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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.

More than 2 million Muslims gather for Hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the world will start the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites Wednesday, a religious duty and an epic multi-stage journey.

Gulf row stunts Qatar hajj numbers

Doha - Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week's hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

Iran pilgrims flock to Saudi in diplomatic icebreaker

Tehran - In a diplomatic icebreaker between political foes, tens of thousands of Muslim faithful from Iran have flocked to Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites.

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the hajj

Jeddah - Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime.

France's Charlie Hebdo publishes provocative Islam cartoon

Paris - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published a provocative front-page cartoon about Islam and the recent terror attacks in Spain on Wednesday, sparking fears that it could encourage Islamophobia.

India ruling highlights disputed Muslim 'instant divorce'

Cairo - An Indian court's decision on Tuesday to ban Islamic instant divorces highlighted a controversial practice that is disputed in Muslim countries and already banned in some.

Housewife jailed for blasphemy in Indonesia

Jakarta - An Indonesian housewife has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for insulting Islam, an official said Tuesday, the latest conviction under the country's controversial blasphemy law.

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death Sunday over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies.

Muslim states slam 'provocative' Israel actions in Jerusalem

Istanbul - The main grouping of the world's Muslim nations on Tuesday accused Israel of staging provocative actions and inflaming tensions with the Palestinians in a crisis over security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem.

Turkey hosts meeting of pan-Islamic group over Jerusalem tensions

Istanbul - Turkey on Tuesday hosted a meeting of the main grouping of the world's Muslim nations to discuss the crisis that erupted last month when Israel imposed security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem.

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

Kuala Lumpur - Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.

Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

Kuala Lumpur - Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.
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