- Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback Updated: Feb-06-16 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.
- Businessman seeks leniency in halal beef export fraud case Updated: Feb-05-16 5:36 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Supporters of a prominent businessman and Muslim community leader packed a federal courtroom Friday to ask a judge to spare him prison time for committing fraud in exporting halal beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Fraternity, U of Chicago leaders condemn racist emails Updated: Feb-04-16 7:29 pm
CHICAGO - The University of Chicago and leaders of Alpha Epsilon Pi on Thursday condemned emails circulated by members of the fraternity that contained racist and other insulting language.
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Cleric's lawyers want US suit backed by Turkey tossed Updated: Feb-03-16 10:50 pm
Attorneys for a reclusive Muslim cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania asked a federal judge late Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he orchestrated human rights abuses in his native Turkey, denouncing it as "pure political theater" by the Turkish government.
- Tennessee editorial roundup Updated: Feb-03-16 7:10 pm
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- Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted Updated: Feb-03-16 3:25 pm
CATONSVILLE, Maryland - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to correct what he called a "hugely distorted impression" of Muslim-Americans as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque. He said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists' hands.
- Wisconsin firm terminates Muslim workers in prayer dispute Updated: Feb-03-16 2:27 pm
MILWAUKEE - A civil liberties group said Wednesday that it plans to file federal discrimination and harassment complaints after a Wisconsin manufacturer fired seven Muslim employees for violating a company break policy that doesn't provide extra time for prayer.
- Philippines fears new fighting with stalled Muslim autonomy Updated: Feb-03-16 7:21 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Congress ended its last regular session of its term Wednesday without passing a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south, sparking concerns the setback may ignite new fighting.
- Review: 'The Language of Secrets' is action-packed novel Updated: Feb-01-16 12:23 pm
"The Language of Secrets" (Minotaur), by Ausma Zehanat Khan
- Township that denied Islamic cemetery must issue permit Updated: Feb-01-16 11:53 am
MINNEAPOLIS - A judge in Minnesota is forcing a Minneapolis suburban township to issue a permit for an Islamic cemetery.
- Egyptian Christian students stand trial for insulting Islam Updated: Feb-01-16 8:47 am
CAIRO - Three Coptic Christian students face charges of insulting Islam and will stand trial this week after appearing in a video mocking Muslim prayers, one of a series of court cases that reflect lingering religious intolerance and Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt.
- CSU Sacramento investigate hate speech against Muslims Updated: Jan-28-16 9:19 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Officials at California State University, Sacramento, are investigating an incident involving written hate speech directed at the Muslim community.
- AP Interview: CEO hopes to settle Saudi firm's $6B of debts Updated: Jan-28-16 8:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The acting CEO of a Saudi firm that has owed $6 billion in debts since a 2009 crisis says he's hopeful a tentative agreement being offered to its creditors will be accepted.
- Iran training volunteer 'advisers' to serve in Syria Updated: Jan-27-16 12:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday that it is training volunteer "advisers" to serve alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
- The Latest: Man arrested in alleged plot was fired from gym Updated: Jan-26-16 7:35 pm
MILWAUKEE - The Latest on the arrest of a 23-year-old man accused of planning to attack a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged Tuesday in federal court (all times local):
- Grandson of Iran's Islamic Republic founder barred from poll Updated: Jan-26-16 7:18 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The grandson of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic has been barred from running for a top clerical body, his family said Tuesday, as the country prepares for crucial elections next month.
- Kerry says US-Saudi friendship stronger than ever Updated: Jan-24-16 3:11 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.
- Twitter erupts after Saudi cleric says chess is forbidden Updated: Jan-21-16 4:08 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A video clip of Saudi Arabia's top cleric saying that the game of chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and leads to rivalry and enmity among people has provoked heated debate, and widespread criticism, among Arabic Twitter users.
- Danish city makes pork mandatory but allows other food Updated: Jan-21-16 12:24 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A Danish city has ordered pork to be mandatory on municipal menus, including for schools and daycare centers, with politicians insisting the move is necessary for preserving the country's food traditions and is not an attack on Muslims.
- Man charged in Muslim attack plot to undergo mental testing Updated: Jan-20-16 11:47 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - A judge has ruled that a Sequatchie County man accused of planning an assault on a small Muslim community in New York has to report for mental health testing.
- Pope formally invited to visit Rome's main mosque Updated: Jan-20-16 6:38 am
VATICAN CITY - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship.
- Fate of proposed Muslim community center delayed Updated: Jan-20-16 5:40 am
BAYONNE, New Jersey - A northern New Jersey city has delayed its decision on the fate of an Islamic community center.
- IS acknowledges death of 'Jihadi John' in magazine Updated: Jan-19-16 9:42 pm
NEW YORK - The Islamic State group has acknowledged the death of the masked militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages, in an article in its online English-language magazine Dabiq.
- Obama touts Australia's contribution to Islamic State fight Updated: Jan-19-16 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its "steadfast" alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House for his first visit to Washington since taking office in September.