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Steven Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event

Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Some Republican presidential hopefuls court evangelicals

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police

Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2015

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Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2015

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Egypt: 13 killed in clashes between Islamists, police

Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. Another... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2015

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UN meeting challenges world to stand up to anti-Semitism

The first U.N. General Assembly meeting Thursday on anti-Semitism sparked calls for global action to combat the rising hatred of Jews and a surprising denunciation from the world's 57 Islamic... Read more »

Published Jan. 23, 2015

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Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

The deadline to pay ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group was fast approaching Friday, as the mother of one of the captives appealed for her son's rescue. Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2015

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Iraqi Torah scroll makes mysterious journey to Jerusalem

A 200-year-old Torah scroll has taken an unusual and mysterious journey from Baghdad to Jerusalem, where it was greeted with candies and song in a jubilant dedication ceremony Thursday. Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2015

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Flogging of Saudi blogger delayed again on medical grounds; sentenced to 1,000 lashes

The planned flogging of a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam has been delayed for a second straight week, a leading international rights group said Thursday, a move that comes amid mounting... Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2015

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UN meeting challenges world to stand up to anti-Semitism

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy challenged the world at the first-ever U.N. General Assembly meeting devoted to anti-Semitism to counter the rising hatred of Jews, which he denounced as "radical inhumanity." Read more »

Published Jan. 22, 2015

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Judge: Sect leader's brothers can avoid child labor queries

Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled... Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Pope praises big families after 'like rabbits' remark

Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" made headlines this week. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing. Read more »

Published Jan. 21, 2015

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Supreme Court rules for Muslim prisoner and religious freedom

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously for a Muslim prisoner Tuesday, deciding he has a religious-freedom right to grow a half-inch beard. Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the "shadow of crisis" has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest to pay for... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Image of Asia: Hindus pray to wash away sins in the rivers

A Hindu man prays alongside other devotees at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, on the morning of the new moon during the annual Magh Mela festival in... Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Pope: Catholics don't have to breed 'like rabbits'

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting." Read more »

Published Jan. 20, 2015

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Pope: Charlie Hebdo 'punch' comment not a justification of violence

Pope Francis says he wasn't justifying violence when he said a friend who had cursed his mother could "expect a punch" in return. Rather, he says he was only expressing a very human response to a... Read more »

Published Jan. 19, 2015

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Record 6 million turn out for pope's final day in Manila

A record 6 million people poured into Manila's rain-soaked streets and its biggest park Sunday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from... Read more »

Published Jan. 18, 2015

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Philippine crowd building for papal Mass

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos filled Manila's main park for Pope Francis' final Mass on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope for the Southeast Asian country's... Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

The famed French weekly Charlie Hebdo has continued to draw a somewhat contradictory reaction across the Muslim world. Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the magazine's... Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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Pope braves approaching storm to comfort typhoon victims

Pope Francis braved an approaching tropical storm Saturday to travel to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan. He was so emotionally undone by their loss... Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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AP NewsBreak: Bible colleges sue for right to issue degrees

Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs. Read more »

Published Jan. 17, 2015

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Huge turnout as pope urges Filipinos to reject corruption

Pope Francis called Friday for authorities to reject the corruption that has plagued this Asian nation for decades and urged them to instead work to end its "scandalous" poverty as he brought his... Read more »

Published Jan. 16, 2015

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