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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.

First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil

Stockholm - A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported.

Women defiant as Danish ban on full-face veil takes effect

Stockholm - Denmark's controversial ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force on Wednesday as women protested the new measure which fines anyone wearing the garment.

UK former far-right leader Robinson freed from prison

London - British former far-right leader Tommy Robinson was freed from prison on Wednesday after winning a legal challenge in a case that has galvanised his supporters worldwide.

Danish ban on Islamic full-face veil takes effect

Stockholm - Denmark's ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force on Wednesday, with anyone wearing a garment that hides the face in public risking a fine.

UK former far-right leader Robinson freed from prison

London - British former far-right leader Tommy Robinson was freed from prison on Wednesday after winning a legal challenge in a case that has galvanised his supporters worldwide.

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

Stockholm - Danish prosecutors on Tuesday charged an imam with calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage.

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

Stockholm - Danish prosecutors on Tuesday charged an imam with calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage.

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.
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