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  • *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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gov. Pence: Hobby Lobby relevant Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Gov. Pence: Hobby Lobby relevant

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence discusses the value of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision is relevant.

  • Gov. Pence: RFRA broadly supported Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Gov. Pence: RFRA broadly supported

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence addresses the backlash to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

  • Gov. Pence: Taken aback by controversy eruption Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:16 AM ET
    Gov. Pence: Taken aback by controversy eruption

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence is asked whether he was expecting the backlash after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

  • Gov. Pence: I stand by RFRA Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:14 AM ET
    Gov. Pence: I stand by RFRA

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he "absolutely does not" regret having signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.