AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery includes a Little League player reaching to make a catch; a West Virginia coal-fired power plant lighting up the night sky; and Eid al-Adha celebrations in a Rohingya refugee camp.
Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Wednesday, praying for better lives and wondering if they'll ever again celebrate at their homes in Myanmar.
The calls to the faithful came early in the camps and people streamed into the makeshift mosques, the children in freshly washed clothes.
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrims walked to a complex in Mina on Tuesday to throw pebbles at three columns. Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will there.
Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want US talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States.
In a message released in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah said the group remains committed to "Islamic goals," the sovereignty of Afghanistan and ending the war.
Iowa City students ask district to note Muslim holidays
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa City elementary students are urging the school district to recognize Muslim holidays, and board members say they're willing to consider the request.
Student: District’s absence policy unfair to non-Christians
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Sept. 1 drew nearer and many in her faith were making plans to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, Maryam Chaudhary, a 15-year-old freshman at Collierville High School was faced with a decision.
Either spend the day in prayer followed by fellowship with family, friends and gifts — or go to school.
It's not a simple dilemma.
Religious holidays are counted by Collierville Schools as an excused absence, as are illnesses or a doctor's appointment.
Burhan Ali, a 40-year-old wearing jeans, a designer T-shirt and a topi, the traditional cap of an observant Muslim, took the long silver blade from the butcher and leaned down outside a halal slaughterhouse in Cypress.
He turned a bleating goat's face toward Mecca and said a prayer as he sliced its throat, severing its windpipe and two jugular veins in one quick cut. The blood ran onto the ground.
FM statement: Pakistan wants to see peace in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says the country wants to see peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The statement Saturday comes a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's message for the Eid al-Adha holiday called on Pakistan to engage in comprehensive peace negotiations.
The Pakistan statement noted there are already mechanisms for dialogue with Afghanistan in place. It says Pakistan will do its part in all initiatives aimed at securing peace.
Muslims throughout the world Friday celebrated Eid Al-Adha which marks the completion of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Philadelphia Muslims prayer services were led by Imam Isa Mateen, Secretary of the Majlis Ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. PHOTOS BY ABDUL R. SULAYMAN/ PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER
AP Glance: The Muslim hajj pilgrimage in numbers
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Islamic hajj pilgrimage draws people from around the world to Saudi Arabia each year. The crowds, squeezed shoulder to shoulder in prayer five times a day, fill the city of Mecca and surrounding areas to perform a number of physically demanding and intricate rites.
Muslims around world celebrate Eid as hajj enters final days
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims made their way toward a massive multi-story complex in Mina after dawn on Friday to cast pebbles at three large columns. It is here where Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will.
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Taliban leader strikes moderate tone in holiday message
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Afghan Taliban said Wednesday his movement poses no threat to minorities or other countries, and that it will bring peace and economic development to the country if foreign forces withdraw.
Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah issued the surprisingly moderate statement in honor of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. It was not clear whether it signaled a major change by the insurgent group.
Animal sacrifices turn Dhaka streets into rivers of blood
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Large-scale animal sacrifices marking the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha combined with heavy rains have turned the streets of Bangladesh's capital into rivers of blood.
Authorities in Dhaka designated several places in the city where residents could slaughter animals, but heavy downpours Tuesday meant few people could use those areas.
Somalia hosts heads of state summit for 1st time in 30 years
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia on Tuesday hosted its first regional summit of African heads of state in 30 years, a source of pride in this Horn of Africa country after decades of chaos and deadly attacks by al-Shabab extremists. On social media, people marveled that their country was trending for something other than explosions.
Muslims Around the Globe Celebrate Eid al-Adha
PHOTOS: Muslims worldwide celebrate start of Eid al-Adha holiday
Image of Asia: Celebrating the Eid in multicultural India
In this photo by Aijaz Rahi, a trader pushes his goat past an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha before selling the animal ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Bangalore, India. Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. During the Eid, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts 11 days and is celebrated with statues of the god being immersed in water. Hinduism is the predominant religion in India with Muslims making up about 13 percent of the population of 1.3 billion.
AP PHOTOS: Muslims mark start of Eid al-Adha holiday
CAIRO (AP) — Muslims worldwide are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," the most important Islamic holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son before God stayed his hand.
AP PHOTOS: Pilgrims perform final hajj rites in Saudi Arabia
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In Saudi Arabia, close to 2 million pilgrims performed on Monday one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, the symbolic stoning of the devil, as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
The rite takes place in the Saudi valley area of Mina, where a crush of crowds and stampede killed more than 2,400 people during last year's hajj, according to an Associated Press count.