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Bangladesh tries eight over deadly cafe attack

Dhaka - Eight alleged Islamist extremists went on trial in Bangladesh on Monday over a savage 2016 attack claimed by Islamic State that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at a Dhaka cafe popular with Westerners.

With sufi rituals and sweets, Muslims mark prophet's birthday

Ad Diwaniyah - From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets -- Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Tuesday.

Indonesia mosques spreading radicalism to government workers: official

Jakarta - Dozens of Indonesian mosques that cater to government workers are spreading radicalism and calling for violence against non-Muslims, the country's intelligence agency said Monday.

Bangladesh police say top Islamic extremist shot dead

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had killed the chief of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group accused of murdering secular activists and inspiring a cafe siege that killed 22 people.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria forces of 'horrific' Shiite killings

Mararaba - Human rights campaigners on Wednesday accused Nigeria's security forces of killing dozens by using "horrific" force during a crackdown on protesting supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric.

Millions mark Shiite religious festival in Iraq's Karbala

Karbala - Over 13 million Shiite pilgrims crowded Iraq's holy city of Karbala Tuesday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, under tight security less than a year after the country declared victory over the Islamic State group.

Nigerian crackdown on Shiite group sparks fears of escalation

Abuja - Nigerian police fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned Shiite cleric in Abuja on Tuesday, just a day after three people were killed in similar clashes that sparked warnings to the government that a heavy-handed crackdown c...

Iranians find joy in serving pilgrims on road to Karbala

Mehran - A 15-minute walk from the Iraqi border in the west Iranian town of Mehran, three young clerics are hard at work polishing the shoes of pilgrims.

US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue victims

Washington - A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised almost $80,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.The campaign on LaunchGood (https://www.launchgood.

China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

Bejing - Chinese authorities have launched a campaign against halal products in the name of fighting extremism in the capital of Xinjiang, the fractious northwest region where Muslims are facing a raft of religious restrictions.

Norway accuses foreign nationals of 1993 'Satanic Verses' attack

Oslo - Norwegian police have formally accused several foreign nationals over a 1993 attack on the Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses", thus preventing the statute of limitations from closing the case.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Pakistan's Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

Bharo - Cows roam freely in the Pakistani city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where minorities face heavy discrimination.

Enforcing Austria's burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

Zell Am See - With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region.

French police raid Shiite Islamic centre

Lille - About 200 police raided the headquarters in northern France of a Shiite Islamic association and the homes of its leaders who are suspected of supporting "terrorist organisations", security sources said.

Maldives destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam

Colombo - Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.

UN rights body criticises sacking of veiled French nursery worker

Geneva - The United Nations' Human Rights Committee has criticised the 2008 sacking of a French nursery worker for refusing to remove her veil at work.

'Green hajj' slowly takes root in Mecca

- Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia.

Indonesian woman jailed for complaining about mosque noise

Medan - A woman in Muslim-majority Indonesia was sentenced to 18 months in jail Tuesday for complaining about the volume of a mosque's call to prayer -- the latest conviction under a controversial blasphemy law.

10 years for Iran journalist who 'insulted' imam on Twitter

Tehran - An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for "insulting" an imam from the ninth century on Twitter, his lawyer told local media on Monday.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday to pray and repent, the climax of the annual hajj bringing together more than two million Muslims from around the world.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

Mecca - Lost in translation? Not in Mecca, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters gearing up to help two million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

Mecca - Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Mecca - Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

Najaf - With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

China delays mosque demolition after protest

Tianshui - Authorities in northern China delayed the demolition of a massive mosque on Saturday after thousands of people demonstrated to stop its destruction, local residents said, amid a nationwide government drive to tighten restrictions on religious activitie...

Rape-accused scholar Ramadan loses latest bid to be freed from French jail

Paris - An appeals court in Paris has upheld a decision by judges to keep Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in jail while he is being investigated on rape charges brought by two women, a legal source told AFP on Thursday.

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities

Jeddah - Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage.
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