Religious issues

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand Monday, March 25, 2019. Ardern has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
March 25, 2019 - 12:25 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will examine what roles guns, social media and spy agencies played preceding the attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that it would hold a...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, a student lights candle during a vigil to commemorate victims of March 15 shooting, outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned a 74-page manifesto written by a man accused of massacring 50 people at two mosques. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
March 24, 2019 - 7:41 pm
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The ban, issued Saturday, means anybody caught with...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shakes hands with Alabama State Sen. Henry Sanders at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Democrats’ road back to the White House runs through the Republican-run South, and not just in the early nominating state of South Carolina. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 6:38 pm
The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 7:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidates are making it clear that there are new voices competing for voters' attention. California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a signal to the nation's old-guard that there's a time to move aside. At an...
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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., makes special remarks during the worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Atlanta. The Democratic presidential candidate is one of several candidates to visit Georgia in the 2020 cycle. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 5:26 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a subtle signal to the old-guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end. At an Atlanta church service dedicated to youth Sunday, the presidential candidate compared leadership to a relay race in which each generation must ask themselves "...
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A man prays during a vigil in Hagley Park following the March 15 mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 24, 2019 - 2:30 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques. One of those watching from a wheelchair was 21-year-old Mustafa...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan visit a church at Byblos, Lebanon, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Jim Young/Pool Photo via AP)
March 23, 2019 - 2:57 pm
BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo...
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FILE - In this frame grab from a video released In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo and provided by Furat FM, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows Syrian Islamic State group fighters who have surrendered, at a base of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Raqqa, Syria. (Furat FM, via AP, File)
March 23, 2019 - 4:54 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq...
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March 22, 2019 - 2:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers." Speaking a week after the...
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Injured victims from last week's mosque shootings pray during Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 22, 2019. People across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday as the nation reflected on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
March 22, 2019 - 10:07 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 10 p.m. Malaysia's prime minister says Muslim countries need to look for new ways to reduce the atmosphere of hatred and anger toward Muslims that prompted the deadly attack on mosques in New Zealand...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party during a rally in Kutahya, Turkey, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Erdogan has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand _ which is trying to stop its use _ is due in Turkey.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
March 22, 2019 - 6:41 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate "hate-filled ideologies." Winston Peters was speaking at an...
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