Religious issues

April 04, 2018 - 6:05 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's influence is looming large as Iraqis prepare to head to the polls for parliamentary elections in May, with many in the country worried that Tehran may be looking to strengthen its political grip on Baghdad through the ballot box. Iranian support and military advisers helped...
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April 04, 2018 - 6:05 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers. President Paul Kagame has said he was...
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April 04, 2018 - 5:10 am
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio man had a personalized license plate saying "IM GOD," but when he moved to Kentucky, his request for the same one was denied. In 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit on his behalf challenging Kentucky...
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April 03, 2018 - 9:28 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mostly Christian militia fighters attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in the Central African Republic early Tuesday, and one peacekeeper from Mauritania was killed and 11 others were injured in a gunbattle that lasted several hours, the United Nations said. U.N. spokesman...
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April 03, 2018 - 8:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. jury on Tuesday found a former president of Bolivia and his defense minister responsible for killings by security forces during 2003 unrest in the South American nation, awarding $10 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by Bolivians whose relatives were among the slain. The...
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April 03, 2018 - 7:03 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Croatian president thanks Argentina for taking in notorious pro-Nazi war criminals after World War II. In Bulgaria, a top politician calls the country's Roma minority "ferocious humanoids." And Hungary's prime minister declares the "color" of Europeans should not mix with...
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April 03, 2018 - 2:08 pm
HERGEISA, Somaliland (AP) — Somalia's breakaway northern region of Somaliland declared its independence nearly three decades ago, but despite having its own currency, parliament and military the predominantly Muslim country hasn't been recognized by any foreign government. Somaliland President Muse...
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April 03, 2018 - 6:54 am
BEIJING (AP) — Restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of bishops in China does not infringe on religious freedom, a Chinese official said Tuesday, amid historic negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See aimed at healing divisions. Chen Zongrong, an official overseeing religious...
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April 02, 2018 - 8:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church faced more criticism Monday about its approach to sexual abuse after a top leader praised the #MeToo movement but referred to sexual misconduct as "non-consensual immorality," a remark that some say could be interpreted as victim blaming. Quentin L. Cook, a...
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April 02, 2018 - 3:36 pm
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen riding on motorcycles carried out two separate attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday, killing five Muslims in one shooting and four members of a Christian family in the other, police said. Abdul Qadeer, a local police chief, said the attacks were...
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