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Muslim rebels hand over guns in Philippines peace deal

Sultan Kudarat - Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors Saturday, as part of a treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead.

Fighter to minister: Philippine Muslim rebel's new 'struggle'

Manila - Murad Ebrahim's life as the Philippines' top Muslim rebel led him into fierce jungle combat and to meet with Osama bin Laden, but a very different challenge now awaits him: governing.

Rebels named leaders of Philippine Muslim territory

Manila - The Philippines on Friday handed over the reins of a new Muslim-led territory to rebel leaders who waged a decades-long fight for autonomy, but are now tasked with securing peace and prosperity.

US voters poised to elect 2 Muslim women to Congress

Chicago - US voters are poised to elect two Muslim women to Congress in the midterm election next week, marking a historic first even as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric has been on the rise.

Philippine leader says peace law granting Muslim self-rule signed

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he has signed a law which grants expanded autonomy for the mainly Catholic nation's Muslim south, a key step to ending one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts.

Philippines' Duterte pledges 'unrelenting' drug war

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged on Monday to press ahead with a war on drugs that has already killed thousands, and castigated critics of his signature initiative.

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Udhampur - The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears.

Mosque, shops attacked in anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Sri Lankan police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque on Thursday as hundreds of troops patrolled a troubled central district where anti-Muslim violence has left three people dead.

Fresh arson attacks in Sri Lanka despite emergency laws

Colombo - Mobs torched Muslim-owned businesses in a central Sri Lanka district on Wednesday as hundreds of police and troops struggled to restore order after days of rioting.

Mobs clash with police after Sri Lanka emergency

Colombo - Police fired teargas to disperse rioters in curfew-bound central Sri Lanka hours after a state of emergency was imposed in a bid to quell anti-Muslim violence, an official said Wednesday.

Senior UN official to visit Sri Lanka after anti-Muslim riots

New York - UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman will visit Sri Lanka this week, the UN spokesman said Tuesday, after anti-Muslim riots prompted the government to declare a state of emergency.

Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency Tuesday after anti-Muslim riots left two people dead and more than 100 homes and shops ablaze in the popular hill resort of Kandy.

Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes.

Sri Lanka imposes curfew in Kandy after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka imposed a curfew Monday in a central hill station town popular with tourists after days of communal unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.

Philippines arrests suspected pro-IS militant over siege

Manila - Philippine police announced on Monday the arrest of a suspected pro-Islamic State jihadist accused of killing civilians in last year's deadly siege of the southern city of Marawi.

Clashes as IS-linked gunmen seek new Philippine base: military

Manila - Months after being routed from the southern Philippine city of Marawi, jihadists are waging a fresh and deadly bid to set up a Southeast Asian caliphate in the same region, the military warned Friday.

Philippines says Canada helicopters 'not for attack'

Manila - The Philippine military on Thursday denied it planned to use 16 Bell helicopters bought from Canada as attack aircraft against local insurgents, following reports Ottawa was reviewing the deal.

Philippines' Duterte tells Muslims he will correct 'historical injustice'

Sultan Kudarat - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to correct "historical injustice" in a speech to Filipino Muslim rebels on Monday as his government seeks to reignite a stalled peace process in the nation's troubled south.

German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday idea

Berlin - Conservatives in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition were in an uproar Saturday after one of her key allies floated the idea of a Muslim holiday in Germany.

Man jailed for slapping Muslim teen with bacon

London - A man in the United Kingdom has been sentenced to jail after slapping a Muslim teen with bacon. The incident was captured on film.

Australian Muslims demand safe spaces to be 'inflammatory'

Sydney - An Australian Islamic council has called for taxpayer-funded "safe spaces" so young Muslims can express "inflammatory" views without fear in a move slammed Thursday as troubling and wrong.

Australian Muslims demand safe spaces to be 'inflammatory'

Sydney - An Australian Islamic council has called for taxpayer-funded "safe spaces" so young Muslims can express "inflammatory" views without fear in a move slammed Thursday as troubling and wrong.

Australian Muslims demand safe spaces to be 'inflammatory'

Sydney - An Australian Islamic council has called for taxpayer-funded "safe spaces" so young Muslims can express "inflammatory" views without fear in a move slammed Thursday as troubling and wrong.

Sudan's Bashir to skip Trump-Muslim summit

Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, will not join an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with US President Donald Trump, his office said Friday.

Sudan's Bashir, wanted for war crimes, invited to Trump summit

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders, a Saudi official said Wednesday.

Brother of Brussels bomber barred from US

Brussels - A Belgian taekwondo athlete who is the younger brother of a Brussels suicide bomber was barred from a flight to the United States two days before President Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump faces wall of resistance to immigration order

Washington - US President Donald Trump has crushed the most defiant display yet of official opposition to his immigration and refugee restrictions -- but resistance continued to spread Tuesday, inside and outside the government.

Saudi, other Muslims spared ban as US allies: experts

Dibai - Gulf monarchies, notably Saudi Arabia, and other major Muslim nations have been spared the US travel ban because they are crucial allies of Washington and not "failed states", experts say.

EU's Tusk warns of Trump 'threat'

Brussels - EU chief Donald Tusk warned on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump's administration was a "threat" facing the bloc along with China, Russia and radical Islam.

LA's Iranian community outraged over Trump travel ban

Los Angeles - Members of California's large Iranian-American community expressed shock and disbelief on Monday at President Donald Trump's travel ban, saying it would tear families apart and tarnish America's image abroad.
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