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India 'love jihad' claims fuel Hindu-Muslim tensions

New Delhi - When a Hindu woman tearfully claimed to national media recently she had been kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam, India's religious hardliners seized the chance to hike their "love jihad" fears.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

Sydney - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Danish immigrant party challenges populist right

Copenhagen - A political party targeting the immigrant vote by advocating looser immigration laws and "a ban on banning" religious symbols has launched in Denmark amid record support for the populist right.

Op-Ed: Government tweet reveals Turkey’s hatred of Kurds

Ankara - Sometimes a mere tweet, some call it crowd-sourcing, can tell the true story to the world. A Turkey government minister showed the government was wearing no clothes.

Thousands of Indians volunteer to aid Iraq against IS

New Delhi - One day after an Islamic extremist group pledged to support IS, officials at a New Delhi mosque announce as many as 200,000 Indians have registered to volunteer against the jihadist terror group in Iraq.

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Mena - Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Monday, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

- Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage by almost two million believers from around the world reached its zenith Friday on a vast Saudi plain.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban in state high schools

Ankara - Turkey's secular opposition on Tuesday accused the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to impose religion on society after it lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in high schools.

Indian Muslim organisations reject al Qaeda's India announcement

Indian Muslim organisations have issued statements rejecting the announcement of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, regarding the establishment of wing in South Asia.

Op-Ed: Fighting terror prayer challenge (selfies OK)

On Sundays, our parish sings the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount. But this time, the words reached through the millennia to highlight the headlines of today: wars, beheadings, and the jihadist genocides of Christians and people of other faiths.

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

The Hague - Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

Row over French MEP's veil comments

Paris - A French MEP and former minister has created a storm in France by posting a picture of a veiled woman sitting on a beach and criticising it as an "attack on our culture".

Muslim girls in a small village in India learning Sanskrit

About 100 Muslim girls from the Indian state of Jharkhand are learning Sanskrit, the traditional language of Hinduism, and breaking religious and communal stereotypes.

Sudanese Christian woman spared execution arrives in US

Washington - A Sudanese Christian woman -- sentenced to death for renouncing Islam but acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum -- has arrived in the United States with her family.

Guinea beach concert stampede leaves 33 dead

Conakry - Police in Guinea launched an investigation Wednesday into a stampede at a seafront rap concert that left 33 people dead including 11 children in scenes of mass panic.

Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

Istanbul - One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

Rome - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

U.S. 'delighted' by impending arrival of Sudanese Christian convert

Washington - The White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States.

Pakistan man sentenced to death for 'blasphemy'

Lahore - A court in Pakistan has passed a death sentence on a man convicted under controversial blasphemy laws of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, lawyers said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Why should Muslim Americans approve of Obama?

Washington D.c. - A recent Gallup poll showed an astonishing 72% of Muslims support the policies and presidency of Barack Obama. Although Muslim-American academics explained the reason he is supported, they ignore reasons Muslims should condemn Obama's policies.

Jihadists destroy mosques and shrines in Iraq

Baghdad - Jihadists who overran Mosul last month have demolished ancient shrines and mosques in and around the historic northern Iraqi city, residents and social media posts said Saturday.

Fears of extremism rise in Muslim nations

Washington - Fears about Islamic extremism are rising in nations with large Muslim populations from the Middle East to South Asia and support for radical groups is on the slide, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Islamic State, Al-Qaeda rivalry could spark dangerous contest

Paris - The declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria is a direct challenge to Al-Qaeda and could set off a dangerous contest for the leadership of the global jihadist movement, experts say.

Sudan Christian woman faces new legal challenge: Lawyer

Khartoum - Muslim "relatives" of a Sudanese Christian woman hiding at the US embassy are taking her to court to try to prove she belongs to their family, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Europe rights court upholds French burqa ban

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France's controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom.

Somalia's Shebab warn of Mogadishu attacks during Ramadan

Mogadishu - Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants have warned they will step up attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan, which started on Sunday.

Muslims mark start of Ramadan as deadly conflicts rage

Jeddah - Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Sunday with Islamic leaders again concerned about entrenched conflicts as jihadists issued threats from Indonesia to Somalia.Ramadan is sacred for the world's estimated 1.

Sudan Christian's lawyers to seek dismissal of forgery rap

Khartoum - Lawyers for a Sudanese Christian woman who has sought refuge at the US embassy will seek dismissal of forgery charges against her so she can then leave Sudan, one of them said Saturday.

Boko Haram fighters assaulted by Africa's natural environment

For some time now the Boko Haram fighters have waged yet another holy war and sowed terror through Nigerian areas. Now the environment is actually flushing them out of many of their hiding spots due to venomous snakes and bees.
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The Ottoman Empire at its fullest extent.
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Turkish-Islamic Mosque in Zurich, Swiss.
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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