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Yemen rebels claim attack on Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

Nov. 23, 2020 2:35 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished hosting its virtual Group of 20 leaders summit. An unnamed official at the kingdom's Ministry of Energy...

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move critics say was aimed at curtailing freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation. Thursday’s warning from the...

Gen. Hossein Dehghan, a military advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Dehghan said the Israeli strikes were a violation of Syria's sovereignty. Israeli warplanes struck Iran-linked targets in Syria overnight after troops uncovered roadside bombs along the frontier in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Adviser to Iran's leader: US attack risks 'full-fledged war'

Nov. 19, 2020 10:24 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran's supreme leader who is a possible 2021 presidential candidate is warning that any American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war” in the Mideast in the waning days of the Trump administration. Speaking to The Associated Press,...

Cooks prepare free food for needy people at a restaurant in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. In this industrial underbelly in the suburbs of Dubai, workers methodically assemble packaged takeout meals of biryani rice, dal and brightly colored chicken curry for people in poverty and desperate to eat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Highway-side eatery in UAE feeds hungry one meal at a time

Nov. 19, 2020 1:16 AM EST

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At a highway-side restaurant in the industrial outskirts of Dubai, workers methodically assemble packaged takeout meals of biryani rice, dal and brightly colored chicken curry for people in poverty and desperate to eat. It’s not a soup kitchen or charity drive,...

The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, addresses a crowd outside St. John's Episcopal Church, Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C. For nearly four years, President Trump has inspired a cadre of liberal-leaning religious activists to organize, mobilize, protest and pray in opposition to his policies regarding refugees and asylum-seekers, Muslims, white supremacy and health care. As they helped plan the annual Women’s March, flooded airports in defiance of the travel ban and stared down demonstrators in Charlottesville, figures such as the Rev. William Barber II, Muslim activist Linda Sarsour and Sister Simone Campbell became regular commentators on cable television and Op-Ed pages, bringing what some describe as the religious left to its highest point in decades. (Jack Jenkins/RNS via AP)

Energized religious left vows to keep up pressure with Biden

Nov. 17, 2020 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (RNS) For nearly four years, President Trump has inspired a cadre of liberal-leaning religious activists to organize, mobilize, protest and pray in opposition to his policies regarding refugees and asylum-seekers, Muslims, white supremacy and health care. As they helped plan the annual Women’s...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, before departing the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Pompeo's stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the U.S. administration, officials said.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

Nov. 17, 2020 9:51 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Tuesday during a short trip to Turkey that raised the ire of Turkish officials and included no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country tour of...

Detroit Lions offensive guard Oday Aboushi (76), stands with wide receiver Danny Amendola (80), running back Adrian Peterson (28) and safety Miles Killebrew (35) during the national anthem before an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. NFL players have kneeled during the anthem and have made stands to protest social injustice, but none have done it in quite the same way as Aboushi. He wants to use his platform to shed light on what he says is Israel's oppression of the Palestinians and to promote religious harmony as a Muslim with friends of different faiths. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

NFL player looks to shed light on Palestinians' plight

Nov. 17, 2020 7:35 AM EST

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — NFL players have kneeled during the national anthem and taken stands to protest social injustice across the United States. Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi wants to use his place in sports and society another way, by shedding light on the plight of Palestinians and promoting...

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, a religious political party, block a main highway during an anti-France rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. The supporters are protesting the French President Emmanuel Macron over his recent statements and the republishing in France of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Islamist sit-in outside Pakistani capital targets France

Nov. 16, 2020 8:44 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a radical cleric's political party rallied on the outskirts of Islamabad on Monday demanding the Pakistani government cut diplomatic ties with France over the republishing of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous. A sit-in Monday...

Muslims gather for Friday prayer, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Palestinian leadership has condemned the United Arab Emirates' decision to forge ties with Israel as a

Palestinians torn as Israel seeks Gulf tourists in Jerusalem

Nov. 15, 2020 2:16 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations with Israel, the Palestinians decried the move as a "betrayal" of both Jerusalem, where they hope to establish the capital of their future state, and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the city's holiest Muslim site. But with Israel...

A cemetery worker prepares new graves at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on the outskirts of the Iranian capital, Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. The cemetery is one of the world’s largest with 1.6 million people buried on its grounds, which stretch across more than 5 square kilometers, but it is struggling to keep up with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

In Iran, a massive cemetery struggles to keep up with virus

Nov. 11, 2020 6:17 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For over half a century, a massive graveyard on the edge of Iran's capital has provided a final resting place for this country's war dead, its celebrities and artists, its thinkers and leaders and all those in between. But Behesht-e-Zahra is now struggling to keep up with the...