First results: Lebanese Hezbollah suffers electoral losses

Early results from weekend legislative elections in Lebanon show militant group Hezbollah and its allies apparently suffered losses ByThe Associated Press May 16, 2022, 06:40 • 2 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group and its allies appear to have suffered losses in legislative elections this weekend, … Read more

Egypt begins trial of man accused of killing Coptic priest

A court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Saturday opened the trial of a man accused of stabbing a Coptic Christian priest to death, an attack that shocked the Arab world’s most populous country By SAMY MAGDYAssociated Press May 14, 2022, 6:14 p.m. • 2 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article … Read more

Nigeria. Brutal student murder sparks protest and curfew

Nigerian authorities have ordered a curfew in a northwestern state, where hundreds of people demonstrated to demand the release of suspects in the brutal murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy against Islam. By CHINADU ASADU Associated Press May 14, 2022, 7:10 p.m. • 2 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article … Read more

Minority Hindu Kashmiri protest against killing of community member

Hindus in Indian-controlled Kashmir staged protests a day after assailants shot and killed a Hindu government worker in the disputed Muslim-majority region By AIJAZ HUSSAIN Associated Press May 13, 2022, 3:14 p.m. • 3 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article SRINAGAR, India – Hindus in Indian-controlled Kashmir staged protests on Friday, a … Read more

Hotel explosion in Cuba severely damaged large Baptist church

The blast that devastated Havana’s Saratoga Hotel and killed at least 44 people also severely damaged Cuba’s most important Baptist church, which stands next door. By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press May 12, 2022, 5:19 p.m. • 4 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article HAVANA — Alejandro Clemente González was talking with an … Read more

Arrest of a Hong Kong cardinal, an ardent critic of Beijing

HONG KONG — Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old Catholic cleric arrested by Hong Kong police on national security charges, has long been a fierce critic of Beijing’s control over religion and political monopoly, as well as Vatican efforts to reach a working agreement with the ruling Communist Party. Zen walked out of a police station … Read more

Now in the spotlight, Dubai Jews fight for a public synagogue

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Every Saturday, in secluded beach villas, hotel banquet halls and luxury apartment towers across Dubai, Jews arrive to worship at some of the world’s most hidden synagogues, even as the United Arab Emirates encourages the spectacular growth and openness of its Jewish community. Plans to build a permanent shrine for … Read more

Award-winning ‘Netanyahus’ author says it’s also about Trump

JERUSALEM — “The Netanyahus,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this week, tells a very amusing anecdote about the famous family of Israel that takes place more than half a century before one of them become the longest-serving prime minister. But Joshua Cohen, the book’s 41-year-old author, says the novel is about identity and … Read more

Colombian Cartel Shuts Towns Over Leader’s Extradition

Colombia’s Gulf Clan drug cartel shut down dozens of towns for four days in response to its leader being extradited to the United States for trial By Astrid Suarez Associated Press 10 May 2022, 04:00 • 4 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article BOGOTA, Colombia — The Gulf Clan drug cartel shut … Read more

Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women defy headscarf edict

KABUL, Afghanistan — Arooza was furious and scared, keeping her eyes peeled for the patrolling Taliban as she and a friend shopped in Kabul’s Macroyan neighborhood on Sunday. The math professor feared that his large shawl, tight around his head, and his pale brown coat might satisfy the latest decree of the country’s religiously-run Taliban … Read more