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Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

By Laurie Kellman — July 19, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there.

Dane who drew controversial Muhammad caricature dies at 86

By Jari Tanner — July 19, 2021
HELSINKI (AP) — Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose image of the Prophet Muhammad was at the center of widespread anger has died.

Israeli police clash with protesters to clear Al-Aqsa complex for Tisha b’av worshippers

By Daoud Kuttab — July 18, 2021
(RNS) — The Israeli action violates the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

Nigerian herders kill 33, burn 4 churches days after kidnapping schoolchildren

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — 'This is religious persecution. We must call it that. I have 1,000 reasons to believe so,' said a local leader.

US cites China, Myanmar, Ethiopia in genocide report

By Matthew Lee — July 13, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday renewed genocide allegations against China for repression of Uyghur Muslims.

Bosnia commemorates 26th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

By Eldar Emric — July 12, 2021
SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nineteen newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre were honored and buried Sunday in Bosnia.

Jordan debating whether to open up to Shiite pilgrims

By Daoud Kuttab — July 8, 2021
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) — Jordanians are discussing the possibility of opening the Sunni Islam-majority country to Shiite pilgrims long discouraged from visiting the tombs of the relatives of the Prophet Muhammad.

Former Canadian spy claims her Muslim faith led to suspicions from her own side

By Joseph Hammond — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It’s the reason why individuals in the Muslim community don’t feel they can trust the organization to tackle far-right threats,’ said Huda Mukbil in a recent interview with CBC.

The high cost of becoming a none for American Muslims

By Ryan Burge — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — Understanding why people leave any faith is key to understanding America’s future.

France: 11 convicted of cyberbullying teen who slammed Islam

By Nicolas Vaux-montagny — July 7, 2021
Mila, who describes herself as atheist, was 16 when she started posting videos on Instagram and later TikTok harshly criticizing Islam and the Quran.

In Kenya, faith groups work to resettle youth returning from al-Shabab

By Fredrick Nzwili — July 2, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — More than 300 such youths who had traveled to Somalia for training as jihadists had been rescued and brought back to the country.

Hilton hotel to be built atop demolished Uyghur mosque

By Joseph Hammond — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — The plans have been met with outrage and condemnation from various Muslim groups.

For 3 weeks, clergy and immigrants fasted to pressure lawmakers for pathway to citizenship

By Alejandra Molina — June 30, 2021
(RNS) — ‘You’ve helped raise the consciousness and the awareness of the U.S. Congress,’ Rep. Joaquin Castro told fasters on Wednesday (June 30) at Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

Millions skipped church during pandemic. Will they return?

By David Sharp — June 30, 2021
WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — As the pandemic recedes in the United States and in-person services resume, worries of a deepening slide in attendance are universal.

Aid worker’s father appeals to Pope Francis to gain his son’s release from Israel

By Daoud Kuttab — June 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘A father knows deep down whether his son is innocent or guilty,’ said Khalil al Halabi.
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