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December 6, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A 29-year-old Muslim woman sued San Bernardino County and its sheriff Wednesday, alleging that deputies violated her rights by forcing her to remove the head scarf she wears because of her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed the complaint on behalf of Jameelah Medina in U.S.
December 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Six Islamic militants received sentences of up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts in eastern Indonesia that included beheading three Christian schoolgirls and shooting a priest to death. The harshest sentences were given to Abdul Muis bin Kamarudin and Rahman Kalahe, who were convicted in the 2006 killing of the Rev. Irianto Kongkoli and in the beheadings in 2005.
December 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two British Parliament members met officials in Sudan on Saturday to try to secure the release of a British teacher imprisoned for naming a teddy bear Muhammad, and later said the Khartoum government wants to resolve the case. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Lord Nazir Ahmed, both Muslim members of Parliament's upper house, also visited the teacher, Gillian Gibbons, in prison for more than an hour. "Gillian was surprisingly in good spirits considering the last seven days," said Warsi, a Conservative.
December 2, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
Heavily armed insurgents ambushed sleeping residents of a Shiite village north of Baghdad early Saturday and killed at least 13 people, including a child, police and a Shiite official said. In Baghdad, political tensions heightened between Sunni Arab lawmakers and Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shiite-led government after raids a day earlier on a leading Sunni politician's home and office.
November 18, 2007 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
A least 30 bodies were discovered Saturday in an unfinished west Baghdad house as police and citizens groups probed neighborhoods that they said until recently were under the control of militants with the group Al Qaeda in Iraq. Iraqi police described the site in the heavily Sunni Muslim Hur Rijab section of the Dora neighborhood as a grisly scene, with decomposed bodies wrapped in black plastic. The dead, some not bearing identification, appeared to be mainly Shiite Muslims.
November 15, 2007 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
A government-sponsored Sunni religious foundation Wednesday closed the main office of the influential Muslim Scholars Assn., a group of Sunni clerics suspected of ties to insurgents. The clerics' group, most of whose senior leaders left the country in the last year, protested the move in what amounted to the latest example of the split among Sunni Arabs between those aligned with and opposed to U.S. forces.
November 10, 2007 | Richard Winton, and Teresa Watanabe and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
The LAPD's plan to map Muslim communities in an effort to identify potential hotbeds of extremism departs from the way law enforcement has dealt with local anti-terrorism since 9/11 and prompted widespread skepticism Friday. In a document reviewed Friday by The Times, the LAPD's Los Angeles Police Department's counter-terrorism bureau proposed using U.S.
November 7, 2007 | Maria De Cristofaro and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
Pope Benedict XVI met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at a time of strained relations between Islam and Christianity over global terrorism, the Iraq war and the lack of religious freedoms for nearly 1 million Roman Catholic migrant workers living in the Persian Gulf state. It was the first meeting between a Saudi monarch, who also oversees Islam's holiest shrine at Mecca, and the head of the Catholic Church.
November 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh voted to approve constitutional amendments that are the first step in leaving the national church in a widening rift over homosexuality and interpretation of Scripture. Pittsburgh joined dioceses in San Joaquin, Calif., and Quincy, Ill., in granting preliminary approval to separating from the national church. The dioceses contend the national church has abandoned Scriptural authority and teachings on truth and salvation.
October 27, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A departing major general who oversaw the U.S. military operation in northern Iraq delivered blunt criticism Friday of the ministry that manages Iraqi police forces, accusing it of "foot dragging" in hiring desperately needed officers because of sectarian bias. The comments put in stark terms the sectarian divisions in Iraq's Shiite-led Interior Ministry, which has been beset by allegations of infiltration by Shiite Muslim militiamen and human rights violations, including torture. U.S.
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