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From schools to the Olympics, how France's staunch secularism affects religion in public life

May. 23, 2024 01:42 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Walk around multicultural metropolises like Paris or Marseille, or any small village in the French countryside, and signs of faith are everywhere. Many Muslim women wear headscarves and historical Catholic churches anchor nearly every neighborhood. But...

Dutch coalition government dominated by an anti-Islam party struggles to find prime minister

May. 22, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — The parties that agreed to form a Dutch coalition dominated by the far right are struggling to find a prime minister and warned Wednesday that the search might leave the Netherlands without a fully functional government for months. Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert...

Indian voters dissect Modi's politics while traversing the country by train

May. 21, 2024 00:28 AM EDT

ABOARD THE THIRUKKURAL EXPRESS, India (AP) — The 1,800-mile (2,900-kilometer) journey south from New Delhi to Kanyakumari is one of the longest train rides in India, passing through cities, villages, scrub forests and deep ravines. The 22-car Thirukkural Express is a microcosm of...

Modi's Hindu nationalist politics face a test as India holds fifth stage of national election

May. 20, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

AYODHYA, India (AP) — When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened a Hindu temple on the site of a razed mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya in early 2024, he was making a bet on mixing Hindu nationalism and politics ahead of a national election in which he's seeking a rare third term. ...

Who is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's president whose helicopter suffered a 'hard landing' in foggy weather?

May. 19, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi has long been seen as a protégé to Iran's supreme leader and a potential successor for his position within the country's Shiite theocracy. News of his helicopter making what state media described as a...

Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

May. 18, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians. “Trump supports Jesus, and without Jesus, America will...

Why the speech by Kansas City Chiefs kicker was embraced at Benedictine College's commencement

May. 17, 2024 08:37 AM EDT

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker may have stirred controversy in some quarters for his proclamations of conservative politics and Catholicism on Saturday, but he received a standing ovation from graduates and other attendees of the May 11 commencement ceremony at Benedictine College in...

This, too, could pass: Christian group's rule keeping beaches closed on Sunday mornings may end

May. 15, 2024 15:25 PM EDT

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (AP) — In this seaside community that calls itself “God's Square Mile at the Jersey Shore,” all the land is owned by a religious group that has for generations enforced an 11th Commandment: Thou shalt stay off the beach on Sunday morning. But there are signs...

India PM Modi files his nomination to run for a third term in general election

May. 14, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

VARANASI, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi on Tuesday surrounded by his party leaders and supporters as he formally filed paperwork to run in an ongoing election that is essentially a referendum on his decade in power. The...

Why voters in southern India are more resistant to Modi's Hindu-centric politics

May. 07, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

CHENNAI, India (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wielded near-total control over Indian politics since coming to power 10 years ago, with one exception: He has failed to win over the country’s wealthier southern region. Five states across southern India account for roughly...