Religion

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a ceremony at Imam Khomeini International Airport some 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. President Rouhani says his country is not seeking to wage war against any nation while at the same time stressing that it will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
June 25, 2019 - 7:37 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 4:35 p.m. France has reiterated its call for de-escalation and dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, as world leaders prepare for the Group of 20 summit. Government...
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In this picture released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting at his residence in Tehran, Iran. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday, June 24, 2019, targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
June 25, 2019 - 6:20 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the "permanent closure" for diplomacy between the two nations. Iran's president described the White House as "afflicted by...
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Archbishop Elpidophoros stands at his throne on the altar inside the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity during his enthronement ceremony as the new archbishop for America, Saturday June 22, 2019, in New York. Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, 61, a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in Greece, was enthroned as archbishop in an elaborate ceremony. Many Greek Americans from across the U.S. came to New York for the event. (AP Photo/Julius Motal)
June 22, 2019 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks...
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Naason Joaquin Garcia appears in court in Los Angels on Monday, June 10, 2019. Prosecutors in a case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and two followers charged with child rape and human trafficking said they have "significant concerns" the church's followers could harass or intimidate victims and potential witnesses. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
June 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the church's...
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June 21, 2019 - 5:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe reported that 395 people filed...
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Water department work crews work on the lines around the Legacy International Worship Center church Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Federal authorities have arrested a Syrian man they say planned to bomb the church to inspire followers of the Islamic State. Mustafa Mousab Aloweme, 21, a Pittsburgh resident, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive device or weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
June 21, 2019 - 3:12 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A young Syrian refugee was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial on charges he plotted to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, who came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2016, was arrested Wednesday while...
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June 21, 2019 - 11:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during an event to mark International Yoga Day in Ranchi, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, Friday, June 21, 2019. Yoga enthusiasts across the world Friday took part in mass yoga events to mark International Yoga Day. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar)
June 21, 2019 - 4:43 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — If China has panda diplomacy, India has yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power in 2014. Since then, just as China under President Xi Jinping has given countries pandas for...
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Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 20, 2019 - 9:28 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala's congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country's legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause...
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June 20, 2019 - 2:00 pm
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters have tried to storm the parliament building in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and are calling for the government's resignation. The unrest was sparked by the appearance Thursday of Russian legislator Sergei Gavrilov in the building as part of an...
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