Religious issues

March 03, 2019 - 6:49 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar's Grand Imam, said "those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong." He said polygamy is restricted in Islam and requires fairness...
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A family member of a Pakistani prisoner Shakir Ullah, who was killed by Indian inmates in an Indian jail, sits next to his body in an ambulance arriving from India at Pakistani-India border post Wagah, near Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, March 2, 2019. Indian authorities have handed over the body of a Pakistani prisoner Ullah who was beaten to death by Indian inmates this month at an Indian jail apparently in retaliation for the Dec. 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
March 02, 2019 - 9:52 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Pakistan's foreign ministry says the world's largest body of Muslim-majority nations has adopted a resolution urging India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions and resolve their issues "through...
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Police stand guard in a neighborhood as negotiations between government and opposition delegations begin in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Representatives of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition sat down face-to-face in a restart of long-stalled talks on resolving the country’s political crisis Wednesday, shortly after authorities released dozens of people arrested in last year’s crackdown on anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
March 01, 2019 - 5:56 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A representative of President Daniel Ortega said the government is working in good faith to find common ground with the opposition as talks on defusing Nicaragua's political standoff finished a third day Friday without deals on key sticking points. The first public comment...
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Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Bladensburg, Md. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
February 27, 2019 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling. The case the justices heard arguments in is being closely watched because it involves the place of religious...
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Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Bladensburg, Md. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
February 27, 2019 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in the cross case (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling. The high court on Wednesday heard...
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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse faces his first night in custody following a sentencing hearing on Wednesday that will decide his punishment for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
February 27, 2019 - 1:52 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd...
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In this Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson, looks on during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. The state Senate easily passed a measure on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 that would bring it in line with most other states in doing away with low-alcohol beers. It now goes to the House, where it's expected to face more opposition. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
February 26, 2019 - 9:48 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers moved closer Tuesday to adopting alcohol levels for beer that are in line with most production-line brews sold around the country, despite opposition from the influential Mormon church. The state Senate overwhelming passed the measure to raise low alcohol limits...
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Ed Rowe, left, Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel, react to the defeat of a proposal that would allow LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church at the denomination’s 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)
February 26, 2019 - 8:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy...
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Participant of a conference organized by the Germany-based foundation European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (EJCI) walks past tombstones at a jewish cemetery near the town of Senec, Slovakia, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Amid an increase number in the anti-Semitic acts in some European countries, a project has been launched to apply drones and contemporary technology to save Jewish cemeteries in places whose original Jewish population was wiped out in the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
February 26, 2019 - 6:00 pm
RECA, Slovakia (AP) — A private organization that wants to preserve thousands of old Jewish cemeteries in Europe is using aerial drones to map burial sites in countries where the Holocaust decimated Jewish populations that existed before World War II. The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative said...
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Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy's credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
February 26, 2019 - 5:35 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy's credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal...
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