Religion and politics

In this Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 photo, a worshiper holds a rosary at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, outskirts of Madrid, Spain. After a tortuous judicial and public relations battle, Spain's Socialist government has announced that Gen. Francisco Franco's embalmed body will be relocated from a controversial shrine to a small public cemetery where the former dictator's remains will lie along his deceased wife. (AP Photo/Alfonso Ruiz)
October 21, 2019 - 1:22 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government says it will exhume and relocate the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on Thursday, bringing closer to an end a move that has sparked much criticism and legal battles. The government received court clearance last month to take the remains from the...
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, smiles as he speaks to the media upon arrival after his inauguration for his second term, at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Widodo, who rose from poverty and pledged to champion democracy, fight entrenched corruption and modernize the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with a pledge to take bolder actions. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
October 20, 2019 - 9:35 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, right, listens as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks during an announcement of the start of the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force, in Baltimore. Mosby is not the only Baltimore resident who relied on Cummings for advice. The congressman and civil rights advocate, who died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at 68, mentored countless young people, faith leaders, activists, politicians and others throughout the years. (Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
October 18, 2019 - 4:50 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a black man in police custody. She called Rep. Elijah Cummings, her trusted adviser and friend. After that call in May 2015...
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FILE - This Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing a proposed ban on conversion therapy in Utah, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar rule under consideration. The church said in a statement posted Tuesday night, Oct. 15, 2019, that the regulatory rule prohibiting Utah psychologists from engaging in LBGTQ conversion therapy with minors would fail to safeguard "religious beliefs" and doesn't account for "important realities of gender identity in the development of children." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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October 16, 2019 - 2:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed conversion therapy ban in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under consideration...
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Tunisian law professor Kais Saied prepares to kiss the national flag Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 in Tunis. Kais Saied looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
October 13, 2019 - 5:04 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, copies of the book on the governance of Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed with booklets promoting Xinjiang during a news conference by Shohrat Zakir, chairman of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, at the State Council Information Office in Beijing. The Trump administration is slapping travel bans on Chinese officials involved in a massive crackdown against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in its west. The State Department says it won’t issue visas to Chinese government and communist party officials believed to be responsible for or complicit in mass detentions and abuses in western Xinjiang province. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 08, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped travel bans on Chinese officials involved in a massive crackdown against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in its west. The State Department said it would not issue visas to Chinese government and Communist Party officials believed to...
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FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, shows the iFlytek Easy Trans 2.0 Portable Smart Electronic Voice Language Translator device, a 2-way electronic pocket voice translator for a variety of languages, on display at CES International in Las Vegas. The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology, including iFlytek, that the U.S. says is being used to repress China’s Muslim minority groups. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
October 07, 2019 - 9:56 pm
The United States is blacklisting a group of Chinese tech companies that develop facial recognition and other artificial intelligence technology that the U.S. says is being used to repress China's Muslim minority groups. A move Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department puts the companies on a so-...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena smiles during an interview with the Associated Press at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sirisena has opted not to seek a second term, as officials began accepting nominations Monday for next month’s election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
October 07, 2019 - 9:02 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to seek reelection next month after failing to fulfill many of the promises of his first term. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for the Nov. 16 election, with former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa...
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Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, answers questions during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Achiume criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban, saying it "does more harm than good", women who wear Islamic face-covering veils report suffering more harassment since the law went into force. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
October 07, 2019 - 12:04 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. racism rapporteur has criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban as doing "more harm than good." Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the U.N. Human Rights Council, said Monday that the small number of women who wear face-covering Islamic veils reported...
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Election officials start counting marked ballots after polling stations closed during a parliamentary election in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Tunisians were electing a new parliament Sunday amid a tumultuous political season, with a moderate Islamist party and a jailed tycoon's populist movement vying to come out on top of a crowded field. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
October 06, 2019 - 3:54 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's moderate Islamist party appeared to be heading for victory in parliamentary elections, according to polling agencies, though the rival party of a jailed populist tycoon also claimed to come out on top of Sunday's voting. The election is seen as important for the...
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