Religion and politics

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Jack Gerard, center, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks with reporters following a news conference with opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative, in Salt Lake City. Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against an insurgent ballot measure that would legalize it. The Deseret News reported Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Gerard says there's urgency to allow suffering patients to access the drug. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 17, 2018 - 10:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure...
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Pope Francis is driven through the crowd as a large banner reading " Let's renew the church " is visible in foreground, in Palermo, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Pope Francis is paying tribute in Sicily to a priest who worked to keep youths away from the Mafia and was slain by mobsters. Francis has flown to the Mediterranean island on the 25th anniversary of the assassination in Palermo of the Rev. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, who has been declared a martyr by the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 15, 2018 - 5:45 am
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants. Francis told a crowd of 100,000 at an outdoor Mass on Saturday that "the only possible populism" is a Christian one that "listens to and serves the...
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Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, gestures during a one-on-one discussion at the World Economic Forum's meeting at the National Convention Center Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Suu Kyi says the country's handling of its Rohingya Muslim minority crisis could have been handled better. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
September 12, 2018 - 11:14 pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In the face of global condemnation, Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better, but still defended...
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September 12, 2018 - 10:35 am
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up...
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In this May 21, 2018, photo, a man walks into the Zion church in Beijing. China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. In Beijing, the Zion church was shut on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 by around 60 government workers who arrived at 4:30 p.m. accompanied by buses, police cars and fire trucks, the church's pastor, Ezra Jin Mingri, said Monday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 10, 2018 - 12:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in...
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Christian Siriano wears a T-shirt supporting Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon as he walks onto the runway after his spring 2019 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 08, 2018 - 4:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Politics took a trip to Hawaii on Christian Siriano's frilly, festive runway at New York Fashion Week. The designer flashed a Cynthia Nixon T-shirt when he took his bow. And his husband, Brad Walsh, sat front row in a T that dropped an F-bomb in the direction of President Donald...
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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, left, drinks water as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, makes his statement after the so called "2+2" meeting in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Pompeo and Mattis held long-delayed talks Thursday with top Indian officials, looking to shore up the alliance with one of Washington's top regional partners. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
September 07, 2018 - 12:47 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan's war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies...
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A man holds a national flag while protesters burn the municipal complex during protests demanding better public services and jobs in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
September 06, 2018 - 12:01 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to a provincial government building in the southern city of Basra, despite a curfew imposed by authorities Thursday to try and quell demonstrations against poor public services and unemployment that have turned violent. Three protesters were shot...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an election campaign rally of her National League for Democracy party for upcoming general election in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's government looks as if it's under siege from an international community concerned about the condition of its nascent democracy, with widespread calls for a genocide tribunal to hold its military to account for brutal treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File)
September 05, 2018 - 4:57 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government looks as if it's under siege from an international community concerned about the condition of its nascent democracy, with widespread calls for a genocide tribunal to hold its military to account for the brutal treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority. But...
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In this combination image made from two photos, Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo, left, and Wa Lone, are handcuffed as they are escorted by police out of the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. The court sentenced the two journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
September 02, 2018 - 11:16 pm
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military's human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and...
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