The nine U.S.-Mexican family members who were killed Monday in a still-unexplained attack were part of a decades-long migration of fundamentalist Mormons who settled in northern Mexico to practice their religion in relative isolation.

MANILA — Elaborately dressed cats and dogs and even a palm-sized sugar glider were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall on Sunday in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day.

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