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April 24, 2017 12:31 AM The fate of Europe will depend on the winner of the French presidential election

The results of one of the most divisive and unpredictable presidential contests in recent French history, which saw early frontrunner, the conservative François Fillon, laid low by a corruption scandal and judicial investigation; a late surge by Jean-Luc Mélenchon the far-left firebrand who wants to take France out of the European Union and NATO; and the Socialist 21

April 22, 2017 2:10 AM Religious liberty in Russia…and the U.S

At the end of his Social Contract, Rousseau argues for a civil religion that requires all citizens to be uber-tolerant of religions not their own: “Anyone who ventures to say: ‘Outside the Church is no salvation’ should be driven from the state,” he wrote. That’s the position the Russian Supreme Court took Thursday in banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses 18

April 21, 2017 6:27 AM Russian Supreme court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, calls them extremist

Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported. Interfax News Agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights 13

April 21, 2017 1:49 AM Jehovah's Witnesses banned by Russian court as 'extremist' organisation, ordered to disband

Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that Jehovah's Witnesses were an "extremist" organisation and must disband and hand over all property to the state. The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its "liquidation" in Russia. "We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity," Yaroslav 13

April 20, 2017 9:11 PM Top Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses, Claiming 'Extremist Activities'

Russia's Supreme Court Thursday banned the Jehovah's Witnesses' organization, classifying it an extremist group. The sect's Russia headquarters as well as some 400 local chapters are to be seized by the state. Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witness organization after the country's Justice Ministry requested the group be labeled "extremist" 13

April 20, 2017 7:30 PM Russia court outlaws 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses

Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation. The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal 13

April 20, 2017 6:50 PM Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calling It an Extremist Group

MOSCOW — Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday declared Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting its more than 170,000 Russian worshipers in the same category as Islamic State militants. The ruling, which confirmed an order last month 17

April 20, 2017 4:09 PM Russia's Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses

MOSCOW -- Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. The court ordered the closure of the group's Russian headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property 11

April 20, 2017 4:09 PM Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from the country. The court made the decision after describing the group as an extremist organization. Four former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had told a Russia’s Supreme Court how they were brainwashed by the church against receiving higher education or starting a family. A wtiness, Natalia 16

April 18, 2017 8:21 PM Mattis confirms ‘deconflicting’ with Russia, seeks political solution for Yemen

Mattis is in the Middle East on a weeklong tour, starting with Saudi Arabia, where he landed Tuesday. He is scheduled to meet with the Saudi leadership, including King Salman, and discuss the war effort against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the bloodbath in Yemen. “We are deconflicting with the Russians,”Mattis told reporters en route to Riyadh 14