NEWS OF THE WEEK

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

The man charged with murder in the recent death of an imam and his associate in New York appeared in court this week and denied he had killed the two men. Suspect Oscar Morel admitted, however, that surveillance video showed … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

French President Francois Hollande met with Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for his support in the wake of recent attacks by Islamist militants. The two also discussed the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

Disaster officials are trying to assess the extent of the catastrophic flooding that has devastated communities in South Louisiana over the past week. Faith-based groups are among those active in the rescue and recovery efforts. Kim Lawton was on the … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

Dozens of civilians in Yemen have been killed or injured this week due to increased fighting between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and Houthi militias, members of a Shiite sect who have been fighting the government since 2004. At … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

The Republican Party launched its first-ever election campaign in Israel to try to convince American-Israeli dual citizens to cast their votes for Donald Trump. About 100,000 Israelis voted in the last presidential election, with approximately 85 percent voting Republican. GOP … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs have agreed to end their legal fight over who owns the slain civil rights leader’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and Bible. King’s two sons had voted in January 2014 to sell the medal and … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

The largest Lutheran denomination in the US approved a declaration recognizing quote “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church. The “Declaration on the Way” was approved by the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in … More

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August 19, 2016 | Comments

In Washington, clergy and community leaders from more than 15 states gathered to call for an end to loopholes in payday lending that they say continue to harm financially vulnerable borrowers. They are seeking a federal interest rate cap of … More

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August 12, 2016 | Comments

A new report from the State Department highlights concerns over blasphemy and apostasy laws that limit religious freedom and often impose death sentences for the accused. The report noted particular problems with blasphemy laws in Muslim countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, … More

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August 12, 2016 | Comments

In Syria, a gas believed to be chlorine was dropped in a barrel bomb on a neighborhood in Aleppo, killing four people and injuring dozens of others. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons during the six-year civil war, … More