Religion and politics

Former male dancer David Crosby, left, looks at a poster showing Cesar Sayoc, second from bottom and at right on motorcycle next to Crosby, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Hopkins, Minn. Sayoc was identified by authorities as the Florida man who allegedly sent pipe bombs to some of President Donald Trump's most prominent critics. Crosby said he worked with Sayoc about 12 years ago. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
October 27, 2018 - 6:11 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Thirteen years ago, mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc traveled the country leading a mixed-race troupe of male exotic dancers — he ran scams and had a temper, but a fellow dancer who is African-American said he never expressed racism or homophobia. Years later, working as a...
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October 27, 2018 - 2:24 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament approved four new ministers on Saturday, all endorsed by President Hassan Rouhani who urged them to help "resist" and "fight" the U.S. as it reinstates sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Rouhani's comments came as lawmakers were discussing the vote for...
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October 25, 2018 - 4:35 am
PARIS (AP) — An international human rights group says foreign fighters, including many Europeans, were responsible for carrying out the Islamic State group's atrocities against minority Yazidis. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights says the extremist group's actions amounted to...
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October 22, 2018 - 11:10 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says the country has launched 27 airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the last month. Gavin Williamson told Parliament on Monday that the Islamic State extremists represent a "great threat" to Britain even though its territory has been "massively...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 27, 2008 file photo, The thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians, against the background of the Dnipro River, in Kiev, Ukraine. Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists may try to seize Russian church properties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, FILE)
October 21, 2018 - 6:18 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a wall decorated in faded centuries-old...
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This 1994 photo provided by Katherine Roth shows her standing with Yemeni fighters. The photo was taken by Jamal Khashoggi in Yemen after the country’s civil war. Khashoggi was Roth’s friend and mentor when she was a young reporter on a fellowship studying Islamic movements. (Jamal Khashoggi/Courtesy of Katherine Roth via AP)
October 19, 2018 - 6:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they may have been — have little to do with me. Except for one thing. Almost 25 years ago, Jamal Khashoggi was my friend and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
October 18, 2018 - 9:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims' advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S...
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In this photo taken Sept. 29, 2018, and released on Oct. 18, 2018, by Omar Bekali, Bekali, center, poses with his family in an airport after being reunited with his wife and son on September 19, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey. Bekali, an outspoken former detainee of China's internment camps for Muslims, says his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. (Omir Bekali via AP)
October 18, 2018 - 6:32 am
BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken former detainee in China's internment camps for Muslims said Thursday his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected despite an invitation to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2017, file photo, Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, speaks on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing, China. The senior Chinese official is describing the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in the country’s far west as a system of training centers that saves Muslims from religious extremism by teaching them to speak Mandarin and accept modern science. It was a rare instance of the ruling Communist Party publicly detailing its vision of what the extrajudicial detention of an estimated 1 million ethnic minority Uighur and Kazakh Muslims is setting out to achieve. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 16, 2018 - 7:26 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party's latest...
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, speaks to the media alongside Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Morrison said Tuesday that he was open to shifting the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in line with President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the contested holy city as Israel's capital. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 5:22 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election. Prime Minister...
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