Religious issues

A protester covering his face takes a part in a rally to celebrate the government's move to withdraw plans to ratify a U.N. anti-discrimination convention called ICERD, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The rally, organized by opposition Malay parties and nongovernment groups, was initially aimed at protesting a government plan to ratify a U.N. treaty against racial discrimination that critics allege will end Malay privileges under a decades-old affirmative action policy. The plan was eventually abandoned, but organizers decided to proceed with what they called a "thanksgiving" rally. ICERD stands for International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
December 08, 2018 - 6:31 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May. The...
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In this July 27, 2018 photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back another coal regulation, this one for new coal plants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
December 07, 2018 - 3:10 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches planted the American flag at the U.N. climate talks Friday in an effort to show that many people in the United States remain committed to curbing global warming despite the stance of their president. The opening of the...
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December 07, 2018 - 10:28 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 states in the Midwest and South says it has found "credible allegations" of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955. The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which is based in St. Louis and...
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German Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel, waves after her farewell speech during a party convention of the CDU in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. 1001 delegates are electing a successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who doesn't run for party chairmanship after more than 18 years at the helm of the party. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
December 07, 2018 - 10:12 am
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the election of a successor to Angela Merkel as Christian Democratic Union party leader (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been elected as the new leader of Merkel's center-right party. Kramp...
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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray poses with the trophy after winning The Davey O'Brien Award for being the top quarterback in college football, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 06, 2018 - 7:47 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the college football awards show (all times local): 8:48 p.m. Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams wins the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman, beating out Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams...
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Palestinian women hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
December 06, 2018 - 4:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. Before the vote on the resolution, the 193-member...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file image made from video, former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson heads to Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney. Australia's appeal court on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse. New South Wales state District Court Judge Roy Ellis upheld Wilson's appeal against his May conviction in a lower court for concealing the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the 1970s. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP, File)
December 06, 2018 - 6:56 am
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeal court on Thursday overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse. New South Wales state District Court Judge Roy Ellis upheld former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson's appeal of...
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December 05, 2018 - 1:06 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in Poland is demanding that a monument to a prominent priest of the Solidarity pro-democracy movement be removed following allegations that he sexually abused minors. The monument to the late Mgr. Henryk Jankowski stands in Gdansk in front of St.Brygida'...
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Archbishop John C. Wester, head of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, pauses while announcing the diocese will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection next week, as clergy sex abuse claims have depleted its reserves, during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
December 04, 2018 - 8:46 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months on lawyers to fight claims of clergy sex abuse and to prepare for a potentially lengthy battle in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe's petition for...
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November 29, 2018 - 6:56 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Thursday it will soon be filing for bankruptcy protection, as the Catholic church in New Mexico has settled numerous claims of sexual abuse by clergy over the years and is close to depleting its reserves. About 20 dioceses and other...
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