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2016-06-23

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Twitter Trolls Are Reporting Pro-LGBT Muslim Women to Their Governments, Where Punishment Can Mean Death
A band of Twitter trolls alleging to be from the Middle East spent Sunday and Monday repeatedly reporting “atheist” and pro-LGBT girls and women to the local authorities in places where blasphemy laws allow for punishments as severe as death.
 
2016-06-23

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Obama's health advisors reject 'right of conscience' challenge to California's required abortion coverage
The Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a “right of conscience” complaint from anti-abortion groups in California who objected to the state’s requirement that health insurance plans include coverage for elective abortions.
 
2016-06-23

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Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh, Hindu communities flee new abuses
Once a thriving minority, only a handful of Sikh and Hindu families remain. Many have chosen to flee the country of their birth, blaming growing discrimination and intolerance.
 
2016-06-23

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Muslim voter registration up, group says
More than 300,000 Muslims have registered to vote since the 2012 presidential election, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of the country's largest Muslim advocacy organizations.
 
2016-06-21

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Pakistani man charged with blasphemy over shoes with Hindu symbol
Pakistani police arrested a man under the majority-Muslim country's strict blasphemy laws on Monday for selling shoes with a sacred Hindu symbol, police and Hindu leaders said.
 
2016-06-21

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Church with pastor who praised Orlando massacre asked to move
The property manager of Verity Baptist Church asked the organization to leave the Northgate Business Park due to comments made by one of their pastors praising the Orlando massacre.
 
2016-06-16

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Nigeria: Christian Students Don Church Robes to Protest Hijab Ruling
The demonstration followed a ruling by the state’s high court that permitted female Muslim students to wear the hijab at public primary and secondary schools.
 
2016-06-16

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Hindu teacher assaulted in latest attack on Bangladesh minorities
A Hindu college teacher was seriously injured on Wednesday when he was assaulted by suspected Islamists, police said, the latest in a string of attacks on minority members and liberal activists in the mainly Muslim nation.
 
2016-06-16

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4 Mormon missionaries relocated after trying to baptize boys without parental consent
Four Mormon missionaries serving in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have been reassigned elsewhere in the country after trying to baptize three boys without their parents' approval. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not allow teaching or baptism of minors without permission of a parent or legal guardian.
 
2016-06-16

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Paul Ryan: Trump's Muslim Ban Not Reflective Of GOP And U.S. Principles
House Speaker Paul Ryan may still be backing the candidacy of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but the two top-tier Republicans continue to butt heads over Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.
 
2016-06-16

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Orthodox Churches’ Council, Centuries in Making, Falters as Russia Exits
After 55 years of preparation, a landmark effort to promote unity among the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians turned into a showcase of disarray on Tuesday after the Russian church, the biggest of 14 Orthodox jurisdictions, announced that it would not take part in a historic conclave of church leaders scheduled to start this weekend.
 
2016-06-14

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French jihadist police killer 'obeyed Islamic State order'
The man who killed a French police couple at their home near Paris was acting on an order from so-called Islamic State (IS) to "kill infidels", officials say.
 
2016-06-13

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Qatar convicts Dutch woman held 'after being raped'
A court in Qatar has convicted a Dutch woman of having sex outside marriage after she told police she was raped.
 
2016-06-13

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Gunman who killed 49 in Orlando nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS
A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State opened fire inside a crowded gay bar and dance club [in Orlando] early Sunday, leaving 49 people dead and 53 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, authorities said.
 
2016-06-13

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Muslim leaders condemn Orlando nightclub shooting
National Muslim leaders held a Sunday afternoon news conference in Washington, D.C. to condemn the early morning mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub and to offer condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured.
 
2016-06-13

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Trump: Orlando massacre proof of need for Muslim ban
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has expanded on his comments about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people, saying it's justification for his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the United States.
 
2016-06-13

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Thousands arrested in Bangladeshi crackdown after attacks on minorities
Police in Bangladesh have said more than 5,000 people, including 85 suspected Islamist radicals, have been arrested in recent days as they try to stop a wave of attacks on minorities and activists. At least 18 people, including atheist bloggers, foreign aid workers and religious minorities, have died in attacks in Bangladesh over the past two years.
 
2016-06-13

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Muslims See Anti-Mosque Bias in Landmarking Decision
It's a refrain that's been heard around the country, from Muslims who say they have faced all kinds of zoning and other obstacles as they've tried to build or expand mosques.
 
2016-06-08

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Catholic schools' parents outraged at church's letter against child sex crime reform
Efforts by the Catholic church to defeat a child sex crime bill ahead of a Senate hearing next week continued on Tuesday to fuel outrage among the faithful.
 
2016-06-05

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Christian murdered in latest Bangladesh attack
Bangladesh is reeling from a wave of murders of secular and liberal activists, and religious minorities, that have left more than 40 people dead in three years. Authorities have blamed homegrown Islamists for the attacks, which have spiked in recent weeks, rejecting claims of responsibility from Isis and a South Asia branch of al-Qaida.
 
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