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April 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
An imam in the Toronto area came forward more than a year ago with concerns about one of the two suspects now charged with an alleged terrorism plot, an attorney who handled the tip said Tuesday. Toronto attorney Naseer Syed said the imam, who wants to remain anonymous, first came to him with his concerns about Raed Jaser, 35, who was arrested Monday by Canadian police.   “The community has always struggled with, at what point does some behavior or activity or words cross a certain threshold?
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October 14, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Although they're more than 2,000 miles apart on different continents, suspected terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and scapegoated CIA case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) endure similar ordeals in "Tower of David,” Episode 303 of Showtime's “Homeland.”     The star-crossed lovers are both confined against their wills: Brody in a Venezuelan slum and Carrie in a Washington area hospital. And both are heavily drugged: Brody on heroin to keep him docile and Carrie on Ritalin to control her bipolar disorder.
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WORLD
August 16, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf, Abu Alouf is a special correspondent.
An imam who wanted to impose Islamic law in the Gaza Strip was killed today in an explosion at one of his hideouts, ending a two-day battle between his armed followers and Hamas government forces that left 27 other people dead. The security crackdown could allow Hamas, which has tried to court favor with the West, to position itself as a moderate Islamic bulwark against militant forces inspired by Al Qaeda. But the challenge by the imam, Abdel-Latif Moussa, also pointed to splits among Hamas' followers.
WORLD
August 11, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - The dangerous political divisions that have widened since last month's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are now echoing through mosques in rich neighborhoods that have long been uneasy about mixing prayers and politics. Since Egypt's 2011 revolution, imams in the provinces have taken advantage of broader religious freedoms to promote political Islam from their pulpits. Such rhetoric, however, rarely extended to the mosques in the well-off communities of Cairo, where the educated and the professional disdained political discourse in their sermons.
WORLD
November 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The radical Muslim imam who communicated with the Ft. Hood, Texas, shooting suspect said he did not pressure Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to harm Americans, the Washington Post reported today. In an interview with a Yemeni journalist contracted by the Post, Anwar al Awlaki said Hasan first e-mailed him in December. Eventually, Awlaki said, Hasan came to view him as a confidant. Awlaki showed the journalist his correspondence with Hasan but would not provide it to the Post. He said Hasan questioned the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he said the Army psychiatrist cited Islamic law that demanded "that what America was doing should be confronted."
NATIONAL
February 7, 2003 | From Newsday
The head of a Brooklyn mosque was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to obtain visas for illegal immigrants by submitting phony applications under the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's Religious Worker Program. Prosecutors in U.S. Atty. James Comey's office charged Muhamad Khalil, 62, the imam of Dar Ehya Essunnah mosque in Brooklyn, with submitting phony documentation for more than 200 such applications.
WORLD
August 15, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf
Hamas government forces stormed a mosque in the Gaza Strip on Friday and apparently subdued a heavily armed group of Al Qaeda-inspired militants whose imam had vowed to impose theocratic rule in the Palestinian territory. Sixteen people were reported killed in fighting that raged for much of the day in the city of Rafah. Residents contacted by telephone said it took Hamas six hours to capture the two-story mosque from a group calling itself Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God. Fighting spread to the nearby home of the imam, who had fled the mosque, and ended early today after an explosion demolished part of the house, witnesses said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Although they're more than 2,000 miles apart on different continents, suspected terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and scapegoated CIA case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) endure similar ordeals in "Tower of David,” Episode 303 of Showtime's “Homeland.”     The star-crossed lovers are both confined against their wills: Brody in a Venezuelan slum and Carrie in a Washington area hospital. And both are heavily drugged: Brody on heroin to keep him docile and Carrie on Ritalin to control her bipolar disorder.
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | From Times wire service s
About 11,000 people have been injured and many have died during three days of anguished grieving for the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian government said today. Tens of thousands turned out for memorial services for Khomeini today, with many voicing support for Iran's new leader, President Ali Khamenei. Carrying black flags and portraits of Khomeini, the crowds at Tehran University chanted "Obedience to Khamenei is obedience to the imam of the Islamic nation." Iranians called Khomeini their imam, or spiritual leader.
