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Syrian rebels face growing threat from foreign jihadists

The man’s face was badly mangled and he was unconscious when fellow Syrian rebels brought him on a gurney from the outskirts of this small village across the border to the neighboring Turkish town Karkamis.<p>His name and prognosis were not clear, but what was known was that he was a casualty of his …

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Latino Religion Survey Reveals Rise In Unaffiliated And Evangelical Hispanics

Hispanics living in the United States are now increasingly evangelical Protestants or religiously unaffiliated as the number of Catholics among them declines, according to a national survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.<p>While Catholic affiliation has dropped by 16 percentage …

The Uighurs, China's Embattled Muslim Minority, Are Still Seeking an Identity

Xinjiang's largest minority group still exists uneasily within the Chinese state—and there's little Beijing can do about it.<p>After we had gotten on familiar terms—I let them play on my laptop—I asked the girls when they started working as waitresses. “In July,” they said. It wasn’t surprising that …

Christie in bind on gay marriage

A New Jersey judge’s ruling legalizing gay marriage in the state presents Chris Christie with a mixed political bag ahead of Election Day.<p>Christie is trying to win reelection in a blue state by a wide margin, the better to springboard into a 2016 presidential campaign. For Democrats, being pro-gay …

Al-Shabab Shifts Focus From Territory To Terrorism

Al-Shabab has been around for years as a militia group fighting for territory in Somalia.<p>When al-Shabab militants, dressed in casual clothes, turned up in a ritzy shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend and gunned down men, women and children, the group shifted from an insurgent movement to a …

Pope Benedict breaks seven-month silence to deny covering up abuse by paedophile priests, and to denounce Richard Dawkins' work as 'science fiction'

Emeritus Pope Benedict has broken a seven-month silence to deny covering up the “filth” of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, and to denounce the work …

Why is God suddenly so big in the schools we all pay for?

The rush to academies has allowed faith-based education to grow hugely – and yet entirely bypass the democratic process<p>There are layers of murk beneath the free school and academisation process that would make anybody with any sense avert their eyes. They are too new to make sense of, and too …

Why is God suddenly so big in the schools we all pay for?

<i>‘Only a third of adults even approve of state funding for faith schools, over half actively disapprove, and no more than a quarter of parents would</i> …

Irish schoolchildren to learn about atheism

Up to 16,000 primary-school pupils in multi-denominational sector will learn about atheism, and others will be offered courses on the internet and smartphone apps<p>In a historic move that will cheer Richard Dawkins, lessons about atheism are to be taught in Ireland's primary schools for the first …

Why does David Cameron refuse to admit that the terrorist attack in Nairobi is linked to Islam?

Do you know the name of Muhammed’s mother? No, me neither. I can manage the names of two of his wives and his Christian concubine, plus his daughter, but not his mother. The matter was, however, of more than academic interest when gunmen took over the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. According …

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Driving affects ovaries and pelvis, Saudi sheikh warns women

Saudi women seeking to challenge a de facto ban on driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad …

Obama, Clinton to begin ACA rollout

President Barack Obama will kick off his administration’s six-month rollout of Obamacare during a “conversation” Tuesday with former President Bill Clinton.<p>With the Obamacare insurance exchanges set to open Oct. 1, the White House is deploying the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice …

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Americans and Briton 'among mall attackers', says Kenyan foreign minister

Amina Mohamed says Briton who has 'done this many times before' was involved in attack with 'two or three' Americans<p>A British woman who has allegedly taken part in terrorist activity "many times before" was among the attackers who laid siege to a Kenyan shopping mall, the country's foreign minister …

Barack Obama: my wife scared me into quitting smoking

US president's comments to official unwittingly recorded by microphone at UN general assembly<p>The US president, Barack Obama, says he hasn't had a smoke in years – thanks in no small part to his fear of the first lady, Michelle Obama.<p>Obama, who was caught chatting off-guard with a UN official on …

Bush Doesn't Fault Obama For Playing Golf

President Obama seems to enjoy playing golf, but he's been criticized for spending too much time on the golf course.<p>Obama has played more than 140 rounds of golf since he first took office, according to CBS News. He's even played with Tiger Woods.<p>Obama's not alone — 15 of the past 18 presidents …