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  • Cartoon contest denying Holocaust launched in Iran Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    A view of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, January 19, 2015.

    An Iranian group launched a $12,000-prize cartoon contest for cartoons denying the Holocaust happened, NBC News reports.

  • HUSAYNAT, Egypt, Feb 4- At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said. The militant said he was from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the military ousted...

  • Dead prosecutor wanted to charge Argentine prez Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 2:22 PM ET
    Argentine President Cristina Kirchner

    Alberto Nisman drafted a warrant for the arrest of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The New York Times reports.

  • *Was subject of al Qaeda assassination bid. RIYADH, Jan 23- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in...

  • *Was subject of al Qaeda assassination bid. RIYADH, Jan 23- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in...

  • OBAMA SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM THAT HAS RESURFACED IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE WORLD IS DEPLORABLE, REJECTS "OFFENSIVE" STEREOTYPES OF MUSLIMS- SPEECH TEXT.

  • Satire is 'kryptonite' for Islamists: AEI fellow   Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
    Satire is 'kryptonite' for Islamists: AEI fellow

    Satire is a potent weapon and free speech is under assault, says Michael Rubin, AEI resident fellow, discussing the deadly shooting in Paris that left 12 dead and at least 17 wounded in a Paris shooting.

  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 6:50 AM ET
    Pope Francis

    Pope Francis is focusing his attention on refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

  • Vatican finds millions of euros 'tucked away' Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:26 AM ET
    The Vatican

    The Vatican has found hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov 23- For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. "How do you save innocents in Syria?

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often sold nationally and used for years in...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often marketed nationally and used for years in...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • World's biggest Bible factory is in... China? Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    A machine pulls in the first page of 'The Bible of the Woman' into the production line.

    The world's biggest Bible factory has just published its 125 millionth copy – in officially atheist China. The Financial Times reports.

  • Jobs and religion: The case against Abercrombie Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:23 PM ET
    Pedestrians are reflected in the window of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco.

    Here's what the case against teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, that's headed to the Supreme Court, is all about, says Dan Eaton.

  • Modi in America: India's top man goes on tour Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    The Indian prime minister is being welcomed by corporate executives, Indian Americans and, most importantly, Barack Obama.

  • Religious conversion polarize in Modi's India Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 PM ET
    Christians and Muslims sit in the rain during a protest rally in New Delhi on August 1, 2012.

    Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

  • private school enrollment

    New data from Trulia show that private school enrollment is highest in the wealthier states as well as in states with strongly religious populations.

  • Islamic State said to kill 80 Yazidis in Iraq Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:38 PM ET
    Iraqi Yazidi refugees rest inside a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, northeastern Syria.

    Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

  • N. Korea welcomes pope to Asia by firing 3 rockets Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 AM ET
    Replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (C-behind) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (foreground) are seen at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul.

    North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.