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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...

Alabama: Pastor can hold inmate's hand during execution

Sep. 09, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama said it will allow a death row inmate's pastor to hold his hand during a lethal injection next month, a decision that was made to end litigation over the issue. Lawyers for Alabama wrote in a June court document that inmates can now have...

Group calls for councilor's resignation over racist remarks

Sep. 08, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for the resignation of a Maine city councilor over racist remarks targeting Black people. Councilor Leroy Walker made the remarks during a discussion about naming a pedestrian bridge in...

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

Sep. 07, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A car passed, the driver’s window rolled down and the man spat an epithet at two little girls wearing their hijabs: “Terrorist!” It was 2001, mere weeks after the twin towers at the World Trade Center fell, and 10-year-old Shahana Hanif and her...

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

Sep. 07, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A car passed, the driver’s window rolled down and the man spat an epithet at two little girls wearing their hijabs: “Terrorist!” It was 2001, mere weeks after the twin towers at the World Trade Center fell, and 10-year-old Shahana Hanif and her...

Jordanian soldier from 1967 war laid to rest in Jerusalem

Sep. 06, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jordanian soldier killed in the 1967 Middle East war was given a military funeral and laid to rest in east Jerusalem on Monday, in an extraordinary scene that pointed to improved ties between Israel and Jordan after years of tensions. The soldier's...