Religion and politics

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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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2018, file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his wife Iriana wave during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia's hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals has swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangakara, File)
September 02, 2018 - 5:36 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals have swelled national pride, boosting the re-election campaign of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The 2-week games ended Saturday with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China, Japan and South...
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Cindy McCain walks with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, followed by children Jack, Bridget, Jimmy and Andrew Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as the plane carrying the body of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 30, 2018 - 4:55 pm
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain (all times local): 7:45 p.m. EDT Sen. John McCain's casket has arrived in Maryland ahead of ceremonies Friday at the U.S. Capitol. McCain was flown to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington after a church service Thursday in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2018, file photo, vehicles are parked outside the Grand Mosque in Weizhou in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Authorities said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that reckless actions by officials in China's Ningxia region were to blame for a rare public protest by the country's Hui Muslim minority over government plans to raze a mosque. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)
August 30, 2018 - 5:01 am
BEIJING (AP) — A rare public protest by thousands of Hui Muslims this month was caused by local officials' recklessness, Chinese authorities said Thursday, without settling concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed. The governor of the region of Ningxia and a regional...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2009, file photo, Chinese paramilitary police practice during a break from patrol in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province. A group of U.S. lawmakers has urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans on Chinese officials and companies allegedly tied to a stifling security crackdown and the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in a far western region. The lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging the government to apply sanctions to address the "ongoing human rights crisis" in the region of Xinjiang, in the latest sign that the detentions are raising concerns among Western leaders and governments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
August 30, 2018 - 1:03 am
BEIJING (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers has urged President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans on Chinese officials and companies allegedly tied to a stifling security crackdown and the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in a...
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August 28, 2018 - 1:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, wants to do away with a provision in the federal tax code that bars religious organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained audio of an Aug...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Myanmar’s powerful military chief is among 20 individuals and organizations that Facebook says it is banning from its site in order to “prevent the spread of hate and misinformation." The action Monday comes after the social media giant was criticized for being used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against Rohingya Muslims. Some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes in western Myanmar over the past year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 27, 2018 - 5:40 pm
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Facebook said Monday that it is banning Myanmar's powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation. The social media giant was heavily criticized for permitting itself to be used to inflame...
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