Oregon gunman may have killed more if not for hero student

The gunman who went on a deadly rampage at an Oregon college was heavily armed and equipped with extra ammunition, authorities said on Friday, and he might have killed more people were it not for the heroism of a military veteran in an adjoining classroom. A day after the shooter killed nine people and wounded […]

The hajj journey of black Americans 50 years after Malcolm X

As Shahidah Sharif, an African-American Muslim, joined millions of fellow pilgrims from around the world on the hajj this year, she felt a renewed connection. To her own “blackness,” she says, but also to humanity as a whole. “When the human family becomes more important than just myself and my needs, nothing can get in […]

Pope met, hugged old gay friend in Washington

Pope Francis met with a gay friend and his partner while visiting Washington, the Vatican said Friday, confirming a highly symbolic encounter which occurred a day before the pontiff met prominent gay marriage opponent Kim Davis. CNN which first reported the meeting, broadcast a video of the encounter showing the pope and his old friend […]

Trump and Carson’s attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening […]

Pope challenges Congress to be better; Congress continues as usual

It’s not often a senator is rendered speechless. But Thursday morning, on an extraordinary day at the Capitol, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska found herself standing in a narrow hallway before the first-ever address to Congress by a pope, her hands, full of rosaries, cupped by His Holiness. The rules for the 20 or […]

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit

Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first visit — a historic six-day trip to the spiritual home of capitalism after his tour of communist-ruled Cuba. The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff stepped onto US soil for the first time at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by US […]

Black men shot by white patrolman in Washington state face assault charges

Two unarmed black men shot by a white police officer pursuing them over a reported theft attempt in Washington state in May, leaving one paralyzed, are to be arraigned on Tuesday on felony assault charges, a local prosecutor said. Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin, brothers aged 24 and 21, will enter pleas at a hearing […]

American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia

Muslim Americans responded with a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger to what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fueled by two of the Republican Party’s most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. At the Islamic Institute of Orange County, which houses a mosque and a school in Anaheim, in southern […]

Muslim student arrested over clock withdraws from Texas school: newspaper

A teenage Muslim student who was arrested last week after high school staff said they mistook his homemade clock for a bomb withdrew from the school district on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reported. Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, the father of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, told the newspaper that he formally withdrew his son from the Irving […]

Clinton says private email was a mistake, says she’s sorry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized Tuesday for her use of a private email account after declining since last week to express remorse for the State Department arrangement that has shaken her presidential campaign. Asked about setting up the private email account by ABC News, Clinton said: “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about […]

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