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AP PHOTOS: Sufi religious order finally able to gather again

Oct. 24, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Followers of a Sufi religious order convened on a Moroccan village near the city of Nador for the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in the first such gathering since the pandemic. A few hundred faithful, known as Fuqaras, from France, Tunisia,...

AP Week in Pictures: Global

Oct. 23, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

OCT. 16 - 22, 2021 The Olympic flame is lit to begin its journey to the Winter Games in Beijing. A crew conducts a dramatic rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. A diver discovers a shell-encrusted sword that dates back to the Crusades. And Muslim pilgrims...

Professor resigns amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 22, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana professor who was placed on administrative leave while the university investigated blog posts about his religious beliefs that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ resigned on Friday. “It is apparent to me...

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years

Oct. 22, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian capital Tehran has held its main public Friday prayer service for the first time in 20 months, after it was halted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said beforehand that all health protocols would be followed to protect the expected...

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Oct. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at a popular gathering place just outside Jerusalem's Old City as thousands celebrated a Muslim holiday, a repeat of violence earlier this year that eventually led to the 11-day Gaza war in May. Israeli police...

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

Oct. 19, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

Tyrone Iras Marhguy had to make a difficult decision after being accepted to the high school of his choice: his faith or his education. An official at the academically elite Achimota School in Ghana told the teen he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling. For...

China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible

Oct. 15, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

Amazon's audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, the latest examples of the impact of the country's tightened rules for internet firms. Audible said Friday that...

Protests erupt in Bangladesh amid Muslim-Hindu tensions

Oct. 15, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Bangladesh's capital Friday clashed with police as security forces used tear gas and batons against demonstrators angry over what they perceived as an image insulting Islam that had gone viral over social media. ...

Lawsuit dropped after Muslim cemetery in Virginia approved

Oct. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Justice Department is dropping a religious discrimination lawsuit against Stafford County after a Muslim group received long-sought permission to build a cemetery. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced...

Talking trash: Jerusalem bin thanks you for not littering

Oct. 14, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all you ask is for a simple thanks in return for not littering, this is the trash can for you. A bin installed next to a bus stop in Jerusalem this week applauds those who use it. Drop a piece of trash in, and a recording of a child's voice says...