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Muslim mob badly damages Hindu temple in central Pakistan

Aug. 04, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob stormed a Hindu temple in a remote town in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, damaging statues and burning down the temple's main door, police said. The attack followed an alleged desecration of a madrassa, or...

AP PHOTOS: Faith, sport and festival: the month in religion

Aug. 02, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

At a newly founded church in Mexico dedicated to Diego Maradona, a replica of his famed No. 10 jersey and other memorabilia adorned an altar honoring the late Argentine soccer legend who died in November. An ocean away in Madrid, a bullfighter clad in an elaborately...

Biden unveils picks for key religious freedom roles

Jul. 30, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced his picks for four key religious freedom roles, including Khzir Khan, the Muslim-American father of a slain U.S. soldier who became an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump throughout both of his campaigns. ...

Alaska lawyer out of job after social media post inquiry

Jul. 28, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An assistant attorney general in Alaska identified by a news outlet as the person behind a social media account that posted racist and antisemitic comments no longer works for the state Department of Law, an agency spokesperson said. Grace Lee told...

Blinken's India visit puts human rights, China on table

Jul. 27, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in India on Tuesday to discuss strengthening Indo-Pacific engagement, seen as a counter to China, as well as New Delhi’s recent human rights record and other issues. Blinken’s visit includes meetings...

Police: IS sympathizers behind attempt on ex-Maldives leader

Jul. 26, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives group that sympathizes with the Islamic State group carried out an assassination attempt in May on former President Mohamed Nasheed, police said. The suspected ringleader, identified only as Thasleem, was arrested on Saturday in the...

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Jul. 22, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between July 15-21, 2021. This week’s selection includes scenes from across the region, where...

Tunisia's president orders military to manage virus crisis

Jul. 21, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president ordered the military Wednesday to take over managing the national COVID-19 pandemic response, as the country fights one of Africa’s worst outbreaks. The military health service will be assigned the task, Tunisian President...

Saudi Aramco facing $50M cyber extortion over leaked data

Jul. 21, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant acknowledged Wednesday that leaked data from the company — files now apparently being used in a cyber-extortion attempt involving a $50 million ransom demand — likely came from one of its contractors. ...

War's trauma apparent in portraits of Gazan children

Jul. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, clings to her new toys and clothes, but mostly to her dad. For hours, they were separated under the rubble of their family’s home. Now she cannot bear to be apart. More than two months have passed since rescue workers pulled the...