- Hamas launches crackdown on Salafist groups in Gaza Strip Updated: May-05-15 11:49 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The ruling Hamas militant group launched a crackdown Tuesday on radical Salafi groups following a series of unclaimed bombings in the Gaza Strip, arresting dozens of people and setting up military-type checkpoints.
- Accused of extravagance, Turkey's top cleric returns car Updated: May-05-15 8:59 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's top Muslim cleric says his office will return a luxury car after its purchase caused an uproar and accusations of extravagance.
- Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric Updated: May-04-15 4:13 pm
NEW YORK - The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files."
- Senegal pledges 2,100 troops to aid effort in Yemen Updated: May-04-15 3:14 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal is sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that is underway in Yemen, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort, the country's foreign minister said Monday.
- Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am
PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.
- Muslims plan to build mosque in Wausau area Updated: May-03-15 5:34 pm
WAUSAU, Wisconsin - A group of central Wisconsin Muslims wants to build a mosque in the Wausau area to help meet the growing number of worshippers.
- Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions Updated: May-03-15 3:52 pm
BAGHDAD - Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday.
- Republic of Congo gov't bans face veils, sleeping in mosques Updated: May-02-15 10:31 am
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The Republic of Congo's government is banning women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence, the president of the Islamic High Council said.
- County not giving up after losing discrimination trial Updated: Apr-30-15 4:05 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Washtenaw County is appealing a nearly $1.2 million verdict in favor of a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions.
- Firebrand, survivor face off in UK's wildest election race Updated: Apr-27-15 6:52 am
BRADFORD, England - Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.
- Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo Updated: Apr-26-15 11:35 pm
NEW YORK - Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
- Replacing carpet at Jerusalem shrine reveals religious rift Updated: Apr-21-15 10:31 am
JERUSALEM - It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.
- Spokesman: Alabama woman left to join Islamic State group Updated: Apr-20-15 11:38 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama on Monday said their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet.
- Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed Updated: Apr-16-15 5:25 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be - as an epistle writer put it - more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.
- Posthumous book by Charlie Hebdo chief slams 'Islamophobia' Updated: Apr-16-15 11:17 am
PARIS - The late former editor of French weekly Charlie Hebdo condemns "Islamophobia" as thinly disguised racism in a posthumously published book that was completed two days before he was killed in France's worst terror attack in years.
- Muslims tour Catholic cathedral with Cincinnati archbishop Updated: Apr-16-15 3:13 am
CINCINNATI - Muslim leaders in Cincinnati toured a Roman Catholic cathedral with the Cincinnati archbishop and other Catholic officials and discussed religious freedom and other issues.
- Bacon found wrapped around Edmond mosque's door handles Updated: Apr-13-15 8:05 am
EDMOND, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.
- Turkey recalls ambassador over pope's Armenia genocide words Updated: Apr-12-15 4:22 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and "unfounded claims."