Danish police detain 23 after provocateur sparks violence

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say 23 people have been detained for violence after a far-right provocateur tossed a copy of the Quran in the air in an immigrant neighborhood in Copenhagen. ...

Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says she was offended by a colleague's decision to open session with a prayer that "at the name of Je...

Egypt's top cleric stirs controversy with polygamy remarks

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar's Grand Imam, said "those wh...

Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq

GERSHIN, Iraq (AP) — A group of Yazidi women and children reunited with their families in Iraq Saturday after five years of captivity at the hands of the Islamic State group, hugging and kissing relat...

Indicted US intelligence analyst once drew media across Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, her brown hair now hidden underneath a mandatory hijab, stood before an Iranian ayatollah as a television camera film...

Afghans mourn former president at palace ceremony

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are mourning the country's first post-communist president, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, at a palace ceremony attended by his former comrades-in-arms, including his one-time...

Former far-right Dutch politician converts to Islam

A former Dutch far-right MP and right-hand man to anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders revealed he has converted to Islam. He was known for saying that Islam is "a lie" and the Quran is "...

UAE's tolerance embraces faiths, runs up against politics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has branded a bridge, a new ministry, a family day at the park and even the entire year of 2019 under the banner theme of "tolerance," an el...

Jakarta's ex-governor Ahok freed from Indonesian prison

The former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," was released from prison Thursday after spending nearly two years behind bars on blasphemy charges. Accordi...

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday after serving nearly...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate...

Poet fears for his people as China 'Sinicizes' religion

JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, ...

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 ...

Muslim preachers help Kosovo women learn, win their rights

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — There's a widespread tradition among many Muslims that it's better for women to pray at home than in the mosque. But in Kosovo, an old Ottoman-era tradition is bucking that tre...

China under fire in UN periodic human rights review today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 31st session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) commenced yesterday with an examination of the human rights conditions in Saudi Arabia and Senegal, ...