Wedding season brings new virus outbreak in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — By the end of May, the Palestinian Authority appeared to have quashed a coronavirus outbreak in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with only around 400 confirmed cases and just...

Focus on Taiwan's potential African ally, Somaliland

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa, is set to establish mutual representative offices with Taiwan and it's a deal that comes with a lot of questions. As a former Br...

Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey's highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned ba...

Sudan's bid to ban genital mutilation sparks hope, caution

CAIRO (AP) — It’s been more than 60 years. But the scene is seared still into Kawthar Ali’s mind. The women pinned her down on a bed. She was maybe 5 1/2 or 6 years old. Holding her knees, they spread...

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia's status

ISTANBUL (AP) — In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire a...

After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims

As a young student, Hind Makki recalls, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when some casually used an Arabic word meaning “slaves” to refer to Black people. ...

Monaco releases several players as it builds for next season

PARIS (AP) — Monaco took the first steps toward rebuilding for next season by releasing several players on Thursday, including creative forward Islam Slimani and veteran goalkeeper Danijel Subašić. ...

Tennessee newspaper fires ad manager for end of times ad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee newspaper has fired its advertising manager after a full-page advertisement from a religious group predicting a terrorist attack in Nashville next month appeared in...

Muslims to wait a year for hajj as virus prompts Saudi curbs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims around the world hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Mecca to perform the hajj will have to wait until next year, after Saudi Arabia drastically curta...

Man convicted of terror ties faces charges in Mumbai attacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chicago businessman who spent more than 10 years in prison for supporting terrorist groups has been arrested in Los Angeles to face charges in India for attacks in Mumbai in 2008 ...

Israel OKs plan for new Golan settlement named after Trump

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli cabinet minister on Sunday said the government approved plans to build a new settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump. ...

For Ellison, Floyd case brings pressure -- and opportunity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Keith Ellison has been a civil rights activist, a defense attorney, a cable-TV favorite, a rabble-rouser in Congress, a party operator and an occasional provocateur on Twitter. ...

Troubled Iran struggles to maintain sway over Iraq militias

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militia factions expected the usual cash handout when the new head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force made his first visit to Baghdad earlier this year, succeeding the slain Gen. ...

New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Muslim American groups are calling for the dismissal of a newly appointed religious freedom adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development, citing past online posts tha...

Asia Today: S Korea virus cases make biggest jump in 50 days

BANGKOK (AP) — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a huge setback that could erase some of its hard-won gains. Health officials warned that the...