Religion and politics

Cinema-goers buy tickets to watch a film at a local cinema in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Pakistan's government has postponed its decision on whether to lift a ban on a movie that had offended hard-line Islamists in this Muslim-majority country, after asking a high council of clerics to weigh in on the film. The Islamists had raised allegations of blasphemy over the film, "Zindagi Tamasha,” or “Circus of Life," by Pakistani director Sarmad Khosat, which was to be released in late January. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
February 03, 2020 - 6:40 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government on Monday postponed its decision on whether to lift a ban on a movie that had offended hard-line Islamists in this Muslim-majority country, after asking a high council of clerics to weigh in on the film. The Islamists had raised allegations of blasphemy over...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security screening standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will face new restrictions in obtaining certain visas to come to the United States. But it is not a total travel ban, unlike President Donald Trump’s earlier effort that generated outrage around the world for unfairly targeting Muslims. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Associated Press
January 31, 2020 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar,...
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Survivors carry a wreath at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Associated Press
January 27, 2020 - 4:27 am
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today. In all, more than 200...
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U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Associated Press
January 22, 2020 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it's not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban. Seven additional nations were listed in a draft of the proposed restrictions...
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This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)
Associated Press
January 18, 2020 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship...
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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a roundtable discussion on school choice with Arizona community leaders, educators, parents and students Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. DeVos talked about her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private and charter school students, prior to addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Associated Press
January 16, 2020 - 2:49 pm
In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump took steps Thursday to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs and he reaffirmed students' rights to pray in public schools. Under orders from Trump, nine Cabinet departments proposed rules intended to remove “...
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This undated photo provided by Matt Pacenza shows a license plate on a vehicle. Utah lawmakers want to know how a license plate with the phrase "DEPORTM" got approved despite state rules against expressing contempt for any race, religion or political opinion on vanity plates. (Matt Pacenza via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 1:10 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers want to know how a license plate with the phrase “DEPORTM” got approved despite state rules against expressing contempt for any race, religion or political opinion on vanity plates. While people have the right to freedom of speech, the messages that appear on...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)
Associated Press
January 11, 2020 - 12:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations. A document outlining the plans — timed...
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Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
Associated Press
January 05, 2020 - 9:25 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group says America's military in the Middle East region, including U.S. bases, warships and soldiers are fair targets following the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general. Hassan Nasrallah says...
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ADDS CONTEXT ABOUT ANTI-SEMITIC EVENTS IN NEW YORK AND THE SURROUNDING SUBURBS - In this Dec. 30, 2019, photo, Jewish girls walk to a bus in the Crown Heights neighborhood of New York, for a trip to Monsey, N.Y. Monsey Trails commuter bus company offers daily service between Monsey, N.Y., and the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The expansion of Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City's suburbs has led to sparring over new housing development and flare-ups of rhetoric that some say is cloaked anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Associated Press
January 02, 2020 - 8:15 pm
MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — For years, ultra-Orthodox Jewish families priced out of increasingly expensive Brooklyn neighborhoods have been turning to the suburbs, where they have taken advantage of open space and cheaper housing to establish modern-day versions of the European shtetls where their...
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