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Dutch parliament backs partial ban on burqas

Lawmakers in the lower house of the Dutch parliament have backed a partial ban on “face-covering clothing”, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and…

Lawmakers in the lower house of the Dutch parliament have backed a partial ban on “face-covering clothing”, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and…

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German 'mole' is arrested over Islamist plot

An employee of Germany’s domestic intelligence service (BfV) has been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s Cologne Headquarters.

An employee of Germany’s domestic intelligence service (BfV) has been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s Cologne Headquarters.

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At least 30 killed and dozens injured in Kabul mosque attack

ISIL claims responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Kabul in which scores are killed and dozens more are injured.

ISIL claims responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Kabul in which scores are killed and dozens more are injured.

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Millions gather for Arbaeen

Tight security is in place in Iraq for the culmination of the annual pilgrimage procession for Shia Muslims.

Tight security is in place in Iraq for the culmination of the annual pilgrimage procession for Shia Muslims.

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Leading Koran preacher accused of abusing young boys

A well known reciter of the Koran and teacher of Islam in Iran is facing a possible death sentence after he was accused of sexually abusing several of his…

A well known reciter of the Koran and teacher of Islam in Iran is facing a possible death sentence after he was accused of sexually abusing several of his…

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Muslims pray by Rome's Colosseum in protest over mosque shortage

The Italian authorities have been accused of a crackdown on unofficial sites while regulations restrict the number of registered places of worship.

The Italian authorities have been accused of a crackdown on unofficial sites while regulations restrict the number of registered places of worship.

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Iraq: Karbala celebrates Ashura

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

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Dubai vies to be halal hub

The growth of halal food and lifestyle products is a focus of the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai, presents huge business opportunity.

The growth of halal food and lifestyle products is a focus of the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai, presents huge business opportunity.

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Happy New Year to both Jews and Muslims

This year, thanks to an unusual calender quirk we can wish Muslims and Jews a happy new year on the same day.

This year, thanks to an unusual calender quirk we can wish Muslims and Jews a happy new year on the same day.

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Thousands of Muslims mark Eid al-Adha

Thousands of Muslims carried out the “stoning of the devil” ritual on Monday (September 12) to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha celebrations which is the end of the annual haj…

Thousands of Muslims carried out the “stoning of the devil” ritual on Monday (September 12) to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha celebrations which is the end of the annual haj…

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Eid al-Adha celebrated around the world

Muslims around the world celebrate one of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar on Monday (September 12): Eid al-Adha.

Muslims around the world celebrate one of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar on Monday (September 12): Eid al-Adha.

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrims head to Mount Arafat

After spending the night in the massive valley of Mina, Hajj pilgrims headed to Mount Arafat on Sunday (11 September), some 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Mecca, for the pinnacle of the…

After spending the night in the massive valley of Mina, Hajj pilgrims headed to Mount Arafat on Sunday (11 September), some 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Mecca, for the pinnacle of the…

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Myanmar: Annan faces anger as he probes plight of Rohingya Muslims

Hundreds of people rallied in Myanmar on Tuesday to denounce an advisory commission, led by visiting former UN chief Kofi Annan, which is charged with probing the plight of the country’s Muslim…

Hundreds of people rallied in Myanmar on Tuesday to denounce an advisory commission, led by visiting former UN chief Kofi Annan, which is charged with probing the plight of the country’s Muslim…

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UN human rights chief blasts Western 'demagogues'

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein accuses prominent Western politicians of peddling fear and hate in the same way as Islamist extremists.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein accuses prominent Western politicians of peddling fear and hate in the same way as Islamist extremists.

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Uzbekistan buries veteran president Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan’s veteran President Islam Karimov has been buried in the city of Samarkand following his death earlier this week at the age of 78.

Uzbekistan’s veteran President Islam Karimov has been buried in the city of Samarkand following his death earlier this week at the age of 78.

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French burkini ban ''stupid reaction'', UN human rights office says

The ban on burkinis in France is not only ‘‘a grave and illegal breach of fundamental freedoms’‘ but a ‘‘stupid reaction’‘ to recent terror attacks, the UN human rights office has…

The ban on burkinis in France is not only ‘‘a grave and illegal breach of fundamental freedoms’‘ but a ‘‘stupid reaction’‘ to recent terror attacks, the UN human rights office has…

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French burkini ban ruling fuels controversy

The ban had been imposed on the grounds that it contravened French laws on secularism. Far from cooling down tensions, the ruling has created even more controversy.

The ban had been imposed on the grounds that it contravened French laws on secularism. Far from cooling down tensions, the ruling has created even more controversy.

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Burkini ban suspended by top French court

France’s highest administrative court has suspended the ban on women wearing burkini swimsuits that had been in force in the southern seaside town of Villeneuve…

France’s highest administrative court has suspended the ban on women wearing burkini swimsuits that had been in force in the southern seaside town of Villeneuve…

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Protests again the ban of the burkini on some parts of France

Protests against France’s ‘burkini ban’ Dozens of women, Muslim and non-Muslim, held a beach party outside the French embassy in London on Thursday (August 25) to protest against the ‘burkini ban’ be

Protests against France’s ‘burkini ban’ Dozens of women, Muslim and non-Muslim, held a beach party outside the French embassy in London on Thursday (August 25) to protest against the ‘burkini ban’ be

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France's battle with the burkini

Tremors along France’s most fragile social fault-line running between its identity as a secular state and the rights of its sizeable Muslim population are…

Tremors along France’s most fragile social fault-line running between its identity as a secular state and the rights of its sizeable Muslim population are…

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Burkini sales boosted by ban, as controversy rages on

The controversy over the body-covering swimwear for Muslim women - the burkini - is creating a business opportunity for its inventor who says orders have jumped.

The controversy over the body-covering swimwear for Muslim women - the burkini - is creating a business opportunity for its inventor who says orders have jumped.