Islam - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Islam US airstrike hits pro-Syria government forces for first time BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan on Thursday, the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad. The coalition said "apparent" Russian attempts to stop pro-Assa... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:33:00Z Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homopho... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:14:00Z UN religious freedom expert hails Albania interfaith harmony TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The U.N. expert on religious freedom has praised Albania's interfaith tolerance, considering it to be an example for other countries. Ahmed Shaheed says that Albania is a model for interfaith harmony, with a Muslim majority, and Orthodox and Catholic communities among its 3 million people. The communist regime ban... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:33:00Z Saudi missionaries active in Kosovo, says German government BERLIN (AP) — The German government says missionary groups from Saudi Arabia are spreading the ultraconservative Wahabi version of Islam in Kosovo. In a response to questions from opposition lawmakers, the government says Saudi-backed preachers are active in the small Muslim-majority country in southeastern Europe. The German government... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:22:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:22:00Z Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been invited to this weekend's summit in the Saudi capital with U.S. President Donald Trump and leaders from across the Muslim world, Saudi officials close to the king said Tuesday. Al-Bashir, who has been Sudan's leader since 1989, is wanted by the International Criminal Court in the Nethe... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:03:00Z OSCE calls on Albanian opposition to hold peaceful demo TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called on the Albanian opposition to refrain from violence in an anti-government protest. Friday's Twitter post from the OSCE's Presence in Albania operation said: "The right to freedom of peaceful assembly is one of the foundations of democracy." It added: "No space in 2017 Albania for violen... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:26:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:26:00Z Turkey detains ex-stock exchange workers over links to coup ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained 62 former employees of the Istanbul stock exchange over their alleged links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt. Anadolu Agency said the suspects were detained Friday in simultaneous police raids in Istanbul and five other cities. Detention warrant... Fri, 12 May 2017 08:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T08:47:00Z Pence: IS Guilty Of Genocide Against Christians Vice President Mike Pence says the Islamic State is guilty of 'nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith'. Thu, 11 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:09:00Z NATO chief sees quick decision on joining anti-IS coalition BERLIN (AP) — NATO's secretary-general said Thursday that he hopes for a decision by the time member countries' leaders meet May 25 on whether the alliance formally joins the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. The U.S. under President Donald Trump is keen for a greater emphasis on NATO fighting terrorism. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that all... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:53:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:53:00Z Turkey leader calls on US to reverse decision to arm Kurds BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey slammed the Trump administration's decision to supply Syrian Kurdish fighters with weapons against the Islamic State group and demanded Wednesday that it be reversed, heightening tensions between the NATO allies days before the Turkish leader heads to Washington for a meeting with President Donald Trump. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:06:00Z Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison on Tuesday for blaspheming the Quran, a jarring ruling that undermines the reputation of the world's largest Muslim nation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. In announcing its decision, the five-judge panel said Gov. Basuki "Ahok... Tue, 09 May 2017 11:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T11:06:00Z The Latest: UN concerned by prison sentence for Jakarta gov JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the blasphemy trial of the Indonesian capital's minority Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The U.N. Human Rights Office says it is "concerned" by the two-year prison sentence given to Basuki Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for his "alleged blasphemy" against Islam. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 09:53:00 GMT 2017-05-09T09:53:00Z Trump's Muslim Comments at Center of Case A challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban appears to hinge on whether a federal appeals court agrees that his past anti-Muslim statements can... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:06:00Z Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Travel Ban A federal appeals court is examining President Donald Trump's revised travel ban for the first time. Mon, 08 May 2017 23:04:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:04:00Z Prime minister says IS fighter's son can return to Australia CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 6-year-old Australian boy photographed making an Islamic State movement salute in front of a human body hanging from a cross somewhere in the Middle East was entitled to return to Australia with his siblings, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. But such children who returned from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq would... Mon, 08 May 2017 05:19:00 GMT 2017-05-08T05:19:00Z Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said on Wednesday they support the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks with the Damascus government underway in Kazakhstan, citing repeated violations of a similar truce agreed on in December. Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:25:00Z Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how Mohammed bin Salman views the kingdom's ... Tue, 02 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-02T21:06:00Z Israel criticizes UN cultural agency resolution on Jerusalem JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday accused UNESCO of diminishing Jewish ties to Jerusalem after the U.N. cultural agency passed a resolution criticizing Israeli excavations in the city's Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a violation of international law. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, including east Jerusalem, which i... Tue, 02 May 2017 17:30:00 GMT 2017-05-02T17:30:00Z Swedish police investigate fire at mosque as possible arson STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in an attack against a mosque near Stockholm that caused major damage, Swedish police said Monday. Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the suspect was questioned and then arrested, but did not elaborate pending an investigation. No one was injured in the blaze late ... Mon, 01 May 2017 16:15:00 GMT 2017-05-01T16:15:00Z The Latest: Pope urges Egypt's clergy to remain positive CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local): 5 p.m. Pope Francis has left Egypt at the end of a historic, two-day visit defined by calls for Christian-Muslim unity against religious militancy. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Catholic pontiff off at Cairo Airport on Saturday. The v... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-04-29T15:10:00Z Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo CAIRO (AP) — Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis zoomed around the Cairo sports stadium ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-04-29T13:11:00Z Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country's stability. About a dozen monks and scores of supporters gathered Friday afternoon near the two Muslim madrassas while police stoo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:29:00Z Life sentences sought for 30 with ties to Turkish newspaper ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court accepted a criminal indictment demanding life imprisonment for 30 people with ties to a newspaper linked to a Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the defendants, including former managers and columnists for the Zaman newspaper, were charged wi... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-04-27T16:01:00Z UKIP seeks ban on face-covering veils, new Muslim schools LONDON (AP) — Britain's anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social unity by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools. The right-wing party on Monday unveiled what it calls an "integration agenda" ahead of Britain's June 8 election. It includes bans on Sharia law and on wearing face-cove... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:21:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:21:00Z Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home BEIRUT (AP) — Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions. Thousands of Chinese jihadis have com... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:25:00 GMT 2017-04-22T10:25:00Z The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Friday U.S. and Indonesian companies are signing 11 commercial and investment agreements during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Jakarta that the two governments say are worth a combined $10 billion over time. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-04-21T04:23:00Z "They're going for death:" Syrian tells of defection from IS GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — He was barely 20 when Islamic State group militants stormed his home city of Deir el-Zour in oil-rich eastern Syria. Mohammed had already been fighting government forces the past two years, so it was an easy decision for him: join the militants to keep up the battle against President Bashar Assad's rule. Though he insists he was n... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:47:00 GMT 2017-04-20T17:47:00Z Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday recommended two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital during his trial for blaspheming the Quran. The relatively light sentencing demand was made a day after Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was swept out of office by a landslide election victory for a Muslim rival backed by conser... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:58:00 GMT 2017-04-20T05:58:00Z French presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigns in tight race PARIS (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the "poison" of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend's vote. Independent centrist... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:24:00 GMT 2017-04-19T23:24:00Z The Latest: Police, protesters clash ahead of Le Pen rally PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential campaign (all times local): 11 p.m. Hundreds of protesters have marched in Marseille against French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, ahead of her final rally in the southern port city. Some ultra-left demonstrators skirmished with police during the Wedn... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:39:00Z