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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 »

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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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Christians embrace ‘the Daniel Plan’ to change eating habits, lose weight

Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., he’s got powerful company: God. Read more »

Published June 25, 2014

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Freed Christian woman, family detained while trying to leave Sudan

A Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan and later freed has been detained at an airport while trying to leave the country Tuesday, her lawyer said. Read more »

Published June 24, 2014

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Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United... Read more »

Published June 24, 2014

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Kerry hands dire warning to Iraqis over future

Warning of the "existential threat" posed by Sunni militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the U.S. is prepared to take military action even if Baghdad delays political reforms, noting... Read more »

Published June 23, 2014

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Malaysia's top court: 'Allah' for Muslims only

Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using "Allah" to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the law failed to... Read more »

Published June 23, 2014

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Sudan to release woman sentenced to death for apostasy

A Sudanese woman on death row for apostasy had her sentence canceled and was ordered released by a Khartoum court on Monday, the country's official news agency reported. Read more »

Published June 23, 2014

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Egypt court confirms death sentences for over 180

The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year's overthrow of the country's Islamist president. Read more »

Published June 21, 2014

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Iraq militia parades as insurgents seize crossing

Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities on Saturday after Sunni militants seized a town on the Syrian border in what appeared to be the start of a new... Read more »

Published June 21, 2014

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul defends 'unborn' in courting evangelicals

Describing a nation "in a full-blown spiritual crisis," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday vowed to fight against abortion for the rest of his political career, joining a parade of ambitious... Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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Top Shiite cleric calls for new government in Iraq

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority called for a new, "effective" government Friday, increasing pressure on the country's prime minister a day after U.S. President Barack Obama challenged him to create a more inclusive... Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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