Religious issues

June 16, 2019 - 7:48 pm
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said. Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, is charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing...
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June 14, 2019 - 7:39 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna...
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June 14, 2019 - 7:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 14, 2019 - 5:31 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted...
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In this courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, June 14, 2019. Tarrant pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against him. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin)
June 14, 2019 - 3:16 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of...
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FILE: In this June 1, 2019 file photo, Saudi King Salman chairs the Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. May 31 and June 1 Salman hosts three high-level summits in Mecca, drawing heads of state from across the Middle East and Muslim countries to present a unified Muslim and Arab position on Iran. The monarch called on the international community to use all means to confront Iran and accuses the Shiite power of being behind "terrorist operations" that targeted Saudi oil interests. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
June 13, 2019 - 8:06 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil...
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Christa Brown, of Denver, Colo., speaks outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2019, during a rally in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
June 12, 2019 - 8:24 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D...
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FILE - In a February 2015 file photo, Namee Barakat hugs a female relative during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister. Barakat said the death penalty "would not be enough" for Craig Hicks, the man charged with murdering the three Muslim students. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
June 12, 2019 - 7:47 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly. Craig...
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Robert Deeley, left, Bishop of the Diocese of Portland, accompanied by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), speaks during a news conference at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 12, 2019 - 5:57 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops...
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J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks during an Executive Committee plenary meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday, June 10, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. ( Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 4:20 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination,...
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