Religion and politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to receive credentials from newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia in Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 2:36 am
ROME (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is emphasizing historically strong ties with Italy before a one-day visit Thursday to Rome that will include a meeting with Pope Francis. Putin said in an interview published in Corriere della Sera that "we have a special relationship, tested by time,...
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July 03, 2019 - 8:53 am
A North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate in Virginia also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue's Facebook page. An FBI agent outlined those allegations against 52-year-old Joseph Cecil Vandevere in an...
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July 03, 2019 - 12:00 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case after taking a dog into a mosque, sparking calls for the frequently abused law to be repealed. A video circulating online in Muslim-majority Indonesia...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, a Roman catholic priest, back to camera, listens to a man's confession during a mass for late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church, in Rome. The Holy See’s Apostolic Penitentiaria, a tribunal which deals with absolution and confessional matters, reiterated the secrecy obligation in a six-page document made public Monday, July 1, 2019, by the Vatican. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)
July 01, 2019 - 5:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared "unacceptable" any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests to violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in confession. The Holy See's Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal dealing...
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June 28, 2019 - 6:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reviving a Montana program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships. The state's highest court had struck down the program because it violated the Montana constitution's ban on state aid to religious organizations...
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Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin wave to reporters, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Indonesia's top court has rejected a challenge to election results that alleged massive and systematic fraud, paving the way for Joko Widodo's second term as president. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
June 27, 2019 - 8:45 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court Thursday rejected a losing presidential candidate's allegations of massive and systematic election fraud, sealing a second term for Joko Widodo, who in fending off the rising power of Islamists has drifted toward authoritarian tactics. The...
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President Donald Trump, right, greets Ralph Reed, left, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, before speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 26, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed said Wednesday that the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020. It's part of a large-scale marshaling of evangelical resources that's poised to benefit President Donald Trump's...
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President Donald Trump, right, greets Ralph Reed, left, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, before speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 26, 2019 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed says the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020. That investment is part of a large-scale marshaling of evangelical resources that's poised to benefit President Donald Trump's...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 26, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delivering remarks in Washington to kick off a four-day faith conference that highlights top issues for evangelical voters, who are among his most loyal supporters and vital to his 2020 reelection bid. Trump is addressing this year's Faith and Freedom...
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Dolls are laid out in front of Rabat's parliament by pro-choice protesters, to pressure legislatures to pass a law to protect women from unsafe and clandestine abortions, Morocco, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The dolls symbolically exhibits the fate of undesired Moroccan children, whose mothers do not have the means or the capacities to care for them. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
June 25, 2019 - 12:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal. Two dozen activists gathered in front of the Muslim kingdom's parliament on Tuesday to press lawmakers to legalize abortion in extreme cases. A row of naked dolls on the ground...
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