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Devout Muslims claim crackdown in Tajikistan amid Syria fears

Dushanbe - Rustam Gulov was walking in Khudzhand, a city in Central Asia's Tajikistan, when police detained him and took him to the station. By the time he came out, his beard had been shaved clean -- against his will.

Nobel writer Vargas Llosa backs Islam critic Hirsi Ali

Madrid - Nobel-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa on Sunday praised Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women's rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, calling her "one of the most valuable" adversaries of "Islamic fanatics".

Muslim-majority Indonesia bans some beer sales

Jakarta - Indonesia on Thursday banned small retailers from selling beer, despite an outcry from the booze industry and in tourism hotspots over the Muslim-majority country's latest offensive against drinking.

Calgary imams fight back against Islamic State recruitment

Calgary - A group of Calgary imams is marking the first line of defense at the foot of the Rocky Mountains against the Islamic State group's recruitment of Canadians as fighters.

Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders rallies German PEGIDA protesters

Dresden - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders rallied thousands of PEGIDA followers in eastern Germany Monday to counter society's "Islamisation" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.

U.S. prosecutors seek death in Muslim college student murders

Washington - A judge in North Carolina ruled Monday that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting his three Muslim neighbors, U.S. media reported.

Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia

Sydney - Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country on Saturday in events organisers said were against Islamic extremism.

Australian convicted for marrying off 12-year-old daughter

Sydney - An Australian man was convicted Wednesday of procuring his 12-year-old daughter for sex by letting her marry a man more than twice her age in an Islamic ceremony.

European anti-Islam group's Canadian protest fizzles

Montr - A planned protest by the new Canadian branch of anti-Islam group PEGIDA failed to materialize in Montreal as around 500 opponents gathered to rally against the demonstration.

Sweden 'feminist' policy sparks major Saudi spat

Stockholm - Sweden is seeking to quell an unprecedented diplomatic spat over human rights with Saudi Arabia which has seen ambassadors recalled and arms sales cancelled, drawing comparisons with Denmark's Mohammed cartoons controversy.

Scores killed in attacks on two mosques in Yemen

Sanaa - Bombers tentatively linked to the Islamic State fighters marauding through eastern Iraq and western Syria killed more than a hundred worshipers Friday in attacks on two mosques in Yemen.

Sydneysiders queue for reopening of siege cafe

Sydney - The Sydney cafe where a gunman inspired by the Islamic State group staged a bloody 16-hour siege reopened Friday, with scores queuing to enter the site where two hostages died.

Mohammed cartoons editor honoured in Denmark

Copenhage - The Danish editor who commissioned the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked international protests was late Thursday awarded a prize by Denmark's national press club.

Islamic law push strains Malaysian opposition's unity

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian Muslim party on Wednesday launched a push to implement Islamic criminal punishments such as flogging and amputations in a state it governs, a move that threatens to tear apart the country's opposition.

Italy seeks to block regional 'anti-mosque law'

Rome - The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

Germany says Muslim teachers can wear headscarf unless disruptive

Berlin - Germany's top court said Friday that Muslim teachers can wear the Islamic headscarf in class as long as it doesn't disrupt school activities, in a ruling likely to revive emotional debate.

Trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber begins

Boston - Trial began March 2 for surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who could faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 with bombs planted near the finish line of the famous race in 2013.

'Hell awaits' Tajiks fighting in Syria: Leader

Dushanbe - Post-Soviet Tajikistan's authoritarian President Emomali Rakhmon said Friday that Tajiks fighting in the ranks of ISIS and other extremist organisations in Iraq and Syria would burn in hell.

Op-Ed: Religion and the war against ISIS

New York - Stomach turning levels of barbarism perpetrated as religiously sanctioned behavior have changed the rules on public conversation about religion in media and the public square.

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.

Bangladesh activists protest against US blogger's murder

Dhaka - Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he allegedly received threats from Islamists.

Austria passes law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Vienna - Austria's parliament on Wednesday passed a law banning foreign sources of financing to Muslim organisations and requiring imams to be able to speak German, in a move closely watched by other European nations facing growing problems with radical Islam.

France reforms seek to tackle Muslim radicalisation

Paris - France set out a package of reforms on Wednesday aimed at better integrating Muslims and preventing radicalisation in the wake of the recent jihadist attacks in Paris.

Tajikistan's Islamic party under 'total pressure' ahead of vote

Dushanbe - An opposition Islamic party in ex-Soviet Tajikistan says the government has cracked down on its politicians ahead of March 1 parliamentary polls in the mainly Muslim but secular country.

System let us down with Sydney siege 'monster': PM

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted Sunday "the system" had let the public down by failing to protect it from the "monster" who carried out a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe.

After Copenhagen shootings, Norway's Muslims and Jews link up

Oslo - Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.

Hundreds attend funeral of Copenhagen gunman

Copenhage - Hundreds of people on Friday attended the Islamic burial of the gunman who killed two people in twin shootings in Copenhagen last weekend.

Saudi blogger Badawi again avoids flogging: Amnesty

Riyadh - Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi avoided further flogging on Friday, Amnesty International said, marking the fifth straight week that his 1,000-lash sentence has not been carried out.

Thousands at U.S. funerals of Muslim 'hate crime' victims

Raleigh - The families of three Muslim students shot dead by a neighbor in the U.S. said an emotional farewell to their loved ones Thursday, reiterating calls for the killings to be treated as a hate crime.

Swedish anti-racists swamp first PEGIDA anti-Islam rally

Stockholm - Sweden's first rally by the German-inspired "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA in the city of Malmoe was dwarfed Monday by a counter-demonstration about a hundred times larger, according to police estimates.
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