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3 Palestinians Killed In Violent Clashes With Israelis Near Jerusalem Religious Site

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

In a day of intensifying violence, three Palestinians were killed during a wave of clashes with Israeli forces. Later a Palestinian stabbed to death three Israelis in a West Bank Jewish settlement.

Tensions Spike In Jerusalem's Old City Over Metal Detectors At Muslim Shrine

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.

Palestinians Protest Metal Detectors At Holy Site

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:56:04 -0400

Palestinians are angry with Israel for installing metal detectors at a site that is holy to both Jews and Muslims. The new security comes after a shooting there Friday.

Boston Launches Anti-Islamophobia Poster Campaign

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:01:00 -0400

A poster offers advice on how a bystander can help someone experiencing anti-Muslim harassment — without challenging the harasser. "Education is key to fighting intolerance," the mayor says.

Militant Right-Wing Activists Protest Religious Community With Peaceful History

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:08:00 -0400

A small enclave of mostly African-American Muslim families have become a fixation for right-wing groups who claim it's used as a terrorist training camp. But neighbors say they're friendly people.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Iraq marks a major moment, Brazil sends its former president to prison and President Trump looks for an alternative agreement -- in Paris.

Statue Of Scopes Trial Lawyer Sparks Debate In Tennessee

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

In 1925, the Scopes Trial sparked national debates about creationism and secularism, and put Dayton, Tenn., on the map. Now another debate is happening in Dayton about whether it's appropriate to memorialize the secular side with a statue.

Nonprofit Helps California's Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:41:00 -0400

Traditional Asian greens like crisp daikon roots for pickling are an integral part of Asian-American cultural identity. A nonprofit is helping small farmers meet high demand in Asian enclaves.

Residents Of East Austin, Once A Bustling Black Enclave, Make A Suburban Exodus

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:18:00 -0400

The community "doesn't really exist anymore as it did," one former resident of East Austin said. Even the local pastor, who served for 30 years, says he's been pushed out by rising home prices.

Pope Francis Announces New Path To Sainthood

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:51:00 -0400

The new category recognizes those who sacrifice their lives for others. The pope announced the pathway on Tuesday, and it is seen as one of the biggest changes to the process in centuries.

European Court Of Human Rights Upholds Belgium's Ban On Full-Face Veils

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:44:00 -0400

The 2011 law, which bars wearing clothing that "partially or totally covers the face" in public, had come under fire for allegedly violating Muslim women's rights to privacy and freedom of religion.

Gluten-Free Host A No-Go, Says Pope

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:04:00 -0400

The bread used for celebrating the Eucharist must contain some gluten, said the Vatican, but there is still a way for many celiac sufferers to receive the sacrament.

Have Israel's Religious Authorities 'Blacklisted' 160 Rabbis?

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 10:28:00 -0400

Who is a Jew? The latest chapter of this debate reflects the growing schism between Israel's Orthodox religious establishment and rabbis around the world.

'I Was Full Of Rage': Author Rebecca Stott On Growing Up In A Christian Cult

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Stott's memoir, In the Days of Rain, is about her childhood in and out of the Exclusive Brethren, a conservative, separatist cult.

'Building A Bridge' Between The Catholic Church And LGBT Community

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:05:45 -0400

Father James Martin sees a divide between the institutional Catholic Church and its LGBT parishioners. Scott Simon talks with him about his book Building a Bridge.