Religion and politics

Iraqi anti-government protesters take control of the concrete walls and barriers set by security forces close the Al-Sanak Bridge leading to the Green Zone during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Late Wednesday, hundreds of people headed to the Al-Sanak Bridge that runs parallel to the Joumhouriya Bridge, opening a new front in their attempts to cross the Tigris River to the Green Zone. Security forces fired volleys of tear gas that billowed smoke and covered the night sky. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 31, 2019 - 10:53 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president on Thursday called for the drafting of a new election law and said he would approve early elections once it is enacted, bowing to anti-government protesters while insisting that the sweeping changes they are demanding be carried out in a constitutional way. Iraq has...
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Indian National flag is hoisted on the government civil secretariat building in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Kashmir's local flag, which used to flutter along with India's flag, has already been removed after New Delhi early August stripped the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir from its semiautonomous status and downgraded its statehood, formally taking direct control over the region on Thursday. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
October 31, 2019 - 4:02 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India on Thursday formally implemented legislation approved by Parliament in early August that removes Indian-controlled Kashmir's semi-autonomous status and begins direct federal rule of the disputed area amid a harsh security lockdown and widespread public disenchantment...
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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a tear gas canister fired by Iraq security forces to disperse a during a demonstration, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 30, 2019 - 2:56 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Barbers give free haircuts to protesters. Young men grill carp fish for a national dish called masgouf and distribute to the crowds. Others play dominoes, oblivious to the chaos all around and nearby security forces firing tear gas. Anti-government protests in Iraq gained momentum...
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An anti-government protester prepares to throw a tear gas canister fired by Iraq security forces to disperse a during a demonstration, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 30, 2019 - 12:31 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Protests in Iraq are gaining momentum with tens of thousands of people gathering in a central square in Baghdad and across much of the country's Shiite-majority central southern provinces. Security and hospital officials say more than 60 protesters were injured Wednesday by tear gas...
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a news conference on a package of measures against far-right extremism and anti-Semitism in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet signed off Wednesday on the tightening of gun laws, stricter persecution of hate crime online, and more financial support for initiatives fighting anti-Semitism and far-right extremism. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
October 30, 2019 - 11:16 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet passed new measures Wednesday aimed at helping fight far-right extremism and anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue earlier this month. The proposals include tightening gun laws, stepping up prosecution of online hate, and boosting...
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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
October 29, 2019 - 3:37 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 control the barriers while Iraqi security forces fire tear gas and close the bridge leading to the Green Zone, during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
October 29, 2019 - 3:06 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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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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