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Chief justice's Christian reasoning in IVF opinion sparks alarm over church-state separation

Feb. 23, 2024 15:08 PM EST

When the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are considered children under state law, its chief justice had a higher authority in mind. By citing verses from the Bible and Christian theologians in his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Tom Parker alarmed advocates for...

Trump tells religious broadcasters he'll defend Christianity against perceived threats from the left

Feb. 23, 2024 10:52 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump promised to use a second term in the White House to defend Christian values and even suggested he'd shield the faith's central iconography, warning a convention of religious broadcasters on Thursday night that the left wants “to tear down...

The opposition alliance that aimed to oust Modi appears to be cracking just before India's elections

Feb. 22, 2024 23:05 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Last year more than two dozen opposition parties in India came together to take on Narendra Modi, one of the country's most popular prime ministers in generations. But the broad alliance, beset with ideological differences and personality clashes, is cracking at a crucial time,...

Man who intentionally drove his truck into a Muslim family, killing 4, gets life sentence in Canada

Feb. 22, 2024 19:58 PM EST

LONDON, Ontario (AP) — A man found guilty of using his pickup truck to kill four members of a Muslim family was sentenced Thursday to life in prison as a Canadian judge ruled that the actions of the admitted white nationalist amounted to terrorism. Nathaniel Veltman has also been...

Christian-nation idea fuels US conservative causes, but historians say it misreads founders' intent

Feb. 17, 2024 08:06 AM EST

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t mention Christianity or any specific religion. The Declaration of Independence famously proclaims that people’s rights come from a “Creator” and “Nature’s God” — but doesn’t specify who that is. Yet large numbers of Americans believe...

Pope and Argentine President Milei embrace after pontiff canonizes Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 11, 2024 15:34 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and Argentine President Javier Milei embraced Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as Argentine faith and politics came together during a Mass to canonize the country's first female saint. The ceremony to declare Mama Antula a saint marked the first...

Indian town sets a curfew and orders police to shoot violators after deadly clashes over a mosque

Feb. 09, 2024 08:44 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Authorities in a northern Indian town imposed an indefinite curfew and ordered police to shoot violators after clashes over the construction of a Muslim seminary and a mosque left at least five people dead and more than 150 injured, officials said Friday. The...

Indian state passes uniform marriage legislation opposed by Muslims as a Hindu code applied to all

Feb. 08, 2024 00:18 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — An Indian state has approved an unprecedented uniform code for marriage, divorce, adoption and inheritance for Hindus, Muslims and other religious communities under new legislation that also requires couples that live together to register with the government or face...

India's government announces a short-term budget until national elections are held by May

Feb. 01, 2024 04:14 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s finance minister unveiled on Thursday a short-term budget to meet government expenditures until national elections are held by May, saying it will boost spending on infrastructure projects, build homes for poor villagers and cut the fiscal deficit by reducing subsidies....

Biden returns to South Carolina to show his determination to win back Black voters in 2024

Jan. 27, 2024 20:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden doesn’t need to worry about his prospects in South Carolina’s Democratic primary next week. He’s got that locked up. He also knows he’s not likely to win the solidly red state come November. It hasn’t voted for a Democrat since 1976. ...