Serena, 35, wins title 23, pursuing 24

Serena Williams reigned supreme in tennis’ great sibling rivalry, edging an emotion-charged clash with sister Venus to claim her seventh Australian Open last Saturday.

Winnie Mandela turns 80

Global Information Network Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached octogenarian status this month and marked it at a celebratory party surrounded by top officials, musicians and family members.

Mother Teresa lifted to sainthood

Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who devoted her life to the poor, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican as he celebrated her “daring and courage” and described her as a role model for all people during ...

Ready or not, 2016 Olympics to open Friday

The 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday in Rio de Janeiro. But the typical opulence and spectacle of the opening ceremony will break from tradition. Organizers in Brazil will depart from the recent tradition of large-scale and expensive shows, and instead ...

Muslim women, others denounce Trump attacks on Charlottesville family

When Donald Trump disparaged the parents of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan, he didn’t just pick a fight with the Khans. He now faces the ire of hundreds of Muslim American women.

Ramadan observed amid hardships

Muslims around the world began observing Ramadan on Monday, Islam’s holy month during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

Priest attacked over aid to refugees

Two members of the conservative Christian Democratic Union political party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel were linked to a spate of verbal racist attacks against an African priest who ministered to refugees fleeing oppressive African regimes.

Muslims must relearn faith to counter Islam’s critics, imam says

In the bustling conservative Fatih district, Imam Fadel Solimon looks at the floor and nods as a young woman asks him for advice on how to respond to criticism of Islam on Twitter.

Faith groups mobilize against opposition to Syrian refugees

Religious groups are pushing back against a wave of opposition toward Syrian refugees and are working to preserve the United States as a haven for those fleeing their war-torn nation.

Pope Francis embarks on African trip during Christian-Muslim tension

Pope Francis’ first trip to Africa will highlight the problems of building dialogue between Christianity and Islam as both religions grow fast on the continent and threaten to widen an already volatile fault line.

World religious leaders condemn Paris carnage

Pope Francis raised the specter of a World War III “in pieces,” Muslims issued statements of condemnation, while evangelical Christians in America debated whether to speak of a “war with Islam.” These were some of the responses last week by ...

Simone Biles wins 3rd world championship

Simone Biles reigns as the queen of gymnastics. The 18-year-old American continued her dominance by winning her third straight world championship, beating Olympic champion and teammate Gabby Douglas last week at the gymnastic competition in Glasgow.

UCI bike races

In the afterglow of the UCI Road World Championships, Richmond’s success-failure rating reads like a tale of two cities.

U.S. greets pope

Pope Francis urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world’s richest nation. In a speech Wednesday on the ...

Going to the races: A quick guide to the UCI Championship bike races

The world will be in our front yard starting this week as cyclists with the 2015 UCI Road World Championships race through Richmond.