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  • Pope Francis speaks during the TED Conference, urging people to connect with and understand others, during a video presentation at the annual scientific, cultural and academic event in Vancouver, Canada, April 25, 2017.

    Pope Francis did a TED talk and called for a revolution (of tenderness). USA Today reports.

  • Jakarta governor-elect Anis Baswedan (R) and his deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Una (L) hold hands during a press conference in Jakarta on April 19, 2017.

    Former Indonesian education minister Anies Baswedan won the race for Jakarta governor after a polarizing campaign.

  • Jakarta gubernatorial election: 'Anything could happen'

    Ross Tapsell, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, says it's hard to tell whether Ahok or Anies Baswedan will win the top job in Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • A smoker stubbs out a cigarette

    Authorities in China's restive Xinjiang region have punished a local official for declining to smoke in front of Muslim elders.

  • Neil Gorsuch

    The influence of the newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, is likely to have an immediate effect on one of the most important cases yet to be heard.

  • Iraqi troops trained by U.S. military advisors just before the Second Battle of Fallujah, 2004.

    Military advising has never been easy — particularly in Syria and Iraq — and it's not going to get any easier now.

  • *Suicide bombing on St Petersburg metro killed 14 people. ST PETERSBURG, Russia/ OSH, Kyrgyzstan, April 8- T he man Russian police believe was the suicide bomber who killed 14 people in a blast on the St Petersburg metro this week developed an interest in Islam and soon after traveled to Turkey, two people who know him told Reuters. If Jalilov had been in Syria, that would...

  • *Suicide bombing on St Petersburg metro killed 14 people. ST PETERSBURG, Russia/ OSH, Kyrgyzstan, April 8- T he man Russian police believe was the suicide bomber who killed 14 people in a blast on the St Petersburg metro this week developed an interest in Islam and soon after travelled to Turkey, two people who know him told Reuters. If Jalilov had been in Syria, that...

  • *Suicide bombing on St Petersburg metro killed 14 people. ST PETERSBURG, Russia/ OSH, Kyrgyzstan, April 8- T he man Russian police believe was the suicide bomber who killed 14 people in a blast on the St Petersburg metro this week developed an interest in Islam and soon after travelled to Turkey, two people who know him told Reuters. If Jalilov had been in Syria, that...

  • *Suicide bombing on St Petersburg metro killed 14 people. ST PETERSBURG, Russia/ OSH, Kyrgyzstan, April 8- T he man Russian police believe was the suicide bomber who killed 14 people in a blast on the St Petersburg metro this week developed an interest in Islam and soon after traveled to Turkey, two people who know him told Reuters. If Jalilov had been in Syria, that would...

  • Crying baby

    Islam will become the world’s largest religious group by 2075 as the number of babies born to Muslim mothers grows, new research suggests.

  • WASHINGTON, April 5- If confirmed as expected this week by the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee would join his new fellow justices in time to act on divisive cases concerning religion, guns and big business, underscoring Neil Gorsuch's importance as the fifth conservative on a nine-justice court. The Senate's Republican leaders have...

  • BERLIN, April 2- Chancellor Angela Merkel said refugees in Germany must respect tolerance, openness and freedom of religion, while senior members of her party called for a ban on foreign funding of mosques. Merkel, who will seek a fourth term as chancellor in what is expected to be a tight election in September, has come under fire for allowing more than one million...

  • Travel ban: 'No constitutional way to do an unconstitutional thing'

    Joel Sandaluk of Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell says the courts continue to regard religious discrimination as the real purpose of the order.

  • *France and Germany still to face test of rising populism. AMSTERDAM, March 16- EU leaders lined up on Thursday to congratulate Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on beating far-rightist Geert Wilders in the first of a series of European elections this year in which populist insurgent parties are hoping to rock the establishment. Rutte, whose win helped boost the...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. He declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said'...

  • A poster for the film 'Beauty and the Beast' is displayed in Singapore on March 14, 2017.

    Calls from conservative groups in Asia to boycott a Disney film over a "gay moment" have drawn criticism, the SCMP reports.

  • *Americans eat 70 mln lbs of corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. CHICAGO, March 15- In recent weeks, the U.S. meat industry has found itself wrestling with a culinary conundrum: Would American Roman Catholics be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick's Day? At least 80 of the nearly 200 U.S. Catholic dioceses have issued some form of exemption on avoiding meat on St....

  • WHEELING, W.Va., March 15- When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...

  • *Gaza sewing sector one of largest employers before 2007. GAZA, March 13- It's not easy doing business from Gaza but tailor Mohammad Abu Shanab has found a demand he can supply-- his sewing factory is churning out religious skull caps, for devout Jewish men. Since Israel resumed importing clothing from Gaza in 2015, Abu Shanab has renewed commercial contacts to sell...