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Imam in Uganda is mocked for mistakenly marrying a man

Jan. 16, 2020 1:11 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The mocking of a Ugandan imam who unknowingly married a man in a Muslim ceremony highlights intolerance in the East African country, a gay rights activist said Thursday. The imam, who says he did not know his partner was male, has been suspended from clerical duty and his partner...

Justices could limit job bias lawsuits against churches

Dec. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider expanding protections for churches against job-discrimination claims. The justices agreed to review two cases in which a federal appeals court allowed discrimination lawsuits by teachers against two Catholic schools in California to...

Indians march during a protest against the Citizenship Act in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed hearing pleas challenging the constitutionality of the new citizenship law that has sparked opposition and massive protests across the country. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Protests of Indian law grow despite efforts to contain them

Dec. 18, 2019 8:17 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — From campuses along India's Himalayan northern border to its southern Malabar Coast, a student-led protest movement against a new law that grants citizenship on the basis of religion spread nationwide on Wednesday despite efforts by the government to contain it. The law provides a path to...

Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi, center, joins other leaders during a sit in protest against a new citizenship law near the India Gate monument in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec.16, 2019. The new law gives citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee religious persecution in several neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Across India, opposition building against citizenship law

Dec. 16, 2019 8:10 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of university students flooded the streets of India's capital, while a southern state government led a march and demonstrators held a silent protest in the northeast on Monday against a new law giving citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee religious...

President Donald Trump gestures before signing an executive order targeting what his administration says is growing anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

Dec. 13, 2019 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews. The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday tells the Education Department,...

Protestors walk past burning tires defying curfew in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Police arrested dozens of people and enforced curfew on Thursday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Police kill 2 protesters defying curfew in Indian state

Dec. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police shot and killed two protesters who defied a curfew and arrested dozens of others Thursday in India's northeastern Assam state, where thousands protested against legislation that would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. Hundreds of...

Policemen detain a protestor demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Protesters burned tires and blocked highways and rail tracks in India's remote northeast for a second day Wednesday as the upper house of Parliament began debating legislation that would grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus and other religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country's secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists,...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria.  Soros is playing a key part in conservative efforts to defend President Donald Trump ahead of a looming impeachment vote. It's hardly a new role for Soros, whose multi-billion-dollar philanthropic network and investment in Democratic politics has made him a long-running enemy for the far right. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Soros attacks in impeachment saga spark anti-Semitism debate

Dec. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Near the end of a marathon impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives last month, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill tied conservative jabs at George Soros to “the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history.” Anti-Soros theories amplified by conservatives...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...