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Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s military said Thursday that Turkish and U.S. officials meeting in Germany have reached an agreement on the Syrian town of …

Middle East

Awe-Inspiring Photos of Ramadan Around the World

Here’s a look across the globe of Islam’s holiest month.<p>After a month of fasting, Muslims from Kyrgyzstan to Tennessee, Dubai to Manchester are …

Islam

The surprise place where hijab can spell trouble

<b>"It is easier to be wearing hijab in London than Cairo." This is how 47-year-old Dalia Anan describes her experience as a woman wearing the Islamic headscarf - also known as hijab - in London compared to her hometown in Egypt.</b><p>Dalia, an engineer who works in the IT industry, moved to the UK two …

Hijab

U.S. to take 'firm, appropriate measures' against Syria violations

(Reuters) - The United States will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country's southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.<p>After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the …

Middle East

Thousands of Muslims spill out of a mosque and onto Sydney's streets as they celebrate the end of Ramadan by praying and breaking their fasts

• <b>The streets of Lakemba, western Sydney were packed with worshippers celebrating the end of Ramadan</b>• <b><br>Hundreds visited Lakemba Mosque, with crowds</b> …

Islam

EU's top court upholds asset freeze for Assad's cousin | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld an asset freeze for a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying the European Union had shown him to be linked to the government.<p>In 2011, the EU included businessman Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the Syrian president, on a …

European Union

After military wins, Syrians root for ally Russia in World Cup

DAMASCUS (AFP) -<p>With days to go before the World Cup, bustling markets in Syria's capital are blanketed in the flags of competing countries -- but host and government ally Russia is taking centre stage.<p>The flags of usual favourites Argentina, Germany, and Brazil are still displayed prominently, but …

Middle East

'It's not that hard': Kids don't have to fast for Ramadan, but many do anyway

Iyad Zaki says a prayer under his breath before beginning his meal. The 10-year-old is excited to eat — it is 8:54 p.m. after all.<p>"I'm going to stuff …

Islam

Judge orders Washington prison to provide Ramadan meals

A federal judge has ordered the Washington Department of Corrections to provide nighttime meals to all Muslim inmates who have been fasting during the month of Ramadan, after several said prison officials refused to do so.<p>The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued the department Sunday on …

Washington State

The business of Ramadan: Religion and capital converge in the UAE

<b>(CNN) —</b> Anyone doing business in the Gulf knows that life takes on a different rhythm during the month of Ramadan. With millions of Muslims forgoing food and drink between sunrise and sunset, daily routines change, working hours shorten and thoughts turn to friends and family.<p>This is not without a …

Islam

Beers at Ramadan: Dubai Relaxes Rules as Gulf Countries Adapt to Draw Business - WSJ

By<p>Rory Jones and<p>Rory Jones<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@RoryWSJ<p>Google+<p>Rory.Jones@wsj.com<p>Nicolas Parasie<p>Nicolas Parasie<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@NicolasParasie<p>nicolas.parasie@wsj.com<p>DUBAI—An intensifying competition for foreign cash and talent in the Middle East has remodeled the Muslim …

Saudi Arabia

Syria's Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him: interview

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that military ally Russia was making decisions for him, but said it was natural for there to be differences of opinion between allies, in an interview published on Sunday by state media.<p>In an interview with British newspaper the Mail on …

Middle East

Austria to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.<p>The coalition government, an alliance of …

Islamism

Muslim groups will be absent as Donald Trump hosts Iftar dinner

As Donald Trump hosts his inaugural Iftar dinner as president on Wednesday to mark the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in the nation’s capital will hold a counter event just steps away from the White House.<p>The lack of enthusiasm among American Muslims over Trump’s unexpected decision to hold a White …

Donald Trump

Kurdish forces to withdraw from Syria’s Manbij under US-Turkey deal

The Manbij Military Council, a group allied to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, said on Wednesday that the Kurdish YPG militia would remove its military advisers from the flashpoint town in the coming days.<p>The town's militia said it was capable of preserving the …

Middle East

Men Who Publicly Bang Drums At 2 AM To Wake Muslim Faithful For Pre-Dawn Ramadan Meal Face Arrest In Israel

