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  • Outline sees mixed public praying at Kotel

    April 10, 2013 6:10 AM 240

    Sharansky, who is visiting the United States these days, presented the outline to Reform and Conservative Jewish American leaders, who he says gave their consent in principle to the proposed solution. The Robinson's Arch site, also known as the "Southern Wall," is located south of the Western Wall plaza, and is the place where a High Court ruling has permitted

  • Saudi Arabia Denies Report of Man Sentenced to Be Surgically Paralyzed

    April 9, 2013 2:34 PM 249

    UPDATE: Saudi Arabia has said that the surgical paralyzation sentence will not be carried out, the BBC reported Tuesday. According to a message reportedly posted on the justice ministry’s Twitter account, the judge in the case has dismissed demands for such a sentence. When they say an eye for an eye, they’re not kidding. A Saudi Arabian court has reportedly

  • Author: Look at church history from crowd's perspective

    April 9, 2013 11:37 AM 295

    Diana Butler Bass, a renowned religion scholar and writer, explained the difference between Christianity as an institution and Christianity as the people of God, the topic of her book, A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, at Rockhurst University here March 18. Bass said it had been a while since she talked about this book, published

  • With #MosqueMeToo, Muslim Women Are Speaking Out About Abuse

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 122

    Using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo, Muslim women have begun to speak up online about sexual abuse experienced while on the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and in other religious spaces like mosques. Here’s more. An unidentified Pakistani woman took to Facebook in February to write about the repeated sexual harassment she encountered while on the hajj in Mecca

  • Turkey Threatens Its Alliance With Russia After Charging Into Syria

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 124

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t happy with the West. He’s angry at the Trump Administration, because it refuses to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a former preacher now living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan accuses of treachery and treason. He is also infuriated by the fact that the U.S. has chosen to partner with Syrian Kurds in the fight against

  • Winnie the Pooh and Homer Too

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 144

    Chinese censors temporarily restricted images and mentions of Winnie the Pooh on social-media platforms WeChat and Weibo after some users compared the honey-loving bear to President Xi Jinping. The Kenya Film Classification Board in June prohibited showings of a number of animated programs, including The Legend of Korra, Hey Arnold! and Adventure Time, claiming

  • Big Plans for China's New Silk Road

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 146

    The $46 billion road, rail and energy project will span 2,000 miles between China's westernmost city of Kashgar and Pakistan's Gwadar Port, cutting the transport time from 12 days to 36 hours. However, India fiercely opposes the route through disputed Kashmir. This $250 million dry port on the China-Kazakhstan border will open up untapped Central Asian

  • Are Chinese Students Cheating to Get Into U.S. Colleges?

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 183

    Xu Qing did everything you are supposed to do if you’re a mainland Chinese student who wants to get into a U.S. university. The 18-year-old former figure skater made it into one of the best public high schools in Beijing and kept her grades up. She spent hours streaming episodes of the teen drama Gossip Girl so that her American accent would be prep-school-perfect