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September 3, 2011 | By Kate Lamb, Los Angeles Times
Arif Hakim recalls that deadly day in February when a thousand machete-wielding Islamic hard-liners descended upon his tiny congregation in rural West Java. "I saw them coming, screaming that we were infidels and should be killed," the 32-year-old welder said. "The police just watched and I panicked. I escaped and ran through the rice fields, but I could still hear the sounds of my friends being captured and [attacked]. " Three of Hakim's fellow worshipers were killed in the melee.
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February 20, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Thousands of fans were streaming into Olympic Park at noon, funneling through the main gate toward a central plaza where the torch burns. Phil Wong moved with the crowd on his way to a curling match. The Canadian tourist passed a cluster of evergreens, clueless as to what lay on the other side. "A real cemetery?" he said. "Oh, that's creepy. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi It could be the quirkiest thing about the Sochi Games, this tiny graveyard, a patch of dirt and tangled grass at the center of an ultra-modern sports complex.
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NATIONAL
July 10, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. - Isaac Wyler is one of the unwanted ones. For years, he has endured a cruel banishment from those he once considered brethren - followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Out here on the desert high plains, guarded by big-shouldered buttes, church outcasts are dismissed as apostates, ostracized in life and condemned to burn in hell after death. Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
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July 10, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. - Isaac Wyler is one of the unwanted ones. For years, he has endured a cruel banishment from those he once considered brethren - followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Out here on the desert high plains, guarded by big-shouldered buttes, church outcasts are dismissed as apostates, ostracized in life and condemned to burn in hell after death. Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
NATIONAL
May 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An arrest warrant has been dropped for a man whose purported 16-year-old wife triggered a raid on a polygamist sect's Eldorado compound, authorities said. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman would not say why the warrant was dropped for Dale E. Barlow, 50, of Colorado City, Ariz., who has denied knowing her. The crisis-center caller reported that she was a 16-year-old member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who had been beaten and raped.
NEWS
September 12, 1986 | Associated Press
The leader of the House of Judah religious sect and six subordinates were convicted today of enslaving children and causing a boy's death. "The intent of the defendants was that the children had no choice but to do their work or be subject to brutal beatings," said U.S. District Judge Douglas Hillman, who decided the case after the defendants requested a non-jury trial. William A. Lewis, his mistress, his son and four members of the cult council could be sentenced to up to life in prison.
NEWS
November 29, 1987 | From Reuters
West Germany has ordered home its ambassador in Chile to report on a religious colony where torture and child abuse are alleged to be widespread, the West German Foreign Ministry said Saturday. It said Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher wanted Ambassador Horst Kullak-Ueblich to report on his visit to the Colonia Dignidad and to help start an independent panel to investigate the allegations.
WORLD
July 31, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The leader of an Islamist sect blamed for days of violence in northern Nigeria has been shot and killed while in police custody, officials said. The police commander of Borno state announced on state radio that Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect some call the Nigerian Taliban, was dead. He gave no explanation, but a spokesman for the state governor said he thought Yusuf had been killed while trying to escape. Agence France-Presse reported that Yusuf's bullet-riddled body was shown on state television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1987 | MAYERENE BARKER, Times Staff Writer
The ornate gate that once guarded the secrets of the mysterious Church Universal and Triumphant religious sect was open Sunday. For the first time since 1978, when the sect moved into the Calabasas mansion, neighbors and public officials got a look inside the rambling Mediterranean-style estate. "We have no secrets," said Hiroshi Okayasu, an official of Tokyo's Soka University, which bought the 218-acre estate on Mulholland Highway near Las Virgenes Road from the sect last July for $15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1986 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
A Westlake Village architect who won a $1.5-million judgment in April against a religious sect he accused of ruining his health and personal life has died of heart and lung failure. The architect, Gregory Mull, 64, died Friday at a Simi Valley hospital. He had been hospitalized for a month, suffering from the effects of multiple sclerosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Miriam Jones doesn't waste time analyzing how an Amish girl in long skirts and bonnets went on to become the owner of a salon in the heart of Echo Park's hipster enclave. In her first 30 years, in addition to starting a business, she's butchered large farm animals, killed snapping turtles with a crossbow, sewn her own clothes, grown and canned her food, learned to fly a helicopter and raised a 12-year-old daughter. Clearly, she's been busy. But one moonlit night earlier this year — as Jones stood at a lookout off Mulholland Drive, dressed in drag to perform in a gender-bending art film by actor James Franco — she said she had to take a breath and wonder, what am I doing here?