3:24 PM 06/06/2018<p>Traditional Ramadan wakers who rouse Muslim faithful from sleep at 2 a.m. with public drums and music now face arrest and police …

Jerusalem

Minnesota teen wins international Quran award

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota teenager representing the United States has won a prestigious Quran recitation competition after besting 103 other …

United Arab Emirates

Russia, Iran jostle for influence in Syria

Tensions between Damascus' allies are increasing as Moscow plans to expand troop presence in Syria war.<p>Seven years of war in Syria have created a complex battlefield that has drawn in global and regional powers.<p>Russia and Iran are allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but the heavy troop …

Middle East

Syria opens Homs-Hama highway after near 7-year closure due to war

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government re-opened the highway between the cities of Homs and Hama on Wednesday a month after its forces retook a rebel-held pocket that had straddled the road that was closed for almost seven years.<p>Motorists waved Syrian flags as they drove down the highway whose …

Middle East

Ramadan: The time for reflection, fasting and gatherings

My mom and I sit on the kitchen floor. I am peeling parchment paper off the puff pastries and cutting them in half while she puts keema (beef) in, …

Islam

American Muslims on Trump's iftar: Thanks, but no thanks

<b>(CNN) —</b> A scene from the horror movie "Get Out." A moment of bloody betrayal -- the dreaded Red Wedding -- from HBO's "Game of Thrones." A medieval painting depicting a huge mouth devouring people as they eat.<p>On Wednesday, President Donald Trump's White House will host its first <i>iftar</i>, the sundown …

Donald Trump

US-led strikes on Raqqa may amount to war crimes, Amnesty says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Airstrikes by the US-led coalition in Raqqa, Syria, probably breached international humanitarian law and potentially amount to war crimes, according to a report by Amnesty International that is being hotly contested by the Pentagon.<p>The rights group accuses the coalition of killing and …

Middle East

Beijing’s women-only mosque blends Islam with Chinese tradition

Sitting in a spacious hall in a building on Beijing's Niujie Street, dozens of women wearing colorful embroidered headscarves earnestly pray as a …

Islam

What is Canada like for a refugee?

Sure, I’ll go to Canada, even though I don’t know what it is or where it is<p>It’s one the most Canadian things you can own. It keeps away the bad dreams.<p>'Nobody saw us as a human,' he said. 'Just as an economic problem. It was very racist.'<p>When you start digging at the surface, we’re not very …

Religion

Syrian refugees face new enemy in Canadian apartments: bedbugs

They fled barrel bombs and chemical weapon attacks in war-torn Syria, but when they arrived in Canada to start rebuilding their shattered lives, they found themselves in a new battle with an invisible enemy.<p>The problems began soon after a dozen refugee families moved into a high-rise building in …

Bed bugs

How the blockade on Qatar failed

The GCC crisis has inflicted significant financial loss on Qatar, but it has failed to bring it down.<p>On the morning of June 5, 2017, Qataris woke up to the shocking news that their country was under blockade. The hostile move came from none other than its Arab neighbours and cofounders of the Gulf …

Middle East

Coca-Cola Wins With Its Heartwarming Ramadan Ad That Brings People Together

[Click here to view the video in this article] <br>Coca-Cola has dedicated one of its latest ads to Muslims worldwide currently fasting during this Holy …

Coca-Cola

Syrian President to meet Kim Jong Un in North Korea, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Days before Kim Jong Un is set to meet US President Donald Trump in Singapore, the North Korean leader is revealing plans to meet yet another leader -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Assad will visit Kim in North Korea, the latter country's state news agency KCNA said Sunday. The report …

North Korea

3 Moms on How They Help Their Teens Fast During Ramadan

We're halfway through the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when healthy Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, and mothers of all backgrounds are still …

Ramadan

Ramadan Etiquette in the Office

Your co-workers may be fasting. Is it okay to have a meeting with food?<p>The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from May 17 to June 14 in 2008, which means that you may have co-workers who aren't eating or drinking between sun up and sundown. Considering the days are quite long in the northern …

Ramadan