US President Barack Obama is reflected on a glass of water as he attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
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President Barack Obama pressed for greater religious freedom in China and offered prayers for U.S. prisoners in North Korea and Iran Thursday during remarks at an annual prayer breakfast that highlighted his Christian faith.Obama said religious freedom, protected by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, was under threat around the world and he singled out China and Burma, also known as Myanmar, as countries that needed to do better on the issue.Obama, a Christian, does not talk frequently about his own faith, which was a big issue in the 2008 presidential campaign because of inflammatory remarks by his former Chicago pastor and due to false rumors he was a Muslim.The national prayer breakfast is billed as an event where Republicans and Democrats set aside their political differences to focus on faith and religion.
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