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India police arrest over 200 for religious violence in Gujarat

New Delhi - Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said Monday.

Swinging for Christ: Couple spreads word of God through swinging

Naples - A Florida couple says they are helping to spread the gospel of Christ by "swinging", calling it all a part of "God's plan."

Barbie and Ken dolls as Mary, Christ and Kali stir controversy

Two Argentine artists Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini have modeled Ken and Barbie dolls as 33 major figures from major religions including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

Pope sacks Paraguay bishop who promoted alleged paedophile priest

- Pope Francis on Thursday sacked a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting and promoting a priest described by his former church superiors in the United States as "a serious threat to young people".

Brazil candidates carefully tread religious divide

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's evangelical Christians -- rapidly gaining in number and political clout -- are giving a boost to the presidential bid of their fellow convert, Marina Silva.

Vatican prepares for landmark sex abuse trial of ex-envoy

- The Vatican on Wednesday began preparing for a landmark trial of a disgraced former archbishop at the centre of one of the Church's most damaging child sex abuse cases.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban in state high schools

Ankara - Turkey's secular opposition on Tuesday accused the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to impose religion on society after it lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in high schools.

Vatican puts ex-envoy under house arrest in sex abuse case

- A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been placed under house arrest in the first case of criminal proceedings by the Holy See over the sexual abuse of children, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Calf with three eyes worshiped in India

A calf born with three eyes in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been hailed as an incarnation of the Hindu divinity Lord Shiva, and is being worshiped by villagers.

Pope says religion can't justify violence

Tirana - Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Pope says religion can't justify violence

Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Albania's lesson in Muslim-Christian tolerance

- Perched up an Albanian mountain, the mediaeval church of St Nicolas was rebuilt from a crumbling ruin with help from local Muslims after the fall of communism, a symbol of the religious tolerance Pope Francis will be celebrating here on Sunday.

Economic injustice theme of Pope, Kirchner meet

- Pope Francis met Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Saturday for a closed-door Vatican meeting focused largely on the theme of economic injustice, as Buenos Aires fights hedge fund creditors.

Albania tightens security ahead of pope visit

Tirana - Albania upped security on Saturday as it prepared to host Pope Francis amid warnings that Islamic State jihadists could be planning an attack on the Catholic leader in the mainly Muslim country.

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

Rome - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

German Muslims rally against extremism

Berlin - Muslims across Germany held a day of prayer and rallies Friday to condemn both Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques.

Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit her compatriot Pope Francis Saturday, seeking to enlist his support for her fight against hedge fund creditors before taking her pitch to the UN.

Nigeria preacher says cooperating after fatal building collapse

Lagos - Nigerian preacher TB Joshua on Thursday broke his silence over a building collapse that killed 80 at his Lagos megachurch but denied lack of cooperation and stuck to his theory of possible aerial sabotage.

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Lagos - Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua on Sunday linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play.

Sri Lanka told not to exploit Pope for poll boost

Colombo - The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

Anti-Semitic attacks nearly double in France

Paris - Anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of the year, the country's main Jewish group said.

India ruling party president charged with causing religious tensions

Lucknow - Police Wednesday charged the president of India's ruling political party, Amit Shah, over a speech that allegedly inflamed religious tensions during the national election campaign, an officer said.

Death toll in Pakistan mosque collapse rises to 24

Lahore - The death toll from a mosque collapse in eastern Pakistan has risen to 24, rescuers said Wednesday, after pulling more bodies from the rubble.

At least 11 die in Pakistan mosque collapse

Lahore - At least 11 worshippers were killed when the roof of a mosque collapsed in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore Tuesday and an unknown number are still buried under rubble, officials said.

Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

Colombo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.

Guatemala Mayans: from victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

Guatemala City - Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say.

UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

Damascus - Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million.

Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemalan village

Guatemala City - A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries Thursday began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

Targeted Israeli cargo ship quietly unloaded in SF Bay Area

Oakland - A cargo ship targeted by protesters upset over Israel's actions in Gaza was quietly unloaded in Oakland overnight and headed out of the bay early Wednesday.
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