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A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its first test at the state Legislature on Thursday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered its unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure.
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UN rights chief: discredit IS, give peaceful Muslims courage

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 8:41am
The United Nations' human rights chief is advocating an effort to discredit the Islamic State group and encourage peaceful Muslims to take a stand against extremist violence.
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AP PHOTOS: Pakistan religious schools in spotlight

Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 1:30am
Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from.
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Utah lawmakers unveil 'historic' anti-discrimination, religious rights bill

Dennis Romboy  |  posted Mar 4th - 6:53pm
Calling it a monumental and historic day, Utah lawmakers unveiled much-anticipated legislation Wednesday that aims to balance religious rights and protections against discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace and housing.
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$2M gift creates Thai Professorship of Theravada Buddhism

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 7:20am
The University of Michigan has received $2 million to establish the Thai Professorship of Theravada Buddhism.
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Ex-Ukraine minister arrested in Spain for embezzlement

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 2:40am
Spanish police have arrested former Ukraine finance minister Yuri Kolobov, who is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state funds.
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Lawmakers expected to talk transportation, schools, religion

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 5th - 2:20am
Three provocative pieces of legislation are on track to floor votes in the General Assembly.
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Utah lawmakers advance alternative religious rights proposal

Kelly Catalfamo, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 8:31pm
Hours after Utah senators unveiled comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that earned the approval of the Mormon Church and LGBT rights advocates, lawmakers in the House decided to move forward with an alternative proposal.
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NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

Karen Matthews and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 7:51pm
The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.
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Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 4:41pm
Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals.
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Mayor: NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 11:41am
The New York City public school system is set to observe a pair of Muslim holidays for the first time.
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Judge kills religious bias suit against church school system

The Associated Press  |  posted Mar 4th - 7:01am
A religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Sioux City's Bishop Heelan Catholic school system has been dismissed.
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