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Cracks show in China's vision for model ethnic unity village

Nov. 21, 2018 9:32 AM EST

HOTAN UNITY NEW VILLAGE, China (AP) — In this corner of China's far west, rows of identical white concrete houses with red metal roofs rise abruptly above the sand dunes of the harsh Taklamakan Desert. A Chinese flag flutters above the settlement, and a billboard at the entrance says, "Welcome to the Hotan...

Vienna conference calls on combating anti-Semitism in Europe

Nov. 21, 2018 8:32 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Jewish and European leaders are vowing to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent and proposed concrete measures to counter the hatred of Jews. The head of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, warned at Wednesday's "Europe Beyond Anti-Semitism and Anti-Semitism -...

Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 55

Nov. 21, 2018 5:19 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 55 people. Tuesday's attack, which targeted a gathering of hundreds of clerics at a wedding hall in Kabul, bore the hallmarks of a local Islamic State affiliate, which has carried...

Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

Nov. 20, 2018 10:45 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the...

Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

Nov. 20, 2018 7:58 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim minorities may be creeping into the rest of the...

Bosnia's 3-member presidency takes office after Oct. vote

Nov. 20, 2018 11:09 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia on Tuesday inaugurated the country's three-member presidency following last month's election, with nationalist politicians dominating a body designed to heal the country's ethnic divide. The presidency comprises a Muslim, a Serb and a Croat politician. It is part...

Hijab-wearing lawmaker takes seat in Bosnian Serb parliament

Nov. 19, 2018 12:41 PM EST

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — For the first time since Bosnia's ethnic war, a woman who wears a traditional Muslim headscarf has become a lawmaker in the Serb-run part of the country. Begija Smajic was elected to the Bosnian Serb parliament last month and attended its opening session on Monday....

UNESCO launches Holocaust education website

Nov. 19, 2018 10:12 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency has teamed up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and WJC President Ronald Lauder unveiled the interactive "Facts about the Holocaust " site at the...

Greece's Church says priests should keep state jobs

Nov. 16, 2018 12:07 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's powerful Orthodox Church says it wants priests to remain civil servants, rejecting part of a recent government offer to switch a payroll system for clergymen. The church's governing Holy Synod said Friday that it had voted unanimously "to retain the existing payroll status of...

Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

Nov. 16, 2018 8:42 AM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the...