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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a roundtable discussion on school choice with Arizona community leaders, educators, parents and students Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. DeVos talked about her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private and charter school students, prior to addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
January 16, 2020 - 1:49 pm
In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump took steps Thursday to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs and he reaffirmed students' rights to pray in public schools. Under orders from Trump, nine Cabinet departments proposed rules intended to remove “...
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In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, photo, the Rev. Luis Barrios, left, places his hand on the head of Mercedes Katrocino, center, a deaf congregant, as he and the rest of the congregation pray for Katrocino's health and failing eyesight at Holyrood Episcopal Church in New York on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)
December 27, 2019 - 10:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Lord’s Prayer ended with the bang of dozens of fists that landed on open palms after a circular motion and a thumbs up in a joint “Amen!” Not a voice could be heard inside the cavernous sanctuary of Holyrood Episcopal Church-Iglesia Santa Cruz in Manhattan. There was no need for...
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A Kashmiri boy plays outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. A call to afternoon prayer has rung out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city for the first time in more than four months, ending a virtual ban on religious practice in the Muslim-majority region’s biggest mosque. The Jamia Masjid was shut Aug. 5 as part of India’s security lockdown after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 18, 2019 - 5:59 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A call to afternoon prayer rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city for the first time in more than four months on Wednesday, ending a virtual ban on religious practice in the Muslim-majority region’s biggest mosque. The Jamia Masjid in Srinagar was...
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In this Nov. 8, 2019 photo, a lock is seen on the entrance gate of grand Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The centuries-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar city, apart from hosting the largest Muslim gatherings in disputed Kashmir, is also one of the nerve centers of anti-India protests. Thousands of people congregate here for prayers and Friday sermons at the mosque mainly revolve around the Kashmir conflict. But more than three months have passed and mosque gates continue to remain locked. Following India’s unilateral decision to strip the disputed region’s semiautonomous status in early August, authorities have not allowed any prayers at the mosque as part of their ongoing security clampdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 10, 2019 - 1:12 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God. Not anymore. For nearly four months now, the voice that would call...
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In this Nov. 15, 2019 photo, street vendors wait for customers in "Las Pulgas" market in Maracaibo, Venezuela. In Maracaibo, located in Venezuela’s western Zulia state along the Colombian border, many residents say they’ve abandoned political marches, lacking faith in leaders or fearing for their personal safety. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
November 20, 2019 - 12:34 pm
MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s poorest in the once-thriving oil city of Maracaibo struggle to get through each day, unable or unwilling to join the call by opposition leaders to protest against President Nicolás Maduro. They rely on the generosity of others, while thousands flood into a...
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The mother, center, and other relatives of Bui Thi Nhung sit in front of an altar with Nhung's portrait inside her home Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 in Do Thanh village, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Family members fear that Nhung could be among the dozens of people found dead in the back of a truck in England. (AP Photo/Linh Do)
October 27, 2019 - 2:13 am
DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — The rural village of Do Thanh in central Vietnam has relied on its sons and daughters working abroad to send money back home. Now it fears they could be among the dozens of people found dead in the back of a truck in England. The mother and a sister of Bui Thi Nhung cried...
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FILE - In this Monday, June 12, 2017 file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks during a Cabinet meeting with President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Carson, a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church, pushed back at the separation of church and state during his GOP presidential primary campaign in 2016, touting the nation’s “Judeo-Christian foundation” to one Iowa voter. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 22, 2019 - 6:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An opening prayer at Monday's Cabinet meeting by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who said the separation of church and state "doesn't mean that they cannot work together," has drawn sharp criticism from secular groups who say his words infringe on the principle...
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A wounded man is brought by stretcher into a hospital after a mortar was fired by insurgents in Haskamena district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. An Afghan official says at least several people have been killed during Friday prayers when a mortar fired by insurgents blasted through the roof of a mosque. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)
October 18, 2019 - 3:20 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in eastern Afghanistan (all times local): 12:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the attack inside a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens more...
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Fritz Creek area resident Barrett Fletcher gives the invocation before a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2019. A pastor wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head delivered the opening invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday. The invocation by the pastor of the Homer congregation of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the second non-traditional invocation before the assembly since a court ruling. (Megan Pacer/Homer News via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 5:36 pm
SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian...
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The casket is brought into the Louisiana State Capital building during an honor procession for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, on the front steps of the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Thursday was the first of three days of public events to honor Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a years long struggle with cancer.(AP Photo/Michael Democker, Pool)
August 22, 2019 - 3:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building...
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