Religion and politics

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks onstage before speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 18, 2019 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said China is responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Speaking at an international religious freedom conference that he is hosting, Pompeo denounced China...
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen smiles as she delivers her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday July 16, 2019. Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision and plans as Commission President. The vote, held by secret paper ballot, will take place later today. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
July 16, 2019 - 2:53 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2009, file photo, people walk by a poster from the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) depicting a woman wearing a burqa in front of a Swiss flag upon which are minarets which resemble missiles, at the central station in Geneva, Switzerland. Later in the month, a successful referendum banned the construction of new minarets in the country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 2:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research...
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July 13, 2019 - 12:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said...
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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, Liao Qiang, right, and his daughter Ren Ruiting speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a church in Taipei, Taiwan. Liao arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. They plan to seek asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 08, 2019 - 5:29 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2019 - 5:05 am
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, a North Korean flag flutters in the wind atop a 160-meter tower in North Korea's village Gijungdongseen, as seen from the Taesungdong freedom village inside the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea. North Korea says the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to the North has arrived there to permanently resettle. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
July 07, 2019 - 10:32 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, the country's state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The...
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In this June 23, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, left, bow their heads in prayer during a town hall community meeting at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. Several Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly connecting their faith to their agendas, making a values-based appeal to religious swing voters who will be critical in next year’s election after white evangelicals broke heavily for President Donald Trump. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
July 07, 2019 - 12:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who...
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July 05, 2019 - 3:53 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prosecutors have charged three men under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones and components with the purpose of delivering them to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where they were to be used "in combat actions." Prosecutor Kristian...
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In this July 2, 2019 photo, people pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in the Queens borough of New York. Men and women, young and old, make their way from around the city, the country and the world to this unassuming site, the burial place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to pay their respects to the life and teachings of the revered Jewish leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who died twenty-five years ago in June 1994. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 04, 2019 - 10:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery. The men and women, young and old, have...
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