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Attack on Rushdie shows divisions among Lebanese Shiites

Aug. 17, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The stabbing of author Salman Rushdie has laid bare divisions in Lebanon's Shiite Muslim community, pitting a few denouncing the violence against fervent followers of the Iran-backed Shiite militant Hezbollah group who have praised the attack. One Rushdie defender received death...

Bangladesh PM tells UN that Myanmar must take Rohingya back

Aug. 17, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's leader told a visiting U.N. official on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh must return home to Myanmar, where they had fled waves of violent persecution. Prime...

Iraqi PM calls meeting of senior politicians to end crisis

Aug. 17, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s caretaker prime minister called a meeting of senior political leaders and party representatives Wednesday, seeking a way out of a monthslong crisis amid a power struggle between rival Shiite blocs. But the party of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did not attend...

Iraq's finance minister resigns over political crisis

Aug. 16, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's finance minister resigned Tuesday, two government officials said, over the country's worst political crisis in years involving an influential Shiite cleric and his Iran-aligned rivals. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with...

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

Aug. 15, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official Monday denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman...

Despite public anger, no progress in Iraq political deadlock

Aug. 14, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Weeks after followers of an influential cleric stormed parliament, Iraq’s political crisis shows no signs of abating, despite rising public anger over a debilitating gridlock that has further weakened the country's caretaker government and its ability to provide basic services. ...

Iraqi judiciary says it has no powers to dissolve parliament

Aug. 14, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top judicial body said Sunday it doesn't have the authority to dissolve the country’s parliament, days after an influential Shiite cleric gave it one week to dismiss the legislature so that new elections can be held. The decision by the Supreme Judicial...

Rival Iraq protests underscore inter-Shiite power struggle

Aug. 12, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iran-backed Shiite groups rallied in Baghdad on Friday to denounce their rivals, followers of an influential Shiite cleric who stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembly building in the Iraqi capital. ...

Cyprus protests meeting of Azerbaijan, Turkish Cypriot heads

Aug. 11, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The foreign ministry of Cyprus said Thursday it’s lodging formal protests against a meeting between the leader of the ethnically split island nation's breakaway Turkish Cypriots and the president of Azerbaijan amid concerns of a stepped-up partition campaign. ...

Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan mark Ashoura

Aug. 09, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

KARBALA, Iraq (AP) — Shiites in Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan chanted, paraded and beat their chests on Tuesday as they marked Ashoura, one of the most important dates on the religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. The...