Religion

In this March 4, 2018 photo provided by the Ad Council, Mindy Beall, left, and her wife, Jimmie Beall, pose for a photo with their marriage certificate at their home in Columbus City, Ohio. Jimmie said she was fired from her job as a teacher because she is a lesbian. (Mimi McCormick/Ad Council via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this...
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April 17, 2018 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this...
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April 17, 2018 - 4:42 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception. Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of fatwas, usually in response to questions by Muslims seeking...
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A caregiver shows what a medical marijuana identification card looks like for a caregiver and patient during an open house in Erie, Pa., Monday, April 16, 2018, at the region's first medical marijuana dispensary which will open April 18, for patients with state-issued medical marijuana identification cards. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 2:27 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States. If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other...
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Samuel Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, talks to members of the media outside the prison complex Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed pastor Andrew Craig Brunson appeared on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. The american pastor accused of ties to terror groups and spying in Turkey went on trial on Monday, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
April 16, 2018 - 4:05 pm
ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey, speaking at the beginning of his trial in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North...
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I.A. Rehman, left, official from the Pakistan Human Rights Commission displays a copy of the State of Human Rights report 2017 with Afrasiab Khattak in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, April 16, 2018. An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
April 16, 2018 - 5:20 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress on a myriad of issues, ranging from forced disappearances, to women's rights and protection of religious...
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I.A. Rehman, left, official from the Pakistan Human Rights Commission displays a copy of the State of Human Rights report 2017 with Afrasiab Khattak in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, April 16, 2018. An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
April 16, 2018 - 4:32 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress on a myriad of issues, ranging from forced disappearances, to women's rights and protection of religious...
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A man comforts a Christian woman who lost her husband in a deadly shooting incident, outside a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Pakistani police say gunmen opened fire on worshippers coming out of a church in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing several people and wounding five others. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
April 16, 2018 - 2:35 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country's human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress. The damning report card issued by the Human Rights Commission says people continue to disappear in...
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In this April 14, 2018, photo provided by Myanmar Government Information Committee, Myanmar immigration officials examine documents as a Rohingya family of five look on at a receiving center in Taung Pyo, Letwe, northern Rakhine state. Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home. (Myanmar Government Information Committee via AP)
April 16, 2018 - 2:28 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Monday rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation had repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to the neighboring country to escape military-led violence against the minority group. A Myanmar government...
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In this April 14, 2018, photo provided by Myanmar Government Information Committee, Myanmar immigration officials examine documents as a Rohingya family of five look on at a receiving center in Taung Pyo, Letwe, northern Rakhine state. Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home. (Myanmar Government Information Committee via AP)
April 16, 2018 - 1:58 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Monday rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation had repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to the neighboring country to escape military-led violence against the minority group. A Myanmar government...
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