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  • coronavirus Feb 27

    Countries Take Harsh Containment Steps as Coronavirus Spreads

    Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers as a new virus troubled places around the globe. With the number of sick and dead rising, the crisis gave way to political and diplomatic rows, concern that bordered on panic in...

  • Saudi Arabia Aug 11, 2019

    Muslims Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site

    Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. Police said...

  • King Aug 11, 2019

    Muslims Mark Eid and Final Days of Hajj in Saudi Arabia

    Around 2.5 million pilgrims took part in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Saturday, marking the final days of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. To mark the completion of the hajj, male pilgrims shave their hair and women trim theirs to represent a spiritual renewal...

  • Syria Aug 10, 2019

    Muslim Hajj Pilgrims Ascend Mount Arafat for Day of Worship

    More than 2 million Muslims gathered Saturday at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what’s considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Many had tears streaming down their faces as they raised their hands in worship on the slopes of the rocky hill where the Prophet Muhammad...

  • Associated Press Apr 23, 2019

    Saudi Arabia Beheads 37 for Terrorism Crimes; Most Shiites

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals...

  • Massachusetts Apr 15, 2019

    Boston Marathon Champs: Kenya’s Cherono, Ethiopia’s Degefa

    One of the most anticipated athletic events in Boston is finally here as the 123rd Boston Marathon is underway. Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men’s elite race, barely edging out two-time winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women’s elite race. She pulled ahead early on and ran the last 20 miles alone. First the...

  • BOSTON Apr 13, 2019

    Anticipation Builds for Boston Marathon

    Runners from across the country and the world are arriving in Boston ahead of Monday’s marathon.

  • NEW YORK Mar 10, 2019

    Ocasio-Cortez Outdraws Presidential Candidates at South by Southwest

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew bigger crowds at South by Southwest than any presidential candidate at the annual festival of music, film and tech....
    More than a half-dozen declared and potential 2020 candidates of all political stripes are making the pilgrimage to this mecca for upwardly mobile young techies and hipsters. But Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old left-wing Democrat from New York, was the star...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 7, 2018

    Concerns Grow Over Sickness While Flying

    There are growing fears for passengers flying into the U.S. from overseas after groups of travelers arrived with flu-like symptoms.

  • NEW YORK Sep 6, 2018

    Philadelphia-Bound American Airlines Passengers Quarantined After Showing Flu-Like Symptoms, Customs Officials Say

    Several passengers arriving at Philadelphia International Airport on two separate American Airlines flights were temporarily quarantined after showing flu-like symptoms, Customs and Border Protection officials said.

  • Eric Hinton Apr 11, 2018

    Mitzi Shore, Whose Club Was a Comedy Mecca, Dies at 87

    Mitzi Shore, owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades, has died. She was 87. Spokeswoman Jodi Gottlieb released a statement from the club announcing Shore’s death, calling her the “legendary godmother of the world famous Comedy Store” and “an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead...

  • California Sep 1, 2017

    Mosque’s Men Only Prayer Canceled Amid Backlash

    A Boston-area mosque says its planned service on one of the holiest days on the Islamic calendar was canceled at the eleventh hour after the host hotel received complaints about the men-only gathering.

  • OFFICER Jul 14, 2017

    Palestinian Gunmen Kill 2 Israeli Police at Jerusalem Shrine

    Three Palestinian assailants opened fire on Israeli police from inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Friday, gravely wounding two officers before being shot dead, police said. The officers later died. The rare attack from within the contested site, revered by both Muslims and Jews, raised new concerns about an escalation of violence. Police identified the attackers as Arab citizens...

  • Instagram May 15, 2017

    What Namastes in Vegas: Yoga Making Inroads in Gambling Mecca

    Las Vegas isn’t known for mind-steadying experiences. But as the city broadens the range of interests and wallets it appeals to, companies have carefully selected an array of unique, picture-perfect sites where visitors and locals can say “Namaste.” Call it yoga a la Vegas, and picture dolphins, helicopters, red rocks and ritzy high-rises. “High plank, low plank, up dog, down...

  • Los Angeles Jun 14, 2017

    Major Electronic Entertainment Show Offers Glimpse of Future

    E3, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, opened Tuesday in Los Angeles with thousands of video game enthusiasts, analysts and industry representatives in attendance to play and show off the latest technology that will soon be hitting store shelves. The show at the Los Angeles Convention Center has typically only been open to those in the industry and media that cover...

  • BOSTON Feb 27, 2017

    Bodega: A Fashion Mecca Hidden Inside a Boston Convenience Store

    There is a fashion destination in Boston that doesn’t advertise, has no signage to lure customers and, well, is actually hidden unless you know where the secret door is.

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