Religion and politics

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
August 04, 2020 - 11:34 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year for the GOP. Marshall prevailed...
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Policemen and paramilitary soldiers patrol a road during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Authorities clamped a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was clamped in the region’s main city of Srinagar in view of information about protests planned by anti-India groups to mark Aug. 5 as “black day." (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
August 04, 2020 - 2:40 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was imposed in...
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A Hindu holy man looks at a decoration on the ghats of the river Saryu as part of preparations for the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. As Hindus prepare to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited temple at a disputed ground in northern India, Muslims say they have no firm plans yet to build a new mosque at an alternative site they were granted to replace the one torn down by Hindu hard-liners decades ago. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
August 03, 2020 - 10:09 pm
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — As Hindus prepare to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited temple at a disputed ground in northern India, Muslims say they have no firm plans yet to build a new mosque at an alternative site they were granted to replace the one torn down by Hindu hard-liners decades...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a "serious, careful and transparent investigation" into the attack on the Sangre de Cristo chapel in capital's cathedral that destroyed the venerated statue of almost 4 centuries. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
August 03, 2020 - 8:32 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's National Police on Monday declared a fire inside Managua's Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican's top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation.” What the Managua archdiocese...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo, Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., speaks during the "I Will Vote" Fundraising Gala in Atlanta. Among voters in the 2018 midterm elections, AP VoteCast shows that Black women were more likely than women in any other racial or ethnic group to support Democratic House candidates, and their support for Democrats was also somewhat higher than among Black men. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 03, 2020 - 2:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black women are often called the backbone of the Democratic Party — reliable and loyal voters whose support can make or break a candidate. In 2018, they were more likely than women in any other racial or ethnic group to support Democratic House candidates, according to AP VoteCast...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he takes a question from a reporter at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 01, 2020 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Joe Biden nears the announcement of his vice presidential choice, the top contenders and their advocates are making final appeals. The campaign hasn't finalized a date for naming a running mate, but three people who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans said a...
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Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)
August 01, 2020 - 4:29 pm
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 503,...
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Muslim worshippers wearing masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, attend to offer Eid al-Adha prayer while maintaining a social distance at the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 31, 2020. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Islam's most important holiday marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
July 31, 2020 - 11:38 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors...
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Former President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd after addressing services for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)
July 30, 2020 - 10:24 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are threatened heading into the 2020 election. Speaking from the pulpit of the church that Martin Luther...
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Family members place flowers on the casket of Rep. John Lewis during the burial service at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)
July 30, 2020 - 6:40 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The longtime member of...
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