MANAMA, Bahrain — The imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the Manhattan site of the Sept. 11 attacks began a U.S.-funded outreach tour of the Middle East on Thursday to talk about religious tolerance in America.
The U.S. State Department said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf arrived in Bahrain for the start of a 15-day tour in which he will discuss Muslim life in America.
"He will be visiting mosques," said department spokesman P.J. Crowley. "He will be involved in direct discussions to help people in the countries he'll visit understand the role of religion in our society, how American Muslims celebrate Ramadan, how we emphasize religious tolerance in our society."
Mexico may let judges remain anonymous
MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon said Mexico should consider appointing anonymous judges for drug trafficking trials, an unexpected proposal that he acknowledged contradicts the country's efforts to build a more open judicial system.
Calderon, who raised the idea Thursday during a meeting with senators on national security, said Mexico should at least consider the idea as drug cartels stage increasingly bold attacks on public official at all levels.
"I recognize that this goes against... our legal tradition," Calderon said. "But in all honesty... I have found that citizens, police, judges, prosecutors are at risk, in the sense that they are completely exposed to criminal vengeance."