 25, 2014

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Amish country bristles at ‘Mafia’ TV show

For a year, Lark and Michael McCarley simmered silently over the arrival of “Amish Mafia” in their community. Read more »

Published Aug. 25, 2014

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Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." Read more »

Published Aug. 24, 2014

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Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called... Read more »

Published Aug. 24, 2014

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Obama administration announces new compromise on birth control; still can't get it right, say religious groups

Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control... Read more »

Published Aug. 22, 2014

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Life easing back to normal in NY Amish community

Life among the Amish in this northern New York community is easing back into a sense of normalcy a week after two young sisters were abducted from their family farm and as more detailed allegations... Read more »

Published Aug. 22, 2014

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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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