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  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our "common house." Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, Francis singled out a few hundred people who had marched to St. The Vatican is putting on a panel Wednesday to draw...

  • DUBAI, June 27- Kuwait has detained the owner of the vehicle that took a suicide bomber to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where he detonated explosives, killing 27 people, state media reported on Saturday.

  • The Pope and global warming Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 4:43 PM ET
    The Pope and global warming

    "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd reacts to Pope Francis' comments on global warming.

  • The Pope pleads for a cooler Russia Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    The Pope pleads for a cooler Russia

    Pope Francis sat down with Russian President Putin to discuss restoring peace between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Franklin Graham calls for boycott of Wells Fargo Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 1:53 PM ET
    Franklin Graham calls for boycott of Wells Fargo

    The Reverend Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to boycott corporations that promote homosexuality. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports.

  • Rebooting Jordan's tourism industry Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Rebooting Jordan's tourism industry

    CNBC explores how religion and adventure tourism are drawing visitors from across the globe.

  • The remarks came as the Vatican is due to release a papal encyclical, or formal letter, on the issue. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who helped draft the encyclical, said the paper would be presented in the second half of June, two months before the pope is due to address the U.S. Congress and a United Nations meeting on sustainable development. "Our lives must become more...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Google Inc should not have to remove an anti-Islamic film from its YouTube website because a woman complained that she was duped into performing in a film that depicted the prophet Mohammed as a fool and sexual deviant, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. In a case widely followed for its potential impact on the entertainment industry, an 11-...

  • 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.