Women press ahead with change in Iran

Sadegh Zibakalam is not expecting much from the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. "On the anniversary, politicians will hold speeches again. They will talk about exporting the Islamic R...

Ayatollah Khomeini's family mostly absent from Iran politics

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — His image is on bank notes and in textbooks in Iran, often as a black-and-white embodiment of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that swept aside the country's shah and forever changed th...

Asia Bibi: Pakistani court upholds acquittal decision

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against its decision last year to acquit Asia Bibi, who had spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges. The review petition was fil...

AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating...

Texas county Republicans to vote on Muslim vice chair ouster

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas are set to decide if they should remove a Muslim vice party chairman following allegations that he prefers Islamic ov...

Sudan under al-Bashir: Long history of turmoil, conflicts

CAIRO (AP) — Street protests against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir show no sign of abating. A growing number of his former allies are clamoring for his departure. None of his friends in the region ...

Indonesia’s Banda Aceh city bans New Year's Eve celebrations citing Islamic law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Year’s Eve revelers are advised to stay away from Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia’s Aceh province, as a ban on all NYE celebrations was recently ...

US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took...

British activists examine Shariah law, Pakistan's Asia Bibi case

Should Shariah, the Islamic religious law, be blamed for the injustices faced by Muslim women and children or its rigid implementation? Can Shariah be adapted to the needs of secularism? Pakistan'...

Children of Islamic State group live under a stigma in Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — A family of six lost children lives quietly in a small apartment among strangers in this northern Iraqi city. The "man of the house," an 18-year-old, heads out each morning looking...

When embassies become places of terror, not sanctuaries

CAIRO (AP) — Embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide are often considered places of sanctuary, however, not all have been impervious to horrific incidents. When Saudi...

Malaysia urged to ban child marriages as older man weds teen

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has come under renewed pressure to outlaw child marriages after another case of a child bride surfaced in a rural state, the second in two months. ...

Public caning of women highlights homophobia in Malaysia

As Malaysia celebrated its 61st Independence Day over the weekend, two young women in the country's northern state of Terengganu awaited a public caning. Convicted of "sexual relations betwe...

Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops. ...

Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex were caned Monday in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers and righ...