Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of IS legacy

Asia & Pacific 04/24/19, 01:20

When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group's police force, believing the salary would help keep his struggling family afloat.But what he wound up providing was a legacy that would ...

In camp of diehard IS supporters, some women express regrets

Asia & Pacific 04/23/19, 01:13

The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group.Now after the fall of the last stronghold of the group's "caliphate," they say they ...

Russian court grants early release to would-be IS bride

Europe 04/16/19, 12:10

A Russian court on Tuesday granted parole to a Moscow student who was sent to prison for trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria.The court in Russia's northwest upheld Varvara Karaulova's plea to cut her prison sentence by one year and 10 days. The 23-year old Moscow State ...

Trump tweets video edited to suggest Omar dismissive of 9/11

Politics 04/12/19, 19:11

President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar's speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations ...

Fox host questions whether Omar is ‘an American first’

Politics 04/10/19, 15:19

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade is guilty of a "dangerous incitement" for questioning her loyalty to the United States, since she's been the subject of death threats in the past. Kilmeade said on a "Fox & Friends" segment about the freshman Democrat that ...

Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

Asia & Pacific 04/03/19, 04:15

New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores. The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei's Shariah Penal ...

Update: Christians hope pope’s Morocco visit a good sign

Europe 03/31/19, 05:38

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Morocco: (all times local):11:20 a.m.Moroccans who converted to Christianity are hoping Pope Francis' visit will compel Moroccan authorities to become more tolerant of respecting religious freedom.Pope Francis exchanges gifts during a visit to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of ...

Update: Pope in Morocco highlights Christian-Muslim ties

Africa 03/30/19, 08:32

The Latest on the Pope's trip to Morocco (all times local):2:25 p.m.Pope Francis has arrived in Morocco for a trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock.Pope Francis ...

Pope’s trip to Morocco to highlight Christian-Muslim ties

Africa 03/30/19, 03:46

Pope Francis's weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries.Francis will address the first two items on the agenda Saturday when he ...

Pope seeks to build on Muslim outreach with Morocco trip

Europe 03/29/19, 03:40

Pope Francis is forging ahead with promoting moderate Islam during a weekend trip to Morocco, seeking to build on warming ties with the Sunni world while also ministering to a tiny Catholic community and offering solidarity with migrants.For the 82-year-old pope, the 27-hour, whirlwind visit to Rabat, the Moroccan capital, ...

Group highlights civil rights abuses against Muslims

U.S. 03/27/19, 15:14

An elementary school student who received threatening notes in her classroom. A congressional candidate who dealt with anti-Islam political flyers during her campaign. And a mother who was subjected to an invasive airport search. Those and many other cases from 2018 are highlighted in a new report released Wednesday by the ...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Asia & Pacific 03/23/19, 08:25

The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large.With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his chillingly violent ...

UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

New York 03/22/19, 18:07

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."Speaking a week after the terrorist attacks on two mosques ...

Muslim convert jailed for plot to attack London’s Oxford St

Europe 03/06/19, 12:36

A British Muslim convert was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for plotting a van attack on crowds in London's busy Oxford Street shopping district.Lewis Ludlow had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to preparing acts of terrorism and fundraising for the Islamic State group.Police found planning ...

Egypt’s top cleric calls polygamy ‘injustice,’ draws debate

World 03/03/19, 10:40

Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice."Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full, said Sheikh Ahmed ...

Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

World 03/02/19, 11:14

A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relatives in emotional scenes that underscored their yearslong ordeal and that of their devastated community.Elated families met their loved ones ...

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