Thousands Attend Funeral for Muhammad Ali
Thousands of people -- black and white, Muslims and Jews, old and young -- packed Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky Thursday for a traditional Muslim funeral for Muhammad Ali.
The boxing legend, who was known by billions around the world, died last week at age 74 after a long fight against Parkinson's disease.
His service was held in the same place in Ali's hometown where he fought his first professional match in 1960 shortly after his gold medal triumph at the Summer Olympics in Rome.
Worshippers and admirers called Ali the true face of Islam -- one that promotes peace and tolerance of people of all faiths.
Ali will be remembered again Friday at a public interfaith memorial service in Louisville.
Obama Approves New US Military Role in Afghanistan
U.S. President Barack Obama has approved a wider role for the U.S. military in Afghanistan to help local forces combat the Taliban.
The new plan, which follows months of debate, will allow for increased airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary, and, more generally, give U.S. forces more flexibility in how they partner with Afghan forces. The plan does not involve U.S. ground troops.
The decision will once again redefine the U.S. military's role in Afghanistan more than a year after international combat troops finished their missions, leaving Afghan troops to fight the Taliban.
It also comes six months before the 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be reduced to 5,500 - a move Obama has called to happen by 2017.
Afghanistan's fight against a resurgent Taliban has intensified in recent months. The U.N. says 3,545 Afghan citizens were killed and 7,457 were wounded in 2015 - most of them at the hands of the Taliban.