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Indonesian minorities hope for a safer future

Feb 6, 2015

Indonesian minorities hope for a safer future

Indonesian Ahmadis are no strangers to persecution, with attacks and discrimination rife, but leader Iskandar Gumay hopes better days are ahead for the minority Muslim sect under new President Joko Widodo. The cleric has witnessed attempts to torch his mosque and has seen worshippers ...

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...

Feb 3, 2015

Greek suicide rise blamed on austerity

Suicides in Greece surged by a third after the country implemented an austerity program in June 2011, health investigators said Monday. After the measures were passed, the number of suicides leapt by 35.7 percent compared to preceding months, they said. The increase was sustained ...

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Feb 3, 2015

Mexico opium farmers expand to feed U.S. heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks ...

Asian illegals slower applying to stay in U.S.

Feb 2, 2015

Asian illegals slower applying to stay in U.S.

Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Many advocates have blamed the paltry ...

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in U.S.

Feb 1, 2015

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in U.S.

A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States. More than 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project for the inaugural prayer marking the launch of the Women’s Mosque of ...

Jan 28, 2015

Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid

Tom Cruise’s Tajik and Russian are on the way out in Tajikistan, where state television has made English — without subtitles — the preferred lingo to boost opportunity in the impoverished former Soviet state. Viewers can now watch Hollywood films in the original language, ...

Jan 27, 2015

Many Americans mistake Sikhs for Muslims, study finds

More than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistake him for a Muslim. A study released Monday said 60 percent of Americans admitted to knowing nothing about the Sikhs who live, study and work in ...

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism

Jan 27, 2015

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism

Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the “perennial demons of intolerance” from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to ...