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Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in Afghanistan's Parliament, hoping to guarantee education for the next generation of Afghan girls, despite threats from... Read More
At Vatican, South Korean leader says he's certain of peace
VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Korea's president said he was certain peace could be achieved on the Korean Peninsula as he prepared for an audience Thursday with Pope Francis where he's expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in... Read More
Man sentenced to more than 24 years for Texas mosque fire
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas. In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime... Read More
US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique
ROME (AP) — A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, administrator of the State Department's USAID... Read More
Minnesota House hopeful calls marriage, fraud claims 'lies'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress who is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House has denounced claims that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud as "disgusting lies," and says allegations of campaign finance violations are politically... Read More
Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple
NEW DELHI (AP) — A temple in southern India and one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage centers opened its doors to females of menstruating age on Wednesday to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, but women weren't able to enter as hundreds of protesters fought street battles with police to keep them out. As... Read More
Brazil presidential candidates woo religious leaders
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's presidential candidates wooed church leaders Wednesday ahead of a runoff in this deeply religious country with sizable Catholic and evangelical populations. Leading far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro met with the Catholic archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, while his rival, leftist Fernando... Read More
Pennsylvania priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse of 2 boys
BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One of two Roman Catholic priests charged as a result of the damning Pennsylvania grand jury investigation admitted he sexually abused children, pleading guilty Wednesday to corruption of minors and child endangerment. The Rev. David Lee Poulson , 65, of Oil City, was arrested earlier this... Read More
Woman convicted of fraud; FBI said she cast 'hoodoo' spells
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — An investment adviser was convicted Wednesday of charges she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, some of which she used to pay more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off federal investigators. A federal jury deliberated for roughly four hours over two... Read More
The Latest: Priest pleads guilty in child sex abuse case
BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a Catholic priest pleading guilty to child sexual abuse charges (all times local): 10:40 a.m. A former priest in the Erie Diocese is admitting that he committed sexual abuse of children, pleading guilty to corruption of minors and child endangerment. The Rev. David Lee... Read More
Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock group Royal Tailor, performed "Known" from his solo debut... Read More
Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites
BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by untreated... Read More
China says interning Muslims brings them into 'modern' world
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party's latest effort to defend its... Read More
Chaldean cardinal says promised US aid for Iraq hasn't come
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church complained on Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for religious minorities in Iraq hasn't materialized, issuing an unusual public rebuke of the United States on the same day Washington announced a new infusion of assistance. Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako... Read More
Lee won't use 'biblical' victim witness standard if governor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pastor who's an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses. Steve Berger, pastor of Franklin-based Grace Chapel, made the remarks during a Sept. 30 sermon that... Read More
Jury deliberating in fraud trial of Ponzi scheme suspect
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of an investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme to finance her lavish lifestyle, including spending more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India. At the end of Dawn Bennett's trial on... Read More
Archdiocese releases names of 'credibly' accused clergy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after Washington's archbishop resigned over his handling of sexual abuse allegations, the Archdiocese of Washington released the names of more than two dozen clergy members it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The revelation comes just four days after Pope Francis... Read More
Atlanta City Council votes to settle ex-fire chief's lawsuit
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's City Council has voted to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the city's former fire chief who was dismissed after he wrote a book that included anti-gay passages. The City Council voted 11-3 Monday to approve the settlement, and it will head to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for... Read More
Bishops calls for urgent action on UK welfare program
LONDON (AP) — Church of England bishops on Tuesday called for urgent action to improve Britain's new comprehensive welfare program, known as universal credit, amid reports that some claimants may lose as much as 2,400 pounds ($3,172) a year. Universal credit replaces six existing benefits, including housing... Read More
Australia considers moving embassy to Jerusalem
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison... Read More