Religion and politics

FILE - In this July 29, 2018 file photo, provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaks during a youth conference in Cairo, Egypt. On Tuesday, Aug 27, 2018 an Egyptian opposition coalition of secular and left-leaning parties urged authorities to immediately release a former diplomat who earlier this month called for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government. Masoum Marzouk, who served in the Egyptian army's special forces, was arrested along with other activists on Thursday. (MENA via AP, File)
August 27, 2018 - 10:50 am
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian opposition coalition of secular and left-leaning parties has urged authorities on Monday to immediately release a former diplomat who earlier this month called for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government. Masoum Marzouk, a veteran of the 1973 war...
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August 27, 2018 - 6:58 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. strike over the weekend killed a senior Islamic State commander in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan and U.S. officials said Monday. The strike in Nangarhar province killed Abu Sayeed Orakzai, a senior leader in the extremist group, according to Shah Hussain Martazawi,...
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People hold up names of children as they gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, during the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Survivors of one of Ireland's wretched mother and baby homes were to hold their own demonstration Sunday. The location is Tuam, site of a mass grave of hundreds of babies who died at a church-run home. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
August 27, 2018 - 6:53 am
LONDON (AP) — An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church "should contribute substantially" to funding reparations for survivors of a former church-run orphanage where a mass grave of children's remains was discovered. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs...
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Dozens line Interstate 17 as they wait for the procession with the hearse carrying the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Anthem, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
August 26, 2018 - 9:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Sen. John McCain (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Congressional leaders say Republican Sen. John McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Republican and Democratic leaders did not give a date for the event, saying Sunday that more details would...
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Migrants waiting to be disembarked from the Italian Coast Guard ship "Diciotti" in the port of Catania, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Orietta Scardino/ANSA via AP)
August 26, 2018 - 6:45 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops offered to care for a majority of 140 migrants the country's government had prevented from leaving an Italian coast guard ship docked for days in a Sicilian harbor because politics shouldn't be practiced at the expense of the poor, prominent churchmen said...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Tom Colicchio attends the Food & Wine 2016 Best New Chefs Party at Event Block in New York. Police are investigating after political and religious symbols were painted on "Top Chef" producer and restaurateur Colicchio's home and lawn on Long Island. Colicchio and his wife, Lori Silverbush, tweeted they discovered the graffiti on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 6:25 am
MATTITUCK, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating after political and religious symbols were painted on "Top Chef" producer and restaurateur Tom Colicchio's home and lawn on Long Island. Colicchio and his wife, Lori Silverbush, tweeted they discovered the graffiti on Tuesday. Police say "TRUMP" was...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2015, file photo, Abbot Xuecheng of the Beijing Longquan Temple poses for a photo in one of the temple buildings in Beijing, China. According to a statement issued Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 1:28 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against one of the country's best-known Buddhist monks whose case has highlighted the growth of the #MeToo movement in China. A statement issued by the State Religious Affairs Administration on Thursday...
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August 20, 2018 - 3:20 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be...
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A seller offers handkerchiefs reading in Spanish "Church and state- Separate issues" in Buenos Aires, Argentina Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. People formed lines on Saturday as part of a nationwide movement in the homeland of Pope Francis to file forms with their name and signature to renounce their religious affiliation, after a bill to legalize elective abortions in the first 14 months of pregnancy was finally rejected by Senators in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 18, 2018 - 5:03 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions. The event, called "Collective Apostasy...
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Muslim pilgrims circle around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 18, 2018 - 9:40 am
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims...
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