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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jul 1, 2014 — The European Court of Human Rights ruled that France's ban on face-covering veils was legitimate, and did not violate a Muslim woman's freedoms.
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Jun 30, 2014 — A supreme religious leader led Sunni Muslims for centuries, but the last caliphate ended nearly 100 years ago. Now Islamic radicals in Syria and Iraq claim they have re-created it.
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Jan 24, 2014 — The 69-year-old British national, who had been treated for schizophrenia, was convicted under the country's strict blasphemy laws.
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Oct 11, 2013 — Human Rights Watch says that jihadist-led rebels killed and kidnapped hundreds of villagers belonging to the minority Alawite sect.
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Sep 23, 2013 — Two suicide bombers stuck a historic Christian church in the country's northwest on Sunday. Groups linked to the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
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Sep 17, 2013'The Muslims Are Coming!' is a new documentary that follows Muslim comics performing stand-up routines all over the U.S. Their mission: help Americans equate Islam with funny, not fundamentalist.
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Jul 10, 2013 — Sounds and images from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to non-Muslim visitors, are streaming live online, depicting pilgrims' visits for Ramadan.
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Mar 12, 2013 — The Iranian leader attended Hugo Chávez's funeral in Venezuela. Afterward, a photo surfaced that Iran's conservative clerics say shows him sinning — by touching a woman to whom he's not related.
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Feb 10, 2013 — Sufi Islam is a small sect that is not politically active. And yet Sufi shrines have been repeatedly targeted by radical groups during upheavals in North Africa and elsewhere.
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Feb 10, 2013 — Syria has generally followed the "middle way" in Islam, but ultra-conservative Islamists have been on the rise throughout the region. Syrians are debating what role Islam might play if President Bashar Assad's regime is toppled.
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