WORLD
December 25, 2011 | By Gretchen L. Wilson, Times staff writer
A bomb blast during Christmas mass left 35 people dead and dozens wounded at a Nigerian church near the nation's capital of Abuja. The radical Muslim sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for both the Abuja-area explosion, which left bodies on rooftops and in nearby gutters, as well as a bombing near a church in Jos, in which one police officer was killed. In all, at least 39 people were killed Sunday during ongoing sectarian violence in Nigeria, which also included at least three explosions in Yobe, an agricultural state in the country's northeast that has often been at the heart of fighting between security forces and Boko Haram.
WORLD
September 3, 2011 | By Kate Lamb, Los Angeles Times
Arif Hakim recalls that deadly day in February when a thousand machete-wielding Islamic hard-liners descended upon his tiny congregation in rural West Java. "I saw them coming, screaming that we were infidels and should be killed," the 32-year-old welder said. "The police just watched and I panicked. I escaped and ran through the rice fields, but I could still hear the sounds of my friends being captured and [attacked]. " Three of Hakim's fellow worshipers were killed in the melee.
WORLD
April 4, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Two suicide bombers killed at least 42 people at a shrine in central Pakistan on Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks on places of worship linked to sects opposed by militants. The attack occurred at Sakhi Sarwar, a Sufi shrine in a village outside the southern Punjab city of Dera Ghazi Khan. In the past, Sufi shrines have been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups that regard the strain of Islam to be tantamount to heresy. More than 1,000 people had gathered at the shrine when the bombers detonated suicide vests filled with explosives.
WORLD
February 8, 2011 | Mark Magnier
He's a "living Buddha" with movie-star good looks and an iPod, a 25-year-old who rubs shoulders with Richard Gere and Tom Cruise and is mentioned as a successor to the Dalai Lama. Now allegations that he's a Chinese spy, and a money launderer to boot, have laid bare divisions in the outwardly serene world of Tibetan Buddhism and longtime tensions between China and India. There's a lot at stake. The Karmapa is among Tibetan Buddhism's most revered figures and heads the religion's wealthiest sect, with property estimated at $1.2 billion worldwide.
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.
NEWS
July 30, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fresh-faced Shestopalov sisters of Tishanka are keeping their lives simple. No makeup or miniskirts, no alcohol or cigarettes, no complications like romance that could lead to the sin of marriage. Olga, 23, Nadezhda, 22, and Tatyana, 17, gaze out on their small world in central Russia, their clear blue eyes blazing with the certainty of youth. They are members of the Fyodorovtsy sect, which believes that Christ returned to Earth early this century as a Russian peasant named Fyodor Rybalkin.
NATIONAL
June 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The polygamist sect raided by authorities two months ago has its children back. But with a criminal investigation underway into allegations of sexual abuse, the splinter group's troubles are not over. Child-welfare officials have alleged that members of the sect pushed underage girls into marriages with older men. Although the last of 440 children seized from the sect's ranch were returned to their parents Wednesday, prosecutors could still bring criminal charges. "There have been criminal problems located out there," said Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran, who was with state troopers and child-welfare authorities April 3 when they raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch in western Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
New articulated floats added a contemporary spin Sunday to an ancient Eastern ceremony that has been held along local beaches for decades. The 34th annual Festival of the Chariots, which celebrates the pursuit of enlightenment and the traditions of a Hindu sect, drew thousands to a parade route in Santa Monica and Venice. The star attractions were three brightly painted hand-pulled floats, two of which rose 40 feet in the air. Their domes retract to avoid wires and bridges, and their sides fold in to make them more portable.
WORLD
July 6, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Rifles slung over their shoulders, the guards pacing in front of Naeem Masood's fabric shop glower at anyone who walks by. It's not thieves or vandals that Masood is worried about. He needs protection from assassins. In April, the 29-year-old boyish-faced Pakistani found his father, brother and uncle slumped over in the seats of their car, their faces and chests riddled with more than 60 bullets. All of them were dead, victims of what Ahmadis in their Faisalabad enclave say was a deadly warning from extremists: Renounce your sect or leave the city.
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