Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ measure

Politics 01/09/19, 18:27

Maryland's ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations' federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order ...

Update: Yemeni mom in US to give dying son kiss

U.S. 12/19/18, 23:35

The Latest on a Yemeni mother who fought to see her dying son in the U.S. (all times local):8:30 p.m.A Yemeni mother who was at the center of a yearlong legal battle for the right to give her dying son one last kiss has arrived in the United States.Shaima Swileh ...

President Trump pulling all US troops from Syria, declaring IS defeat

Politics 12/19/18, 18:49

President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, officials announced Wednesday as the president suddenly declared victory over the Islamic State. The U.S. began airstrikes in Syria in 2014, and ground troops moved in the following year to battle the Islamic State, or ISIS, and train Syrian ...

PHOTOS: Turkey’s whirling dervishes honor Sufi poet

Europe 12/19/18, 03:50

Every December, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the central Turkish city of Konya for 10 days of ceremonies and events commemorating the death of the 13th-century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi.Among the most visually stunning tributes is a mesmerizing ceremony by the whirling dervishes.Rumi, also ...

Yemeni mom wins fight to fly to US to give dying son kiss

U.S. 12/19/18, 01:31

All Shaima Swileh wants is to give her son one more kiss before he dies. The Yemeni woman is about to get her wish after winning her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban so she can fly to California where her 2-year-old son is on life support. The ...

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

World 12/17/18, 01:15

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.He remembers the last thing she told ...

Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage quits party over far-right turn

Europe 12/04/18, 14:33

Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says he is quitting the party over its embrace of far-right activists.Under Farage, the Euroskeptic party played a major role in the campaign for Brexit. He stepped down after helping lead the "leave" side to victory in Britain's 2016 EU membership referendum.Since then, ...

Letters of support pour in for threatened Muslim girl, 10

U.S. 11/29/18, 22:48

A Muslim girl in Massachusetts has received hundreds of letters of support after receiving threatening notes at her elementary school.The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it has received more than 500 notes from across the country for the 10-year-old.The girl, who officials haven't named publicly, is ...

Germany seeks dialogue with country’s 4.5 million Muslims

Europe 11/28/18, 09:10

The German government is reaching out to the country's 4.5 million Muslims by sitting down with community leaders, experts and imams to talk about improving their integration in the country.German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer opened the "German Islam Conference" Wednesday saying the dialogue with Germany's Muslims will tackle their "beliefs, ...

EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

World 11/09/18, 09:20

The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.The minority, among Pakistan's poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant ...

Muslim concern about vaccine fuels Thai measles outbreak

Health 11/06/18, 06:29

Health authorities in Thailand are racing to contain a measles outbreak in the country's southern provinces, where 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases have been reported since September.Officials blame the comeback of the disease on low vaccination rates in the south caused by misconceptions among the Muslim population about ...

Yazidi mothers of children by IS face heartbreaking choices

Asia & Pacific 10/28/18, 06:23

The 26-year-old Yazidi mother faces a heartbreaking choice.Her family is preparing to emigrate from Iraq to Australia and start a new life after the suffering the Islamic State group wreaked on their small religious minority. She is desperate to go with them, but there is also someone she can't bear ...

Sinead O’Connor announces conversion to Islam

Entertainment 10/25/18, 22:43

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and said she has changed her name to Shuhada' Davitt.The 51-year-old has been posting selfies of herself wearing hijabs on Twitter in recent days, as well as a video in which she sang the Azan, or call to prayer.She ...

PHOTOS: In Morocco, tribal tattoos fade with age, Islam

World 10/25/18, 05:11

In Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains, an ancient tradition is fading. The distinctive tribal tattoos that indigenous Amazigh women acquired in a coming of age ritual are slowly disappearing as their bearers age and die.Strictly observant Muslims and women who want to be modern have shunned the practice, which dates to ...

Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State

Politics 10/22/18, 03:20

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says an airstrike on a mosque in Syria targeted an insurgent command and control center and killed a dozen fighters. The coalition in a statement says that while the law of war protects mosques, the use of the building as a headquarters by ...

The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

World 10/19/18, 14:54

Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have been — have little to do with me.Except for one thing.Almost 25 years ago, Jamal ...

Man sentenced to more than 24 years for Texas mosque fire

U.S. 10/18/18, 04:57

A man convicted of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas. In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime charges. Mark Di Carlo, ...

US briefs Iraq Chaldean head, Vatican on aid after critique

World 10/17/18, 23:10

A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group. Mark Green, administrator of the State Department's USAID development agency, said he disagreed with Cardinal ...

Missing Saudi writer had big plans for his troubled region

World 10/12/18, 08:31

The Saudi contributor to Washington Post who went missing more than a week ago and is feared dead had major plans, including a string of new projects to promote inclusiveness and accountability lacking around the Arab world, his friends say.Jamal Khashoggi, a prolific writer and commentator, was working quietly with ...

PHOTOS: Girl child day: Ansa, 10, starts day with prayer

World 10/11/18, 02:52

She's just 10 years old, but Pakistani girl Ansa Khan's day is a hectic one.At the first hint of dawn, she is up saying her morning prayers before reading her Quran, Islam's holy book. Those are Ansa's quietest moments. After that, her day is a whirl of chores, school, studying ...

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