• This image made from video released by Qasion News Agency, a media opposition platform that relies on a network of activists on the ground, on Friday, April 29, 2016 shows people scrambling through rubble following airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. Insurgents shelled a mosque in a government-held neighborhood of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers, while government airstrikes struck rebel-held parts of Syria's largest city — even as the army unilaterally declared a brief truce in other parts of the country. (Qasion News Agency via AP)

    After brief lull, new air raids over Syrian city of Aleppo

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N. decried as a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties.”

    Updated: 2:10 pm

  • The Facebook page of Roopbaan magazine, a LGTB rights publication, is seen on the screen of a cell phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country's already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said. (AP Photo)

    New killings in Bangladesh leave LGBT community full of fear

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country’s already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said.

  • In this photo taken March 16, 2016, a man takes a photo of the mummified body of revered Buddhist monk Fu Hou in Quanzhou city in southeastern China's Fujian province. The monk, who died in 2012 at the age of 94, was prepared for mummification by his temple to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism. The mummifed remains were then treated and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

    BEIJING (AP) — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

  • In this Monday, April 25, 2016 photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the 300-year-old gurdwara or place of worship for Pakistan's Sikh minority, in Peshawar. While Sikhs celebrated the opening of their gurdwara, its neighbors all of whom are Muslim told The Associated Press that they either didn't want them there or were worried that an attack by militants was certain to happen. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani Sikhs open temple after 73 years, risking attacks

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An armed policeman stood guard outside the 300-year-old Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, in northwest Pakistan. He kept a watchful eye on everyone who passed him on the narrow street, looking for a suspicious gesture, or a bulge beneath the clothes that hints at a hidden gun or a bomb.

  • In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Sweden's Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan appears before the media to confirm his resignation in Stockholm, Sweden. One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast. The behavior of some Muslim members of Sweden’s Green Party, which is part of a coalition government since 2014, has sparked concerns that the small environmentalist group may have been infiltrated by Islamists.  It also has triggered a wider discussion about whether Sweden has tried so hard to be inclusive and tolerant toward migrants that it's failed to stand up for its own feminist ideals.(Jessica Gow / TT via AP, File) SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish Greens jolted by claims of Islamist infiltration

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — One refused to shake hands with a female journalist. Another compared Israel to Nazi Germany. A third was seen doing hand signs associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the background of a live TV broadcast.

  • This image made from undated militant video, shows Canadians John Ridsdel, right, and Robert Hall. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday, April 25, 2016, in the southern Philippines belongs to Ridsdel, who was taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September 2015. (Militant Video via AP Video) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Philippine troops hunt down extremists who beheaded Canadian

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

  • In this Jan. 17, 2016 photo, an Indian woman chants Buddhist prayers in New Delhi, India. Chanting Buddhist mantras is catching on among India’s urban elite as a way to relieve stress. Most are Hindu, but they don’t see a conflict between their religious beliefs and the chanting, which some find soothing, others invigorating. The practice seems to be growing mostly by word of mouth, with practitioners chanting daily and getting together for monthly chanting sessions in various locations. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Indians take to Buddhist chanting to alleviate urban stress

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they’ve turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.

  • Bangladeshi people gather outside a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, April 25, 2016. Police in Bangladesh say unidentified assailants have stabbed two men to death, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.(AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

    2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.

  • In this April 12, 2016 photo, Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, poses inside the mosque in Worcester, Mass. He and other leaders of the mosque are hoping to build a Muslim cemetery on farmland in Dudley, Mass., but residents are vigorously opposing the project. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Backlash greets plans for Muslim cemeteries across US

    DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.

  • Pakistan police say Sikh lawmaker killed by political rival

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have arrested an al-Qaida financier who has been on a U.N. sanctions list since 2012, police said Monday.