Religion and politics

Vice President Mike Pence speaks 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 - 10:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...
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July 18, 2019 - 3:13 am
ROME (AP) — The Vatican has responded to a formal protest by the Spanish government over a controversy regarding the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, saying it never intended to meddle with Spain's domestic affairs. In early July, Spain sent a formal protest to the Vatican after the papal nuncio...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2014 file photo, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to testify on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. (AP Photo, File)
July 16, 2019 - 8:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens...
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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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FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, center, arrives with his sons Alaa, left, and Gamal, right, to testify, in a courtroom at the National Police Academy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Egypt has arrested the administrator of a Facebook page that supports former President Hosni Mubarak, who was forced from power by a pro-democracy uprising in 2011. Prosecutors on Thursday, July 11, 2019, charged Karim Hussein with spreading false news and undermining national interests after a series of posts that implied Mubarak did more to help the poor than the current government. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, File)
July 11, 2019 - 10:43 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors Thursday charged the administrator of a Facebook page that supports former autocratic president Hosni Mubarak with spreading false news and undermining national interests after a post implied Mubarak did more to help Egypt's poor than the current government of...
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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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In this image made from video taken on Saturday, July 6, 2019, by North Korean Uriminzokkiri state-run website, shows the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea, Choe In-guk giving a statement to media as he arrived in the North to permanently resettle. Choe, the son of a former South Korean foreign minister, said he's over 70 years old and that he decided to live in North Korea for the rest of his life because it was his parents' "dying wishes" for him to "follow" North Korea and work for its unification with South Korea, according to a written statement published on the website. (Uriminzokkiri via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 3:56 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-...
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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 06, 2019 - 9:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly connecting their faith to their policy agendas. Their approach highlights an evolution for Democrats. It's Republicans who have been more inclined to weave faith into their rhetoric. But the shift among Democrats signals a...
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