- Religious beliefs, gay rights clash in court case over cake Updated: Jul-07-15 3:25 pm
DENVER - A case that tests the boundaries of religious freedom and gay rights came to the Colorado Court of Appeals on Tuesday, with a suburban Denver baker urging judges not to force him to make cakes for same-sex couples because it would violate his beliefs.
- Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution Updated: Jul-03-15 3:20 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.
- Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide Updated: Jul-02-15 2:39 pm
KUWAIT CITY - An Islamic State sympathizer's deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics.
- Pakistani artists look to counter violent extremism Updated: Jul-01-15 2:37 am
LAHORE, Pakistan - At a militant training camp in Pakistan, a new recruit asks his instructor why his comrades are attacking churches and mosques rather than enemy bases. "This world is full of sin. It needs to be bathed in blood," the instructor replies, nurturing seeds of doubt that will eventually lead the young man to turn away from violence.
- Kuwait mosque bomber raised no red flags, transited Bahrain Updated: Jun-29-15 11:38 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Saudi man who blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque in Kuwait managed to slip out of his home country without raising any red flags and board a commercial flight transiting nearby Bahrain less than 24 hours before the deadly attack.
- Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-29-15 1:02 am
NEW YORK - Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.
- The Latest: Obama in Charleston for shooting victim funeral Updated: Jun-26-15 4:24 pm
The latest in the Charleston church shooting. (All times local.)
- Pastor walks line between leading, comforting Emanuel AME Updated: Jun-24-15 8:55 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The Rev. Norvel Goff will walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for Bible study keenly aware of the crushing burden now on his shoulders: to be a comforter, a teacher, a man of God and most powerfully, a leader of a church whose heart is heavy with the tragic loss of its senior pastor and eight members.
- Saunas and art therapy: Rehab for convicted Saudi extremists Updated: Jun-24-15 3:46 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - For most of his 20s, all Badr al-Enezi could think about was becoming a jihadi fighter. After getting in touch with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had returned to militancy, he began plotting how to take up arms.
- California monk charged in knifing of fellow monk Updated: Jun-23-15 7:22 pm
OAKLAND, California - Authorities say a Buddhist monk has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of another monk in a San Francisco Bay Area monastery.
- Vigil for Charleston victims held at temple where 6 killed Updated: Jun-22-15 5:26 am
OAK CREEK, Wisconsin - A Milwaukee-area Sikh temple where six worshippers were killed by a white supremacist in 2012 has hosted a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Rhode Island friend mourns pastor-senator slain in church Updated: Jun-21-15 4:49 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island church deacon who grew up in South Carolina and was a longtime friend of slain pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney says he "truly represented all the people."
- Death penalty in white supremacist case a tricky proposition Updated: Jun-21-15 11:59 am
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A Kansas capital murder case involving a white supremacist who is dying of emphysema poses some unusual challenges for a district attorney pursuing the death penalty for the first time.
- Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Islamic State fight Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm
HABANIYAH, Iraq - Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.
- NRA board member blames victim for Charleston shooting Updated: Jun-19-15 6:49 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims, saying the slain pastor had opposed concealed carry legislation as a state senator that could have saved him and his fellow worshippers.
- Police: California monk attacks fellow monk with knife Updated: Jun-18-15 7:05 pm
OAKLAND, California - Authorities say a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was critically injured when a fellow monk stabbed him in a San Francisco Bay Area home.
- Pastor killed in church shooting bridged faith, politics Updated: Jun-18-15 6:17 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - When Clementa Pinckney stepped to the well of the South Carolina Senate chamber in April, fellow legislators expected him to lobby for funding of police body cameras. But the charcoal-suited Pinckney, speaking in the rich, deliberate tone that was his calling card, set aside almost any mention of politics or policing, in favor of a biblical story.
- Miller seeks $200K for defense in Jewish site shootings Updated: Jun-18-15 1:05 pm
OLATHE, Kansas - A Missouri man accused of killing three people at two Kansas Jewish sites is asking for $200,000 to defend himself in his capital murder trial.
- Pastor killed in church shooting was also honored legislator Updated: Jun-18-15 12:44 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the Charleston church where he was the beloved pastor, was also a state senator lauded Thursday as "the best of the 46 of us in this chamber" as colleagues gathered in tribute near his black-draped desk in the state Capitol.
- Israel church set ablaze in possible Jewish extremist attack Updated: Jun-18-15 11:23 am
TABGHA, Israel - A fire ripped through one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land on Thursday, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what authorities believe is an attack by Jewish extremists.
- Rio girl attacked after party for Afro-Brazilian religion Updated: Jun-17-15 5:14 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian police said Wednesday they are trying to identify two men who attacked an 11-year-old girl as she left a party at a center used by followers of Candomble, a syncretic Afro-Brazilian religion.
- Amish mourn trooper who comforted them after school massacre Updated: Jun-15-15 6:50 pm
NICKEL MINES, Pennsylvania - Members of the Amish community are mourning the death of a Pennsylvania state trooper who comforted and befriended survivors of a 2006 schoolhouse shooting rampage.
- Kansas officers speak about Jewish site shootings at hearing Updated: Jun-10-15 8:22 pm
OLATHE, Kansas - Law enforcement officers who responded in the chaotic first moments after three people were fatally shot at two Jewish centers in Kansas last year had no idea how dire the situation was, two officers testified Wednesday.
- Czechs investigate arson attack on defense minister's house Updated: Jun-09-15 3:40 am
PRAGUE - Czech authorities have beefed up security for Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky following an arson attack on his house.
- Members of radical French group on trial for terror plans Updated: Jun-08-15 10:38 am
PARIS - Members of a radical Islamic group went on trial Monday in Paris after French prosecutors alleged they planned terror attacks similar to those on a kosher grocery and a satirical newspaper that left 17 victims dead in January.