Religion and politics

Owners of The Black Italian restaurant and catering service, Paula Hunter, left, and her husband Anthony Hunter in their empty restaurant in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The Hunter's spun off their catering service into a restaurant but now, hit with a recent statewide order closing restaurants to indoor dining until mid-December, the couple is hoping for another round of federal aid to hang on until vaccines can conquer the virus. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
December 04, 2020 - 5:56 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paula and Anthony Hunter spun off their catering service into a restaurant serving Italian food with a “touch of soul” right before the coronavirus hit. Soon, both Louisville businesses slammed to a halt, and the couple relied on federal relief to help stay afloat. They...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14., 2020, file photo supporters of President Donald Trump attend pro-Trump marches outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 03, 2020 - 10:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower federal court to reexamine California restrictions on indoor religious services in areas hard hit by the coronavirus in light of the justices' recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York. The high court's unsigned...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 28, 2020 - 9:02 am
As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their...
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FILE- In this March 28, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, speaks with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Yogi Adityanath during an election campaign rally in Meerut, India. India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages. The party describes such marriages as “love jihad,” an unproven conspiracy theory used by its leaders and Hindu hard-line groups to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
November 25, 2020 - 2:34 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed...
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Bodies of people killed in a explosion lie in a hospital morgue in Bamyan province, northwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has exploded in central Afghanistan, killing and injuring tens of people. The attack Tuesday comes as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to find an end to decades of war. (AP Photo)
November 24, 2020 - 11:32 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to try to end decades of war. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said 45...
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A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)
November 23, 2020 - 10:55 pm
BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It...
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Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)
November 23, 2020 - 10:51 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us Dream,”...
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People line up to vote in Burkina Faso's presidential and legislative elections in Ouagadougou Sunday Nov. 22, 2020. Voters went to the polls in Burkina Faso on Sunday for the elections that have been marred by ongoing extremist violence in this landlocked West African nation. (AP Photo/Sophie Garcia)
November 22, 2020 - 12:14 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Fears of attacks by extremists prevented voting in many parts of Burkina Faso on Sunday, as the country went to the polls for presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Election and local...
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People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a record for the third day straight, Saturday. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)
November 21, 2020 - 10:24 pm
TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of the harder hit nations. But fears are...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1995. file photo, a line of Bosnian government troops makes its way to the front-line near Mrkonjic Grad 120kms (80mls) north west of Sarajevo, Bosnia. While it brought an end to the fighting, the Dayton peace agreement baked in the ethnic divisions, establishing a complicated and fragmented state structure with two semi-autonomous entities, Serb-run Republika Srpska and a Federation shared by Bosniak and Croats, linked by weak joint institutions. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
November 20, 2020 - 10:31 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — As their ethnic leaders gathered around a table outside Dayton, Ohio, to initial a U.S.-brokered peace deal a quarter-century ago, Edisa Sehic and Janko Samoukovic still were enemies in a war in Bosnia that killed over 100,000 people. But the two, one an ethnic...
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