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Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

FILE- In this March 28, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, speaks with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Yogi Adityanath during an election campaign rally in Meerut, India. India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree was passed Tuesday and follows a campaign by Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party against interfaith marriages. The party describes such marriages as “love jihad,” an unproven conspiracy theory used by its leaders and Hindu hard-line groups to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

Nov. 25, 2020 2:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

Nov. 24, 2020 1:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Francis’ remarks had “no factual basis at all.” “People of all...

This Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. annotated by TankerTrackers.com, shows a damaged tank and fire-suppressing foam on the ground at a Saudi Arabian Oil Co. facility in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

Yemen rebels' missile strikes Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

Nov. 23, 2020 10:33 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah early Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. The kingdom acknowledged the attack hours later. Videos of...

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move critics say was aimed at curtailing freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation. Thursday’s warning from the...

Gen. Hossein Dehghan, a military advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Dehghan said the Israeli strikes were a violation of Syria's sovereignty. Israeli warplanes struck Iran-linked targets in Syria overnight after troops uncovered roadside bombs along the frontier in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Adviser to Iran's leader: US attack risks 'full-fledged war'

Nov. 19, 2020 10:24 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran's supreme leader who is a possible 2021 presidential candidate is warning that any American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war” in the Mideast in the waning days of the Trump administration. Speaking to The Associated Press,...

Cooks prepare free food for needy people at a restaurant in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. In this industrial underbelly in the suburbs of Dubai, workers methodically assemble packaged takeout meals of biryani rice, dal and brightly colored chicken curry for people in poverty and desperate to eat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Highway-side eatery in UAE feeds hungry one meal at a time

Nov. 19, 2020 1:16 AM EST

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At a highway-side restaurant in the industrial outskirts of Dubai, workers methodically assemble packaged takeout meals of biryani rice, dal and brightly colored chicken curry for people in poverty and desperate to eat. It’s not a soup kitchen or charity drive,...

The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, addresses a crowd outside St. John's Episcopal Church, Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C. For nearly four years, President Trump has inspired a cadre of liberal-leaning religious activists to organize, mobilize, protest and pray in opposition to his policies regarding refugees and asylum-seekers, Muslims, white supremacy and health care. As they helped plan the annual Women’s March, flooded airports in defiance of the travel ban and stared down demonstrators in Charlottesville, figures such as the Rev. William Barber II, Muslim activist Linda Sarsour and Sister Simone Campbell became regular commentators on cable television and Op-Ed pages, bringing what some describe as the religious left to its highest point in decades. (Jack Jenkins/RNS via AP)

Energized religious left vows to keep up pressure with Biden

Nov. 17, 2020 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (RNS) For nearly four years, President Trump has inspired a cadre of liberal-leaning religious activists to organize, mobilize, protest and pray in opposition to his policies regarding refugees and asylum-seekers, Muslims, white supremacy and health care. As they helped plan the annual Women’s...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, before departing the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Pompeo's stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the U.S. administration, officials said.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

Nov. 17, 2020 9:51 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Tuesday during a short trip to Turkey that raised the ire of Turkish officials and included no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country tour of...

Detroit Lions offensive guard Oday Aboushi (76), stands with wide receiver Danny Amendola (80), running back Adrian Peterson (28) and safety Miles Killebrew (35) during the national anthem before an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. NFL players have kneeled during the anthem and have made stands to protest social injustice, but none have done it in quite the same way as Aboushi. He wants to use his platform to shed light on what he says is Israel's oppression of the Palestinians and to promote religious harmony as a Muslim with friends of different faiths. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

NFL player looks to shed light on Palestinians' plight

Nov. 17, 2020 7:35 AM EST

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — NFL players have kneeled during the national anthem and taken stands to protest social injustice across the United States. Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi wants to use his place in sports and society another way, by shedding light on the plight of Palestinians and promoting...