Religion

February 01, 2018 - 2:38 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar says the military's violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear "the hallmarks of a genocide." Yanghee Lee told reporters Thursday in Seoul, where she is based, that she couldn't make a definitive declaration about...
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January 31, 2018 - 8:39 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia's Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage. Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison...
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Bishops line up to greet Pope Francis during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 31, 2018 - 4:49 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Just how well informed is Pope Francis about the goings-on in his 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church? That question is making the rounds after the pope seemed completely unaware of the details of a Chilean sex abuse scandal, a failing that soured his recent trip there and forced...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks to reporters outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Colyer begins his tenure Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, as Kansas governor replacing Gov. Sam Brownback, his GOP predecessor who is stepping down to become U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
January 31, 2018 - 4:23 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Jeff Colyer promised a "new day" of openness shortly after taking the oath Wednesday as Kansas' governor, addressing the public and a GOP-controlled Legislature that is deeply divided over a court order to increase state spending on public schools. Colyer, the state's...
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Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations mediator in a name dispute between Macedonia and Greece, center, arrives at a ministry to meet Greek foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 30 2018. The United Nations said Monday that progress can be made to resolve a 25-year-old dispute between Greece and Macedonia over the latter nation's name "with the right spirit of compromise by the leadership and by the peoples of the two countries." (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
January 31, 2018 - 12:42 pm
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A U.N. negotiator has arrived in Macedonia for talks with the country's leadership, in a revived effort to settle a peculiar but acrimonious dispute with neighboring Greece over Macedonia's name. Matthew Nimetz, who has already met with Greek officials in Athens, says there...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks to reporters outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Colyer begins his tenure Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, as Kansas governor replacing Gov. Sam Brownback, his GOP predecessor who is stepping down to become U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
January 31, 2018 - 10:35 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Jeff Colyer prepared to take over as Kansas' next governor Wednesday facing a skeptical GOP-controlled Legislature that is deeply divided over a court order to increase state spending on public schools. Ahead of Colyer's swearing-in, a top Republican lawmaker urged...
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January 31, 2018 - 9:50 am
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town accused of discriminating against Orthodox Jews from nearby New York state approved a settlement Tuesday with a group that sued over a religious boundary built with white plastic piping on utility poles. Mahwah Township's council voted 5-2 Tuesday to settle the...
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President Donald Trump claps at his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)
January 31, 2018 - 5:55 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on reactions to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Japan has praised President Donald Trump's pledge of putting maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile threats. Chief Cabinet Secretary...
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President Donald Trump claps at his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)
January 31, 2018 - 5:44 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on reactions to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is saying that President Donald Trump has confirmed his "ignorance" in remarks on Iran in his State of the Union address. Foreign Minister...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, singer Lorde poses for photographers during an promotional event in Hong Kong. An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, it is suing two New Zealanders it credits with convincing the pop singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
January 31, 2018 - 2:25 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday it is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel in what appears to be the first lawsuit filed under a contentious Israeli anti-boycott law. The 2011 law opens the door to...
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