WORLD
August 11, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - The dangerous political divisions that have widened since last month's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are now echoing through mosques in rich neighborhoods that have long been uneasy about mixing prayers and politics. Since Egypt's 2011 revolution, imams in the provinces have taken advantage of broader religious freedoms to promote political Islam from their pulpits. Such rhetoric, however, rarely extended to the mosques in the well-off communities of Cairo, where the educated and the professional disdained political discourse in their sermons.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2013 | By David Horsey
Like finding new friends on Facebook or a great deal on EBay, it is easy to locate fiery, radical Islamist imams on the Internet who will guide the willing toward the path of bomb making, random slaughter and martyrdom. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber who died in a shootout with police a week ago, seems to have connected with a number of these firebrand theologians in exactly that way. Tsarnaev did not pick up his militant ideas at his local mosque. In fact, it is being reported that, on two occasions, Tsarnaev interrupted Friday prayer services at a mosque in Cambridge to criticize the speaker for being too liberal and accommodating.
WORLD
April 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
An imam in the Toronto area came forward more than a year ago with concerns about one of the two suspects now charged with an alleged terrorism plot, an attorney who handled the tip said Tuesday. Toronto attorney Naseer Syed said the imam, who wants to remain anonymous, first came to him with his concerns about Raed Jaser, 35, who was arrested Monday by Canadian police.   “The community has always struggled with, at what point does some behavior or activity or words cross a certain threshold?
NATIONAL
February 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Muslim imam on Tuesday denied that money he sent to Pakistan was earmarked for terrorist activities in the latest trial to focus on the currency pipeline that officials say moves cash to groups planning attacks on U.S. interests. Hafiz Khan, 77, told jurors in a federal courtroom in Miami that he rejected the Pakistani Taliban and denied charges that he had sent at least $50,000 to the militant group in support of violent attacks. The defense has argued that the money was for humanitarian goals, including funding for a Muslim religious school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. "Yesterday we watched the best of seven.... Unfortunately we forget the big final; it's like that show 'One Life to Live,' " Imam Suhaib Webb says as sleepy boys and young men come to attention in the back rows. "There's no overtime, bro. " The sermon is typical of Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of the Claremont School of Theology will announce Monday the gift of $40 million from an Arizona couple to help expand the Christian divinity institution into a university that will include training for Jewish and Muslim clergy. The donation from David Lincoln, a Claremont trustee, and his wife, Joan, is the largest ever to the 126-year-old theology school, which enrolls about 240 students in master's and doctorate programs in religion and counseling. The couple also gave $10 million to the school last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2011 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— The land of hockey, toques and the apology. Cast your eye a little farther down the list of things Canada has given the world (past zippers, Jolly Jumpers and five-pin bowling but well before Céline Dion) and you come to Canadian television. There was "The Beachcombers," "Due South," "Kids in the Hall" and "Road to Avonlea," but unlike Australia, the U.K. or Quebec, which have thriving industries, English Canada's approach to homegrown programming has been more tortoise than hare.
OPINION
November 11, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
There is a profound difference between watchfulness and a witch hunt. In the aftermath of the Ft. Hood shootings, that's a crucial distinction, though nothing the authorities -- and particularly the U.S. Army brass -- have said so far has done much to help people make it. In fact, after Monday's revelations concerning the botched federal investigation into Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's repeated contacts with a notorious jihadi imam, the military's initial...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2011 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— The land of hockey, toques and the apology. Cast your eye a little farther down the list of things Canada has given the world (past zippers, Jolly Jumpers and five-pin bowling but well before Céline Dion) and you come to Canadian television. There was "The Beachcombers," "Due South," "Kids in the Hall" and "Road to Avonlea," but unlike Australia, the U.K. or Quebec, which have thriving industries, English Canada's approach to homegrown programming has been more tortoise than hare.
WORLD
January 25, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A retired Pakistani intelligence agent regarded as an architect behind the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan died after being held hostage by militants for 10 months, though officials in northwestern Pakistan said they had yet to determine whether his captors killed him or he died of natural causes. Sultan Amir Tarar, known throughout Pakistan as Colonel Imam, was kidnapped by militants last spring along with another former Pakistani spy, Khalid Khawaja, and a British television journalist.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2010 | By David Zucchino and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Just hours after backing down from plans to burn copies of the Koran, an anti-Muslim evangelist backtracked again Thursday by announcing that his tiny Florida church was considering burning the Islamic holy book after all. Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said he canceled the threatened book burning after securing a promise that a controversial Islamic center and mosque planned two blocks from ground zero...
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