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French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Ethiopians flex military muscle during Orthodox Epiphany holiday

Gondar - Outside a centuries-old stone church in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar, a drama troupe performed skits hailing the military defeat of the former leaders of the country's Tigray region.

'Mother and baby' scandal rings in debate over Irish TV prayer

Dublin - The one-minute of Catholic prayer that precedes the main news on Irish state television is an everyday reminder of the traditional place of the church in the country.But last week "The Angelus" struck a discordant note.

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.

French Muslim council agrees accord on 'principles' sought by Macron

Paris - France's Muslim federations agreed Sunday on a "charter of principles" requested by President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to eradicate sectarianism and extremism.

Solace in prayer as pandemic toll nears two million

Paris - The onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left nearly two million people dead, has seen Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh worshippers seek solace in prayer.

Coronavirus fails to deter India's massive Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims descended on the banks of the Ganges river Thursday trusting in faith rather than masks to shield them against the coronavirus pandemic during the giant Kumbh Mela festival.

Coronavirus fails to deter India's massive Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims descended on the banks of the Ganges river Thursday trusting in faith rather than masks to shield them against the coronavirus pandemic during the giant Kumbh Mela festival.

Coronavirus fails to deter India's massive Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims descended on the banks of the Ganges river Thursday trusting in faith rather than masks to shield them against the coronavirus pandemic during the giant Kumbh Mela festival.

Coronavirus fails to deter massive Hindu Ganges pilgrimage

Haridwar - Hindu pilgrims flocked to the Ganges river in India Wednesday, shrugging off the risk of coronavirus a day before the start of the Kumbh Mela -- a religious festival that attracts millions each time it is held.

South Korea sect leader cleared of hindering virus effort

Seoul - The elderly leader of a secretive religious sect at the centre of South Korea's early coronavirus outbreak was not guilty of hindering the government's virus prevention efforts, a district court ruled Wednesday.

Turkish TV preacher jailed for 1,000 years for sex crimes

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily clad women he called "kittens" to more than 1,000 years in jail for sex crimes.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual Catholic parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Devotees flock to Philippine church for miracle from Catholic icon

Manila - Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital Saturday for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Sri Lanka sticks to cremation of Muslim Covid-19 victims despite uproar

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government insisted Friday on the cremation of all coronavirus victims, rejecting international pleas and recommendations from its own experts to allow the Muslim minority to bury their dead in line with Islamic custom.

Indonesia frees cleric linked to Bali bombing

Jakarta - A radical cleric linked to the Bali nightclub bombings was freed from prison Friday, stirring grief and anger among victims nearly two decades after more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed in Indonesia's worst terror attack.

Pope recalls his youth playing football, dubs Maradona "poet"

Rome - With a ball made from rags and surging adrenaline, the young Jorge Bergoglio and his friends pulled off "miracles" playing football in the street, Pope Francis recalled on Saturday.

Provincial government to pay for Pakistan Hindu temple destroyed by mob

Peshawar - A Hindu temple in Pakistan destroyed by a Muslim mob last week will be rebuilt using provincial government funds, its information minister said Friday.

Bout of sciatica forces pope to skip New Year's masses: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis will be unable to celebrate New Year's masses Thursday evening and Friday morning at St Peter's Basilica because he is suffering from sciatica, the Vatican announced.

Muslim clerics among 26 held after Pakistan Hindu temple destroyed

Daggar - At least two dozen people, including several Muslim clerics, were detained Thursday after a mob attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Indonesia bans hardline Islamic Defender's Front

Jakarta - Indonesia has banned an influential hardline Islamic group as police held its leader in custody over allegations he violated virus protocols by holding mass gatherings, the country's chief security minister said Wednesday.

Poles losing faith in once mighty Catholic Church

Warsaw - Once all powerful in Poland, the Catholic Church has been under severe pressure this year -- from a series of abuse scandals and a perceived association with the country's right-wing government.

Argentina's Catholics, evangelicals unite against abortion bill

Buenos Aires - At the entrance to Argentina's Congress is a plaque reminding legislators that Our Lady of Lujan is the patron saint of the country's political parties -- a not-so-subtle nod to religion in a nation considering whether to allow abortions.

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Al Hamdaniyah - It wasn't Santa on a sleigh, but it was close: just before dusk on Christmas Eve, a busload of volunteers pulled into the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh to deliver holiday happiness.

The BJP's next mission: eradicating 'love jihad' in India

Moradabad - In India's most populous state, the Hindu nationalist BJP government is on a mission against "love jihad", the conspiracy theory that Muslims are luring Hindu brides with the aim of conversion and eventually national domination.

Mexico unveils tribute to Mormon massacre victims

Mexico - Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday inaugurated a monument in honor of nine Mormon women and children killed in a massacre last year in the country's north.

Anger grows in Sri Lanka over forced Muslim virus cremations

Colombo - Outrage is mounting in Sri Lanka after at least 15 Muslim coronavirus victims, including a baby, were cremated against family wishes and in contravention of Islamic funeral rites.

Indonesia arrests firebrand Islamist cleric over virus rule breaches

Jakarta - A firebrand Indonesian Muslim cleric was arrested Sunday for allegedly breaching coronavirus restrictions after he held a series of sermons with tens of thousands of followers.
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