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  • France's Sarkozy faces rifts on Islam debate

    France's Sarkozy faces rifts on Islam debate

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces mounting criticism over plans for a national debate April 5 on the subject of Islam in France, a week before the new burqa ban takes effect.

  • Elizabeth Taylor remembered for her roles, both on and off the big screen

    Elizabeth Taylor remembered for her roles, both on and off the big screen

    Elizabeth Taylor, the actress whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday.

  • Opinion What Italy's history suggests for US policy in Middle East

    March 17 isn't just St. Patrick's Day. This year, it's the 150th anniversary of Italy as a modern state. Those who don’t believe that Egypt or others in the region can become prosperous democracies should consider the Italy's history – and what it suggests for US policy in the Middle East now.

  • Profile: Bill T. Jones, a master of modern dance

    Profile: Bill T. Jones, a master of modern dance

    After receiving Kennedy Center Honors, Bill T. Jones remembers his long career as a dancer and choreographer, and he discusses his future plans.

  • Murder of Christian lawmaker: Can Pakistan check Islamic extremism?

    Murder of Christian lawmaker: Can Pakistan check Islamic extremism?

    Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian and Pakistan's minority affairs minister, is the second top official in the past two months to be killed after opposing harsh blasphemy laws. Critics say the country isn’t doing enough to protect minorities.

  • Opinion In debate over iPhone confession app, aftershocks of Calvinist-Catholic fault line

    The iPhone confession app is stirring age-old questions: Do mediating objects assist or hinder in the pursuit of grace? Do things lessen the sincerity or authenticity of religious action?

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 02/02

    A Peking Opera artist performs at a temple fair to celebrate the lunar New Year in Beijing. The Chinese lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.

  • Facebook is fine, says Pope Benedict, but real faces are better

    Facebook is fine, says Pope Benedict, but real faces are better

    Social networking sites such as Facebook offer Christians a 'great opportunity' to connect, Pope Benedict said Monday, but it should 'not take the place of direct human contact.'

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 01/07

    A southern Sudanese man with his face covered in mud attends a rally in Juba. Sudan is heading for an acrimonious split but while southern leaders want political independence from the north, economic realities may keep them uncomfortably dependent on their former foes. Most analysts expect the south -- which produces almost 75 percent of Sudan's 500,000 barrels per day of oil -- to secede after January.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 01/05

    Youths raise their hands in a show of support for Laurent Gbagbo at a rally led by Gbagbo minister and youth leader Charles Ble Goude, in the Koumassi neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. While the United Nations and other world powers recognize rival Alassane Ouattara as the winner of November presidential elections, Gbagbo has refused to step down for more than a month after the presidential runoff vote. The 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS has threatened to remove the incumbent leader if ongoing negotiations fail.