Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended […]

Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas, says Turkish president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. “Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” the conservative president said in a televised speech […]

Obama warned against visiting al Aqsa mosque

Palestinian political and religious leaders on Sunday stressed that US President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise its “Muslim sovereignty.” Obama will be arriving in Israel and the Palestinian territories

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its ‘Supreme Guide’

During a recent night of opposition protests in Cairo, people chanted against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and decried the draft constitution he was pressing. But the angriest and most fervent chants of all were aimed at a 69-year-old Islamist veterinarian, who many are convinced is secretly ruling Egypt.

Music silenced in north Mali as Islamists drive out artists ?

BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists.

U.S. to accelerate aid to new Syrian opposition group

U.S. officials are relieved now that Syria’s disjointed opposition has finally succeeded in creating a united front. “What happened over the weekend was huge,” a senior administration official told CNN. “I think it’s fair to say that most of us were pessimistic, but the opposition did it.

Libyan president “determined” to catch attackers

Libya’s president expressed confidence Friday that authorities would capture “sooner or later” the people behind this week’s attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. In an interview with CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata, Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said “everyone is determined” to catch the heavily armed militants