- Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms Updated: Feb-13-16 5:34 am
BAGHDAD - Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does not show results within a year.
- Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote Updated: Feb-12-16 2:47 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed in Central African Republic. The threat of attacks from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.
- Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria Updated: Feb-12-16 6:32 am
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.
- Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons Updated: Feb-12-16 12:14 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
- Minnesota man pleads guilty in Islamic State case Updated: Feb-11-16 8:44 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to the militant organization, saying he was attracted to the idea of fighting overseas to create an Islamic caliphate.
- Treasury sanctions key Islamic State leaders Updated: Feb-11-16 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department is sanctioning three leaders of the Islamic State, including a senior oil official, who are instrumental in the group's finances and recruitment.
- Gay imam helps young Muslims balance religion, sexuality Updated: Feb-11-16 10:51 am
MARSEILLE, France - Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.
- Iranians rally to celebrate anniversary of 1979 revolution Updated: Feb-11-16 6:52 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians stated nationwide celebrations Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1979 revolution that ousted a pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamists to power.
- Bangladesh court confirms death sentences for 3 Updated: Feb-11-16 6:37 am
NEW DELHI - A Bangladesh appeals court on Thursday confirmed the death sentences handed to the head of a banned Islamist group and two of his associates for a 2004 grenade attack on a former British diplomat at a prominent Islamic shrine.
- City lawsuit alleges Nebraska mosque violating zoning rules Updated: Feb-10-16 12:51 pm
LEXINGTON, Nebraska - The city of Lexington has sued the local mosque, saying it's been violating city zoning ordinances, but the ACLU of Nebraska says the city is violating the Muslims' religious rights.
- Prosecutor hands over hours of audio in Masonic temple case Updated: Feb-09-16 5:41 pm
MILWAUKEE - A federal prosecutor handed over hundreds of hours of audio recordings Tuesday to an attorney defending a man accused of plotting to shoot up a Milwaukee Masonic temple in the name of Islam.
- US Army study: Iraq's Mosul dam at 'higher risk' of failure Updated: Feb-09-16 2:54 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Mosul Dam has long been branded the world's most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic State group captured the dam briefly in 2014, according to a new report by U.S. Army engineers.
- Son of Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for aid to battle IS Updated: Feb-09-16 1:42 pm
SALAHUDDIN, Iraq - A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader on Tuesday called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.
- Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death Updated: Feb-08-16 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department said Monday.
- Chechen Special Ops in Syria says republic's leader Updated: Feb-08-16 11:06 am
MOSCOW - The strongman leader of Russia's Chechen republic says special operation units from his region have infiltrated the Islamic State group.
- St. Bonaventure's Islamic studies center receives donations Updated: Feb-07-16 8:45 am
OLEAN, New York - St. Bonaventure University says that its recently opened Center for Arab and Islamic Studies has received nearly $70,000 from donors in its western New York community.
- Islamic authority rejects new Jerusalem Jewish prayer area Updated: Feb-07-16 6:22 am
JERUSALEM - The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall.
- Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback Updated: Feb-06-16 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.
- Businessman seeks leniency in halal beef export fraud case Updated: Feb-05-16 5:36 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Supporters of a prominent businessman and Muslim community leader packed a federal courtroom Friday to ask a judge to spare him prison time for committing fraud in exporting halal beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Fraternity, U of Chicago leaders condemn racist emails Updated: Feb-04-16 7:29 pm
CHICAGO - The University of Chicago and leaders of Alpha Epsilon Pi on Thursday condemned emails circulated by members of the fraternity that contained racist and other insulting language.
- Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria Updated: Feb-04-16 2:34 pm
CAIRO - A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
- Cleric's lawyers want US suit backed by Turkey tossed Updated: Feb-03-16 10:50 pm
Attorneys for a reclusive Muslim cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania asked a federal judge late Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he orchestrated human rights abuses in his native Turkey, denouncing it as "pure political theater" by the Turkish government.
- Tennessee editorial roundup Updated: Feb-03-16 7:10 pm
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- Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted Updated: Feb-03-16 3:25 pm
CATONSVILLE, Maryland - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to correct what he called a "hugely distorted impression" of Muslim-Americans as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque. He said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists' hands.
- Wisconsin firm terminates Muslim workers in prayer dispute Updated: Feb-03-16 2:27 pm
MILWAUKEE - A civil liberties group said Wednesday that it plans to file federal discrimination and harassment complaints after a Wisconsin manufacturer fired seven Muslim employees for violating a company break policy that doesn't provide extra time for prayer.