- China says concerned over Turkish religious complaints Updated: Jul-01-15 6:50 am
BEIJING - China expressed its displeasure Wednesday with Turkey's complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by minority Chinese Uighur Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Turkey concerned by reports of fasting bans on Uighurs Updated: Jun-30-15 7:56 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey says it has conveyed "deep concerns" to China over reports that minority Chinese Uighur Muslims were being prevented from worship and fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan.
- Cairo's dervishes spin for their supper Updated: Jun-29-15 4:23 am
CAIRO - Many visitors to Cairo are familiar with the whirling dervishes - the stylized spinning dancers who perform across the city at cultural centers, cruise ships, hotels and weddings.
- Farrakhan plans rally for Million Man March 20th anniversary Updated: Jun-24-15 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Wednesday he plans to hold a Millions for Justice march in the nation's capital this fall, 20 years after the Million Man March.
- Inmate loses appeal in lawsuit over Ramadan observance Updated: Jun-24-15 5:22 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A state appeals court has ruled that Missouri corrections officials didn't violate an inmate's rights when they prevented him from taking part in some of the 2010 Ramadan observances.
- Rains cool Pakistan as heat wave's death toll climbs to 838 Updated: Jun-24-15 1:58 pm
KARACHI, Pakistan - A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 - a high figure even for a nation accustomed to sizzling hot summers.
- Saudi cables suggest money links with media Updated: Jun-23-15 5:12 pm
BEIRUT - A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens of thousands of dollars in inflated subscription fees.
- 2 Minnesota women invited to White House Ramadan dinner Updated: Jun-23-15 3:11 am
WASHINGTON - Two women from the Twin Cities area are among guests that were invited to dine with President Barack Obama at an annual White House dinner held in honor of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
- Iraqis return to shattered Tikrit after Islamic State routed Updated: Jun-23-15 2:52 am
TIKRIT, Iraq - Abdel Mowgood Hassan climbs over toppled bricks and a torn-away front door to enter his uncle's house in Tikrit, the first of his relatives to make a cautious return home since Islamic State militants were driven out.
- Obama hosts annual Ramadan dinner at White House Updated: Jun-22-15 10:23 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans stand united in rejecting the targeting of any religious or ethnic group as he marked Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
- NYC: Settlement in principle in Muslim surveillance lawsuit Updated: Jun-22-15 8:22 pm
NEW YORK - The city has reached the outlines of a settlement with Muslims who challenged police surveillance as an unconstitutional and stigmatizing intrusion on their religious rights, a court filing says.
- NYC public schools to honor Lunar New Year Updated: Jun-22-15 7:22 pm
NEW YORK - New York City public schools will soon honor Lunar New Year as a holiday.
- Tulsa woman expected to dine with President Obama for Iftar Updated: Jun-22-15 6:50 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Muslim woman from Tulsa whose legal case against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to dine with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C.
- Editor selections from the Middle East Updated: Jun-22-15 8:33 am
Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
- Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns Updated: Jun-21-15 5:40 am
PARIS - Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes - and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets.
- Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Islamic State fight Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm
HABANIYAH, Iraq - Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.
- British PM says Muslims must do more to counter IS ideology Updated: Jun-19-15 12:16 pm
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Prime Minister David Cameron charged Friday that some British Muslims quietly condone the radical ideology of the Islamic State group, prompting accusations that he is scapegoating the large and diverse community.
- During Ramadan, keeping an eye out for fraudulent halal meat Updated: Jun-19-15 9:51 am
NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - For millions of Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan marks a time for ritual fasting during the day and, often, a large meal with friends and family after sundown. For those buying and selling ritually approved halal meat, it's a time to pay close attention to ensure the food the observant are eating is exactly that.
- Australia issues warrant for doctor recruiting in Syria Updated: Jun-18-15 12:58 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for an Australian doctor who appeared in an Islamic State movement recruitment video urging Western medical professionals to join him in Syria.
- UN urges Libyan rivals to accept power-sharing peace deal Updated: Jun-17-15 7:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council urged all Libyan parties Wednesday to accept a peace deal that requires the internationally recognized government to share power with rival Islamists who control the capital.
- Muslims worldwide to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday Updated: Jun-17-15 6:06 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
- Q&A: What is Ramadan and why do Muslims fast all day? Updated: Jun-17-15 11:44 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Millions of Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Here's a look at some questions and answers about Islam's holiest month:
- Bahrain Shiite opposition leader sentenced to 4 years Updated: Jun-16-15 8:38 am
MANAMA, Bahrain - A Bahraini court sentenced the country's leading Shiite opposition figure to four years in prison on Tuesday amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the tiny island kingdom.
- Ramadan fast imposes difficult choice on diabetic Muslims Updated: Jun-16-15 4:20 am
AMMAN, Jordan - For years, diabetic Shawkat al-Khalili ignored his doctor's orders not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.
- Saudi Arabia opens $585B stock market to foreign investors Updated: Jun-15-15 9:16 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's stock market, valued at $585 billion, opened up to direct foreign investment for the first time Monday, as the kingdom seeks an economic boost amid low global oil prices.