Religion and politics

FILE - In this May 2, 2004 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee greets the audience as he arrives for a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India. Former prime minister Vajpayee, who pursued both nuclear weapons and peace talks with Pakistan, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at age 93. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
August 16, 2018 - 8:51 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrates with her children after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 7:11 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, center, celebrates with her supporters after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 12:42 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first Tuesday by winning the Democratic primary in a congressional race, while voters set the battlefield in two other Minnesota districts that could help determine which party controls the House. Omar, who drew national...
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People vote at Edison High School in northeast Minneapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. It's Minnesota's busiest primary in recent memory, with races for governor, both Senate seats and three contested congressional races. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 11:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich has won a crowded Democratic primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in a northeastern Minnesota swing district. Radinovich defeated Rep...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asks a question at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing in Washington. Ellison decided to leave Congress for a chance to make a difference as his state's attorney general, but an ex-girlfriend's late accusation of domestic abuse clouded what had been his race to lose. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 14, 2018 - 7:28 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party's nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse. The...
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August 14, 2018 - 1:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — China blamed "anti-China forces" on Tuesday for the growing criticism of Beijing's policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said anti-China forces had made "false accusations...
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August 13, 2018 - 2:23 pm
BERLIN (AP) — China insisted on Monday that "arbitrary detention" or "re-education centers" do not exist in its far western Xinjiang region, rejecting concerns raised by a U.N. human rights committee that millions of ethnic Uighurs may be being held in camps. Beijing was responding to questions...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, March 10, 2018, former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses members of the far right National Front party at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille. Bannon weighed into British politics in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday Aug. 12, 2018, in which he defends former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s comments about Muslim face veils. (AP Photo, FILE)
August 12, 2018 - 8:25 am
LONDON (AP) — Republican strategist Steve Bannon weighed into British politics Sunday in a wide-ranging interview in which he defended former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments about Muslim face veils and praised a controversial British far-right leader. The former aide to President Donald...
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A man shouts during a demonstration in Tunis, Saturday Aug 11, 2018. Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists have held an hours-long protest in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
August 11, 2018 - 1:42 pm
BARDO, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam. Men and veiled women marched under a blazing sun from Tunis to Bardo, outside the...
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Vehicles are parked outside the Grand Mosque in Weizhou in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, early Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China on Friday to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government's efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
August 11, 2018 - 6:27 am
WEIZHOU, China (AP) — A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said Saturday that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest. The Global Times said that local officials in...
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