Religion and politics

This combination of file photos show, from left to right; then Malaysia’s President-elect Mahathir Mohamad, Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Pakistan politician Imran Khan. The three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have recently elected leaders who campaigned on promises to move away from China’s growing sphere of influence. The surprising elections of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan and longtime opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives could signal problems for the continued development of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative to build ports, highways and other trade-related infrastructure. (AP Photo, File)
September 26, 2018 - 3:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are...
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September 25, 2018 - 5:23 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that his landmark deal with China over bishop nominations will cause suffering among the underground faithful. But he said that he takes full responsibility and that he — and not Beijing — will have the ultimate say over naming new...
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Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Saturday, Sept.22, 2018. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. Francis arrived early Saturday in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, for a four-day trip that also...
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Pope Francis boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Saturday, Sept.22, 2018. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 22, 2018 - 2:32 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. Francis boarded a special Alitalia flight that lands early Saturday in Vilnius, the Lithuanian...
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Dignitaries and guests attend a remembrance ceremony convened by the Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello at the San Cristobal Castle, on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Hurricane Maria left almost three thousand dead, caused economic losses amounting hundreds of millions of dollars and left a path of destruction and damaged infrastructure through the island. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
September 20, 2018 - 9:13 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one...
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September 20, 2018 - 8:41 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police are looking for a man who threw a stone into a synagogue in Gdansk as members of the Jewish community were praying at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday. On Thursday, police released security footage of the incident, which shows a man in a dark shirt walking to...
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September 12, 2018 - 1:35 pm
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a local resident leaves a church after voting in the general election in Cumming, Iowa. Religion's role in politics and social policies is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to an AP-NORC national poll conducted Aug. 16-20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
September 11, 2018 - 9:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a local resident leaves a church after voting in the general election in Cumming, Iowa. Religion's role in politics and social policies is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to an AP-NORC national poll conducted Aug. 16-20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
September 11, 2018 - 9:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated...
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In this May 21, 2018, photo, a man walks into the Zion church in Beijing. China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. In Beijing, the Zion church was shut on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 by around 60 government workers who arrived at 4:30 p.m. accompanied by buses, police cars and fire trucks, the church's pastor, Ezra Jin Mingri, said Monday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 10, 2018 - 3:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in...
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