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‘Othered’ in America: An old story, still playing out daily


CHICAGO (AP) — Activist Hoda Katebi rarely takes a break from organizing. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in recent weeks, she became even busier.On a recent Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old Iranian American sat in her Chicago apartment...

Abu Dhabi marks interfaith effort a year after Pope’s visit

February 3, 2020

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Interfaith leaders gathered on Monday in Abu Dhabi to mark one year since Pope Francis' historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula, a visit that saw leading Muslim clerics gather alongside the pope to promote co-existence.The...

Iraqi protesters reject PM-designate picked by ruling elites

By SAMYA KULLAB | February 2, 2020

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators on Sunday rejected Iraq’s new prime minister-designate following his nomination by rival government factions, compounding the challenges he'll have to surmount in order to resolve months of civil unrest.Meanwhile,...

Mauritania arrests 10 gay men after purported gay wedding

January 31, 2020

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human rights groups said.Police later determined the gathering...

Iraq says joint operations with US-led coalition resume

By SAMYA KULLAB | January 30, 2020

BAGHDAD (AP) — Joint military operations with the U.S.-led coalition to counter the Islamic State group have resumed after a nearly three-week pause, an Iraqi military statement said Thursday.Meanwhile, anti-government protesters called for 1 million...

Minnesota priest apologizes for calling Muslims a ‘threat’

January 29, 2020

LONSDALE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Roman Catholic priest apologized Wednesday for saying in a sermon that Islam was “the greatest threat in the world” to the United States and Christianity.The Rev. Nick VanDenBroeke apologized in a statement issued...

Key points in Trump’s Mideast peace plan

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | January 28, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Mideast peace plan announced by President Donald Trump on Tuesday supports the Israeli position on nearly all of the most contentious issues in the decades-old conflict.Where previous presidents tried to cajole Israel and the Palestinians...

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 28, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme...

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers’ return from China

January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local):8:25 p.m.A Thai navy spokesman says 20 officers sent to Wuhan to oversee construction of Thailand's first new submarine have returned home after the Chinese city was...

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

By SAMYA KULLAB | January 26, 2020

BAGHDAD (AP) — One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support...

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 26, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim...

Israel to allow its citizens to visit Saudi Arabia

January 26, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Interior Ministry said Sunday that it will now allow Israelis to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious or business visits.The announcement is the latest sign of quiet but warming relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. It...