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Monks’ role in Sri Lanka protests raises familiar questions

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — The street protests that drove Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office last month brought together people from across the country’s diverse and sometimes warring ethno-religious groups: Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Sinhala Buddhists — including, unmistakably, the...

In Baghdad's Sadr City, cleric's support underpins protests

Aug. 05, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. ...

Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad

Aug. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on...

From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Aug. 05, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem. There you’ll hear the murmur...

Iraqi cleric calls for dissolution of parliament, early vote

Aug. 03, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told followers Wednesday to continue their sit-in inside Iraq’s government zone, and called for the dissolution of parliament and early elections, signaling a deepening power struggle with his rivals. Speaking for the...

Influential Shiite cleric whose followers stormed Iraqi parliament says protest will continue, calls for early elections

Aug. 03, 2022 13:18 PM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric whose followers stormed Iraqi parliament says protest will continue, calls for early elections.

Splendid Byzantine churches head Thessaloniki’s holy sites

Aug. 03, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Under fluttering strings of Greek and Byzantine flags, three men raised a party tent on the terrace of the 5th century Osios David church one recent Saturday, hoping it would shelter festivalgoers from the heat that already shrouded the view of Mount Olympus across the...

Followers of cleric told to withdraw from Iraq's parliament

Aug. 02, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Followers of an influential Shiite cleric camped out inside the Iraqi parliament building for a fourth straight day were instructed Tuesday to leave the building but maintain their protest outside. In a tweet, a representative of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told the...

Iran arrests Baha'i members; advocates demand their release

Aug. 02, 2022 01:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested several members of the Baha’i faith on spying charges, authorities said Monday, the latest sign of a tightening crackdown across the Islamic Republic as it faces international pressure over its tattered nuclear deal. The Baha'i...

Iraq cleric's followers camped out in parliament for 2nd day

Jul. 31, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — With mattresses strewn about, food trucked in and protesters playacting as lawmakers, hundreds of followers of an influential Shiite cleric were camped out Sunday inside the Iraqi parliament after toppling security walls around the building and storming in the previous day. ...