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Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion

Feb. 17, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal for the poor. But as a Chinese government mass...

This Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 photo shows details from a print of a leaked database obtained by The Associated Press. Text reads,

Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion

Feb. 17, 2020 11:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — When a Chinese government mass detention campaign engulfed Memtimin Emer's native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly Uighur imam was swept up and locked away, along with three of his sons. Now, a leaked database exposes in extraordinary detail the main reasons for the detentions of...

Big turnout expected at latest hearing on vaccine exemption

Feb. 17, 2020 10:01 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hear again from the public about the latest proposal to eliminate the state's religious exemptions from certain vaccines for public school students. The General Assembly's Public Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Wednesday on this...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Feb. 17, 2020 6:28 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri...

Kat Taylor, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, speaks with reporters during an open house at the home she's renting in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Steyer foundation mulling SC investments - after the primary

Feb. 16, 2020 5:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the...

Ohio bill would require flashing lights on Amish buggies

Feb. 16, 2020 10:12 AM EST

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — A flashing light would be required on horse-drawn buggies typically used by the Amish under an Ohio proposal intended to help prevent collisions with motor vehicles. In addition to a flashing light at all times on the highest rear part of the buggy, the bill introduced by Republican...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urges Minnesota lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Minneapolis, to pass a ban on

LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand 'conversion therapy' ban.

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight. The proposal passed the...

Vatican, Chinese foreign ministers hold highest-level talks

Feb. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and Chinese foreign ministers met Friday in the highest-level encounter between the two sides following the 2018 signing of a landmark accord on Catholic bishop nominations. The Vatican said Archbishop Paul Gallagher met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on the...

Samira Imin is photographed during an interview in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. It was nearly three years ago that Imin, a young Uighur Muslim woman working in Boston, last heard from her father, Iminjan Seydin, back home in China. In September she discovered that he had been kept in a government detention center, like over a million members of the beleaguered ethnic minority in China, before being sentenced to 15 years in prison in a closed trial. (Aysha Khan/RNS via AP)

Boston Uighur woman champions her father’s release in China

Feb. 14, 2020 2:23 PM EST

BOSTON (RNS) — Samira Imin can’t stop thinking about the times her father took her horseback riding. She remembers how her father, a prominent Uighur publisher and historian named Iminjan Seydin, would always spoil her and shelter her from her mother’s scoldings. She thinks of the time she...

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Montenegro PM, Serbian church bishop meet on religious law

Feb. 14, 2020 10:31 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights. The Serbian Church in Montenegro opposes the law, saying it enables the state to take over its property,...