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{FD} Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play

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Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape. Continue reading

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{FD} UKIP seeks ban on face-covering veils, new Muslim schools

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Britain’s anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social integration by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

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As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump’s trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to suc… Continue reading

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{FD} Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

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As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the creation of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

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Pope Francis has comforted the sister of an elderly French priest who was slain by Islamic militants in a church in Normandy as the pontiff paid tribute to the courage of modern-day Christian martyrs. Continue reading

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{FD} Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals

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Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region’s most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years. Continue reading

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{FD} Chinese jihadis’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

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Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bas… Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

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Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope sets May 13 as canonization date for Fatima siblings

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Pope Francis has confirmed he will use his upcoming visit to the Portuguese shrine at Fatima to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children who say they saw visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} VP Pence praises Indonesia’s democratic, tolerant values

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Vice President Mike Pence praised Indonesia’s democracy and moderate form of Islam after meeting Thursday with the president of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Continue reading

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{FD} Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov

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Prosecutors are recommending two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital who is on trial for blaspheming the Quran. Continue reading

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{FD} US VP Mike Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour

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Vice President Mike Pence is meeting Indonesia’s president and other top officials in Jakarta with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda. Continue reading

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{FD} UN accredits Christian Solidarity Worldwide despite protests

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The Economic and Social Council voted Wednesday to grant accreditation to the organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide which promotes religious freedom in over 20 countries, overturning a U.N. Continue reading

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{FD} Emirates trims US flights after Trump administration curbs

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Emirates, the Middle East’s biggest airline, said on Wednesday that it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majori… Continue reading

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{FD} Life in National Front town: More police, cuts in programs

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Mayor Julien Sanchez took down the European flag in front of Beaucaire’s town hall, named a street “Brexit” and nearly doubled the police force — actions straight from the playbook of France’s far-right National Front party, of which he’s a member. Continue reading

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{FD} India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in 1992 mosque case

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India’s top court says several senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party will stand trial for their role in a criminal conspiracy to destroy a 16th century mosque in 1992. Continue reading

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{FD} Not guilty pleas entered for accused in Canada polygamy case

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The trial of two Canadian men from a fundamentalist sect that allows men to have multiple wives has opened with not guilty pleas being entered on charges of practicing polygamy Winston Blackmore and James Oler each face one count of polygamy. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands rally against alleged gov’t corruption in Slovakia

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Thousands of Slovakians are rallying in the capital of Bratislava to protest alleged corruption in the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico. Continue reading

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{FD} AP PHOTOS: Hooded penitents celebrate Easter in Spain

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With their tall conical hats, monkish robes and facial hoods that only show their eyes, the so-called “nazarenos,” or penitents, in Spain’s immensely popular Easter processions cut an eerie, and stunning, look as they parade solemnly in silence, or to … Continue reading

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{FD} Jordan FM reassures Iraq after anti-Shiite Muslim protest

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Jordan’s foreign minister has assured his Iraqi counterpart that the kingdom seeks to maintain good relations, after Jordanian protesters burned pictures of Shiite Muslim leaders, including a former Iraqi prime minister. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Explains: Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians?

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Egypt’s Copts, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, marked a solemn Easter this year, a week after suicide bombers struck churches in two cities, killing dozens of worshippers. Continue reading

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{FD} Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast

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Christians are celebrating Easter across the Middle East, where many are struggling to maintain their embattled communities in the face of war, terrorism and discrimination. Continue reading

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{FD} AP PHOTOS: Haitians make pilgrimage, pray for better future

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Arms raised to the heavens, tens of thousands of Haitians have flocked to a craggy hillside to pray and seek renewal in one of the spiritually steeped country’s biggest annual pilgrimages — one of many exuberant expressions of Good Friday devotion across the Americas. Continue reading

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{FD} After attacks, Egypt’s Pope curbs Easter celebrations

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The Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros III says he will be canceling most Easter celebrations, limiting them to a simple mass, following the recent twin attacks on churches by Islamic State militants that killed dozens of Christian worshippers. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope attends Good Friday service recalling Jesus’ suffering

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Pope Francis has prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica. Continue reading

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{FD} AP PHOTOS: Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

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Christians from around the world are in Jerusalem commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in the Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross. Continue reading

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{FD} Filipinos re-enact Christ’s crucifixion in gory spectacle

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Several Filipino devotees have been nailed to crosses in a re-enactment of a Good Friday ritual, which one of the men dedicated to the victims of the deadly bombings of two churches in Egypt. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope off to maximum-security prison for foot washing ritual

