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Violence fears in Philippines after Muslim peace setback

Manila - Philippine lawmakers failed Wednesday to pass a crucial bill aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, igniting fears of fresh violence.

Gambia outlaws female genital mutilation

Gambia has joined at least 20 African countries to ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), an antiquated tradition involving the partial or full removal of the female genitalia.

Will the UK government ban Donald Trump? They responded

The UK Government has responded to a petition signed by more than half a million people who called for the government to stop businessman and US presidential candidate, Donald Trump from entering the UK.

Bloody Christmas in Philippines as Muslim guerrillas kill 10

Manila - Muslim guerrillas killed 10 civilians in the majority Catholic Philippines over Christmas, the military said Sunday, with some Christians in the affected areas now too scared to sleep in their homes.

Suspicious fire at mosque on Christmas Day

Houston - Investigators with the Houston Fire Department are investigating a possible case of arson at a mosque in southeast Houston on Christmas Day.

Philippine Muslim guerrillas murder seven in Christmas eve raids

Manila - Seven Christian farmers were killed on Thursday as Muslim guerrillas launched a series of attacks in the troubled southern Philippines, the military said.

Racist women urinates in front of praying Muslim family

Plymouth - On Sunday, a court in England heard how two women dropped their pants within feet of a Muslim family praying in public park.

Paris mosque urges Muslims to join 'anti-terror' protest Friday

Paris - The Great Mosque of Paris urged French Muslims on Tuesday to gather at the country's most important mosque Friday to say "No to terror" and "We are all Paris!".

UK Muslims seek own path in countering jihadism

London - Feeling unfairly targeted by the government's anti-radicalisation drive, Britain's Muslim community is rallying to find its own response to extremism and take a greater role in the fight against terrorism.

Australian mosque leader tells violent Muslims to leave country

Sydney - The leader of the Sydney mosque attended by a 15-year-old who killed a police worker has called for an end to violent extremism, saying Friday that Muslims who reject Australian values should leave the country.

Muslim teen arrested for clock gets White House invite

Chicago - A Muslim teenager arrested after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb won invitations to the White House, Google and Facebook in a surge of public support.

Muslim flight attendant suspended for refusing to serve alcohol

Detroit - A Muslim flight attendant was suspended from her job at ExpressJet after a fellow employee complained about her refusal to serve alcohol. On Tuesday, Charee Stanley filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Palin comes down on analyst's side in dispute over Muslim comment

Anchorage - Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin publicly ridiculed the ESPN sports network Friday for suspending baseball commentator Curt Schilling over an anti-Muslim comment he made on the website Twitter.

Hostages race to freedom as Philippine troops battle militants

Manila - Two Philippine coast guard men held hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants sprinted through gunfire to freedom as government forces raided the extremists' hideout, killing 15 of them, the army said Thursday.

Death toll reaches 16 in bombing at Hindu shrine in Bangkok

Bangkok - Sixteen people were killed and more than 80 injured Monday when a bomb exploded near a Hindu shrine in central Bangkok, authorities in Thailand are reporting.

Op-Ed: The Democratic case against Myanmar population control

The US State Department and women's rights group have banded against Myanmar population control, as its been become clear the legislation limits the religious rights of minorities and Muslims.

Tense standoff outside U.S. mosque over cartoon protest

Phoenix - Anti-Islam protesters -- some of them heavily armed -- faced off against religious rights demonstrators outside a U.S. mosque, in a tense but peaceful standoff.

Philippines wants 90 Muslim rebels charged for bloody ambush

Manila - The Philippine Justice Department on Wednesday recommended murder charges against 90 Muslim rebels, even though such a move could jeopardise a peace process championed by President Benigno Aquino.

French Muslim leader calls for doubling of mosques

Le Bourget - One of France's top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country's millions of faithful.

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Manila - Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States' "most wanted terrorists", the military said Monday.

Op-Ed: ISIS and Apocalyptic Islam — The threat and how to overcome it

The non-Muslim world, approximately 6 billion of us, is facing a challenge from fatalistic voices and actions born of Apocalyptic Islam — and we need to take action against this challenge.

Op-Ed: Why aren’t Islamic State terrorists Islamic terrorists?

The White House Summit on Combating Violent Extremism ended last week with much politically correct discussion, but no definite plan on how to combat violent extremism, and certainly no willingness to define it.

Op-Ed: How Giuliani's statements about Obama make us less safe

Rudolph Giulani, of 9/11 fame, offered us a profile in courage on that fateful day when the World Trade Towers was bombed, even as today his behaviors make us less safe in an insecure world.

FBI says DNA shows top militant likely among dead in Philippine raid

Manila - The FBI has said that DNA analysis indicates one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir, was likely killed in a Philippine police raid last month that also claimed the lives of 44 officers.

Islamic State marauders release 200 captives

Irbil - Scores of Yazidis being held captive by Islamic State were released Saturday in the Iraqi city of Irbil, Kurdish military officials reported.

Moroccan man murdered in 'Islamophobic' attack in France

Avignon - A Moroccan man was stabbed to death in his own home in southern France in what a Muslim group called a "horrible Islamophobic" attack the week after France was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo killings.

#illridewithyou supports Muslims amid Sydney siege

Sydney - Australians came out Monday in solidarity with the Muslim community following a siege at a Sydney cafe, as tens of thousands tweeted the hashtag #illridewithyou to counter concern about an anti-Islam backlash.

If Hobby Lobby was a Muslim-run business imposing Sharia law...

In a post on the website for his new play, Allegiance, the openly gay, former Star Trek actor George Takei commented on last week's Hobby Lobby decision by the United States Supreme Court.

Nigerian atheist said to be mentally ill for not believing in God

Mubarak Bala, a 29-year old chemical engineering graduate living in Nigeria, has been committed against his will to a psychiatric hospital in Kano state after he declared he didn't believe in God, much to the embarrassment of his family.

Controversy swirls around Islamic group in Australia

Sydney - A small, yet outspoken Islamic group known as Hizb ut-Tahrir created quite the stir this past week as its Australian media spokesman, Uthman Badar, planned to participate in a controversial discussion at the Sydney Opera House.
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Turkish-Islamic Mosque in Zurich, Swiss.
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The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia
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Anti and pro-Mubarak protesters clash at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, 02 February 2011.
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Deutsche Islam Konferenz 2010
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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Two Orthodox Jews calling for the end of Zionism and Israel`s control of Jerusalem.
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A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next to a sign warning about the risks of terrorist bomb attacks from motorbikes.
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A woman of Turkish origin in Germany.
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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Muslim women praying
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Britain First's "Deport Muslim Extremists' campaign.
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A Uighur Muslim woman stands courageously before Chinese riot police sent to quell demonstrations by thousands of Uighurs calling for the government to respect their human rights. The Uighurs are a minority Muslim group in the autonomous Xinjiang Uighur region. Chinese government efforts to put down the ethnic and religious protest resulted in more than 150 dead and hundreds of arrests.
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