Religion and politics

FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Tom Colicchio attends the Food & Wine 2016 Best New Chefs Party at Event Block in New York. Police are investigating after political and religious symbols were painted on "Top Chef" producer and restaurateur Colicchio's home and lawn on Long Island. Colicchio and his wife, Lori Silverbush, tweeted they discovered the graffiti on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 8:25 am
MATTITUCK, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating after political and religious symbols were painted on "Top Chef" producer and restaurateur Tom Colicchio's home and lawn on Long Island. Colicchio and his wife, Lori Silverbush, tweeted they discovered the graffiti on Tuesday. Police say "TRUMP" was...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2015, file photo, Abbot Xuecheng of the Beijing Longquan Temple poses for a photo in one of the temple buildings in Beijing, China. According to a statement issued Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 3:28 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. A statement issued by the State Religious Affairs Administration on Thursday...
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August 20, 2018 - 5:20 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be...
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A seller offers handkerchiefs reading in Spanish "Church and state- Separate issues" in Buenos Aires, Argentina Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. People formed lines on Saturday as part of a nationwide movement in the homeland of Pope Francis to file forms with their name and signature to renounce their religious affiliation, after a bill to legalize elective abortions in the first 14 months of pregnancy was finally rejected by Senators in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 18, 2018 - 7:03 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions. The event, called "Collective Apostasy...
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Muslim pilgrims circle around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 18, 2018 - 11:40 am
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims...
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FILE – In this May 15, 2018, file photo, acting New York state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood speaks to lawmakers evaluating a dozen candidates to succeed former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after he resigned amid domestic abuse allegations, during interviews in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y. Underwood's appointment to serve as state attorney general through year's end was approved May 22, 2018, and her office said Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, it is exploring teaming up with local district attorneys to conduct an investigation of child sex abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread abuse in six dioceses statewide. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
August 17, 2018 - 5:08 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left wearing white, and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Thousands of people are paying homage to Vajpayee as his body is taken to his Hindu nationalist party's headquarters before cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. Vajpayee, 93, died on Thursday in a New Delhi hospital where he was being treated for a kidney infection and chest congestion. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
August 17, 2018 - 7:45 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2004 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee greets the audience as he arrives for a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India. Former prime minister Vajpayee, who pursued both nuclear weapons and peace talks with Pakistan, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at age 93. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
August 16, 2018 - 7:51 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrates with her children after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 6:11 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 11:42 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first Tuesday by winning the Democratic primary in a congressional race, while voters set the battlefield in two other Minnesota districts that could help determine which party controls the House. Omar, who drew national...
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