Religion and politics

FILE - In this Dec.17, 2011 file photo Mannequins with veils are seen on display at an exhibition hall for the Muslim World Fair in Le Bourget, outside Paris. France's Senate is voting Tuesday Oct.29, 2019 on a bill that would forbid Muslim mothers from wearing headscarves on school field trips, amid resurgent tensions around the country's unusually strict interpretation of secularism. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)
October 29, 2019 - 2:19 pm
PARIS (AP) — The French Senate is debating a bill that would require Muslim mothers who wear headscarves to remove them on school outings. The bill under consideration on Monday comes amid a weeks-long uproar over French secularism and headscarves at the center of the debate. The thorny topic moved...
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Anti-government protesters light fires while Iraqi security forces close the bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
October 29, 2019 - 12:37 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The overnight attack...
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Anti-government protesters gather near Basra provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
October 29, 2019 - 8:31 am
Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks on protesters since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The attack, which...
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Anti-government protesters gather near Basra provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
October 29, 2019 - 7:41 am
Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks on protesters since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The attack, which...
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Anti-government protesters gather near Basra provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
October 29, 2019 - 7:29 am
Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks on protesters since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The attack, which...
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Anti-government protesters gather near Basra provincial council building during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
October 29, 2019 - 6:10 am
Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks on protesters since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The attack, which...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the J Street National Conference, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence. Five Democratic presidential candidates addressed thousands of...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Israel's prime minister says he wants a "broad national unity government" amid political deadlock over forming a government following last month's elections. Speaking to his Cabinet, Benjamin Netanyahu said such a coalition is essential for Israel to face what he said were mounting security challenges around the region.(Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)
October 27, 2019 - 1:52 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister and his main rival opened a new round of unity talks Sunday in the latest effort to break a political stalemate and avoid an unprecedented third parliamentary election in less than a year. Israel has been paralyzed by political deadlock following an...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand guard next to men waiting to be screened after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State group militants, near Baghouz, eastern Syria. The IS erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." U.S. officials said late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 that their shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the target of an American raid in Syria and may have died in an explosion. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
October 27, 2019 - 12:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the alleged death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S.-led operation in northern Syria (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament says the claimed death of the Islamic State's...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media after he reviews an exhibition by the Israeli Air Force at the Palmachim Air Force Base, near the city of Rishon LeZion, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)
October 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Sunday expressed his support for a "broad national unity government" as a new round of talks began with his chief challenger over a potential power-sharing agreement. Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said such a coalition is...
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