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  • The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:52 PM ET

    1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. 2. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, narrated by January LaVoy. 4. Memory Man by David Baldacci, narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

  • ISIS claims responsibility for Garland attack Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 9:31 AM ET
    Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting occurred the day before, on May 04, 2015 in Garland, Texas.

    ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack at a Texas event featuring caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, NBC News reports.

  • *Analysts see deals costing 8- 12 billion shekels. JERUSALEM, May 4- Israel's budget deficit is set to widen sharply in 2016 as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu races to put together a governing coalition by this week's deadline, including promises of increased spending for critical allies. Alex Zabezhinsky, chief economist at brokerage Meitav Dash, estimated...

  • Church of England blacklists these fuel investments Friday, 1 May 2015 | 6:26 AM ET
    The Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine is seen in this aerial photograph taken above the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada,

    The Church of England has decided to blacklist coal & tar sands investments, in a striking victory for campaigners seeking to make fossil fuels unpopular.

  • RIYADH, April 29- Saudi Arabia's new heir to the throne Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in a decree on Wednesday, appointed his nephew and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed as heir...

  • 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...