Dissident: “Iranian women are furious” over the death of the headscarf

NEW YORK (AP) — Tears come quickly to Masih Alinejad as she discusses the messages she has received in recent days from women in Iran protesting against their government after a young woman died in police custody for violating the country’s strict religious dress code. They speak of the risks, possibly deadly, of confronting government … Read more

Man sets himself on fire in protest at Abe’s funeral

TOKYO (AP) — A man set himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Wednesday in an apparent protest against the state funeral scheduled for next week for former leader Shinzo Abe, officials said. and media. The man, believed to be in his 70s, suffered burns to large parts of his … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and the world at funeral

By DANICA KIRKA, MIKE CORDER and SAMYA KULLAB September 19, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/queen-elizabeth-ii-funeral-bfe59d9c8f31d339f2cec2f8479cc3ce LONDON (AP) — Britain and the world have bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a state funeral that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers – and crowds to the streets of London and to Windsor Castle – … Read more

How many must die? The pope denounces the war against Russia and calls for peace

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Pope Francis told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other religious leaders on Wednesday that religion should never be used to justify the “evil” of war, and asked during a an open-air mass in Kazakhstan: “How many deaths does it take?” for peace to reign in Ukraine. An increasingly frail Francis made … Read more

Supreme Court temporarily allows Yeshiva U to block LGBTQ club

Yeshiva University can wait recognize a LGBTQ student group as an official college club following Friday’s Supreme Court order. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees New York cases, suspended a state court order barring the Orthodox Jewish college from blocking the group. The court, in its order, indicated that it would have more to say on … Read more

UN cites possible crimes against humanity in China’s Xinjiang

GENEVA (AP) — China’s discriminatory detention of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in the western region of Xinjiang could amount to crimes against humanity, the human rights office has said. UN in a long-awaited report published on Wednesday, which reports “serious” rights violations. and the patterns of torture inflicted in recent years. The … Read more

Heavy gunfire rocks Iraq’s Green Zone amid violent protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of an influential Iraqi Shia cleric fired rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns into Iraq’s Green Zone as security forces returned fire on Tuesday, seriously worsening a months-long political crisis that has gripped the nation. The death toll rose to at least 30 people after two days of unrest, officials said. Those … Read more

Iraqi Shia cleric considers quitting; storm palace followers

BAGHDAD (AP) — A hugely influential Shia cleric announced on Monday he would step down from Iraqi politics and his angry supporters stormed the government palace in response, raising fears violence could erupt in a country already in the grip of its worst political crisis in years. The Iraqi military announced a citywide curfew in … Read more

Pope expands ranks of cardinals likely to choose successor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis elevated 20 other clergymen to the rank of cardinal on Saturday, officially expanding those who are now eligible to vote for his successor in the event he dies or resigns — the latest step he said that ‘he would consider if the need arose. Of the clergymen named new … Read more

Son of Muslim murder suspect remains in custody

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The son of an Afghan refugee suspected of fatally shooting four Muslim men in New Mexico will remain in custody pending trial for allegedly providing a false address on a form when purchasing a weapon on fire last year. Shaheen Syed, 21, appeared in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Monday … Read more