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Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

AP Exclusive: China tightens up on info after Xinjiang leaks

Dec. 14, 2019 1:26 AM EST

The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to four...

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,...

Japan PM postpones trip to India's violence-hit northeast

Dec. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday postponed traveling for a summit with India's leader in the violence-wracked northeast, where two people have been killed in ongoing protests over a new law that grants citizenship based on religion and excludes Muslims. Nearly 10,000...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority? There was a time when Suu Kyi was the hero of human rights advocates, whose...

New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement

Dec. 12, 2019 7:27 PM EST

The deadly shooting rampage at a New Jersey kosher market has cast a spotlight on a fringe movement known for its anti-Semitic strain of street preaching and its role in a viral-video confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial this year. Investigators believe that the man and woman who killed three people at the...

Official: Jersey City attack was 'fueled' by anti-Semitism

Dec. 12, 2019 4:40 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said Thursday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also disclosed that the man...

Tennessee school board votes down Bible Release Time policy

Dec. 12, 2019 1:25 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county has voted against creating new rules for Bible Release Time and similar programs, despite concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies. With a 5-4 vote Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Education...

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...

Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 12, 2019 8:24 AM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...