Supreme Court temporarily allows Yeshiva U to block LGBTQ club

Yeshiva University can wait recognize a LGBTQ student group as an official college club following Friday’s Supreme Court order. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees New York cases, suspended a state court order barring the Orthodox Jewish college from blocking the group. The court, in its order, indicated that it would have more to say on … Read more

UN cites possible crimes against humanity in China’s Xinjiang

GENEVA (AP) — China’s discriminatory detention of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the western region of Xinjiang could amount to crimes against humanity, the human rights office has said. UN in a long-awaited report released on Wednesday, which cited “serious” rights violations. and the patterns of torture inflicted in recent years. The … Read more

Heavy gunfire rocks Iraq’s Green Zone amid violent protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of an influential Iraqi Shia cleric fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns into Iraq’s Green Zone as security forces returned fire on Tuesday, seriously worsening a months-long political crisis that has gripped the nation. The death toll rose to at least 30 people after two days of unrest, officials said. Those … Read more

Clashes erupt after Iraqi Shiite cleric resigns, 3 dead

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite cleric announced on Monday that he would resign from Iraqi politics, prompting hundreds of his angry supporters to storm the government palace and sparking violent clashes with security forces during from which at least three demonstrators were killed. Medical officials said at least 15 protesters suffered gunshot wounds and … Read more

Pope expands ranks of cardinals likely to choose successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis elevated 20 other clergymen to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, officially expanding those who are now eligible to vote for his successor in the event he dies or resigns — the latest step he said that ‘he would consider if the need arose. Of the clergymen named new … Read more

Kabul mosque bombing kills 10, including a prominent cleric

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing at a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during evening prayers on Wednesday killed at least 10 people, including a prominent cleric, and injured at least 27, said an eyewitness and the police. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit the country … Read more

Son of Muslim murder suspect remains in custody

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The son of an Afghan refugee suspected of fatally shooting four Muslim men in New Mexico will remain in custody pending trial for allegedly providing a false address on a form when purchasing a weapon on fire last year. Shaheen Syed, 21, appeared in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Monday … Read more

Iran denies involvement but justifies attack on Salman Rushdie

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official on Monday denied that Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, although he sought to justify the attack in the first public comments by the Islamic Republic on Bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, came three days after … Read more

Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, injures 14

CAIRO (AP) — A fire engulfed a crowded church during morning services in the Egyptian capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshipers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with thick black smoke and witnesses said several trapped worshipers jumped from upper floors to escape. “Choking, choking, all dead,” said a distraught witness, who … Read more

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