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2001: 'American Taliban' talks to CNNupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 11:44:00

CNN's exclusive interview with American Taliban John Walker Lindh shortly after his capture during a detainee riot.

Saudi support for Syrian rebels shaped by tribal, religious tiesupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 00:51:00

Every time I talk to a group of Syrians, I learn another layer of the complex construct that weaves Syrian society together and complicates any analysis of the conflict.

State media: Top government officials among 32 killed in plane crashupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 18:11:00

A plane crash in Sudan has killed 32 people, including four ministers and other top government officials, state media reported Sunday.

Iftar in the South: Muslims gather for breaking of Ramadan fastupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 23:15:00

Kerry Swift stands in the kitchen of her Georgia home, warming food and setting out cutlery for her guests. Another humid summer day in the South nears its end. She is hosting a dinner party tonight with numerous families attending, and her guests are slowly trickling through the door.

Spate of attacks near Ramadan trouble U.S. Muslimsupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 18:30:00

To mark the end of Islam's holiest month, Iftikhar Ali will head not to a mosque but to a convention center guarded by law enforcement officers.

10 killed in Pakistani air base attackupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:10:00

At least 10 people died in a two-hour gunbattle at an air base in northern Pakistan on Thursday, a spokesman for the nation's air force said.

Blasts kill 10, injure 36 in Iraq's Diyala provinceupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 20:34:00

Ten people were killed and another 36 injured in bombings Wednesday in Iraq's ethnically mixed Diyala province, authorities said.

Lightning strikes makeshift mosque in Bangladesh, kills 13 updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 22:54:00

At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh on Friday, police said.

Tennessee mosque set to open Fridayupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 18:22:00

County officials on Tuesday granted the paperwork needed for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to open -- after two years of legal wrangling and anti-Muslim sentiment that included vandalism.

Official: Tennessee mosque doesn't get final OK, though it may come soonupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 18:53:00

The opening of a Tennessee mosque -- beset for years with legal wrangling, vandalism and anti-Muslim sentiment -- won't happen until at least next week, a board member said Friday.

New TV channel run exclusively by fully veiled womenupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 10:03:00

After graduating from the mass communication department of Cairo University, Heba Seraq-Eddin couldn't find a job. Potential employers turned her down, she says, because of her veil. Heba wears the niqab, the black fabric that covers her whole face, except for the eyes.

Militants clash with security forces in Iraqupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 10:02:00

Suspected al Qaeda militants clashed with Iraqi forces Thursday, in attacks that began two days after a wave of violence across Iraq.

'Bars for Ramadan' list sparks protest in Dubaiupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:48:00

An English-language magazine in Dubai has been accused of disrespecting Islam by recommending places to drink during Ramadan.

Iraq suffers deadliest day of 2012 as 103 are killedupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 16:57:00

The number of dead in a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday has risen to 103, authorities said Tuesday, making it the deadliest day in the country this year, according to a CNN count. The attacks wounded 267 people, they said.

Iraq bombs kill 25 people as Muslims celebrate Ramadanupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 20:31:00

Bombs in Shiite areas of Iraq claimed the lives of 25 people Sunday, the second day of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. An Iraqi soldier and a policeman also died in separate incidents.

A string of deadly attacks hits Iraqupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 20:31:00

A series of deadly attacks rips through central Iraq, killing dozens.

Fighting embroils Syria; U.N. observers get more timeupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 19:35:00

The U.N. Security Council renewed its Syrian observer mission for 30 days Friday, a small reprieve for a unit tasked with monitoring a failed peace plan.

As Ramadan begins, controversial mosque won't be ready to open doorsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 15:25:00

Worshippers at an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will have to wait a few more weeks before they can use their new mosque, officials said Thursday.

Ruling could halt mosque constructionupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 15:25:00

A Tennessee Muslim community experienced a setback as a county judge ruled to halt construction of a mosque.

TN mosque critic: Not Islamophobiaupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 20:03:00

The plaintiff in the Murfreesboro mosque case explains why she's in a legal battle with the Muslim community.

Federal judge paves way for Tennessee mosque to open for Ramadanupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 20:03:00

A federal judge's ruling Wednesday cleared the way for a controversial mosque in Tennessee to open in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Next on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 07:46:00

This month, Inside the Middle East aims for Olympic gold, exploring stories of adversity, faith, and triumph in the world of Middle Eastern sports.

As a father, 'I have to be the best human I can be'updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:29:00

Much advice for fathers is written about reluctant dads. But, of course, this is not all of us.

