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January 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As violence escalates in Syria, armed rebels appear to have attacked Christian churches and a Shiite place of worship, a rights group warned Wednesday after visiting the Syrian countryside. The attacks underscore fears that the conflict is becoming a sectarian battleground, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for Human Rights Watch. In the past, the group has also documented the destruction of an Idlib mosque at the hands of Syrian government forces. Witnesses said armed opposition fighters set a Shiite worship site ablaze in December as they took control of the village of Zarzour, according to Human Rights Watch.
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May 24, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Irvine police have arrested two men suspected of burglarizing several religious institutions in Orange County, including an Irvine temple, with the help of two other suspects. In January, investigators identified Robert Dennis, 45, of Santa Ana, as a suspect from DNA at the temple, according to the Daily Pilot , citing a statement from Irvine police. After searching a residence in Garden Grove connected to Dennis, Irvine police identified two more suspects: Fernando Flores, 21, of Garden Grove, and James Dorscht, 39, of Norwalk.
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April 10, 2002 | From Associated Press
President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday made the first visit by a French head of state to Paris' Grand Mosque in 76 years to denounce a spate of attacks on Jewish sites and call for unity between French Jews and Muslims. Synagogues, schools and cemeteries around the country have been targeted, often with firebombs, in the last two weeks. In the most serious case, a Marseille synagogue was burned to the ground March 31.
WORLD
January 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As violence escalates in Syria, armed rebels appear to have attacked Christian churches and a Shiite place of worship, a rights group warned Wednesday after visiting the Syrian countryside. The attacks underscore fears that the conflict is becoming a sectarian battleground, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for Human Rights Watch. In the past, the group has also documented the destruction of an Idlib mosque at the hands of Syrian government forces. Witnesses said armed opposition fighters set a Shiite worship site ablaze in December as they took control of the village of Zarzour, according to Human Rights Watch.
TRAVEL
January 20, 2013
1.Cuba has loosened restrictions on travel abroad. Cubans no longer need a letter of invitation from someone in the host country or an exit visa. 2.An amethystine python lodged itself next to an exterior engine on a Qantas Airways flight from Cairns, Australia, to Papua New Guinea. The constrictor did not survive the trip. 3.A State Department warning on Israel, issued last month, urges travelers to avoid the Gaza Strip and exercise caution in the West Bank and at religious sites in Jerusalem.
NEWS
December 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
An American tourist from Los Angeles splashed red paint on Judaism's holiest site in an apparent protest Thursday against Israeli policies, police said. He was quickly arrested. The man arrived in the country earlier this month, police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. "He came to Israel two weeks ago and then decided that he didn't like Israeli policies," Ben-Ruby said. The man, whose name was not disclosed, was being interrogated, police said. They gave his age as "about 60."
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December 28, 1992 | Reuters
The Indian government has decided to buy the site of a Muslim mosque destroyed by militant Hindus and build a mosque and a Hindu temple there, an official spokesman said Sunday. The demolition of the mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya by Hindu militants earlier this month triggered a wave of sectarian violence across India. More than 1,100 people died in the violence. The spokesman said that the decision was made at a Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister P. V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Irvine police have arrested two men suspected of burglarizing several religious institutions in Orange County, including an Irvine temple, with the help of two other suspects. In January, investigators identified Robert Dennis, 45, of Santa Ana, as a suspect from DNA at the temple, according to the Daily Pilot , citing a statement from Irvine police. After searching a residence in Garden Grove connected to Dennis, Irvine police identified two more suspects: Fernando Flores, 21, of Garden Grove, and James Dorscht, 39, of Norwalk.
WORLD
September 23, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a last-minute move that a litigant said could be politically motivated, India's Supreme Court decided Thursday to delay a lower court's verdict in a case between Muslims and Hindus over who has the right to a controversial religious site. The verdict in the 60-year-old case was due Friday but will now be put off until at least Tuesday. At issue in the contentious case is whether Muslims or Hindus own the land under the 16th century Babri Masjid mosque in Uttar Pradesh state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2003 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
For nearly four years, architectural photographer Robert Berger drove all over Los Angeles, looking for historic houses of worship to capture on film. In all, Berger visited more than 300 churches, synagogues, temples and meditation centers -- all built before 1952. As he sought steeples, crosses and domes in some neighborhoods that seemed as "foreign as distant lands," the Los Angeles native, now 44, began to appreciate his city's ethnic diversity as never before.
