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  • NBC’s High-School Drama Amps Up Gay, Transgender, Abortion Storylines

    We’re nearing the end of NBC’s ultra-liberal high school drama Rise, with just four episodes to go. But unlike Tuesday’s episode, titled “This Will God Willing Get Better,” the show just continues to get worse. Catholic student Simon (Ted Sutherland) appears to finally give in to his feelings for his male castmate in the school’s controversial play, “Spring Awakening,” abortion is pushed on pregnant teen Sasha (Erin Kommor), and the underage students perform more sexually explicit songs.

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  • We went to "Beyoncé Mass" and It was glorious

    Service opened with the choir’s performance of Survivor by Destiny’s Child #BeyonceMass pic.twitter.com/j453R2dWLa — Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) April 26, 2018 A San Francisco church held a worship service Wednesday night themed on the teachings of… Beyoncé. Grace Cathedral, an historic episcopal church known for its commitment to social justice, hosted its “Beyonce Mass” as part […]

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  • Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'

    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing.

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  • Liberals on top U.S. court ask if Trump travel waivers just 'window dressing'

    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices sought assurances on Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy for granting medical or other exceptions to a ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries amounted to more than window dressing.

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  • Beloved princes: Boys become Buddhist novices in Thailand

    MAE HONG SON, Thailand (Reuters) - Golden umbrellas draped in beads and flowers provide shade for boys as young as seven riding on their fathers' shoulders in a procession through the mountain town of Mae Hong Son on Thailand's northern border.

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  • Beloved princes: Boys become Buddhist novices in Thailand

    MAE HONG SON, Thailand (Reuters) - Golden umbrellas draped in beads and flowers provide shade for boys as young as seven riding on their fathers' shoulders in a procession through the mountain town of Mae Hong Son on Thailand's northern border.

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  • Court rules gravely ill UK child cannot travel to Vatican hospital

    LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - A British court rejected an appeal on Wednesday from parents of a gravely ill 23-month-old boy to take their son to Italy for treatment, a case that has drawn international attention, including from Pope Francis.

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  • U.N. chief taps Swiss ambassador to Germany as Myanmar envoy

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has tapped Switzerland's Ambassador to Germany, Christine Schraner Burgener, to be his special envoy on Myanmar, U.N. sources said on Wednesday.

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  • Supreme court appears to lean in favor of Trump's right to impose travel ban

    Key judges signal support for president’s authority, as court weighs whether his motivation was national security or religious animus Two key judges on the US supreme court signaled support on Wednesday for Donald Trump’s authority to impose his controversial travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries, as fierce arguments raged before the bench in Washington. Chief justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the two most likely swing votes on the nine-judge court, both expressed...

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  • Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans make new court challenge

    Lawyers battled in a London court Wednesday over the fate of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis and sparked an international debate about the competing rights of the child his doctors and his parents. The 23-month-old boy suffers...

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  • Bavarian leader orders Christian crosses on all state buildings

    Markus Söder sparks outcry after saying cross is a cultural rather than religious symbol The premier of Bavaria has sparked uproar after his cabinet ordered that Christian crosses be fixed in the entrance halls of all public buildings. Markus Söder, whose conservative CSU party faces a far-right challenge in state elections in October, declared that “the cross is a fundamental symbol of our Bavarian identity and way of life”. Continue reading...

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  • Thousands of Germans join 'kippa marches' to reject anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of Germans wearing Jewish caps took part in nationwide rallies on Wednesday evening in support of the Jewish community amid concerns about growing anti-Semitism.

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  • Thousands of Germans join 'kippa marches' to reject anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of Germans wearing Jewish caps took part in nationwide rallies on Wednesday evening in support of the Jewish community amid concerns about growing anti-Semitism.

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  • U.S. cannot cut teen pregnancy prevention grants : federal judge

    (Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grant funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs run by affiliates of Planned Parenthood, saying the decision was arbitrary.

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  • U.S. cannot cut teen pregnancy prevention grants : federal judge

    (Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grant funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs run by affiliates of Planned Parenthood, saying the decision was arbitrary.

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  • Canadian Muslim charities lead fundraising for Toronto van attack victims

    TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Muslim charities are leading fundraising efforts to help victims of Monday's van attack in Toronto and their families cope with medical and funeral costs, teaming up with Toronto's city government.

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  • Pope invites Mideast religious leaders to Italy for peace summit

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has invited leaders of all Christian denominations in the Middle East to join him in Italy in July to discuss how they can help bring peace to the region, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

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  • Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

    WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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  • Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

    WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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  • Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

    WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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  • Court to rule on whether gravely ill UK child can go to Vatican hospital

    LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - A British court will hear an appeal on Wednesday in the case of a gravely ill, 23-month-old boy whose case has attracted international attention, including from Pope Francis.

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  • Pope to focus on fate of Christians in Middle East on July 7

    The Vatican says Pope Francis is planning to invite heads of churches and Christian communities from the Middle East to join him in a day of reflection and prayer in the southeastern Italian port city of Bari on July 7. The announcement on Wednesday said Francis has called for this...

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  • Don't turn your back on us, Albania PM tells EU

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Denying Albania the prospect of one day becoming a European Union member could fuel Muslim radicalisation in the Balkan country, endangering regional stability, its prime minister Edi Rama said.

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  • Armenians protest as acting leader suggests new elections

    YEREVAN (Reuters) - Police took up positions in the centre of the Armenian capital on Wednesday as tens of thousands of people protested against the ruling elite and the acting prime minister suggested new parliamentary elections to defuse the political crisis.

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