Religious issues

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the Hassan Mosque plaza in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis's weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 30, 2019 - 11:27 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that walls and fear-mongering won't stop people from exercising their legitimate right to seek a better life elsewhere. King Mohamed VI...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Abdel-Fattah was released from prison early Friday March 29, 2019, after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
March 29, 2019 - 1:05 pm
CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was freed from prison early Friday after serving a five-year sentence for organizing and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. The terms of his release, however, require that he report to a police station every day for the next...
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Pope Francis attends an audience with participants of a course on the Internal Forum promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary Court, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 29, 2019 - 11:49 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and diplomats that requires the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory...
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March 27, 2019 - 5:41 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state's "bathroom bill" targeting...
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Former Russian Minister in charge of the "Open Government" Mikhail Abyzov, center, is convoyed for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Investigative Committee said Tuesday that Abyzov is accused of presiding over a criminal group that embezzled funds belonging to two energy companies in Siberia and siphoned them into foreign bank accounts. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
March 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian Cabinet member was ordered Wednesday to stay behind bars on charges of embezzling $62 million. The Basmanny District Court ordered Mikhail Abyzov be kept in custody for two months while an investigation continues. Abyzov is accused of leading a criminal group that...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses media at Parliament House in Canberra. Morrison, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. (AP Photos/Rod McGuirk, File)
March 27, 2019 - 6:11 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that reported...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. High-profile Australian journalists face possible prison sentences, and large media organizations could face fines after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
March 26, 2019 - 10:13 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some of Australia's highest-profile journalists face possible prison sentences and large media organizations could be fined after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses media at Parliament House in Canberra. Morrison, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. (AP Photos/Rod McGuirk, File)
March 26, 2019 - 9:55 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that...
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File--- In this picture taken Nov.5, 2016 Martin Sellner, leader of the right-wing populist Identitarian movement of Austria is seen giving an interview in Berlin, Germany. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 8:04 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's leader called Tuesday for authorities to "ruthlessly" investigate possible ties between an Austrian nationalist group and the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman, after it emerged that a prominent far-right activist in the Alpine nation had received a donation in the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, Lucetta Scaraffia, editor in chief of "Women Church World" a monthly magazine distributed alongside the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, poses in her house in Rome. The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men," that only increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy. The editorial committee of "Women Church World," a monthly glossy published alongside the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, made the announcement in the planned April 1 editorial and in an open letter to Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
March 26, 2019 - 5:50 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men," that only increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy. The...
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