Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Apr 12, 2015

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians, calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a politically explosive pronouncement that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in ...

Apr 12, 2015

China orders media giant Sina to 'improve censorship'

China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites, unless it “improves censorship,” state media reported in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in ...

Apr 12, 2015

Jihadists attack Iraq's largest oil refinery

Islamic State militants on Saturday launched suicide attacks against the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq’s largest, a senior army officer said. The jihadi group claimed it broke in but the army said the site, which has been the scene of fierce battles since IS swept ...

Apr 12, 2015

Man charged in US bomb plot called strange, troubled

Topeka Kansas AP John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the mosque he attended in the central state of Kansas. ...

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official  for war crimes

Apr 12, 2015

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official for war crimes

Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man’s supporters. One prison official, speaking on condition of ...

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

Apr 11, 2015

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

A car bomb wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, when it exploded in the parking area of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui, police said Saturday. The bomb was packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck and exploded late ...

Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Apr 4, 2015

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as “Yes Australia. No Sharia” rallied around the country on Saturday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism. The “Reclaim Australia” events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticized ...