Religious issues

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at his official residence after announcing his government not to appeal against damages ruling in leprosy suit, in Tokyo Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan says it will not challenge the recent court ruling awarding damages to former leprosy patients' families for their suffering from discrimination caused by the government's failure to end its isolation policy. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)
July 09, 2019 - 8:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Tuesday that the government will abide by a court ruling ordering it to compensate former leprosy patients' families over a lengthy segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government...
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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, Liao Qiang, right, and his daughter Ren Ruiting speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a church in Taipei, Taiwan. Liao arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. They plan to seek asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 08, 2019 - 7:29 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after...
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FILE - In this Jan.4, 2018 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, greets Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year address to diplomats at the Elysee Palace in Paris. France's foreign ministry says that the Vatican has decided to lift the immunity of its ambassador in France Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who is accused of sexual assault. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP, File)
July 08, 2019 - 12:08 pm
PARIS (AP) — France's Foreign Ministry said Monday the Vatican has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by about a half-dozen men. One of the accusers, Mathieu De La Souchere, filed a police report in Paris earlier...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2019 - 7:05 am
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The...
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In this image made from video taken on Saturday, July 6, 2019, by North Korean Uriminzokkiri state-run website, shows the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea, Choe In-guk giving a statement to media as he arrived in the North to permanently resettle. Choe, the son of a former South Korean foreign minister, said he's over 70 years old and that he decided to live in North Korea for the rest of his life because it was his parents' "dying wishes" for him to "follow" North Korea and work for its unification with South Korea, according to a written statement published on the website. (Uriminzokkiri via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 5:56 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-...
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In this June 9, 2019 photo, Father Eduard Perrone conducts a choir during mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin March Parish in Detroit. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday, July 7 that it has removed Perrone from public ministry after receiving what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had abused a child decades ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 07, 2019 - 2:37 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had sexually abused a child decades ago. The Rev. Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry Friday, a...
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July 05, 2019 - 5:53 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prosecutors have charged three men under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones and components with the purpose of delivering them to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where they were to be used "in combat actions." Prosecutor Kristian...
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In this July 2, 2019 photo, people pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in the Queens borough of New York. Men and women, young and old, make their way from around the city, the country and the world to this unassuming site, the burial place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to pay their respects to the life and teachings of the revered Jewish leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who died twenty-five years ago in June 1994. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 05, 2019 - 12:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It's quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery. The men and women, young and old, have...
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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Chigi palace in Rome, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Putin emphasized historically strong ties with Italy during a one-day visit to Rome that included a meeting with Pope Francis. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 3:40 pm
ROME (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday for help in improving relations between the European Union and Russia and stop sanctions on Moscow. After meeting with Conte as part of a one-day visit to Rome, Putin said he hopes Italy will...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives for a meeting at the Vatican. France's Catholic Church has stripped the priest Bernard Preynat at the center of a high-level misconduct scandal of his clerical status while finding him guilty of sexually abusing Boy Scouts. French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was convicted earlier this year of failing to report Preynat to police. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
July 04, 2019 - 11:53 am
PARIS (AP) — France's Catholic Church pronounced a priest guilty of sexually abusing multiple Boy Scouts over several years and defrocked him Thursday, an unusually strong move that reflects France's growing reckoning with clergy sex abuse. The ruling by a church tribunal was the latest development...
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