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Court: Private schools favored over public schools near NYC

Jan. 6, 2021 6:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Public schools in a highly segregated community near New York City were being overseen for years by a school board elected in violation of a law protecting fair voting rights, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan...

A man leaves as 'halal' logo of Indonesian Ulema Council is displayed on the facade of a restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. As companies race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and countries scramble to secure doses, questions about the use of pork products — banned by some religious groups — has raised concerns about the possibility of disrupted immunization campaigns. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Concern among Muslims over halal status of COVID-19 vaccine

Dec. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In October, Indonesian diplomats and Muslim clerics stepped off a plane in China. While the diplomats were there to finalize deals to ensure millions of doses reached Indonesian citizens, the clerics had a much different concern: Whether the COVID-19 vaccine was permissible for...

Israeli police arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during protest against government's measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, on Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A pandemic atlas: A virus widens Israel's religious rifts

Dec. 16, 2020 4:04 AM EST

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — When Israel went into its second nationwide coronavirus lockdown in September, most of the country quickly complied. But in some ultra-Orthodox areas, synagogues were packed, mourners thronged funerals and COVID-19 cases continued to soar. The flouting of nationwide safety rules in...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Israeli-born Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, rejected an appeal challenging the extradition of Leifer, a former teacher wanted in Australia accused of sexually abusing several former students at a Jewish school in Melbourne, clearing the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal saga. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israeli court backs extradition in Australia child sex case

Dec. 15, 2020 7:40 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal challenging the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, clearing the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal saga. Malka Leifer, a former educator accused of sexually abusing...

A man on a bicycle pauses on the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan near what has been described as

US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus

Dec. 10, 2020 7:58 PM EST

Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more intimate celebrations...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

Nov. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the...