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Israeli tanks pound Gaza ahead of possible ground incursion

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery pounded northern Gaza early Friday in an attempt to destroy a vast network of militant tunnels inside...

Virus stifles Muslims’ Eid al-Fitr celebrations for 2nd year

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings...

Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping...

Albanian tries to set himself on fire at Eid al-Fitr prayers

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TIRANA, Albania — A man tried to set himself on fire during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Ei -al-Fitr in the Albanian capital,...

On Eid, Xinjiang imams defend China against US criticism

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BEIJING — Muslim leaders from the Xinjiang region rejected Western allegations that China is suppressing religious freedom, speaking at a reception Thursday for foreign...

Tunisia to reopen economy despite hospital strain

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TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian authorities plan to reopen the economy next week amid public pushback against virus restrictions, even as the country's hospitals are...

Scotland: 2 held for migration breaches freed after protest

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LONDON — Two men detained by British immigration officials in Glasgow were released Thursday after a seven-hour standoff between hundreds of protesters and Scottish...

US hits China and others for repressing religious freedom

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday took aim at China and a number of other countries for repressing religious freedom as it forges...

Gaza teeters on the brink as fighting with Israel escalates

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping...

UN experts: Islamic State committed genocide against Yazidis

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UNITED NATIONS — The head of a U.N. team investigating atrocities in Iraq announced Monday it has found “clear and compelling evidence” that Islamic...