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Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Wisconsin governor returns 'holiday tree' name to evergreen

Nov. 8, 2019 4:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has gone back to calling the evergreen on display at the state Capitol a holiday tree, reversing his predecessor who declared it a Christmas tree. The state Department of Administration places a huge evergreen in the Capitol rotunda every year ahead of...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

Pompeo talks religious freedom in Nashville speech

Oct. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday continued to raise the alarm about religious freedoms around the world, receiving a warm welcome in Tennessee as his department faced heightened scrutiny amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The top U.S. diplomat...

Judge’s hug not embraced by all after Dallas officer’s trial

Oct. 3, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Judges don’t usually hug convicted murderers in the courtroom or hand them Bibles before sending them off to prison. That is what made Judge Tammy Kemp’s actions so extraordinary in the closing moments of the trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her...

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

Oct. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo visited the Colosseum, he held a news conference on Wednesday with his...

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

Sep. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States. Trump's administration already has slashed the...

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

Sep. 26, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States. Trump's administration already has slashed the...

US steps up pressure on China over treatment of Muslims

Sep. 24, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration, locked in a trade war with China, is increasing pressure on Beijing over what it says is the systematic oppression of ethnic minority Muslims. The U.S. State Department hosted a panel Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York to...

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

Sep. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The...