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Turkey says liberal German mosque 'incompatible' with Islam

Istanbul - Turkey's religious affairs agency has expressed distaste over a new mosque in Berlin where men and women mingle freely, saying it was incompatible with the principes of Islam.

Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge

Rome - Four conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row.

Temples transformed: superheroes bolster Buddha's ranks

Nonthaburi - Superheroes are coming to the rescue of Thailand's temples, where monks have commissioned giant statues of comic book icons and toy robots to entertain children while parents donate to their coffers.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in January, the Vatican said Monday, on a trip that will take the Catholic Church's first South American pontiff from Santiago to Lima.

Taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin

Berlin - With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

Prophet's cloak attracts Ramadan faithful in Istanbul

Istanbul - A long queue of men and women standing in separate lines extends from an Istanbul mosque to see a centuries-old garment pressed down flat inside an glass exhibition case: the Prophet Mohammed's sacred cloak made of linen, cotton and silk.

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

Tunisians protest for right not to fast during Ramadan

Tunis - Dozens of Tunisians demonstrated Sunday to demand the right to eat and drink in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and to protest against non-fasters being arrested.

Indonesia's 'militant moderates' fight religious intolerance

Jakarta - Clad in camouflage and armed only with their convictions, the paramilitary wing of Indonesia's biggest Muslim organisation is on a campaign -- to crush intolerance and defend the nation's inclusive brand of Islam.

Austria to ban burqas from October

Vienna - New Austrian legislation came into force Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1.

Myanmar bars Rakhine documentary from film festival

Yangon - Myanmar's censors have barred a documentary on festering religious tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a film festival organiser said Thursday, highlighting deep sensitivity over a conflict that has bedevilled Myanmar's ne...

Myanmar bars Rakhine documentary from film festival

Yangon - Myanmar's censors have barred a documentary on festering religious tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a film festival organiser said Thursday, highlighting deep sensitivity over a conflict that has bedevilled Myanmar's ne...

Myanmar bars Rakhine documentary from film festival

Yangon - Myanmar's censors have barred a documentary on festering religious tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a film festival organiser said Thursday, highlighting deep sensitivity over a conflict that has bedevilled Myanmar's ne...

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.

Russian security forces raid Scientology church

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's security service on Tuesday raided the Church of Scientology's branch in Saint Petersburg as part of a probe into fomenting hatred, illegal entrepreneurship and organising an extremist group.

Ukrainians bid last farewell to Greek Catholic leader

Kiev - Thousands of Ukrainians gathered in Kiev on Monday to bid a final farewell to the former leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Lubomyr Husar.

Preaching from behind barbed wire in Kosovo's north

Father Nenad Stojanovic is waiting for the day when he will celebrate Sunday service in Kosovo's northern city of Mitrovica "without police protection or barbed wire".The Orthodox priest officiates at St.

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website.

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website.

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Palestinians pour into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers

Jerusalem - Thousands of Palestinians poured into Jerusalem to attend the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site, AFP correspondents reported.

Indonesian Islamist leader named suspect in porn case

Jakarta - A Indonesian Islamist leader who helped organise mass protests against Jakarta's Christian governor has been named a suspect in a pornography case, police said Tuesday, as authorities seek to rein in hardliners.

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

Riyadh - The world's 1.5 billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, blighted by conflict and bloodshed in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Libya.

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

Washington - US President Donald Trump wished Muslims "a joyful Ramadan," on Friday, urging them to use the holy month to reject violence by Islamist extremists.

Bosnian town defends Virgin sightings, despite Pope's doubt

Medjugorje - Pope Francis is dismissive of claims that the Virgin Mary appears daily in Medjugorje, but Danielle Pitau is convinced that her pilgrimage to the small Bosnian town cured her of cancer.
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