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2018-01-05

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Caste violence erupts in India over 200-year-old faultline
Security forces were out in full force in India's financial capital Mumbai this week, as members of the country's low-caste Dalit community demonstrated against alleged violence by right-wing Hindus.
 
2018-01-05

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Moscow-led church in Ukraine refuses to bury boy from Kiev branch
A Moscow-led church in the central city of Zaporizhia refused to bury the one-year-old boy killed on New Year’s Eve because he was christened by a rival church overseen by Kiev.
 
2018-01-05

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Islamic State Vows to Topple Rival Hamas in Gaza, Threatens Attacks on Israel
The Islamic State terror group has released a new video from its Sinai Peninsula branch, in which it threatens to target rival Hamas in the Gaza Strip. IS is accusing the Palestinian militant group of cracking down on jihadists and not taking a stronger stance against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
 
2018-01-04

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Atheist Flag Takes Flight Above Ten Commandments Monument in Somersworth
While both [Mayor Dana Hilliard and resident Richard Gagnon] received some criticism for flying the atheist flag, they agreed it is proof of the city’s values of tolerance and acceptance.
 
2018-01-04

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Bitcoin Forbidden under Islam, Top Imam Declares, Calling for Ban
Sheikh Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti, issued a formal fatwa on Monday stating that trading in the digital currency is “forbidden in Sharia, as it causes harm to individuals, groups and institutions.”
 
2018-01-04

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India girls 'attacked for meeting Muslim boys'
Two female students have been attacked by a group of men in the southern Indian city of Mangalore, reportedly for meeting up with two Muslim boys.
 
2018-01-04

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German police accuse AfD lawmaker of incitement over anti-Muslim tweet
German police have asked prosecutors to investigate a far-right lawmaker for possible incitement to hatred after she criticised a police force for tweeting in Arabic "to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men".
 
2018-01-04

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New estimates show U.S. Muslim population continues to grow
By 2040, Muslims will replace Jews as the nation’s second-largest religious group after Christians. And by 2050, the U.S. Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million, or 2.1% of the nation’s total population — nearly twice the share of today.
 
2018-01-04

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The Private Prophet: Mormon Church President Thomas Monson Dies At 90
Thomas S. Monson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday night at the age of 90...Monson had been at the helm of the 16 million-member Mormon church for nearly a decade.
 
2017-12-21

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Wisconsin Priest Tells Parishioners He's Gay, Gets Standing Ovation
It's rare for a priest to come out. Greiten said he revealed his sexual orientation because he wants to be a role model for others. He said he's helping to break the silence of gay men in the clergy so he could reclaim his own voice.
 
2017-12-21

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Atheism is caused by poor breathing technique, says Turkish therapist
A self-claimed Turkish breathing therapist has offered a different explanation for atheism saying improper breathing technique is causing the phenomenon in humans. She even suggested that correcting the breathing patterns, one could realise the existence of God.
 
2017-12-21

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Christmas banner over street riles atheist, who threatens to sue Eugene
A man has threatened to sue city officials in Eugene because of a Christmas banner that he believes is a violation of the separation of church and state.
 
2017-12-20

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Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86
Cardinal Bernard F. Law, whose stature as archbishop of Boston and America’s senior Roman Catholic prelate was shattered in a maelstrom of scandal, acrimony and resignation in 2002 after revelations that he had protected abusive priests for years, died Wednesday.
 
2017-12-17

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Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan
A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan has killed at least eight people, officials say...The Islamic State group has said it carried out the attack.
 
2017-12-16

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Attacker ‘shouting Allahu Akbar’ wounds two in Gabon knife attack
Two Danish nationals were wounded Saturday in a knife attack in Gabon’s capital apparently committed in retribution for “US attacks against Muslims”, a rare assault in a Central African nation that has escaped Islamist violence.
 
2017-12-15

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Has Support for Moore Stained Evangelicals? Some Are Worried
The sight of white evangelical voters in Alabama giving their overwhelming support to Roy S. Moore, the Republican candidate, despite accusations of racial and religious bigotry, misogyny and assaults on teenage girls, has deeply troubled many conservative Christians, who fear that association with the likes of Mr. Moore is giving their faith a bad name.
 
2017-12-15

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Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report
In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country's Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession.
 
2017-12-15

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Australia child abuse inquiry finds 'serious failings'
A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had "seriously failed" to protect children...Among more than 400 recommendations, the report calls on the Catholic Church to overhaul its celibacy rules.
 
2017-12-14

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In Theory: A humanist congressman risks revealing his atheism
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat who represents a district stretching from north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, has released a statement identifying himself as a humanist who doesn’t necessarily believe in God.
 
2017-12-14

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Polygamist sect leader Lyle Jeffs jailed for food fraud scheme
A former leader of a breakaway polygamous Mormon sect has been given a nearly five-year sentence for fraud and fleeing house arrest in Utah. Lyle Jeffs admitted to orchestrating what authorities have called the nation's largest scheme to defraud the federal food benefits programme.
 
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