Religious issues

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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April 02, 2018 - 10:53 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state law ensures Indiana schools can teach cursive writing if local officials wish to do so. The provision was approved during the recently concluded state legislative session. A proposal mandating the teaching of cursive failed again, but the new law codifies cursive...
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April 02, 2018 - 10:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have stepped up patrols to intercept a boat thought to be carrying dozens of people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority seeking refuge in the country. Meanwhile, an expert on the plight of the Rohingya said the sighting of...
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India’s lower caste Dalits hold bow and arrows and shout slogans during a nationwide strike in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, April 2, 2018. Violence has erupted in several parts of north and central India as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's lowest caste, protest an order from the country's top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
April 02, 2018 - 6:26 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Violence erupted in several parts of northern and central India on Monday as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's lowest caste, protested an order from the country's top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. Caste...
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March 31, 2018 - 1:05 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church this weekend is expected to select two new members to a top governing body during a twice-yearly conference that will be the first since new church president Russell M. Nelson in January assumed the highest seat in a well-defined leadership hierarchy. Here's...
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Chinese Catholics leave the Mindong underground Catholic church after attending the Good Friday service in Saiqi in southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, March 30, 2018. Good Friday celebrations in one Chinese parish had a conspicuous absence: their bishop, who just the day before was whisked away by the government. The bishop, Guo Xijin is at the center of talks between the Vatican and the atheist Communist Party that are expected to yield a historic deal on who appoints bishops in China and unite the country’s Catholics for the first time since Beijing and the Holy See severed relations nearly seven decades ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 30, 2018 - 9:44 pm
SAIQI, China (AP) — The twin-spired church in this southern Chinese village was packed with more than a thousand Catholics observing Good Friday, but the bishop who tends to the congregation was not among them. Just a day earlier, government agents had taken him away. Bishop Guo Xijin is at the...
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