Religious issues

National Institute of Technology (NIT) students who left Srinagar, Kashmir's main city arrive to board a train to leave for their respective homes from a railway station in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Thousands of Indian students and visitors were fleeing Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend after the government ordered tourists and Hindu pilgrims visiting a Himalayan cave shrine "to curtail their stay" in the disputed territory, citing security concerns. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
August 04, 2019 - 3:15 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir imposed an indefinite security lockdown midnight as tensions soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region following India's massive troop buildup and ordering...
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Pope Francis prays for the dead and injured of the three U.S. mass shootings, during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Francis told a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus blessing Sunday that ''I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, striking defenseless people.'' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 04, 2019 - 8:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a new letter to priests worldwide offering encouragement in light of the global sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. In a nearly 5,000-word letter sent on the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, the pope on...
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The American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson visits the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Rev. Jesse Jackson gathered Friday with survivors at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate an often forgotten genocide — that of the Roma people. In addition to the 6 million Jews killed in camps such as Auschwitz, the Nazis killed other minorities during World War II, including between 250,000 and 500,000 Roma and Sinti. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 02, 2019 - 7:05 am
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — American civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed and mourned at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday as he joined survivors paying homage to an often forgotten genocide — that of the Roma people — on a key 75th anniversary. In addition to the 6 million Jews killed in...
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FILE - This April 27, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The penalty phase in a copyright infringement trial will begin Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Los Angeles and will determine how much Perry and other creators of her hit song “Dark Horse” will owe for improperly copying elements of a 2009 Christian rap song. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
August 01, 2019 - 8:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once...
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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
August 01, 2019 - 6:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit from a Christian rapper whose song a jury found was copied for Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A jury has found that Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark...
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FILE - In this Monday Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, a woman wearing a full-face veil known as niqab, pushes a baby stroller on snow-covered streets in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A new Dutch law has come into force Thursday Aug. 1, 2019, banning face-covering clothing — including the burqa and niqab worn by conservative Muslim women — on public transport, in government buildings and at health and education institutions (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
August 01, 2019 - 6:10 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A new Dutch law took effect Thursday banning face-covering clothing — including the burqa and niqab worn by conservative Muslim women — on public transportation, in government buildings and at health and education institutions. The Netherlands, long seen as a bastion...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. Search warrants released Wednesday, July 31, 2019, give the clearest indication yet that the New Zealand attacks on mosques inspired the San Diego man to open fire during a Passover service at a California synagogue in April, killing one woman and injuring three others. A judge ordered the release of the warrants that authorities obtained to search the home, vehicle and online activity of Earnest, who has pled not guilty to federal and state charges. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
July 31, 2019 - 6:27 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four days after a man killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand, court documents show a San Diego college student expressed regret in a text message that he missed watching the livestream video of the attack and praised the shooter's writings as "spot on with everything," and...
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Maria Chavalan-Sut of Guatemala speaks during an interview at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Chavalan-Sut is among a number of immigrants taking sanctuary at houses of worship who have received letters from immigration authorities threatening them with huge fines under the latest tactic from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
July 30, 2019 - 8:52 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Devotional candles to St. Jude, the Holy Trinity and the Virgin of Guadalupe sit on a bookshelf by the door of a classroom in a United Methodist church. A sewing machine is a few feet away between a bed and a set of wicker furniture. In a corner, an electric skillet...
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FILE - This April 27, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The penalty phase in a copyright infringement trial will begin Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Los Angeles and will determine how much Perry and other creators of her hit song “Dark Horse” will owe for improperly copying elements of a 2009 Christian rap song. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 1:50 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a jury's verdict that Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied elements of a 2009 Christian rap song (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Attorneys for the creators of a Christian rap song that a jury says was improperly copied in Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse" say...
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Copies of the book on the governance of Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed with booklets promoting Xinjiang during a press conference by Shohrat Zakir, chairman of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The governor of China's far-northwestern region of Xinjiang is defending controversial re-education centers in the region as an effective deterrent against terrorism and religious extremism. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
July 30, 2019 - 10:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — Officials from China's northwestern Xinjiang region said Tuesday that most of the people who were in the area's controversial re-education centers have since left the facilities and signed "work contracts" with local companies — claims that conflict with testimonies from Uighurs and...
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