News and Analysis (1/16/18)

“There are very few sellers in the community who are willing to work with us on the idea of building a mosque,” he said. “Several said the land is for sale, but not for us”:

He “picked up the Koran as he prepared to give sworn evidence under religious oath, before he chose the Bible when court staff pointed out the difference” and then admitted not returning company uniforms he wore in inflammatory videos”:

Police spokesperson Mark Pugash “said police don’t know how the story escalated. He stressed it’s ‘quite rare’ for someone to make false allegations of this type, and said he hopes it will not discourage others from coming forward”:

“Syria’s main Kurdish groups … [are among] the few winners in the Syrian war, working to entrench their autonomy over large parts of northern Syria. Washington opposes those autonomy plans even as it has backed the SDF”:

“[H]e has every reason to feel the world has treated him badly, but is still so positive, open, gentle and optimistic,” said Simon. “His gentleness is a hard-earned gentleness”:

“Richardson said he was chosen by Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to sit on the 10-member board that will advise on … the freedom of journalists to observe and report on” the persecution of the Royhinga Muslims:

On his national tour promoting Muslim political participation, Ellison says, “I am praying for us to have a voter participation committee in every single masjid in the U.S.”:

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