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In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.
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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 9:10am
A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China on Thursday that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.
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Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:30am
More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. They found themselves encircled by shouting police blocking them from speaking to reporters or entering the temple as a group.
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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 11:31pm
A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.
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Religious rights advocates link persecution to terrorism

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 6:11pm
A Nigerian human rights lawyer charges that terrorism has spread because the Obama administration has downplayed religion in its foreign policy.
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Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 5:21pm
One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president.
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Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 4:41pm
The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.
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Anti-gay Tenn. billboard stirs religion debate

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 3:31pm
An anti-gay billboard is stirring a debate over bullying and religion in a rural community about 30 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee.
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Federal charges for pair in Amish kidnapping case

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 3:21pm
The couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York were charged Thursday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.
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Administration offers new assurances, as Senate vote nears

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 2:31pm
Top administration officials have again been reassuring Congress -- and the public -- that there are no plans to involve U.S. troops in ground combat in Iraq or Syria.
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Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 11:30am
An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday.
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Faith motivates many Ebola doctors

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 7:01pm
Why would an American doctor risk his life to treat Ebola patients in Africa?
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