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Pakistan seeks to block US-based website of minority Ahmadis

Jan. 21, 2021 8:48 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered a U.S.-based website propagating the faith of Pakistan's minority Ahmadis shut down over allegedly blasphemous content, one of the site's managers said Thursday. Harris Zafar said Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority earlier this month issued a legal notice...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife, Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during an official ceremony at the Naval Observatory in Washington. While many presidents have used Bibles for their inaugurations, the Constitution does not require the use of a specific text and specifies only the wording of president’s oath. That wording also doesn’t include the phrase “so help me God,” but every modern president has appended it to their oaths and most have chosen symbolically resonant Bibles for their inaugurations. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden's Bible puts him in line with inaugural tradition

Jan. 20, 2021 5:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text...

Muslim group denounces racist graffiti

Jan. 20, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A national Muslim advocacy group is denouncing racist graffiti found in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that graffiti was found recently on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield, R.I. The organization didn't elaborate on the...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Pompeo says China's policies on Muslims amount to 'genocide'

Jan. 19, 2021 2:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On his way out the door, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and a “genocide.” The rarely used...

President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Touadera and his party said the vote will go ahead after government forces clashed with rebels in recent days and some opposition candidates pulled out of the race amid growing insecurity. (AP Photo)

Court in Central African Republic upholds election results

Jan. 18, 2021 1:57 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's constitutional court on Monday upheld President Faustin Archange Touadera’s re-election, raising the specter of more violence days after rebels attempted to overtake the capital. Touadera, meanwhile, told reporters that he was open...

In this photo provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, second from right, greets Karim Khalili, left, an influential Afghan Shiite leader, upon his arrival at ministry for a meeting, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Khalili is visiting Pakistan where members of the minority sect are still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shiite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants, earlier this month. (Ministry of Foreign Ministry via AP)

Afghan Shiite leader in Pakistan after killings of miners

Jan. 12, 2021 4:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An influential Afghan Shiite leader is visiting Pakistan where members of the minority sect are still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shiite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants, earlier this month. The miners, who were abducted and killed by militants from the Islamic...

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses

Jan. 11, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a controversial Muslim televangelist and cult leader to life in prison, finding him guilty of forming a criminal gang and sexual abuse of minors, among several other offenses. Adnan Oktar, who was known for holding theological discussions surrounded by...

Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, looks up near a slide showing a photo of Uighur infants during a press conference to refute accusations of genocide in Beijing, China. The Chinese official on Monday denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being

China denies coercive birth control measures in Xinjiang

Jan. 11, 2021 2:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official on Monday denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being...

FILE - In this May 29, 2010 file photo, people from a minority Muslim Ahmadi Community stand guard as others preparing to bury the victims of attack by Islamic militants, in Rubwah, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) northwest from Lahore Pakistan. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, adopted 55-year-old Ramazan Bibi, jailed on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, as a prisoner of conscience. According to a December report by the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedoms, Pakistan recorded the most cases of blasphemy in the world even though 84 countries have criminal blasphemy laws on their books. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

US group appeals for Pakistani woman jailed on blasphemy

Jan. 8, 2021 10:07 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. religious watchdog appealed Friday for the rights of a Pakistani woman from the country’s minority Ahmadis who has been jailed on blasphemy charges, declaring her a prisoner of conscience and urging Prime Minister Imran Khan's government to immediately set her free. The...

Health workers check the boxes containing coronavirus vaccines developed by China's Sinovac Biotech as they arrived in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia's top Islamic body OKs China's Sinovac vaccine

Jan. 8, 2021 5:52 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's highest Islamic body on Friday gave its religious approval to China's Sinovac vaccine, paving the way for its distribution in the world's most populous Muslim nation. The Indonesian Ulema Council announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is holy and halal, or fit for...