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Episcopalians Reject Gay Candidates

Sun, 07 May 2006 00:00:00 EDT

SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 -- The story from the Grace Cathedral on Saturday was not so much about what happened but what didn't happen. Episcopalians in San Francisco did not elect an openly gay candidate as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, thereby preventing a schism within the 75...

A Financial Model Fit for Islam

Sun, 07 May 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The business class had just finished its evening prayer break, and everyone's shoes were back on.

Latino Catholics Increasingly Drawn To Pentecostalism

Sun, 30 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

LOS ANGELES -- When Fabiola Briones entered a Pentecostal church for the first time, she was in crisis, recently divorced and bitter from abuse she suffered as a child. A Mexican-American Catholic, she had never seen anyone fall to the ground while praising God or speak in tongues, which is common...

Plans to End Cacophony Of Cairo's Call to Prayer

Mon, 01 May 2006 00:00:00 EDT

CAIRO, April 30 -- Sitting on the bluff at the Giza pyramids in late afternoon, as the sky turns pink behind the great pharaonic tombs, you can hear the 5 o'clock call to prayer rise from mosques in the Nile River valley below until the air becomes filled with a drone of proclaimed faith.

The Sky's the Limit

Sat, 29 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A crunch on open space in many cities has developers courting churches with multimillion-dollar offers to buy their property and sometimes even the air above their heads.

Inquiry Backs Complaint Against Priest

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A Jesuit priest who was a popular teacher for 14 years at Georgetown Preparatory School inappropriately touched a student at the prestigious Jesuit-run boys' school in North Bethesda, an investigation by Jesuit authorities found.

Reuters Business Summary

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 02:42:11 EDT

Honda Q4 net jumps on one-off gains TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co. on Wednesday posted a 133 percent jump in fourth-quarter net profit, helped by a softer yen, brisk overseas sales and accounting one-offs, but projected weaker-than-expected earnings for this year. January-March net profit at...

Reuters Politics Summary

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 02:36:12 EDT

Bush picks Fox's Snow as press secretary WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has picked Fox News Radio host Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary and is expected to announce the choice as early as Wednesday, a Republican official said on Tuesday night. Snow will replace Scott McClellan,...

Sri Lanka launches new strikes on Tiger territory

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 01:38:49 EDT

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military launched new strikes on Tamil Tiger areas in the island's northeast on Wednesday, a day after a deadly suicide bomb attack blamed on rebels shattered a fragile ceasefire.

Empty chair and slurs mar Mexico election debate

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 01:29:42 EDT

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's presidential candidates tore into each other on Tuesday in a televised debate with some tough rhetoric also aimed at an empty chair set aside for a leftist front runner who refused to take part.

Sri Lankan Commander Wounded in Deadly Blast

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 26 -- A suicide bomber dressed to appear pregnant blew herself up in front of a car carrying the commanding general of Sri Lanka's army Tuesday, killing eight people and badly wounding the officer. Twenty-six other people were injured in the attack inside the military's...

Zarqawi Taunts U.S. in Video

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, showed his face in a video for the first time yesterday, accusing President Bush of lying to Americans about U.S. military victories in Iraq and vowing to destroy efforts to form a new government there.

Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 23:11:08 EDT

WASHINGTON -- Under election-year pressure to reduce surging gasoline prices, President Bush on Tuesday halted filling of the nation's emergency oil reserve, urged the waiver of clean air rules to ease local gas shortages and called for the repeal of $2 billion in tax breaks for profit-heavy oil...

Port Workers to Undergo Background Checks

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 23:09:44 EDT

WASHINGTON -- Seaport workers will undergo background checks for links to terrorism and to ensure they are legal U.S. residents, the Bush administration said Tuesday.

Jury Convicts Calif. Man in Terrorism Case

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 22:22:08 EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old man of supporting terrorists by attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan three years ago.

Iran Threatens to Hide Nuclear Program

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 21:30:41 EDT

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran ratcheted up its defiance ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment, threatening Tuesday to hide its program if the West takes "harsh measures" and to transfer nuclear technology to chaos-ridden Sudan.

Lockheed profit rises, but stock falls from high

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 21:12:05 EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp. , the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor, said on Tuesday that quarterly profit rose a greater-than-expected 60 percent on higher sales of information technology services and a one-time gain from selling stock in a satellite operator.

