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Rialto Muslim Woman's Headscarf Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

February 25, 2008

Author: IMRAN GHORI

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_scarf26.3e7c803.html

A lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County of violating a Rialto Muslim woman's rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf was allowed to proceed by a federal judge Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips denied a motion by the county's attorneys seeking to have part of the...

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Muslim Leaders Issue Letter to Improve Relations with Jewish Community

February 24, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3426682.ece

Muslim leaders from around the world will tomorrow issue a statement to the world's Jewish Community in "a call for positive and constructive action that aims to improve Muslim - Jewish relations."

In the letter, which has emerged from the Muslim-Jewish study centre at the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths in Cambridge,...

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Bishop of Rochester Reasserts 'No-Go' Claim

February 24, 2008

Author: Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/24/nchurch124.xml

In his first interview since his controversial comments, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali vows not to be forced into silence.

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who received death threats for airing his views on Islamic issues, has vowed that he will continue to speak out.

His claim that...

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Bedouin Muslim Dedicated to Prosperous Future for Israel

February 24, 2008

Author: LARRY MITCHELL

Source: ChicoER

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_8349753

Ishmael Khaldi hasn't done what was expected, but one day he will.

The expectation -- of his family and culture -- was that once he got an education, he'd return to his village in northern Israel, get married and raise a family.

Instead, Khaldi, 36, is still single and traveling the world as an Israeli diplomat.

He was in Chico Friday, speaking to a...

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Insurgency Hotbeds Increase in Thailand

February 23, 2008

Author: AMBIKA AHUJA

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Feb23/0,4670,ThailandUnderSiege,00.html

The tea shop is abandoned. Rubber plantations stand untended. Soldiers constantly patrol the one-lane road leading into this Muslim village.

Rae Poh was once designated a "green zone" village, one of more than 1,600 such islands of peace amid the violence that...

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Church Gives Generously to a Centre for all Faiths

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412722.ece

A diocese of the Church of England is giving an unprecedented £250,000 towards a multifaith building in which the largest amount of worship space will be reserved for Muslims.

The Guildford diocese is one of the wealthiest in the UK. The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Rev Christopher Hill, gave the £250,000 cheque...

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Shops Raided in Azerbaijan’s Southern Region

February 22, 2008

Author: P. Aliyeva

Source: Trend News

http://news.trendaz.com/index.shtml?show=news&newsid=1141326&lang=EN

Eighteen Muslim Shops in the south regions of Azerbaijan – Bilasuvar, Jalilabad, Masalli and Lankaran, have been raided, Miryahya Badirov, the head of the South Office of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Religious Organizations, said to Trend News.

Last year, the State Committee for Religious Organizations...

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Draft Iranian Law Threatens Gross Human Rights Violations

February 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/606

The Iranian Parliament is considering legislation that would institutionalize a series of gross human rights violations, affecting not only Baha'is but many others, even outside of Iran, the Baha'i International Community said today.

Of greatest concern is a section that would mandate the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam to...

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Bulgaria Debates Bringing Religious Studies Back into Schools

February 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jaagAk_W4--fhhzdOqLwq22CuDwg

Almost 20 years after the fall of communism, Bulgaria wants to reverse widespread ignorance about religion fostered under the old regime by making religious studies compulsory in schools.

The government's proposal, however, has churned up some stormy opposition to this long-time taboo.

Georgy Bakalov, who heads a team...

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'Most Britons Belong to No Religion'

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412734.ece

Freedom from religion in Britain is becoming as important as freedom of religion, according to a United Nations investigation.

A 23-page report by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, says that the 2001 census findings that nearly 72 per cent of the population is Christian can no...

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