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Malaysia Stands Out Among Muslim-Majority Countries, US Praises

February 27, 2007

Source: bernama.com

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=248832

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The United States Tuesday praised Malaysia as its success story in the Muslim world demonstrates clearly the capacity for Islam to resume the leadership role it once played among the world's civilisations.

Speaking at an intellectual discourse, US ambassador to Malaysia Christopher J. LaFleur said Malaysia was clearly a success story in Southeast Asia,...

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City Reviews Adding Prayer

February 27, 2007

Author: ELLYN PAK and AMY TAXIN

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1591687.php

VILLA PARK - A question of whether to perform invocations at City Council meetings has stirred up debate in this small town.

Unlike neighboring cities, Villa Park has left out prayers at its official gatherings for decades. Former city leaders occasionally brought up the issue but never changed...

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Two Charged in Violent Hate Crime Against Deli Clerks

February 27, 2007

Source: KOMO-TV

http://www.komotv.com/news/6004201.html

SEATTLE - Two people have been charged under the state's hate crime law after a surveillance camera at Saleh's Delicatessen in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood caught a confrontation between two customers and two clerks during which racial slurs, obscenities and punches were thrown.

A Seattle man and a Shoreline woman were charged Thursday afternoon with malicious harassment. The two are accused of slinging words and...

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Muslim Girl Sparks Canada Hijab Dispute

February 27, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Canada-Hijab-Conflict.html

MONTREAL (AP) -- An 11-year-old Muslim girl was ejected from a soccer game for refusing to take off her hijab, reigniting Quebec's debate over reasonable accommodation for minorities and even prompting comments from Premier Jean Charest.

Quebec's soccer federation said Asmahan Mansour of Ottawa was given the...

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SALDEF Meets with FBI Director Robert Mueller

February 27, 2007

Source: SALDEF

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=1650&z=1&title=SALDEF%20Meets%20with%20FBI%20Director%20Robert%20Mueller

Washington D.C. - February 27, 2007: Yesterday, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest national Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization, met with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, Robert S Mueller III.

SALDEF, the...

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Iran President Open to Talks with U.S., Religious Leaders Told

February 26, 2007

Source: National Council of Churches Press Release

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/070226iranopen.html

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2007 – The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told a delegation of American religious leaders visiting Tehran last Saturday that he is willing to engage in talks with the United States government.

"I have no reservation about conducting talks with American officials if we see some good will," President Ahmadinejad was quoted as...

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Officials Close Jailhouse Door to Buddhist Chaplain

February 26, 2007

Author: CASEY CORA

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/26/Tampabay/Officials_close_jailh.shtml

Buddhist chaplain Frank Tedesco has instructed murderers to "feel the cool air over the tip of their nose."

He has counseled drug dealers while they "followed their breath" during guided meditations. And by the dozens, inmates at the Pinellas County Jail requested his Saturday afternoon services and...

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Camp Uses American Indian Traditions to Help Soldiers Heal

February 26, 2007

Author: Cindy V. Culp

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/02/26/02262007wacphoenixproject.html

For decades, Richard Thompson has struggled with an injury he received during Marine Corps training.

But the Gholson resident doesn’t dwell on the loss of most of the hearing in his left ear. Instead, he is troubled that the resulting medical discharge...

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