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April 8, 2018 10:13 AM The Latest: Russia denies reports of Syrian chemical attack

Russia's military is rejecting claims that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies on Sunday as saying Russia was prepared to "promptly send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological protection to Douma after its liberation 29

April 4, 2018 5:42 PM Report: Supporter of Sufi leader sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a supporter of a Sufi Islam leader who rammed a bus into a group of policemen, killing three and injuring 30 before being arrested, has been sentenced to death. The incident in Tehran took place during February clashes between the Sufi leader's followers and police. Mohammad Salas 20

April 1, 2018 10:06 AM Small number of rebels start to leave Syria's Douma

BEIRUT – Syrian state media says a faction of rebels besieged in eastern Ghouta has agreed to depart for northern Syria. The SANA news agency says Faylaq al-Rahman fighters have started to leave the town of Douma for the rebel-held province of Idlib. Faylaq al-Rahman did not have a major presence in Douma, the last town still held by rebels in the northeast 27

March 18, 2018 10:00 PM Rep. Keith Ellison, under fire for Farrakhan ties, claims he hasn't seen the controversial leader since 2013

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said Sunday that he had not met with or spoken to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan since 2013 -- despite the anti-Semitic minister's claim that the congressman visited him in Farrakhan's Washington D.C. suite more recently. Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in a blog post on Medium 20

March 14, 2018 6:16 PM Civilians needing medical aid leave Syria's Ghouta for second day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Civilians in need of medical treatment left Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta enclave for the second straight day on Wednesday under a medical evacuation agreement, a rebel official said. Yasser Delwan, head of political affairs with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction in eastern Ghouta, said around 25 patients had left the enclave on Wednesday 22

March 5, 2018 3:57 PM Al-Qaida-linked group releases photo of Burkina Faso bomber

DAKAR, Senegal – The al-Qaida-linked extremist group based in Mali that claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks that killed eight people in Burkina Faso's capital has released a photo that it says is of a suicide bomber before he detonated his vehicle at the army headquarters. SITE Intelligence Group says the militant group Jama Nusrat Ul-Islam wa Al-Muslimin 19

February 23, 2018 9:25 PM US to open new embassy in Jerusalem in May

The US Department of State has said that a new American embassy in Jerusalem will open in May. The opening of the mission will coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary, the statement said. The announcement brings forward the controversial plan, announced by President Trump in December, by at least a year. A senior Palestinian official, Saeb Erekat, called 30

February 13, 2018 8:40 AM Malcolm X's Letter About Marital Troubles for Sale

A letter Malcolm X penned to his mentor and Nation of Islam leader, Elijah Muhammad -- seeking marital advice -- is up for sale with a hefty price tag. Malcolm wrote the letter in 1959, turning to his spiritual leader for some marriage counseling. In the correspondence, Malcolm details issues he and his wife, Betty Shabazz, had been trying to sort out for months 26

January 30, 2018 7:50 AM Indian Muslim cleric says women watching soccer un-Islamic

LUCKNOW, India – A senior cleric at an influential Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a religious decree saying that Muslim women should not watch men playing soccer. Mufti Athar Kasmi said over the weekend that watching men "playing with bare knees" violated the tenets of Islam. Kasmi is cleric at Darul Uloom, Asia's largest Sunni Muslim 27

January 29, 2018 10:28 PM Al-Qaida's Mali branch releases Colombian captive video

DAKAR, Senegal – An agency that monitors jihadi websites says al-Qaida's Mali branch has released a video of a Colombian missionary who has been held captive for nearly one year. SITE Intelligence Group said the video released Monday by the Mali-based Islamic insurgency shows Gloria Cecilia Narvaez appealing to Pope Francis. The nun was seized near the border 26