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Counting Americans: possibility of new Mideast box on census

Muslim woman Samantha Elauf (R), who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, stands with her mother Majda outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, February 25, 2015.
21 Mar 2017
Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she? Yes, she...

Islam fastest growing religion: Pew study

20 Mar 2017
Islam is the world's fastest growing religion - and not just in Muslim majority nations: 10% of all Europeans are projected to be members of the Muslim faith by 2050, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Why? Muslim women...

Leaders meet for pretrial conference over German colonial-era Namibian genocide

Herero tribal representatives gather on the hill from which German General Lothar von Trotha gave the order to open fire on October 2, 1904. Historians say this marked the start of the genocide. German colonial troops were responsible for the deaths of more than 80,000 members of Herero and Nama ethnic groups. These crimes are regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century (JBatz / DPA / DW).
16 Mar 2017
In January, traditional Namibian leaders filed a complaint against Germany with a US court demanding compensation for colonial-era genocide. The plaintiffs lawyers and the judge are to meet in New York on March 16 to discuss a possible...

New head of AU commission: Chad's former PM Moussa Faki Mahamat

14 Mar 2017
A seasoned diplomat and politician, 56-year-old Moussa Faki Mahamat is no stranger to the challenges presented by the top job he was elected to on January 30. He is seen as the architect of Chad’s nomination to the United Nations...

100 years later, debate goes on over Russia's last tsar

Tsar Nicolas II, Emperor of Russia, with titles of "Grand Duke of Finland and titular King of Poland", reviews troops in Poland during the World War I (Historial de Péronne / AFP).
13 Mar 2017
Saint or playboy? Blood-stained autocrat or family man; incompetent leader or just a victim of circumstance? One century after he ended Romanov rule, Russia's last tsar still prompts heated debate. Nicholas II abdicated on March 2,...

Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

12 Mar 2017
Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres. President...

Travel ban challenge puts Hawaii's few Muslims in spotlight

12 Mar 2017
Hawaii has 5,000 or so Muslims — less than 1 percent of the state's population — who are finding themselves thrust into an international spotlight after the state's top lawyer launched a challenge to President Donald...

Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late boxing legend, detained again at airport

Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was Ali's second wife, attend a forum on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 9, 2017, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a leading advocate in the House for comprehensive immigration reform. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
11 Mar 2017
Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained and questioned at a Washington airport before being allowed to board a flight to Fort Lauderdale after meeting with lawmakers to discuss a separate airport detention incident last month, a lawyer for the late...

Republicans back away from Trump on wiretap allegations

08 Mar 2017
The top Republicans investigating Russia's interference in the US election declined Tuesday to back up President Donald Trump's claims that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped his Manhattan headquarters last year -- leaving the...

Sikhs: Religious minority target of mistaken hate crimes

07 Mar 2017
The victim of a possible hate crime in Washington state Friday would not be the first Sikh to be targeted. Since 9/11, Sikh-American groups say members of their religion have faced discrimination and abuse because their long...