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Rep. Ilhan Omar, others encourage US to rebuild refugee resettlement ahead of World Refugee Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘A system that took 40 years to build was devastated in just four years,’ said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
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Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — The US Army veteran has been assigned to a federal district court in New Jersey.

Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.

New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer

By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.

Trudeau denounces truck attack that targeted Muslim family

By Rob Gillies — June 8, 2021
TORONTO (AP) — The victims — two parents, two children and a grandmother — were on an evening walk when the truck struck them at an intersection in London, Ontario.

Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

By Ilan Ben Zion, David Goldman — June 8, 2021
LOD, Israel (AP) — The roots of the recent upheavals that racked Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the war have not been addressed, leaving those communities on edge.

Iranian politician, Hezbollah founder, dies of COVID-19

By Joseph Hammond — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — Mohtashamipour, 74, was one of the last living members of a generation of Iranians who played essential roles in the founding of Iran’s largely theocratic state.

RNS News Quiz: School debt forgiven and a televangelist biopic

By Emily Churchill — June 5, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

Report: Number of mosques in US grows overall, but African American mosques in decline

By Joseph Hammond — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — The majority of America’s new purpose-built mosques are found in suburban areas, a shift that reflects the demographic footprint of Muslims in America. 

A hard-line stance on Iran endangers Christians. There’s a better way.

By David Curry — June 1, 2021
(Open Doors) — Western countries can insist that Iran drop charges against Christian converts facing prosecution.

Younger Jews see no contradiction in speaking up for Palestinians

By Alejandra Molina — May 28, 2021
(RNS) — Younger American Jews are using social media to publicly question their relationship to Israel and Zionism in the wake of the violence that killed at least a dozen people in Israel and hundreds in Gaza.

Health experts, faith leaders and White House target the ‘movable’ on vaccines

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We would not be where we are without your help and we won’t be able to cross the finish line without you,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

The film ‘Two Gods’ studies the life of a Muslim casket maker

By Joseph Hammond — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — The film ‘explores the juxtaposition of grief and the rituals of death with the vibrancy of coming of age,’ said director Zeshawn Ali.
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