Religious issues

In this July 31, 2019, photo, Temel Atacocugu, who was shot nine times during the Christchurch mosque attacks, tries on the clothes he will wear during the Hajj pilgrimage, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is among 200 survivors and relatives from the Christchurch mosque shootings who are traveling to Saudi Arabia as guests of King Salman for the Hajj pilgrimage, a trip many hope will help them to heal.(AP Photo/Nick Perry)
August 06, 2019 - 1:23 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The scars from the nine bullets the gunman fired into Temel Atacocugu run down his left side like knotty rope. But it's the recurring mental images from that day at the mosque that he often finds hardest to cope with: The gunman's face. The puff of smoke from his...
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Indian activists and others shout slogans during a protest against Indian government revoking Kashmir's special constitutional status in Bangalore, India, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. India's government has revoked disputed Kashmir's special status with a presidential order as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
August 05, 2019 - 11:10 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's lower house of Parliament was set to ratify a bill that would downgrade the governance of India-administered, Muslim-majority Kashmir. The Lok Sahba was set to vote on the "Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill" on Tuesday, a day after the measure was introduced alongside a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo hundreds participate in a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead in Oak Creek, Wis. The white supremacist gunman, who wounded five other worshippers and an Oak Creek police officer, killed himself in the parking lot. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
August 05, 2019 - 1:21 pm
As Americans reel from back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio, religious leaders who have experienced violence in their houses of worship are venting their anger at the persisting violence and trying to help their congregants persevere. At the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo hundreds participate in a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead in Oak Creek, Wis. The white supremacist gunman, who wounded five other worshippers and an Oak Creek police officer, killed himself in the parking lot. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
August 05, 2019 - 1:18 pm
The back-to-back massacres in Texas and Ohio have drawn strong reactions from religious leaders who experienced mass shootings in their own houses of worship. They are trying to help their congregants persevere, and some are venting anger at the persisting violence. At First Baptist Church in...
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An Indian paramilitary soldier stops a commuter during curfew like restrictions in Jammu, India, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. An indefinite security lockdown was in place in the Indian-controlled portion of divided Kashmir on Monday, stranding millions in their homes as authorities also suspended some internet services and deployed thousands of fresh troops around the increasingly tense region. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
August 05, 2019 - 12:57 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on Indian-controlled Kashmir (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Pakistan's foreign minister has rejected India's revocation of disputed Kashmir's special constitutional status, saying the move violates a U.N. resolution. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a...
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U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash said they would seek the death penalty in the mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas during a press conference Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at the Office of Emergency Management. Patrick Crusius was booked on charges of capital murder. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo is at left. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
August 04, 2019 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities investigating the El Paso shooting call it an act of domestic terrorism, but they cannot apply the same terrorism law that prosecutors have used for years against supporters of the Islamic State and al-Qaida. The federal government defines domestic terrorism...
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Pope Francis prays for the dead and injured of the three U.S. mass shootings, during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Francis told a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus blessing Sunday that ''I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, striking defenseless people.'' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 04, 2019 - 5:58 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a new letter to priests worldwide offering encouragement in light of the global sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. In a nearly 5,000-word letter sent on the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, the pope on...
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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
August 01, 2019 - 4:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit from a Christian rapper whose song a jury found was copied for Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A jury has found that Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark...
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 1, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is greeted by Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Dallas Church as he arrives to speak during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Many religious leaders have strongly condemned Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. "He does not judge people by the color of their skin," said Jeffress, a frequent guest at the White House. "He judges people on whether they support him," Jeffress said. "If you embrace him, he'll embrace you. If you attack him, he'll attack you. That's the definition of color blind." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 01, 2019 - 1:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Many religious leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. Prominent figures on the religious right have not joined in, instead maintaining public silence or insisting that Trump's tactics reflect hard-nosed...
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August 01, 2019 - 2:04 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A new Dutch law has come into force banning face-covering clothing — including the burqa and niqab worn by conservative Muslim women — on public transport, in government buildings and at health and education institutions. The Netherlands, long seen as a bastion of...
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