Husband, female friend indicted in killing of Muslim wife during Ramadan strollupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 19:11:00

A New Jersey grand jury handed down a 17-count indictment Thursday accusing a man and his female friend with shooting and killing the man's wife -- and also shooting the man himself, in what prosecutors say was an attempt to blame a murder on "terrorists."

Suicide attack after Eid prayers kills 7 in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 03:59:00

A suicide attack near a mosque in northern Afghanistan killed at least seven people Sunday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the interior ministry said.

Gunmen kill 4 in northwest Pakistanupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 06:39:00

Gunmen opened fire Friday on a passenger vehicle in northwest Pakistan, killing four people, a government official said.

Headgear ban sparks melee between police, Muslim park patronsupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 18:45:00

What was meant to be a celebration marking the end of Ramadan turned into a melee at an amusement park on Tuesday when a group of Muslim women were told they weren't allowed on certain rides with their headscarves.

Muslim festival brings rare joy for some this year, but not all cheerupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 22:47:00

For Christians, the wild celebrations of Mardi Gras come before the solemnity of Lent, a last chance to celebrate before the abstinence marking the 40 days to Good Friday and Easter.

35 killed in series of attacks across Iraq, officials sayupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 06:00:00

A series of bomb attacks throughout Iraq left 35 people dead and scores injured, officials with Iraq's Interior Ministry and police said Sunday.

Can Syrian regime survive?updated: Sun Aug 28 2011 18:48:00

CNN's Hala Gorani talks to CFR's Ed Husain about al-Assad's future as Moammar Gadhafi's regime begins to crumble.

Syria changes media law as rights group claims violationsupdated: Sun Aug 28 2011 18:48:00

Syrian authorities announced changes in the country's media law as opposition groups provided accounts of regime brutality and claimed new deaths.

Lawyers files appeal for U.S. hikers sentenced to 8 years in Iranupdated: Sun Aug 28 2011 02:08:00

The lawyer for two American hikers sentenced to eight years in prison said Sunday he has filed an appeal in the case.

U.S. hikers sentenced in Iranupdated: Sun Aug 28 2011 02:08:00

Two U.S. hikers charged with spying in Iran are sentenced to eight years in prison. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Deadly attack strikes Algeria military academyupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 17:09:00

In a growing toll, 18 officers and two civilians were killed in an attack on a military academy in Algeria, the country's ministry of defense said Saturday.

Arab Spring casts a shadow over Ramadan TVupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 08:37:00

Egyptian Gabriel Khoury's first foray into television drama "Dawaran Chobra" is being watched by millions on four channels every night during the holy month of Ramadan.

3 arrested in American's kidnapping in Pakistan, official saysupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 10:48:00

Police have arrested three suspects in the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, a development expert from the United States who was snatched this month from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, a police official said Tuesday.

American taken at gunpoint in Pakistanupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 10:48:00

CNN's Reza Sayah discusses details learned about the abduction of American consultant Warren Wenstein in Pakistan.

Suspected drone strike kills 4 in northwest Pakistan, officials sayupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 23:48:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan on Monday night, Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN. U.S. Hikers Sentenced to 8 Years in Iran Prisonupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 06:29:00

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 28, are convicted on charges of illegal entry into the coutnry

Death toll rises from clashes in Pakistani cityupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 10:30:00

Six people were killed in Karachi on Friday morning as a result of ongoing ethnic and political violence in the Pakistani city, police said.

U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last yearupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 07:56:00

A barrage of attacks struck Monday across Iraq, killing at least 84 people and wounding more than 200, said officials, who likened the attacks to another outbreak last year.

Multiple bomb blasts rock Iraqupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 07:56:00

Dozens are killed in Kut, Iraq, after a car bomb and roadside bomb explode on a busy commercial street.

Jordan, Turkey join calls for Syria to end the violenceupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 16:05:00

Two of Syria's neighbors joined growing international calls Monday for Damascus to halt its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters -- calls that came even as the violence itself continued.

American abducted in Pakistan, U.S. Embassy saysupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 13:43:00

Gunmen abducted an American development expert early Saturday, pistol-whipping him and his driver, and tying up his guards after getting past security by posing as neighbors offering food, U.S. Embassy and Pakistani officials told CNN.

Tahrir protesters call for civil state, end to military ruleupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 22:32:00

A few hundred protesters gathered Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, calling for a civil state and an end to military rule.

Riot deaths spur community fight backupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 06:51:00

Birmingham has suffered tragedy not only being the victims of the recent riots, but also as the victims of the murder that ensued. If we need advice on how to prevent further troubles in our community, it should surely come from the very people who have been blighted by these terrible events.

