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Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Beijing - The head of China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in far western Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.
In the Media by Kelly Olsen , Tom Hancock (AFP)

Op-Ed: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more about religion than ever

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has always been about religion, but the recent clashes between the two sides seems to have everyone on edge and has divided religions more than ever as it relates to their side in the conflict.
In the Media by Ryan Hite

Guinea beach concert stampede leaves 33 dead

Conakry - Police in Guinea launched an investigation Wednesday into a stampede at a seafront rap concert that left 33 people dead including 11 children in scenes of mass panic.
In the Media by Mouctar Bah (AFP)

Beijing government cracks down on Christian churches

Wenzhou - The eastern city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China is sometimes called "China's Jerusalem" because of the number of houses of worship. On Monday, hundreds of police came to the Longgang Huai En Church and used a crane to take down its cross.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 7 comments

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

Washington - Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

See the video North Korea wants removed from the Internet

Kim Jong-un is shown in this parody of world leaders dancing and goofing off during a digital altered video. While North America and Russia say nothing of their leaders being mocked, North Korea wants the video removed.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 1 comment

Entire town lives underground to avoid extreme heat

Like out of a science fiction story the small Australian town named Coober Pedy lives underground to avoid desert dust storms and extreme heat.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 3 comments

FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

Washington - The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.
In the Media by Chantal Valery (AFP)

Church of England Leaders begin supporting female bishops

A vote from church leaders has approved women for positions as bishops within the Church of England. This major change to church dogma is something that many people have rallied for.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Op-Ed: Are more Jewish women staying single?

More Jewish women are staying single (at least longer than their peers) and have a lower than average birth rate, at least according to one author.
In the Media by Paula Kirman - 1 comment

Pakistan man sentenced to death for 'blasphemy'

Lahore - A court in Pakistan has passed a death sentence on a man convicted under controversial blasphemy laws of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, lawyers said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP - 3 comments

Church of England approves women bishops

York - The Church of England on Monday voted to allow its first ever female bishops, ending half a century of divisive wrangling over the role of women.
In the Media by AFP

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy: Report

- Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican.
In the Media by AFP

Pope is rumored to resign to avoid satanic ritual murder charge

The internet rumor mill is buzzing with the possibility of Pope Francis resigning to avoid satanic murder evidence becoming public.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 3 comments

Dalai Lama denounces Buddhist-Muslim violence

Leh - The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the violence between the two faiths. Specifically he is asking members of his faith to stop their attacks on the Muslim community.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Pope slams Church complicity in child sex abuse

- Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the "terrible darkness" at the heart of the Catholic Church.
In the Media by Ella IDE (AFP)

Australia inquiry examines swim coach child sex abuse claims

Sydney - An Australian national inquiry into child sex abuse switched its focus Monday from the Catholic Church to the professional swimming community and how it reacted to allegations against two Olympic coaches.
In the Media by AFP

Pope to visit Philippines disaster victims

Manila - Pope Francis is to visit the Philippines, Asia's bastion of the Catholic faith, in January 2015 to comfort victims of disasters including Super Typhoon Haiyan, local church leaders said Monday.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader Volodymyr dies

Kiev - The head of Ukraine's Moscow-linked parish of the Orthodox Church died Saturday, the ex-Soviet country's largest Church said.
In the Media by AFP

Argentine 'Dirty War' officers guilty of killing bishop

Buenos Aires - Two retired military officers were sentenced to life in prison Friday for the murder of a Catholic bishop during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship.
In the Media by Liliana Samuel (AFP)

Turkey's Erdogan rebukes footballer over 'foreign' tattoo

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided a promising young footballer on Friday for having a tattoo on his wrist, warning such foreign-inspired body art could give him skin cancer.
In the Media by AFP

Angry mourners mass in riot-hit Myanmar city

- Thousands of people, some wielding sticks, flooded Myanmar's second-largest city Friday as tensions spiked during the funeral of a victim of Buddhist-Muslim clashes that have raised fears of spreading violence.
In the Media by AFP

Myanmar imposes curfew in Mandalay after deadly riots

- Myanmar police imposed an overnight curfew in the country's second largest city of Mandalay on Thursday, after two nights of sectarian unrest that left two people dead.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Obama wants half a billion to aid Syrian rebels, but why?

Washington, D. C. - Unfortunately, it's far too early to tell whether U.S. President Barack Obama's recent proposal to spend $500 million in support of Syrian rebels will accomplish anything.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Fears of extremism rise in Muslim nations

Washington - Fears about Islamic extremism are rising in nations with large Muslim populations from the Middle East to South Asia and support for radical groups is on the slide, according to a poll released Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Faith trumps birth control in US Supreme Court ruling

Washington - Family-owned private companies can deny birth control coverage in their employee health care plans, the US Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling seen by some as a victory for religious freedom.
In the Media by Robert MacPherson, Chantal Valery (AFP)

Senior Australian bishop charged with child sex abuse

Sydney - One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Muslims mark start of Ramadan as deadly conflicts rage

Jeddah - Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Sunday with Islamic leaders again concerned about entrenched conflicts as jihadists issued threats from Indonesia to Somalia.Ramadan is sacred for the world's estimated 1.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse

- The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Mormon women's leader says excommunicated from church

Los Angeles - The Mormon church has ex-communicated the founder of a prominent women's group for "conduct contrary" to its laws and order, according to an email cited Monday by the woman involved.
In the Media by AFP
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