• Malaysia defends rally against ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government on Saturday defended plans for a protest rally to condemn what it called “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, saying it has an obligation to ensure that its neighbor takes steps to prevent the crisis from deteriorating.

  • Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

    In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 photo, an Iraqi special forces humvee passes with a Shiite flag bearing the likeness of Imam Hussein and Imam Ali with Arabic words reading "At your service Hussein," in the front line neighborhood of Bakr, in Mosul, Iraq. State-sanctioned Shiite militias are positioning themselves to control areas liberated from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, opening the door to fresh domestic and regional conflict and raising concerns among religious and ethnic minorities. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    AIN AL-JEHESH, Iraq (AP) — On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that’s been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common.

  • AP Explains: What’s behind persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya

    In this June 24 2014, file photo, Rohingya children gather at the Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees, north of Sittwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday, reported railed on his Facebook account against U.S. interference in countries with Muslim communities. But he specifically protested the killing of Muslims in Myanmar _ also known as Burma _ where the Rohingya ethnic minority faces discrimination and occasional violence from the Buddhist majority and the army and bureaucracy. The Rohingya draw occasional international attention when the violence against them becomes too large to ignore, or when they seek foreign shores as boatpeople in great numbers, but their plight is generally ignored. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

    BANGKOK (AP) — Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student accused of carrying out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week, reportedly protested on his Facebook page about the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar. Muslim Rohingya face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the country, also called Burma. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group:

  • Judge: Roof’s request to represent himself not rashly made

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge says he allowed a white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black church parishioners in South Carolina to represent himself because Dylann Roof did not make the decision rashly and appeared competent.

  • Indonesia protests awaken fears for minority Chinese

    In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 photo, Indonesian ethnic Chinese Jhony Tan prays at his store at the Chinatown in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The capital of Muslim-majority Indonesia is on edge ahead of what is expected to be a second massive protest on Friday by conservative Muslims against its Christian governor and no group more so than its Chinese minority.  They have reason to be concerned. The movement against the governor, who is being prosecuted for allegedly insulting the Quran, has overflowed with racial slurs against his Chinese ancestry and has awakened painful memories of deadly anti-Chinese riots in 1998. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The capital of Muslim-majority Indonesia is on edge ahead of what is expected to be a second massive protest by conservative Muslims against its Christian governor and no group more so than its Chinese minority.

  • Clemson’s Swinney upset alleged racial slurs postgame focus

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is upset that alleged racial slurs by his players took the focus off his team’s 56-7 victory over South Carolina.

  • Some African-Americans applaud Castro’s efforts at equality

    FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2001, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro embrace during a visit by Castro in Johannesburg, South Africa. Some African Americans are remembering late Cuban President Fidel Castro and his efforts to end racial segregation on the Caribbean island following the country’s 1959 revolution. Castro sought out black leaders. In 1960, he met with Malcolm X in Harlem. He also had a close relationship with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File)

    DETROIT (AP) — The Fidel Castro that Sam Riddle and many other African-Americans admired was not the revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the island nation in an iron grip.

  • The Latest: Jurors questioned in Charleston church trial

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church (all times local):

  • Nebraska looks into Iowa player’s allegation of racial slurs

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Nebraska Athletic Department says it is conducting an investigation into an allegation that a Nebraska football player slung racial slurs at an Iowa football player as the Big Ten rivals played in Iowa City on Friday.

  • African player says he faced racial abuse in Russian game

    MOSCOW (AP) — An African footballer in the Russian Premier League says he faced racial abuse from an opponent during a soccer game.