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Iran’s Shiite Muslims commemorate the mourning day of Ashoura with processions

Jul. 16, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite Muslims in Iran and elsewhere on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. Over 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities...

A rare shooting by multiple attackers in a Shiite mosque in Oman kills 5 and wounds dozens more

Jul. 16, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rare shooting by multiple attackers at a Shiite mosque in Oman killed five people and wounded many more including a police officer, authorities said Tuesday. Pakistan's government said four of its nationals were dead and 30 hurt. The Royal Oman...

Gambia upholds its ban on female genital cutting. Reversing it would have been a global first

Jul. 15, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Lawmakers in the West African nation of Gambia on Monday rejected a bill that would have overturned a ban on female genital cutting. The attempt to become the first country in the world to reverse such a ban had been closely followed by activists abroad. The...

Iran's new president vows balance with all countries but warns US his country won't be pressured

Jul. 13, 2024 16:09 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s newly elected president said his government will create "balance in relations with all countries” in line with national interests and the prerequisites for peace but stressed to the United States that his country “will not respond to pressure.” ...

Inmates escape from one of Niger’s most fortified prisons where jihadis are held

Jul. 12, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Nigerien authorities enforced a curfew Friday as they searched for inmates who escaped from one of the country's most fortified prisons in the Tillaberi region after it was breached under unclear circumstances. Niger’s Ministry of Interior alerted government...

Syria and Saudi Arabia resume regular commercial flights as part of a thaw in relations

Jul. 10, 2024 04:55 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Regular flights between the Syrian capital of Damascus and Saudi Arabia resumed Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade as part of a thaw in relations between the countries, Syrian state media reported. Syria and Saudi Arabia had severed ties in 2012 over...

Department of Education and Brown University reach agreement on antidiscrimination efforts

Jul. 08, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced Monday that it entered into an agreement with Brown University to make sure the school is in compliance with federal law barring discrimination and harassment against students of Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim ancestry. ...

Reformist Pezeshkian beats hard-liner to win Iran presidential election, promising outreach to West

Jul. 07, 2024 02:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian won Iran’s runoff presidential election Saturday, besting hard-liner Saeed Jalili by promising to reach out to the West and ease enforcement on the country’s mandatory headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests...

Masoud Pezeshkian, a heart surgeon who rose to power in parliament, now Iran's president-elect

Jul. 05, 2024 23:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, Iranian lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian wrote that it was “unacceptable in the Islamic Republic to arrest a girl for her hijab and then hand over her dead body to her family.” Days later, as nationwide protests...

Pope to preside over interfaith meeting in Indonesian mosque during longest, most challenging trip

Jul. 05, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will preside over an interfaith meeting in a mosque in the world’s largest predominantly Muslim country during a four-nation Asian visit in September that will be the longest and most complicated foreign trip of his pontificate. The Vatican on Friday...