France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations

2016-08-30 05:35

France's government has sought to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that has ratcheted up communal tensions.

French resorts defiant over burkini ban

2016-08-26 22:30

France's highest administrative court has suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town, although other resorts have remained defiant, vowing to keep the restrictions in place.

Abramjee takes on commissioner over Valhalla mosque uproar

2016-08-25 20:28

Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee has called for the suspension of a CRL commissioner, saying the official is the person behind the objections to the Valhalla mosque in Pretoria.

Muslim women say burkini debate 'absurd'

2016-08-24 21:17

Before Wendy had bought her first burkini this summer, the 22-year-old French Muslim convert would dress up in leggings, a tennis skirt and a T-shirt to enjoy days at the beach.

Top French court to examine burkini ban

2016-08-24 11:30

A ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns is set to come before France's highest administrative court, the tribunal says.

Flooding in Indian holy city halts cremations

2016-08-23 18:37

India's holy city of Varanasi has been forced to halt cremations along the banks of the sacred river Ganges as deadly floods from monsoon rains have hit parts of the country.

Germany proposes burqa ban in public places

2016-08-19 16:09

Germany's interior minister has proposed partially banning the full-face burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections.

LGBTI proposal for Anglicans 'rattling the hinges' - Mpho Tutu

2016-08-18 17:12

A proposal that would see a far warmer welcome for the LGBTI community and those in same-sex unions will go before decision-makers in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa next month.

Schools get request for after-school 'Satan Club'

2016-08-05 07:43

After-school religious clubs are the next venture of a national group that has sought to install a statue of Satan outside two state capitols to protest Christian monuments on public grounds.

Second chance for sinners as pope fetes 'Assisi pardon'

2016-08-04 18:28

Pope Francis has travelled to the Italian town of Assisi for a private visit to mark the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi", under which the slates of sinners can be wiped clean.


Anti-burkini law would be 'unconstitutional' - French minister

2016-08-29 07:02

It would be "unconstitutional" for France to pass a law banning the burkini, and such a move could cause irreparable harm, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has warned in an interview published online.

French top court overturns burkini ban

2016-08-26 15:21

France's top administrative court has overturned a town's burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.

French burkini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts

2016-08-25 17:28

France's highest administrative authority has been studying whether local bans on full-body burkini swimsuits are legal, amid growing concerns about police forcing Muslim women to disrobe.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

2016-08-24 18:58

An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked Wednesday as images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice went viral.

Canada's Mounties allow women officers to wear hijab

2016-08-23 20:29

Hoping to boost recruiting of Muslim women, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will allow its officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms.

Man wears red dress, heels for sexuality talk with church leaders

2016-08-23 07:26

A male gender trainer wore a red dress and stilettos to a recent discussion on sexuality with Dutch Reformed church leaders.

Morocco cleric blasts 'nudity' among immodestly dressed women

2016-08-19 06:43

A senior Moroccan cleric has lashed out at what he called "nudity" in the Muslim kingdom, claiming that more and more women are immodestly dressed, sparking criticism in the media.

UK man jailed for killing shopkeeper over Islam 'disrespect'

2016-08-09 20:08

A British man who killed a fellow Muslim has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Amid migrant crisis, Greece to build Athens mosque

2016-08-04 20:22

Lawmakers in Greece have approved construction of a state-funded mosque near central Athens amid heated public debate on how to manage the migrant crisis.

Danish Muslim group offers to bury French priest killer

2016-08-03 21:14

A Danish Muslim group has offered to bury one of the jihadists who murdered a French priest, after Muslim leaders in France refused to do so.

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