Christians' ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanam...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 25 The Japan News on the bombings in Sri Lanka: This ...

AP joins global initiative to expand reporting on religion

The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and the nonprofit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion in the United States and ar...

After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

AL-HOL, Syria (AP) — They came from around the world, four women drawn to the Islamic State group's "caliphate." They said it was out of misguided religious faith or naivety or youthful rebellion, but...

In camp of diehard IS supporters, some women express regrets

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world t...

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, accor...

India's millions of young voters can swing national election

NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy. With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and ...

Lawyers doubt competency of man accused of fighting for IS

DETROIT (AP) — Attorneys for a Detroit-area man accused of providing support to the Islamic State group say their client might be incompetent to stand trial on terrorism charges. The...

Goalkeeper showed ignorance of fascism, says FA panel

Cleared by a disciplinary panel of performing a Nazi salute, a Premier League soccer player was still criticized for his lack of knowledge about fascism and Adolf Hitler. Crystal Pal...

Religious symbols proposal ignites fiery debate in Quebec

MONTREAL (AP) — A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious symbols is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their...

Shock at arrest of deputy's son in black church fires

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Authorities said he had no known criminal record. A friend described him as an introverted animal lover who showed no animosity toward any race, and a talented, if frustrated hea...

More charges for Detroit-area man accused of fighting for IS

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have added charges against a Detroit-area man who was captured in Syria and accused of providing support to the Islamic State group. Ibraheem Musai...

School exams given in Poland as teachers strike enters day 3

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Middle school students in Poland are taking important middle school exams even though a nationwide teachers' strike entered its third day, forcing exam authorities to ask help fr...

Japan unveils new banknotes ahead of Reiwa Imperial Era

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Shortly after Japan announced the title of its new imperial era as “Reiwa” (令和), the Bank of Japan has unveiled three new currency notes to mark the occasion with t...

Hard-hitting DPP video supports Uyghurs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) launched a five-minute video on its Facebook page Friday (April 5) featuring prominent Uyghur activists and revealing the brutality ...