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A bus carrying pilgrims crashes in southwest Pakistan, killing 17 people and injuring 16

By Associated Press — April 12, 2024
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) —The driver lost control of the bus in Las Bela district, just 25 kilometers from the shrine the pilgrims were heading to.

Anger in Malaysia over shoes bearing logo resembling Arabic word for God. Company head apologizes

By Associated Press — April 8, 2024
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) —The Islamic department said if evidence that the logo was deliberately created to mimic the word “God” in Arabic, legal action will be taken to prevent similar future incidents.

Pope shows off rosary of slain Ukrainian soldier, denounces ‘madness of war’

By Associated Press — April 4, 2024
ROME (AP) — Praying for the families of the seven World Central Kitchen workers killed, he called for humanitarian aid to reach Gaza's people and for all efforts to prevent the conflict from spreading.

Man pleads guilty to attacking Muslim state representative in Connecticut

By Associated Press — April 3, 2024
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rep. Maryam Khan was attacked while attending a service at the XL Center arena in Hartford with her family to mark Eid al-Adha, the end of the Hajj.

Ships with a second round of aid for Gaza have departed Cyprus as concerns about hunger soar

By Associated Press — April 1, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Nations and partners have warned that famine could occur in devastated, largely isolated northern Gaza as early as this month.

Germany player Rüdiger takes legal steps after Ramadan greeting prompts accusation of terror support

By Associated Press — March 27, 2024
BERLIN (AP) — Former Bild chief editor Julian Reichelt responded on X, formerly Twitter, with a series of posts accusing the player of “Islamism” and of showing the “ISIS-greeting of Islamists.

Feds say California’s facial hair ban for prison guards amounts to religious discrimination

By Associated Press — March 27, 2024
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The civil rights complaint filed Monday by the U.S. Justice Department says the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's prohibition on facial hair denies on-the-job accommodations for officers of various religions.

Malaysian convenience store owners charged over ‘Allah’ socks that angered Muslims

By Associated Press — March 26, 2024
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Allah is an Arabic word for God, and many Malaysian Muslims found it offensive to associate the word with feet.

Thousands of Christians attend Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem against a backdrop of war

By Associated Press — March 25, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) —The annual celebration came as the Israel-Hamas war rages on in Gaza. However, the conflict appeared to have had little effect on the procession, which swelled to a similar size as last year.

Algeria scolds television stations for Ramadan advertising blitz and immoral programming

By Associated Press — March 20, 2024
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed Lagab accused networks of not respecting ethical and professional lines, calling their programmatic choices “out of keeping with the social traditions of our society and especially the sacredness of the month of Ramadan.”

Bulgarians line the streets of the capital to bid farewell to Orthodox Patriarch Neophyte

By Associated Press — March 19, 2024
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The spiritual leader of Bulgaria’s Orthodox Christians died on Wednesday at the age of 78 after a long illness.

Bulgarians pay their last respects to the late Orthodox patriarch

By Associated Press — March 18, 2024
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Neophyte, who became patriarch in 2013, was the first head of the Bulgarian church to be chosen after the fall of Communism in 1989.

Polish Catholics get a new leader as the church struggles to reckon with sexual abuse

By Associated Press — March 15, 2024
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A number of Poland's archbishops and bishops have retired or stepped down, with the Vatican's approval, for ignoring or trying to cover up abuses cases and for downplaying the trauma of the victims.

Yeezy shoe sales lead Adidas to plan to donate $150 million to anti-hate groups

By Associated Press — March 14, 2024
LONDON (AP) — The company has made donations to the Anti-Defamation League and the Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change.

In rights landmark, Greek novelist and lawyer are the first same-sex couple wed at Athens city hall

By Associated Press — March 11, 2024
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A cross-party majority of Greek lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in a vote on Feb. 15, despite strong opposition from the socially conservative Orthodox Church.
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