As battle rages around historic castle, Syria's heritage faces ruin

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Jihadist rebels fighting the Damascus regime in Syria's 3-year-old civil war are holed up in one of the country's most iconic historic sites, the 13th century Krak des Chevaliers castle built by the Crusaders.

Report: Only 4 attackers laid siege to Nairobi mall in September

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Only four men may have executed the deadly attack on a Kenyan mall in September and they probably escaped, a New York Police Department report indicated.

Slaying of Hezbollah chief sharpens Lebanese tensions

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The assassination Tuesday of a senior Hezbollah commander in Beirut has sharply heightened sectarian tensions in Lebanon, already aggravated by the civil war in neighboring Syria that has become the main battleground in a 1,400-year-old schism in Islam.

Sectarian fury could threaten Iraq's push for record oil output

BASRA, Iraq, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government is seeking to restore calm in the southern province of Basra, the country's main oil production center, after hundreds of foreign oilmen were hastily evacuated amid violent protests by Iraqi oil workers.

Pakistani city under curfew after eight die in sectarian violence

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Pakistan has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the city of Rawalpindi after eight people were killed during a Shiite Muslim religious procession, officials say.

Human Rights Watch: Kuwait should release man for Twitter offenses

KUWAIT CITY, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Kuwait should release a blogger serving a 10-year prison term for comments he posted on Twitter insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The al-Shabaab Westgate raid -- A forewarning

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Recently released details on the al-Shabaab raid on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, have made it possible to more clearly analyze the attack and what it means.
JEFF MOORE, UPI Outside View Commentator

Libyan laws 'draconian,' rights group says

TRIPOLI, Libya, June 21 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on Libyan authorities to drop charges against political party officials facing the death penalty for insulting Islam.
Spymasters say 50 terror plots stopped by secret surveillance programs

Spymasters say 50 terror plots stopped by secret surveillance programs

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Dozen of plots against U.S. and foreign targets have been thwarted by analyzing secretly obtained telephone data, intelligence officials said Tuesday.

Hezbollah widens its war, but risks are high

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 4 (UPI) -- Recent clashes between Hezbollah and Syrian rebels on Lebanese soil have heightened alarm that Lebanon is becoming a new front in Syria's civil war.

Syria: Amid rebel buildup, fear of new war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 28 (UPI) -- There are signs that Syrian rebels led by the jihadist al-Nusra Front is gaining ground in southern Syria amid expectations of a major push on Damascus.

Prosecutors praise Rana's sentencing

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The sentencing of Tahawwur Hussain Rana by a U.S. court in Chicago should convince would-be terrorists they can't hide to escape punishment, a prosecutor said.

Rana sentenced for aiding terrorists

CHICAGO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Tahawwur Hussain Rana was sentenced to 14 years in prison for charges including aiding terrorists responsible for a massacre in Mumbai, U.S. prosecutors said.
Government says Syria not in civil war

Government says Syria not in civil war

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 14 (UPI) -- At least 78 people were killed in violence in Syria Thursday, human rights monitors said, amid Syrian government denials the country was engulfed in civil war.

Saudi sentences Aussie to 500 lashes

MEDINA, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Australia has appealed for leniency from a Saudi Arabian court that sentenced an Australian man to 500 lashes and one year in jail for blasphemy.

Muslim Brotherhood: End Egyptian junta

CAIRO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood, gaining in the first parliamentary election since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, says ending military rule is Egypt's top priority.

Pakistani student accused of blasphemy

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Pakistani student was arrested on a blasphemy charge for allegedly writing derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his test papers, police said.

Rally held to support blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Religious groups held a huge rally in support of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy law, days after a leading liberal was killed for seeking reforms to the statute.

Metropolitan Museum pulls Mohammed images

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York said several images of the Prophet Mohammed were removed from a collection and are "under review."

Big-screen Mohammed epic in the works

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Qatari media company Al Noor Holdings has announced plans to make a $150 million, English-language movie about the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

Najaf prepares for Ashura

NAJAF, Iraq, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Shiite holy city of Najaf made preparations Tuesday for commemorations of the Day of Ashura, marking the death of the grandson of the prophet Mohammed.

Plot to kill Mohammed cartoonist foiled

ARHUS, Denmark, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Danish police have foiled a plot to kill a caricaturist who drew one of the cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Mohammed cartoonist banned from gallery

OSLO, Sweden, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Swedish artist says an Oslo art gallery's refusal to show his comical paintings of the Muslim prophet Mohammed makes his work more "interesting."

Islamic groups angry over Mohammed comment

GRAZ, Austria, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Austrian officials are trying to distance themselves from a politician who described the prophet Mohammed as a child abuser.

British teacher arrested in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- British teacher Gillian Gibson has been arrested in Khartoum, Sudan, after allowing her students to name a teddy bear after the prophet Mohammed.
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