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  • British Sister Act: Number of nuns at 25-year high Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    The numbers of women entering convents in England and Wales has hit a 25-year high, according to new figures released on Thursday.

  • COPENHAGEN, April 22- On Valentine's Day, two weeks after his release from prison, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein walked up to a Copenhagen cafe hosting a debate on freedom of speech and sprayed it with bullets. The country was further confounded when it emerged that prison officials had warned Denmark's domestic intelligence agency that Hussein was at risk of...

  • Pope Francis weighs Cuba visit during U.S. trip Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:01 AM ET
    Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, February 18, 2015.

    Pope Francis is considering a visit to Cuba when he travels to the United States later this year, the Vatican said Friday.

  • SYDNEY/ DUBAI, April 16- Dubai's drive to develop its Islamic finance sector is fueling growth of sharia-compliant banking but the benefits are unevenly distributed, with some lenders struggling to compete against burgeoning competition. In 2013, Dubai's government announced plans to turn the emirate into a center for an "Islamic economy" with...

  • April 15- Turkish Islamic asset manager Alkhair Capital plans to launch new funds this year and will start a service to advise on Islamic bonds, or sukuk, its general manager said. Alkhair Capital, majority-owned by Bahrain's Bank Alkhair, is the only full-fledged Islamic investment firm in the country, with AZ Global and BMD Securities offering some...

  • MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12- China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up. Tapping Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion mineral resources is a top priority for President...

  • It's new, and it's not bacon. It's 'Schmacon' Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 1:35 PM ET
    Schmacon: It’s bacon, without the pork.

    "I think Schmacon is the evolution and, frankly, it's maybe the revolution in bacon," says Howard Bender, creator of beef-based bacon.

  • India's rich temples may open gold vaults for PM Modi Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    It is one of India's richest temples, having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off limits. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to get his hands on this temple gold, estimated at about 3,000 tonnes, more than two thirds of the gold held in the U.S bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to help...

  • Faith & work: Amish miners deal with stricter rules Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 1:41 PM ET
    Amish bidders listen to the auctioneer during the Annual Mud Sale to support the Fire Department March 12, 2011, in Gordonville, Pennsylvania.

    As mine safety regulation grows stricter, one Pennsylvania-based company is forced to move some Amish workers from their posts.

  • Airlines’ latest headache: Religious seating Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men at airport

    Passengers share stories of conflicts among men trying to follow their faith and women just hoping to sit down, the NYT reports.

  • ADEN/ DUBAI, April 7- Plunged into darkness, low on water and short of food, Samah Mulhi and her family huddle in their home in the Yemeni city of Aden as explosions and gunfire reverberate outside. The southern port is under siege by the Houthis, an Iran- allied militia undeterred by 13 days of Saudi-led air strikes meant to blunt their southward push from the capital...

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 3- The mistake they made was to pray to Jesus. Reuben Mwavita, 21, a student, said the three were kneeling in front of the gunmen, praying for help. "I was confused, I was terrified and was shaking, but I was not screaming and that is what saved me," said Susan Kitoko, 24, from the hospital, where she was nursing bruises and a broken hip from escaping through a...

  • Indiana governor signs fix to religion bill Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma speaks at the State Capitol April, 2, 2015 in Indianapolis.

    Businesses and groups have been reacting to a legislative fix to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.. The siege ended nearly 15 hours after the Somali group's gunmen shot their way into the Garissa University College campus in a pre-dawn...

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a Kenyan university campus on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of students and staff. Police and soldiers surrounded the Garissa University College and exchanged gunfire with the attackers throughout the day. Sheik Abdiasis Abu Musab, an Al Shabaab's...

  • Discrimination is bad for business: Rep. Honda Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 11:08 AM ET
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    Discrimination is not only shameful—it's bad for business, says Rep. Mike Honda. And Indiana businesses will suffer the consequences.

  • Arkansas, Indiana to seek fixes of religion bills Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 9:09 AM ET
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    Indiana and Arkansas lawmakers plan to fix religion bills that were sent back to them this week after criticism from rights activists and businesses.

  • Controversial legislature in the US   Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Controversial legislature in the US

    Arkansas' governor has bowed to pressure over the state's controversial religious bill, while Indiana's governor is battling intense criticism over a similar action. NBC's Jay Gray reports.

  • Arkansas gov kicks religion law back to lawmakers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:53 AM ET
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

    Arkansas' Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is sending the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act back to the legislature for a rewrite.

  • Secretive Vatican opens door to financial scrutiny Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 5:53 AM ET

    The Vatican and Italy on Wednesday signed an agreement to share financial and tax information.