Religion and politics

FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asks a question at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing in Washington. Ellison's decision to back away from Congress and run for Minnesota attorney general is the latest reminder of the newfound national spotlight on states' top attorneys nationwide. Ellison was first elected to a deeply liberal Minnesota seat in 2006, becoming the first Muslim in Congress. He's built a national profile as an energetic campaigner firmly behind liberal causes like expanding Medicare for all. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 29, 2018 - 11:03 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison's decision to back away from Congress and run for Minnesota attorney general is the latest reminder of the newfound national spotlight on states' top attorneys nationwide. Ellison was first elected to a deeply liberal Minnesota seat in 2006, becoming the...
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July 28, 2018 - 3:18 pm
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death on Saturday, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, state media reported. The Cairo Criminal Court referred the sentences to the Grand Mufti — the country's top theological...
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In this photo provided by the office of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, delivers his address in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 26, 2018. Khan declared victory Thursday for his party in the country's general elections, promising a "new" Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. (Tehreek-e-Insaf via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 2:00 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former cricket star Imran Khan, whose political party was formally declared the winner Friday in Pakistan's parliamentary election, has promised to fight corruption and help millions of impoverished citizens. He says he also wants good relations with his neighbors and the United...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 8:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Thursday the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey, a crucial NATO ally, in retaliation for the detention of an American pastor on terror and espionage charges. Turkey's response was both harsh and dismissive, calling his words "...
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Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, smiles as he answers questions from reporters during a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 24, 2018. Ebrahim, leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines says 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters will have to be "decommissioned" if an autonomy deal that is expected to be signed by the president is fully enforced.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
July 26, 2018 - 8:38 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 11:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-threatened sanctions on Turkey over a detained American pastor (all times local): 11:37 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will hit Turkey with "large sanctions" over a American pastor detained on terror and espionage charges, and he called for the pastor...
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, left, reviews the honor guard upon his arrival at the Serbia Palace to meet with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, July 26, 2018. Rivlin is on a one-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 26, 2018 - 7:37 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Israel's president has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust. Reuven Rivlin said Thursday after talks with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that the...
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A man mourns the death of his family member at the site of a bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. A suicide bomber struck outside a crowded polling station in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, killing dozens of people as Pakistanis cast ballots Wednesday to democratically elect a civilian government.(AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
July 25, 2018 - 10:09 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into people waiting outside a busy polling station in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least 31 and casting a dark shadow on what was to be a historic day for the country as Pakistanis cast ballots to elect their thirds...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2018, file photo, supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan attend his election rally in Karachi, Pakistan. As Pakistanis prepare to make history on Wednesday by electing a third consecutive civilian government, rights activists, analysts and even some candidates say the campaign has been among the country's dirtiest imperiling the country's democratic future. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil, File)
July 24, 2018 - 3:36 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — As Pakistan prepares to make history Wednesday by electing a third straight civilian government, rights activists, analysts and candidates say the campaign has been among its dirtiest ever, imperiling the country's wobbly transition to democratic rule. The campaign has been...
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Representative and former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo bangs the gavel after taking the oath as the new house speaker, at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, metropolitan Manila, Philippines Monday July 23, 2018. A leadership row erupted in the Philippine House of Representative, delaying President Rodrigo Duterte's delivery of his annual state of the nation address and passage of a crucial Muslim rebel autonomy deal. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
July 23, 2018 - 8:41 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A leadership row in the Philippine House of Representatives delayed President Rodrigo Duterte's delivery of his annual state of the nation address and passage of crucial Muslim autonomy legislation aimed at ending one of Asia's longest Islamic rebellions. As Duterte...
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