MOSCOW (AP) — The Jehovah's Witnesses say a Danish member of the religious denomination who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2017 has been granted early release by a court.
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maryland, according to court records.
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have added over 200 Jehovah's Witnesses to a register of extremists and terrorists, the organization said in a statement Friday.
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia's eastern Siberia on Tuesday convicted two Jehovah's Witnesses of extremism because of their membership in the religious group, the latest in a wave of crackdown on...
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has convicted three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses of participating in a religion banned for extremism, the latest move against the denomination.
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in northern Russia on Friday fined two Jehovah's Witnesses convicted of extremism related to their membership of the religious group, Russian media reported citing court...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah's Witnesses for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse...
NEW YORK (AP) — Point guard Darren Collison has decided to retire from the NBA after 10 seasons to focus on being a Jehovah's Witness.
The 31-year-old Collison played for the Indiana Pacers...
"Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life" (Viking), by Amber Scorah
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MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia has ruled that a Danish Jehovah's Witness must stay in prison for the next six years.
The court in western Russia on Thursday turned down Dennis Christensen's...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state agency has determined that the Montana Women's Prison discriminated against an inmate on the basis of religion.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia's intelligence agency says a Russian state-controlled television station has been portraying members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Estonia in "a hostile and...
MOSCOW (AP) — Jehovah's Witnesses say one of their followers has been fined 350,000 rubles ($5,350) in Russia on an extremism charge related to his membership in the religious group.
MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent Russian human rights activist is calling on Russia's Investigative Committee to open a criminal case in the alleged abuse of Jehovah's Witnesses adherents by...
MOSCOW (AP) — An official of Russia's main criminal investigative body says it is probing allegations that its officers tortured members of the banned Jehovah's Witnesses.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah's Witnesses face charges in Russia, and 25 of them are in jail awaiting trial.
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — An early morning fire destroyed a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Lacey and it's being investigated as a possible arson.
KOMO reports the fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. Friday. There were no reports of injuries.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top court ruled Thursday that South Korean men can legally reject their mandatory military service on conscientious or religious grounds without punishment.
The landmark ruling is expected to affect the cases of more than 930 conscientious objectors on trial. Hundreds of young South Korean men, mostly Jehovah's Witnesses, are imprisoned every year for refusing to serve in the military.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church's national organization ordered Montana clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict.
A judge must review the penalty, and the Jehovah's Witnesses' national organization — Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — plans to appeal.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are investigating an attempted arson and suspicious device left at a place of worship for Jehovah's Witnesses in Yelm, the latest in a series of attacks.
The Olympian reports deputies were called to Kingdom Hall in Yelm Wednesday morning after church officials found smoldering fire logs stacked against the building.
BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to attend a Jehovah's Witnesses regional convention series scheduled over weekends through Sept. 2 in Belleville, southwest of Detroit.
Sessions for the "Be Courageous" convention program will be held Fridays through Sundays at Belleville Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Admission is free.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Federal investigators say the shooting and three arsons at places of worship for Jehovah's Witnesses in western Washington state are connected.
KOMO-TV reports authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest after Kingdom Halls were attacked in Olympia, Tumwater and Yelm.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A dog attacked a group of Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries in Washington state, sending four people to hospitals including a 76-year-old woman who suffered severe bites.
The Herald reports that four missionaries went to the Arlington house on Tuesday in a pickup truck. City spokeswoman Kristin Banfield says the 76-year-old opened the truck door and the dog, which escaped from the backyard, lunged at her.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah's Witnesses congregations in San Diego in the 1990s have settled their lawsuits against the church's governing body.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Tuesday that the settlements were finalized last week. Both sides say they aren't authorized to discuss the terms.
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is criticizing Russia over its nationwide ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination, saying all must be able to practice their religion without interference.
Tuesday's EU comment follows the ruling of the Russian Supreme Court, which rejected an appeal against the ban.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of its nationwide ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination.
The court's appeals chamber has upheld the April approval of the Russian Justice Ministry's call to halt Jehovah's Witnesses activities and to declare it an extremist organization.
MOSCOW (AP) — State news agency RIA Novosti says Russia's Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the city court in Birobidzhan to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses, a decision that comes amid proceedings on a Justice Ministry suit to ban the religious organization in Russia altogether.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Justice Ministry has filed a case with the Supreme Court to declare the administrative center for Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist organization.
The filing was reported on the court's website, but did not give further details or say when the matter might be heard.
MOSCOW (AP) — The leader of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia is calling on the head of the Kremlin's human rights council to prevent what the denomination fears is an imminent total ban on the religion.
The Jehovah's Witnesses, who claim more than 170,000 faithful in Russia, have come under increasing pressure in recent years, including a ban on distributing literature deemed to violate Russia's anti-extremism laws.