Religion and politics

FILE - In this March 12, 2017, file photo, Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing, China. The senior Chinese official is describing the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in the country’s far west as a system of training centers that saves Muslims from religious extremism by teaching them to speak Mandarin and accept modern science. It was a rare instance of the ruling Communist Party publicly detailing its vision of what the extrajudicial detention of an estimated 1 million ethnic minority Uighur and Kazakh Muslims is setting out to achieve. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 16, 2018 - 8:26 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party's latest...
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October 16, 2018 - 2:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election. Prime Minister...
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A woman holds a picture of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. Pope Francis canonizes two of the most important and contested figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church, declaring Pope Paul VI and the martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as models of saintliness for the faithful today. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 14, 2018 - 9:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday praised two towering figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church as prophets who shunned wealth and looked out for the poor as he made saints of Pope Paul VI and martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Francis canonized two men at a Mass in St. Peter'...
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Bavarian State Governor Markus Soeder arrives for a election campaign in Munich, Germany, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
October 14, 2018 - 2:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — Bavarians were voting Sunday in a state election that was expected to deal the prosperous region's long-dominant conservative party a stinging setback, with unpredictable consequences for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's federal government. Some 9.5 million people are eligible to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018 file photo, Abdullah Morsi, the youngest son of Egypt's jailed former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, poses for a photograph in front of his home in Cairo, Egypt. Abdullah's family said he has been taken into custody by security personnel for questioning. Ahmed Morsi said Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, that three state security men accompanied by a special forces officer took his brother Abdullah, along with his ID and mobile phone, from the family house outside Cairo, saying he would be released later in the day. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan, File)
October 10, 2018 - 7:01 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained the youngest son of jailed former President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday for questioning on charges of publishing "fake news," then released him on bail. State security men and a special forces officer took Abdullah Morsi at dawn along with his ID and...
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October 10, 2018 - 5:39 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court says a bakery owned by a Christian family didn't discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage. Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the Sesame Street characters Bert...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, photo, a warning label from Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, is shown in Detroit. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
October 09, 2018 - 9:25 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously...
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Milorad Dodik, presidente de la Republica de Srpska, sale de una conferencia en la localidad bosnia de Banja Luka, unos 240 kilómetros al noroeste de Sarajevo, el domingo 7 de octubre de 2018. (AP Foto/Darko Vojinovic)
October 08, 2018 - 10:58 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Updated preliminary results of the weekend election in Bosnia have shown that nationalists will stay firmly in power in the country that went through a brutal war in 1992-95. The results released Monday by election authorities showed that nationalist parties will...
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In this Sept. 29, 2018 photo, Hadi Mohammed sits with his 9 year old son Mohammed Ghaleb, as he displays a photo of his son as a baby in Baghdad, in their Lincoln, Neb. apartment. Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn’t been enough to allow his wife to join them. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
October 08, 2018 - 5:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn't been enough to allow his wife to join them. Mohammed, who worked as a security guard for the U.S. military in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, supporters of a Pakistani religious group shout slogans demanding hanging of a Christian woman, Aasia Bibi in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan's Supreme Court is set to hear the final appeal of the Christian on death row since 2010 accused of insulting Islam's prophet, a crime that incites mobs to kill and carries an automatic death penalty. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)
October 08, 2018 - 2:59 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court is to hear Monday the final appeal of a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010, accused of insulting Islam's prophet, a crime that incites mobs to kill and carries an automatic death penalty. Ahead of the hearing, lawyer Saiful Malook...
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