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Some convictions overturned in terrorism case against Muslim scholar from Virginia

Jul. 19, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has overturned a conviction carrying a life sentence for an Islamic scholar from Virginia who was found guilty of soliciting treason after the Sept. 11 attacks for encouraging followers to fight against the U.S. in Afghanistan. The ruling issued...

Pakistan says it arrested an al-Qaida leader who was a close aide to Osama bin Laden

Jul. 19, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan counterterrorism police have arrested an al-Qaida leader who was a close aide to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, officials said Friday. Deputy inspector general of police Usman Gondal identified...

The bodies of 4 Pakistanis killed in the attack on a mosque in Oman have been returned home

Jul. 19, 2024 05:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The bodies of four Pakistanis killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque in Oman this week have been repatriated and handed to their families, officials said Friday. Relatives of the victims were present when the Pakistan International Airlines flights landed at the...

With mosque attack in quiet Oman, a fragmented Islamic State group aims to show it can still strike

Jul. 18, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At the corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has long been seen as one of the safest — if reclusive — countries in the Middle East, spared militant violence that has struck elsewhere. An attack on a Shiite mosque in the capital this week that...

Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

Tunisia's opposition says politically motivated arrests and gag orders are chilling election efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leading opposition parties in Tunisia asserted Wednesday that politically motivated arrests and gag orders are creating impossible conditions for holding democratic elections later this year. Members of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular and...

Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

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

Jul. 17, 2024 01:49 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...

In attack that shocks quiet Oman, gunmen kill 6 and wound dozens more at a Shiite mosque

Jul. 16, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several gunmen burst into a Shiite mosque in the Gulf Arab state of Oman and opened fire, killing six people and wounding nearly 30 more, authorities said Tuesday, stunning the peaceful sultanate and making it the country's deadliest such attack in recent...

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...