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Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Jun. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians protested after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and briefly clashed with Israeli police, leaving three demonstrators wounded. A series of far more violent clashes at the site in April and May helped ignite last...

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Utah governor asks citizens to pray for rain to end drought

Jun. 03, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor asked citizens Thursday to pray for rain this weekend to relieve the state from its drought. Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement calling on Utah citizens to pray for “divine intervention” as an excessive heat warning has been...

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church's prayer wall

May. 31, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Monday for an interfaith service dedicating a prayer wall outside historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood on the centennial of the first day of one of the deadliest racist massacres in the nation. ...

Erdogan inaugurates landmark mosque on main Istanbul square

May. 28, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a landmark new mosque on Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Friday, fulfilling a long-time ambition to build a Muslim house of worship in the city’s main public space that has become a symbol of the modern Turkish Republic. ...

Afghan police say Kabul mosque bombing kills 12 worshippers

May. 14, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers, killing 12 worshippers, and wounding 15, Afghan police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge in violence as U.S. and NATO...

AP PHOTOS: Ramadan demonstrates Muslim courage and faith

May. 13, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

The world spun madly on as followers of its second-largest religion practiced the traditions of Islam's holiest month, at times under circumstances that demanded as much courage as faith. Ramadan is a period of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. But...

For Muslims in America, Eid al-Fitr comes as pandemic eases

May. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

For Qassim Abdullah, this year’s Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr marked a bit of a milestone: Now fully vaccinated, the 66-year-old finally felt comfortable enough to return to his mosque for the Eid prayer on Thursday, his first time back since the start of the pandemic. ...

Albanian tries to set himself on fire at Eid al-Fitr prayers

May. 13, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A man tried to set himself on fire during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr in the Albanian capital, Tirana, police said Thursday. They said a 40-year old man only identified by the initials B.G. had poured gasoline over himself and...

Virus, Mideast turmoil stifle Eid al-Fitr celebrations

May. 13, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In the embattled Gaza Strip, the call to prayer...