Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members. The reshuffle, second in just 10 months since Kishida took office, followed his July election … Read more

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

1 of 13 This photo released Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, by the Albuquerque Police Department shows Muhammad Syed. Syed, 51, was taken into custody Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in connection with the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the last nine months. He faces charges in two of the deaths and … Read more

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

Authorities on Monday identified the fourth victim in a series of killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the deaths sent ripples of fear through Islamic communities nationwide. Three of the slayings happened in the last two weeks. Now law enforcement officials are seeking help finding a vehicle believed to be connected to … Read more

Albuquerque police seek car in killings of 4 Muslim men

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Authorities investigating whether the killings of four Muslim men are connected said Sunday that they need help finding a vehicle believed to be connected to the deaths in New Mexico’s largest city. Albuquerque police said they released photos of the vehicle suspected of being used in the four homicides, hoping people … Read more

Taliban: Bomb blast kills 2 people in Shiite area of Kabul

ISLAMABAD — A bomb went off Saturday in a minority Shiite neighborhood of the Afghan capital, killing at least two people and wounding 22, a Taliban official said. According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the explosion occurred in western Kabul’s Puli-e Sokhta area. One of the wounded was in … Read more

Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, including senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes Friday on Gaza, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another senior militant. Hours later, Palestinian militants … Read more

4 takeaways from AP’s Mormon church sex abuse investigation

When an Arizona bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, learned that a member of his ward was sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter, he church policy and called the Mormon Abuse Help Line. The bishop later told law enforcement that church attorneys in Salt Lake City … Read more

Flashy NYC bishop robbed of $1M re-enacts jewelry heist at service

The Gucci-loving Brooklyn robbed during a livestreamed service bizarrely re-enacted the crime at his prayer meeting Sunday — including by hitting the bishop floor as if taking cover again. “I need you to get back in position when them three men came in here with them guns out. I gotta get back into position,” flamboyant … Read more

Is Danish king who gave name to Bluetooth buried in Poland?

WIEJKOWO, Poland (AP) — More than 1,000 years after his death in what is now Poland, a European king whose nickname lives on through wireless technology is at the center of an archaeological dispute. Chronicles from the Middle Ages say King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson of Denmark acquired his nickname courtesy of a tooth, probably dead, … Read more

Islamic New Year and the different calendars around the world | Infographic News

The arrival of the new crescent moon marks the start of the year 1444 on the Islamic lunar calendar. July 30 is Islamic – or Hijri – New Year’s Day and marks the start of the year 1444. The Hijri calendar, which comes from the Arabic word “hijra”, is named for the migration of the … Read more