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  • Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with a trip to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family. It will be the second papal visit to Philadelphia— John Paul II celebrated Mass in the city in 1979— and...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • World's biggest Bible factory is in... China? Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    A machine pulls in the first page of 'The Bible of the Woman' into the production line.

    The world's biggest Bible factory has just published its 125 millionth copy – in officially atheist China. The Financial Times reports.

  • RIYADH, Oct 20- Saudi Arabia's biggest bank has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years. The decision, made as the bank launches a $6 billion initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, shows how Saudi Arabia's...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- Plans by Saudi Arabia's biggest bank for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, have run into religious controversy with some clerics suggesting it violates Islamic principles. "The conflict between religion and the economy in the kingdom has been negative for a long time, but this will not stop...

  • Jobs and religion: The case against Abercrombie Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:23 PM ET
    Pedestrians are reflected in the window of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco.

    Here's what the case against teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, that's headed to the Supreme Court, is all about, says Dan Eaton.

  • DALLAS, Oct 7- Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson on Tuesday met the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital, as health officials keep close tabs on those who came in contact with the patient. Jackson also met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and is scheduled to meet religious leaders.

  • Modi in America: India's top man goes on tour Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

    The Indian prime minister is being welcomed by corporate executives, Indian Americans and, most importantly, Barack Obama.

  • NEW YORK/ BEIRUT, Sept 25- French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.

  • India's Modi to get rock star reception in New York Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    Thousands more are expected to pack New York's Times Square to watch his address in Hindi on big screens as well as smaller viewing parties around the country and on TV in India. The Indian diaspora hopes this visit by a leader who was until recently barred from the United States will signify India's importance not only on these shores but in wider the world too.

  • UPDATE 2-Schaeuble rebuffs calls for German stimulus Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 9- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rebuffed calls for Berlin to spend more to boost the euro zone economy, telling parliament on Tuesday that painful structural reforms were the best way to return Europe to growth.

  • ATLANTA, Sept 8- S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain known for its chicken sandwiches as well as for its president's public opposition to gay marriage, died on Monday at age 93, the company said.

  • Religious conversion polarize in Modi's India Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 PM ET
    Christians and Muslims sit in the rain during a protest rally in New Delhi on August 1, 2012.

    Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

  • New data from Trulia show that private school enrollment is highest in the wealthier states as well as in states with strongly religious populations.

  • *U.S. air support helping Kurds in Mosul Dam drive. DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north, officials said.

  • DOHUK, Iraq, Aug 17- Kurdish fighters are advancing towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents, witnesses and a Kurdish peshmerga commander said on Sunday.

  • Islamic State said to kill 80 Yazidis in Iraq Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:38 PM ET
    Iraqi Yazidi refugees rest inside a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, northeastern Syria.

    Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

  • N. Korea welcomes pope to Asia by firing 3 rockets Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 AM ET
    Replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (C-behind) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (foreground) are seen at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul.

    North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

  • US starts Iraq aid amid reports of airstrikes Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 5:10 PM ET
    President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014.

    Administration officials had said earlier that the president was considering both airstrikes against militants and airdrops of humanitarian aid.

  • ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7- Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region on Thursday, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for their lives, in an offensive that has alarmed the Baghdad government and world powers.