Religious issues

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses to the nation on the country's Independence Day from the ramparts of the historical Red Fort in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Modi said that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country. Modi gave the annual Independence Day address from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for an eleventh day. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
August 15, 2019 - 8:29 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the disputed region endured an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout for an 11th day...
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Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard on a deserted road leading towards Independence Day parade venue during lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that stripping the disputed Kashmir region of its statehood and special constitutional provisions has helped unify the country. Modi gave the annual Independence Day address from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for an eleventh day. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
August 15, 2019 - 7:08 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on disputed Kashmir (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Pakistan's military and police say "unprovoked firing" by India across the heavily militarized Line of Control in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has killed three soldiers and two civilians in separate incidents...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. An Australian court will announce its verdict next week on the appeal of the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
August 14, 2019 - 6:22 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court will announce its verdict next week on the appeal of the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell could walk free if the judges acquit him of the five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 photo, Brian Toale shows a photo of himself at 16 years old in New York. Thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state will head to court this week to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers and the institutions where they worked. Toale, 66, who says he was molested by an employee at a Catholic high school he attended on Long Island, was one of the leaders in the fight to pass the Child Victims Act. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
August 14, 2019 - 4:50 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools and hospitals, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began accepting cases once blocked by the statute of limitations...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2019, file courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 that they made a mistake by allowing Tarrant to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:49 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 photo, Brian Toale shows a photo of himself at 16 years old in New York. Thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state will head to court this week to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers and the institutions where they worked. Toale, 66, who says he was molested by an employee at a Catholic high school he attended on Long Island, was one of the leaders in the fight to pass the Child Victims Act. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
August 13, 2019 - 9:02 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state plan to file lawsuits this week against their alleged abusers and the institutions where they worked. The Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, public schools and hospitals are among the many institutions...
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A security person stands guard during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Troops in India-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs to pray for the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday during an unprecedented security lockdown that still forced most people in the disputed region to stay indoors on the Islamic holy day. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
August 13, 2019 - 7:33 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Residents of Indian-administered Kashmir were running short of essentials on Tuesday as an unprecedented security lockdown kept people indoors for a ninth day. India has imposed a near-constant curfew and a communications blackout as it tries to stave off a violent reaction...
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FILE- In this March 10, 2015 file photo, the sun peeks through a gap between clouds and a mountain as Kashmiri fishermen row their boats on their way home after working in Dal Lake in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Kashmir’s pristine Alpine landscape, ski resorts, lake houseboat stays and uninterrupted acres of apple orchards have long made it a global tourist draw. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
August 12, 2019 - 5:29 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have characterized their surprise move to strip Jammu and Kashmir's special constitutional status as freeing the disputed Himalayan territory from the bonds that kept it from realizing its economic potential. But the argument is flawed. The region already...
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Suspected gunman Philip Manshaus appears in court, in Oslo, Norway, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. A suspected gunman accused of an attempted terrorist attack on an Oslo mosque and separately killing his teenage stepsister "will use his right not to explain himself for now" in a detention hearing, his defense lawyer said Monday. (Cornelius Poppen, NTB scanpix via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 12:02 pm
A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo mosque with guns appeared in court Monday with a smirk on his bruised face as evidence grew that he sought to emulate attacks by white supremacists in the U.S. and New Zealand. Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is...
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Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest after Eid prayers during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Hundreds of worshippers gathered after the prayers and chanted "We want freedom" and "Go India, Go back," witnesses said. Officials said the protest ended peacefully. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
August 12, 2019 - 8:30 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Troops in Indian-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs Monday for the Eid al-Adha festival during an unprecedented security lockdown in the disputed region that has gone on for eight straight days. Thousands of additional troops...
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