Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
March 11, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: Attack may derail effort to force Taliban into talks
The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for 2012: to speed the training of Afghan forces so that they can take the lead in combat missions, all while drawing the Taliban into negotiations to end more than a decade of constant war.
March 10, 2012
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Al-Qaeda makes ‘alarming’ advances in Yemen, U.N. envoy warns
A reinvigorated al-Qaeda has made “alarming” advances in Yemen, expanding its military control over several southern towns and launching a series of brazen attacks that threaten the U.S.-backed political transition there, a senior U.N. envoy warned the Security Council in a confidential briefing last week.
March 08, 2012
- The Independent
Independent: Back to the bad old days: Karzai beats retreat on women's rights
President Hamid Karzai has backed guidelines issued by Afghanistan's religious council that relegate women to the position of second-class citizens, raising questions about whether British soldiers should continue to put their lives at risk for a government that seems prepared to sell out on the issue in order to engage the Taliban in a peace deal.
March 05, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Ethiopians trade holy water for AIDS drugs
Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia's Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV.
February 29, 2012
- The Associated Press
AP: Dubai bank cuts off business with Iranian lenders
A Dubai Islamic bank with ties to the emirate's ruling family said Wednesday it stopped doing business with Iranian banks in December, shortly before the United States approved new sanctions targeting the country's financial system.
February 28, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: Syria's sectarian fears keep region on edge
Abu Ali fled his life as a Shiite cleric and student in Homs, the besieged Syrian city at the center of an increasingly bloody uprising, but it was not the government he feared.
February 27, 2012
- The Christian Science Monitor
CS Monitor: In Nigeria, Somalia, and Afghanistan: what is a foreign fighter?
As yet another suicide blast strikes yet another church in northern Nigeria, immigration officials have announced that they are cracking down on the flow of foreigners into northern Nigeria who may be adding to the growing numbers of the shadowy Islamist militia Boko Haram.