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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Council members approved the San Fernando Valley's first mosque Tuesday after requiring that the $1.8-million house of worship in Granada Hills have Spanish-style architecture, forgoing the traditional domes and minarets. In a 10-0 vote, the City Council approved the mosque but imposed so many conditions on its operations and construction that Valley Muslim leaders and their lobbyist, Robert Wilkinson, an ex-councilman, complained of prejudice.
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NEWS
May 12, 1995 | Associated Press
A 15th-Century mosque went up in flames Thursday during a gun battle between Muslim separatists and Indian troops in Kashmir, igniting a wave of unrest and threatening India's plans to seek a political end to the 5-year-old insurrection in the Himalayan state. At least 21 people were killed in the fighting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Victorville teenagers were arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson and felony vandalism on the same grounds where a desert mosque was burned to ruins earlier this month. A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said there was "no connection or suspicion" linking the suspects, ages 18 and 17, to the June 3 blaze that destroyed the United Islamic Youth Organization mosque, site of Southern California's only cemetery exclusively for Muslims.
WORLD
July 10, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A Chinese official says mosques in Urumqi have been ordered to stay closed, preventing traditional Friday prayers, after ethnic violence that left at least 156 dead. Another city in Xinjiang region has suspended visits by foreigners. The official said the mosques were ordered closed for public safety and that "people should stay at home today and pray." Separately, officials in Kashgar in southwestern Xinjiang have told visiting journalists that they and other foreigners had to leave.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
The FBI on Tuesday defended its national tally of Muslim mosques as only one part of a much broader effort to apply scarce anti-terrorism resources and identify vulnerable sites. Critics called it a form of ethnic and religious profiling. The number of mosques was one of dozens of pieces of information that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III directed the 56 FBI field offices to gather.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2002 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday ordered a psychiatric evaluation and continued detention for a podiatrist accused of plotting to blow up mosques across Florida. Robert Goldstein, 37, was silent and appeared disoriented during his bond hearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas McCoun III. Goldstein is charged with possessing a non-registered destructive device and attempting to use an explosive to damage Islamic centers. The explosives were found in his townhouse in the St. Petersburg suburb of Seminole.
NEWS
July 15, 2001 | From Reuters
Guarded by Bosnian Serb police, Bosnian Muslims on Saturday opened a new mosque in this Serb-controlled town to replace one destroyed during the 1992-95 war. Hundreds of Muslim believers gathered to inaugurate the mosque, built on the spot where the Obradovacka mosque stood before it was blown up by Bosnian Serb extremists in 1993. The ceremony, held amid tight security, was not disrupted.
NEWS
March 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An explosion tore through a mosque in Rennes in western France, apparently the latest in a series of attacks against Muslim immigrants from North Africa. No one was injured in the blast, which came hours before the governing Socialist Party was to open a four-day congress in the city. The blast, apparently caused by an explosive planted against a wall, heavily damaged the building, police said.
WORLD
July 28, 2007 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King, Special to The Times
The Red Mosque became a focal point for renewed violence as it opened for Friday prayers, with militants battling police and an apparent suicide blast nearby killing at least 13 people. The mosque in the heart of the capital was the scene this month of a raid by commandos who seized the compound from the heavily armed followers of a pair of radical clerics. More than 100 people died, and a wave of reprisal attacks by militants left 180 more people dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2009 | Associated Press
FBI Director Robert Mueller says his agency will continue to use informants inside American mosques despite complaints from Muslim organizations. Mueller told reporters Monday in Los Angeles that investigations in places of worship will be respectful of 1st Amendment rights but will continue if warranted by evidence of possible wrongdoing. A Muslim organization has asked the Justice Department to investigate complaints that the FBI is asking followers of the faith to spy on Islamic leaders.
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