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  • Fathi Osman dies at 82; voice for modernism in Islam

    Fathi Osman dies at 82; voice for modernism in Islam
    Fathi Osman, an Egyptian American expert on Islam who was a forceful voice for modernism in the Muslim faith, died Saturday at his home in Montrose. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Ghada Osman, a professor of...
  • Peter J. Gomes dies at 68; Harvard's longtime spiritual leader

    Peter J. Gomes dies at 68; Harvard's longtime spiritual leader
    In a sermon some years ago, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University's longtime spiritual leader, offered a precise, if unconventional, definition of hell. He said hell is "being defined by your circumstances, and believing that definition." Gomes,...
  • The Rev. John Stott dies at 90; influential Anglican evangelist

    The Rev. John Stott dies at 90; influential Anglican evangelist
    The Rev. John Stott did not fill stadiums with the faithful like his longtime friend, Billy Graham, or give the invocation at a presidential inauguration, as megachurch pastor Rick Warren did for Barack Obama. Yet he was a giant of the evangelical world...
  • Osama bin Laden, born to privilege, dies a pariah

    Osama bin Laden, born to privilege, dies a pariah
    Osama bin Laden, a scion of one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, became the grim apostle of a strain of Islamic radicalism that exalted violence against non-believers, and the leader of a terrorist network that launched repeated attacks in the West,...
  • Obama urges Florida pastor to drop plan to burn Koran on 9/11 anniversary

    Obama urges Florida pastor to drop plan to burn Koran on 9/11 anniversary
    President Obama on Thursday joined the growing chorus of top U.S. officials calling on a Florida pastor to abandon his plans to stage a Koran burning on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda," Obama...
  • For Rosh Hashanah, honey, you have options

    For Rosh Hashanah, honey, you have options
    It doesn't matter whether you were born in Brooklyn or Borneo — if you're Jewish you'll probably include honey on your shopping list for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins on the evening of Sept. 28. Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh...
  • PASSINGS: Bob Breitbard, Moshe Greenberg

    PASSINGS: Bob Breitbard, Moshe Greenberg
    Bob Breitbard Owner of San Diego sports teams Bob Breitbard, 91, a key player in San Diego sports for decades who brought the NBA to the city as owner of the expansion San Diego Rockets, died early Monday. Breitbard died of natural causes at an...
  • Samuel Ruiz dies at 86; Mexican bishop championed rights of Maya Indians

    Samuel Ruiz dies at 86; Mexican bishop championed rights of Maya Indians
    For 40 years as a bishop in Mexico's impoverished Chiapas state, Samuel Ruiz championed the rights of the long-suffering Maya Indians who dominate the lush region. He learned their languages and adopted their customs into Roman Catholic practice. He also...
  • Shavuot: A feast for body and soul

    Shavuot: A feast for body and soul
    Last weekend, we left the city behind and drove about an hour south to my mother-in-law's kibbutz to see the rolling fields of ripening wheat ready to be harvested just before the Shavuot holiday, exactly like it was in ancient times. Shavuot, starting...
  • Brazil lashes out after military contract canceled

     
    Brazil has warned the US government that the abrupt cancellation of a contract to buy Brazilian warplanes for the US Air Force could damage military relations between the two countries....
  • U.S. serviceman kills 16 in Afghan village shooting, officials say

     
    REPORTING FROM KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- A lone American serviceman slipped away from his base in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday and went on a methodical house-to-house shooting rampage in a nearby village, killing 16 people, nearly all of them women...