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U.N.'s Ban: Central African Republic war not about religion

UNITED NATIONS, March 14 (UPI) -- Religious divisions in the Central African Republic are being exploited for political purposes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

ICRC staffer killed in Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 13 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said Thursday a volunteer was killed in Central African Republic.

ICRC staff member killed in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 10 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was outraged by the slaying of one of its staff members in the Central African Republic.
Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in several Middle Eastern countries

CAIRO, March 7 (UPI) -- Several Middle Eastern countries have banned the upcoming epic "Noah," and more countries are expected to follow.
Annie Martin

Abuses continuing in Central African Republic, ICRC says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 7 (UPI) -- Even though the capital is calm, people elsewhere in the Central African Republic are living in fear, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday.

U.N.: Muslims under 'constant threat' in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A U.N. humanitarian coordinator said it was difficult to find safe haven for members of the minority Muslim population in the Central African Republic.

China charges Beijing scholar with fomenting separatism

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Ilham Tohti, a scholar and champion of China's Uighur ethnic minority, was arrested in China on charges of fomenting separatism, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Israel strikes reputed arms shipment for Hezbollah

BAALBEK, Lebanon, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Israeli warplanes struck a reputed arms shipment near the Lebanon-Syria border that was going to Hezbollah militants, Lebanese and other Arab media reported.

African force defends security role in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An African peacekeeping force in Central African Republic said it was working to ensure members of the minority Muslim population are protected.

U.N.'s Pillay blames Christians for CAR violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday it was a Christian militia that was behind recent atrocities in Central African Republic.
Commentary: Pakistan showdown

Commentary: Pakistan showdown

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Far more dangerous than the Syrian civil war to the West is the upheaval in nuclear-armed Pakistan and its effect on the Afghan war.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

France sending more troops to the Central African Republic

PARIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The French government said Friday it was sending another 400 troops to Central African Republic to help ensure the nation's stability.

Insurgents attack army post outside Mosul, kill 15 Iraqi troops

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Iraqi soldiers, some of whom were shot, hanged or beheaded, died Tuesday when insurgents attacked a military installation in Nineveh province, officials said.

Turkey concerned by Iraqi violence

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Turkey's "most sincere desire" is for a sense of peace and stability to return to Iraq.

Chad helping Seleka in CAR, Human Rights Watch says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there were signs peacekeepers from Chad were helping Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic regroup.
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Sunni Islam ( /ˈsuːni/ or /ˈsʊni/) or Sunnism (/ˈsuːnɪzəm/ or /ˈsʊnɪzəm/) is the largest branch of Islam;. Sunni Muslims are referred to in Arabic as ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah wa āl-Ǧamāʿah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة‎, "people of the tradition and the community") or ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah (Arabic: أهل السنة‎) for short; in English, they are known as Sunnis or Sunnites.

Sunni Islam is referred to as the orthodox version of the religion. The word "Sunni" comes from the term Sunnah (Arabic: سنة‎), which refers to the sayings and actions of Muhammad that are recorded in hadiths (collections of narrations regarding Muhammad). Sunni Muslims generally consider Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim to be entirey authentic and accurate hadiths.

Sunni is a broad term derived from Sunnah (سنة , plural سنن sunan ), which is an Arabic word that means "habit" or "usual practice". The Muslim usage of this term refers to the sayings and living habits of Muhammad. In its full form, this branch of Islam is referred to as "Ahlus-Sunnah Wa Al-Jama'ah" (literally, "People of the Tradition and the Congregation"). Anyone claiming to follow the Sunnah and can show that they have no action or belief against the Prophetic Sunnah can consider him or herself to be a Sunni Muslim. However, it should be noted that Shi'a Muslims also hold that they follow the Sunnah.

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