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Thirty years after Rushdie fatwa, blasphemy still a potent weapon

Islamabad - Thirty years after Iran called for the killing of Salman Rushdie, the British novelist remains a figure of hate for extremists across the Muslim world, and though the level of outrage has dropped, the issue of blasphemy is as incendiary as ever.

Rushdie: from fatwa fugitive to free speech hero

Paris - On February 14, 1989 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed for writing "The Satanic Verses", which the cleric said insulted Islam.

'I don't want to hide' says Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

Paris - After decades spent in the shadow of a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant."I don't want to live hidden away," he told AFP during a visit to Paris.

Quebec mosque shooter gets life, no parole for 40 years

Quebec City - A 29-year-old who shot dead six worshipers at a Quebec City mosque in the worst anti-Muslim attack in the West got life in prison Friday.Alexandre Bissonnette will have to wait 40 years -- longer than usual -- before he can apply for parole.

Quebec mosque shooter gets life, no parole for 40 years

Quebec City - A 29-year-old who shot dead six worshipers at a Quebec City mosque in the worst anti-Muslim attack in the West got life in prison Friday.Alexandre Bissonnette will have to wait 40 years -- longer than usual -- before he can apply for parole.

Dutch former anti-Islam MP says he's become a Muslim

Den Haag - A Dutch former far-right MP and right-hand man of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders set tongues wagging in the Netherlands on Tuesday after revealing he has converted to Islam.

Pope Francis: reaching out to Muslims

Vatican City - Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, which began in 2013, and visited several countries with large Muslim populations.

Pope says 'happy to write new page in history' with UAE visit

Vatican City - Pope Francis said he was looking to write a new page in the history of relations between religions with his visit to the United Arab Emirates from Sunday."I am happy ...

Muezzin muscled out: Israeli mosque fires bodybuilder

Akko - Ibrahim Masri has been calling Muslims to prayer for nearly 15 years in an Israeli city but his voice is now being silenced because he took part in a bodybuilding contest.

Francis in Arabia, the Muslim-friendly pope

Vatican City - When Francis becomes the first pope to visit the Arabian peninsula on Sunday, he takes another important step in his efforts to build bridges with Islam and confirms interreligious dialogue as a keystone of his papacy.

Ayatollah 'who dared to resist' returned to Iran 40 years ago

Tehran - "It's been 40 years, but I still remember climbing the fences of Tehran University so I could see what was happening," recalled Majid Heidarnik, now a teacher in Iran's holy centre of Qom.

Muslim self-rule backed in Philippines' troubled south

Manila - Voters have decisively approved a new Muslim-led region in the Philippines' south, which is hoped will bring a measure of peace after decades of fighting killed thousands and mired the area in poverty.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama: Jakarta's ex-governor jailed for blasphemy

Jakarta - Jakarta's ex-governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who was released from prison Thursday after serving nearly two years for blasphemy, won praise for his efforts to clean up the traffic-choked megacity and clamp down on corruption.

Philippines seeks peace with Muslim self-rule vote

Cotabato - A decades-long push to halt the violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives in the southern Philippines culminated Monday with a vote on giving the nation's Muslim minority greater control over the region.

Canada judge refuses to ease former Guantanamo detainee's bail conditions

Ottawa - A Canadian judge on Friday denied former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr's request to ease his bail conditions while he appeals US war crimes convictions.

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Washington - When Canadian columnist Anthony Furey received an email said to be from Twitter's legal team telling him he may have broken a slew of Pakistani laws, his first instinct was to dismiss it as spam.

Bangladesh tries eight over deadly cafe attack

Dhaka - Eight alleged Islamist extremists went on trial in Bangladesh on Monday over a savage 2016 attack claimed by Islamic State that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at a Dhaka cafe popular with Westerners.

With sufi rituals and sweets, Muslims mark prophet's birthday

Ad Diwaniyah - From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets -- Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Tuesday.

Indonesia mosques spreading radicalism to government workers: official

Jakarta - Dozens of Indonesian mosques that cater to government workers are spreading radicalism and calling for violence against non-Muslims, the country's intelligence agency said Monday.

Bangladesh police say top Islamic extremist shot dead

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had killed the chief of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group accused of murdering secular activists and inspiring a cafe siege that killed 22 people.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria forces of 'horrific' Shiite killings

Mararaba - Human rights campaigners on Wednesday accused Nigeria's security forces of killing dozens by using "horrific" force during a crackdown on protesting supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric.

Millions mark Shiite religious festival in Iraq's Karbala

Karbala - Over 13 million Shiite pilgrims crowded Iraq's holy city of Karbala Tuesday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, under tight security less than a year after the country declared victory over the Islamic State group.

Nigerian crackdown on Shiite group sparks fears of escalation

Abuja - Nigerian police fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric in Abuja on Tuesday, just a day after three people were killed in similar clashes that sparked warnings to the government that a heavy-handed crackdown c...

Iranians find joy in serving pilgrims on road to Karbala

Mehran - A 15-minute walk from the Iraqi border in the west Iranian town of Mehran, three young clerics are hard at work polishing the shoes of pilgrims.

US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue victims

Washington - A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised almost $80,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.The campaign on LaunchGood (https://www.launchgood.

China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

Bejing - Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

Norway accuses foreign nationals of 1993 'Satanic Verses' attack

Oslo - Norwegian police have formally accused several foreign nationals over a 1993 attack on the Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses", thus preventing the statute of limitations from closing the case.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Enforcing Austria's burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

Zell Am See - With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region.
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