Tag Archives: Religious issues

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 […]

Israeli police arrest dozens in night of chaos in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. Tensions have spiked in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint […]

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 […]

Ex-Vatican altar boy testifies in seminary sex abuse trial

A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an older seminarian would come into his bed at night to perform a sexual act on him in the Vatican’s youth seminary By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press March 17, 2021, 8:20 PM • 3 min read ROME — A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an […]

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 […]

A timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins By The Associated Press March 5, 2021, 6:19 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back […]