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2018-06-20

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American Cardinal Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor Is Suspended From Ministry
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and a prominent Roman Catholic voice in international and public policy, has been suspended from ministry after an investigation found credible allegations that he abused a teenager over 45 years ago while he was a priest in New York, the New York archdiocese said in a statement Wednesday.
 
2018-06-17

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Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes
Pope Francis on Saturday said that the use of abortion to terminate pregnancies likely to produce disabled or chronically ill children was the product of a Nazi mentality.
 
2018-06-15

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US attorney general quotes Bible to defend separating families
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been criticised for citing Bible scripture to back up the Trump administration's immigration policy ... The Bible verse was once used to justify US slavery, said critics.
 
2018-06-13

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Ireland to hold referendum on blasphemy law
The Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum on whether to change its laws against blasphemy. It is expected that the vote will be held on the same day as the Presidential election, which is likely to take place in October.
 
2018-06-12

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Publisher Shahzahan Bachchu shot dead in Munshiganj
Four attackers on two motorcycles fled after shooting at Shahzahan Bachchu of Bishakha Prokashoni, known as a free-thinking writer, at his ancestral village Kakaldi on Monday afternoon, police said.
 
2018-06-12

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Saudi Arabia’s First Arabic Release Is Controversial Islamic Epic ‘The Message’
After Saudi Arabia recently broke its 35-year ban on cinema with Hollywood titles such as “Black Panther,” “Isle of Dogs” and “A Quiet Place,” the kingdom is now set for its first release of an Arabic film, the 4K restored version of controversial 1976 prophet Muhammad epic “The Message.”
 
2018-06-12

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Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops tied to Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal
Victims of a sexual abuse scandal by clerics in Chile’s Roman Catholic Church applauded Pope Francis’ decision Monday to accept the resignations of three bishops — including a prelate at the epicenter of cascading allegations of sexual abuse, cover-ups and impunity.
 
2018-06-11

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In Israel, Indonesian Muslim leader risks backlash at home
A leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion.
 
2018-06-07

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Inverted crosses installed by Dark Mofo offend some in Christian community
Christians fear the organisers of Dark Mofo are inviting dark forces to Hobart by displaying inverted crosses around the city.
 
2018-06-07

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Trump hosts first iftar dinner, recognizes Islam as 'one of the world's great religions'
After skipping the dinner last year, the president offered a message of unity, recognizing members of the Muslim community at home and abroad — a dramatic departure from his campaign rhetoric.
 
2018-05-21

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Muslim killed over suspicion of cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh
A Muslim tailor died of injuries in hospital after a mob allegedly attacked him and a friend in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district on suspicion of cow slaughter, the police said on Saturday.
 
2018-05-21

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Islamic State claims responsibility for church attack in Chechnya
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a church in Russia’s Chechnya republic that killed three people, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday ... Four people attacked the Orthodox church on Saturday, killing two policemen and a churchgoer.
 
2018-05-16

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Robert Jeffress, Pastor Who Said Jews Are Going to Hell, Led Prayer at Jerusalem Embassy
A Dallas evangelical pastor who once said that Jewish people are going to hell and a megachurch televangelist who claimed that Hitler was part of God’s plan to return Jews to Israel both played prominent roles on Monday in the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
 
2018-05-16

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Amid Debate and Violence, Trump Delivers Embassy Victory to Christian Base
While the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem has triggered violence and political debate this week, it also stands as a sharp reminder of the close ties between the Trump administration and evangelical Christians — and of the victories that Mr. Trump has delivered for his evangelical base.
 
2018-05-16

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Oklahoma Muslim Woman Says Rights Violated Over Headscarf
The lawsuit alleges Elqutt was refused entry to the courthouse on April 10 when metal detectors were set off by a hairpin under her hijab. It says officers insisted Elqutt remove her headscarf in front of male sheriff's deputies in violation of her religious beliefs. She entered the courthouse after two female deputies inspected her hair in a parking garage.
 
2018-05-14

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Shiite Cleric Sadr Takes Surprise Lead In Iraq Parliamentary Election
Iraqi election results are showing a surprising setback for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, with a political list backed by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr making a stronger showing.
 
2018-05-14

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Indonesia Family, With Children in Tow, Carries Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to the group’s news agency, Amaq. In an initial bulletin, the group described each of the bombings as a “martyrdom” operation.
 
2018-05-10

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‘Baptism barrier’ to Catholic schools to go next year
Under changes to be announced on Wednesday, all Catholic primary schools will be prohibited from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are over-subscribed.
 
2018-05-10

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The young Turks rejecting Islam
Merve teaches religion to elementary school children in Turkey. She used to be a radical believer of Islam. "Until recently, I would not even shake hands with men," she tells me in an Istanbul cafe. "But now I do not know whether there is a God or not, and I really do not care."
 
2018-05-10

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Cardiff University receives £850k gift for study of Islam
A philanthropist has donated £850,000 to a university in a bid to help promote a better understanding of Islam in society.
 
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