Ilhan Omar arrives on Capitol Hill ahead of swearing in ceremony

Ihan Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in November, arriving on Capitol Hill ahead of the swearing-in of the new 116th Congress. IMAGES

Muslim poet fears China clampdown on minorities

(27 Dec 2018) Muslim poet Cui Haoxin fears for the future of his people as China clamps down on minorities and religion. (Dec. 28)

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Catholic Church beatifies 19 slain clerics in Algeria

Some 1,200 people attend a beatification ceremony in Algeria in the presence of Papal envoy Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The Catholic Church beatified seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country’s civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. IMAGES

Ex-refugee to be first Somali-American in Congress

(7 Nov 2018) A Minnesota state representative who came to the U.S. as a refugee has been elected to Congress. Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women to be elected to become a U.S. Representative. (Nov. 7)

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Somalis ‘pleased’ as Ilham Omar elected to US Congress

Somalis praise the election of onetime Somali refugee Ilhan Omar to the US Congress. Omar fled Somalia’s civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya. She and Rashida Tlaib have become the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.

Candidates of color celebrate firsts across nation

(7 Nov 2018) The House is getting its first two Muslim women, first two Native American women and Massachusetts is getting its first black congresswoman. The record number of candidates of color means several winners will take office as trailblazers. (Nov. 7)

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Palestinian-American woman wins seat in Congress

(7 Nov 2018) Michigan activist and attorney Rashida Tlaib makes history, becoming one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. (Nov. 7)

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