Religious issues

January 11, 2019 - 7:00 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell says he won't seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a religious supplies store. Bell said Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that he will seek life in prison without...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Dr. Shahid Shafi, speaks before members of the State Republican Executive Committee, following a vote in favor of resolution that opposes an effort by the Tarrant County Republican Party (TCRP) to remove him as vice chair because of his religion, during the committee's quarterly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Austin. (Amanda Voisard/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 8:08 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as their party vice chairman following infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs. The executive committee of the Tarrant County Republican Party voted 139-49 to...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo Baltimore Archbishop William Lori leads a funeral Mass for Cardinal William Keeler at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school across the U.S. state, which is steeped in Catholicism like few others. Unlike counterparts in other states that have formally announced probes into clergy sex abuse, Frosh's office has only publicly called for victims of abusers linked to schools or places of worship to come forward. But last year, Lori wrote priests and deacons in the archdiocese advising them that Frosh's office was delving into church records as part of an investigation into child sex abuse. He has pledged full cooperation throughout the process. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 10, 2019 - 2:11 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's top law enforcement official on Thursday announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school across the U.S. state, which is steeped in Catholicism like few others. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the...
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January 10, 2019 - 9:07 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's media regulator says it's checking if the BBC violated Russian law when it quoted the leader of the Islamic State group. Communications oversight agency Roscomnadzor said Thursday that BBC reports with statements by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "conveyed ideological...
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Evidence is displayed at the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche at the Justice Palace in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 2:57 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The trial of a man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria started in Brussels on Thursday amid high security. French national Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of "terrorist murder" for gunning down the four,...
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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 68, arrives at the Lyon courthouse to attend his trial, in Lyon, central France, Monday Jan. 7, 2019. The Roman Catholic Church faces another public reckoning when a French cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, goes on trial Monday for his alleged failure to report a pedophile priest who confessed to preying on Boy Scouts and whose victims want to hold one of France's highest church figures accountable. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
January 10, 2019 - 12:19 am
LYON, France (AP) — France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest. The Rev. Bernard Preynat's alleged victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years. But by...
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January 09, 2019 - 6:30 am
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Jewish human rights group urged Croatian authorities on Wednesday to ban a book that denies crimes committed by Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi regime. Chief Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement that a book titled "the Jasenovac Lie...
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Franz Rainer Wolfgang Joachim Kleinertz, left, and Maria de las Mercedes Estrada, right, heirs of Jewish French politician Georges Mandel stand next to the painting 'Portrait of a Seated Young Woman' by Thomas Couture during a restitution ceremony in Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The painting was discovered in the art trove of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt and belonged to Georges Mandel, a Jewish French politician and resistance figure who was executed during World War II. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 08, 2019 - 6:28 am
BERLIN (AP) — Officials have returned a painting looted by the Nazis to the heirs of a Jewish French politician and resistance figure who was executed during World War II. "Portrait of a Seated Young Woman" by Thomas Couture, which belonged to Georges Mandel, was discovered in late collector...
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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin waits for the start of his trial at the Lyon courthouse, central France, Monday Jan. 7, 2019. Cardinal Barbarin and five others are going on trial in France accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
January 07, 2019 - 8:56 am
LYON, France (AP) — A Catholic cardinal and five other people went on trial Monday accused of covering up for a pedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts — France's most important church sex abuse case to date. The case poses a new challenge to the Vatican, amid growing demands in overwhelmingly...
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Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 07, 2019 - 4:02 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says next month's meeting of bishops from around the world aims to "shed full light" on clergy sex abuse and covers-ups. Speaking to diplomats Monday at the Vatican, Francis called the abuse of minors "one of the vilest and most heinous crimes conceivable." He said...
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