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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
With Christmas comes tradition in the Traband household: A plate of cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. A stocking full of treats for Omar, the family dog. A noble fir decorated with golden garland and keepsake ornaments. But there is no angel atop the tree. Sahira Traband feels that would conflict with her family's faith. They are Muslims. "The magic of Christmas is the part we celebrate," said Traband, 45. "We didn't get into the whole religious thing.
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WORLD
May 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of suspected Islamic insurgents ambushed a military convoy transporting bodyguards for the interior and finance ministers, killing four soldiers, police said. In Mogadishu, a gunfight between Islamic militias and Ethiopian troops left two civilians dead, witnesses said. The two attacks capped a week of some of the worst violence in Somalia in recent months. At least 38 people died in three days of attacks by suspected Islamic insurgents.
WORLD
January 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, This post has been updated and corrected. Please see the notes below.
As the Malian military tried to retake the storied city of Timbuktu from Islamic extremists, scholars feared for the fate of ancient artifacts and mosques that testify to its historic grandeur. Timbuktu has been threatened for months: The city was added to a UNESCO list of world landmarks in danger last summer, after a stream of reports that rebels had smashed tombs they deemed idolatrous and destroyed the door of a 15th century mosque, which lore holds was never to be opened until the last day of the world.
NEWS
December 27, 1999
The Islamic community in Long Beach would like to thank you for your articles about Ramadan. You really brought joy to our hearts. --ASEM ABUSIR Via e-mail
OPINION
December 28, 2006
Re "Tick, tick, tick," editorial, Dec. 26 Somalia is an event waiting to explode, and it may ignite World War III. Because Somalia juts into the Gulf of Aden, any government that controls this country also controls the flow of oil to the Western world. If a bellicose, fundamentalist Islamic regime gets control of Somalia, the oil that fuels the American economy and military will be shifted to the pan-Islamic fascist movement led by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What is happening in Somalia needs to be taken seriously and not dismissed as just another incident of Yankee imperialism.
NEWS
February 16, 1988 | From Reuters
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Abdul Wakil arrived from Damascus, Syria, on Monday on a tour of Islamic countries to brief officials on recent developments in his country including Moscow's announcement last week on troop withdrawals, the state-run news agency Petra said.
OPINION
February 24, 2004
Re "Iran Hard-Liners Win More Seats With Fewer Voters," Feb. 22: As the Iranian people successfully boycotted the sham elections last week, this victory begins a new chapter in their history. What is happening in Iran today is a post-Islamic renaissance signifying the end of an era consumed with the notion of "political Islam" and "Islamic democracy" and the dawn of an era defined by individual liberties, social freedoms and secular democracy, with the spread of these ideals in the region as its logical consequence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2003 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
After 37 years in America, Cerritos physician Ridha Hajjar can recite a history of tough times for Shia Muslims, who predominate in places such as Iraq -- where they have long been shut out of power -- and Iran. He recalls the harassment of the Shia, Islam's largest minority sect, by some majority Sunnis. He remembers the stereotypes slapped on them as violent fanatics after the 1979 seizure of American hostages by Iranian revolutionaries. He ruefully relates how his wife called U.S.
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