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Removing religion as hate speech defence an idea worth exploring: antisemitism envoy

Removing religion as hate speech defence an idea worth exploring: antisemitism envoy

OTTAWA — Canada's special envoy for combating antisemitism says she is "very interested" in exploring the idea of removing religion as a possible defence against hate speech charges, drawing concern about the prospect of a chill on religious expressi
Unknown bust of the architect who designed the Florence cathedral dome found after 700 years

Unknown bust of the architect who designed the Florence cathedral dome found after 700 years

MILAN (AP) — A previously unknown terracotta bust of the famed early Renaissance architect who designed the Florence Cathedral dome was unveiled Thursday in the Tuscan capital, where it will be displayed permanently following restoration.
Baltimore's Catholic archdiocese will cut parishes as attendance falls and infrastructure ages

Baltimore's Catholic archdiocese will cut parishes as attendance falls and infrastructure ages

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's Catholic archdiocese, the nation's oldest, will cut the number of parishes in the city and nearby suburbs by about two-thirds as part of a realignment plan responding to falling attendance and aging infrastructure.
Iran inters its late president at holiest Shiite site in nation after fatal helicopter crash

Iran inters its late president at holiest Shiite site in nation after fatal helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran interred late President Ebrahim Raisi at the holiest Shiite shrine in the nation on Thursday, days after a fatal helicopter crash killed him along with the country’s foreign minister and six others.
France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach to faith, school, integration

France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach to faith, school, integration

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Brought into the international spotlight by the ban on hijabs for French athletes at the upcoming Paris Olympics , France’s unique approach to “laïcité” — loosely translated as “secularism” — has been increasingly stirring co