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Top Bangladeshi Islamist extremist killed: police

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police said that a top Islamist extremist in police custody was killed on Thursday, in the latest in a string of what activists suspect are extra-judicial killings.

Dutch approve partial ban on burqa wearing in public

Den Haag - Dutch senators overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday to ban the Islamic full-face burqa from some public places such as schools and hospitals, ending years of discussion on a hot-button issue.

French Muslims on edge as police probe suspected far-right plot

Paris - French police on Tuesday continued questioning 10 suspected far-right extremists over an alleged plot to attack Muslims that has fuelled safety concerns in Europe's biggest Muslim community.

Imams, rabbis ride tandems in Berlin rally for mutual respect

Berlin - Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams took to tandem bicycles Sunday to ride through central Berlin in a joint show of inter-faith respect and against racism and anti-Semitism.

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Cox's Bazar - As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival Saturday with a peaceful demonstration demanding justice and dignified repatriation.

Paris suburb defies efforts to loosen Salafist grip

Trappes - Just a short drive from the opulence of Versailles Palace, a closed-off community of strictly conservative Muslims is posing the most visible challenge to French authorities hoping to stem the rise of homegrown extremists.

Firebrand Sri Lanka monk jailed for intimidation

Colombo - A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six months in jail by a Sri Lankan court Thursday for intimidating a woman whose cartoonist husband has been missing since his abduction by the military.

Two stabbed to death in S. Africa mosque, Somali attacker shot dead

Malmesbury - A Somali man stabbed two worshippers to death and wounded two others in a rampage at a mosque in South Africa on Thursday before being shot dead by police, officers said.

Preach! Indonesia's got Ramadan talent

Jakarta - It's a make or break moment for Indonesian high schooler Puteri Ara and her hijab-clad friends as they rap about religious tolerance to a cheering TV studio audience.

Austria to expel up to 60 imams, close 7 mosques

Vienna - Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on "political Islam", triggering fury in Ankara.

To isolate, or not, Kosovo's returning jihadists

Pristina - One of Europe's smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq.

Denmark bans Islamic full-face veil in public spaces

Stockholm - Denmark on Thursday became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".

Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

Los Angeles - A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said.

Controversial Sri Lanka monk found guilty of intimidation

Colombo - A Sri Lanka court on Thursday found a radical Buddhist monk guilty of criminal intimidation, the first time the notorious extremist has faced the prospect of jail.

Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for release ahead of rape trial

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday.

China calls on all mosques to raise national flag

Bejing - All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to "promote a spirit of patriotism" among Muslims, the country's top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion.

Danish minister says Ramadan fasting can be 'dangerous'

Stockholm - A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice can be "dangerous for all of us".

Egypt opens Gaza border for Ramadan after protesters killed

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken the rare decision to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire holy month of Ramadan after Israel killed some 60 Palestinian protesters in the enclave this week.

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

Apo - The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said.

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Apo - Teaching manuals in Gulf Arab-financed mosques in Belgium promote anti-semitic stereotypes of Jews and call for the persecution of homosexuals, according to a leaked Belgian intelligence report.

Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured

Verulam - Armed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations.

Sweden allows mosque to call for prayer in controversial move

Stockholm - Swedish police on Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call for prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in recent years.

Erdogan lambasts French call for removing Koran passages

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at a French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed in response to rising anti-Semitism.

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan loses bid for release ahead of trial

Paris - The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP.

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code.

France deports Salafist preacher accused of hate speech

Marseille - France on Friday deported an influential Islamic preacher whose mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.

Saudi anti-extremism centre hosts French cardinal

Apo - Saudi Arabia's anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Wednesday, authorities said, a rare visit as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.

Will Saudi Crown Prince reform Wahhabism in Europe?

Paris - Saudi Arabia's crown prince has pushed to curb the power of hardline clerics and prominent sheikhs who promote the kingdom's uncompromising version of Islam but analysts warn that moderating the exportation of Wahhabism could be more difficult.

Austria plans headscarf ban for primary school pupils

Vienna - Austria's government announced Wednesday its intention to bring in a ban on the headscarf for girls in kindergartens and primary schools.Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said that the draft law would be ready by the summer.
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