Iran is secretly trying to set up banks in Muslim countries around the
world, including Iraq and Malaysia, using dummy names and opaque
ownership structures to skirt sanctions that have increasingly curtailed
the Islamic republic's global banking activities, U.S. officials say.
Scores of Catholics took to the streets in Hong Kong yesterday to demand
Beijing free imprisoned evangelists and allow people freedom of belief
More than 100 Chinese Christians seeking to attend an
international evangelical conference in South Africa have been barred
from leaving the country, some in the group said, because their churches
are not sanctioned by the state.
We know about the aging of developed countries and the number of people on the move, but the figures can still startle.
Churches in India have joined other
faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after a court ruled
that a religious site violently disputed by Hindus and Muslims should be
split between the two groups.
Officials in Buddhist-majority Bhutan have barred Hindu and
Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections in order to keep a
clear distinction between religion and politics.
A brazen attack by Islamist militants who killed at least 23 Tajikistan soldiers on Sunday is stoking concerns that the war in Afghanistan is spilling across the border into former Soviet Central Asia, destabilizing the already fragile governments there and endangering key coalition supply routes.
A Sunday service at a historic church in eastern Turkey underscored both the desire for reconciliation between Turks and
Armenians and the hurdles that remain nearly a century after a violent
massacre of Armenians.
It is often thought
the main threat of radical Islamism to the West and, indeed, the world, is
terrorism. It is also said to be the isolation of Muslim communities, which
allows extremists to recruit people to their cause.
The authorities expanded a strict curfew across Kashmir on
Tuesday and sent more security officers across the restive Himalayan
region after bloody protests erupted there a day earlier, fueled partly
by a report of Koran desecration in the United States.
Among the newly elected legislators who congregated for the first time Thursday at Parliament House were Australia's first Muslim lawmaker, its youngest-ever at 20 years old and the first Aboriginal in the House of Representatives.
Panicked teachers in Thailand's restive south stayed home from school Wednesday after two teachers were killed in broad daylight amid threats from suspected Muslim insurgents that 20 would die.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.
If all goes according to plan, this fall a girl somewhere in China's Yunnan province will tell her boyfriend she can't have sex with him.
Listening to South Asian Muslim teenagers in the post-industrial British city of Bradford, one can understand how Islamic faith and American hip-hop music have come to coexist.
A freak blast in Mogadishu has sent tremors all the way to New Delhi, with indications that Indian terrorists might be fighting for al-Qaida’s group Al Shabaab in Somalia.
There is not a United Nations pick-up or Pakistani government official in sight at the small but efficient relief camp, close to the north-west Pakistani town of Nowshera.
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