- Prosecutors wants convicted ex-priest civilly committed Updated: Jul-31-15 7:25 pm
SALEM, Massachusetts - Massachusetts prosecutors want a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing children civilly committed indefinitely now that his prison term has ended.
- GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage Updated: Jul-31-15 6:01 pm
ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Q&A: A look at violent Jewish attacks on Palestinians Updated: Jul-31-15 2:23 pm
JERUSALEM - The torching of a West Bank home that burned a Palestinian toddler to death marks one of the most serious cases of suspected Jewish violence against Arabs. Though the attacks rarely kill and are smaller in scope than past Palestinian attacks, Jewish extremists have for years been attacking Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli schools and military bases, often to counter what they perceive to be the Israeli government's soft stance toward Palestinians.
- Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert Updated: Jul-31-15 8:46 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday.
- NY rabbi acquitted of sexual abuse charges Updated: Jul-31-15 8:41 am
NEW CITY, New York - A New York judge has found a rabbi not guilty of sexually abusing a boy over a 5-year period.
- French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city Updated: Jul-31-15 3:17 am
NETANYA, Israel - The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe conversations are mostly in French.
- Indiana convention's CEO calls for broader LGBT protections Updated: Jul-30-15 7:20 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are "shopping the show" to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.
- Judge won't extend deadline for Minnesota archdiocese claims Updated: Jul-30-15 4:47 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal bankruptcy judge declined Thursday to extend next week's deadline for victims of clergy sex abuse to file claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
- District settles with teacher who claimed discrimination Updated: Jul-30-15 5:04 am
DENVER - A southern Colorado school district accused of promoting evangelical Christian ideals has reached a settlement with a teacher who filed a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.
- Massachusetts officials attend church service for Baby Doe Updated: Jul-29-15 8:35 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts officials have attended a memorial Mass near the Statehouse for a young girl whose body was found in a trash bag last month.
- Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop Updated: Jul-29-15 3:25 pm
NEW YORK - Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.
- Former church teacher sentenced in child sex abuse case Updated: Jul-29-15 11:59 am
CALDWELL, Idaho - An Oregon man who taught at a church in Idaho is spending at least a year and a half in prison for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.
- Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack Updated: Jul-29-15 10:08 am
MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan - One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday.
- Rowan County commissioners appeal ruling in prayer case Updated: Jul-28-15 2:42 pm
SALISBURY, North Carolina - Rowan County commissioners are appealing a federal court ruling which said their practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers violated the First Amendment.
- Iraqi militias train young teens to face the threat of IS Updated: Jul-28-15 10:41 am
BAGHDAD - In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.
- Suburban Milwaukee pastor accused of sex assault of child Updated: Jul-28-15 5:34 am
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin - A pastor at a church in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
- Fired Iowa editor reaches settlement with former employer Updated: Jul-27-15 5:23 pm
NEWTON, Iowa - A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint.
- Philippine leader seeks laws to end rebellion, dynasties Updated: Jul-27-15 10:22 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president asked Congress on Monday to pass a troubled Muslim autonomy bill at the heart of efforts to end a bloody rebellion in the country's south and legislation that aims to lessen the stranglehold on power of entrenched political families, which include his.
- Civil rights panel backs effort to challenge anti-Arab bias Updated: Jul-26-15 3:17 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is backing a national campaign to challenge discrimination against U.S. Arabs and Muslims.
- Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure attacks Updated: Jul-25-15 6:28 pm
BAGHDAD - Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.
- China sentences 5 on charges of spreading cult teachings Updated: Jul-25-15 4:22 am
BEIJING - A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.
- Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe Updated: Jul-24-15 9:34 pm
MANILA, Philippines - A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.
- Non-Mormon faux holiday 'Pie and Beer Day' gains traction Updated: Jul-24-15 4:21 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Most people are gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state's Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons will be enjoying an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie and Beer Day.
- Longmont church elders sentenced for failure to report abuse Updated: Jul-24-15 5:06 am
BOULDER, Colorado - Four leaders of a Longmont church have been sentenced for failing to report sexual-assault allegations against the church's youth pastor in 2013.
- Cleric suspected of child abuse in US jailed in Australia Updated: Jul-24-15 3:13 am
MELBOURNE, Australia - An American clergyman suspected of child sexual abuse at a Pennsylvania school was sentenced on Friday to three years in an Australian prison for molesting three children in Melbourne more than 30 years ago.