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Sex crime charges laid against man 'married' to 13yo girl
A Sydney man will face court today accused of living with a 13-year-old girl in a sexual relationship. Police say the 26-year-old man and the girl were illegally married in a religious ceremony earlier this year and were living together in Sydney's west a
Religious Canadians bend morals for the almighty buck
Do unto others — so long as you recognize them from church. Incongruous as it sounds, a new Canadian study discovers that the more importance people place on religion, the more likely they are to lie for financial gain. The lead researcher hypothesizes th
Scientology's fraud conviction upheld in France
France's top appeals court has upheld a fraud conviction and fines totalling hundreds of thousands of euros against the Church of Scientology, for taking advantage of vulnerable followers.
Buddhist Mob Attacks Muslims in Western Burma; 2 Killed
The residents told VOA's Burmese service the outbreak of sectarian violence came Tuesday, in and around the town of Thandwe in Rakhine state. They accused Burmese police and military personnel of standing by as hundreds of Buddhist rioters burned down mor
Pope Francis draws 3M in Rio in one of largest papal masses
An estimated 3 million people poured onto Rio's Copacabana beach on Sunday for the final Mass of Pope Francis' historic trip to his home continent, cheering the first Latin American pope in one of the biggest turnouts for a papal Mass in recent history.
Divided church in China awaits next pope
The next pope has a long list of challenges awaiting him, and where the divided church in China ranks on that list is something Roman Catholics in this part of the world will be watching for when Pope Benedict XVI's successor takes over.
Pope's last Sunday blessing draws tens of thousands
Pope Benedict XVI gave his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people packing St. Peter's Square, but sought to reassure the faithful that he wasn't abandoning the church.
Pope Benedict to resign due to health reasons
Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will resign on Feb. 28, citing his advancing age and health for the surprise announcement today, making him the first pontiff to step down since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
At least 10 feared dead in India stampede
At least 10 people were killed and a dozen more injured Sunday after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival, a senior government minister said.
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