Religion and politics

In this April 6, 2020, file photo, a lone taxi cab drives over a highway in front of the Dubai skyline. The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.” (AP Photo/Jon Gambrel, File)
November 07, 2020 - 4:48 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.” The broadening of personal freedoms...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, faith leaders pray with President Donald Trump during a rally for evangelical supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church in Miami. The conservative evangelical Christians who helped send Trump to the White House four years ago stuck by him again in 2020. But even if Trump doesn’t get a second term, some conservative Christians see reasons to celebrate in this year’s election results. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 06, 2020 - 9:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative evangelical Christians who helped send Donald Trump to the White House four years ago stuck by him in 2020. But even if Trump doesn’t get a second term, some conservative Christians see reasons to celebrate in this year’s election results. White evangelical voters...
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November 04, 2020 - 12:02 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special investigator on religious freedom urged countries to repeal laws undermining the right of minorities to worship and hold beliefs, pointing as examples to China’s detention of Uighurs, 21 countries that criminalize apostasy, and sweeping surveillance of...
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The magnolia flower centered banner chosen Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 by the Mississippi State Flag Commission flies outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. The nine member committee voted to recommend a design with the state flower, now known as the "In God We Trust," flag. That design will go on the November ballot for voters consideration and if approved, it will become the new state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
November 03, 2020 - 10:19 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will fly a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase “In God We Trust,” with voters approving the design Tuesday. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired months ago as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. The magnolia flag...
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President Donald Trump arrives with Vice President Mike Pence for a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
November 02, 2020 - 9:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:20 a.m. President Donald Trump declared he would win Michigan “so easily” as he rallied supporters in a midnight gathering that wraps up his reelection campaign and heralds the beginning of Election Day. Thousands...
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FILE - This file booking image provided by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews. Matthews, a Louisiana man who admitted to burning down three predominantly African American churches, was sentenced Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay the churches $2.6 million. (Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP, File)
November 02, 2020 - 6:35 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who admitted to burning down three predominantly African American churches to promote himself as a “black metal” musician was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay the churches $2.6 million. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays of Lafayette...
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Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government on the eighth straight day of angry demonstrations that were triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 02, 2020 - 5:57 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister appealed Monday for talks with the leaders of massive protests that were triggered by the tightening last month of the nation's strict abortion law and are continuing despite a resurgence of COVID-19. Just hours before nationwide street blockaders and...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Opa-locka, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 01, 2020 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is suggesting that he will fire the nation’s top infectious disease expert after Tuesday’s election, as he expresses frustration that the coronavirus remains in the news amid a nationwide...
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Protective masks are burned by supporters of Brazilian President Bolsonaro during a rally in favor of Bolsonaro's position that no one will be forced to use them and eventually get a coronavirus vaccine, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.1, 2020. Brazil has confirmed more than 159,000 deaths from the virus, the second highest in the world, behind only the U.S. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
November 01, 2020 - 2:50 pm
SAO PAULO — Protesters have gathered in Brazil’s two biggest cities to demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro in opposition to the advice of most health professionals. A small group of people...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, a man walks inside a mosque in Paris, France. A spotlight of suspicion encircled Muslims again even before the latest acts of extremist violence, including two beheadings, and French President Emmanuel Macron has forged ahead with a plan to rid Islam in France of religious extremists. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, FILE)
November 01, 2020 - 11:08 am
PARIS (AP) — The pressure rises with each gruesome attack. After three in five weeks, France’s Muslims are feeling squeezed. A spotlight of suspicion was trained on them again even before the latest acts of extremist violence, including two beheadings. President Emmanuel Macron has forged ahead...
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