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UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...

2 men sentenced for plotting to attack Muslim community

Aug. 16, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Two of four young men arrested for plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community with homemade explosives were sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in prison. Brian Colaneri, 20, and Andrew Crysel, 19, pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy in June. They and two others from...

Minor league owner says he'll meet with religious leaders

Aug. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The owner of two minor league baseball teams who had refused to meet with a Muslim civil rights group said Friday he will host a gathering of leaders of various faiths. E. Miles Prentice III said he is committed to providing a welcoming environment at baseball games. He is the owner...

Court rules in favor of city allowing mosque to be built

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court says a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it cleared City Council chambers during a meeting about construction of a mosque. The Detroit News reports a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this week found in favor of Sterling Heights....

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the...

UN: Over 37 health-related attacks in Libya since offensive

Aug. 15, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 37 attacks have been reported against health workers, health facilities and ambulances in Libya since the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in early April to capture the capital of Tripoli, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N....

Minor league owner refuses to meet with Muslim rights group

Aug. 15, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The owner of two minor league baseball teams is refusing to meet with a Muslim civil rights group, accusing it of supporting terrorists. The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sought a meeting with E. Miles Prentice, owner of the Single-A Connecticut...

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

Aug. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel's decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn't "encourage or...

India's Modi defends Kashmir policy amid clash with Pakistan

Aug. 15, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the disputed region endured an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout for an 11th day....

The Latest: UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on disputed Kashmir (all times local): 9 p.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a rare meeting on Kashmir in response to requests by China and Pakistan following India's revocation of the region's special constitutional status and downgrading of its statehood to a...