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2017-05-15

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Pope canonizes Fatima visionaries, giving Church new children saints
Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints on Saturday, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in a Portuguese town that is now a major pilgrimage site.
 
2017-05-11

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Facebook repeatedly 'unpublishing' world's biggest atheist page, owners claim
The people behind the "Atheist Republic" page say that it has been taken down at least three after what appears to be a co-ordinated campaign. Activists who oppose the page appear to be reporting it so that it will be automatically taken down – leaving it invisible and unable to post.
 
2017-05-11

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Russian found guilty of inciting religious hatred — for playing ‘Pokémon Go’ in church
In delivering the verdict, a judge in Yekaterinburg, Russia, said that Sokolovsky had insulted the feelings of Christians and Muslims by “attributing to Jesus Christ the qualities of a reanimated zombie,” among other offenses.
 
2017-05-11

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Losing their religion: Millennials leaving their faith behind
Nearly 60 percent of all millennials raised in a church have stopped going. They're not in search of a new faith, they simply want out.
 
2017-05-11

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Blasphemy Laws Still Reign in Many Muslim Countries
While blasphemy laws are most common in Middle Eastern and North African countries, they can also be found in other regions of the world, including Europe, where 16 percent of countries possess them, and the Americas, where about 29 percent of countries have the laws.
 
2017-05-11

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Protests in Jakarta after Christian governor convicted of blasphemy
The jailing of Jakarta’s Christian governor on blasphemy charges has sparked outrage from his supporters in Indonesia, rights organisations and the EU.
 
2017-05-05

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Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order
A Wisconsin-based atheist group has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to strike down President Donald Trump's order easing enforcement of an IRS rule limiting religious organizations' political activity.
 
2017-05-05

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Noted atheist leads Bettendorf City Council invocation
Justin Scott admitted he isn't a good public speaker and is a horrible speech writer, yet the vocalization of his beliefs, or lack thereof, has made headlines in Iowa and across the country.
 
2017-05-05

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Indian police detain 3 in beating death of Muslim man
Indian police have detained three members of a Hindu militia for suspected involvement in the killing of a Muslim man who they blamed for helping an interfaith couple elope.
 
2017-05-05

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Basketball’s governing body clears the way for female Muslim athletes to compete while wearing a hijab
Muslim women now will be able to compete in basketball while wearing a hijab, thanks to a rule change by the international governing body for the sport.
 
2017-05-05

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Mormon church vows to stay neutral in partisan politics — despite Trump’s order
President Donald Trump's latest executive order may give tax-exempt religious organizations the green light for greater political involvement, but don't expect the LDS Church to shift gears.
 
2017-05-04

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Trump signs order letting tax-exempt churches be active in politics
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that allows tax-exempt places of worship to participate actively in politics and could free religious organizations to deny their employees insurance coverage for birth-control pills.
 
2017-05-03

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India Assam mob kills two Muslim men over 'cow theft'
Police in India say two Muslim men have been lynched by a mob which accused them of trying to steal cows for slaughter. The killings in the north-eastern state of Assam are the latest in a series of attacks blamed on religious tensions over the treatment of cows.
 
2017-04-29

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Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia issue rare child marriage fatwa
Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage. The fatwa, which is not legally binding but will be influential, was issued after a three-day congress of female clerics in the country.
 
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.
 
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