Religion and politics

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to a worker on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at a park in Boston being constructed in honor of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
June 05, 2019 - 9:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women's rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions. Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party's latest platform calling for the outright...
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Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, early Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
June 04, 2019 - 12:30 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Marian shrine, in Sumuleu Ciuc, Romania, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Francis began a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 01, 2019 - 1:25 pm
MIERCUREA CIUC, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania on Saturday to visit Romania's most famous shrine, urging Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future. Storms forced Francis to change his travel plans...
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Pope Francis waves as he is welcomed by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, right, and his wife Carmen, left, upon his arrival from Rome at Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, near Bucharest, Romania, Friday, May 31, 2019. Pope Francis is heading to Romania for a three-day, cross-country pilgrimage that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
May 31, 2019 - 7:26 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis began a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. Francis referred to that historic trip during his opening speech before...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before voting in the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a deadline at midnight Wednesday to form a new governing coalition as he tried to stave off a crisis that could trigger an unprecedented second election this year or even force the longtime leader to step down. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 29, 2019 - 6:34 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after...
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This undated photo provided by Al-Jazeera shows journalist Mahmoud Hussein in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court on Thursday, May 23, 2019 has ordered the release of Hussein, detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt’s reputation. Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in December 2016, when he arrived on a family vacation from Doha. (Al-Jazeera via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 10:41 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities rearrested an Al-Jazeera journalist who was ordered released last week after more than two years in detention on accusations of spreading false news, his family and lawyer said Wednesday. Under Egyptian procedure and following last week's court order, Mahmoud...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint statement prior to a meeting with the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
May 27, 2019 - 2:15 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European Union's executive branch, a matter on which her own governing coalition so far is divided. In her first comments on...
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In this photo taken May 23, 2019, and released by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, speaks with a monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the Embassy said Saturday. (U.S. Mission to China via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 7:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Terry Branstad also "expressed concerns regarding the Chinese...
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May 24, 2019 - 4:59 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a giant floral garland from party leaders at their headquarters in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party claimed it had won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the stock market soared in anticipation of another five-year term for the pro-business Hindu nationalist leader. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 24, 2019 - 3:36 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India's...
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