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U.S. Declines To Play Referee In Saudi Arabia, Iran Dispute

The State Department says the U.S. is not going to be the "referee" in the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but their dispute threatens U.S. goals in the region.
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Can Mormons Drink Coca-Cola?

Many people assume Coca-Cola and other caffeinated drinks are forbidden under Mormon church doctrine. The truth is more complicated, and has been a long-running subject of debate among Mormons.
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The Rise Of The Mega-Mosque In Turkey

The country has been undergoing a building spree of massive places of worship, which not all the residents are thrilled about. Borzou Daragahi, who's been writing of the boom for Buzzfeed, explains.
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In 2015, TV Broke Ground By Showing Relatable Women In Hijab

When Muslim women in headscarves appear on TV, it's often in the context of hate crimes, terrorism or politics. But in 2015, TV showed hijab-wearing women joking, coding and cooking up a storm.
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Catholic Priest Apologizes For Riding 'Hoverboard' During Church Service

Father Albert San Jose became something of a viral hit after video was posted online of him riding a self-balancing scooter through the aisles, singing "May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You."
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Rev. Barry Lynn: "God And Government" (Rebroadcast)

Rev. Barry Lynn has been a central player in the major church-state battles for decades. In his new book he revisits the issues that have defined his career like prayer in public school and reproductive rights.

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Pope Francis Asks Central American Governments To Help Cuban Migrants

Thousands of Cubans have been stuck in Costa Rica as they attempt to make their way to the United States.
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Faced With Fear, A Muslim Woman Makes A Stand — By Setting One Up

Amid an atmosphere of mistrust about Islam, Mona Haydar and her husband had an idea: Why not open a dialogue? So, they set up a stand — "Ask a Muslim" — and brought some doughnuts.
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In Russia, A High-Ranking Orthodox Priest Is Sacked — And Hits Back

Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-profile religious conservative, was dismissed with little explanation on Thursday. He says he was sacked because church authorities want to silence independent voices.
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Rural Wyoming Town's First Mosque Sparks Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

The first mosque recently opened its doors in the rural town of Gillette, Wyo. It didn't get much attention at first, but then a group of locals started a Facebook group called "Stop Islam in Gillette." This has been hard for a Muslim family with deep roots in the area.

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