Religion and politics

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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Thousands gathered by an open casket with Bishop Amfilohije's body during the liturgy and and funeral outside the main temple in the capital Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Bishop Amfilohije died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus weeks ago. A mass funeral on Sunday was held for the popular head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro in violation of restrictions that are in place against the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)
November 01, 2020 - 5:21 am
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Huge crowds on Sunday attended the funeral for the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro in violation of coronavirus-fighting restrictions. Thousands gathered outside the main temple in the capital, Podgorica, for the liturgy and the burial of Bishop...
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Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Muslims have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
November 01, 2020 - 1:55 am
PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam’s prophet. So why is France singled out for protests and calls for boycotts across the Muslim world, and so often the target of deadly violence from the extremist...
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Gamra, the mother of the Nice attacker Ibrahim Issaoui gestures as she adresses reporters in Sfax, Tunisia, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The family of Ibrahim Issaoui expressed shock after he attacked a church in Nice and killed three people in what French and Tunisian authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack. Tunisian prosecutors say he had not been on their radar for radicalization before he fled with other migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa in September, eventually making his way to Nice. (AP Photo/Mehdi El Arem)
October 31, 2020 - 8:18 am
SFAX, Tunisia (AP) — A third suspect is in French custody Saturday in connection with an Islamic extremist knife attack that killed three people in a Nice church, as the distraught family of the suspected Tunisian assailant asked to see video footage of what happened. Investigators in France,...
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Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Muslims have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
October 31, 2020 - 8:02 am
PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam’s prophet. So why is France singled out for protests and calls for boycotts across the Muslim world, and so often the target of deadly violence from the extremist...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market area during a strike called by separatists in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Kashmir’s main separatist grouping called the strike to protest new land laws that India enacted on Tuesday, allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the region. Pro-India politicians in Kashmir have also criticized the laws and accused India of putting Kashmir’s land up for sale. The move exacerbates concerns of Kashmiris and rights groups who see such measures as a settler-colonial project to change the Muslim-majority region’s demography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
October 31, 2020 - 1:53 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shops and businesses were shut in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to denounce new laws that allow any Indians to buy land in the disputed region. Government forces in riot gear patrolled...
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Kyle Terry, 33, front left, stands at the head of the line of supporters waiting to attend a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Lancaster Airport, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in Lititz, Pa. Cynthia Reidler is seen in background. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
October 30, 2020 - 11:33 am
LITITZ, Pennsylvania (AP) — They began to arrive more than 40 hours before President Donald Trump took the stage in this stretch of rural Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies remain a common sight. By 10 p.m., a small group had set up an overnight camp on lawn chairs as a cold drizzle set in. “I...
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Supporters of religious group burn a representation of a French flag during a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Muslims have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
October 30, 2020 - 10:13 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president's vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the...
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Municipal policemen stand guard outside Notre Dame church in Nice, France, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. A new suspect is in custody in the investigation into a gruesome attack by a Tunisian man who killed three people in a French church. France heightened its security alert amid religious and geopolitical tensions around cartoons mocking the Muslim prophet. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Associated Press
October 30, 2020 - 9:47 am
NICE, France (AP) — Mourners lit candles and prayed silently Friday to honor three people killed in a knife attack at a church, as France heightened security at potential targets at home and abroad amid outrage over its defense of the right to publish cartoons mocking the prophet of Islam. The...
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