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2017-04-23

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Could a student's death change Pakistan's blasphemy laws?
The brutal mob killing of a university student who was accused of committing blasphemy has caused outrage in Pakistan.
 
2017-04-21

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Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed
A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on Thursday night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections and quickly claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
 
2017-04-21

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Russia court outlaws 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses
Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation.
 
2017-04-14

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Pakistani student accused of blasphemy beaten to death on campus
A mob beat a Pakistani student to death at his university campus on Thursday after he was accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media, university and police officials said. A group of about 10 students shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack on fellow student Mashal Khan, who was stripped naked and beaten with planks until his skull caved in as other students looked on, video obtained by Reuters showed.
 
2017-04-13

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Bangladesh executes Islamist for 2004 British envoy attack
Bangladesh has hanged an Islamist militant more than a decade after he injured a top British envoy in a grenade attack. Mufti Abdul Hannan, the leader of Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJI), was hanged at the same time as two associates on Wednesday.
 
2017-04-12

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Sweden truck attack suspect tried to join Islamic State: Uzbek security source
An Uzbek man suspected of ramming a truck into a crowd of people in the Swedish capital Stockholm had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, an Uzbekistan security source said on Wednesday.
 
2017-04-12

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Thai junta lifts control on influential Buddhist temple
Thailand's junta lifted restrictions on movement at the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Tuesday, a month after police ended a siege of the complex whose former abbot is accused of money laundering.
 
2017-04-10

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Resurrection did not happen, say quarter of Christians
A quarter of people who describe themselves as Christians in Great Britain do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus, a survey commissioned by the BBC suggests. However, almost one in 10 people of no religion say they do believe the Easter story, but it has "some content that should not be taken literally".
 
2017-04-10

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Egypt Declares State of Emergency, as Attacks Undercut Promise of Security
Rattling a country already wrestling with a faltering economy and deepening political malaise, two suicide bombings that killed 44 people at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday raised the specter of increased sectarian bloodshed led by Islamic State militants.
 
2017-04-10

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Waverly mayor clarifies stance on atheist invocations
Mayor Charles Infelt said he would be open to having an atheist organizer give a secular invocation at a future Waverly City Council meeting...Infelt stood by his original statement about his prayer being “theistic” and not specific to one religion, but said that wasn’t meant to suggest Scott couldn’t give an invocation.
 
2017-04-02

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Atheist to deliver Iowa House invocation
The Iowa House will begin Wednesday's work session with an invocation from an atheist for the first time. Eastern Iowa Atheist Director, Justin Scott, says he's excited for the opportunity.
 
2017-04-02

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Dallas pastor accused of stealing nearly $500G from church
Members of an Old East Dallas church say they've been locked out of their place of worship by a man who they say stole from their church. He’s now facing felony charges.
 
2017-04-02

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Mormon leaders encourage more baptisms for the dead
Mormon leaders reminded church members Saturday about the importance of performing ceremonial baptisms on dead ancestors who didn’t receive the ordinance while alive — a practice unique to the faith that came under fire in the past from Jews when they discovered Holocaust victims were being baptized.
 
2017-03-31

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China limits beards, veils in Muslim region
Chinese authorities have passed measures banning "abnormal" facial hair and many typically Muslim customs in the remote Xinjiang region. The initiative also makes it illegal to "reject or refuse" state propaganda.
 
2017-03-31

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The Atheists Struggling to Find Therapists in the Bible Belt
The rise of faith-based counseling in America’s most Christian regions has brought the clash over religious liberties to the therapist’s couch.
 
2017-03-28

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US parents sue to call baby girl Allah
A couple in the US state of Georgia who were banned from naming their daughter Allah are taking legal action. The state Department of Public Health has refused to issue the 22-month-old with a birth certificate.
 
2017-03-28

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Father of Tamil Nadu man killed for being atheist says he will become one too
The father of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK) activist and atheist H Farook, who was hacked to death in Coimbatore, has said that if his son was killed for his views, he too would become an atheist, the Indian Express reported Monday.
 
2017-03-24

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Detained Pakistani Bloggers Face Blasphemy Charges
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has put three online bloggers in the custody of a federal agency for a week so it can investigate blasphemy charges against them and determine whether they should be formally tried and punished.
 
2017-03-21

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Police complaint against West Bengal poet for ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus’
A police complaint has been lodged against a Bengali poet in north Bengal’s Siliguri town for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
 
2017-03-21

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Alabama church wants to create its own police force
Last week, Alabama's Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send SB 193 to the Senate for a full vote. If enacted, the law would allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church to assemble, employ, and enable its own police force under the state’s nonprofit corporate law.
 
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