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Who is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's president whose helicopter suffered a 'hard landing' in foggy weather?

May. 19, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi has long been seen as a protégé to Iran's supreme leader and a potential successor for his position within the country's Shiite theocracy. News of his helicopter making what state media described as a...

As ethnic armed group claims to have captured a town in western Myanmar, Muslim Rohingyas flee again

May. 18, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A powerful ethnic armed group fighting Myanmar’s military government in the country’s western state of Rakhine claimed Saturday to have seized a town near the border with Bangladesh, marking the latest in a series of victories for foes of the country’s military government. ...

It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

May. 18, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016. The Grand Mosque of Djenné —...

Turkey's Erdogan pardons elderly generals imprisoned over 1997 'postmodern coup'

May. 17, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pardoned seven former top military officers who were sentenced to life terms in prison over the ouster of an Islamic-led government in 1997. The former generals, who are in their late 70s and 80s, were pardoned...

Suspected militants bomb a girl's school overnight in northwest Pakistan

May. 17, 2024 03:35 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected militants bombed a girl's school in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold, destroying the structure, police said Friday, although no one was hurt in the overnight attack. The attack happened in South Waziristan, a district in the Khyber...

UN resolution to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia sparks opposition from Serbs

May. 16, 2024 22:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. resolution sponsored by Germany and Rwanda to establish an annual day to commemorate the 1995 genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs has sparked protests and a strong lobbying campaign against its adoption by Serbia’s president and the Bosnian...

Turkey sentences pro-Kurdish politicians to lengthy prison terms over deadly 2014 riots

May. 16, 2024 13:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced several pro-Kurdish politicians to between nine and 42 years in prison over deadly riots in 2014 by Kurds angered by what they perceived to be government inaction against Islamic State group militants who had besieged the Syrian border...

A Palestinian converted to Judaism. An Israeli soldier saw him as a threat and opened fire

May. 16, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At first, it seemed like the kind of shooting that has become all too common in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. A Palestinian aroused suspicions and an Israeli soldier killed him. But then the deceased was identified as David Ben-Avraham, a Palestinian who had made...

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

May. 16, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The 1959 Castro-led revolution installed an atheist, Communist government that sought to replace the Catholic Church as the guiding force in the lives of Cubans. But 65 years later, religion seems omnipresent in Cuba, in dazzling diversity. The bells...

A Dutch anti-Islam party says it's brokered a provisional coalition deal for a hard-right government

May. 15, 2024 11:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other Dutch party leaders said Wednesday they have brokered a provisional coalition deal in a move that brings closer a government driven by the hard right in yet another European Union nation. The party leaders said that...