Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Southern Baptist Convention leaders said Friday that several of the denomination’s top entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice following its multiple issues related to clergy sexual abuse. The SBC executive committee has received a subpoena, but no one has been subpoenaed at this stage, according to committee … Read more

Suspect in 4 New Mexico murders left a trail of violence

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — In the six years since being resettled to the United States from Afghanistan, the prime suspect in the murders of four Muslim men in Albuquerque has been repeatedly arrested for domestic violence and filmed on train of slashing the tires of a woman’s car, according to police and court records. The … Read more

Japan’s PM purges Cabinet after support for church ties plummets

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent effort to steer his administration away from the Conservative Unification Church about his ties to slain leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party officials. The reshuffle, the second in just 10 months since Kishida took office, follows his July … Read more

Afghan charged with killing 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

A 51-year-old man from Afghanistan was charged on Tuesday with killing two Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, authorities said, and he is suspected of killing two others whose deaths sparked controversy. fear in the country’s Muslim communities. Authorities announced the arrest of Muhammad Syed a day after his arrest. Police Chief Harold Medina said … Read more

Israeli strikes on Gaza leave 10 dead, including a senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes on Gaza on Friday, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another high-ranking militant. Hours later, Palestinian … Read more

Hungarian autocratic leader Orban hailed by US conservatives

DALLAS (AP) — Autocratic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday urged U.S. conservatives to “take back the institutions,” stick to tough stances on gay rights and immigration, and fight for the next US presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs. The exuberant cheers and standing ovations at the conservative political action conference … Read more

Iraqi protesters enter the parliament building in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an influential Shiite cleric stormed Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, to protest government-forming efforts led by rivals, an alliance of government-backed groups. ‘Iran. The alliance has called for counter-protests, raising the specter of civil war. Iraqi security forces first used tear gas and … Read more

Pope says he’ll slow down or retire: ‘You can change popes’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis admitted on Saturday that he could no longer travel as he used to because of strained knee ligaments, saying his one week canadian pilgrimage was “a bit of a test” that showed he needed to slow down and possibly retire one day. Speaking to reporters as he … Read more

Judge Alito mocks foreign critics of abortion cancellation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Samuel Alito has scoffed at criticism from foreign leaders of the Supreme Court ruling he authored overturn a constitutional right to abortion, in his first public comments since last month’s decision. The judge’s remarks drew more criticism as well as some support. Speaking in Rome at a religious freedom summit, Alito, … Read more