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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 19, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Anxiety crept into the priest's voice as he addressed the leader of his unsettled church. Was she finding a way to bridge the widening rifts in the Episcopal Church and its parent Anglican Communion? he asked. Or was it an impasse? Standing recently in the airy sanctuary of a small San Jose church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori was direct, her low voice calm, as she offered her own, more nuanced view to the priests and lay leaders before her. "I'm not sure it is a stalemate," she said.
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