TRAVEL
January 20, 2013
1.Cuba has loosened restrictions on travel abroad. Cubans no longer need a letter of invitation from someone in the host country or an exit visa. 2.An amethystine python lodged itself next to an exterior engine on a Qantas Airways flight from Cairns, Australia, to Papua New Guinea. The constrictor did not survive the trip. 3.A State Department warning on Israel, issued last month, urges travelers to avoid the Gaza Strip and exercise caution in the West Bank and at religious sites in Jerusalem.
WORLD
April 25, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
An Israeli man was killed and three others wounded Sunday when a Palestinian security officer opened fire on a convoy of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers who had entered a religious site in a Palestinian-administered area without permission and then ignored orders to stop, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Jewish worshippers were attempting to make an unauthorized predawn pilgrimage to Joseph's Tomb, located in the West Bank city of Nablus. The incident threatened to further heighten tensions in the West Bank between Jewish settlers and Palestinians.
WORLD
October 26, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
A bomb planted on a motorcycle killed five people Monday at a famed Sufi shrine in central Pakistan, the third terrorist attack at one of the country's many such shrines in four months. The latest attack occurred at the Baba Farid shrine in the town of Pakpattan in Punjab province, about 120 miles southwest of the eastern city of Lahore. A crowd had gathered about 6:20 a.m. for early prayers when the bomb exploded, said Shafiq Dogar, a Pakpattan senior administration official. "Two people parked the motorcycle near the eastern gate of the shrine, and the bomb was inside one of two milk cans on the motorcycle," Dogar said.
WORLD
September 23, 2010 | Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a last-minute move, the Supreme Court agreed Thursday to delay a verdict involving a dispute between Muslims and Hindus over who has the right to a controversial religious site. The verdict in the 60-year-old case, which involves contested land in Ayodyha in northern Uttar Pradesh state, was due Friday but was instead put off until at least Tuesday. At issue in the contentious case is whether Muslims or Hindus own the land under the Babri Masjid mosque, built in 1528 and destroyed in late 1992 by a mob of extremist Hindus.
WORLD
September 23, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a last-minute move that a litigant said could be politically motivated, India's Supreme Court decided Thursday to delay a lower court's verdict in a case between Muslims and Hindus over who has the right to a controversial religious site. The verdict in the 60-year-old case was due Friday but will now be put off until at least Tuesday. At issue in the contentious case is whether Muslims or Hindus own the land under the 16th century Babri Masjid mosque in Uttar Pradesh state.
NEWS
December 19, 2004 | Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press Writer
Pray or pay. At dozens of Italian churches struggling to preserve art treasures ranging from Byzantine mosaics to Baroque paintings, that is the choice that many visitors must make. Houses of worship are increasingly adopting entrance fees to help cope with a flood of visitors who are often more interested in lingering before Tiepolo or Titian than in pausing for prayer in the pews.
NEWS
July 4, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Israeli regular and paramilitary police battled hundreds of Palestinian protesters for more than two hours inside the ancient walls of Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in some of the worst violence here since last winter. Tear gas choked the narrow, cobbled Via Dolorosa, revered by Christians as the route Jesus walked to his crucifixion, and a local hospital said that 15 Arabs were injured by gas, police batons and rubber bullets. At least one policeman was cut by glass.
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February 13, 2000 | JONATHAN BLACK, Jonathan Black is the managing editor of Playboy
Damascus might not top everyone's dream vacation wish list, but it had slowly crept to the top of mine. St. Paul was first to give me the itch to come here. Saul of Tarsus, as he was then known, hadn't even reached the city walls when he was struck blind by a vision of Jesus, a conversion that changed the course of Christianity.
WORLD
April 26, 2004 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
As U.S. troops await orders to enter this Islamic holy city, militant Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr and his militia are strengthening their control here, stockpiling weapons, seizing key religious sites and arresting or detaining those who challenge him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2003 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
For nearly four years, architectural photographer Robert Berger drove all over Los Angeles, looking for historic houses of worship to capture on film. In all, Berger visited more than 300 churches, synagogues, temples and meditation centers -- all built before 1952. As he sought steeples, crosses and domes in some neighborhoods that seemed as "foreign as distant lands," the Los Angeles native, now 44, began to appreciate his city's ethnic diversity as never before.
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