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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...

AP FACT CHECK: GOP taps distortions to heap praise on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Trump echoed falsehoods of his father, Melania Trump credited her husband with a dubious religious first, and the president's economic adviser wholly distorted the conditions Do...

Burqa ban, face mask laws frustrate Dutch Muslims

Walking quickly across the Bos en Lommerplein, a square in the west of Amsterdam, Emarah* stands out. Raindrops run down her long black burqa, soaking the bottom of the black body-covering garment. It...

Focus on Taiwan's potential African ally, Somaliland

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa, is set to establish mutual representative offices with Taiwan and it's a deal that comes with a lot of questions. As a former Br...

Israel orders US-based Christian TV channel off air

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license....

Australian leader expects foreign students to return in July

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International students are expected to begin returning to Australia next month despite Chinese warnings of pandemic-related racism, the Australian prime minister said on Fri...

Muslims in Taiwan to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home

Most Muslims in Taiwan will celebrate the annual Eid al-Fitr festival this year by praying at home instead of gathering in large numbers at mosques and other venues, as is the custom, due to the COVID...

'GOD TV' spat exposes tensions between Israel, evangelicals

JERUSALEM (AP) — An evangelical broadcaster who boasted of miraculously securing a TV license in Israel now risks being taken off the air over suspicions of trying to convert Jews to Christianity. ...