Religion and politics

February 21, 2018 - 2:08 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's public schools chief says faith-based mentors can play an important role in children's lives. But in a video released Wednesday, Education Superintendent Molly Spearman only mentions the positive influence of sharing the Christian faith with the state's public...
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February 21, 2018 - 1:50 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician. The state-run MENA agency quoted an unnamed security official on Wednesday as saying the farmland in the Nile Delta...
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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds his hand out to take an oath as he is named the presidential candidate for the MORENA political party in Mexico City, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. On Sunday, Mexico's three major political parties are nominating their presidential candidates for the July 1 election. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
February 21, 2018 - 1:35 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Religion has been the electrified "third rail" of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died. But this week, front-running presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador not only brushed that third...
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February 21, 2018 - 1:13 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David Mislin, Temple University (THE CONVERSATION) On Feb. 21, Billy Graham, the evangelical Christian minister who was widely regarded as “America’s pastor,” died at the age of 99...
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In this May 28, 2012, file photo, human rights activist Nabeel Rajab gestures as he leaves a police station in Manama, Bahrain. A court in Bahrain sentenced Rajab to five years in prison over a series of tweets on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. The image on the building behind him shows, clockwise from top, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
February 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial. Nabeel Rajab's...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2012 file photo, a campaign worker for then presidential candidate Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh walks in front of his poster at his head quarters office in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian officials said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, that Abul Fetouh, a senior Islamist leader detained Wednesday over alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, has been referred to state security prosecutors for questioning. Abul Fetouh was a longtime Brotherhood member, but quit the group in 2011 to run for president in the 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
February 20, 2018 - 11:19 am
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. The South Cairo Criminal Court added Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh and 15 others to the list, which includes deposed President...
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FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2017 file photo, a Rohingya woman living in no man's land washes a pot from a stream near Cox's Bazar's Tumbru area, while smoke rises from fires across the border in Myanmar. A Bangladeshi official says Myanmar has agreed to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
February 20, 2018 - 8:28 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh on Tuesday to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if...
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File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population in 2017, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth should surge even more during the Trump presidency. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 19, 2018 - 8:33 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said...
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February 19, 2018 - 3:59 am
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — A weekend fire at the sprawling Jokhang monastery in Tibet did not affect the main chapel at the 1,300-year-old religious site, considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile said Monday. The main Jokhang chapel houses many...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017, file photo, opposition leader Imran Khan of the Pakistan Taherik-e-Insaf party waves to supporters during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan. Khan’s party announced Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 that Pakistani cricket legend turned politician Khan has married a faith healer, ending rumors that he was considering a third marriage after divorcing two wives. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
February 19, 2018 - 2:38 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time by marrying a faith healer, his party announced on Monday. The nuptials ended rumors that had been swirling for months about Khan considering a third marriage, after having been divorced...
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