Religion and politics

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center left, attends a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Poroshenko has told the crowd "the creation of our Church is another declaration of Ukraine's independence and you are the main participants of this historic event." (Mikhail Palinchak, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
December 22, 2018 - 10:12 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but some Ukrainian orthodox clerics, with government...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:48 am
PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority. The court ruled Wednesday that Greece had violated the European Convention on...
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Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks during a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church, officials said. The leader of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be Metropolitan Epiphanius, a 39-year-old bishop from the Kiev Patriarchate. (Mikhail Palinchak, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
December 16, 2018 - 12:23 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Speaking the day after Ukrainian bishops approved the charter for a religious...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the APEC 2018 meetings in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Morrison announced Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
December 15, 2018 - 3:30 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize...
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, left, speaks during a meeting with her country's President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
December 12, 2018 - 4:40 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington. The Trump administration has placed Pakistan on its list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Pompeo says he added Pakistan to its list of “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 12, 2018 - 12:21 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding...
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President Donald Trump passes out a handful of pens after signing H.R. 390, the "Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018," in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. At far left is Callista Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 11, 2018 - 4:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. "In recent years, IS has committed horrifying atrocities...
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December 11, 2018 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has placed Pakistan on its list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he added Pakistan to its list of "countries of particular concern" regarding protection for people to worship according...
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A protester covering his face takes a part in a rally to celebrate the government's move to withdraw plans to ratify a U.N. anti-discrimination convention called ICERD, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The rally, organized by opposition Malay parties and nongovernment groups, was initially aimed at protesting a government plan to ratify a U.N. treaty against racial discrimination that critics allege will end Malay privileges under a decades-old affirmative action policy. The plan was eventually abandoned, but organizers decided to proceed with what they called a "thanksgiving" rally. ICERD stands for International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
December 08, 2018 - 6:31 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May. The...
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German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel, waves after her farewell speech during a party convention of the CDU in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. 1001 delegates are electing a successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who doesn't run for party chairmanship after more than 18 years at the helm of the party. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
December 07, 2018 - 10:12 am
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the election of a successor to Angela Merkel as Christian Democratic Union party leader (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been elected as the new leader of Merkel's center-right party. Kramp...
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