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Florida imam pleads not guilty to aiding Taliban

MIAMI — An elderly Miami imam pleaded not guilty in US federal court Monday to charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban and was ordered held without bail, his lawyer said. The US government accuses 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, four of his relatives and another person of funneling money…

Koran-burning Florida pastor vows to return to protest after ban

DETROIT (Reuters) – The controversial Florida pastor banned from protesting near a Detroit-area mosque says he plans to return next week for a protest aimed at the court that found him to be a risk to public safety. Terry Jones, 59, said he would return to Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday and lead a…

Koran-burning pastor plans ‘armed’ Michigan rally, prosecutor files to stop him

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Detroit prosecutor has filed a petition in district court to stop a Florida fundamentalist Christian preacher, who recently caused riots in Afghanistan after he burned a Koran, from holding a rally outside a large Michigan mosque. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the threat of violence…

15 reported killed in Syrian protest city

DARAA, Syria – Human rights activists said at least 15 people were killed on Wednesday in the volatile Syrian city of Daraa, hub of a week of anti-regime protests, as anger reportedly spread to neighbouring towns. Activists and residents said security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Omari mosque…

Syrian forces fire on protesters, kill 5: activist

DAMASCUS – Syrian security forces fired on anti-regime protesters on Wednesday near a mosque, killing five and wounding scores in the flashpoint southern town of Daraa, a rights activist said. “Security forces fired live bullets and teargas on protesters” staging a sit-in near the Omari mosque in Daraa, which has…

Iran mosque bombing kills at least 38

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the Iranian city of Chabahar on Wednesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding 50 as Shiites marked the climax of Ashura, officials said. “According to the latest casualty toll, 38 people were killed and 50 wounded by the blast…

Arson at mosque linked to Portland bomb suspect

Officials say arson caused a fire at an Oregon Islamic center that was the occasional place of worship for a Somali-born teen who two days ago was arrested on charges of plotting a terror attack in Portland. The fire broke out Sunday at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center, which is…

Suicide attack at Pakistan mosque kills 50

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – A suicide bomb tore through a Pakistani mosque during weekly prayers on Friday, killing 50 people and bringing down the roof, trapping victims under pulverised rubble. The attack in the volatile northwest was the deadliest in the nuclear-armed country on the front line of the US-led…

Strip club near planned NYC mosque means block not ‘hallowed’ ground, imam Rauf argues

The imam leading the controversial plan for an Islamic center near Ground Zero on Monday rejected arguments from 9/11 survivors that he was seeking to build on “hallowed” ground. “It’s absolutely disingenuous… that that block is hallowed ground,” imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said, noting that the immediate area, a busy…

DOJ investigating at least 5 anti-Muslim acts

Justice Department investigating at least 5 anti-Muslim acts in 4 states; Holder meets clerics The Justice Department is investigating a handful of apparently anti-Muslim incidents in four states, including the stabbing of a Muslim cab driver in New York City. FBI agents and civil rights division investigators also are looking…

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