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January 18, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and John M. Glionna, Special to The Times
Nine people were killed and at least 25 wounded Thursday night when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded Shiite Muslim prayer hall in this border region. The attack marked the onset of sectarian violence that often flares in Pakistan during Ashura, the annual religious holiday when Shiites mourn the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad. Shiites are a minority in Pakistan.
December 27, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
An uneasy calm returned to the oil-rich Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain on Wednesday after a week of clashes between Shiite Muslim opposition groups and forces of the Sunni-dominated government. The street fighting, sparked by the death of an activist, was some of the worst since a 1990s Shiite uprising and led to an undetermined number of injured and the arrest of dozens.
December 26, 2007 | Usama Redha and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
Outside Mar Eliya church, not much had changed since last Christmas: Concrete blocks still surround the building and guards check the IDs of those entering. But inside, hundreds of Iraqi worshipers -- Christians and Muslims -- were crammed into the overflowing Chaldean Catholic church Tuesday, celebrating the holiday and the fact that they felt safe enough to venture out of their homes to attend Christmas Mass.
December 25, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Followers of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr marched Monday south of Baghdad to protest the appointment of a provincial police chief they accuse of having links to a rival Shiite faction and to Saddam Hussein's ousted government. The demonstration in Hillah, capital of Babil province, underscored deep rivalries that threaten stability in the overwhelmingly Shiite south, generally one of the calmer parts of Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
December 25, 2007 | From Reuters
More than 100 Muslim scholars have addressed warm Christmas greetings to Christians around the world, a message notable both for what it says and the fact that it was sent at all. The greeting, sent by a group of 138 Sunni, Shiite, Sufi and other scholars who recently proposed a dialogue with Christian leaders, called for peace on Earth and thanked church leaders who have responded positively to their invitation.
December 15, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, in a long-awaited message to the global Anglican Communion he heads, said Friday there was no consensus among Anglican leaders on whether the Episcopal Church had met demands that it stop consecrating openly gay bishops and authorizing same-sex blessings.
December 12, 2007 | Rich Connell, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have found that UC Irvine responded appropriately to alleged violations of students' rights stemming from years of conflict between Muslim and Jewish student groups on campus. The investigation was launched after a 2005 complaint by the Zionist Organization of America, which cited alleged anti-Semitic speeches and actions by Islamic student groups. The complaint alleged the university discriminated against Jewish students by failing to act against the Muslim groups. The U.
December 8, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
In the 18th century world of religious literature, there was a special place reserved for a collection of engravings and treatises called "Ceremonies and Religious Customs of All the Peoples of the World": It was on the "Index Librorum Prohibitorum"-- the Vatican's list of prohibited books.
December 7, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
The bishop of a Central California diocese that is poised to become the first in the country to secede from the Episcopal Church has brushed aside a warning from the national church's leader and likened the church to an "apostate institution." Bishop John-David M.
December 7, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Yochay Sorok and thousands of his fellow farmers should be taking the year off right now, allowing their land, and themselves, to rest in observance of a Jewish tradition that dates to Leviticus. It is the Shmita year, an agricultural Sabbath that comes every seven years, during which, according to the Old Testament, Jewish farmers in the land of Israel must let their fields lie fallow.
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