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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens – women and men alike – to apply for a passport and travel freely, …


Meme about Muslims leads to important dialogue

A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Islamic Center receives overwhelming support following New Zealand terrorist attack

It wasn’t just members of the Islamic religion who listened to prayer and a memorial service Friday night in Spokane, as individuals from a range of backgrounds gathered to honor …


‘It is our duty to give them food’: Pullman Islamic Association joins in feeding the hungry

Pullman resident Mohammed Riajul Islam says serving the needy is an essential part of living the Muslim faith.


Saudi Arabia prepares for annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.


Australian senator wore a burqa in Parliament – then called for ban on Muslim immigrants

Sen. Pauline Hanson, one of Australia’s most acerbic politicians, made yet another long speech about Islam.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and …


UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across U.S.

Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country Saturday raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the U.S., but many of the rallies …


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Germany’s Merkel to press Saudi Arabia on refugees, rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, where she is expected to press royals on a number of sensitive issues, including taking in refugees, while also boosting …


On Muslims’ agenda: Fight US proposals to ban Sharia law

A number of bills, variations of which have been around for years, don’t specifically seek to ban Islamic law, known as Sharia, even though some lawmakers concede that’s their intent. …


Trump asks appeals court to let travel ban take effect

President Donald Trump’s administration is asking a federal appeals court to let his travel ban go into effect while it considers the case.


Panel discussion addresses misconceptions of Muslims

The misconception that Islam oppresses women was among the ideas that dominated a panel discussion hosted by Palouse UPstanders on Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow.


Bali decides to not cover nude statues for Saudi king’s visit

Local authorities in Bali have decided to not cover up statues of Hindu deities and semi-naked women during Saudi King Salman’s visit.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport: ‘Are you Muslim?’

Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears the boxing great’s name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional …


Germany bans Islamic organization, police search 190 sites

The German government announced Tuesday it had banned an Islamic group, “The true religion,” which is suspected of targeting teenagers to radicalize to fight in Syria and Iraq. At the …


U.S. Muslim reflects on 9/11 and his lonely fight against extremism

Following 9/11, Abdul Cader has come to personify mainstream America’s idea of the “good Muslim” – the guy Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has in mind when he says American …


Muslim pilgrims begin hajj, but this year without Iranians

Close to 2 million people from around the world began performing the first rites of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage on Saturday, which calls for entering into a state of physical …


Eye on Boise: Summit eyes elevating civility in Idaho’s public discourse

The “Idaho Civility Summit” wrapped up on a positive note last week, with participants including elected officials, civic leaders and members of the press backing several moves to enhance civil …


Islamic group: Muslim man beaten outside Omar Mateen’s mosque

An Islamic group says a Muslim man was beaten outside the Fort Pierce Islamic Center that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended.


Woman charged with threatening to bomb South Florida mosque

A woman is facing charges after authorities say she threatened to bomb a South Florida mosque.


Trump’s new Obama claims thrust him into uncharted territory

Donald Trump’s latest accusation against President Barack Obama – that he’s putting U.S. enemies ahead of America’s own people – is thrusting him into uncharted territory for the presidential candidate …


UPDATED: Tue., June 14, 2016, 9:23 p.m.

Obama dismisses Trump comments as more details emerge about Orlando killer

As federal authorities weigh whether to charge the wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen, a stern President Barack Obama dismissed Donald Trump’s charge that Democrats have failed to clamp …


Muhammad Ali’s Muslim prayer service is Thursday, funeral procession Friday

Muslim prayers over the body of Muhammad Ali will be witnessed worldwide Thursday, offering a window into a religion many outsiders know little about, but have come to scorn.


Hood River church criticized for anti-Islamic sign

A church in Hood River is being criticized for displaying anti-Islamic messages on its reader board.


‘Ban Islam’ fliers left at proposed mosque site on West Side

“Ban Islam from America” fliers left at a proposed mosque site in northwest Washington are under investigation. The Herald reported an anonymous tip led authorities to find an American flag …


Organization opens center in Poland amid Jewish revival

A major Jewish organization has opened its first chapter in Poland, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation that comes even as Jews have …


Gary Crooks: Look inward, Islam critics

If one could pigeon-hole a religion by merely reading its holy works, why are there so many denominations that spring from the Bible?


Views mixed on religion, rights

Readers respond to this question: Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?


Idaho mulls Shariah law bill 1 year after high-profile vote

Amid growing concerns about Muslim immigration, state lawmakers Thursday advanced legislation prohibiting Shariah law or any other foreign statutes from influencing Idaho courts. But the bill’s future remains uncertain.


Idaho panel postpones vote on anti-Shariah law legislation

The House State Affairs Committee discussed prohibiting Shariah law Wednesday, but ultimately decided to delay voting until Thursday.