Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu
An ancient shrine in Timbuktu is destroyed in this photo taken on July 1, 2012.
October 19th, 2012
04:59 AM ET

Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu

By Amir Ahmed, CNN

(CNN) - Al Qaeda-linked rebels in northern Mali destroyed historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu on Thursday, claiming the relics are idolatrous, residents told CNN.

Three four-wheel-drive trucks carrying at least 30 armed fighters arrived Thursday morning at three mausolea - all U.N. World Heritage sites - in the southern Timbuktu neighborhood of Kabara, two residents told CNN by phone.

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Filed under: Islam

October 19th, 2012
04:55 AM ET

Borger breaks down the Catholic vote

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger talks about the Catholic vote in this year's election.

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Filed under: TV-The Situation Room

October 19th, 2012
04:45 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, October 19

By Arielle Hawkins , CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Billy Graham buys election ads after Romney meeting
The most famous and revered pastor in America, Billy Graham, is calling on voters to cast a ballot for their faith in full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other newspapers. Graham's picture appears prominently in the ads, next to copy that reads, "As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last."

CNN: Twitter blocks content of German neo-Nazi group
Twitter will withhold content from a neo-Nazi account at the request of German authorities, the first time it has put into action a policy of local censorship it adopted in January and a step that will probably reignite debate over freedom of expression on the Internet. Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel, tweeted the company's decision Thursday: "We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We're using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany."


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Filed under: Uncategorized

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