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Livin' on a prayer: Champion Pakistan Koran reader in full voice

Islamabad - To master the art of Koran recitation, 21-year-old Hassan Ali Kasi had to follow a strict regime of yoga, hours of rehearsing vocal scales -- and a total ban on biryani.

Sri Lanka bans 11 Muslim groups ahead of Easter attacks anniversary

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday banned 11 Muslim organisations, including the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, a week ahead of the second anniversary of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings which killed 279 people.

'Immunised' Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins

Mecca - Pilgrims immunised against Covid-19 circled Islam's holiest site in Saudi Arabia's Mecca city Tuesday as they performed the year-round umrah pilgrimage on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Navalny's wife 'worried' for Kremlin critic after prison visit

Moscow - Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband's health after visiting him at his penal colony outside Moscow.

France says no place for Turkish group which spurned charter

Paris - An influential Turkish religious association founded by the mentor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has no place in France as it goes against French values, the government spokesman said Thursday.

14 jihadists sentenced to death over plot to kill Bangladesh PM

Dhaka - Fourteen jihadists were sentenced to death in Bangladesh on Tuesday for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina more than two decades ago, a prosecutor said.

Sri Lanka says burqa ban is for national security

Colombo - The Sri Lankan government insisted Tuesday that preventing Muslim women from wearing a burqa or niqab was a national security move, as it faced protests over the decision.

Swiss voters narrowly back 'burqa ban'

Geneva - Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed a ban on full face coverings in public places -- a decision hailed by supporters as a bulwark against radical Islam but branded as discriminatory by opponents.Official results showed that 51.

Swiss vote on 'burqa ban'

Geneva - Switzerland was voting Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets.

Swiss to vote on 'burqa ban' plan

Geneva - Switzerland votes Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight in Swiss streets.

In Iraq, Pope reaches out to top Shiite cleric

Vatican City - Pope Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, will on Saturday hold a hugely symbolic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, seeking to deepen his cautious dialogue with Muslim leaders.

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan's visit

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Friday ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island's minority Muslims.

French minister warns of 'Islamo-leftism' in universities

Paris - The French minister for higher education has sparked a backlash from university heads after warning about the spread of "Islamo-leftism" in the country's academic institutions.

French lawmakers approve bill to battle Islamist extremism

Paris - France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a law to battle "Islamist separatism" that is billed by the government as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine the secular state.

What's in France's draft law against 'Islamist separatism'?

Paris - After months of controversy and 135 hours of parliamentary debate, MPs in France are set to approve a draft law to crack down on what has been termed "Islamist separatism" on Tuesday. AFP examines what is, and what isn't, in the new legislation.

Macron, Le Pen in battle for support of right

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to gain ground on far-right leader Marine Le Pen ahead of a possible duel in 2022 elections by seizing votes on the right, with a tough-talking interior minister and a bill cracking down on radical Islamists....

French Muslim groups deal blow to Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - Three Muslim groups refused on Wednesday to back an anti-extremism charter pushed by French officials following a spate of jihadist-inspired attacks, dealing a blow to a flagship initiative of President Emmanuel Macron's government.

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.

French Muslim council agrees accord on 'principles' sought by Macron

Paris - France's Muslim federations agreed Sunday on a "charter of principles" requested by President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to eradicate sectarianism and extremism.

Sri Lanka sticks to cremation of Muslim Covid-19 victims despite uproar

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government insisted Friday on the cremation of all coronavirus victims, rejecting international pleas and recommendations from its own experts to allow the Muslim minority to bury their dead in line with Islamic custom.

US Muslims press Organization of Islamic Cooperation on China

Washington - US Muslim groups pleaded Thursday for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to speak out on China's mass incarceration of Uighurs, accusing the global body of abetting what some described as genocide.

Anger grows in Sri Lanka over forced Muslim virus cremations

Colombo - Outrage is mounting in Sri Lanka after at least 15 Muslim coronavirus victims, including a baby, were cremated against family wishes and in contravention of Islamic funeral rites.

Burying the dead: Myanmar's Muslim Covid volunteers

Sweating under his protective gear, volunteer Sithu Aung lays another coronavirus victim to rest -- offering crucial funeral rites to his Muslim community in Myanmar's virus-ravaged commercial capital.

France defends law combatting 'pernicious' Islamist radicalism

Paris - The French government defended draft legislation clamping down on Islamist radicalism on Wednesday as a "law of freedom" after a torrent of criticism from Muslim countries and expressions of concern from the US.

US envoy airs concerns as France targets radical Islam

Washington - The US envoy on international religious freedom on Tuesday voiced concern about ally France, warning against "heavy-handed" measures as President Emmanuel Macron targets radical Islam.

Indonesian police shoot dead six supporters of firebrand cleric

Jakarta - At least six supporters of a firebrand Indonesian Muslim cleric were shot dead Monday as they tried to reach a police station where their leader was to be questioned, Jakarta's police chief said Monday.

France targets mosques in crackdown on radical Islam

Paris - French authorities will inspect dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings starting Thursday as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

Pakistan's 'university of jihad' proud of Taliban alumni

- Maulana Yousaf Shah cracks a wide smile as he rattles off a list of former students turned Taliban leaders, revelling in their victories over superpowers on Afghanistan's battlefields after graduating from Pakistan's "university of jihad".

Bangladeshi star's comeback after Islamist death threats

Dohar - For years Sufi singer Rita Dewan captivated millions of followers in Bangladesh with her haunting ballads. Today, she lives in fear each performance will be her last.

French secularism explained

Paris - Home to Europe's largest Muslim population, France is often accused of being "against" Islam because of its ban on the burqa and religious symbols such as headscarves in schools.
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