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France: Minister calls for security at mosques after attack | Crime News

France’s interior minister has called for greater security for Muslim places of worship after vandals defaced the walls of a…

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Asia

‘Law against Islam’: French vote in favour of hijab ban condemned | Politics News

As part of the ‘anti-separatism’ bill, the French Senate has voted for outlawing the headscarf for minors in public. A…

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Latin America

UK’s Sikh community prepares for second Vaisakhi under lockdown | Religion News

London, United Kingdom – Half a million British-Sikhs are preparing to mark the Vaisakhi festival under coronavirus lockdown restrictions for…

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Asia

After Ayodhya, another mosque-temple dispute brews in India’s UP | Islamophobia News

New Delhi, India – A court in India’s Uttar Pradesh state has passed an order related to a dispute over…

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Latin America

Rallies, religious gatherings aggravate India’s worst COVID surge | Coronavirus pandemic News

India’s COVID-19 cases have soared 13-fold in barely two months, a vicious second wave propelled by open disregard for safety…

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Africa

Ramadan 2021: Fasting hours around the world | Infographic News

This year the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is likely to start on Tuesday, April 13. The pre-sunrise to sunset…

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Latin America

When is Ramadan 2021? | Religion News

The first day of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, which is determined by the sighting of the new…

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Latin America

Saudi Arabia to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Mecca | Coronavirus pandemic News

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah says only ‘immunised people’ will be granted permits to perform prayers and Umrah in…

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Africa

Pope says arms spending amid COVID ‘scandalous’ in Easter message | Coronavirus pandemic News

Pope Francis denounces how warfare continues to rage while the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause suffering. Pope Francis has urged…

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Asia

Ramadan fasting safe in COVID-19 pandemic: UK study | Coronavirus pandemic News

London, United Kingdom – Fasting practices in the United Kingdom during Ramadan last year did not lead to higher COVID-19…

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Middle East

Makassar Palm Sunday bomber was known to Indonesian police | Armed Groups News

Makassar and Medan, Indonesia – Indonesia’s National Police have said a suicide bomber who attacked a church in the country’s…

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Latin America

Two die in fresh Bangladesh protest violence over Modi’s visit | Narendra Modi News

Two die in clashes between protesters and police, raising the death toll from protests against India’s Hindu-nationalist leader’s visit to…

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Asia

Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistle-blower for Vatican panel | Human Rights News

Juan Carlos Cruz, an international advocate for abuse victims, was abused as a teenager in his native Chile by a…

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Latin America

Pope orders pay cut for cardinals, clerics to save other jobs | Coronavirus pandemic News

Pope Francis has ordered cardinals to take a 10 percent pay cut and reduced the salaries of most other clerics…

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Africa

Pakistan’s first transgender-only madrasa breaks barriers | LGBTQ News

Transgender sets up religious school, an important milestone for LGBTQ community in the Muslim-majority country. A long white shawl on…

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Europe

‘Racist agenda’: Fear, worries over Sri Lanka’s burqa ban | Religion News

Sri Lanka’s move to ban the burqa on “national security” grounds while calling its use “religious extremism” has been termed…

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Asia

Afghan Buddha in virtual return, 20 years after Taliban destroyed | Religion News

Three-dimensional projection fills alcove that hosted the statue for centuries as Afghans commemorate the 2001 destruction. Twenty years after being…

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Latin America

US visa applicants denied under Trump ‘Muslim ban’ can reapply | Migration News

Applicants who were refused visas prior to January 20, 2020, can submit new applications and pay a new application fee.…

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Europe

How significant is Pope Francis’s visit to Iraq?

The pope has called for an end to acts of violence, extremism and intolerance. Aj Europe

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Asia

Pope Francis urges Iraq’s Muslims, Christians to unite for peace | Religion News

Pope Francis has urged Iraq’s Muslim and Christian religious leaders to put aside animosities and work together for peace and…

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Latin America

Pope Francis meets Iraq’s Shia leader al-Sistani | Religion News

The pontiff met Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in holy city of Najaf to urge Muslims to embrace Iraq’s beleaguered Christians.…

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Latin America

Pope to visit ancient city of Ur, ‘the cradle of civilization’ | Religion News

Nasiriya, Iraq – It is where the wheel was invented, the Code of Hammurabi – or rule of law – was…

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Europe

Pope Francis calls for end to violence in first address in Iraq | Religion News

Pope Francis has called for an end to “violence and extremism” in his opening address on the first-ever papal visit…

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Africa

Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq | Religion News

Pope Francis begins a historic visit to Iraq on Friday, the first by a pontiff to the birthplace of the…

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Latin America

Saudi Arabia says COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for Hajj 2021 | Religion News

Saudi health ministry said having a coronavirus vaccine is a must in order to participate in this year’s Hajj. Saudi…

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Features

Swiss Muslims denounce ‘burqa ban’ proposal as referendum nears | Religion News

Zürich, Switzerland – Less than a year ago, Valentina made the decision to switch her headscarf for a niqab. “I…

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Middle East

Why a Muslim reporter in India has spent nearly 150 days in jail | Freedom of the Press News

New Delhi, India – This week, a Muslim journalist in India will complete 150 days in jail after he was…

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Africa

India: BJP’s rise in former communist bastion has Muslims worried | Islamophobia News

Hooghly, India – In November 2019, India’s Supreme Court approved the construction of a Hindu temple on disputed land in…

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Africa

Sri Lanka finally lifts ban on burial of COVID victims | Coronavirus pandemic News

Controversial ban imposed since March last year lifted after months of protests by Muslim and rights groups. The Sri Lankan…

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Asia

Black Lives Matter: Where are the Black clergy? | Black Lives Matter News

When Julian DeShazier, a 37-year-old Black pastor, marches in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, he removes his clerical collar –…

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Latin America

Women linked to Abu Sayyaf suicide bombings arrested in Sulu | Abu Sayyaf News

At least nine women, including the three daughters of the acting Abu Sayyaf Group leader, have been arrested in a…

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Europe

US reintroduces bill to ban forced-labour products from Xinjiang | Donald Trump News

The bill allows the United States to take action against goods produced with forced labour and will allow President Joe…

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Europe

In Naples, Muslim families struggle to bury coronavirus victims | Coronavirus pandemic News

Naples, Italy – When Ahmed Aden Mohamed brought his mother, Zahra Gassim Alio, to the hospital with knee pain, he…

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Europe

French MPs approve controversial ‘anti-separatism’ bill | Politics News

BREAKING National Assembly legislators sign off on draft law which critics say will unfairly target France’s Muslim population. French MPs…

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Latin America

French MPs to vote on controversial ‘anti-separatism’ bill | Politics News

France’s National Assembly is expected to pass the contentious legislation and send it to the Senate. After weeks of debate,…

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Latin America

France’s controversial ‘separatism’ bill: Seven things to know | Politics News

Paris, France – During a high-profile speech on secularism and Islam last October, French President Emmanuel Macron said that “Islam…

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