Religious issues

FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions is taking effect immediately. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups...
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July 13, 2019 - 2:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at his official residence after announcing his government not to appeal against damages ruling in leprosy suit, in Tokyo Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan says it will not challenge the recent court ruling awarding damages to former leprosy patients' families for their suffering from discrimination caused by the government's failure to end its isolation policy. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
July 09, 2019 - 8:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that the government will abide by a court ruling ordering it to compensate former leprosy patients' families over a lengthy segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government...
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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, Liao Qiang, right, and his daughter Ren Ruiting speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a church in Taipei, Taiwan. Liao arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. They plan to seek asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 08, 2019 - 7:29 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after...
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FILE - In this Jan.4, 2018 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, greets Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year address to diplomats at the Elysee Palace in Paris. France's foreign ministry says that the Vatican has decided to lift the immunity of its ambassador in France Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who is accused of sexual assault. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP, File)
July 08, 2019 - 11:56 am
PARIS (AP) — France's foreign ministry says the Vatican has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador in France, who is accused of sexual assault. About a half-dozen men have accused Archbishop Luigi Ventura of groping them. One of the accusers, Mathieu De La Souchere filed a police...
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July 08, 2019 - 10:04 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary has embraced a new report that concludes Christians frequently endure the heaviest burden of persecution globally, arguing that it should be labeled as "Christophobia." Jeremy Hunt backed the report by Right Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the bishop of Truro...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2019 - 7:05 am
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The...
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In this image made from video taken on Saturday, July 6, 2019, by North Korean Uriminzokkiri state-run website, shows the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea, Choe In-guk giving a statement to media as he arrived in the North to permanently resettle. Choe, the son of a former South Korean foreign minister, said he's over 70 years old and that he decided to live in North Korea for the rest of his life because it was his parents' "dying wishes" for him to "follow" North Korea and work for its unification with South Korea, according to a written statement published on the website. (Uriminzokkiri via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 5:56 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-...
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In this June 9, 2019 photo, Father Eduard Perrone conducts a choir during mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin March Parish in Detroit. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday, July 7 that it has removed Perrone from public ministry after receiving what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had abused a child decades ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 07, 2019 - 2:37 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had sexually abused a child decades ago. The Rev. Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry Friday, a...
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In this June 23, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, left, bow their heads in prayer during a town hall community meeting at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. Several Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly connecting their faith to their agendas, making a values-based appeal to religious swing voters who will be critical in next year’s election after white evangelicals broke heavily for President Donald Trump. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
July 07, 2019 - 2:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who...
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