Religion and politics

A sign outside the Mundelein Seminary asks the faithful to pray for U.S. based Roman Catholic bishops gathering there for a weeklong prayer retreat, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Mundelein, Ill. The bishops are gathering to reflect on the church sexual abuse scandal ahead of a summit of the world's bishops next month at the Vatican aimed at forging a comprehensive response to the crisis. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
January 02, 2019 - 7:30 pm
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) — U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops gathered Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat began a day after The Associated Press...
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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina drinks water during an interaction with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Bangladesh's ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country's general election, according to official results released Monday, giving Hasina a third straight term despite allegations of intimidation and the opposition disputing the outcome. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
January 02, 2019 - 8:29 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in Parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian. The Hasina-led...
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Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 lifted the ban on women of menstruating age from entering the temple, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
January 02, 2019 - 7:09 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Two women on Wednesday entered one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites that had been forbidden to females between the ages of 10 and 50, sparking protests across a southern state, with police firing tear gas in at least one place, police said. The Supreme Court lifted a ban...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks during a news conference in Springfield, Ill. U.S. Catholic bishops will gather starting Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, for a weeklong retreat at a seminary near Chicago. It's a prelude to a gathering of bishops from all over the world in February for an unprecedented summit on clergy sex abuse at the Vatican. The hosting archbishop, Cupich, was Pope Francis' first major U.S. appointment and he's also been hand-picked by the pope to help organize the Vatican summit. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)
January 01, 2019 - 11:30 pm
DETROIT (AP) — U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 1991, file photo, President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as the new Attorney General of the United States at a Justice Department ceremony in Washington. Barr, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, once questioned the effectiveness of a border wall similar to the one the president now wants to construct. Barr was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush when he was asked in a 1992 interview if he supported a proposal from Republican challenger Pat Buchanan to erect a barrier of ditches and fences along the Mexican border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. Barr described a side-to-side barrier as “overkill.” (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)
December 31, 2018 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as "overkill." Barr was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush when he was...
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In this Dec. 20, 2018, photo, Rob Wheatley, 50, drinks a beer, at the Beer Hive Pub, in Salt Lake City. The United States' lowest DUI threshold takes effect this weekend in Utah. Lawmakers in the state approved the 0.05 percent blood-alcohol limit in 2017, and Gov. Gary Herbert signed it into law. The change goes into effect Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. In a booth in the corner, recent Ohio transplant Wheatley said he drinks to try new craft beers, not to get drunk. He's skeptical that the law will be a serious deterrent for binge drinkers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 28, 2018 - 10:44 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Year's Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation's newest and lowest DUI threshold. The 0.05 percent limit goes into effect Sunday, despite protests that it...
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, at left, testifies in a courtroom at the National Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah)
December 26, 2018 - 12:33 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose nearly three-decade...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 7:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world's differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli media is reporting Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition government has agreed to call an early election for April 9. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
December 24, 2018 - 1:42 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called early elections for April, setting the stage for a three-month campaign clouded by a series of corruption investigations against the long-serving Israeli leader. Riding high in the polls, Netanyahu appears all but certain to win a...
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December 22, 2018 - 1:14 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group. Abbas' Saturday announcement is the latest in a series of bitter...
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