Religion and politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. A coalition of dozens of groups held a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events planned throughout the week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 21, 2019 - 11:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot-button issue has shot to...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin wave to journalists after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. The official count from last month's Indonesian presidential election shows President Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote, the Election Commission said Tuesday, May 21, 2019, securing him a second term. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
May 20, 2019 - 9:40 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term, official results showed Tuesday, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hardliners. Official counting was completed just before midnight and the Election Commission...
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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders hugs Pamela Rush after visiting her home in Tyler, Ala., on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Jake Crandall/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 5:36 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made an appeal to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement. The Vermont senator spoke before a...
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May 20, 2019 - 10:50 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is defending his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2019 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he...
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Election officers seal an electronic voting machine at the end of polling in Varanasi, India, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Indians voted in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a 6-week-long long, grueling campaign season with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeking reelection for another five years. Counting of votes is scheduled for May 23. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
May 19, 2019 - 9:30 pm
KOLKATA, India (AP) — Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies. Vote counting begins on...
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People walk by the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital,in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 15, 2019 - 9:33 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said...
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In this Sunday, May 12, 2019, photo, Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard at the entrance to Good Shepherd convent and the St. Benedict's college in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since April’s devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
May 15, 2019 - 1:33 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Curtis Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography. Three brothers who were sexually abused by the former priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, May 14, 2019, against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 1:07 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugees look out from their camp near a fence during a government-organized media tour to a no-man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Taungpyolatyar village, Maung Daw, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 that there has been no progress in the crisis over Myanmar’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than 1 million of whom have fled military “clearance operations” in the northwest Rakhine region. It said those remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein, File)
May 14, 2019 - 4:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission urged Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. The independent investigators, working under a mandate from the U.N. Human Rights Council, said in...
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