Mormons Pulling 400,000 Youths Out of Struggling Boy Scouts

For decades, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of Boy Scouts of America’s greatest allies and the largest sponsor of troops. But on Jan. 1, it will deliver the latest blow to the struggling organization when it pulls out more than 400,000 Scouts and moves them into a new global program of its own.

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Investigators Observe Ill Fates for Foreign Brides Trafficked to China

Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed.

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Iraqis Call off Christmas Celebrations in Protest

The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed by security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators said, to a recent decision by Iraq’s Christians to call off seasonal festivities to honor the losses.

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Religious Beliefs

A father was properly convicted of manslaughter for the death of his 12-year-old daughter, an Oregon appeals court ruled. The man and his wife did not seek medical care for their child, who died of ketoacidosis. The lower court properly introduced evidence the man avoided traditional medical care due to his religious beliefs and “looked to God to heal the body.”

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Trump Fires Up Religious Critics With Job for Televangelist

The ascension of Paula White as an official member of Donald Trump’s White House highlights how closely the president is relying on his inner circle of evangelical Christian supporters as he fights an impeachment probe during his reelection bid — while giving liberal evangelicals a new opening to push back at his administration’s mingling of religion and policymaking.

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