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2017-08-01

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Attack on Shi'ite mosque in Afghan city kills at least 29
A suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed more than 29 people and wounded more than 64 on Tuesday, officials said.
 
2017-08-01

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The U.S. Government's Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader
The resignation of George Selim, a key Homeland Security official, may signal a shift away from treating the American Muslim community as partners in the struggle against radicalization.
 
2017-08-01

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Egyptian Islamic authority sets up fatwa kiosk in Cairo metro
Sheikhs from Egypt’s highest Islamic authority have opened a fatwa kiosk in the Cairo metro to offer religious advice to commuters in what they say is an effort to counter extremism.
 
2017-07-29

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AP: Brazilians detail abuses by US church, shattered lives
The examination of Word of Faith Fellowship’s spread into Latin America’s largest country is part of the AP’s lengthy ongoing investigation into the evangelical church, founded in 1979 by Jane Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam.
 
2017-07-29

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The Meaning of India's 'Beef Lynchings'
These days, the specter of mob violence sparked by accusations that the victims slaughtered or smuggled cows or ate beef haunts India with morbid regularity.
 
2017-07-26

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Overland Park Catholic priest charged with child sex crimes
Authorities say a Catholic priest charged in Wyandotte County with child sex crimes has been arrested in Maryland.
 
2017-07-26

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Disgraced Catholic priest loses appeal of 'sex tourism' convictions for molesting orphans
A former Catholic priest from Somerset County who was convicted of engaging in "sexual tourism" to molest poor orphans in Honduras has lost an appeal of his nearly 17-year prison sentence.
 
2017-07-26

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Paul Shanley, notorious priest in Catholic sex abuse scandal, to be released this week
Paul R. Shanley , a former “street priest” who became one of the most notorious figures in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, is set to be released from prison as early as this week after serving 12 years behind bars for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s.
 
2017-07-26

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Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say
An Associated Press investigation has found that Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Brazil to siphon a steady flow of young laborers who came on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre compound in rural Spindale. The Brazilians often spoke little English when they arrived and many had their passports seized.
 
2017-07-26

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Station cancels event with famous atheist, citing 'abusive speech' on Islam
A public radio station in Berkeley, California, canceled a fundraiser and discussion with Richard Dawkins, the scientist, author and outspoken atheist, calling his comments on Islam "abusive speech"... Dawkins, in response, accused the radio station of not checking its facts or contacting him about the cancellation.
 
2017-07-24

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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance
Israel decided on Tuesday to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said.
 
2017-07-24

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Winston Blackmore and James Oler found guilty of polygamy
Two Canadian religious leaders have been found guilty of practicing polygamy by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BC)...Each face up to five years in prison. The landmark ruling is considered a test of the boundaries of religious freedom in Canada.
 
2017-07-24

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Half of councils hold Christian prayers before meetings
Christian prayers are still held before meetings at half of Welsh councils, despite efforts to scrap them. Five councils do not have them, but 13 pray before the formal start so it is not classed as an agenda item. The National Secular Society (NSS) said councils "shouldn't be clubs for Christians" but the Church in Wales said prayer or reflection "could be hugely beneficial".
 
2017-07-24

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Israel Installs Cameras at Holy Site Amid Flaring Tensions With Muslim Worshipers
Israel installed security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site as officials began indicating that they were considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.
 
2017-07-18

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547 members of Catholic boys' choir abused, report finds
At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.
 
2017-07-18

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Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country's most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy.
 
2017-07-16

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Christian Teenager Detained in Pakistan for Blasphemy
Pakistani police say a Christian teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Islam's prophet Muhammad.
 
2017-07-16

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They don’t believe in God. So they founded a community center in Denver for non-believers.
Denver’s Secular Hub unites non-believers in what one calls an “atheist church.”
 
2017-07-13

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Pakistan’s secret atheists
Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?
 
2017-07-10

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More than 60 Muslim leaders are touring Europe to protest against terror
Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April.
 
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