Tag Archives: Religion and politics

Indonesia arrests firebrand cleric’s lawyer over attacks

Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism police have arrested the lawyer of a firebrand cleric and accused him of inciting people to commit terrorist acts and of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, officials said By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press April 27, 2021, 3:11 PM • 3 min read JAKARTA, Indonesia — Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism […]

New players pose additional threats to Jerusalem tensions

JERUSALEM — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time around, there have been some additional sparks, including Jewish extremists who, emboldened by their political patrons’ recent election to parliament, staged a provocative march to Jerusalem’s walled Old City chanting “death […]

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

LONDON — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer Friday night, as community leaders appealed for calm after the […]

Pakistani police: Attackers damage Hindu temple in Pakistan

Pakistani police say a group of assailants damaged a nearly century-old Hindu temple in the garrison city of Rawalpindi before fleeing ByThe Associated Press March 29, 2021, 6:53 AM • 1 min read RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Assailants in Pakistan damaged a nearly century-old Hindu temple in the garrison city of Rawalpindi before fleeing the scene, […]

Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during strike

Bangladesh security forces have opened fire and used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who were enforcing a nationwide general strike they called to denounce violence at a previous protest over a visit by India’s prime minister By JULHAS ALAM Associated Press March 28, 2021, 12:28 PM • 2 min read DHAKA,Bangladesh — Bangladesh […]

Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild

QARAQOSH, Iraq — Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the Islamic State group’s horrific reign. At each stop in northern […]

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple […]

Patriarch: Pope to meet Iraqi Shiite leader Sistani in Iraq

Iraq’s top Catholic official says a deadly suicide bombing in Baghdad hasn’t thwarted Pope Francis’ plans to become the first pontiff to visit the country By NICOLE WINFIELD and SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press January 28, 2021, 8:30 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ROME — Iraq’s top Catholic official […]

Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

LONDON — The Egyptians who took to the streets on Jan. 25, 2011, knew what they were doing. They knew they risked arrest and worse. But as their numbers swelled in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, they tasted success. Police forces backed off, and within days, former President Hosni Mubarak agreed to demands to step down. […]

Germany: 3 candidates as Merkel’s party chooses new leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is choosing a new leader on Saturday, eight months before voters decide who will succeed Merkel in a national election ByThe Associated Press January 16, 2021, 8:22 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is choosing a new […]