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2014-10-02

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British Muslim girls: 'We’re sick to death of these 'jihadi brides’ going to Syria – it’s disgusting'
As a 15-year-old schoolgirl leaves the UK to join the Islamic State in Syria, Radhika Sanghani speaks to the young British Muslim women who can't comprehend what their 'sisters' are doing
 
2014-10-02

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Student 'intimidated' into standing for Pledge of Allegiance gets apology
Compelling an atheist high school student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance against his will was a mistake rooted in ignorance of his 1st Amendment protections, a misperception that apparently existed throughout the Oak Park Unified School District, the superintendent said.
 
2014-10-02

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Can atheists be elected?
Candidates often feel pressure to feign religiosity. But it's time that changed.
 
2014-10-02

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Dewey Hill cross challenged
A national civil rights group is casting a wide net in an effort to have the cross on Dewey Hill become a thing of the past.
 
2014-09-29

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Pope revisits 'punishing' rules on Catholic divorce
Millions of devotees remain banned from receiving communion – but meeting of bishops raises hopes of ban being loosened
 
2014-09-29

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Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists
A radical monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims in Myanmar has announced a partnership with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion.
 
2014-09-29

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Drug use will spread if religion classes not required, says Erdoğan
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling that urged Turkey to remove compulsory religion courses, calling it “wrong” and saying drug use, violence and racism will spread if these classes are done away with.
 
2014-09-29

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Sunday Assembly, or 'Atheist Church,' Debuts in Mpls.
The state's version of Sunday Assembly, a gathering of atheists, kicked off Sunday in Minneapolis. They have the music, the sermons, and the faithful. What you won't find at "Atheist Church" is religion. Media began calling it "Atheist Church," and the group is running with it in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way.
 
2014-09-26

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US man shot after beheading colleague
A worker who had recently tried to convert colleagues to Islam beheaded one of them in a knife rampage after being dismissed from his job in Oklahoma state, according to US police. [The attacker] appeared to have chosen his victims at random, police said of Thursday's incident, and there was no immediate indication of a link with terrorism.
 
2014-09-26

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Pakistan policeman wounds British man jailed for blasphemy
Pakistani policeman on Thursday shot and wounded a 70-year-old British man with a history of mental illness in the jail where he is on death row for blasphemy, his lawyers said. An activist said a Christian pastor accused of the same offence was killed in the attack, but the pastor's sister said on Friday this was not true and that the police had got their facts wrong.
 
2014-09-26

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Flight delayed by ultra-orthodox Jewish men refusing to sit next to women
A flight from New York to Tel-Aviv descended into an “11-hour long nightmare” after ultra-orthodox Jewish passengers on board refused to sit next to women, delaying take-off and causing further disruption during the flight.
 
2014-09-26

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No religion one’s right, says Bombay High Court
The Bombay high court has upheld a citizen’s right to claim of “no religion” and asked the government to notify a person’s wish to disown his or her religion.
 
2014-09-26

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Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space
Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.
 
2014-09-24

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Germany Raids Homes of Suspected Militants for Helping Islamic State
German police on Tuesday searched the homes of seven suspected Islamic extremists for allegedly funneling vehicles to the Sunni militant group Islamic State, in the latest action highlighting the extensive European support network for fighters in Syria and Iraq.
 
2014-09-24

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Melbourne terror shooting: Numan Haider 'planned to behead Victoria Police officers, drape bodies in IS flag'
Numan Haider used a small knife to attack an Australian Federal Police officer and a Victorian policeman before he was shot dead with a single shot. When Haider was searched he was found to be carrying a larger knife and an Islamic State flag. Police believe the plan was to follow instructions from the international terror group Islamic State and behead the officers, cover the bodies in the flag and then take photos to post via the internet.
 
2014-09-24

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Horror and Terror in Nigeria
Like the Islamic State group, Boko Haram is wielding a violent brand of Islam.
 
2014-09-24

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New York politicians criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses
New York City politicians and religious leaders on Tuesday criticized a series of anti-Islam advertisements due to appear on 100 city buses, with many critics calling for the campaign to be blocked.
 
2014-09-24

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Atheist-led city council invocation in Huntsville this week could be a first for Alabama
An atheist-led invocation at Thursday's Huntsville City Council meeting appears to be a first for a government body in Alabama. But it's an increasingly common sight in other parts of the country.
 
2014-09-24

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'I'm an Atheist': Stephen Hawking on God and Space Travel
World-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says flat-out that he doesn't believe in God, but he does believe that space travel offers the best hope for our species' immortality.
 
2014-09-21

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Pope Francis rebukes religious militants during visit to Albania
During a trip to the mostly Muslim nation of Albania, Pope Francis rebuked militants who act in the name of religion, saying no one can act as the "armor of God."
 
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