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Egypt opens Gaza border for Ramadan after protesters killed

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken the rare decision to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire holy month of Ramadan after Israel killed some 60 Palestinian protesters in the enclave this week.

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

Apo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia announces Thursday start for Ramadan

Apo - The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion's two holiest sites, authorities said.

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Apo - Teaching manuals in Gulf Arab-financed mosques in Belgium promote anti-semitic stereotypes of Jews and call for the persecution of homosexuals, according to a leaked Belgian intelligence report.

Imam dead in S.Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured

Verulam - Armed attackers struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death an imam and injuring two others in a country known for its peaceful religious relations.

Sweden allows mosque to call for prayer in controversial move

Stockholm - Swedish police on Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call for prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in recent years.

Erdogan lambasts French call for removing Koran passages

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at a French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed in response to rising anti-Semitism.

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan loses bid for release ahead of trial

Paris - The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP.

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code.

France deports Salafist preacher accused of hate speech

Marseille - France on Friday deported an influential Islamic preacher whose mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.

Saudi anti-extremism centre hosts French cardinal

Apo - Saudi Arabia's anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Wednesday, authorities said, a rare visit as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.

Will Saudi Crown Prince reform Wahhabism in Europe?

Paris - Saudi Arabia's crown prince has pushed to curb the power of hardline clerics and prominent sheikhs who promote the kingdom's uncompromising version of Islam but analysts warn that moderating the exportation of Wahhabism could be more difficult.

Austria plans headscarf ban for primary school pupils

Vienna - Austria's government announced Wednesday its intention to bring in a ban on the headscarf for girls in kindergartens and primary schools.Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said that the draft law would be ready by the summer.

Canadian man pleads guilty to Quebec mosque murders

Quebec City - A Canadian man known for his far-right, nationalist sympathies pleaded guilty Wednesday to the killing last year of six worshippers at a Quebec mosque -- a surprising turn of events in a case that shocked the nation.

Trial starts in Quebec City mosque shooting case

Quebec City - A Canadian man went on trial Monday for an attack on a Quebec City mosque last year, pleading not guilty to charges of shooting to death six worshippers and wounding many others.

Jihadist threat haunts northern Mozambique

Mtwara - What's left of the Nanduadua mosque lies deep within a labyrinth of alleyways in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town in Mozambique's far north.A handful of veiled women hurry past the one-time place of worship, which is now reduced to rubble.

Iran's 'houses of strength', between the ancient and the modern

Tehran - A few streets and several centuries apart, Iran's gyms come in distinctive breeds, ancient and hyper-modern, reflecting a society torn between outside influences and the continuing strength of religious ritual.

Minister raises ire with Islam 'not part of Germany' broadside

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's hardline new interior minister declared that Islam is "not part of Germany" in an interview published Friday, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term.

Minister raises ire with Islam 'not part of Germany' broadside

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's hardline new interior minister declared that Islam is not "part of Germany" in an interview published Friday, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term.

German Muslim groups ask for support after mosque attacks

Berlin - Islamic groups in Germany Thursday criticised a lack of solidarity and support over a spate of attacks on Muslims and mosques carried out by right-wing extremists and "terrorist" groups.

Bangladesh police say writer was attacked as 'enemy of Islam'

Dhaka - Bangladeshi investigators said Sunday that a young man accused of stabbing a celebrated secular writer at a seminar had targeted him as "an enemy of Islam".

Top Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar

Dhaka - One of Bangladesh's top writers was stabbed in the back of the head during a seminar in the northern city of Sylhet on Saturday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on authors and bloggers.

Religion and politics clash in Russia's North Caucasus

Moscow - A rare conflict between religious and political leaders has broken out in Russia's North Caucasus region, with Islamic imams accusing the local government of corruption while authorities install cameras in mosques to monitor sermons.

France clamps down on radical Islam in prisons, schools

Lille - The French government said Friday said it would seal off extremists within prisons and open new centres to reintegrate returning jihadists into society as part of a plan to halt the spread of radical Islam.

Malaysian rapper held over Lunar New Year dog video

Kuala Lumpur - A rapper in Muslim-majority Malaysia was arrested Thursday for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves.

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan charged with rape: legal source

Paris - Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with rape, a judicial source said, following claims by two women that he assaulted them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012.

London mosque attacker jailed for at least 43 years

London - A Briton who deliberately drove a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque, killing one man, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 43-year term.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan to face French judge

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan will face a French investigating magistrate Friday after two days of questioning over claims by two women that he raped them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012.

Man found guilty of fatal London mosque attack

London - A man who rapidly became fixated with Muslims was found guilty Thursday of murder, having deliberately driven a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque.

German far-right figure embraces Islam over church's 'moral decline'

Berlin - A member of Germany's far-right and anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany party (AfD) who recently converted to Islam has said he did so in protest at what he sees as the "moral decline" of the Protestant church.
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The “Mohammed VI Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations” in the city of Coquimbo, Chile.
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Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaida, in a propaganda video produced by the terrorist organization.
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Turkish-Islamic Mosque in Zurich, Swiss.
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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