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The ‘Splainer: What religious sites were lost or damaged in Nepal quake

(RNS) In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal toppled, destroyed and damaged a millennium of religious history. What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? Will they be rebuilt? Can they be? Le...
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Sifting through religious debris in ‘Dig,’ what’s fact and what’s fiction?

(RNS) Trapdoors, secret chambers and mysterious torch-lit beach rituals. The eighth episode of “Dig,” the Holy Land conspiracy thriller that aired Thursday (April 23) on the USA Network, serves up all these classic elements of suspense. But that heady cocktail comes with a shot of rel...
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World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty

(RNS) The World Bank is teaming up with global religious leaders in a 15-year effort to end extreme poverty by 2030. About 35 religious groups worldwide, including Bread for the World, Islamic Relief International, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Sojourners, endorsed...
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Christians thrown overboard by Obama (COMMENTARY)

What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution. Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi missed the opportunity to label it as su...
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Conservative Anglican group backs away from split with Anglican Communion

(RNS) Widely viewed as a schismatic movement, the Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON, a grouping of conservative Anglicans, says it is not leaving the worldwide Anglican Communion. Instead, the movement says it is committed to renewing the 85 million-member communion from wi...
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Kenya’s Christians and Muslims divided over amnesty plan

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Religious tensions between Christians and Muslims have flared after the government extended amnesty to youth who denounce the Muslim terrorist group al-Shabab, a step Christian leaders condemned. On Tuesday (April 14), Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery s...
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The Jamia Mosque, the seat of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims. Religion News Service photo by Fredrick Nzwili
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Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s tale provides cover for US-led wars in the Muslim world (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Controversial American author Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a regular fixture on major news networks lately, discussing her most recent book, “Heretic,” as well as her views on various issues that include violence in Islam and the treatment of Muslim women. An ex-Muslim, Hirsi Ali be...
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‘Radical Muslims’ clothing line attempts to shatter stereotypes

(RNS) Radical Muslims. The phrase elicits images of ISIS militants and terror in the desert, perhaps grainy YouTube videos, Kalashnikovs and raised fists. What about a man in an ankle-length garment and cotton headscarf carving the air with his skateboard? Is that a radical Muslim?...
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Why conservatives want Obama to say ‘Islamic’ terrorism

(RNS) When Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president, the Texas Republican asked the audience at Liberty University to “imagine a president who says, ‘We will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism … and we will call it by its name.’” The last part of that sentence was...
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