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CAIRO – Reaching out to Dallas Muslims whose conference was interrupted a week ago by anti-Islam protest, hundreds of Texans have participated in a parade and interfaith event to show solidarity with the religious minority in North Texas. “It is wrong to paint the whole of any religion as responsible for violence from extremism,” North......





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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......



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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......



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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 ......



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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......



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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......



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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......



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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......



Last Modified:  10 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – In the most sweeping condemnation to the CIA’s torture methods, a long-awaited Senate investigators’ report was released on Tuesday, revealing that Bush era harsh tactics did not work and sparking calls for “accountability, along with changes in law and government policies. “This disturbing report clearly demonstrates the ......



Last Modified:  09 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

GRETNA, New Orleans – Students of a Muslim academy in New Orleans has advocated a new community service project for the needy, urging people to donate new or gently used jeans for teens in homeless shelters. Islam does not require Muslims to only focus on Muslims,'' Niran Mousa, leader of the Follow the Sunnah program, told Nola.com, a we......



Last Modified:  09 Dec 2014 04:47  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:  09 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Released on Monday by US president Barack Obama, new guidelines to curb racial profiling have been criticized by American Muslims for retaining Muslim carve-outs on profiling by security screening in airports and border checkpoints. “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is dismayed that at a time when our nation is ......



Last Modified:  09 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

MONTEVIDEO — After eight, long, nightmarish years in notorious Guantanamo, six Muslim prisoners have been resettled in Uruguay, celebrating their long-lost freedom. “If it had not been for Uruguay, I would still be in this black hole in Cuba,” the Syrian ex-detainee Omar Mahmoud Faraj said in an open letter sent to Uruguayan daily news......



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CAIRO – Anticipating the release of the controversial CIA torture report, the US facilities around the world has stepped up security methods as America faces day of reckoning over use of torture after 9/11. “The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at US facilities around ......



Last Modified:  09 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A Chinese court in Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang has sentenced eight Muslim students of imprisoned professor Ilham Tohti on accusation of affiliation to a separatist group. “I think they were sentenced pretty severely because the crime they were charged with [carries a possible sentence] of three to 10 years,” Liu Xiaoyu......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – As Germans prepare to celebrate Christmas, the seasonal festivities in the eastern city of Dresden is being marred by an increasing tension, amidst unprecedented anti-immigration wave that entered its second month. “They are clearly Nazis,” Kathi Wetzel, 50, told the New York Times on Monday, December 8, when asked at her food ......




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