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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.

Five years after Boko Haram kidnap, 112 Chibok girls still missing

Kuda - Aisha Musa Maina digs through an old bag looking for memories of her daughter Hauwa, one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped five years ago by Boko Haram jihadists in northeastern Nigeria.

Indonesia rejects appeal of woman jailed over mosque noise complaint

Jakarta - Indonesia's Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a woman sentenced to 18 months in jail under the country’s controversial blasphemy law for complaining about the volume of a mosque's call to prayer.

Families of missing Malaysian activist, pastor urge new probe

Kuala Lumpur - Families of a missing Malaysian Shiite Muslim activist and Christian pastor called Thursday for a new investigation into their disappearances after a bombshell inquiry concluded they were abducted by police.

Sharia law plunges Brunei gay community into fear

Bandar Seri Begawan - Transgender woman Zoella Zayce fled her native Brunei last year as the country shifted towards hardline Islam, and thinks more of the LGBT community will follow after the death penalty for gay sex was introduced.

UN calls Brunei's anti-gay law a clear violation of human rights

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday criticized new Islamic sharia laws in Brunei that allow for death by stoning for adultery and gay sex as a clear violation of human rights.

Brunei introduces stoning to death for gay sex, adultery

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei on Wednesday introduced harsh new sharia laws, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups.

Facts about Sharia law around the world

Fpo - Brunei on Wednesday introduced harsh new sharia laws -- including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex -- despite a storm of global criticism from rights groups.

LA officials call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

Los Angeles - Officials and LGBTQ leaders in California joined Tuesday a growing chorus of people calling for a boycott of Brunei-owned hotels in the Los Angeles area.

Brunei introduces death by stoning for adultery, gay sex

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei on Wednesday is to introduce harsh new sharia laws, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups.

Brunei sultan seeks conservative support with hardline sharia laws

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's imposition of harsh sharia laws, including death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, is a bid by the country's ruler to boost support among conservatives and highlights a steady drift away from the West, observers say.

UN slams 'inhuman' Brunei law on stoning for adultery, gay sex

Geneva - The United Nations decried Monday new "cruel and inhuman" laws set to take effect in Brunei this week which impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft.

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.
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