Religion and politics

The grandmother of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who died after he was shot in the chest at a barricade during an attack by the police and paramilitary forces, cries during his burial in Masaya, Nicaragua, Monday, July 16, 2018. Tensions in Nicaragua erupted this spring after the government announced cuts to social security but then widened into a call for President Daniel Ortega to leave power. The crisis has left around 270 dead and more than 2,000 wounded as forces loyal to the government crack down on opponents. (AP Photo/Cristobal Venegas)
July 16, 2018 - 7:38 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old...
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July 16, 2018 - 2:32 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed a draft bill that could immune senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence following the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The draft bill, which gained legislators' approval on Monday, gives President...
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July 16, 2018 - 9:00 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli parliamentary committee deliberated Monday on the final draft of a contentious legislation that would define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The government says the bill will merely enshrine into law the country's existing character. But critics say it...
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In this Sept. 22, 2009 file photo, a police officer, top right, watches migrants in the camp known as the "Jungle" in Calais, northern France. President Donald Trump's recent lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe is echoing rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through transformative demographic changes that makes some of the white majority uncomfortable. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, file)
July 14, 2018 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white...
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A para military soldier checks identity card of a driver enters in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, July 13, 2018. Disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter to the federal capital of Islamabad when he returns Friday to Pakistan from London to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
July 13, 2018 - 1:01 pm
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attack in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed 70 people, including a candidate, in southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday ahead of the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to Pakistan. Sharif returned late Friday...
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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Taeko Bufford, left, and Diane Cervelli pose for a photo near Waikiki beach in Honolulu. A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated against a couple by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. The Hawaii Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, rejected Phyllis Young’s appeal of a lower court ruling that ordered her to stop discriminating against same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
July 11, 2018 - 6:25 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated by denying a room to two women because they're gay will stand after the state's high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away...
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The Supreme Court is seen Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump is expected to announce his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Monday evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 09, 2018 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Supreme Court justice will join the bench at a time when the public has relatively more confidence in the high court than in Congress or the presidency. A Gallup survey in June found 37 percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the court,...
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A police officer looks on as a crowd enters the Delimart supermarket complex, which had been burned during two days of protests against a planned hike in fuel prices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 8, 2018. Government officials had agreed to reduce subsidies for fuel as part of an assistance package with the International Monetary Fund, but the government suspended the fuel hike after widespread violence broke out. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
July 08, 2018 - 3:01 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Latest on disturbances in Haiti (all times local): 3 p.m. Church groups and volunteers from several U.S. states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices have led to canceled flights. Volunteers from churches in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, police patrol outside Iran's parliament building after an assault by several attackers that was claimed by the Islamic State group, in Tehran, Iran. Iran said Saturday, July 7, 2018, it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
July 07, 2018 - 5:19 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran executed eight men convicted over the 2017 Islamic State attack on parliament and the shrine of the Islamic Republic's founding ayatollah, the bloodiest terror attack to strike Tehran in decades, authorities said Saturday. The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only...
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Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Pope Francis has lamented intensified attacks in southern Syria, asking that people be spared more suffering. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
July 05, 2018 - 7:41 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis will have two ecumenical meetings during his trip to the Baltics in September. The Vatican on Thursday released details about the previously announced Sept. 22-25 pilgrimage. In Lithuania, where Catholics are the majority, the pope will visit a...
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