Religious issues

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Trump is poised to meet with his incoming national security adviser on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the aftermath of a rattling day of violence around the world. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 21, 2016 - 3:39 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Germany was "an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped." He also suggested he might go forward with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from...
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A satanic pentagram erected by atheist Preston Smith lies damaged in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square, Fla. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. Smith erected the pentagram earlier this month to protest a Nativity scene place in the city-owned square. Vandals apparently dragged down the 300-pound statue using a chain attached to a vehicle. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
December 20, 2016 - 7:58 pm
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park's Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when it was pulled to the ground by vandals. Atheist Preston Smith's 10-foot tall sculpture lay broken in Sanborn Square at...
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In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister designate, Saad Hariri, right, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. A new 30-member national unity Cabinet headed by prime minister Saad Hariri has been announced in Lebanon seven weeks after a news president was elected. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)
December 18, 2016 - 3:51 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A new 30-member national unity Cabinet headed by Prime minister Saad Hariri was announced Sunday in Lebanon nearly two months after a new president was elected, and the premier vowed that his top priority would be to protect the country from the effects of the civil war in neighboring...
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December 15, 2016 - 5:08 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday of last year's grisly massacre at a historic black church that left nine parishioners slain at a Bible study. A federal jury found Roof guilty of all 33 counts, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. Jurors took less than two...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 15, 2016 - 1:52 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was full of hate and "immense racial ignorance" when he slaughtered nine black worshippers during a Bible study last year at a Charleston church, a prosecutor said Thursday. In his closing argument, assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Williams mocked Roof for calling...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
December 15, 2016 - 1:43 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine black people during a South Carolina church Bible study (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The jury deciding whether Dylann Roof is guilty of killing nine black worshippers at a Charleston church...
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Anastasia Lin, 26, Canada's entrant to Miss World beauty pageant, answers questions during her interview with the Associated Press, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner’s tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Lin wants to tell a global TV audience about the evil of organ-harvesting. Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was hosted by China but was barred from entering the country due to her activism against persecution of Falun Gong, a meditation practice that she follows and China’s government has outlawed. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 15, 2016 - 3:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner's tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Anastasia Lin wants to tell a global TV audience about the evil of organ-harvesting. Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was...
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December 15, 2016 - 2:02 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In the days after nine black worshippers were killed in their Charleston church at the end of Bible study, President Barack Obama called Dylann Roof blinded by hate and Charleston's mayor said he was "pure, pure concentrated evil." Now some 18 months later, the people asked...
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