India's 2 biggest political parties vie for Gandhi's legacy

GURGAON, India (AP) — The ideal candidate, India's oldest political party says on the registration form for an upcoming state election, is a teetotaler who prefers "khadi," home-spun cotton fabrics, i...

Leaders of religious right balk at labeling Trump a racist

NEW YORK (AP) — Many religious leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. Prominent figures on the religious right have not joined...

Codebreaker Alan Turing to be face of new British banknote

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has chosen codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing as the face of the country's new 50 pound note. Governor Mark Carney said Monday that Turin...

Minneapolis church expelled over support of gay marriage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church have voted to defrock a Minneapolis pastor and expel his church got permitting gay marriage. The Rev. Dan Collison had h...

Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top ...

Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according ...

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination an...

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet i...

Venezuela introduces new banknotes as inflation soars

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is planning to introduce banknotes with larger denominations to cope with hyperinflation which shows no signs of slowing. The central bank says th...

Southern Baptists meet; sex abuse crisis tops agenda

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened a national meeting Tuesday that was expected to be dominated by discussion of a large-scale sex-abuse crisis . Delegates were expected...

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination is reporting its twelfth year of declining memberships. On Thursday, the Southern Baptist Convention reported tot...

My Europe: A culture war in Austrian classrooms

Nobody in Austria wants girls who have not even reached puberty to wear Muslim headscarves: neither the government, nor the opposition, nor teachers, nor education experts, nor those imams who express...

Taiwan Central Bank earns NT$60 million from special serial No. banknote auctions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Central Bank of Taiwan has raked in nearly NT$60 million (US$19.2 million) for the government coffers over the past eight years through an unusual moneymaking method &...

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path ...

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 14 on passenger bus

Gunmen ambushed a passenger bus in southwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing 14 people. A local official said it was unclear who was behind the shooting. The men reportedly entered the bus, demanded to...