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Obama defends religious freedoms in Cairo speech

CAIRO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says freedom of religion is central to peoples' ability to live together.

Obama on Thursday said Islam has a tradition of tolerance, something he saw firsthand as a child in Indonesia. Obama says people should be free to worship as they see fit and that Western countries should not impose restrictions on how Muslims practice their faith.

Obama acknowledges rules inside the United States have made it more difficult for American Muslims to donate to Islamic charities and says he is committed to ease such giving.

Obama is in Cairo delivering a speech with the goal of repairing the United States' relationship with the Muslim world.

He says some Muslims measure their own faith by rejecting other's beliefs, a notion he says he rejects.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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