- UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks Updated: May-26-16 2:55 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.
- Egypt: Muslim mob attacks Christians, parade naked woman Updated: May-26-16 2:21 pm
CAIRO - An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.
- UN envoy says Yemen peace talks are back on track Updated: May-26-16 11:05 am
KUWAIT CITY - The U.N. envoy for Yemen says peace talks aimed at ending fighting in the impoverished country are back on track in Kuwait.
- Israeli transgender contestants ready for finals Updated: May-26-16 10:37 am
TEL AVIV, Israel - Contenders in Israel's first transgender pageant have been polishing their moves this week ahead of Friday's competition.
- Wisconsin company sued over break policy for Muslim workers Updated: May-25-16 1:47 pm
BRILLION, Wisconsin - A civil liberties group representing Muslim employees of a Wisconsin manufacturer has filed a religious discrimination complaint against the company for not allowing extra break time for prayer.
- Swiss region: Muslim boys must shake female teachers' hands Updated: May-25-16 1:41 pm
GENEVA - A school board in northern Switzerland said Wednesday that two Muslim boys who have refused to shake hands with their female teachers for religious reasons can be required to do so, ruling that their parents could face fines of up to 5,000 Swiss francs (about $5,000) if they don't.
- Complaint alleges Texas charter schools abusing visa program Updated: May-24-16 6:38 pm
A complaint filed Tuesday with Texas education officials accuses a charter-school network of abusing a visa program to import large numbers of Turkish teachers and violating state and federal laws by paying them more than American teachers.
- After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam Updated: May-23-16 11:46 am
ERFURT, Germany - Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country.
- Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations Updated: May-23-16 9:35 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians.
- Anti-Islam speaker to tour central Minnesota Updated: May-22-16 10:57 am
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - A critic of Islam plans is planning a speaking tour in central Minnesota this week.
- Cameron: I'd meet Trump, but his Muslim comments are wrong Updated: May-22-16 7:48 am
LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday that he'd be happy to meet Donald Trump if he becomes the Republican presidential candidate.
- Religion news in brief Updated: May-18-16 12:46 pm
Speaker defends nuns over birth control mandate
- Maldives cuts diplomatic ties with Iran Updated: May-17-16 5:08 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The government of the Maldives said Tuesday it has decided to sever 40-year-old diplomatic ties with Iran, saying the country's policies in the Middle East are detrimental to peace and security in the region.
- Muslim group returns to Lansing for annual advocacy day Updated: May-16-16 8:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Muslims from around Michigan are heading to Lansing to meet with state representatives and discuss concerns about hate speech against immigrants and Muslims.
- Israeli leader: Iran mocks WWII Holocaust, prepares another Updated: May-15-16 9:57 am
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Iran Sunday for staging a Holocaust-themed cartoon contest that mocked the Nazi genocide of six million Jews during World War II and said the Islamic Republic was busy planning for another one.
- International Modest Fashion Week takes off in Turkey Updated: May-13-16 12:43 pm
ISTANBUL - Spring colors, breezy fabrics, high necklines and long hemlines: The International Modest Fashion Week opened Friday in Istanbul as Turkey sought to be seen as a creative hotspot for conservative wear around the world.
- Civil rights groups argue for group trying to build mosque Updated: May-13-16 12:04 pm
BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A coalition of civil rights group has filed a court brief supporting a group suing a New Jersey town it says created bogus barriers before rejecting their bid to build a mosque.
- Hood River church criticized for anti-Islamic sign Updated: May-13-16 9:33 am
HOOD RIVER, Oregon - A church in Hood River is being criticized for displaying anti-Islamic messages on its reader board.
- US says Iran open for business, but Europe's banks disagree Updated: May-12-16 2:17 pm
LONDON - The Obama administration's calls for restoring global business ties with Iran are falling flat in Europe, where risk-averse banks told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that they don't believe they can do business in the Islamic Republic without triggering U.S. sanctions.
- London mayor says he'll be voice of city, not just Muslims Updated: May-11-16 1:11 pm
LONDON - In the 100 hours since he became London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan has tussled with Donald Trump, forged a bond with his Paris counterpart, visited a Holocaust memorial and even given bus riders a break on fares.
- Muslim family considers suit against Citadel over headscarf Updated: May-10-16 4:32 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The Citadel military college, known for its buttoned-up uniforms and strict discipline, decided Tuesday that a newly accepted female student cannot wear a traditional Muslim headscarf if she enrolls in the fall.
- 'Ban Islam from America' fliers left at proposed mosque site Updated: May-10-16 3:33 pm
MUKILTEO, Washington - "Ban Islam from America" fliers left at a proposed mosque site in northwest Washington are under investigation.
- The Latest: Family considers suit as Citadel rejects hijab Updated: May-10-16 10:29 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The Latest on The Citadel's refusal to allow a newly accepted student to wear a head covering with her uniform (all times local):
- Under reform mantle, Shiite cleric fractures Iraqi politics Updated: May-10-16 5:53 am
BAGHDAD - After more than a decade of dipping in and out of Iraqi politics, Muqtada al-Sadr, the young Shiite cleric who first made his name fighting U.S. forces in post-2003 Iraq, is leveraging his enduring popular appeal to again roil Iraq's political order.
- Indonesia calls on Islamic leaders to promote tolerant Islam Updated: May-09-16 9:30 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's vice president on Monday called on Islamic leaders to spread messages about a tolerant Islam to curb extremism that often springs from misinterpretation of Islamic teachings.