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The case for gender-segregated beaches

(RNS) — News that New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch has rented a city-owned Brooklyn beach for separate male and female swim days is creating excitement among devout Muslims and Orthodox Jews, but critics say the practice amounts to gender discrimination.

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Taj Mahal's attackers dispute site’s Muslim origins

NEW DELHI (RNS) — Hindu nationalists recently vandalized a gate at the Taj Mahal, the world-famous monument built by a Muslim emperor in the 17th century. The incident is part of rising anti-Muslim sentiment and violence throughout India since the Hindu nationalist party won the 2014 general election.