Religious issues

April 06, 2018 - 2:18 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops began a ground offensive under the cover of airstrikes on rebel-held areas outside the capital Damascus on Friday after a 10-day truce collapsed over disagreement regarding evacuation of opposition fighters. The new wave of violence left at least 36 people dead,...
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April 06, 2018 - 12:05 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury has found a former North Carolina minister guilty of failing to pay taxes and assisting in the filing of false tax returns. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release 51-year-old William Todd Coontz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was convicted on...
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April 06, 2018 - 8:26 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar said Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country's Muslim minorities, neglecting to effectively enforce its own rules. In an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark...
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April 05, 2018 - 8:33 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s and that the church failed to take her allegations seriously has filed a lawsuit, saying Thursday she wants the church to change the way it handles sexual abuse reports. McKenna Denson, 55, said she...
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April 05, 2018 - 4:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a woman suing the Mormon church over alleged sexual abuse (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A woman suing the Mormon church alleging she was raped by a former Mormon leader in the 1980s says she's seeking justice and wants the church to change how it handles sexual...
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April 05, 2018 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for years after the Sept. 11 attacks. The agreement...
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April 05, 2018 - 6:45 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kelsy Burke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (THE CONVERSATION) Many commentators have pointed out the hypocrisy of Christian leaders who claim a moral high ground while supporting...
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April 05, 2018 - 4:23 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A spate of deadly drive-by shootings targeting Muslim clerics and preachers has sparked panic and fear in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, prompting some imams to quit and abandon their mosques while dozens have fled the country. The killings have also brought attention to a...
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April 05, 2018 - 2:46 am
SOUTHERN JILIN PROVINCE, China (AP) — To the North Koreans gathered beneath a crucifix in an apartment in this northeastern Chinese border region, she is known as "mom." She feeds them, gives them a place to stay and, on occasion, money. In return, the 69-year-old Korean-Chinese woman asks them to...
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April 04, 2018 - 9:40 pm
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury in central Illinois has indicted three men suspected of bombing a Minnesota mosque on a charge of possessing a machine gun. A fourth man not linked to the bombing was also indicted. Forty-seven-year-old Michael Hari, 29-year-old Michael McWhorter, 22-year-...
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