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With Song And Celebration, Mosque Chips Away At Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California doesn't look like your average mosque. The towering, majestic building — which used to be a Masonic temple — went up in Oakland around the turn of the 20th century. And it has long accrued a distinctive, cherished history.<p>"Every inch of this …

President Obama's ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright: 'Jesus was a Palestinian'

The controversial pastor who preached at a church attended by President Obama said on Saturday that “Jesus was a Palestinian,” alluded to Israel as an apartheid state and compared “the youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine” during a speech in Washington, D.C.<p>Jeremiah Wright, who led Trinity …

Israel accused of 'deliberately killing' Palestinians

Israel's government is facing serious questions over its use of force in the latest outbreak of violence with protesters after a number of videos appeared online showing soldiers shooting at Palestinians.<p>Amnesty International told Al Jazeera on Sunday that some of the recorded incidents amounted to …

Israeli-Palestinian violence: Boy dies after being shot by rubber-coated bullet

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> A 13-year-old boy died Sunday after being shot by a rubber-coated bullet in clashes in the West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.<p>The Palestinian death toll from the weekend's violence now stands at 10, as the days of violence continued with stabbings, shootings …

Israel

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian teens in Gaza

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed two Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip during confrontations, less than 24 hours after six people were shot dead while protesting along the border with Israel.<p>The Palestinian Health Ministry on Saturday said 13-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Omar …

Pregnant Palestinian and child die in Israeli air raid

A Palestinian woman who was five-months pregnant and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City.<p>Medical sources in the besieged territory said 30-year-old Noor Hassan and her daughter Rahaf died when their house collapsed following an Israeli air strike …

Palestinian Unrest: Carry Guns at All Times, Jerusalem Mayor Says

JERUSALEM — The mayor of Jerusalem urged gun owners to carry their weapons at all times on Thursday in the wake of a slew of attacks and unrest in Israel and the West Bank.<p>"Given the current escalation [of violence] in the security situation, those with a licensed firearm who know what to do with …

Six people reported killed in Gaza clashes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Six people were killed in clashes Friday across Gaza and 30 others were injured, according to Gaza medical sources, as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians continued to grow.<p>Five of those injured are in critical condition, the sources said.<p>The clashes in Gaza follow what has appeared …

Israel

He was a U.S. ally in Africa. Now he's on trial for crimes against humanity

He was our man in Africa.<p>Hissene Habre, who ruled Chad in the 1980s, was a U.S. ally in good standing even as his government killed tens of thousands of people and filled prisons with enemies who were starved, beaten and tortured.<p>Last week he finally had to face victims of those times in court. …

Florida man accused of bomb plot at 9/11 memorial, FBI says

<b>(CNN) —</b> His communications were conversational and his instructions specific, federal authorities claim.<p>Here's how to make a pipe bomb, he allegedly wrote. Here's how to make it deadlier, by adding shrapnel dipped in rat poison. And here's where to have it explode -- at a 9/11 commemoration event …

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Canadian-Israeli woman sought 'redemption' by helping Kurds fight IS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State said on Monday that she had volunteered in an effort to “turn her life around” after being jailed in the United States for an international phone scam.<p>Gill Rosenberg walks …

Haiti's Unstoppable Outbreak

The nation has been battling a cholera epidemic since 2010—and it's still killing people. Why has no one been able to stop the spread of the disease?<p>In early February, when Jenniflore Abelard arrived at her parents’ house high in the hills of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, her father Johnson was home. …

Environmental Health

Palestinian teenager 'shot in back by senior Israeli soldier while fleeing'

Claims by multiple witnesses that Mohammed Kasbeh, 17, was shot as he ran away appear consistent with medical examination of his body<p>A teenage Palestinian killed by a senior Israeli army officer last week was shot in the back and side while apparently fleeing, according to medical evidence and …

Israel

How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate

Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features<p>Muslim refugees on runway of Tuzla airport, Bosnia, fleeing Srebrenica in 1995.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/4/1436050269860/ad485a96-6215-418e-a48f-6454fd43a037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex …

Peace

Wounded Syrian dies as Israeli Druze attack military ambulance

Public radio said around 200 Druze from Majdal Shams pelted ambulance with stones and dragged wounded Syrians from vehicle<p>Dozens of Druze residents of the occupied Golan Heights attacked a military ambulance carrying two wounded Syrians on Monday night, beating one of the Syrians to death on …

China bans Muslims from fasting Ramadan in Xinjiang | Ramadan 2017 News

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.<p>Most Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month, which began on Thursday, but China's ruling Communist party is …

China

How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili

Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/10/1433954982833/1b7d66ce-79f0-4547-b570-f68f1f82bd4e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the …

Anti-Islam protesters stage demonstration at Phoenix mosque

Protesters gathered across the street from Phoenix's largest mosque on Friday, shouting obscenities and holding up signs depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, but a line of police kept the crowd from mixing with those attending evening prayer.<p>The protest was held at the mosque once attended by …

The Dalai Lama: Aung San Suu Kyi must speak out on behalf of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya

The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, gave an interview to The Australian on May 28. In it, he appeals to Myanmar’s world-famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out against a horrific violation of human rights rippling outward from her …

Asia

Mohammed cartoon contest: Protest held outside Phoenix mosque

<b>Phoenix (CNN) —</b> Protesters at Friday's "Freedom of Speech" rally outside a Phoenix mosque were met by counterprotesters.<p>The two groups lined both sides of the street in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix and yelled at each other, with a line of police officers standing in the middle …

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three …

Asia

Rights groups attack Myanmar child birth restrictions

Human rights groups have attacked a controversial new law in Myanmar that will force some women to have children at least three year apart.<p>Khin Lay of the Yangon-based Triangle Women Support Group criticised the move on Monday, saying it would exclusively target the country's minority Muslim …

Rape is being used to terrorise the population, says DRC gynaecologist

Photograph: MONUSCO Photos/flickr<p>Alongside his medical work, Mukwege has campaigned for Congolese women’s rights at national and international levels. Photograph: MONUSCO …

The Latest on Rohingya: Australia won't take in migrants

2:20 p.m. (0420 GMT)<p>Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out Australia resettling any Rohingya refugees, warning that asylum seekers who take to …

Thai Navy

Indonesia sends three warships and a plane to turn away migrant boats

Navy patrols stepped up to prevent migrant vessels entering territorial waters as thousands are still thought to be stranded at sea<p>The Indonesian navy prevented a suspected migrant boat from entering the country’s waters at the weekend after the arrival of hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi …

In Asian seas, a migrant boat finds nowhere to land

THE ANDAMAN SEA (Reuters) - For several days, the fate of roughly 300 desperate Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants has been subject to a repetitive dance in waters just out of sight of gleaming Thai beach resorts.<p>Migrants are seen aboard a boat tethered to a Thai navy vessel, in waters near Koh Lipe …

Regional governments silent after U.N. calls for Asia boatpeople rescue

BANGKOK/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia gave no response on Wednesday to a United Nations appeal for them to rescue thousands of migrants, many of them hungry and sick, adrift in boats in Southeast Asian seas.<p>A group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants who arrived in Indonesia …