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A cleric wearing a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leads the noon prayer at a mosque in the the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of the COVID-19 illness it causes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran mandates masks as public shrugs off resurgent virus

Jul. 5, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday instituted mandatory mask-wearing as fears mount over newly spiking reported deaths from the coronavirus, even as its public increasingly shrugs off the danger of the COVID-19 illness it causes. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicized an image of himself in a...

People visit a mass grave for the victims of the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq on Thursday, July 1, 2020. A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

New mass grave unearthed in Iraq's north from brutal IS rule

Jul. 2, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — A human skull, a pair of worn trousers and a shoe were among the remains unearthed from a mass grave discovered this week in northern Iraq, a remnant of the brutal rule of the Islamic State group, Iraqi officials said Thursday. The new mass grave was discovered on Monday in the village...

An aerial view of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Saturday, April 25, 2020. The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo)

Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia

Jul. 2, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey's highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported. The 6th-century structure was the Byzantine Empire’s...

FILE - In this April 21, 2007 file photo, a Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) protest in Kilgoris, Kenya. The World Health Organization says the practice constitutes an

Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution

Jul. 2, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — It’s been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali’s mind. The women pinned her down on a bed. She was maybe 5 1/2 or 6 years old. Holding her knees, they spread her legs open, her genitals exposed. At the time, she didn’t fully understand what...

FILE - In this Friday, March 24, 2017 file photo, people walk backdropped by the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions, in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia's status

Jul. 1, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year. The 6th-century...

In this Monday, June 22, 2020, photo, Hind Makki, poses for a portrait at the The Prayer Center of Orland Park in Orland Park, Ill. Makki remembers how, as a young girl, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when she heard an Arabic word that means

After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims

Jun. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

As a young student, Hind Makki recalls, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when some casually used an Arabic word meaning “slaves” to refer to Black people. “Maybe 85% of the time, the response that I would get from people ... is, ‘Oh, we don’t mean...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.  Khan said that “human error

Pakistan finds 'human error' in deadly Karachi plane crash

Jun. 24, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's aviation minister said Wednesday that “human error" on the part of the pilot, the co-pilot and air traffic control caused last month's Pakistan International Airlines crash in the port city of Karachi that killed 97 people. The announcement shed new light on the tragedy...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 file photo, Laura Porras, right, prepares bags of fresh vegetables as Justin Ruiz, 17, left, and Porras' niece Ana Karen Porras, 14, help in the vestibule at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The effort, which started two months earlier, is coordinated by the Brooklyn Immigrant Community Support mutual aid group who saw a need for emergency food aid for undocumented immigrants, who couldn't apply for or receive government assistance in the wake of shutdowns caused by concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Faith-based mutual aid flourishes amid pandemic, protests

Jun. 24, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

(RNS) — Groceries. Prepared meals. Face masks. Prayer requests. Housing. Rent assistance. Mental health care. Spiritual guidance. Career advice. Transportation. The requests for help keep coming at Forefront Church, at all hours of the day and night, and Zanifa Franck keeps responding. “If you need...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, Hassan Shibly,  speaks on a phone before a news conference in Tampa, Fla.   Alaa Massri, a Muslim woman arrested during protests on June 10, 2020 in Miami was allegedly forced to remove her religious head cover at a correctional center and her mugshot was taken without it, according to her lawyer.  Shibly, chief executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, said mugshots of Massri without her hijab must be expunged and charges dismissed and called for the termination of involved officers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Woman allegedly forced to remove hijab after protests arrest

Jun. 23, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

A Muslim woman arrested during protests in Miami was allegedly forced to remove her religious head cover at a correctional center and her mugshot was taken without it, according to her lawyer, in an incident that has focused attention on questions about religious rights while in custody. Alaa Massri, 18, was...