(RNS) Fire officials believe the blaze was started by a malfunctioning hot plate being used to keep food warm during the 25-hour Sabbath, when religious restrictions forbid cooking.
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(RNS) The mummy inside the gold-painted papier-mache statue is believed to be that of Liuquan, a Buddhist master of the Chinese Meditation School who died around the year 1100.
(RNS) Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter Tuesday (July 29) after their country’s deputy leader said in a speech assailing “moral corruption” that women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their mobile phones so much.
(RNS) Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel last month upheld a lower-court ruling and declared that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process extend to gay men and lesbians who want to marry.
(RNS) Seven couples filed the suit, arguing that a state constitutional amendment approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004 violates the equal-protection and due-process guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
(RNS) A wounded man in his 20s was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center about 90 minutes after the shootings at Seattle Pacific University, an evangelical Christian school north of downtown, at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
(RNS) Every year, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Pakistani women are killed by their families for actual or imagined adultery or premarital sex. Public stoning is rare, however.
(RNS) Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media reports.
(RNS) Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, said the Oklahoma case would add momentum to efforts to halt lethal injection until the process is better understood and there is more transparency to what states are trying to do.