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August 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said. Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
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WORLD
August 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- Clerics from Egypt's top religious institution attempted to end a siege Saturday at a Cairo mosque, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters hunkered inside as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire. Clerics from Al Azhar, Sunni Islam's most revered university, hurried through tear gas and entered Al Fatih mosque in Ramses Square. Police fired into the air to push back crowds at the entrance as military officers and the clerics tried to negotiate an end to the clash.
WORLD
August 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - The siege at a Cairo mosque Saturday highlighted the specter of Egypt spiraling into civil strife and factional bloodshed among the army, Islamists and bands of vigilantes who are emerging as a dangerous third force in the nation's turmoil. That troubling prospect was evident even as imams from Egypt's top religious institution late in the day succeeded in ending the standoff at Al Fatih mosque, where hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and anti-military protesters had hunkered as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire.
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August 17, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- The siege of a mosque in Ramses Square, where more than 1,000 protesters have been holed up since Friday night, continued Saturday morning even after police broke down the front door and fired tear gas inside. Overnight, one woman in her 30s died after she suffocated from the tear gas, said Dr. Ibrahim Al Yamani, who is in charge of documenting the casualties inside. Those injured and killed in Friday's bloody protest against Egypt's military rule had been taken to Fatih mosque.
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August 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- The military and police have surrounded a mosque where those injured and killed in the Ramses Square protests were taken, those inside the mosque say. Almost 2,000 people were still inside the Fatih mosque when the authorities surrounded it about midnight Friday, said Dr. Ibrahim Al Yamani, who was in charge of documenting the casualties. They included women, children and dozens of injured. Four of the bodies were also still inside, he said. Using a loudspeaker, one of the security forces told them the women and children could be evacuated and then all the men would be arrested, Al Yamani said.
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August 16, 2013 | Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - When the bodies began arriving, doctors cordoned off a small corner for the dead. But those killed in protests Friday quickly filled the space, and soon the entire left side of the Fatih mosque's prayer area was lined with corpses. "Martyr! Martyr!" yelled men, some of them crying, as they carried in another body. Amid the pandemonium, someone made the call for afternoon prayers, and another body was brought in. There was no time to pray. Wednesday was the deadliest day in Egypt's ongoing unrest, and many of those who came out in protest after midday prayers Friday said they were doing so because of the bloodshed earlier in the week.
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August 1, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - Generators hummed, laundry billowed, men fortified barricades, and boys - one with a gas mask dangling from his neck - played soccer amid escalating calls by Egyptian security forces to break up the sit-in at the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque. Prayer rugs unfurled in the rising heat Thursday as men dripped with sweat and prayed. Doctors stacked medical supplies, and Mona Abdelaal, three children at her side, vowed that her family was willing to die if former President Mohamed Morsi, deposed in a coup last month, was not returned to office.
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July 30, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - A pair of slender minarets and the silver dome of the Khalid bin Walid mosque arise like a fairy castle from a foreground of rubble in the Old City of this war-ravaged city, dubbed the "birthplace of the revolution" by antigovernment activists. "Khalid bin Walid is the protector of us, after God," said a city resident, referring to the revered figure in Islam who is the mosque's namesake. "We hope to be able to pray there soon," the man, who goes by the nickname Abu Farhan, said as he emerged Tuesday from his building in the Ghouta district.
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June 30, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Separate bomb blasts across Pakistan killed at least 36 people Sunday, the latest in a series of extremist attacks to hit the South Asian nation since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rose to power this spring. In the northwestern city of Peshawar, militants detonated a car bomb near a security forces convoy, killing at least 15 people. Shafeeullah Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar, said the attackers planted explosives in a Suzuki compact car and parked it on a busy road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Teresa Watanabe
The opening this weekend of a new mosque in Rowland Heights is powerful evidence of a building boom of such facilities in Southern California and around the nation. Over the last several years, new mosques have risen in Mission Viejo, Irvine, Anaheim, Reseda, Rancho Cucamonga, Rosemead, Diamond Bar and Tustin. Additional mosques are slated for Temecula, Ontario, Lomita and Corona. Strikingly, the new mosques have been funded entirely by local Muslims, who began settling in the region in the 1960s.
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