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FILE - In this March 19, 2002 file photo, Effie Eitam talks to The Associated Press in his Jerusalem office. Israel plans to nominate Eitam, a far-right former general and cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial

Oct. 27, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday. Effie Eitam, a religious nationalist with a history of harsh rhetoric toward the...

Supporters of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, carry a cutout of French President Emmanuel Macron with a garland of footwear around it as they protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Thousands in Bangladesh protest against French cartoons

Oct. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Around 10,000 people in Bangladesh rallied in the South Asian nation's capital on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. Protesters from the...

In this Aug. 23, 2020, photo provided by Steve NeSmith, Scott Sauls, senior pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church, preaches to his congregation in Nashville, Tenn. (Steve NeSmith/Christ Presbyterian Church via AP)

Fraught election puts faith leaders through a political test

Oct. 27, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden count endorsements from well-known faith leaders. But for clergy members who try to tackle thorny moral matters without overtly backing a candidate, the campaign has tested their ability to reconcile religious values and politics. That challenge comes...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders passes army trucks blocking the roads to prevent protesting farmers from reaching parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist” according to Turkey's state-run news agency Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Turkey's Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

Oct. 27, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist.” The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan’s lawyer...

Supporters of the religious student group, Islami Jamiat Tulba, hold a representation of the French flag with a defaced image of French President Emmanuel Macron and Urdu writing which reads,

France tightens security amid fallout from teacher beheading

Oct. 27, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France is increasing security at religious sites as the interior minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “very high” risk of terrorist threats, amid growing geopolitical tensions following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad....

A protester with a sign of the women's rights campaign joins others on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened Poland's restrictive abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The court said it was unconstitutional to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal congenital defects, effectively banning almost all abortions.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's PM defends abortion ruling, condemns protests

Oct. 27, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Tuesday defended the tightening of the country's abortion law and condemned massive nationwide protests led by women's rights activists, saying they shouldn't be happening amid heightened coronavirus restrictions and decrying “acts of...

People line up at an early voting location near Lincoln Center Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in New York. Early voting ahead of the Nov. 3 general election continued for the second day in New York state. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

1,000-plus faith leaders call for 'free and fair election'

Oct. 27, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to “a free and fair election” and urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results”...

Supporters of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, an Islamist political party, carry a cutout of French President Emmanuel Macron with a garland of footwear around it as they protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims rally against France

Oct. 27, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — About 10,000 Bangladeshis from an Islamist group marched through the nation's capital on Tuesday to denounce the display of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in France, while the group's leader urged Muslims around the world to boycott French products. The protesters from...

President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

Oct. 27, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's...

Judge refuses to block 'No Boycott of Israel' measure

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn't reach a decision on whether the executive...