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Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

Sofia - Bulgaria banned on Friday face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as the debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

Swiss lawmakers approve step towards burqa ban

Geneva - Switzerland's lower house on Tuesday narrowly approved a draft bill on a nationwide burqa ban, the ATS news agency reported, but the measure remains far from coming into force.

Anti-govt protest in Jordan over murder of writer

Amman - Protesters called on Monday for Jordan's government to resign over its failure to prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman court."The people want the fall of the government... No security, they killed Nahed in Amman!

Sarkozy says immigrants should 'live like the French'

Franconville - French Presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy said that once immigrants are granted citizenship in France they "should live like the French".

Sunni Islam riven anew by ancient dispute

Cairo - An old rift at the heart of Sunni Islam that once saw clerics brawl outside a mosque in medieval Baghdad has emerged again, only this time they are fighting it out on social media.

Trial opens over Corsica 'burkini' clashes

Bastia - Five men went on trial in Corsica on Thursday over a mass beach brawl on the French Mediterranean island last month that reportedly began after tourists took pictures of Muslim bathers.

From war or wealth: The many faces of the hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - There are those who come from countries at war, others who saved their entire lives, and some making the pilgrimage for the umpteenth time.They are among more than 1.

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year.

Saudi launches Persian hajj TV after tensions with Iran

Mecca - Saudi Arabia has launched Persian-language television broadcasts from this year's hajj, the information minister said on Sunday, following tensions with Iran over the annual pilgrimage.

Hajj pilgrims reach site of deadly stampede

Mena - Muslim pilgrims reached Mina on Monday for the ritual stoning of the devil, the last major rite of the annual hajj and the scene of a devastating stampede last year.

Top Saudi cleric 'to skip annual hajj sermon for health reasons'

Mecca - For the first time in 35 years Saudi Arabia's top cleric will not give a traditional hajj sermon to pilgrims from around the world, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

The hajj in numbers

Mecca - The hajj pilgrimage, which got under way in the Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, is one of the world's largest annual gatherings.Here are some figures illustrating its scale, according to officials and local media:- More than 1.

Hajj nears climax for world's Muslims

Mena - Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on Saturday night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat.

Nearly 1.5 million in Saudi for first post-stampede hajj

Mecca - Nearly 1.5 million pilgrims have converged on western Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj where new measures aim to prevent a recurrence of last year's stampede which killed around 2,300.

Muslims crowd Mecca ahead of hajj

Mecca - Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

Muslims crowd Mecca ahead of hajj

Mecca - Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

Muslims crowd Mecca ahead of hajj

Mecca - Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year's stampede disaster but with Iranians absent.

Hollande warns against sacrificing rights to anti-terror fight

Paris - Islam can co-exist with secularism, President Francois Hollande said Thursday, warning in a speech seen as preparing the ground for a re-election bid that the anti-terror fight should not undermine French values.

From prayer beads to clocks, the retail rites of hajj

Mecca - After spending thousands of dollars to reach Mecca for the hajj, Muslim pilgrims face another unavoidable cost -– for the armfuls of gifts they are expected to take home.

Tehran-Riyadh war of words hots up as Iranians miss hajj

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of "bigoted extremism" late Tuesday in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran's exclusion from this year's hajj pilgrimage.

Rituals of the hajj

Mecca - Muslims from across the world have gathered in Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam, to take part in the following rituals:- Ihram: Pilgrims wear special outfits, which for men is a two-piece white seamless g...

Pain lingers one year after hajj tragedy in Saudi

Mecca - Despite being emotionally scarred by the death of two childhood friends during last year's hajj stampede, Muhammad Sani has still returned to Saudi Arabia for another pilgrimage.

French burkini ban maintained in Corsican village

Bastia - An administrative court on the French island of Corsica refused Tuesday to lift a burkini ban that was introduced following a mass brawl on a beach, saying it was justified on public order grounds.

Veiled Muslim mothers prevented from entering French school

Marseille - Two Muslim mothers wearing headscarves were accosted and prevented from entering a nursery school on the French island of Corsica on Monday by two other parents, officials said.

UN rights chief slams 'demagogues' Trump and Wilders

Den Haag - The UN human rights chief launched a scathing attack on populist politicians like Donald Trump and Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, calling for action to halt such "demagogues and political fantasists".

NY Times piece on burkinis in France 'unacceptable': PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday slammed a New York Times article prompted by the debate over the burkini swimsuit in which French Muslim women complained of discrimination and even "persecution".

French city Nice suspends burkini ban after defiance

Nice - A Nice court finally suspended the burkini ban on Thursday after authorities in the French Riviera resort had defied a ruling by the country's highest administrative court.

UN hails suspension of France's burkini ban, slams 'stigmatisation'

Geneva - The UN on Tuesday welcomed a decision by France's highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkini swimwear, warning that the ban had fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatisation.

France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations

Paris - France's government sought Monday to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that ratcheted up communal tensions.

Anti-burkini law would be 'unconstitutional': French minister

Paris - It would be "unconstitutional" for France to pass a law banning the burkini and such a move could cause irreparable harm, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned in an interview published online late Sunday.
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