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Macron unveils plan to fight radical Islam in France

Les Mureaux - President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan Friday to defend France's secular values against radical Islam, announcing stricter oversight of schooling and better control over foreign funding of mosques.

Far from the capital, Malian Sufi leader wields clout

Timbuktu - Cattle herders, traders and heads of state are among the people who have sought the ear of the sharif of Nioro, one of Mali's most influential men, to whom they voice their needs, grievances and hopes.

How an illustrated Koran project led to fateful Mohammed cartoons

Copenhagen - Author Kare Bluitgen, the man behind the Danish Mohammed cartoons that set off a firestorm when they were published 15 years ago Wednesday, refuses to give in and is publishing a new illustrated Koran.

Pakistan PM condemns 'Islamophobic' Charlie Hebdo cartoons

New York - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia.

Pakistan backlash grows over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Muzaffarabad - Anti-France demonstrators rallied Thursday in Pakistan and the foreign minister lodged a diplomatic complaint as the backlash grew against a French magazine republishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Riot in Sweden after anti-Muslim Danish leader banned

Stockholm - At least 10 people were arrested and several police officers injured during clashes in southern Sweden after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Koran-burning rally, police said Saturday.

Riot in Sweden after anti-Muslim Danish leader banned

Stockholm - At least 10 people were arrested, and several police officers injured, in violence which broke out in southern Sweden after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Koran-burning rally, police said Saturday.

'I want to vote': Myanmar's Muslims, Hindus sidelined in election

Meiktila - One of Myanmar's five million young adults, May Thandar Maung had been excited to cast her ballot for the very first time in November's election.But the 18-year-old is Muslim and says that means she will remain voiceless.

Athens Muslims fear mosque delay after Hagia Sophia conversion

Athens - After Turkey turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum back to a mosque, Muslims in Athens fear their own official place of worship, delayed for over a decade, will be held back again.

Turkey's Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a surprise visit to Hagia Sofia on Sunday just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to be held at the Istanbul landmark since it was reconverted to a mosque last week.

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after two months amid tensions

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, reopened Sunday after a more than two-month-long coronavirus lockdown, but tensions marred the event which came hours after a deadly police shooting.

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months

Jerusalem - Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound -- the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia -- reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations as infections rise

Apo - Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections.

In Baghdad's new Ramadan rhythm, calls to pray and keep COVID-19 away

Baghdad - Baghdad, a city of nearly ten million residents, is running on an unusual rhythm this Ramadan since Iraq imposed an overnight curfew to curb the spreading coronavirus.

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-gay sermon

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching.

Unprecedented virus lockdown as Muslims mark sombre Ramadan

Apo - Mosques stood empty and fast-breaking feasts were cancelled as Muslims around the world began marking Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown on Friday, while a pushback in some countries sparked fears of a surge in infections.

Unprecedented virus lockdown as Muslims mark Ramadan

Jakarta - Muslims around the world began marking Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown on Friday with unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers, while a pushback in some countries has sparked fears of a surge in infections.

Muslims mark Ramadan with unprecedented virus lockdowns

Jakarta - Muslims around the world began marking Ramadan under coronavirus lockdown on Friday with unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers, while a pushback in some countries has sparked fears of a surge in infections.

Tens of thousands defy Bangladesh lockdown for imam's funeral

Dhaka - Tens of thousands of people defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh on Saturday to attend the funeral of a top Islamic preacher, even as authorities battle a surge in virus cases.

Islamic group faces pressure after gatherings raise virus fears

Islamabad - An Islamic missionary movement is at the centre of a growing controversy in South Asia after it repeatedly held massive gatherings despite warnings about the coronavirus.

Iraq Shiites defy curfews to commemorate revered imam

Baghdad - Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shiites turned out to commemorate a revered imam on Saturday, defying curfews imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Muslims still feel unsafe a year after New Zealand massacre

Christchurch - Aliya Danzeisen rises before dawn every day to hear the news so she can prepare her school-age daughters for any harassment they may face for being Muslim.

New rape charges against Islamic scholar Ramadan

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with raping two women besides two others he was already facing accusations over, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.

Macron defends French teen threatened over anti-Islam rant

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has defended a French teenager who received death threats after an expletive-laden Instagram rant against Islam, saying the right to blaspheme was enshrined in the constitution and she needs to be protected, in comments...

French teen's anti-Islam rant revives debate on free speech

Paris - An outspoken French teenager has reignited a polarising debate over free speech in the country after an expletive-laden Instagram rant against Islam that has forced her to stay home from school on safety fears.

Slovenia's first mosque opens after 50 years

Ljubljana - Slovenia's first mosque opened in the capital Ljubljana on Monday after surmounting financial hurdles and right-wing opposition, 50 years after the initial request to build was made.

'Finally free!': Asia Bibi on Pakistan prison, life in exile

Paris - Recounting the hellish conditions of eight years spent on death row on blasphemy charges but also the pain of exile, Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has broken her silence to give her first personal insight into an ordeal that caused international outrag...

Muslim, Jewish leaders pay 'historic' joint visit to Auschwitz

Oswiecim - Muslim and Jewish leaders on Thursday honoured Holocaust victims during what they termed an "historic" joint visit to the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, days ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation.

Czech mosque vandalised with death threats

Prague - A mosque in the Czech Republic's second city of Brno has been vandalised with graffiti threatening to kill Muslims, police said on Saturday."Don't spread Islam in the Czech Republic!

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after Islamist protests

Dhaka - A Bangladesh hospital has suspended plans to give donated breast milk to babies after a backlash by Muslim clerics who said the scheme violated Islamic law.
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A mosque in Queens, New York
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Aga Khan s collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Aga Khan s collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo  Chile.
The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo, Chile.
Angola s President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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Two women wear burkas
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Turkish-Islamic Mosque in Zurich  Swiss.
Turkish-Islamic Mosque in Zurich, Swiss.
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Iraqi security forces take part during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, February 6, 2014
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The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo  Chile.
The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo, Chile.
The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia
The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia
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A squad car of Iran s Tourism Police. Evangelical Christians are considered criminals in Iran and ar...
A squad car of Iran's Tourism Police. Evangelical Christians are considered criminals in Iran and are sometimes hunted as fugitives. An Evangelical Iranian Christian who is arrested by law enforcement in that country typically face penalties that may range from imprisonment, torture, and even execution. Evangelical Christianity is illegal in Iran and is considered a national security threat.
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One of the many graffiti of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
One of the many graffiti of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Colourful light decoration in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Getting prepared for ...
Colourful light decoration in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Getting prepared for Ramadan
The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo  Chile.
The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo, Chile.
The mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston in the Roxbury section of Boston  Massachusetts. In West...
The mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. In Western-based democracies, Muslims are protected by laws that promote religious freedoms. In most Islamic-based societies in the Middle East not only are Christians and other religious minorities not free to safely practice their faith without fear of persecution, the governments and regimes of these societies also fail to protect them against hate crimes perpetrated by Muslim zealots.
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Isaias Samakuva, leader of Angola's main opposition UNITA party
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One of the still picture of Osama bin Laden shown on a jihadist website.
One of the still picture of Osama bin Laden shown on a jihadist website.
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A Muslim Canadian holding the Canadian flag
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Charee Stanley.
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