Religion and politics

Pope Francis delivers his speech during an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. His visit represents the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
February 04, 2019 - 10:27 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis's visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Pope Francis and the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, have signed a statement with their hopes for world peace and human...
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Robert Biedron addresses the founding convention of his new centre-left party "Wiosna" (Spring), in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
February 03, 2019 - 1:33 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A former lawmaker who is openly gay launched a progressive party in Poland ahead of two elections this year, presenting a program Sunday that includes phasing out coal production and liberalizing the abortion laws. At an inaugural convention in Warsaw, Robert Biedron announced...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, upon his arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on interreligious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an initiative that seeks to counter religious fanaticism by promoting a moderate brand of Islam. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)
February 03, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis landed Sunday in Abu Dhabi on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving Catholic community. Francis earlier Sunday called for...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, anti-fascists shout slogans against members of the far-right National-Radical Camp in Warsaw, Poland. Poland's political fissures have widened in recent months, pitting conservatives, many of them government supporters, against liberal critics who accuse the leadership of threatening the country's hard-won democracy by undermining the independence of the judiciary and the media. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
February 02, 2019 - 9:38 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Strzemeski watched with unease as a high school friend voiced support for Poland's nationalist government on social media, followed by hate-filled extremist posts. But when the liberal mayor of Gdansk was stabbed to death in public in January, he could no longer hold...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 01, 2019 - 11:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk about "America first," the next two years of his presidency could shine a sharp spotlight on America abroad. His State of the Union address next week will be dissected for clues on how he'll deal with a full plate of foreign policy...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 01, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk about "America first," the next two years of his presidency could shine a sharp spotlight on America abroad. His State of the Union address next week will be dissected for clues on how he'll deal with a full plate of foreign policy...
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Evangelicals pray during a Mass at a church in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. A Cuban government push to legalize gay marriage has set off an unprecedented reaction from the island's rapidly growing evangelical churches, whose members are expected to widely reject a state-proposed constitutional reform in a nationwide referendum this month.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
January 31, 2019 - 11:01 pm
HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban government push to legalize gay marriage has set off an unprecedented reaction from the island's rapidly growing evangelical churches, whose members are expected to widely reject a state-proposed constitutional reform in a nationwide referendum this month. The reform is almost...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moldovan President Igor Dodon during their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 8:55 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine's move to set up a new Orthodox church independent from Moscow and promised to defend religious freedom. Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Egyptian lawyer Negad al-Borai, center left, leaves the high court after a hearing, in Cairo, Egypt. Al-Borai said Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 that Egypt has rounded up at least six activists in the last couple of days in a wave of arrests coinciding with the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown on dissent in recent years, reversing freedoms won in the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
January 30, 2019 - 1:29 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has rounded up at least six activists in the last couple of days in a wave of arrests coinciding with the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, a rights lawyer said Wednesday. Authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown on dissent in recent years, reversing freedoms won in the...
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In this Thursday Dec. 13, 2018, file image, Minister Henk ten Voorde leads a service at the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A non-stop service started in October by a Dutch protestant church to protect a family of Armenian asylum seekers from deportation is ending after the government announced changes to its immigration policy. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
January 30, 2019 - 10:39 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Protestant church ended a months-long, round-the-clock service Wednesday that started in October to protect a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation after the government announced changes to its immigration policy. The Bethel Church, a small chapel...
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