- Lawsuit accuses Connecticut rabbi of sexual abuse Updated: May-03-16 10:39 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A Connecticut rabbi is accused of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times from 2001 to 2005 when the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.
- Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness Updated: May-03-16 10:22 am
MINNETONKA, Minnesota - Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham.
- 'Sharia police' that patrolled German city to be tried Updated: May-03-16 9:20 am
BERLIN - A German court says a group of Islamic extremists who patrolled the streets of the city of Wuppertal in orange vests with the words "Sharia police" can be tried for violating laws against wearing uniforms with political messages.
- Jewish leader asks Michelin to taste Israeli cuisine Updated: May-03-16 9:18 am
JERUSALEM - The leader of an umbrella organization representing world Jewry has asked the Michelin travel guide company to evaluate Israeli restaurants with its famous rating system, implying that the decision to omit the country may be political.
- Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death Updated: May-03-16 8:15 am
NEW DELHI - A special war crimes court in Bangladesh sentenced four men to death Tuesday for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
- German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers Updated: May-03-16 7:31 am
BERLIN - When the leader of Germany's Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist - and ignited a debate over whether Jews are right to fear unprecedented levels of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel.
- Tens of thousands Shiite pilgrims converge on Baghdad shrine Updated: May-03-16 4:47 am
BAGHDAD - Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged Tuesday on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the Iraqi capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.
- Bestselling author Jim Wallis to speak about book on racism Updated: May-03-16 4:10 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Bestselling author the Rev. Jim Wallis is speaking in Raleigh about his latest book on racism and white privilege.
- Bangkok temple now a venerated site for Leicester City fans Updated: May-03-16 3:53 am
BANGKOK - Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City's fans, at least the ones in Thailand.
- Detention powers stir concern over Indonesia terror law Updated: May-03-16 3:25 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A lawmaker involved in vetting Indonesia's proposed counter-terrorism law says a contentious provision allowing detention without trial for six months could undermine the fight against Islamic extremism.
- The Latest: New Mexico bishops attack anti-child abuse push Updated: May-02-16 5:40 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The Latest on a New Mexico campaign aimed at tackling child abuse (all times local):
- Muslim woman sues California police over headscarf removal Updated: May-02-16 4:17 pm
LONG BEACH, California - A Muslim woman is suing Long Beach police, saying an officer forcibly removed her religious headscarf during an arrest.
- Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center Updated: May-02-16 3:50 pm
MIAMI - A man's planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday.
- The Latest: Suspect in Jewish center bomb plot in court Updated: May-02-16 2:47 pm
MIAMI - The Latest on Jewish Center-Plot (all times local):
- Affidavit: Wife present when youth minister abused child Updated: May-02-16 2:20 pm
CANAAN, Maine - Court documents indicated a youth minister's wife was present when he allegedly sexually abused a girl.
- Raging fire destroys historic New York City church Updated: May-02-16 8:49 am
NEW YORK - A historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter.
- Iran criticizes US presence in the Persian Gulf Updated: May-02-16 8:13 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's Supreme Leader criticized the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf region on Monday, saying American forces should go back to the Bay of Pigs, state media reported.
- Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus Updated: May-02-16 3:22 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - There is a growing trend among the nation's 15,600 nursing homes to abandon rigid menus and strict meal times in favor of a more individualized approach toward food.
- LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law Updated: May-01-16 9:14 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.
- Bill would require colleges to reveal religious exemptions Updated: May-01-16 3:58 pm
BOSTON - Congresswoman Katherine Clark is pushing legislation she says will help members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community make more informed decisions about college.
- The Latest: Iraqis announce disbanding of Green Zone protest Updated: May-01-16 12:01 pm
BAGHDAD - The Latest on Iraq's political crisis (all times local):
- 'Holy Fire,' fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter Updated: May-01-16 11:59 am
ATHENS, Greece - With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.
- New Jersey schools aid new school halfway around the world Updated: May-01-16 11:10 am
WILLINGBORO, New Jersey - The old desks, metal chairs and other office furniture were bound for the trash here in Burlington County, but a world away, those ready-to-be-tossed items were able to help transform a school.
- Lincoln congregation raises funds to replace burned church Updated: May-01-16 11:00 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than two years have passed since the bitterly cold night in January 2014 when firefighters battled the flames that gutted the Syracuse United Methodist Church, leaving only an ice-covered red-brick shell behind.
- Nationalist party declares Islam doesn't belong to Germany Updated: May-01-16 9:53 am
BERLIN - Members of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party have backed a political program that says Islam doesn't belong to Germany and supports a ban against minarets, muezzin calls and headscarves for women and girls in school.