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In this photo provided by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, second from right, greets Karim Khalili, left, an influential Afghan Shiite leader, upon his arrival at ministry for a meeting, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Khalili is visiting Pakistan where members of the minority sect are still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shiite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants, earlier this month. (Ministry of Foreign Ministry via AP)

Afghan Shiite leader in Pakistan after killings of miners

Jan. 12, 2021 4:17 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An influential Afghan Shiite leader is visiting Pakistan where members of the minority sect are still reeling from the brutal killing of 11 Shiite coal miners, nine of whom were Afghan immigrants, earlier this month. The miners, who were abducted and killed by militants from the Islamic...

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses

Jan. 11, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a controversial Muslim televangelist and cult leader to life in prison, finding him guilty of forming a criminal gang and sexual abuse of minors, among several other offenses. Adnan Oktar, who was known for holding theological discussions surrounded by...

Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, looks up near a slide showing a photo of Uighur infants during a press conference to refute accusations of genocide in Beijing, China. The Chinese official on Monday denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being

China denies coercive birth control measures in Xinjiang

Jan. 11, 2021 2:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official on Monday denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being...

FILE - In this May 29, 2010 file photo, people from a minority Muslim Ahmadi Community stand guard as others preparing to bury the victims of attack by Islamic militants, in Rubwah, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) northwest from Lahore Pakistan. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, adopted 55-year-old Ramazan Bibi, jailed on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, as a prisoner of conscience. According to a December report by the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedoms, Pakistan recorded the most cases of blasphemy in the world even though 84 countries have criminal blasphemy laws on their books. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

US group appeals for Pakistani woman jailed on blasphemy

Jan. 8, 2021 10:07 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. religious watchdog appealed Friday for the rights of a Pakistani woman from the country’s minority Ahmadis who has been jailed on blasphemy charges, declaring her a prisoner of conscience and urging Prime Minister Imran Khan's government to immediately set her free. The...

Health workers check the boxes containing coronavirus vaccines developed by China's Sinovac Biotech as they arrived in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia's top Islamic body OKs China's Sinovac vaccine

Jan. 8, 2021 5:52 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's highest Islamic body on Friday gave its religious approval to China's Sinovac vaccine, paving the way for its distribution in the world's most populous Muslim nation. The Indonesian Ulema Council announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is holy and halal, or fit for...

Indonesia's top Islamic body gives religious approval to China’s Sinovac vaccine, paving the way for its distribution

Jan. 8, 2021 5:23 AM EST
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top Islamic body gives religious approval to China’s Sinovac vaccine, paving the way for its distribution.
FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago priest stepping aside after sex-abuse allegation

Jan. 6, 2021 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Nationally known activist Chicago priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been asked to step aside due to an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced. The archdiocese said Tuesday that its Office for Child Abuse Investigations and...

Sanaullah Abbasi, right, Police chief of Pakistan's Khybder Paktunkhwa province and other provincial officials leave the Supreme Court after a hearing in the case of a Hindu temple that was vandalized, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered authorities Tuesday to rebuild a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalized and set on fire by a mob last week, drawing condemnation from the government and leaders of minority Hindus. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani court orders rebuilding of destroyed Hindu temple

Jan. 5, 2021 9:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered authorities Tuesday to rebuild a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalized and set on fire by a mob last week, drawing condemnation from the government and leaders of minority Hindus. The court ruled after authorities said they arrested more than 100...

A woman casts her vote at the Koudougou school polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Voting has begun in Central African Republic's presidential and legislative elections after a campaign period marked by violence between rebels and government forces. (AP Photo)

Central African Republic president Touadera reelected

Jan. 4, 2021 4:46 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has won a second term in office, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission Monday. Touadera was reelected in the first round of the Dec. 27 presidential vote with 53.9% of the...

Members of Pakistan Hindu Council hold a protest against the attack on a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of Karak, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Pakistani police arrested 14 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said. The temple's destruction Wednesday in the northwestern town of Karak drew condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu community. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan arrests 31 people over demolishing of Hindu temple

Dec. 31, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PESHAWAR, pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested at least 31 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, dozens of Hindus rallied in the southern port city of...