Ahmadinejad praises woman who pardons attackerupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 07:01:00

Iran's president is lauding a woman for pardoning a man who blinded and disfigured her in an acid attack, a gesture of forgiveness reflecting the spirit of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Somalia's famine reaches into Mogadishu, U.N. saysupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 14:25:00

Three more regions of Somalia have now been struck by famine, including the capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

Syrian violence ramps up despite Ramadanupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 21:34:00

Even with the start of Ramadan, violence continues to escalate in Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Report: Syrian army stretched amid uprisingupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 12:54:00

The embattled Syrian army is being pushed to the limit as anti-government demonstrations persist across the restive landscape, and the opposition "will likely take on an increasingly armed aspect in the face of brutal oppression," a new report says.

Hama under seigeupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 12:54:00

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the growing unrest in Syria as residents endure a second day of attacks in Hama.

Unrest in Middle East, Africa cast pall over Ramadan for Muslimsupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 08:12:00

Muslims around the world on Monday ushered in Ramadan, a month of dawn-to-dusk abstinence from food and drinks.

In Tripoli, Libyans prepare for Ramadanupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 19:33:00

Last-minute shopping before the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan brought back bustle and commercial activity to the center of a city that is increasingly showing strain from Libya's grinding civil war.

Libyan leader's cult of personalityupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 19:33:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports after 42 years in power, Moammar Gadhafi enjoys support of a new generation of loyalists.

African Union sources: Al-Shabaab planning push during Ramadanupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 15:32:00

Somalia's top militant group may soon counter the government's recent thrust against them with an offensive of their own.

Sources: 16 dead in Yemen violenceupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 07:24:00

At least 16 people died when Yemeni government forces clashed with tribes outside the capital and militants in a restive southern province, sources said.

UK expels Libyan Embassy staffupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 23:11:00

The Libyan government says UK actions against their diplomats are illegal and irresponsible. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Diplomatic hopes for Libyan peace appear to fadeupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 23:11:00

Britain's decision to expel Moammar Gadhafi's diplomats from London ensures that the bloody test of wills in Libya will grind on for weeks, if not months to come.

WikiLeaks cables assess terrorism funding in Saudi Arabia, Gulf statesupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 02:34:00

"Terrorist funding emanating from Saudi Arabia remains a serious concern." So states a cable prepared for the visit of U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke to the kingdom earlier this year.

The WikiLeaks media dilemmaupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 02:34:00

CNN's Howard Kurtz talks to Jeff Jarvis, Rick Stengel and Mark Mazetti about the the media reaction to WikiLeaks.

Somali militants protest Quran-burning plansupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 15:15:00

In a show of force, Islamist militants gathered in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday to protest an American pastor's now-scrubbed plans to burn the Quran.

Pro-independence rallies mark Ramadan's end in Kashmirupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 10:31:00

Massive pro-independence rallies rocked the Kashmir capital Srinagar and other towns Saturday at the end of Eid prayers marking the culmination of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Recapping their road trip for Ramadanupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 15:21:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips talks to two bloggers who visited 30 mosques in 30 states during Ramadan.

2 Muslims travel 13,000 miles across America, find an embracing nationupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 15:21:00

The blue Chevy Cobalt broke down amid the mountains of Montana in an area where there was no cell phone reception. The Muslims in the car, on a cross-country journey for the holy month of Ramadan, approached a bushy-bearded fisherman.

A week when faith can unite usupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 08:58:00

This is no ordinary week. Take a look at the calendar.

Iran to release American hiker Sarah Shourd, official saysupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 16:44:00

Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers held in Iran for more than a year, will be released Saturday, Iranian officials said Thursday.

Iraqi TV stunt show finds comedy in bomb threatsupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 11:23:00

Imagine you're a celebrity heading to a TV station for an interview. Along the way you run into a well-known TV host whose car has broken down. You know each other because you move in the same circles so you offer him a ride to the station since you're traveling in that direction.

Clinton condemns Quran-burning planupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 16:37:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the planned burning of Qurans on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the United States as criticism mounts from Muslims around the world.

Clinton: Quran burning not Americaupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 16:37:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to the burning of the Quran and says it is not who America is as a nation.

A plea to free American hikers in Iranupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 06:30:00

When the month of Ramadan began, I received a letter from Laura Fattal, the mother of one of the three young American hikers detained in Iran. In it, Fattal appealed to me, the first Muslim scholar she had contacted, to intervene on behalf of her son and his two friends.

Iraqis line up at bankupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 14:56:00

Traffic comes to a standstill as Iraqis living in Jordan line up to receive money from Iraq's Dept. of Immigration.

In Jordan, an act of charity for Iraqis turns into bureaucratic messupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 14:56:00

What was supposed to be an act of charity for Iraqis living in Jordan turned into a bureaucratic nightmare this week.

