Religion and politics

In this photo taken May 23, 2019, and released by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, speaks with a monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the Embassy said Saturday. (U.S. Mission to China via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 7:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Terry Branstad also "expressed concerns regarding the Chinese...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a giant floral garland from party leaders at their headquarters in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party claimed it had won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the stock market soared in anticipation of another five-year term for the pro-business Hindu nationalist leader. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 24, 2019 - 3:36 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India's...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah greet supporters on arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Modi's Hindu nationalist party claimed it won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the head of the main opposition party conceded a personal defeat that signaled the end of an era for modern India's main political dynasty. (AP Photo)
May 23, 2019 - 11:05 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India's general elections results (all times local): 5:10 a.m. With nearly all constituencies reporting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party have won a majority in India's general election. The Election Commission of India reports that the...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah greet supporters on arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Modi's Hindu nationalist party claimed it won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the head of the main opposition party conceded a personal defeat that signaled the end of an era for modern India's main political dynasty. (AP Photo)
May 23, 2019 - 10:59 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Charismatic but polarizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surged to a landslide victory in Indian elections, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades. With most of the estimated 600 million votes counted by early...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a giant floral garland from party leaders at their headquarters in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party claimed it had won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the stock market soared in anticipation of another five-year term for the pro-business Hindu nationalist leader. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 23, 2019 - 8:49 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India's...
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Muslim women walk near a burnt car in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Supporters of the losing presidential candidate burned vehicles and battled police and the government announced restrictions on social media. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
May 22, 2019 - 11:05 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election. The clashes began Tuesday night when...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin wave to journalists after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. The official count from last month's Indonesian presidential election shows President Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote, the Election Commission said Tuesday, May 21, 2019, securing him a second term. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
May 20, 2019 - 10:40 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been elected for a second term, official results showed Tuesday, in a victory over a would-be strongman who aligned himself with Islamic hardliners. Official counting was completed just before midnight and the Election Commission...
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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders hugs Pamela Rush after visiting her home in Tyler, Ala., on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Jake Crandall/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 6:36 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made an appeal to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement. The Vermont senator spoke before a...
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May 20, 2019 - 12:07 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2019 - 10:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he...
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