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Christian Rewrites 'Harry Potter' So Kids Don't 'Turn Into Witches'

INTERNATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Monday Sep 29, 2014
Worried that reading the popular 'Harry Potter' series will turn her children into witches, a Christian mother has rewritten the popular books with less spells, more prayers and a straight Professor Dumbledore.

U.S. President Barack Obama (righ) meets with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left)

Nigerian Court Postpones Ruling on Anti-Gay Measure for 2nd Time

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 29
A Nigerian court last week delayed its ruling, for the second time, on a case that aims to repeal the country's anti-gay law.

President Barack Obama

Obama: US 'Underestimated' Islamic State Threat

INTERNATIONAL | By Ken Dilanian | Sep 29
President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Mystery Over N. Korean Leader Fuels Health Rumors

INTERNATIONAL | By Foster Klug | Sep 29
What's going on with North Korea's authoritarian leader, Kim Jong Un?

For Some Gays Abroad, Social Networking Poses Risk

INTERNATIONAL | By David Crary | Sep 29
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

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Italy Fights Mafia With New Strategy: Banish Sons

INTERNATIONAL | By Frances D'emilio | Sep 28
First Italy fought its mafia mobsters by confiscating their wealth. Now judges are taking away something more precious: their sons.

Members of the Serbian Gendarmerie stand ready during an anti gay rights rally in Belgrade, Serbia.

Thousands of Police Protect Pride March in Serbia

INTERNATIONAL | By Jovana Gec | Sep 28
Thousands of anti-riot police officers were deployed Sunday in downtown Belgrade in an effort to protect a gay pride march that faced threats of attacks from extremists.

Dense fumes are spewed out from several spots on the slope of Mt. Ontake as the volcano erupts in central Japan.

Volcano Erupts in Japan; 7 Missing, 40 Injured

INTERNATIONAL | By Ken Moritsugu | Sep 27
A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 40 people who were stranded in areas that rescue workers have been unable to reach. Another seven people were missing.

Islamic sharia police officers stand to check motorists on the street in Aceh province, Indonesia.

Indonesia Province to Punish Gay Sex By Caning

INTERNATIONAL | By Fakhrurradzie Gade | Sep 27
Lawmakers in a conservative Muslim Indonesian province passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

Gay South African Man Reportedly Stoned to Death

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 26
A gay man from South Africa was reportedly stoned to death this week.

Grindr Warns Egyptian Men of Police Entrapment

INTERNATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 26
BuzzFeed is reporting that Grindr is sending a message to all Egyptian users this week, warning that police may be "posing as LGBT on social media to entrap you."