Many upper caste Hindus consider the cow holy and have long rallied to ban beef eating. Critics of the government see the new animal cruelty rules as an effort to cater to these demands.
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Police in the Australian state of Victoria have announced sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell, the pope's finance chief. At the Vatican on Thursday, Pell said he would return to Australia to fight the charges.
A plethora of religious iconography fill the National Museum of American History's new exhibit, Religion in Early America. From left to right, an 18th century Torah scroll, a 17th century Catholic cross and a children's Noah's Ark playset from 1828 sit on display.
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Five-year-old Fatima shows off her Sallah gift in a camp for those internally displaced by the ongoing violence in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.
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A child stands among the people taking part in Eid al-Fitr prayers in Bucharest, Romania. Members of the country's Muslim community gathered at the massive Dinamo soccer stadium in the Romanian capital.
An officer stands at the Fresnes Prison in France in September 2016. Fresnes was the first French prison to separate radicalized inmates from the general prison population.
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