Bomb detonates during Ramadan processionupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 10:40:00

People scatter in Lahore, Pakistan, as a small explosion goes off in a procession of Shia Muslims.

Five teens charged with disrupting Muslim servicesupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 02:21:00

Five teenage boys were arrested Monday night on accusations of disturbing Muslim services in the small town of Carlton, New York.

Ramadan road trip: Moving melting pot finds peace, love and animosityupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 16:28:00

As the blue Chevy Cobalt crept toward the edge of the property in Chula, Georgia, a palpable nervousness wafted through the cramped car.

UK demands release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalitupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 21:20:00

Britain on Saturday demanded the release of Gilad Shalit as the Israeli soldier marked his 24th birthday in Hamas' captivity.

Acquaintances 'shocked' at film student's arrest in stabbing of Muslimupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 19:14:00

A film student suspected of stabbing a New York cab driver after learning the driver was Muslim was described Thursday as someone who worked to build bridges across religious and ethnic boundaries.

Fasting difficult for Muslim athletesupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:57:00

CNN's Leone Lakhani takes a look at a challenge Muslim athletes face during Ramadan.

Ramadan fasts inspire late-night football in UAEupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 11:57:00

The familiar sound of beating drums still fills the stadium as the United Arab Emirates begins its new football season, but matches are kicking off a lot later this summer.

Soup kitchen feeds Jerusalem's poorupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 05:26:00

At one o'clock on the dot, dozens of children burst through the door of Khasiki Sultan soup kitchen, clutching their pots and pans.

Islam-inspired comic superheroes fight for peaceupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 12:50:00

Fifteen years ago I walked out of a mosque in silent protest of the imam's sermon. Outside, the heat of the desert sun could hardly match the fire of the rhetoric being spewed forth inside.

Superheroes inspired by Islamupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 12:50:00

In 'THE 99,' Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes smash stereotypes and battle extremism.

Failed bomb attempts kill 11 militants in Somaliaupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 14:29:00

Two failed bomb attempts by the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab killed 11 militants around Mogadishu, Somalia's transitional government said Saturday.

Religious leaders speak out against International Burn a Quran Dayupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 16:45:00

Religious leaders in Gainesville, Florida, have planned a Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope, in response to a local church's International Burn a Quran Day.

Obama says no regrets over ground zero Islamic center commentsupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 05:22:00

President Obama said Wednesday that he has "no regrets" about his comments last week supporting the rights of Muslims to build an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the site of the September 11 terror attacks in New York.

Iranian team drops star for 'refusing' to fastupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 11:44:00

One of Iran's biggest soccer stars has been kicked off his team for refusing to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, the team's website reported.

Iranian team says top player refused to fast, boots himupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 06:51:00

One of Iran's biggest football stars has been kicked off his team for refusing to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, the team's website reported.

Muslims around the world: Your thoughts on what Islam means todayupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 05:04:00

"We have a very big responsibility to show the true meaning and the true essence of Islam." That's what it means to be Muslim today, according to Nashwa Zakharia, a PR director from the United Arab Emirates.

Israel steps up Ramadan security in Jerusalemupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 05:34:00

Israel will deploy 3,000 police officers in and around Jerusalem to prevent any outbreak of violence as Muslims gather for the first Friday prayers for the holy month of Ramadan, police said.

Ramadan in Jerusalemupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 05:34:00

A look at the first day of Ramadan in Jerusalem.

Pakistani president finally visits flood-affected areasupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 15:31:00

At the peak of Pakistan's relentless downpours, a year's worth of rain fell in a day, disrupting the lives of 15 million men, women and children across the country.

Humanitarian crisis caused by floodsupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 15:31:00

CNN's Reza Sayah shows us the aftermath of devastating floods in Pakistan.

U.S. envoy to meet with Israeli prime minister on peace talksupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 01:55:00

Special U.S. Envoy George Mitchell is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday -- a day after he huddled with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

U.S. urges 'Mideast Quartet' to help jump-start peace talksupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 18:51:00

The United States is urging diplomacy by the Mideast Quartet to help push a speedy resumption of direct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

U.N. plans to increase staff in Somaliaupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 18:34:00

More U.N. personnel will be sent to war-ravaged Somalia after years of low staff levels in the troubled nation, a top official said Tuesday.

Israel again razes Bedouin villageupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:20:00

On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli police re-entered a Bedouin village Tuesday to repeat the demolition of homes they had razed only a few days earlier.

Groups scramble to take aid to flooded areas of Pakistanupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 08:37:00

Intense rains let up in parts of northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, giving humanitarian groups a chance to get more aid to the millions of people suffering.

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