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Huge crowds for inauguration of Senegal's mega-mosque

Dakar - Tens of thousands of people from across Senegal converged on the capital Dakar on Friday for the inauguration of a huge mosque, claimed to be the largest in West Africa.

French women seek to break ground with mosques of their own

Paris - Kneeling on prayer rugs in front of dozens of worshippers, Eva Janadin and Anne-Sophie Monsinay offered prayers and a sermon in an unusual Paris ceremony earlier this month, a scene they hope will soon become more common at mosques across France.

Islamic scholar Ramadan targeted by new rape complaint

Paris - Tariq Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar charged in France with raping two women, has also been accused of taking part in the gang rape of a journalist, French judicial sources said Sunday.

Iran must free women held over veil protests: UN experts

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.

Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Mena - Nearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years' deadly stampedes.

More than two million Muslims on hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims began the annual hajj Friday under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

200 hit by New Zealand massacre take part in hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - Two hundred survivors and relatives of victims of March's massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, are undertaking the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to "pray for the martyrs".

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.

Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist

Mecca - More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf.

Mauritania releases jailed 'blasphemy' blogger

Nouakchott - Mauritania has released a blogger who drew international attention after being accused of blasphemy, his lawyer and the campaign group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

Taliban assurance of 'women's rights' has big caveat

Kabul - An agreement by the Taliban to respect women's rights may seem like a breakthrough, but activists have questioned how the hardline Islamists -- notorious for stomping on freedoms -- will interpret the careful wording.

Niqab banned in Tunisian government offices

Tunis - Tunisia's premier on Friday banned the niqab Muslim face covering for women in government offices, citing security concerns after attacks in the North African country.

Sri Lanka police overturn local council ban on Muslims

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police Tuesday stepped in to prevent a local council from banning Muslim traders from a weekly fair in another backlash from the devastating Easter attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

Rights group calls on Senegal to tackle Koranic school abuses

Dakar - Children studying in Senegal's Koranic schools face "alarming rates" of abuse, including rape, neglect and imprisonment, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, urging the government to reform the still-unregulated religious institutions.

German court orders fines for 'sharia police' group

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court on Monday ordered seven Islamic fundamentalists to pay fines over a so-called "sharia police" patrol they launched in 2014 to mass media and political outrage.

Indonesia steamrolls bootleg alcohol during Ramadan

Jakarta - About 18,000 bottles of bootleg alcohol were crushed by a steamroller in Muslim-majority Indonesia's capital Monday as police warned tipplers off booze during the Ramadan fasting month.

Iran state TV fires managers over 'insult' to Sunnis

Tehran - Iranian state TV has fired two channel managers over a live programme deemed insulting to Sunni Muslims, it said in a statement Sunday.

Austrian MPs approve headscarf ban in primary schools

Vienna - Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.

Germany debates 'mosque tax' to replace foreign funding

Berlin - Support is growing in Germany for a "mosque tax" to make Islamic institutions less dependent on potentially anti-democratic or "radical" foreign funding sources, a media report said Sunday.

Qatar urges Saudi to remove hajj obstacles to its citizens

Doha - Qatar has urged Saudi Arabia to remove "obstacles and restrictions" for its residents wishing to perform the hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf neighbours remain locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Brunei won't enforce gay sex death penalty after backlash

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's sultan has announced death by stoning for gay sex and adultery will not be enforced after a global backlash, but critics Monday called for harsh sharia laws to be abandoned entirely.

Curfew in Sri Lanka city as religious tensions rise

Colombo - Sri Lanka clamped curfews at a city outside the capital Sunday to contain religious tensions as the authorities prepared to reopen schools after Easter bombings that killed 257 people.

Brunei says death penalty moratorium to cover sharia laws

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's sultan said Sunday a moratorium on capital punishment will also extend to sharia laws that include stoning to death for gay sex and adultery, after a furious backlash against the punishments.

Cash-strapped and fearing war Tripoli residents grim as Ramadan looms

Tripoli - Shoppers throng Tripoli's Souk al-Hout market but their mood is sombre as Libya's capital is again hit by violence and prices have shot up ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Neighbours struggle with Sri Lanka bombers' road to radicalism

Colombo - The two brothers zoomed around the Sri Lankan capital in flashy cars and pursued thriving careers, now their neighbours are struggling to understand how the pair turned to radical Islam and became suicide bombers.

Sri Lanka's Muslims hold subdued prayers amid tight security

Colombo - Armed police and sniffer dogs guarded mosques in Sri Lanka as Muslims trickled to Friday prayers, with many staying away over fears of revenge attacks after the island's Easter suicide blasts.

Suicide bomb leader cast shadow of fear over Sri Lanka town

Kattankudy - Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Malaysia probes talk on Muslim women giving up headscarves

Kuala Lumpur - Islamic officials in Malaysia have launched an investigation into a public event that discussed women who stop wearing the hijab, according to a group of female activists who spoke at the forum.

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

Washington - The top Democrat in the US Congress ordered a safety review for a Muslim lawmaker and her family Sunday after accusing President Donald Trump of putting her in danger by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the 9/11 attacks.

Iran hijab protester sentenced to year in jail: lawyer

Tehran - A woman who protested against Iran's compulsory hijab law by removing the Islamic veil in public last year has been sentenced to one year in prison, her lawyer said Sunday.
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