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Indonesia's 'Niqab Squad' takes aim at face veil prejudice

Bekasi - Riding a horse or nailing an archery target is tough at the best of times -- it's even harder when you're wearing a niqab.

Muslim cultural centre vandalised in Warsaw

Warsaw - Vandals smashed a dozen windows at the Muslim Cultural Centre in Warsaw, which houses one of the two mosques in the Polish capital, police said Monday.

Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's crown prince vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth" as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance.

Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

Atenas - On Greece's rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.

France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

Paris - French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country's interior minister said Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space.

Millions mark key Shiite commemoration in Iraq holy city

Karbala - An estimated 14 million Shiite pilgrims thronged Iraq's holy city of Karbala on Friday to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration, as Baghdad looks to wipe out the Islamic State group that has targeted their branch of Islam.

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamic extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months.

Al-Azhar's imam meets pope, vows to fight terrorism

Rome - The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar institution Ahmed al-Tayeb, one of the Muslim world's leading religious authorities, on Tuesday met Pope Francis and pledged greater cooperation to fight terrorism.The spiritual leader of the world's almost 1.

US jihadists fail to build significant networks, act alone

Washington - Sayfullo Saipov, the radicalized Uzbek who mowed down eight people on a New York bike path, apparently developed his plot in relative isolation, like most other jihadist attackers in the United States.

Right-wing leaders denounce ban on Brussels 'Islam safari'

Brussels - Two far-right Belgian and Dutch politicians slammed a ban against their planned "Islam safari" through a Brussels immigrant neighbourhood on Friday as a sign of Islam's sway over Europe.

Nigerian haute couture in the Muslim north

Lagos - Ibrahim Aminu launched his first clothing line eight years ago when he designed a dress for his sister.

'Moderate Saudi Arabia': crown prince shakes up kingdom

Riyadh - Unveiling blueprints for a futuristic landscape with robots and driverless cars, Saudi Arabia's young crown prince outlined his most emphatic vision yet to transform the ultra-conservative kingdom as he sought to charm investors.

Austrian 'burqa ban' confuses police — and sharks

Vienna - Austria's new ban on the full Islamic veil and any face-concealing item is causing confusion, with a man in a shark costume the latest to be ensnared, authorities admitted Tuesday.

Bangladesh arrests top leaders of largest Islamist party

Dhaka - Bangladesh police Monday night arrested the top leaders of the country's largest Islamist party, an official said, as the government appeared to have launched a crackdown on the main opposition parties.

Quebec City mosque shooter formally charged

Quebec City - A man accused in a Quebec City mosque shooting that left six people dead was formally charged with murder and attempted murder during a brief court appearance Monday.

Austria moves to ban the burqa

Vienna - New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

Malaysian Muslim-only laundrette stirs anger

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian laundrette that banned non-Muslim customers sparked anger Tuesday as fears grow of creeping religious conservatism in the multi-ethnic country.

Muslims 'attached' to Europe despite discrimination: study

Vienna - A large majority of Muslims in Europe feel closely connected to the country they live in and trust public institutions despite facing "widespread discrimination", a study suggested Thursday.

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

Cox's Bazar - As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours.

20,000 Bangladesh hardliners rally for Rohingya

Dhaka - At least 20,000 Islamist hardliners marched in Bangladesh on Monday in protest against the violence which has driven the Rohingya Muslim minority from neighbouring Myanmar across the border into squalid refugee camps.

Bangladesh Islamists want 'war' over Rohingya crisis

Dhaka - Thousands of supporters of Islamist groups staged protests after weekly prayers on Friday, urging the government to go to war against Myanmar over the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims.

'Hijabs beautiful' Indonesians tell NY fashion week

New York - The hijab and abaya dazzled center stage on the New York runway Thursday as up-and-coming Indonesian designers kicked off an increasingly diverse fashion week, hoping to change prejudices in the West.

Iran hackers demand women be allowed to watch football

Tehran - The website of Iran's main stadium was hacked on Wednesday with a demand that women be allowed to watch football matches, a day after female lawmakers were permitted to attend.

US angers Afghans with 'offensive' leaflet drop

Kabul - US forces apologised Wednesday for dropping leaflets in northern Afghanistan depicting a dog with a Koranic verse written across its body -- an image highly offensive to Muslims.

Brief joy for Iran female football fans quickly extinguished

Tehran - For a brief moment, Iran's female football fans thought they were finally allowed to attend a match, but their hopes were dashed on Monday when authorities said their tickets were sold by mistake.

Muslim pilgrims mark final hajj rite with 'Stoning of Devil'

- In stifling heat, a Saudi security guard sprayed Muslim pilgrims with water as they advanced through Mina for the final rite of the hajj, the "Stoning of the Devil" that has proved lethal in past years.

In inflation-hit Egypt, Eid sacrifices are a luxury

- The cattle traders in the Ashmun market, north of the capital Cairo, jostled to lure customers into buying a buffalo or a sheep for Eid al-Adha, the annual Muslim holiday when custom requires a sacrifice.

Iran pilgrims make return to hajj with bitter memories

Mecca - Reza from Iran is torn between the joy of taking part in this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites and bitter memories of the 2015 stampede that killed hundreds of his compatriots.

In smartphone age, the hajj is for sharing

Mecca - Arm outstretched, Abdul Rahman sweeps his mobile phone across the vista of Mecca, the Great Mosque dazzling in the sun, so his son in Tanzania can experience the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites.

Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey

Mena - More than two million Muslims from around the world began the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites Wednesday, a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual journey.
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