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84-year-old nun gets 35 months for breaking into nuclear facility

(RNS) An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday (Feb. 18) for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear facility in July 2012.     Sister Megan Rice and two other anti-nuclear activists were convicted last May of breaking into a federal complex that stores enriched uranium.     ``Please have no leniency on me. To remain in prison for...
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Islamic militias continue spread beyond the Middle East into African nations

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) An Islamist group has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa. The declaration from Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia movement mirrors...
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The Bibles are back: Navy lodges scuttle removal plan

(RNS) The Gideon Bibles are going back in the Navy’s nightstand drawers. In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the Bibles and any other “religious materials” from their rooms. Scriptures woul...
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Civil rights groups to feds: Purge your anti-Muslim training materials

(RNS) Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers. On Thursday (Aug. 14), 75 groups — including the Council on American-Islam...
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US must ‘destroy’ Islamic State, say religious conservatives

(RNS) A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq. They say “nothing short of the destruction” of the Islami...
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Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying (COMMENTARY)

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) It’s starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results hav...
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Bibles booted from U.S. Navy base guest rooms

(RNS) The U.S. Navy will no longer allow Bibles and other religious materials in the guest rooms of Navy lodges, a decision that has infuriated some conservative groups, which recently learned about the new policy. The Navy’s decision came after the Freedom From Religion Foundatio...
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Pope sends envoy to Iraq to deliver message of support and aid embattled Christians

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thousands of Christians and other religious minorities fleeing for their lives, the Vatican said Friday (Aug. 8). The Vatican announced...
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Islamic State accused of capturing Yazidi women and forcing them to convert, or else

(RNS) Senior leaders in Iraq’s minority Yazidi community say their wives and daughters, forcibly held by Islamic militants, are being given a choice: Convert to Islam and marry jihadists — or else. Mirza Dinnayi, a senior Yazidi leader and a former adviser on minority affairs to t...
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Italy expels imam for preaching hatred against Jews

ROME (RNS) Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled “for s...
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Sayeeda Warsi, first Muslim in British Cabinet, resigns over ‘indefensible’ Gaza policy

LONDON (RNS) The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday (Aug. 5) over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who served as senior Foreign Office minister for faith and com...
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