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September 9, 2006 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims headed to a shrine city south of the capital Friday amid heavy security as the daily toll of casualties mounted in a sectarian war without respite. No major attacks were reported against the multitudes destined for Karbala, where today they celebrate the birthday of a revered imam who disappeared a millennium ago.
September 2, 2006 | Sara Olkon, Chicago Tribune
About 400 supporters of broader immigrant rights streamed out of Chinatown Square at noon Friday to kick off a four-day journey that will end at the district office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert in Batavia. The activists carried a message on T-shirts and placards: Immigrants' interests matter.
August 21, 2006 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Gunmen took aim at multitudes of Shiite Muslim worshipers marching through this besieged capital Sunday, killing at least 22 and leaving hundreds injured in a vivid illustration of the sectarian violence driving Iraq toward open civil war. Panicked pilgrims, including women in full-length black robes, scattered in terror as opportunistic gunmen fired from positions on rooftops, inside buildings and on the streets.
May 28, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Some of Japan's corporate heavy hitters have set aside their usual caution and begun to demand that senior politicians stop making pilgrimages to Yasukuni Shrine, saying the visits to the controversial Tokyo war memorial threaten crucial economic ties with China. "It's not good to continue with this irritating situation -- like having a fish bone stuck in our throat," Canon Inc. Chairman Fujio Mitarai told reporters last week upon assuming leadership of the powerful Japan Business Federation.
December 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
The congregation of First Emmanuel Baptist Church drove from Baton Rouge, La., Houston and other points far and wide on Christmas, then walked past collapsed buildings and piles of storm wreckage to worship in their church for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. "This means everything. We've come home," said Lila Southall, wife of the church's minister. "My house is gone, but I'm still home for Christmas."
December 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Thousands of tourists and pilgrims gathered here for Christmas Eve celebrations, bringing a long-missing sense of holiday cheer to the town where Christians believe Jesus was born. Spirits were buoyed this year by Israel's summer withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a sharp drop in violence. Throughout the day, choirs, marching bands and bagpipe players entertained the crowds.
October 30, 2005 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
SOMEDAY I would like to see the Empty Quarter in the Arabian Desert; the Syrian trading entrepot Aleppo; the ancient Persian capital of Esfahan; Central Asia's Tien Shan mountains; Borobudur Temple on the island of Java; the Vale of Kashmir in the Himalayas; Mecca; all the great sights of Dar al-Islam, historically a broad swath of Eurasia and Africa that was converted and colonized by followers of Muhammad.
October 16, 2005 | Madeline Drexler, Madeline Drexler is a Boston-based journalist and author.
India's summer monsoon had started to taper off when I climbed the bank from the chai-colored Hooghly River to the railroad bed. Pottery shards and other detritus littered the stones between the railway ties, and it was there that I found a relic, my most sentimental acquisition from the trip: a kulhar, or earthenware tea cup, discarded from a moving locomotive, as is the custom. Miraculously, the vessel had survived intact.
August 9, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John.
July 6, 2005 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
In the overgrown, mixed-up jumble of an orchard at Circle C, the elderly Persian mulberry trees stand apart, each one's long, rubbery limbs propped up by a ring of 6-foot-high sticks whittled to allow the limbs to rest in a crook at the top. These were the first trees planted by Cheng Ja Blain back in the early 1970s, when Circle C was nothing but high desert tumbleweeds and sagebrush, says her husband, Clarence Blain. He has no idea why she planted them.
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