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Sarah Sanders says ‘God wanted Trump to be president’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Sanders also said it was “very hard” to take morality lessons from the Democratic Party White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told a religious television network that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president”. Ms Sanders made the claim in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), saying it was the reason Mr Trump was in office. The press secretary also said it was “very hard” to take morality lessons from the Democratic Party. Democrats have attacked Mr Trump’s proposed border…

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Pre-Aztec ‘Flayed god’ temple uncovered in Mexico

Image copyright Melitón Tapia INAH Image caption The sculptures were discovered during an excavation of pre-Aztec era ruins Archaeologists in Mexico say they have made an important discovery, uncovering a temple to Xipe Tótec – the pre-Hispanic “Flayed lord”. Historically, throughout the region, priests paid tribute to the deity by wearing the skin of human sacrifices. Items relating to the deity were discovered at a site in Puebla state, and believed to date from 900-1150 AD. Mexican archaeologists say the find may be the earliest dedication to Xipe Tótec discovered…

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Finding God in the anguish of violence

Image copyright Azan Shah As violence has intensified in Indian-administered Kashmir, people have been flocking to the region’s fabled Sufi shrines in search of solace. Sameer Yasir speaks to photographer Azan Shah, who has been documenting the anguish of the devotees. Bakhti Begam is a regular at Khanqah-e-Moula, a Muslim Sufi shrine located on the banks of river Jhelum, which careens through the heart of Srinagar city. She arrives quietly, holding a framed photograph of her missing son in a torn plastic bag. She places it on the stairs leading…

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Brazil ‘faith healer’ John of God surrenders to police

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Brazilian “spiritual healer” Joao Teixeira de Faria, pictured with supporters, has turned himself in to police A Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women has handed himself in to police, local media report. Joao Teixeira de Faria, known as “John of God”, was declared a fugitive on Saturday after missing a deadline to surrender to the authorities. The cascade of claims against him began earlier in December, when a dozen women said the self-styled spiritual healer had abused them at…

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My three children have died – should I try IVF or trust in God?

Ruba and Saqib both carry a gene for an incurable condition, which means their children have a one-in-four chance of dying in early childhood. They’ve already lost three. Ruba now wants IVF, to select a healthy embryo. Saqib is putting his trust in Allah. And some relatives want them to separate and remarry. Ruba Bibi had not wanted to marry so young. She had planned to do A-levels and go to university, but before she had finished her GCSEs her parents arranged for her to marry Saqib Mehmood, her cousin,…

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The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead Redemption win big

Image copyright SONY The adventures of a Spartan and a rugged Wild West outlaw have swept the board at this year’s The Game Awards. Big budget titles God Of War and Red Dead Redemption joined Fortnite in taking home trophies at the event. God Of War won the big one – Game of the Year – ahead of Assassin’s Creed, Celeste, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter and Red Dead Redemption. It also won an award for game direction and was named Best Action or Adventure Game of the Year. Red Dead Redemption…

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Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ expected to sell for $1.5m

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The letter is regarded as a clear statement of Einstein’s religious beliefs A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£1.2m). The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, then 74, wrote the one-and-a-half page note to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to one of his works. It is seen as a key statement in the…

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The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead dominate

Image copyright Sony Image caption God of War told the story of Kratos’s relationship with his son The Christmas countdown clock is ticking, and you might be wondering what games to ask for in your stocking. With so many launching every month, it can be tricky to pick out the must-plays. The Game Awards recognises the best games released every year, and has announced the full list of nominees. Perhaps unsurprisingly Red Dead Redemption II and God of War lead the pack, with eight nominations each. Image copyright Chesnot //…

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Migrant caravan: ‘May God soften Trump’s heart’

Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants are stuck at the Mexico-Guatemala border hoping to make it to the US. President Trump has warned them that he will shut down the southern US border so they cannot enter. This is the second large-scale caravan of Central American migrants this year. Video by Angélica M Casas and Peter Murtaugh in Guatemala Read More: Migrant caravan halted by Mexico police on Guatemala border Source link

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Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ may fetch up to $1.5 million at New York auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A handwritten letter in which Nobel physicist Albert Einstein took issue with the concept of religion and his own Jewish faith is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million at auction in New York. The God Letter, an autographed letter signed by Albert Einstein (“A. Einstein”) to Eric Gutkind at Princeton, January 3, 1954 is shown in this image provided by Christie’s in New York, U.S., October 4, 2018. Christie’s Images LTD. 2018/Handout via REUTERS Christie’s auctioneers said on Thursday that the so-called God Letter, written…

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