Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

World 02/22/19, 19:26

Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions.President Rodrigo Duterte led a ceremony to name Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Murad Ebrahim and some ...

Indicted US intelligence analyst once drew media across Iran

World 02/14/19, 08:24

The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, her brown hair now hidden underneath a mandatory hijab, stood before an Iranian ayatollah as a television camera filmed behind her.It was 2012 and Monica Elfriede Witt offered Ayatollah Hadi Barikbin the pledge of faith all Islam converts must recite: "There is no ...

Pope to visit Moroccan imam school to boost moderate Islam

World 02/09/19, 08:37

Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African country.The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope's trip to Rabat.It comes on the heels ...

Court fight: Muslim man facing execution wants imam present

U.S. 02/07/19, 17:59

A Muslim inmate who complained that the state of Alabama won't let him have an Islamic spiritual adviser beside him when he's executed awaited a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether the lethal injection would be carried out as planned Thursday evening or put on hold.Attorneys for Dominique Ray, 42, ...

Appeals court blocks Alabama execution of Muslim inmate

U.S. 02/06/19, 16:28

Alabama may be violating the religious rights of a Muslim inmate set for execution by refusing to allow an imam at his death, a federal court said Wednesday in blocking the lethal injection.The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted an indefinite stay for Dominique Ray, 42, a day before ...

3 men accused of plotting attack on Muslim enclave in court

New York 02/05/19, 20:52

The case of one of three men accused of plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community is headed to a grand jury.The three men who appeared in town court Tuesday in suburban Rochester are accused of planning to attack the rural community of Islamberg with explosives. They were ...

UK believes Islamic State hostage John Cantlie is alive

Europe 02/05/19, 10:45

British Security Minister Ben Wallace has told journalists that the government believes British hostage John Cantlie is alive.Wallace made the comments to journalists Tuesday. He did not say what intelligence supported the belief that the photojournalist, captured in northwestern Syria in November 2012, is still alive.He did say officials believe ...

Update: Girl approaches pope as he enters UAE stadium

02/05/19, 09:37

The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):6:30 p.m.Pope Francis received a surprise when a little girl crawled under the barrier at an Abu Dhabi stadium and ran to hand him a piece of paper.The young girl dodged security and was greeted by ...

Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later

World 02/04/19, 01:21

Forty years after he defected from the shah's Imperial Guard to join the Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Reza Tajik, like many Iranians from that time, looks back wistfully at the youthful excitement they felt and the losses they suffered since then.Working in his woodshop in Tehran, he recounted the deaths of ...

Sarfraz hopes ban won’t stop him leading Pakistan in WCup

Sports 02/03/19, 05:04

Pakistan's banned captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes his four-match suspension will not deny him the opportunity to lead his country in the World Cup in England later this year."The decision is with the Pakistan Cricket Board, but I have got positive vibes about it that I will be the captain for ...

Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

World 02/01/19, 11:09

Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power. The climactic events that year — from revolutionaries in the streets of Tehran to blindfolded American hostages in ...

WAS THERE: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran

World 02/01/19, 01:26

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 1, 1979, Iran's exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini descended from a chartered Air France Boeing 747 to return to Tehran, a moment that changed the country's history for decades to come.Confrontations between security forces and demonstrators raged on even after Khomeini's arrival, which followed the departure of ...

Ayatollah Khomeini’s family mostly absent from Iran politics

World 02/01/19, 01:14

His image is on bank notes and in textbooks in Iran, often as a black-and-white embodiment of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that swept aside the country's shah and forever changed the nation.But unlike other countries ruled by family dynasties, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's children and grandchildren have never fully entered politics.Part ...

Khomeini launched a revolution from a sleepy French village

Europe 01/31/19, 14:58

From a sleepy village outside Paris, the man who would become the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran sat cross-legged beneath an apple tree, delivering messages daily to hundreds of followers clamoring to glimpse the glowering man in the black turban.For several months in late 1978 and early ...

Interview: UAE sees Pope’s visit as way to build bridges

World 01/24/19, 12:39

As the United Arab Emirates prepares to host Pope Francis in February, the country's minister of tolerance said the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula will contribute to building bridges at a time of growing nationalism and insularism around the world.Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan spoke with The ...

Update: 4 charged with plotting attack on Muslim enclave

U.S. 01/22/19, 15:37

The Latest on the arrest of three adults and a high school student accused of plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community (all times local):3:15 p.m.Police say three adults and a 16-year-old student plotted to attack an upstate New York Muslim community and had access to 23 firearms ...

Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

World 01/19/19, 05:03

Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.These moments and others in 1979, which dominated television sets and newspaper ...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

World 01/16/19, 07:49

Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by angry mobs clamoring for her death. In her ...

WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

World 01/16/19, 01:09

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later.His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied on ...

Texas Republicans poised to vote on Muslim vice chair ouster

Texas 01/10/19, 15:52

Republicans in one of Texas' most populous counties are scheduled to decide Thursday whether to remove a Muslim doctor as a party vice chairman amid infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs.The executive committee of the Tarrant County Republican Party is voting on a post held by Shahid Shafi, ...

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