Advocates Try to Boost Immigrant Turnout

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 21:06:28 EDT

NEW YORK -- "Today we march! Tomorrow we vote!" It's been a popular slogan at recent immigration rights rallies, and now organizers are trying to make it reality. Advocates nationwide are aiming to boost low voter turnout among foreign-born citizens and to file naturalization papers for the millions...

Succession Unclear After Grand Rebbe's Death

Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK, April 25 -- A Hasidic king was buried Monday night, even as two of his sons fought in secular and religious courts to claim his throne.

Ukrainians Mark 20th Chernobyl Anniversary

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:56:14 EDT

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian mourners carried single red carnations and flickering candles during a solemn ceremony early Wednesday to remember the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, an event that continues to scar this ex-Soviet republic 20 years later.

Hamas Says Banks Afraid of Transfers

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:47:25 EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Banks fearful of U.S. retribution are preventing millions of dollars in foreign aid from reaching the Palestinians, the Palestinian finance minister acknowledged Tuesday.

Justices Weigh Abuse in Woman's Defense

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:27:08 EDT

WASHINGTON -- Keshia Dixon claimed her abusive boyfriend woke her up three years ago with a gun to her head, a punch in the face and a demand that she break the law and buy him more weapons.

Dow Closes Down 53, Nasdaq Ends Down 3

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:06:34 EDT

NEW YORK -- Interest rate worries sent share prices lower Tuesday on Wall Street after strong consumer confidence and home sales data signaled that the economy is holding up better than expected and suggested that the Federal Reserve has room for more rate increases.

Stocks fall on rate fear; banks, oil sector hit

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:31:34 EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, buffeted by fears of rising interest rates, a sell-off in the energy sector, including Exxon Mobil Corp. , and a drop in the shares of heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. .

UN puts sanctions on 4 Sudanese for Darfur war

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:29:32 EDT

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Tuesday on four Sudanese accused of abuses in the Darfur conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives and uprooted at least 2 million people.

Coroner: Priest's Letter Opener Fit Wound

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:22:35 EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio -- A letter opener found in a priest's room was a "perfect fit" when inserted into a jaw wound suffered by a nun slain in 1980, an assistant coroner testified Tuesday at the priest's murder trial.

Canada, US closer to lumber deal, says source

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 16:59:26 EDT

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Talks between the United States and Canada on ending a protracted dispute over softwood lumber are "picking up speed" and a deal could be reached soon, a well-placed Ottawa source told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hector Barreto Resigns As SBA Chief

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:07:45 EDT

WASHINGTON -- Small Business Administration chief Hector Barreto resigned Tuesday after a tenure marked by criticism of the agency's response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

Tesco Annual Profit Rises 17 Percent

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:22:49 EDT

LONDON -- Tesco PLC, Britain's largest supermarket chain, reported a 17 percent rise in full-year profit Tuesday and announced plans to raise up to 5 billion pounds ($8.9 billion) from the reorganization of its property portfolio over the next five years.

EU Approves E.On $36B Bid for Endesa

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:22:20 EDT

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union's head office on Tuesday approved German energy company E.On AG's 29.1 billion euros ($36 billion) bid to buy Spanish power company Endesa SA.

France calls on Washington to cut farm subsidies

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:21:38 EDT

PARIS (Reuters) - The United States must limit its subsidies on farm products, French Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday, after it became clear world trading partners would miss an end-April deadline for a key deal.

Bush Seeks More Alternative-Fuel Credits

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:20:32 EDT

WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday that Congress should make all hybrid and clean diesel vehicles eligible for tax credits, as automakers and the ethanol industry touted the benefits of alternative fuels in the face of rising gasoline prices.

FCC chairman says indecency standard clear

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:14:17 EDT

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission told television broadcasters on Tuesday they should know what is indecent because the law has not changed in more than 25 years.

A Worker Recalls the Chernobyl Disaster

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:13:11 EDT

KIEV, Ukraine -- As the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster approached, Yuri Andreyev remembered his exams for a job at the nuclear power plant. Asked to propose a scenario of a reactor explosion, he says he offered three _ and was rebuked. "Keep it in your mind, man _ Soviet reactors cannot...

