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US government sues Detroit suburb over mosque rejection

Sep. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

TROY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing a Detroit suburb after a Muslim group failed to win local approval to turn a commercial building into a mosque and community center. The government says Troy is violating a federal law that's intended to accommodate religious groups. U.S. Attorney...

Safety concerns postpone St. Cloud hate crimes forum

Sep. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials have postponed a forum on hate crimes in St. Cloud over safety concerns. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission postponed the forum scheduled for Wednesday. State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero says, ""Hate...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

UN expert: Suu Kyi's role in Rohingya abuses still unclear

Sep. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday "it's still an open-ended question" about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. Marzuki Darusman said it was "probably the case" that Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, may not...

Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. The trial against Adnan Oktar and 225 of his followers or associates opened in Istanbul on Tuesday. They...

Pakistan arrests 3 over attack on temple, Hindu homes

Sep. 16, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they have arrested three people after a mob of angry Muslims ransacked a Hindu temple over the weekend and damaged a school and several homes belonging to the minority community in the southwestern town of Ghotki. The attack followed accusations that a Hindu...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

Missouri officer on leave over anti-Muslim postings

Sep. 12, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly posted anti-Muslim comments on Facebook. The officer, whose name was not released, works for the police department in Sikeston, a town of 16,000 residents 145 miles (233 kilometers) south of St. Louis. The...

AP PHOTOS: Moroccans feast, light up sky on Shiite holy day

Sep. 12, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Women thrumming drums, children devouring rich pastries, red flares lighting up the sky — these are telltale signs that Moroccans are marking Ashoura. The holy day observed this week commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. While he was one...