- Visiting Syrian bishop to discuss Christians' persecution Updated: Apr-30-16 9:37 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - A Syrian archbishop is visiting New Haven this weekend to talk about the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
- Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains Updated: Apr-28-16 5:39 pm
BAGHDAD - Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.
- TSA manager claims he was told to profile Somali visitors Updated: Apr-28-16 2:11 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A senior Transportation Security Administration manager at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has testified that he received pressure to profile Somali imams and community members visiting his office.
- Poll: Wide differences in Muslim views on political Islam Updated: Apr-27-16 10:17 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A survey in 10 countries with significant Muslim populations, released Wednesday, found "striking" differences in the extent to which people believe the Quran should influence a nation's laws.
- Turkish PM: new charter to stay secular; not 'authoritarian' Updated: Apr-27-16 6:48 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reaffirmed that Turkey's new constitution will remain secular, days after the parliament speaker sparked controversy by saying that the Muslim-majority country should have a basic charter based on religion.
- Bangladesh jails 2 Hindu teachers for insulting Islam Updated: Apr-27-16 2:34 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh - A court has jailed two teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, invoking a rare law from the British colonial era that makes insulting any religion a crime.
- AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists Updated: Apr-26-16 2:32 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including pre-Islamic sites, and encouraging Saudis to spend some of their tourist money at home.
- Swedish Greens jolted by claims of Islamist infiltration Updated: Apr-26-16 10:21 am
STOCKHOLM - One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast.
- At Mideast tourism forum in Dubai, a surprising name: Trump Updated: Apr-26-16 7:27 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tucked away behind stands at a Mideast tourism conference this week is a surprising name: Trump.
- Saudi Arabia outlines reform plan for oil-addicted economy Updated: Apr-25-16 3:27 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia unveiled a bold reform plan on Monday aimed at weaning the country off its "addiction" to oil in a bid to prepare the next generation of Saudi leaders for the domestic pressures of youth unemployment and revenues eroded by lower oil prices.
- Israel tells Jordan it is acting responsibly at major shrine Updated: Apr-25-16 1:07 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan has urged Israel to keep Israeli "settlers" from a Muslim-run shrine that also ranks as Judaism's holiest site.
- Backlash greets plans for Muslim cemeteries across US Updated: Apr-25-16 9:26 am
DUDLEY, Massachusetts - On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families - to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.
- Small number of Muslims backing Trump see past his bluster Updated: Apr-25-16 3:44 am
DETROIT - As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feels he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company.
- China's Xi warns against religious infiltration from abroad Updated: Apr-24-16 11:10 pm
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad.
- School board member resigns over anti-Muslim Facebook posts Updated: Apr-22-16 5:30 pm
ELMWOOD PARK, New Jersey - A New Jersey school board member resigned Friday after backlash over posts she made on Facebook disparaging Muslims.
- Amnesty urges Nigeria to 'come clean' over Shiite killings Updated: Apr-22-16 10:52 am
ABUJA, Nigeria - Satellite images and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria's military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year, Amnesty International said in a report Friday.
- In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.
- Catholic Pole unmasked as impostor in Jewish community Updated: Apr-21-16 11:20 am
WARSAW, Poland - A Jewish leader in Poland said Thursday that her community was deceived by a Polish Catholic man who pretended to be an Orthodox Jew, wearing a beard and payots - curly sideburns in front of the ears - and leading prayers in Hebrew.
- Lawyer: NYC hopes surveillance deal alters image of police Updated: Apr-20-16 7:56 pm
NEW YORK - A New York City lawyer said Wednesday that the city hoped to improve the image of its police department when it reached a deal with civil rights advocates to allow a civilian to serve on a committee of high-ranking police officials as they discuss investigations relating to surveillance of political activities.
- Islamic school and community center in Columbia delayed Updated: Apr-20-16 5:26 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The future of a planned Islamic school and community center in Columbia is uncertain.
- Obama, EU leaders to meet over IS group, migration and Libya Updated: Apr-20-16 7:39 am
PARIS - President Barack Obama will meet with French, British, Italian and German leaders in Hannover next week for discussions expected to touch on Syria, Libya, the Islamic State group and migration, European officials said Wednesday.
- Turkey: 38 arrested for 'framing' Fenerbahce officials Updated: Apr-19-16 5:10 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained 38 people suspected of "framing" soccer team Fenerbahce's players and directors in a match-fixing investigation in 2011, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown on supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.
- Morocco: one of the world's oldest libraries is renovated Updated: Apr-19-16 2:29 am
FEZ, Morocco - The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools aren't ideal sights and sounds for a library - but this is no ordinary library.
- US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters to Iraq Updated: Apr-18-16 7:40 pm
BAGHDAD - The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.
- Jordan halts plan to install cameras at Jerusalem holy site Updated: Apr-18-16 6:27 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's prime minister on Monday said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound.