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Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Jerusalem - Israel's government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

Alan Henning's wife: Islamic State hiding behind religion

Alan Henning, the assassinated British aid worker’s wife has criticized the terror group, the Islamic State for hiding behind religion while carrying out their crimes.

Turkey to open mosques 'in every university'

Istanbul - Turkey's top religious body said on Friday that there are plans to build a mosque in every state university, adding to concerns over what critics say are creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the society.

Eleven worshippers die in Zimbabwe stampede

Harare - At least 11 people died and many more were injured in a stampede in Zimbabwe as thousands packed a stadium for a service by a celebrity preacher and self-styled miracle-worker, police said Friday.

Indian police search ashram for explosives after bloody stand-off

Gorakhpur - Indian police were Thursday scouring the ashram of a controversial guru for explosives after his arrest ended a bloody stand-off with thousands of followers and a long siege during which six people died.

Ugandan priest found dead in Mexico denounced violence

Chilapa - Ugandan priest John Ssenyondo loved his adopted country of Mexico and preached against violence until his body was found in a mass grave between fields of corn and beans.

Indian police arrest 'godman' after violent stand-off

- Police on Wednesday arrested a guru after a violent stand-off with thousands of followers at his sprawling ashram in northern India, where the bodies of four women and a child have been found.

Indian police recover bodies at wanted guru's ashram

- Police discovered five bodies Wednesday after storming the ashram of a wanted guru in northern India where thousands of followers have been holed up for days, as a sixth supporter died in hospital.

Palestinians kill four in attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Jerusalem - Four Jewish worshippers were killed Tuesday when two Palestinians attacked their Jerusalem synagogue before being fatally shot by Israeli police.

Indian police clash with armed followers of wanted 'godman'

Hisar - Hundreds of armed supporters of a controversial guru clashed Tuesday with baton-wielding riot police who tried to storm his fortified ashram and arrest him in northern India, officers said.

Nobel summit moved to Rome after Dalai Lama visa row

Johanesburg - A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama, organisers said Sunday.

Pope says Italy immigrant tensions a 'social emergency'

- Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a "social emergency" that will only get worse if it is not addressed.

Shiites in fear as deadly bigotry spreads to new shores

London - A flood of anti-Shiite propaganda online and on satellite television is spreading bigotry and violence to countries which have so far had little experience of the sectarian hatred that has set the Middle East alight.

Pope targeted by explicit protest on St Peter's Square

- Femen, the women's rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican.

'I smell' confession wins homeless right to papal showers

- Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless just next to St Peter's square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.

Catholic flock thinning in Latin America

Washington - Although Argentine-born Pope Francis is largely popular in Latin America, the number of adults in the region who describe themselves as Catholic is falling, says a study published Thursday.

Mormon founder Joseph Smith had as many as 40 wives

Washington - The founder of Mormonism, which for decades allowed polygamy, had as many as 40 wives including one who was only 14, the US-based church has acknowledged.

Did an NBA player forego the national anthem because he's Muslim?

NBA player Dion Waiters is walking back remarks he made that he sat out the Star Spangled Banner ahead of a road game against the Jazz last week because of his Muslim beliefs.

Well-known pastor among nine killed in Bahamas plane crash

Miami - A small plane carrying nine people crashed while trying to land in the Bahamas on Sunday, killing all nine occupants, including a prominent Protestant minister and his wife, officials there said.

Israel reassures Jordan on Al-Aqsa as extremists rally

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday promised Jordan that it would not allow Jews to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as scores of Jewish extremists tried to march to the flashpoint shrine.

Pakistani policeman kills blasphemy suspect with axe

Lahore - A Pakistani policeman used an axe to kill a man arrested on blasphemy allegations, a day after a mob murdered a Christian couple accused of the same crime, officials said Thursday.

Jerusalem on edge after car attack as extremists plan march

Jerusalem - Jewish extremist groups planned to march through Jerusalem Thursday in a move expected to stoke tensions following a deadly Palestinian car attack and clashes at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Christian 'blasphemy' couple detained by boss before murder

- A Pakistani Christian bonded labourer and his pregnant wife killed for alleged blasphemy were locked inside a brick-making factory before their murder to prevent them from fleeing their debts, relatives said Wednesday.

Policeman killed in new Jerusalem car attack

Jerusalem - A Palestinian slammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a border policeman and wounding nine other people in the second such attack in a fortnight.

China to punish Tibet officials who support Dalai Lama

Bejing - China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, the region's top Communist leader said according to state media reports Wednesday.

China to punish Tibet officials who support Dalai Lama

Bejing - China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, state-run media reported Wednesday.

Christian couple killed for 'desecrating Koran' in Pakistan

Lahore - An enraged Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death in Pakistan and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a Koran, police said.

Israeli MP visits Al-Aqsa site, defying Netanyahu plea

Jerusalem - An Israeli far-right lawmaker visited the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem on Sunday, defying calls for restraint from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.MP Moshe Feiglin was met with protests from Muslims crying "Allahu akbar!

Pope Francis: God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'

The theories of evolution are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand," Pope Francis has declared at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Warsaw museum sheds light on 1,000-year history of Poland's Jews

Warsaw - The Israeli and Polish presidents on Tuesday hailed a landmark Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, devastated during the Holocaust, as an investment in future ties between their countries.
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