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Denmark to charge man with blasphemy over burning Koran

Danish prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a rare blasphemy case against a man who videotaped himself burning a copy of the Koran.

Wilders: Islam must be driven out of the Netherlands

Dutch right-wing firebrand Geert Wilders said Sunday that he would support a ban on Islam in the Netherlands.

Reis Kavazovic: Terrorists will be defeated, but what after that

The defeat of those who are carrying out terror in the name of Islam is definitely certain, however, there are reasons to fear, in the current world imbued with hatred and prejudices, of what will fill the space that has been so far occupied by terrorist groups, the head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Reis Husein Kavazovic, has said in an interview for the FENA news agency of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Number of Salafists in Germany rises sharply, spy agency says

The number of radical Salafists in Germany has risen sharply in recent months, Germany's domestic intelligence service told dpa on Thursday.

Reports: Intelligence warns of Saudis exporting extremism to Germany

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have been providing increasing levels of support to an ultraconservative branch of Islam in order for it to take root in Germany, German media reported, citing an intelligence report.

Foundation stone laid for Islamic cultural centre in Sisak

About 2,000 Muslim believers from Croatia and neighbouring countries, religious dignitaries, state and local officials, diplomats and other guests gathered in Sisak, some 60 kilometres southeast of Zagreb, for the laying of a foundation stone for a future Islamic cultural centre, the fourth such centre to be built in Croatia.

For Muslims in America, concerns and fears of a Trump presidency

Amid the shock and surprise of Donald Trump's electoral victory, there was concern among Muslims in the United States that the president-elect had a negative view of their community and was supported by anti-Islamic segments of American society.

India’s key Muslim shrine to lift ban on entry to women

A trust that runs Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque said on Monday it will revoke a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of the shrine, in accordance with court orders.

Trump's Muslim ban: A timeline of shifting positions

With national security a focus of Monday's US presidential debate, Donald Trump may once again have to defend his plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, which he says will prevent terrorist attacks.

Preacher to serve 8 months for incitement over Temple Mount sermon

An Islamic preacher was sentenced on Sunday to eight months in prison for incitement over a 2014 sermon he gave at the al-Aqsa Mosque at Temple Mount, according to a court statement.

Indonesia seeks to block gay dating apps

Indonesia is seeking to block gay-friendly mobile applications, an official said Friday, adding to a series of measures targeting sexual and gender minorities in the country.

Merkel sees burqa as religious freedom but backs limited ban

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out on Wednesday against the idea of a complete ban in Germany on the full-face veil worn by Muslim women, saying that wearing it was part of religious freedom.

Norwegian hairdresser fined for discriminating against Muslim woman

A Norwegian court on Monday fined a female hairdresser for discriminating against a Muslim woman who wore a headscarf.

Muslim pilgrims start stone-throwing ritual amid tightened security

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims started on Monday a stone-throwing ritual as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage just outside Mecca, where hundreds were killed in a stampede at last year’s event.

Muslim pilgrims pack Mount Arafat as Hajj reaches its climax

Nearly 2 million Muslims on Sunday packed Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia marking the peak of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Muslims start Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid tightened security

The annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage started on Saturday in Saudi Arabia amid increased security measures

Over 1.3 million Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage

Around 1.32 million Muslims have arrived in Saudi Arabia from around the globe for the annual Hajj pilgrimage that starts on Saturday, a Saudi official said.

Saudi minister slams Iran in escalating spat over Hajj

Iran does not want the Hajj to pass safely for the millions who take part, a Saudi minister said, in an escalating spat between the two regional rivals over the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

Italy expels Muslim cleric who refused to accept gender parity

A Moroccan man who served as a "stand-in imam" in a mosque in northern Italy was forcibly repatriated home because he refused to accept Italian constitutional rights such as gender parity, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Thursday.

Iran's Rowhani calls on Muslims to "punish" Saudis over Hajj deaths

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia should be punished for its role in a deadly stampede at last year's Hajj pilgrimage.

Iran's ayatollah calls Saudis "infidels" ahead of Hajj pilgrimage

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the Saudis as unbelievers and questioned the country's role in administering the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

Austria's presidential candidate calls burkini ban "ridiculous"

Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday called the idea of banning burkinis "ridiculous," according to news agency APA.

Majority of Brits back burqa ban, poll finds

The British public supports a burqa ban by a margin of more than two to one, according to a poll released on Wednesday by YouGov.

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate occupied by right-wing activist group

Several right-wing activists occupied Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on Saturday, according to police.

Indian court allows women to enter key Muslim shrine

An Indian court on Friday overturned a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque, marking another victory for women fighting gender discrimination at places of worship in India.

Arrests in Iran over "immoral" use of internet

Hundreds of people in Iran have been arrested or questioned for their "immoral use" of the internet, a news report said Tuesday.

Muslims not welcome in Czech Republic, prime minister says

Czechs do not want a larger Muslim presence in the country, according to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

Popular Malaysian singer detained amid probe for "insulting Islam"

A Malaysian court on Monday approved the four-day detention of popular singer Namewee while he is investigated on accusations of insulting Islam in a music video, a police official said.