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On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis is heading to a maximum-security prison to wash the feet of 12 inmates — including three women and a Muslim — stressing once again that a pope must serve those on society’s margins. Continue reading

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{FD} Bangladesh militant hanged for attack aimed at British envoy

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Authorities in Bangladesh have executed a top leader of a banned militant group and two accomplices for their involvement in a grenade attack against a British diplomat at a popular Islamic shrine in 2004. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt names Mubarak-era figures to head media watchdogs

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Egypt’s president has picked three former leaders at state news organizations during the era of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak to lead new media watchdog agencies, part of measures to tighten his control over the country following a pair of horrific Is… Continue reading

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{FD} Russian cosmonaut says he has taken relics of saint to space

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A cosmonaut who has returned to Earth after a mission on the International Space Station says he took a relic of a Russian Orthodox saint with him. Continue reading

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{FD} China lashes out at India for arranging Dalai Lama visit

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China has lashed out at India for hosting the Dalai Lama near their disputed border, warning that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit has touched on the political foundation of the Asian giants’ relationship. Continue reading

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{FD} Hungarian top court repeals village’s ban on mosques, burkas

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Hungary’s Constitutional Court has repealed a ban by a village led by a far-right mayor on the construction of mosques and headscarves like burkas and chadors worn by Muslim women. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt’s leader juggles insurgency, economy

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The deadly bombings of two churches have left Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi grappling with the question of how to defeat a tenacious Islamic State insurgency that three years of warfare have failed to crush. Continue reading

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{FD} Churches in southern Egypt will not celebrate Easter after ISIS attacks

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Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, said on Tuesday that they will not hold Easter celebrations in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies. Continue reading

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{FD} Churches in southern Egypt will not celebrate Easter

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Egyptian churches, in the southern city of Minya, say they will not hold Easter celebrations next Saturday in mourning for 45 Coptic Christians killed this week in twin bombings of churches in two cities during Palm Sunday ceremonies. Continue reading

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{FD} Critics of Turkey’s president across Europe tell of threats

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Ercan Karakoyun looks twice over his shoulder when he leaves his Berlin home to make sure nobody is following him. Continue reading

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{FD} China punishes official for not daring to smoke near Muslims

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A local government in China’s restive Xinjiang region has punished an official for not smoking in front of Muslim elders, seeing that as a sign he was insufficiently committed to the region’s fight against religious extremism. Continue reading

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{FD} In ancestral home, Turkish affection for Erdogan resonates

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God comes first in this mountaintop village on Turkey’s Black Sea, the saying goes. Continue reading

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{FD} Israel sets closure on Palestinian areas ahead of Passover

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Israel has imposed a closure on the Palestinian territories as a security measure for the weeklong Passover holiday. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt’s Christians bury dead after IS church bombings

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Egyptian Christians are burying their dead a day after at least 44 people were killed in twin suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services in two separate cities. Continue reading

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{FD} Jewish family renews fight for Passover manuscript

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The grandchildren of a prominent Jewish victim of the Nazis are renewing their fight for title to the world’s oldest illustrated Passover manuscript, hoping newly-unearthed documents will boost their claim to a prized jewel of Israel’s leading museum. Continue reading

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{FD} Unfettered online hate speech fuels Islamophobia in China

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The flood of angry anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media was the first sign of how fiercely the suburban middle-class homeowners in this central China city opposed a planned mosque in their neighborhood. Continue reading

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{FD} A timeline of recent attacks on Egypt’s Christians

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Sunday’s bombings of two Coptic churches in separate cities claimed by the Islamic State group are the latest attacks on Egypt’s embattled Christian minority, increasingly targeted by IS and affiliated militants. Continue reading

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{FD} France expels Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views

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France’s interior ministry said it has expelled a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views to his home country. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope on Palm Sunday decries suffering from war, terrorism

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Pope Francis has blessed palm fronds and olive branches in St. Peter’s Square at the start of Holy Week celebrations. Continue reading

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{FD} Berlin to see its first Jewish campus after the Holocaust

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Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal doesn’t get much sleep these days, but says it’s well worth it. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Death toll from Egypt church bombing rises to 21

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The Latest on a church bombing north of the Egyptian capital (all times local): 11 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt state media: Bombing at church in Nile Delta

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Egypt state media says a bomb has gone off in a church in the Nile Delta, causing casualties. Continue reading

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{FD} In Istanbul’s ‘Little Syria,’ refugees want more from US

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The fast-moving developments in Syria are never far from people’s minds in an Istanbul neighborhood that is home to thousands of refugees from the country’s civil war. Continue reading

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