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October 3rd, 2010
07:33 PM ET

Police probe threats against New York Islamic center backers

CNN's Cheryl Robinson filed this report from New York:

The husband-and-wife team behind the planned Islamic center and mosque near New York's ground zero have received threats, a New York police spokesman said Sunday, hours after the wife said her life is under threat.

The threats "began several weeks ago," police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN "We were investigating them."

Browne would disclose no details of the threats made against Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or his wife, Daisy Khan, or whether they were receiving any police protection.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • New York • United States

October 3rd, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Biden, 5 Supreme Court justices attend controversial 'Red Mass'

CNN's Lauren Pratapas and Bill Mears filed this report from Washington:

Vice President Joe Biden joined five Supreme Court justices to attend Sunday's annual Red Mass, the Roman Catholic service for the courts that has drawn criticism in recent years.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas attended the service, held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, on the eve of the court's new term.

The Mass was started in 1952 by the John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic group of prominent lawyers and professionals, to celebrate the legal profession. But the event has drawn criticism in recent years for what many see as an unhealthy mix of politics, religion and the law.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Courts • Joe Biden • Politics

October 3rd, 2010
05:10 PM ET

First images of proposed NYC Islamic center

The group behind the proposed Islamic cultural center near New York's ground zero has released what it is calling the first official images of the center.

The website for the project, known as the Park51 Community Center, said that the "new images display an updated exterior and provide a first look into Park51’s interior and lend some insight on how we’re envisioning the project," in a post that went up Tuesday but that initially drew little notice.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Muslim • New York • United States

October 3rd, 2010
04:22 PM ET

My take: Muslims, Hindus should accept India's holy site verdict

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Editor's Note: Farah Akbar is a New York-based writer who has contributed to Islamonline.net and Salon.com.

By Farah Akbar, Special to CNN

A wave of unexpected calm has blanketed India since the verdict on the disputed holy site known as Ayodhya was delivered on Thursday, with one-third of the land going to plaintiffs who represent the Hindu deity Ram, a third going to a separate Hindu group and a third to a Muslim group.

The land has been a catalyst for communal violence for years. Deploying 190,000 officers to keep the peace, India had braced itself for what it feared would be a replay of violence from decades past.

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Filed under: Asia • Hinduism • India • Interfaith issues • Islam • Opinion • Violence

October 3rd, 2010
02:56 PM ET

Mormon church says it will build 5 new temples worldwide

CNN's Kelly Marshall Smoot filed this report:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormon church, started its semi-annual conference this weekend by announcing it will build five new temples around the world.

The church will build the new temples in Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana; Tijuana, Mexico; Urdaneta, Philippines; and Lisbon, Portugal, President Thomas S. Monson (pictured) said in his opening address at the 180th semi-annual conference on Saturday.

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Filed under: Church • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism

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