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COMMENTARY: What is the significance of Friday prayers in Islam?

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — Following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques last week, many Muslim communities across the world gathered as usual for their most important weekly ritual – Friday prayers. […read more]


Pakistan Executes 12 in a Single Day

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani officials say they have executed 12 people in the country’s single-largest day of executions, after a nationwide ban on the death penalty was lifted. The Home Minister for Punjab province, Shuja Khanzada, said authorities at several different jails in the Read More

This undated US Air Force photo shows an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft as it prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US drone in the Gulf last week and missed, the Pentagon said November 8, 2012, warning that the United States stood ready to protect its forces in the region. "They intercepted the aircraft and fired multiple rounds," spokesman George Little told a news conference. The US military plane was "never in Iranian air space" and came under fire on November 1 from SU-25 fighters off the Iranian coast over international waters, he said. The MQ-1 Predator, a turboprop plane that flies at a much slower speed than the fighter jets, was pursued further by the Iranian warplanes but not fired on again. The Predator later returned safely to an unspecified military base in the region, Little said. The Predator was intercepted about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast, beyond Iran's territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles off the country's shore, he added. = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / US AIRFORCE/JULIANNE SHOWALTER/" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS = JULIANNE SHOWALTER/AFP/Getty Images ** TCN OUT **

Rights Groups Say Drone Strikes Kill More Civilians than U.S. Admits

A Predator unmanned aircraft prepares for takeoff. U.S. officials have portrayed drone strikes as both lawful and clinically precise, but two rights groups are disputing that based on investigations of attacks in Yemen and Pakistan. (Julianne Showalter / U.S. Air Force / November 8, 2012) WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes Read More

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Drones: Warfare of the Video Age

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Drone warfare is truly the warfare of the videogame age.  The ‘pilot’ sits behind a panel, miles away from a flying machine that contains no human being.  Through cameras and various forms of sensing equipment they direct the Read More