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October 11, 2013 |
A Little Saigon man accused of plotting to become a foot soldier for Al Qaeda appeared in federal court Friday and pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism charges. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, who changed his name to Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum after converting to Islam, was indicted on two counts of trying to support Al Qaeda and making false statements on his passport, according to an indictment made public Friday by the U.S. attorney. During a brief appearance in a Santa Ana courtroom, he was ordered held in custody on the grounds of danger and flight until his next court date Oct. 18. Tall with black hair past his shoulders and a mustache and beard, Nguyen looked out from thin rectangular glasses toward his family a few times during the proceedings.
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October 9, 2013 |
After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia "as soon as possible," before parental duties began to crowd out their religious obligations. When the Northridge couple discovered that a mysterious and sometimes deadly virus had emerged in the desert kingdom, killing more than 40% of the people it was known to have infected, they briefly reconsidered. The hajj - which every able Muslim must attend at least once in their lives - annually draws to Mecca as many as 3 million people, all gathered together.
October 4, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Four people were killed and a Christian church was burned in riots in the Kenyan city of Mombasa on Friday that followed the killing of a Muslim cleric the previous night. The Kenya Red Cross Society said seven other people were injured in the violence that raged in sections of the port city for much of the day. Schools and businesses were closed down as the protesters from the Muslim community spilled onto the streets after Friday prayers. Religious and ethnic tension in Kenya have grown in the wake of last month's Nairobi mall attack, which was carried out by the Somali terrorist group Shabab.
September 26, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is such a beloved public persona that George W. Bush personally presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the ultimate honor for an American civilian, in 2005. It would not have been that many years earlier, however, when, if Bush had thought of Ali at all, it would have been in terms of opprobrium and fury. How had things changed so much in such a short time, and what had Ali done in the first place to earn the scorn of the nation's establishment?
September 25, 2013 |
Nearly a dozen of the largest Syrian rebel groups, including one linked to Al Qaeda, have formed an Islamic alliance that could serve as the basis for a future political bloc and have denounced the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition. The bloc explicitly called for sharia , or Islamic law, to be the sole source of legislation in Syria, which for decades has been governed under iron-fisted secularism by President Bashar Assad and his late father, Hafez Assad. Members of the alliance said Wednesday that an Islamic state represented the true wishes of the majority of Syrians, but added that it would not be forced upon people.
September 25, 2013 |
Folks at the White House may have been just a bit too giddy about the prospect of a sudden thaw in relations with Iran. They angled for a face-to-face meeting between President Obama and the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, since both leaders were in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week. But it was not to be. Apparently the American side made the offer of a personal “encounter” between Obama and Rouhani. They were eager to follow up on the positive statements the Iranian president had made in recent days suggesting the confrontation over Iran's nuclear weapons program could be ended amicably.