Burkini allows women to have freedom and fun, says Australian creator

Invented in 2004 by an Australian woman, the burkini has come under attack in Germany and France. Banning the full-body swimwear would rob many women of the freedom to have fun in public, says its creator.

Man charged with murder of New York City imam, aide

A man suspected of killing an imam and his associate in New York City has been charged with their murders, officials for the New York City Police Department said Monday.

Merkel's conservative party considers burqa ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) said Monday they were considering a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa.

Italy expels head of Islamic centre accused of radical propaganda

The leader of an Islamic cultural centre in northern Italy has been expelled for spreading radical propaganda, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday.

Islamic authorities ban Malaysian Muslims from playing Pokemon Go

Islamic authorities in Malaysia banned Muslims in the country from playing Pokemon Go, the popular augmented reality smartphone game, which became available there on Saturday.

China forms regional anti-militancy alliance

Three Muslim-majority south and central Asian countries have joined a Chinese-led military alliance to counter Islamist militancy, officials said Thursday, in a move that could challenge long-standing US dominance in the region.

Man reciting Muslim prayers and carrying large axe arrested in Venice

Italian police said Monday they arrested a man who was spotted behaving strangely while reciting Muslim prayers inside Venice's train station and found him to be in possession of a rucksack containing a 30-centimetre axe and a sharp stone.

It's not right to link Islam with terrorism, Pope Francis says

Islam is not a violent religion, and only a minority of its followers have embraced fundamentalism, Pope Francis said in an overnight press conference.

French premier proposes ban on mosque financing from foreign sources

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is calling for a ban on foreign funding for mosque construction in France, days after two suspected Islamist extremists killed an 86-year-old priest in an attack on a church in Upper Normandy.

Pokemon Go is "prohibited" by Islam, Egyptian religious body says

An official for the top Islamic authority in Egypt told dpa on Thursday that the mobile phone reality game Pokemon Go is "prohibited" by Islam.

German right-wing party enshrines anti-Islam policy in manifesto

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party declared that "Islam does not belong in Germany" as it passed its new party manifesto on Sunday.

Croatia is example of religious co-existence, says Erdogan

Croatia is a praiseworthy example of co-existence of different faiths, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Zagreb on Wednesday, adding that in modern societies one should nurture cooperation and not a conflict of civilisations.

Turkish prime minister rules out Islamic constitution

Turkey is not planning to introduce an Islamic constitution, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday, as a debate about the nature of the country's constitution continues to simmer.

Parliament observes centennary of recognition of Islam in Croatia

A special session of the Croatian Parliament, marking the 100th anniversary of the institutionalised Islam in Croatia, was held on Wednesday with top state officials attending the event.

Muslims celebrate century of recognition of Islam in Croatia

Croatia's parliament adopted a law recognising Islam as an equal religion in the country on April 27, 1916, four years after Austria and a year after the Kingdom of Hungary. By comparison, Belgium recognised Islam in 1974 and Spain in 1992.

Islam is Croatia's cultural legacy, says FM

Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Tuesday, on the occasion of the centenary of Islam's recognition as an equal religion in Croatia, that indigenous Islam in Croatia was not just a faith but a cultural legacy too.

Bangladesh rejects 1988 petition against Islam’s official status

  A petition challenging Islam's status as the official religion of Bangladesh was rejected Monday, 28 years after it was first submitted.

Bangladeshi publisher remanded in custody over "anti-Islam" book

Bangladeshi police on Tuesday remanded a publisher and two other people in custody for publishing and distributing a book that allegedly offended Muslim religious sentiment.

Valentine's Day under fire in Pakistan

Valentine's Day celebrations were slammed by authorities in Pakistan, where officials said the practice was not compatible with the country's Islamic values.

Anti-Islam Pegida draws crowds on home turf, less support elsewhere

Thousands of anti-asylum protesters marched through the German city of Dresden on Saturday for the Islamophobic Pegida movement, but crowds supporting the group at other locations across Europe looked small in comparison to its home audience.

Croatia to mark 100th anniversary of recognition of Islam

Various events will be held in areas of Croatia with sizeable Muslim communities to mark this anniversary and Zagreb will be the venue of a tolerance concert that will be held in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on 22 April.

Muslim Indonesia again reminded that it is not immune to terrorism

The fact that Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country has in the past not kept radical Islamists from striking. In a period of calm since 2009, Jakarta believed itself safe. Now shocked Indonesians are wondering how many of their own have been radicalized.

Iranians defy alcohol ban by consuming 60 million litres of it yearly

Both the sales and consumption of alcohol are banned in the Islamic republic. Punishment can range from heavy fines to lashings for repeat offenders.

Turkey and EU need each other, says Turkish ambassador

Civil wars and conflicts in the region bear witness to the fact that Turkey is a key to Europe's political and economic stability, while Turkey's membership of the EU is important for the country's stability, according to the ambassador's address.