Religion and politics

FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh from Nov. 27, 2017 with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as the only hope for democracy. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP, File)
November 24, 2017 - 8:41 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh with the international community excoriating Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" but his own church resisting the label and defending Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the only hope for democracy...
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The motorcade for President Donald Trump is seen, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Trump is en route to his Trump National Golf Club, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
November 24, 2017 - 5:59 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump says he turned down an interview and photo shoot for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. In a Friday evening tweet, Trump says the magazine informed him he was "probably" going to...
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November 24, 2017 - 2:02 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reports that the country's health minister, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, is resigning over railway infrastructure work taking place on the Sabbath, when all labor is prohibited according to Jewish law. Channel...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2017 file photo, women cry during the funeral for those killed in a Palm Sunday church attack in Alexandria Egypt, at the Mar Amina church. Egypt has been battling an insurgency in the Sinai led by an affiliate of the Islamic State group that intensified after the military’s 2013 ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power. Hundreds have been killed in what has become a grinding stalemate in Sinai. The militants have expanded their attacks to other parts of Egypt, carrying out deadly bombings of churches to terrorize the Christian minority and deadly gunbattles with security forces. (AP Photo/Samer Abdallah, File)
November 24, 2017 - 12:14 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt was hit by its deadliest ever militant attack on Friday, when gunmen opened fire and set off explosives at a mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing more than 200 people. Egypt has been battling an insurgency in the Sinai led by an affiliate of the Islamic State group...
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November 22, 2017 - 3:55 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Susan Anderson, Elon University (THE CONVERSATION) The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks during a campaign stop in Troy, Ala. The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad. The ad by Jones features statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby and Ivanka Trump responding to allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. (Aly Grice/Troy Messenger via AP, File)
November 22, 2017 - 3:55 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as "soft on crime" is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph. Trump has given Republican Roy Moore a near endorsement in Alabama's Senate race, saying Moore "...
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November 22, 2017 - 2:52 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 22 Los Angeles Times on the Thanksgiving turkey: Observing an annual pre-Thanksgiving rite, President Trump pardoned two big white fluffy turkeys Tuesday in a photo op at the White House. (Named Drumstick and Wishbone, the...
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November 22, 2017 - 9:32 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina parishes that left The Episcopal Church want the nation's highest court to reverse a state court ruling. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the conservative Diocese of South Carolina on Tuesday said it would petition the U.S. Supreme Court, in hopes of...
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Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
November 22, 2017 - 9:23 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added in a private meeting with Myanmar's military chief during his upcoming trip to the region in an indication that the Vatican views the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as a military operation distinct from the will of the civilian government of Nobel laureate...
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November 22, 2017 - 7:29 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government is preparing to extradite to the United States a recently arrested Filipino Catholic priest who faces charges of sexually molesting two boys in North Dakota churches in the 1990s, an official said Wednesday. Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras said...
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