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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of Gaza's misery

Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of Gaza's misery

ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday Wednesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Eid prayers held in a historic former mosque in northern Greece for the first time in 100 years

Eid prayers held in a historic former mosque in northern Greece for the first time in 100 years

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Stars of David adorning the balconies along the top of the building catch the first glimmers of the dawn light as worshipers pass through the gates of the historic Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, for morning prayers.
Transgender inclusion? World's major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

Transgender inclusion? World's major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

The Vatican has issued a new document rejecting the concept of changing one’s biological sex – a setback for transgender people who had hoped Pope Francis might be setting the stage for a more welcoming approach from the Catholic Church.
Idaho man faces federal terrorism charge. Prosecutors say he planned a church attack to support IS

Idaho man faces federal terrorism charge. Prosecutors say he planned a church attack to support IS

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 18-year-old man planned to attack churches in a northern Idaho city using a metal pipe, butane fuel, a machete and, if he could get them, his father's guns, according to federal prosecutors who charged him with attempting to pr
Pakistan deploys more than 100,000 police and paramilitary forces ahead of Eid al-Fitr

Pakistan deploys more than 100,000 police and paramilitary forces ahead of Eid al-Fitr

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have deployed more than 100,000 police and paramilitary forces at mosques and marketplaces across the country ahead of the massive Eid al-Fitr holiday , officials said Tuesday.

3 Russians given long sentences for murders described as satanic ritual killings

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced three people to up to life in prison for leading people into the woods of northern Russia and murdering them in what were described as satanic rituals, Russia's Investigative Committee said.
Protesters demanding restoration of Nepal's monarchy clash with police

Protesters demanding restoration of Nepal's monarchy clash with police

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of protesters demanding the restoration of the monarchy in Nepal clashed with riot police on Tuesday in Kathmandu.
Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity

Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave violations of human dignity , putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices that it said reject God’s plan for human life.
Vatican's denouncement of gender-affirming surgery is harmful, LGBTQ+ advocates say

Vatican's denouncement of gender-affirming surgery is harmful, LGBTQ+ advocates say

The Vatican's declaration that gender-affirming surgery and what it calls gender "ideologies" violate human dignity is disappointing and "deeply harmful," LGBTQ+ rights advocates in Canada say.
Conservative Christians praise Trump's anti-abortion record but say he's stopped short of the goal

Conservative Christians praise Trump's anti-abortion record but say he's stopped short of the goal

For conservative, anti-abortion Christians, former President Donald Trump delivered in four years what no other Republican before him had been able to do: A conservative majority U.S. Supreme Court that would go on to overturn Roe v.