Religious issues

Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, answers questions during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Achiume criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban, saying it "does more harm than good", women who wear Islamic face-covering veils report suffering more harassment since the law went into force. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
October 07, 2019 - 11:02 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. racism rapporteur has criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban, saying it "does more harm than good." Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, said Monday that women who wear Islamic face-covering veils report suffering more...
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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to media as he leaves the election commission after filing his nomination in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for next month’s Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent has opted not to seek a second term with the entry of Rajapaksa, who is considered the favorite. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
October 07, 2019 - 4:20 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for next month's Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent has opted not to seek a second term with the entry of popular former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is considered the favorite. Rajapaksa, who served...
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Election officials start counting marked ballots after polling stations closed during a parliamentary election in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Tunisians were electing a new parliament Sunday amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top of a crowded field. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
October 06, 2019 - 3:54 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's moderate Islamist party appeared to be heading for victory in parliamentary elections, according to polling agencies, though the rival party of a jailed populist tycoon also claimed to come out on top of Sunday's voting. The election is seen as important for the...
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Salwa Karoui, wife of Tunisia's jailed presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui casts her ballot inside a polling station during a parliamentary election in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Tunisians are electing a new parliament Sunday amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top of a crowded field. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
October 06, 2019 - 12:11 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians were electing a new parliament Sunday amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top of a crowded field. Security was tight for the vote, with around 100,000 police officers and...
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Ennahda supporters wave flags as they attend a meeting with President of the Islamist party Ennahda and candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary election Rached Ghannouchi in Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The parliamentary elections are set for Sunday Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
October 06, 2019 - 4:26 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians were electing a new parliament Sunday amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top of a crowded field. Security was tight for the vote, with some 100,000 police officers and...
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Ennahda supporters wave flags as they attend a meeting with President of the Islamist party Ennahda and candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary election Rached Ghannouchi in Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The parliamentary elections are set for Sunday Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
October 06, 2019 - 3:31 am
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians are electing a new parliament amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top. Security is tight for Sunday's voting, with some 100,000 police officers and soldiers patrolling 4,500...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson prays during the church's twice-annual conference, in Salt Lake City. Nelson has rolled out a dizzying number of policy changes during his first two years at the helm of the faith, leading to heightened anticipation for what he may announce at this weekend's church conference in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 05, 2019 - 11:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints laid out Saturday how the faith intends to navigate its delicate balance of firm opposition to same-sex relationships while being empathetic toward LGTBQ members. People should love everyone no matter their...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson prays during the church's twice-annual conference, in Salt Lake City. Nelson has rolled out a dizzying number of policy changes during his first two years at the helm of the faith, leading to heightened anticipation for what he may announce at this weekend's church conference in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 05, 2019 - 10:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints laid out Saturday how the faith intends to navigate its delicate balance of firm opposition to same-sex relationships while being empathetic toward LGTBQ members. People should love everyone no matter their...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, takes questions from reporters as he arrives for votes on pending nominations, at the Capitol in Washington. Romney’s ratcheted-up rhetoric on President Donald Trump is again raising hopes among Trump detractors that the senator could play a key role in the unfolding impeachment saga, though the historic shifts in their relationship mean Romney’s next move is an open question. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 05, 2019 - 10:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the hours after President Donald Trump called on China to investigate his political foe — plowing through another political guardrail — Democrats and Trump critics looked for signs that his party would slap him back. Seeking foreign help in an election is illegal. Who would...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson prays during the church's twice-annual conference, in Salt Lake City. Nelson has rolled out a dizzying number of policy changes during his first two years at the helm of the faith, leading to heightened anticipation for what he may announce at this weekend's church conference in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 05, 2019 - 6:02 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A high-ranking leader from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members Saturday to adhere to the faith's law of chastity that forbids premarital sex despite mocking by others on social media. During a speech at a twice-annual church conference in Salt Lake...
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