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Hijab Made Me "Secure": Toronto Student

Last Modified:  17 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT


TORONTO – A Canadian Muslim girl’s feelings of confusion after donning hijab in high school have vanished after joining university, seeing the Islamic headscarf as giving her a unique personality in the non-Muslim country. “When I wear hijab, I feel I have a blanket over my dignity and body that protects me from harm. … It’s not a ......





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Last Modified:  15 Dec 2014 04:51  GMT

STOCKHOLM – Joining other European countries, Sweden security services have announced plans to probe Muslim youth returning from Syria, amid reports they have joined military groups fighting in the Middle Eastern country, including the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). We have a growing problem that we must deal with reasonably, without cre......



Last Modified:  15 Dec 2014 04:51  GMT

SYDNEY –After seventeen hours of tensions, heavily armed police forces stormed a Sydney café to end a siege by a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee, who took dozens of people hostage. The operation to release hostages started after 2 am local time (1500 GMT on Monday) as people heard heavy gunfire and loud bangs rang out. Moments ear......



Last Modified:  15 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Citing job cuts and influx of refugees, the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) has intensified its anti-immigration campaigns, raising concern over the future of immigrants in the once-welcoming Scandinavian country. “The risk is that in a society where the Sweden Democrats have a greater and greater say and immigration is portrayed......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:52  GMT

CAIRO – In a bid to curb the spread of the incurable Ebola virus to rural areas, Sierra Leone has banned Christmas and New Year gatherings, urging people to celebrate the annual festival at home. There would be “no Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. We will ensure that everybody remains at home to reflect on Ebola, Palo......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:52  GMT

CAIRO – A far-right British party has posted a new survey game to its members, urging them to rate blacks, Muslims, Eastern Europeans and whites, the game criticized as a “shocking” way to encourage racism. “This openly brings race into politics,” senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge told Daily Mail on Sunday, December 14. “It’s ......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:52  GMT

CAIRO – An Arab Muslim Knesset member, who was voted as the most hated woman in Israel, is facing a new legislation to silent her forever by providing a mechanism to vote her out of the parliament. “It is competition now. Who is more racist? Who hates the Palestinians more? Who can promise that the next Knesset will be cleansed of Arabs?......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:52  GMT

CAIRO – Depression, anxiety, personality shifts, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts sum up the psychological scars that mar the life of torture victims, who fail to restore their self-control after months of torture, psychologists warned. “We lost hope. We gave everything, every decision, to others, to decide for you,” Jabuli, a tort......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:52  GMT

DELHI – Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has kicked up a row by demanding to declare the Hindus holy book Bhagwat Gita as the country’s ‘national scripture’, a move deplored by non-Hindus as inviting more persecution for minority groups if they criticize the book. “I don’t know what they want to do,” Ramiz Ahmed, a Muslim,......



Last Modified:  14 Dec 2014 04:47  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:  14 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

SARAJEVO – Several Serb ex-soldiers and officers has been charged of killing dozens of Muslim civilians in the northern Prijedor city during the 1992-1995 war. It is one of the largest indictments for war crimes in the region of Prijedor , prosecutors' office said in a statement cited by Deutsche Welle. The 15 Serbs were indicted ......



Last Modified:  13 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

LAGOS – Following a national convention that dragged on for two days, a retired General Muhammadu Buhari has emerged the presidential candidate of Nigeria's mega opposition party - the All Progressive Congress. Buhari, who retired from the army as a Major General and was Nigeria's military ruler between 1983 and 1985, contested against at ......



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......



Last Modified:  13 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

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......




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