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David Silverman, then-president of the American Atheists, addresses the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City on April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Need to know: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

American Atheists terminates its president over sexual misconduct allegations

David Silverman, who took the 55-year-old organization to new prominence, is accused of sexual assault by two women.

The blue Muslim wave: American Muslims launch political campaigns, hope to deliver ‘sweet justice’ to Trump

More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year.

US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison.

Cult leader? ‘Sinful Messiah’? 25 years later, interest in David Koresh still strong

Twenty-five years after the siege, interest in what happened outside Waco — and who’s to blame — remains immense.

The American ordeal of the Boko Haram schoolgirls

Having escaped to the U.S. after the 2014 mass kidnapping, a group of Nigerian students found themselves trapped all over again.

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Jimmy Carter, 93, talks about his new book: ‘Faith’

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Buffer zone around London abortion clinic is a first for Britain

(RNS) — The move has buoyed abortion-rights supporters, who are looking for the creation of more such zones around the nation.

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Your tax return is a sacred document

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On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

(RNS) — Living in America, I escaped the Nazis in those horrendous years. But I am forever haunted by the knowledge that had I been born in Transylvania instead of Pennsylvania, I would likely have been one of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

‘I have made serious mistakes,’ says pope. ‘I ask forgiveness.’

(RNS) — Popes are not supposed to make mistakes. But Francis from the beginning of his papacy has admitted that he is a sinner like every other Christian.

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