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Hundreds died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say

Hundreds died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of people died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced intense high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, officials said Wednesday as people tried to claim their
On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the middle of the night in the summer of 2021 when I finally found the missing piece of my family history.
US lawmakers meet with Dalai Lama in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China

US lawmakers meet with Dalai Lama in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China

DHARAMSHALA, India (AP) — A bipartisan United States congressional delegation met with the Dalai Lama Wednesday at his residence in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China which views the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism as a danger
Muslim pilgrims wrap up the Hajj with final symbolic stoning of the devil and circling of the Kaaba

Muslim pilgrims wrap up the Hajj with final symbolic stoning of the devil and circling of the Kaaba

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslim pilgrims wrapped up the Hajj in the deadly summer heat on Tuesday with the third day of the symbolic stoning of the devil , and the last circumambulation around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, in the city of Mecca.
Religious and cultural mentions removed from names of China's Xinjiang villages, rights groups say

Religious and cultural mentions removed from names of China's Xinjiang villages, rights groups say

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in China’s western Xinjiang region have been systematically replacing the names of villages inhabited by Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities to reflect the ruling Communist Party’s ideology, as part of an attack on t
Should governments legislate 'bubble zones' around places of worship? Some say yes

Should governments legislate 'bubble zones' around places of worship? Some say yes

OTTAWA — Representatives of Muslim and Jewish community groups said Tuesday it's time for governments, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's, to consider legislating extra protections around places of worship, schools and daycares.
Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud

Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — A flashy Brooklyn preacher who has played up connections to New York City’s mayor was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for multiple frauds .
AI could help spread false and misleading information on Holocaust, UNESCO report warns

AI could help spread false and misleading information on Holocaust, UNESCO report warns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A United Nations agency is warning that developments in artificial intelligence could spawn a new surge in Holocaust denial.
Muslim pilgrims resume symbolic stoning of the devil as they wrap up Hajj pilgrimage in deadly heat

Muslim pilgrims resume symbolic stoning of the devil as they wrap up Hajj pilgrimage in deadly heat

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslim pilgrims used the early morning hours Monday to perform the second day of the symbolic stoning of the devil, hoping to escape the noontime summer heat that caused heatstroke and sunburns among thousands wrapping up th
Muslims in Asia celebrate Eid al-Adha with sacrifice festival and traditional feast

Muslims in Asia celebrate Eid al-Adha with sacrifice festival and traditional feast

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in Asia on Monday celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, with food and prayers for people in Gaza suffering from the Israel-Hamas war .