Muslim woman sees eviction case dismissed

2014-08-29 14:12

A woman married and divorced under Islamic law can stay in her marital home after her ex-husband's eviction application had been dismissed by the Goodwood Magistrate's Court.

UK cops urge public to rat on aspiring terrorists

2014-08-26 19:31

British police have urged people to identify "aspiring terrorists" among their family members, friends and neighbours after the killing of US journalist James Foley.

Mumbai Jewish centre attacked in 2008 to reopen

2014-08-26 14:49

A Jewish centre in Mumbai will reopen nearly six years after heavily armed militants stormed the building and killed six people inside during the 2008 attacks on the city.

Temple stampede in India kills at least 10

2014-08-25 08:46

A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India has killed at least 10 people and injured scores, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at religious events, an official and reports say.

Yazidis haunted by cries for help

2014-08-19 10:19

Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants haunt him.

Malaysia 'nude games' organiser apologises

2014-08-18 12:16

The organiser of a nudist sports festival has apologised for holding the event, which triggered outrage in Muslim-majority Malaysia and led to the arrest of eight people.

ISIS is an insult to Islam

2014-08-17 13:20

It's an insult to Muslims to call Iraq and the Levant an “Islamic State” as their behaviour and values is not the teachings of Islam, says Mohamed Saeed.

Malaysia teen questioned over Israel Facebook ‘like’

2014-08-14 16:19

A Malaysian teenager is being investigated by police for sedition after 'liking' a pro-Israel Facebook posting, sparking outrage over perceived growing intolerance in the Muslim-majority country.

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

Austrian woman accused of making porn in church

2014-08-07 14:52

An Austrian woman has been charged after she allegedly sneaked into a village church and filmed herself performing sexual acts, police say.

China city bans beards & Muslim clothing from buses

2014-08-06 09:56

A city in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses, prompting outrage from an overseas rights group.

Sudan woman facing execution for apostasy arrives in US

2014-08-01 08:28

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, has arrived in the United States.

Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas

2014-07-30 18:18

In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

US: Millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

2014-07-28 22:12

More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the US says.

2 girls killed in Pakistan blasphemy row

2014-07-28 12:33

A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim neighbourhood killing a woman and two girls in a row over blasphemy, in the latest attack on one of the country's most persecuted groups.

Zuma wishes Muslims Eid Mubarak

2014-07-27 22:19

President Jacob Zuma has wished the Muslim community Eid Mubarak.

Wear full veil or face punishment: Islamic State

2014-07-25 12:59

Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

Indian minister irked by basketball turban row

2014-07-24 16:13

Basketball's no-headgear rule has irked the Indian sports minister who has reacted with anger after two Sikh members of the men's national team had to remove their turbans.

Dead Sea Scrolls defendant: No jail for now

2014-07-22 09:47

A blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father's academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay out of jail for the time being.

Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

2014-07-16 09:22

Pope Francis's hints about a possible opening on the issue of married priests are sowing confusion in the Vatican and among Catholic reformists and conservatives alike.

CDP: Tutu a friend of Satan

2014-07-14 14:39

Jesus Christ would not have approved of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's support for assisted suicide for the terminally ill and would have called Tutu ‘a son of Satan’, says the Christian Democratic Party.

Church of England to vote on 'women bishops'

2014-07-14 07:56

The Church of England may vote to allow female bishops for the first time in its history, ending half a century of bitter divisions over the role of women.

3 dangerous parenting choices

2014-07-11 13:07

Adults get to make their own foolish choices, but...

Fresh start for scandal-dogged Vatican bank

2014-07-09 13:32

The Vatican is expected to name a French businessman to head up its scandal-prone bank as part of a radical overhaul of the murky institution ordered by Pope Francis.


Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemala village

2014-08-29 06:08

A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries have began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

Gay minister free to marry partner, SCA hears

2014-08-26 18:41

A Methodist Church minister is free to exercise her constitutional right to marry her same-sex partner, given the absence of a clear doctrine on the matter, the SCA has heard.

Chinese teen ‘masterminded’ killing of imam

2014-08-25 13:09

Chinese police have concluded that an 18-year-old, who was influenced by religious extremism, is the mastermind behind the murder of an imam in China's Xinjiang region.

Religious involvement lowers depression risk

2014-08-21 09:07

People who often attend religious services are less likely to report symptoms of depression.

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities

2014-08-18 21:27

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities, but says the international community should decide how to intervene.

Religious involvement lowers depression risk

2014-08-18 11:57

People who often attend religious services are less likely to report symptoms of depression.

Never forget where we come from - Zuma

2014-08-15 20:51

South Africans should not forget where they came from and the strides made since the dawn of democracy, President Jacob Zuma says.

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters

2014-08-14 10:08

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader.

I saved myself for marriage and wish I hadn’t

2014-08-11 12:44

Girls are often encouraged to make pledges to "save" themselves for marriage, but what are the potential psychological effects of this stigmatization of sex?

Jewish children threatened on school bus

2014-08-07 06:24

Dozens of Jewish children have been traumatised by a gang of teenagers who stormed a Sydney school bus and allegedly hurled racial abuse and threats.

DRC and UN rescues Uganda Muslim kidnap victims

2014-08-04 16:36

More than 300 Congolese civilians abducted by Ugandan Muslim rebels have been rescued by soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-31 14:43

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in west Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-29 15:34

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in West Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-29 15:12

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in west Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan

2014-07-28 21:24

Muslims are marking the end of Ramadan with Eid prayers, though bloodshed in Iraq, Gaza and Syria cloud celebrations.

Malaysia marks grim Eid after MH17 crash

2014-07-28 10:20

Malaysia has marked a solemn Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Christians harassed in Sudan

2014-07-24 19:14

Church properties have been bulldozed and seized in a climate of growing harassment of minority Christians in Islamist-run Sudan since the south's 2011 independence.

UK finds extremist schools campaign

2014-07-22 15:23

Schools in some parts of Birmingham were exposed to a "sustained and co-ordinated" effort to impose a hardline Muslim agenda on pupils.

German Jews condemn explosion of hate

2014-07-21 16:37

Germany's Jewish community has condemned an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" at a recent string of pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the country.

Church of England approves women bishops

2014-07-14 22:32

The Church of England has overcome bitter divisions to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history.

I can’t be your child’s godparent

2014-07-14 09:17

Being asked to become a godparent is a great honour, but it's also a massive responsibility.

Pope promises 'solutions' to priestly celibacy

2014-07-13 12:09

Pope Francis has promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction on married priests.

Dear sister, I’m sorry I can’t be your child’s godparent

2014-07-11 11:52

Being asked to become a godparent is a great honour, but it's also a massive responsibility.

Can Sangomas be Christian?

2014-07-09 00:00

Religion is a very sensitive topic that can create a wedge between families and communities.

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