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November 15, 2017 6:08 PM House panel OKs bill to sanction financial backers of Hamas

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House panel delivered a blunt bipartisan warning to Qatar on Wednesday, backing legislation that would slap sanctions on any countries or individuals providing financial and material support to the Islamic militant group Hamas. The Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill by voice vote, setting the stage for the full House 21

November 11, 2017 9:58 AM Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation in western Anbar

BAGHDAD – Iraq's Prime Minister says Iraqi forces are launching an operation to push Islamic State group fighters out of a patch of territory on the western edge of the country near the border with Syria. Haider al-Abadi is announcing the push during a visit to the holy city of Karbala on Saturday during the Arbaeen pilgrimage that commemorates the martyrdom 23

November 10, 2017 10:16 AM More than 13 million gather in Karbala for Arbaeen

BAGHDAD – Iraq's top Shiite cleric says more than 13 million have gathered in the holy city of Karbala to mark Arbaeen, the annual commemoration marking the end of the mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani praised Iraqi security forces Friday 23

November 10, 2017 9:34 AM Hezbollah media: IS leader Baghdadi was reported in Syrian town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Hezbollah-run news outlet said on Friday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported present in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies’ operation to clear it. The report, carried by a military news service run by Hezbollah, did not say if Baghdadi was captured in the town, which the Syrian 24

November 10, 2017 6:50 AM Islamists rally near Islamabad, demand removal of minister

ISLAMABAD – Hundreds of Islamists have camped out on the edge of Pakistan's capital to demand the removal of the country's law minister over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill. The rally began with a few hundred members of the small radical Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party who had gathered earlier this week at the main Faizabad 21

November 7, 2017 2:12 PM Charlie Hebdo receives death threats for mocking Muslim scholar accused of rape

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo said it has received new death threats after its latest front-page cartoon on Islam that features a sexually charged image of a prominent Muslim scholar who has been accused of rape. Charlie Hebdo filed a complaint with Paris prosecutor's office, which said on Monday that it opened an investigation. The cover 25

November 6, 2017 8:41 PM France opens investigation into new Charlie Hebdo threats

PARIS – French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has filed a complaint following new death threats received after its latest front page cartoon on Islam and a controversial Muslim scholar. The Paris prosecutor's office said Monday that it opened an investigation following the complaint. The latest issue, including the cover, refers to rape allegations that recently 22

November 2, 2017 11:36 AM Belgian mayor bans far-right rally in flashpoint quarter

BRUSSELS – A Belgian mayor is banning Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and Belgian anti-immigrant politician Filip Dewinter from holding a rally in the Molenbeek, a Muslim-majority Brussels neighborhood. Francoise Schepmans said the two men had described their planned visit on Friday to Molenbeek as an "Islam Safari" in the "Jihadi capital of Europe 25

October 28, 2017 5:49 PM French investigate rape allegations against Islamic scholar

PARIS – The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against prominent Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who denies any wrongdoing. Le Monde and Le Parisien newspapers reported Saturday that a woman filed a complaint this week against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009. Last week, a woman said she was assaulted 25

October 25, 2017 7:17 PM Saudi crown prince's modernization drive: How real is it?

The 32-year-old trying to revamp Saudi Arabia Dr. Ian Black is a visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics. He is the former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor of the Guardian. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN)Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's young crown prince 38