In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative
By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. People have criticized the way the newcomers dress and practice their religion, they said.
US says Iraqis have retaken 40 villages from IS near Mosul
Hideki Matsuyama backing up his top 10 ranking
SHANGHAI (AP) ? Hideki Matsuyama arrived at the HSBC Champions as the first Japanese player in nearly two decades to reach the top 10 in the world ranking. His 19 birdies over 36 holes in biting chill and swirling wind helped explain how he got there.
Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon PeresJERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's prime minister says a nuclear facility will be named after late former President Shimon Peres.
France and UK trade blame over migrants marooned in 'Jungle'
Dozens of migrant youths were left fending for themselves Friday after a second night sleeping rough in the Calais "Jungle" as France and Britain battled over who was to blame for their plight. Some bedded down in a makeshift church, others in a mosque, according the Care 4 Calais charity, which said it expected the authorities to lay on buses to take them to children's shelters. The fate of minors left behind in the blackened mess of the sprawling camp emptied of thousands of migrants this week, some of whom set fire to their shelters on leaving, has sparked a war of words between France and Britain.
Comedian Pikotaro astonished by viral success of 'PPAP' song
Most Republicans believe Russia is meddling in U.S. election: Reuters/Ipsos poll
By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Republicans believe Russia is attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, despite comments by the party?s nominee, Donald Trump, downplaying the possibility. Some 55 percent of U.S. adults, including 51 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats, said they thought Russia was trying to tip the scales in the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to the survey.
Filipino mayor among 10 dead in clash with anti-drug police
MAKILALA, Philippines (AP) ? Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused of involvement in drug trafficking. On Friday, the mayor and nine of his men were killed in a clash with police, in the deadliest operation in Duterte's anti-drug crackdown.
Northern Ireland court rejects legal challenge to PM's Brexit trigger
Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday ruled that the law of the province did not restrict the British prime minister's ability to trigger an exit from the European Union, and that the consent of the regional parliament was not required.
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
BEIRUT (AP) ? Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas.