The colonial troops who fought the Allies' war

Aug 4, 2014

The colonial troops who fought the Allies' war

by Alice Ritchie

The skies above Flanders, 1917 — Indian pilot Hardutt Singh Malik is guiding his single-seater biplane fighter up through thick cloud behind his Canadian flight commander, William ‘Billy’ Barker, in search of enemy aircraft. Their dangerously blind ascent finally ends as they emerge into ...

American Muslims embrace old taboos

Aug 3, 2014

American Muslims embrace old taboos

Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world. They believe that one can ...

Aug 3, 2014

96 people killed in Xinjiang attack last week: China

Chinese state media said Sunday that 37 civilians and 59 “terrorists” had been killed in an attack earlier in the week in Xinjiang, home to China’s mainly Muslim Uighur minority. The total toll makes the incident by far the bloodiest since rioting involving Uighurs ...

Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

Aug 1, 2014

Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

A Beijing court Thursday heard a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. “Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!” chanted supporters. “Haidian Court, oppose conversion therapy!” Homosexuality ...

Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...

Aug 1, 2014

Pro-China imam said murdered

China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another. The state media reports were the first official confirmation of the murder of Jume Tahir after dawn prayers ...