Monday, July 25, 2016


Two rival religious processions -- one from the east, the other from the west -- plan to converge on Kyiv's Volodomyrska Hill (pictured) on the eve of celebrations the baptism of Kievan Rus in the 10th century.

Jitters In Ukraine As Politically Charged Religious Processions Approach Kyiv

Two religious processions converging on Kyiv -- one from the east, another from the west -- have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital. More

Turkish-born New Jersey resident Nesibe Kilic says she would consider leaving the United States if Donald Trump is elected president in November.

Amid Trump Campaign, New Jersey Muslims Step Up Outreach

The president of the largest mosque in northern New Jersey says Donald Trump's campaign for the White House has galvanized his community to raise its profile and reach out to non-Muslim neighbors. More

Abedin Maliqi, the principal at Hasan Prishtina, Alejhim Maliqi's elementary school.

Kosovar Imam, Radicalized At Home, Vanishes Abroad To Join Islamist Fight

Bidding farewell to his Kosovo village two years ago, Alejhim Maliqi told relatives he was going to study in Egypt. But his family and authorities believe that instead he is fighting for Islamic State militants in Syria. More

With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) blaming Islamic education campaigner Fethullah Gulen (right) for a failed coup this month, many believe it may be a matter of time before he begins putting pressure on the exiled preacher's teaching network in countries besides Turkey.

Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit. More

Russian nationalists and former security officers have said the Pokemon augmented-reality game could be an elaborate CIA plot to get smartphone users to take pictures of sensitive locations in Russia, which could then be harvested by the U.S. intelligence agency. (file photo)

Russian TV Uses U.S. Protest Footage To Illustrate Pokemon Fallout

Those aren't Pokemon hunters! Russian TV uses unrelated protest footage in a report on mishaps befalling players of the hit game. More


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