German lawmakers reject far-right deputy speaker candidate

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have rejected the far-right Alternative for Germany party's proposed candidate for deputy speaker of parliament for the third time. It is customary for...

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if...

Member of 'Texas 7' prison-break gang set for execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners who's scheduled to be executed Thursday evening should be spared because he didn't fatally shoot a suburban Dallas police o...

Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being pros...

Taiwan’s religious freedom presents pro-unification voices with a dilemma

The issue of religious freedom has been high on the news agenda this week after U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, paid a visit to Taiwan. The fact that an...

Halal meat cannot be labeled 'organic,' ECJ rules

The meat from animals slaughtered under ritualistic practices cannot be labeled as organic, the European Union's top court ruled on Tuesday. The EU organic standard places a high emphasis on anim...

EU court rules halal meat cannot get organic label

PARIS (AP) — The European Union's top court has ruled that the EU organic food logo cannot be used on meat derived from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with religious rites without fi...

Turkey renews criticism of China over Uighur minority

GENEVA (AP) — Turkey has renewed its unusual criticism of China's treatment of its Muslim minority group, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu calling on the country to make a distinction "between t...

The Latest: Alabama seeks to let Thursday execution proceed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate(all times local): 6 p.m. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proce...

Appeals court blocks Alabama execution of Muslim inmate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama who says the state is violating his religious rights by not allowing an imam at his lethal inject...

Austria's Good Friday law discriminatory, top EU court rules

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ruled that Austrian law discriminated on grounds of religion and belief for not giving plaintiff Markus Achatzi holiday pay for working on Good Friday, a...

Mike Pence warns 'China has been put on notice' in address to US ambassadors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Jan. 16 in Washington DC, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence addressed the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, an audience comprised of U.S. ambassadors called back to the...

Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states will urge a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska's largest city from requiring a faith-ba...

Opinion: Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence is a mistake

The leader of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, has granted adherents to the Orthodox faith in Ukraine autocephaly, or, in other words, independence from Russia. Bartholomew did this on h...

US lawmakers voice support for Taiwan following threats by China

Washington, Jan. 4 (CNA) Several American lawmakers have expressed support for Taiwan and called on Beijing to stop its military threats against Taipei, in the wake of Chinese President Xi Jinping'...