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Lithuania refuses to extradite Belarus opposition figure

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania on Friday refused to extradite to Belarus opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, with the Baltic nation's foreign minister saying “hell will freeze over first"...

UN rights experts concerned over India's changes in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — U.N. human rights experts have urged India to ensure that the rights of people in Kashmir are safeguarded after New Delhi stripped the disputed region’s semi-autonomous status a...

Election turmoil splits West Virginia city's evangelicals

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — If you’re Christian in Bluefield — and most everyone is, in this small city tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains — you have your choice. You can follow Pastor...

Coronavirus: Sri Lanka's forced cremations spark anger among Muslims

Zeenat-ul-Razaniya has no news about the body of her deceased husband Mohammed Hilmi Kiyasdeen, who suffered from kidney failure and died on November 30 last year. The family had taken him to the hos...

Pakistan seeks to block US-based website of minority Ahmadis

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered a U.S.-based website propagating the faith of Pakistan's minority Ahmadis shut down over allegedly blasphemous content, one of the site's managers said Thursday. ...

Belgium religious faiths want more worshippers at services

Representatives of the religious faiths recognized in Belgium have joined forces to urge federal authorities to increase the number of people admitted inside places of worship during the coronavirus p...

Pakistan: Mob torches Hindu temple

A mob destroyed a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday by setting it on fire, officials said. Footage posted to social media showed thick smoke billowing from the site as men used ham...

EU states can mandate stunning animals for slaughter: ECJ

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU member states could legally ban stun-free slaughter, despite initial opposition from religious groups. In 2017, the Flemish region of Belgium pro...

Belgium seeks to ease virus rules on religious services

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's government is under pressure to change its restrictive rules on religious services during the coronavirus crisis after the country's highest court said the measures impede co...

Taiwan foreign minister highlights need to protect religious freedom from authoritarianism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday (Nov. 16) called for solidarity among countries sharing similar values to protect religious freedom at the 2020 M...

UN investigator: Rights of minorities to worship undermined

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special investigator on religious freedom urged countries to repeal laws undermining the right of minorities to worship and hold beliefs, pointing as examples to China’s...

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise ...

Nearly 40 nations criticize China's human rights policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticized China’s treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed grave concern at the impact of its ...

Orthodox church petitions UN over Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church of the United States said Tuesday it is petitioning United Nations experts to coerce Turkey into protecting Orthodox Christianity's cultural heritage fo...

Contentious Brexit bill faces first Commons debate and vote

Former Prime Minister David Cameron and former Attorney General Geoffrey Cox joined the ranks of disquiet against Boris Johnson's controversial bill on Monday. The Internal Market Bill, being deb...