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CAIR, advocate groups sue GOP's legislative maps in Ohio

Sep. 27, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The newly drawn legislative district maps in Ohio were contested for the third time Monday, when state and national civic groups filed suit alleging the Republican-controlled redistricting process violated voters' rights. The newest lawsuit, filed...

AP PHOTOS: In Qom, where Iran outbreak began, virus rages on

Sep. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

QOM, Iran (AP) — In Iran's holy city of Qom, where Shiite scholars study and pilgrims travel to a shrine believed to be a gate to heaven, the Islamic Republic's coronavirus outbreak began and still rages to this day. While Iran works to vaccinate its 80 million people,...

Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian police are seeking to extradite Nur...

Wisconsin Muslim Americans promoting new narrative since 911

Sep. 20, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Twenty years ago, as Muslim Americans joined others mourning the victims of the 9/11 attacks, they also faced the increased threat of Islamophobia. The sentiment ranged from personal attacks on Muslims, and anyone who could be mistaken as Muslim,...

Maine files claim against teenagers over racist graffiti

Sep. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general said Friday he has filed a complaint under the Maine Civil Right Acts against a pair of Bangor teenagers who are accused of spray-painting racial threats on the vehicle of a local man. Attorney General Aaron Frey said the...

Another Texas execution delayed on religious freedom claims

Sep. 16, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Another Texas inmate has had his execution delayed over claims the state is violating his religious freedom by not letting his spiritual adviser lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. Ruben Gutierrez was set to be executed on Oct. 27 for...

Muslim groups call for Hilton boycott over project in China

Sep. 16, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is calling for a boycott of Hilton hotels over what it says are plans to build a hotel on the site of a bulldozed Uyghur mosque in China. The Council on American-Islamic Relations and other organizations held a news...

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: 'A country in the making'

Sep. 11, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi Arabia of today is far different from the Saudi Arabia of Sept. 11, 2001. All but four of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida and...

Maine city councilor apologizes for racist comments

Sep. 10, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn councilor apologized Friday after making racist remarks during a discussion of naming a footbridge for the late Mayor John Jenkins. In a statement, Leroy Walker noted that Jenkins, who was Black, was “a good friend of mine for 40...

Nigerian army says high profile Boko Haram member arrested

Sep. 09, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian army said Thursday that its troops have arrested a high-profile member of the Boko Haram extremist group in northern Borno State, where the rebels' 12-year insurgency is concentrated. Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said Yawi Modu was...