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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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Pope's view on legalizing drugs: Just say no

Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay. Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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Top cleric calls for new government in Iraq

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority has called for the creation of a new, "effective" government, increasing pressure on the country's premier as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on. Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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Top cleric calls for new government in Iraq

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority has called for the creation of a new, "effective" government, increasing pressure on the country's premier as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on. Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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Panel considers whether to reinstate defrocked minister who officiated at son’s gay wedding

A Methodist church panel on Friday weighed whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor defrocked after he officiated at his gay son’s wedding, with some members making clear... Read more »

Published June 20, 2014

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French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. More than 5,000... Read more »

Published June 19, 2014

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Presbyterian assembly taking steps toward recognizing gay marriage

The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage. Read more »

Published June 19, 2014

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Pope rails against corruption as Italy probes rise

Pope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals... Read more »

Published June 17, 2014

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3 Sri Lankan Muslims killed in attack by Buddhists

Hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks in several Muslim towns in southwestern Sri Lanka, killing three Muslims and seriously wounding more than 50... Read more »

Published June 16, 2014

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Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it... Read more »

Published June 16, 2014

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Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town

Sunni militants captured the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar early on Monday, its mayor and residents said, the latest blow to the Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of... Read more »

Published June 16, 2014

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Pope laments a 'tired' Europe; decries joblessness

Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Europe for becoming what he called "tired" because of low birth rates and the increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study. Read more »

Published June 15, 2014

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Pope Francis says almost all Vatican officials opposed Mideast prayer at first

Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis' idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, he said in an interview published Friday. Read more »

Published June 13, 2014

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. Read more »

Published June 12, 2014

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Israel chooses veteran hard-liner as president

Israel's parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country's next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into... Read more »

Published June 10, 2014

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Militants overrun parts of key Iraqi city of Mosul

Islamic militants overran parts of Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul on Tuesday, driving security forces from their posts and seizing the provincial government headquarters, security bases and other key buildings. Prime Minister... Read more »

Published June 10, 2014

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Pope wades into Mideast peace with prayer summit

Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last... Read more »

Published June 8, 2014

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Pope seeks to rekindle dream of Mideast peace

Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique common prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens. Read more »

Published June 6, 2014

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US judge in Oklahoma grants health care injunction to nearly 200 Catholic employers

A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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Sudanese woman appeals death sentence for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed the sentence, her lawyer said. Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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Pope Francis shakes up Vatican financial watchdog

Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency Thursday and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's... Read more »

Published June 5, 2014

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