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Coffee employee tells Muslims to 'go back to your country'

Jul. 19, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The Tim Hortons coffee chain says a Michigan employee has been fired after a Muslim couple were told to "go back to your country." The incident occurred on June 28 at a Tim Hortons in Ypsilanti. Alaa Kouider and her husband say they were harassed when they went inside to fix a...

Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

Jul. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow be resolved. In a wide-ranging discussion with...

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Jul. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

Jul. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry...

Muslim group wants Independence councilman to resign

Jul. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas chapter of a Muslim civil rights group is calling for the resignation of an Independence, Missouri, city councilman who said during a meeting that Middle Eastern owners of discount smoke shops will "sell anything out the back door." The Kansas City Star reports...

Court denies inmates' appeal of $900 award in Ramadan suit

Jul. 16, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied four Muslim inmates who challenged a jury's decision to award them $900 in damages after Michigan prison officials did not provide them with adequate meals during Ramadan. The three-judge panel on Monday upheld a lower judge's refusal to hold a new...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

Jul. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media summit" of...

Nigerian police disperse anti-government protests by Shiites

Jul. 11, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse anti-government demonstrations by Shiite Muslims in the capital, Abuja, and the northwestern city of Kaduna. The protesters were demanding the release of Shiite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed since 2015. The...

Turkey seeks 176 officers over links to US-based cleric

Jul. 9, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 176 serving military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016. Anadolu Agency says the warrants were issued Tuesday...