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Middle East unrest fuels Sunni-Shiite rift

Relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East could plunge to new lows as the violence in Syria worsens and sectarian rhetoric looms in upcoming Iraqi elections, experts say.

Middle East unrest fuels Sunni-Shiite rift
Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24
Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24

A wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighbourhoods, rocked Baghdad early on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people in the latest bout of bloodshed to rock Iraq.

Spate of Baghdad blasts kill 24
Gunmen kill Shiite director of Pakistan university
Gunmen kill Shiite director of Pakistan university

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle on Tuesday killed a senior Shiite director of a university along with his driver in Pakistan's central Punjab province.

Gunmen kill Shiite director of Pakistan university
Terror suspect evades British police by donning burqa
Terror suspect evades British police by donning burqa

The British government defended its terror prevention measures on Monday after a Somali-born suspect escaped surveillance by putting on a burqa during a visit to a mosque.

Terror suspect evades British police by donning burqa
Erdogan praises Turkey MPs for headscarves in parliament
Erdogan praises Turkey MPs for headscarves in parliament

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the "will of the people had prevailed" after four female lawmakers wore headscarves in parliament for the first time in years, breaking a taboo in the staunchly secular country.

Erdogan praises Turkey MPs for headscarves in parliament
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Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria freed

Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been released, with signs that two Turkish pilots whose abduction was linked to their capture may also be freed.

Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria freed
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Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'

An appeals panel ruled Monday that a Malaysian Catholic newspaper could not use "Allah" to refer to the Christian God, in a case that sparked attacks on places of worship three years ago.

Malaysia Catholic newspaper loses fight to use 'Allah'
Religious edict allowing people to eat dogs and cats issued in Damascus
Religious edict allowing people to eat dogs and cats issued in Damascus

As Muslims around the world mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, sharing festive meals, children trapped in besieged areas around the Syrian capital are going hungry.

Religious edict allowing people to eat dogs and cats issued in Damascus
Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq
Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing 12 people as a study put the death toll in the war-torn country at nearly half a million since the US-led 2003 invasion.

Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq
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Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry

Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy.

Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry
Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger
Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger

The Miss World final takes place on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday after weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant.

Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger
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Swiss region bans full-face Muslim veil

Voters in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region Sunday slapped a ban on wearing full-face veils, a move condemned by the country's Muslim community and Amnesty International.

Swiss region bans full-face Muslim veil
Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege
Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege

Thousands of residents fled as fresh fighting broke out Wednesday between Philippine security forces and Muslim rebels, on the third day of a deadly siege in a key southern city, officials said.

Thousands flee on third day of Philippine rebel siege
Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages
Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages

Muslim rebels seized dozens more hostages and traded gunfire with Philippines troops Tuesday, in the second day of a stand-off after mounting a deadly attack on a southern city.

Philippines rebels trade fire, take more hostages
Kazakhstan Spiritual Management of Muslims carries $1.5 million in a bag to Saudi Arabia
Kazakhstan Spiritual Management of Muslims carries $1.5 million in a bag to Saudi Arabia

The administration of the Spiritual Management of the Muslims of Kazakhstan transports up to $1.5 million in cash in a bag to Saudi Arabia.

Kazakhstan Spiritual Management of Muslims carries $1.5 million in a bag to Saudi Arabia
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a Polish ban on the ritual kosher slaughter of animals.

Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
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Sexual row unfolds over Almaty Central Mosque

One of the students of the Madrasah for Women of Almaty city's Central Mosque complains that the school’s students are forced to become wives of the imams.

Sexual row unfolds over Almaty Central Mosque
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Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis reached out to Muslims on Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and called on them and Christians to promote mutual respect.

Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims
Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain
Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain

In the damp basement room of a Caribbean restaurant in London, Naima leads prayers for an audience of male and female worshippers.

Women promote mosques 'for all' in Britain
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Gay Muslims in Turkey: torn between religion and sexuality

"When I was a child, I was told that homosexuals would burn in hell," said Ertugrul, a Muslim fighting for greater freedom for gays in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

Gay Muslims in Turkey: torn between religion and sexuality