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Iraq Shiite cleric behind parliament sit-in steps up demands

Aug. 10, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite cleric in Iraq whose supporters earlier this month stormed the parliament in Baghdad and have since held a sit-in outside the building, stepped up his demands Wednesday and issued a veiled threat of renewed violence. The cleric, Muqtada...

Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

Aug. 10, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members. The reshuffle,...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 09, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 3, 2022. Editorial: Kansas voters spoke loudly on abortion: Trust women. Now politicians must listen The nation now knows, and the world: Kansas remains a free state. In a stunning display of common sense, Kansas voters Tuesday...

Sri Lankans rally against crackdown on protesters

Aug. 09, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of Sri Lankans on Tuesday rallied against a government crackdown and the use of emergency laws against peaceful protesters demanding answers to the country’s worst economic crisis. Protesters led by religious and trade union leaders marched to...

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

Aug. 08, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

Authorities on Monday identified the fourth victim in a series of killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the deaths sent ripples of fear through Islamic communities nationwide. Three of the slayings happened in the last two weeks. Now law enforcement officials are...

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura

Aug. 08, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashoura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. ...

Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

Aug. 07, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor...

Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained

Aug. 07, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police on Sunday detained dozens of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir as they dispersed Shiite Muslims who attempted to participate in processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram. Scores of Muslims defied severe security restrictions in parts of the...

Taliban: Bomb blast kills 2 people in Shiite area of Kabul

Aug. 06, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb went off Saturday in a minority Shiite neighborhood of the Afghan capital, killing at least two people and wounding 22, a Taliban official said. According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the explosion occurred in...

Indiana becomes 1st state to approve abortion ban post Roe

Aug. 05, 2022 23:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve abortion restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as the Republican governor quickly signed a near-total ban on the procedure shortly after lawmakers approved it. The ban,...