Religion and politics

An Indian Paramilitary soldier mans a barricade on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. The lives of millions in India's only Muslim-majority region have been upended since the latest, and most serious, crackdown followed a decision by New Delhi to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgrade the Himalayan region from statehood to a territory. Kashmir is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan, and rebels have been fighting Indian rule in the portion it administers for decades. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 08, 2019 - 11:32 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on Kashmir (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The police chief in Indian-controlled Kashmir say the strict curfew in the Muslim-majority region will be eased for Friday prayers. The region's police chief, Dilbagh Singh, told The Associated Press, "People will be allowed to go...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 08, 2019 - 10:14 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's campaign is not anchored in a big policy idea like Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All. He is not proposing transformative change like Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Biden's call to voters is a more visceral one, casting the 2020 race as a test of the country's...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks during an election campaign rally of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Hyderabad, India. Modi’s vision of a Hindu India took a leap forward with his government’s decision in August to subsume Kashmir into the federal government by eliminating its special status and allowing anyone to buy property and move into the state, raising fears among residents that they will lose their distinct identity. Modi’s home minister, Amit Shah, considered the architect of the Hindu nationalist-led government’s aggressive agenda to convert India from a secular, multicultural democracy into a distinctly Hindu, culturally and politically homogenous state, sold the new policy on Kashmir to parliament by equating it with Pakistan, India’s staunch foe. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)
August 08, 2019 - 5:57 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a Hindu India has leaped forward with his government's decision to subsume Muslim-majority Kashmir into the federal government by eliminating its special status and allowing anyone to buy property and move into the state, raising fears among...
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August 08, 2019 - 12:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven days, three mass shootings, 34 dead. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks , at a Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism — acts meant to intimidate or coerce a civilian population and affect government policy. But the bureau hasn't gone that...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 photo, a deserted street is seen through a barbwire set up as blockade during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Authorities in Hindu-majority India clamped a complete shutdown on Kashmir as they scrapped the Muslim-majority state's special status, including exclusive hereditary rights and a separate constitution, and divided it into two territories. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 08, 2019 - 2:04 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of government forces in riot gear patrol Indian-controlled Kashmir. Streets lined with shuttered shops are deserted, steel barricades and razor wire cutting off neighborhoods. An eerie silence is broken by an occasional security vehicle whizzing past or the...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri boy walks past an Indian Paramilitary soldier after buying fresh bread during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Authorities in Hindu-majority India clamped a complete shutdown on Kashmir as they scrapped the Muslim-majority state's special status, including exclusive hereditary rights and a separate constitution, and divided it into two territories. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 07, 2019 - 6:29 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's surprise move to carve out sparsely populated Ladakh from the state of Jammu and Kashmir to make it a territory directly controlled by New Delhi has been met with protests in Kargil, a Muslim-majority border city in Ladakh that identifies culturally with Kashmir, suggesting...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 07, 2019 - 4:30 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of "fanning the flames of white supremacy" in his most aggressive attack yet on the character of the man he would like to defeat in 2020. "Trump offers no moral leadership," Biden declared in Burlington, Iowa. The...
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Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a deadly explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.A magnetic bomb was placed on a van carrying employees of the Interior Ministry's counter-narcotics division. The blast killed five people and wounded another seven, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
August 07, 2019 - 12:48 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber targeted the police headquarters in a minority Shiite neighborhood in western Kabul on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion that wounded dozens of people, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. There was no...
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FILE- In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Kashmiri protesters engulfed in tear gas smoke clash with Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest against the killing of rebels in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. India is redrawing its political map again. Parliament has approved a proposal by the Hindu nationalist-led government that strips statehood from Jammu and Kashmir, its only Muslim-majority state, splitting the region into two union territories after revoking its special rights under India's Constitution. Although India has redrawn its map many times since gaining independence from the British in 1947, the decision is likely to raise tensions in the already-volatile Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
August 06, 2019 - 10:25 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is redrawing its political map again. Parliament has approved a proposal by the Hindu nationalist-led government that strips statehood from Jammu and Kashmir, its only Muslim-majority state, splitting the region into two union territories after revoking its special rights...
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This undated photo provided by Maria G. Zalaya shows Keyla Salazar. She was one of three young people who died when a gunman opened fire at a popular California food festival Sunday. The 13-year-old from San Jose, Calif., died at the scene. (Maria G. Zalaya via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 11:40 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The FBI says it has discovered a "target list" compiled by the gunman in a California mass shooting that listed nationwide religious institutions, federal buildings,...
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