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Baltimore-area teen speaks out on behalf of Muslim community

- Associated Press

Amara Majeed founded a website called "The Hijab Project," aimed at combating discrimination against Muslim girls and women who wear head-scarves in public. She self-published a book of short biographies of 17 peace-loving, law-abiding Muslims from around the world. She provides online commentary for CNN and, starting earlier this month, for the Huffington Post.

Analysis: Hutchinson straddles issue with unsigned law

- Associated Press

By letting a measure become law without his signature to prohibit local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is straddling the debate over a proposal being cast as endorsing bias against gays and lesbians.

Utah lawmakers hit final weeks with big issues unresolved

- Associated Press

Utah lawmakers kicked off this year with a number of major initiatives on their plate, but they're poised to enter the final weeks of their annual session with many of them still unresolved.

In this photo released by Rio Grande do Norte State Security secretary, American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)

Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges

- Associated Press

Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns to the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, southeast of Rome, on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Benedict's resignation remembered: The pope who became a pilgrim

- Catholic News Agency

Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world.

In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, photo, Bangladeshi policemen investigate at the site of attack on Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger, known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

- Associated Press

A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.

Iraqis hold a protest a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The protesters held a banner denouncing the destruction of the artifacts and call upon the Iraqi government to protect archeological sites in the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Kurdish fighters rout IS militants from town near Iraq

- Associated Press

Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.

A Homeland Security police officer, left, joins a Federal Court policeman, right, as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

- Associated Press

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.