Religious issues

FILE- In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Attorney Letitia James smiles during an inauguration ceremony in New York. Newly inaugurated state attorneys general, like James, said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
January 18, 2019 - 11:14 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. At least 14 attorneys general around the country have...
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FIEL - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, ailing radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, center, arrives for medical treatment at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia. A lawyer for the ailing radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers said Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, the Indonesian government will release him from prison next week. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)
January 18, 2019 - 4:30 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence. The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir's imminent release came during...
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Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also scheduled to attend the service, but cancelled. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 17, 2019 - 5:30 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts." Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as...
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In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, photo, a thick layer of dust is seen over the tent city set up for the spiritual-cleansing Kumbh Festival in Prayagraj, India. The skies over the confluence of sacred rivers in north India where millions of Hindu priests and pilgrims have come to wash away their sins for the Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, that begins this week are thick with toxic dust, a sign that Indian government officials are struggling to grapple with India's worsening air pollution. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
January 14, 2019 - 8:51 pm
PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to...
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January 14, 2019 - 3:39 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store in November has been charged with sexually assaulting another woman two months earlier. Thomas Bruce was charged Monday with kidnapping, sexual abuse and other...
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People hold lit candles in a memorial march for Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. People in Poland are gathering for solemn vigils to honor Gdansk Mayor, 53-year-old Pawel Adamowicz. who died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraising event the night before. There were vigils in Warsaw and other cities across a nation shocked by the assassination. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
January 14, 2019 - 2:25 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the stabbing of a Polish mayor (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The president of the World Jewish Congress says the fatal stabbing in Poland of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was an attack "on the very value of tolerance." In a statement issued in New York on Monday,...
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January 14, 2019 - 12:07 pm
HAIFA, Israel (AP) — An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority. Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture, entitled "McJesus," demonstrated at the museum in the northern city of Haifa last week...
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Hindu devotees march in a procession to participate in spiritual-cleansing baths in the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati at the Kumbh Festival, in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splurging on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
January 14, 2019 - 4:42 am
PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year. Both the central government in New Delhi and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. A lawyer says the key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 12, 2019 - 12:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic...
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January 11, 2019 - 9:59 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor said Friday that he won't seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store. Wesley Bell, who took over as St. Louis County prosecutor this month, told The Associated...
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