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AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 7, 2019 12:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...

Charges: Bismarck man hit girl with broomstick over beliefs

Dec. 6, 2019 8:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is charged with felony child abuse for allegedly hitting his teenage stepdaughter with a broomstick because she wouldn't wear clothing in line with his Muslim beliefs. According to charging documents, Youness Moussaid caused several bruises when he hit the girl. He's...

15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds

Dec. 6, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to...

Thousands protest Indian citizenship bill excluding Muslims

Dec. 6, 2019 6:03 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than 1,000 students marched Friday in India’s northeast against a bill approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from India's three Muslim-majority neighbors. The marchers took to the streets of Gauhati, the...

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated...

Muslim man sues union, Boston College over mandatory dues

Dec. 5, 2019 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Anti-union groups are hailing a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court by a Muslim electrician against a union and Boston College. Ardeshir Ansari filed the suit last month after he informed the school and the Service Employees International Union 32BJ District 615 last fall...

AP Interview: New Zealand PM aims to limit spread of hate

Dec. 5, 2019 2:40 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister said she will do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial, while she hopes artificial intelligence will one day stop such attacks from being broadcast online. In an...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

More prison officers claim beard discrimination in New York

Dec. 2, 2019 7:22 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More correction officers are accusing New York’s prison agency of discriminating when it comes to religious beards. A federal judge last week barred the state prison department from taking any “adverse action” against correctional officers who have a beard or are...

Amazon pulls Auschwitz 'Christmas ornaments' after protest

Dec. 2, 2019 8:04 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site. Amazon, which functions as a marketplace on top of selling products itself, said in a statement that “all...