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Rushdie says 'wrong lessons' learned from his Iran fatwa ordeal

Paris - More than a quarter century after being slapped with a fatwa from Iran calling for his murder over his book "The Satanic Verses", Salman Rushdie says the world has learned the "wrong lessons" about freedom of expression.

Kuwait DNA tests violate right to privacy: HRW

Kuwait City - A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Hamas leader in landmark Saudi visit

Jeddah - The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, met Saudi King Salman during a pilgrimage to Mecca, in a rare encounter since a two-year rift, state news agency SPA reported Saturday.

Australian jailed over 12-year-old daughter's 'marriage'

Sydney - An Australian man who consented to an Islamic "marriage" ceremony between his 12-year-old daughter and a man more than twice her age was Friday jailed for at least six years.

Suspected Islamist hacker detained in Bulgaria

Sofia - A man suspected of belonging to a network of Islamist hackers responsible for attacks on more than 3,500 websites worldwide was arrested in Bulgaria, the interior ministry announced Wednesday.

Scores injured as mouse sparks Casablanca mosque crush

Rabat - A mouse triggered panic and a crush in a Casablanca mosque has left more than 80 injured, mostly women, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported.

Kuwait charges 29 over suicide bombing of Shiite mosque

Kuwait City - Kuwait charged 29 people Tuesday over the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month, claimed by the Islamic State group, that killed 26 people and wounded more than 200.The attack, carried out by a Saudi, was the worst in Kuwait's history.

Ramadan festival breathes new life into Saudi's old Jeddah

Jeddah - Residents of the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah are slowly returning to its historic centre, where a Ramadan cultural festival and UN heritage status are giving new life to the old quarter.

Leader of French Islamist group jailed for nine years

Paris - A French court on Friday jailed the leader of a local Islamist group for nine years for "criminal association with a terrorist group.

Saudi joins Israel as target of Jerusalem Day protests

Tehran - Tens of thousands marched in Tehran and Baghdad Friday in annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day demonstrations in support of Palestinians, with Saudi Arabia joining arch-foe Israel as a target for protesters.

Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers

Kuwait City - Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around Shiite mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing, as the emir attended rare Shiite-Sunni joint ceremony in a show of unity.

Kuwaitis show unity after Shiite mosque blast

Kuwait City - Kuwait has moved to ward off sectarian tensions following a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque and taken measures to try to prevent another attack by the Islamic State group.Shiites, who make up about a third of the oil-rich Gulf state's 1.

Kuwait Shiite mosque bomber was Saudi national

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque as a Saudi national, after a series of arrests in connection with the blast that left 26 dead.

Kuwait buries IS attack victims as security boosted

Kuwait City - Thousands of Kuwaitis braved scorching summer heat on Saturday to attend the funerals of 18 out of 26 victims of a Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

IS suicide bomber kills 25 at Kuwait Shiite mosque

Kuwait City - A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital during Friday prayers, killing at least 25 people and wounding many in an unprecedented attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Key Muslim body Al-Azhar condemns 'sick' Mohammed cartoons

Cairo - The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning, Al-Azhar, on Thursday denounced the "sick imagination" behind cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that were aired on Dutch national television.

Dutch populist airs Mohammed cartoons on national TV

Den Haag - Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday aired cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on national television, claiming "freedom of speech must always prevail over violence.

Court quashes mum's bid to sue France for letting son join jihad

Paris - A French court on Tuesday threw out a case brought by a mother trying to sue the government for failing to stop her teenage son from leaving to join jihadists in Syria.

Chad's ban on Islamic veil after attacks divides Muslims

Ndjame - Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.

Dutch populist blames 'misunderstanding' as Mohammed cartoons not aired

Den Haag - Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders blamed a "misunderstanding" for the failure Saturday of his planned airing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, insisting they would now be broadcast next week."I have just spoken to NPO boss (Henk) Hagoort.

Thousands pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa for Ramadan

Jerusalem - Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers streamed through Jerusalem's Old City to one of Islam's most revered sites Friday as Israel eased restrictions for the fasting month of Ramadan.

Chad bans full veil after deadly Boko Haram attacks

Ndjame - Chad on Wednesday banned the full-face Muslim veil and ordered security forces to seize burqas from markets and burn them after 33 people were killed in suicide bombings blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram this week.

Hate and extremism 'not Islam', says French PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stressed on Monday there was no link between extremism and Islam, as he opened a conference aimed at improving ties with France's large Muslim community."We must say all of this is not Islam," said Valls.

New Ramadan rules to help Nordic Muslims in midnight sun

Stockholm - Muslims in the Nordic region can expect new guidelines for coping with a sun that never sets ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a Swedish Muslim association said Thursday.

French mother sues government for letting son join Syria jihad

Paris - A French mother took the government to court on Tuesday for failing to stop her teenage son from leaving the country to join jihadists in Syria.

French 'anti-Islamophobia' group on trial for plotting attacks

Paris - Members of a French group that said it was formed to combat Islamophobia went on trial in Paris on Monday accused of plotting terrorist attacks.

German anti-Islam PEGIDA makes surprise gains in first local polls

Frankfurt - Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement took nearly 10 percent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden Sunday, a better-than-expected result for a group whose weekly demonstrations have steadily dwindled.

Saudi supreme court upholds jail, lashes for blogger

Dubai - Saudi Arabia's supreme court has upheld a sentence of 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes against blogger Raif Badawi on charges of insulting Islam, his wife said on Sunday.

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.

German anti-Islam movement seeks electoral anchor

Dresden - Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, whose weekly demonstrations have steadily dwindled, has its sights set on gaining a political foothold when its eastern stronghold city of Dresden goes to the polls Sunday.
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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All-American ex-Egyptian girl and "Arab Zionist" Nonie Darwish.
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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Muslims protest against insults to Islam.
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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Palestinian people playing at the fruit market of Ramallah before Ramadan
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo, Chile.
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13 August 2010. Palestinian kids playing in East Jerusalem because they are happy for Ramadan.
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A protest at ground zero turned into an angry mob with a man who was passing by was mistakenly thought to be Muslim by the protesters.
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The mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. In Western-based democracies, Muslims are protected by laws that promote religious freedoms. In most Islamic-based societies in the Middle East not only are Christians and other religious minorities not free to safely practice their faith without fear of persecution, the governments and regimes of these societies also fail to protect them against hate crimes perpetrated by Muslim zealots.
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