L'Oreal Gets New French CEO

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:10:14 EDT

PARIS -- L'Oreal SA, the world's largest beauty products company, has a Frenchman at its helm for the first time in almost two decades after shareholders on Tuesday approved the appointment of Jean-Paul Agon to succeed departing British CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones.

Face-Transplant Patient Healing, Docs Say

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:08:23 EDT

BEIJING -- A Chinese man who was attacked by a bear and had a partial face transplant is healing well, but his body could still reject tissue from a brain-dead patient used to give him a new nose, lip and cheek, state media reported Tuesday.

Rice pledges US help to Turkey against Kurd rebels

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:07:45 EDT

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States tried on Tuesday to ease Turkey's concerns instability in Iraq was threatening its security, pledging continued support for Ankara's fight against the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

China Gives BlackBerry Maker a Raspberry

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:07:38 EDT

NEW YORK -- The BlackBerry e-mail device is coming to China in the next few months. By then, thousands of Chinese may already be checking their e-mail on the new "Redberry."

Millipore to buy Serologicals for $1.4 billion

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:58:20 EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millipore Corp. said on Tuesday it agreed to buy Serologicals Corp. for $1.4 billion in cash to boost its role as a provider of chemicals used in drug research, sending shares of both companies higher.

MTV 'Popetown' Ad Draws Complaint

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 10:28:58 EDT

BERLIN -- A German conservative leader said Tuesday he has filed a complaint with prosecutors accusing music channel MTV of disparaging Christianity in an ad for its Vatican parody cartoon "Popetown," which depicts the pope as a pogo-stick riding brat.

Streisand Strikes Back at Biographer

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:22:55 EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Here's one sure way to incite Barbra Streisand's wrath: Write a book about her.

Opinion Focus

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:00:00 EDT

Washington Post opinion columnist Eugene Robinson discuss his recent columns and anything else that's on your mind.

S.C. Priest Pleads Guilty in Abuse Case

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 11:38:52 EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and battery, avoiding a trial that was about to start on charges alleging he sexually abused two boys more than 25 years ago.

Witness Details Finding Body of Ohio Nun

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 20:32:59 EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The body of a nun found strangled and stabbed to death in a hospital chapel appeared to have been displayed in a ritualistic fashion, her arms and legs straight and no sign of blood, two fellow nuns testified Monday at the murder trial of a priest accused of the 1980 killing.

Ohio Churches' Political Activities Challenged

Tue, 25 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In a challenge to the ethics of conservative Ohio religious leaders and the fairness of the Internal Revenue Service, a group of 56 clergy members contends that two churches have gone too far in supporting a Republican candidate for governor.

Herndon Church Adds Mass In Spanish

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In the year and a half since moving from El Salvador to Herndon, Salvador Bonilla has gone to church only when friends could give him a lift to a Catholic parish four miles away in Sterling, the closest place offering Mass in Spanish. Yesterday afternoon, he stood outside St. Joseph Catholic Church...

'Da Vinci' Author Lets Others Fight It Out

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:56:47 EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Though he's been hit with lawsuits and rebuffed by the Vatican, author Dan Brown said Sunday it's not his responsibility to address controversies stirred up by his book, "The Da Vinci Code."

World's youngest political prisoner turns 17

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:32:54 EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Tibetan youth considered by rights groups to be the world's youngest political prisoner turns 17 on Tuesday, 11 years after disappearing from public view when he was named the Himalayan region's second-ranking religious figure.

Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 22:43:30 EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday, worshipping at candlelit services from Russia to Ethiopia before gathering families for outdoor feasts.

On Tape, Bin Laden Warns of Long War

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

BERLIN, April 23 -- Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged his followers to prepare for a drawn-out conflict with the Western world in a new audiotape broadcast Sunday, blaming what he called "a Crusader-Zionist war" for a long list of attacks on Islam in places from Darfur to Denmark.

Mayor Postpones Church Parking Crackdown

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) has backed off a planned crackdown on double-parking around city churches, instead imposing a moratorium on enforcement until a task force recommends ways to end squabbles between churches and their neighbors, the mayor's office confirmed yesterday.

China, Vatican Edge Toward Accord

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

HONG KONG, April 22 -- After more than half a century of hostility, China and the Roman Catholic Church have inched within reach of normal relations, a historic shift aimed at improving the lives of 10 million Chinese who regularly practice the faith, according to leaders and analysts on both sides...