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Christchurch Muslims protected as they pray following mass haka

Christchurch - Muslims praying in front of the one of the Christchurch mosques attacked by a white supremacist were protected on Wednesday evening by locals, moments after hundreds performed a mass haka.

Indonesia's Aceh whips amorous couples

Banda Aceh - A group of unmarried couples were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after they were caught behaving amorously -- a crime under the conservative region's Islamic law.

'My special little one': A Christchurch father's message to slain son

Christchurch - John Milne sits on his bed and sobs as he pens an anguished letter to his murdered teenage son Sayyad -- one of 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre.For a moment, Milne is unsure what to write.

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser: 'Science does not kill God'

Washington - The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemie...

Jordan MPs call for expulsion of Israel ambassador

Apo - Jordanian lawmakers on Monday sought to expel the Israeli ambassador from the kingdom in response to "ongoing Israel aggression" at holy sites in Jerusalem.

A squeezed hand offers glimmer of hope after New Zealand massacre

Christchurch - Lying outside a Christchurch mosque, bleeding from a gunshot wound that tore through his chest, Abbas Tahir Endrise was unable to muster any words in what he feared was a final phone call to his pregnant wife.

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France's highest-ranking Catholic official, who was expected to tender his resignation after receiving a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his au...

Greek city remembers first train that sent its Jews to Auschwitz

Thessalon - Two thousand people held a silent march in Greece's second city Thessaloniki on Sunday, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to the Auschwitz death camp.

Israel court orders closure of building at tense Jerusalem holy site

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Sunday ordered the temporary closure of a side building at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site that has been the source of tensions in recent weeks.

New Zealand mosque survivor says Koran bookshelf saved him

Christchurch - As the bullets tore into worshippers during Friday prayers, taxi driver Abdul Kadir Ababora threw himself to the floor and wedged himself under a bookshelf used to hold Korans, praying he would see his wife and kids again.

The New Zealand mosque massacres revive old wounds in the Balkans

Belgrade - As the gunman drove to the two New Zealand mosques where he carried out his mass killings, a Serb nationalist song was heard playing in the background of the haunting video he broadcast live on Facebook.

Hero charged attacker during New Zealand mosque massacre: witness

Christchurch - A survivor of the Christchurch massacre has described how a heroic worshipper at one of the targeted mosques seized an empty rifle discarded by alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant and then used it to chase their attacker away.

Hero charged attacker during New Zealand mosque massacre: witness

Christchurch - A survivor of the Christchurch massacre has described how a heroic worshipper at one of the targeted mosques seized an empty rifle discarded by alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant and then used it to chase their attacker away.

'What's next?': Christchurch Muslims struggle with shock, fear

Christchurch - A few months ago, Christchurch's Linwood Mosque proudly laid down new carpets in its halls. On Friday, the light brown carpets were stained red after an gunman stormed the building, spraying bullets at worshippers."There was blood everywhere.

France demands Vatican lift envoy's immunity over abuse probe

Paris - French prosecutors said Friday they had asked the Vatican to lift the diplomatic immunity of its envoy to France who is under investigation for alleged sexual assault.

Polish church admits clergy abused hundreds of children

Warsaw - Poland's powerful Catholic church on Thursday published a report admitting that nearly 400 of its clergy had sexually abused children and minors over the last three decades, reflecting findings published last month by a charity focused on abuse in the ...

German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victims

Berlin - Germany's under-fire Catholic Church admitted Thursday it must urgently confront its child sex abuse scandal, but victims accused it of continued "stonewalling", especially on compensation.

German Catholics meeting to address child sex abuse scandal

Berlin - Germany's Catholic Church was Thursday due to speak about steps and reforms to address its child sex abuse scandal, which mirrors paedophilia revelations in congregations worldwide.

Cardinal Pell victim says 'hard to take comfort' from sentencing

Melbourne - The former choirboy molested by Australian Cardinal George Pell led the response to his sentencing Wednesday, saying it was "hard to take comfort" from his six-year jail term.

Top cardinal gets six years jail for 'appalling' choirboy abuse

Melbourne - Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was on Wednesday sentenced to six years in prison for the "brazen" sexual abuse of two choirboys, in what the judge lambasted as a "grave" abuse of power.

Judge says disgraced cardinal Pell deserves may die in prison

Melbourne - Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell "may not live to be released from prison", the judge warned a Melbourne court Wednesday as the sentencing of the 77-year-old for child sex crimes began.

West using Christianity to subvert Chinese state: official

Bejing - A Chinese official accused "anti-China forces" in the West of using Christianity to subvert the country's political power and said worshippers must follow a Chinese form of religion.

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Melbourne - The sentencing of Australian Cardinal George Pell for child sex crimes will be broadcast live Wednesday in a rare move by the local judiciary, which had kept his trial under wraps for months with a draconian gag order.

US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution

Taipei - US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policie...

US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution

Taipei - US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policie...

US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution

Taipei - US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policie...

US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution

Taipei - US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policie...

US envoy defends his criticism of Chinese religious persecution

Taipei - US envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback defended his remark that China is "at war with faith" after the Chinese foreign ministry issued an angry statement condemning the envoy's words as a "malicious attack and slander on China's religious policie...

Tibet supporters in India mark 60 years since uprising

Dharamsala - Huge crowds gathered at the Dalai Lama's temple in India Sunday to commemorate 60 years since the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that drove the spiritual leader into exile.

Latvian priest charged with abusing vulnerable teen: report

Riga - A Latvian Catholic priest and two other people have been charged with human trafficking and sexual abuse of a male teenager with learning difficulties, local media reported Friday, citing justice authorities.
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