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  • Man alleging pork poisoning back to state hospital 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:52 pm
  • ST. MARYS, Pennsylvania - A western Pennsylvania is going back to a state hospital until he's competent to stand trial on charges he threatened his mother with a 10-inch kitchen knife because he believed she was trying to "poison" him with pork in violation of his Muslim beliefs.

  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:32 am
  • CAIRO - In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

  • Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:08 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank.

  • English city probes Islamic influence in schools 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:28 am
  • LONDON - The city of Birmingham in central England has expanded an investigation into an alleged Muslim plot to greatly expand Islamic influence in the city's school system.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:20 am
  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.

  • Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:46 pm
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to absolute power and its unchecked rights to the country's oil wealth.

  • UN approves force for Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:07 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, where mounting violence between Christians and Muslims has brought killings, torture and sexual violence.

  • Indonesia opposition leads, but less than expected 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:43 am
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's biggest opposition party came out ahead in early election tallies Thursday, but the showing was far less than expected given the popularity of its pick for president, viewed as the favorite in this summer's presidential race.

  • Islam critic: Brandeis turned honor into a shaming 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:21 pm
  • BOSTON - Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women's advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday.

  • Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic 'Noah' 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 6:55 am
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic "Noah," joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.

  • Arab-American leaders back church in egg dispute 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 6:32 pm
  • DEARBORN, Michigan - Arab-American and Muslim leaders are defending a suburban-Detroit church that drew criticism for inviting children at public schools with many Muslim children to attend its Easter egg hunt.

  • Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 4:58 pm
  • SYRACUSE, New York - A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

  • Saudi artists cautiously push against redlines 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:02 am
  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When Ahmed Mater visited Mecca in 2010 something felt off. Dozens of cranes were eating away at the mosque to make way for a larger complex surrounding the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure to which observant Muslims pray toward five times a day that also draws millions of pilgrims annually from around the world.

  • Iranians avoid bad luck with outdoor festival 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:05 pm
  • TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians flocked to parks rich with the smell of grilled kebabs Wednesday to toss around Frisbees, bat badminton birdies and battle one another in chess and backgammon - all to avoid being caught inside on the unlucky 13th day of the Iranian new year.

  • 'Living on borrowed time,' said Kenyan Muslim 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:59 am
  • NAIROBI, Kenya - The charismatic Muslim leader on Kenya's coast was certain he would be killed.

  • Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 6:47 am
  • BODA, Central African Republic - There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out were killed, their throats slit or their cars showered in gunfire.

  • Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:19 pm
  • BADROUSIEH, Syria - When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.

  • Syriac Orthodox patriarch buried near Damascus 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 12:11 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - The patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who led one of the world's oldest Christian sects, was buried in a village near Damascus on Friday after an elaborate memorial service in the Syrian capital's cathedral.

  • Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 9:37 am
  • MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.

  • Arab summit lays bare serious cracks on Syria 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:10 pm
  • KUWAIT CITY - An Arab summit that ended Wednesday exposed cracks in what was once solid Arab support for Syrian rebels, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar divided over which factions to back and Syria's neighbors increasingly expressing fatigue with the flood of refugees from the country's civil war.

  • Islam scholar to speak at Okla. awards banquet 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 3:13 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - A nationally known scholar of Islam is slated to speak at the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' annual awards banquet next month.

  • All-girls Islamic academy grows little by little 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 11:39 am
  • RICHARDSON, Texas - The father of four daughters, Qadeer Qazi is one man in a family of all girls.

  • Muslim group to appeal ruling on police spying 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 1:44 pm
  • NEWARK, New Jersey - A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that determined that New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.

  • Minnesota jail to allow religious head coverings 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 6:34 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - The Hennepin County Jail will allow inmates to wear religious head coverings.

  • Gym faces lawsuit over Muslim head covering 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 5:22 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company.