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August 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
In a country where the Taliban had banned girls from school, an Afghan women's group pressed to enshrine equal rights in a new constitution. Negar, as the group is known, collected 100,000 signatures on its "Declaration of the Essential Rights of Afghan Women" and presented it to a commission crafting the constitution. The declaration demands the elimination of gender-based discrimination and segregation, the right to move about independently and to choose whether to wear a burka.
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf. Danish police removed the clothing after a caller reported it, a spokesman said. The statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue's face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
December 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
About 600 nativity scenes will be on view today and Sunday. The creches will be on display from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1600 Erbes Road. The nativity scenes include 60 from Simi Valley collector Leila Jones, whose displays include a nativity scene so small it fits on the head of a pin, a creche made up of marionettes and one from Kyrgyzstan with the Mary figurine wearing a burka. The event is free.
September 13, 1999 | Times Wire Services
The U.N. human rights investigator Sunday harshly criticized Afghanistan's Taliban religious army for the widespread, systematic and officially sanctioned abuse of women. Accusing the Taliban's Ministry of Vice and Virtue of deep discrimination against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. special investigator into violence against women, called for international pressure to force its dissolution.
April 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid, in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burka, which is worn by some Muslim women. Security forces stormed the mosque days later after scores of heavily armed militants inside refused to surrender.
November 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The undercover FBI informant warned Pakistani immigrant Basit Javed Sheikh that it was not too late to back out. "You don't have to do it," he told Sheikh in a private Facebook message Oct. 17. But Sheikh, 29, a permanent U.S. resident living in central North Carolina, was adamant, according to a federal affidavit, telling the informant: "I'm serious" and "Akhi Wallahi!" - Arabic for "Brother, I swear to God!" Now Sheikh is under arrest on allegations of attempting to reach Syria to provide material support to Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq that the U.S. deems a terrorist organization.
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