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Last Modified:  24 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT


LAGOS – Facing accusations of lethargy and cold reporting on the atrocities of the Boko Haram, the Nigerian media has been urged to make professionalism and patriotism their priorities in the reporting of the ongoing insurgency in the northeast. No lethargy from the media so to speak, though there is extreme low professionalism. What is h......





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Last Modified:  13 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

LISBON – The Portuguese parliament adopted on Friday, December 12, a recommendation calling the government to recognize the Palestinian state, a move praised by the Palestinian authorities as a great achievement . After the vote the government will choose the moment best suited to recognize the Palestinian state, Portugal’s Foreign Mi......



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BERLIN – As the number of German youth traveling to Syria increases, political experts believe that prevention programs that expose the extremist nature of the so-called Islamic State fighters will be effective tools to combat radicalism in Europe’s largest economy. “One must focus on prevention,” urges Peter Neumann of the Internati......



Last Modified:  13 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

OTTAWA – Reports that Canadian government will be prioritizing religious minorities while resettling Syrian refugees has triggered a fierce criticism, accusing it of abandoning thousands of vulnerable Muslim refugees. We are deeply troubled by this report and we hope the federal government can provide answers, Ihsaan Gardee, the National......



Last Modified:  13 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned on Friday a series of anti-Muslim protests that amounted to racist attacks on buildings hosting refugees, assuring that there was no place in Germany for hatred of Muslims or any other religious or racial group. In the name of the government and the chancellor I can say quite clearly th......



Last Modified:  12 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

URUMQI – China has banned the wearing of Islamic veiled robes in public in Urumqi, the capital of the Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang, in the latest crackdown on the rights of the Muslim community. The ban was “considered and approved” by the Urumqi parliament’s standing committee, the official website of the Xinjiang government......



Last Modified:  12 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – As an audit cleared the Islamic Relief Worldwide of terror funding claims, the leading Islamic charity has announced plans to resume its humanitarian work in Palestine, despite a ban on its activities by the Israel occupation. “Now we are contemplating resuming business because we are talking about 78,000 people – that is, orph......



Last Modified:  12 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

LAGOS – Nigeria’s leading opposition party has named the former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate, contesting on a Muslim ticket against President Goodluck Jonathan in next February's elections. “It is with a deep sense of humility that I ... accept the nomination of my party ... to be its flag bearer i......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – European governments have remained largely silent on the gruesome details revealed by the Senate in the CIA torture report, stepping short of criticizing the US administration amid concerns over current war in the Middle East. There's a deep reluctance to open old wounds just as we face the challenge of Islamic State and parts of ......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

VIENNA – New amendments introduced to the Austrian Islamic law have failed to satisfy the Muslim community, which called for more debates to reach an agreement regarding controversial article. Some changes were made to the criticized issues, but they will not change our attitude to the law, Fuat Sanac, the head of the Austria Islam Commu......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

DHAKA – On the first memory of his father’s death, the son of Bangladesh’s late Islamic leader Abdul Quader Mollah has accused the government of killing his father in the name of death penalty passed by a highly controversial court that deprived him of his legal rights. “Before my father was put to death at Dhaka Central jail, he was......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – A senior Palestinian minister in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas died on Wednesday on his way to hospital, following a violent confrontation with Israeli troops in a West Bank village near Ramallah. “When we arrived at where we planned to plant, there were a large number of troops waiting for us who fired teargas,” Mo......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

GENEVA – In the first indictment of a returned recruit of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), a Swiss Muslim revert has been ordered to do 600 hours of community service instead of going to prison. “I was new to Islam... The videos I saw and the discussions I had online made me feel like I had to go there,” the man, whose name was not ......



Last Modified:  11 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

ALIGARH – Using their poverty, Hindu right wing organizations have allegedly lured scores of Muslims to abandon their faith in north Indian city of Agra with a promise to offer them ration and financial assistance, the action which raised Muslim condemnations across India. “The Sangh Parivar [ultra- nationalist Hindu group] has long shou......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

NAIROBI – Kenya Muslims are demanding comprehensive changes in the way mainstream media in the country covers terror news, warning that current unprofessional practices are fuelling prejudice and Islamophobia in the east African nation. “Why is that when people of other religions commit criminal acts, we do not see their religion being p......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

WELLINGTON – The passing of a new anti-terror law by New Zealand's parliament has sparked anger among lawmakers, who highlighted Muslim concerns over the sweeping powers granted to security authorities. We have about 46,000 Muslims in New Zealand and 25 per cent were born here, Labour's MP David Shearer, a member of the select committee......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – In a rare admission by an Iraqi official, Baghdad’s human rights minister said that the government will continue using Shiite militias accused of committing atrocities against Sunnis in the sectarian-torn country. “I prefer to describe these fighters as volunteers, rather than militias,” Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, Iraq's new h......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – An international rights watchdog has accused Israel of committing war crimes during its war on Gaza Strip this summer, demanding an independent probe into airstrikes that targeted buildings in the besieged enclave. “All the evidence we have shows this large-scale destruction was carried out deliberately and with no military jus......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

VIENNA – An elderly Austrian Muslim woman has been seriously injured after a man attacked her, insulting and knocking her on the floor, becoming the latest victim of a series of attacks targeting veiled women in Vienna. The attack occurred when 60-year-old pensioner Selver S. was waiting in a queue to collect her pension at a Bawag bank br......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

PARIS – France’s far-right National Front (FN) has sacked a local councilor who reverted to Islam earlier this year, answering calls of the party members to punish him over his decision. There are “a lot of Islamophobes” within the FN, Maxence Buttey, an elected member of the municipal council of Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris, to......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

OSLO ­– Pakistani young activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian Children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi jointly received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, December 10, in Norway. If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that, Malala told BBC ahead of r......




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