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Armstrong: Fate of Pakistan Pivotal

February 3, 2008

Author: Simon Cameron-Moore

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSISL153343

The future of Pakistan, and how it balances the need for Muslim symbols with the secularism needed to run a modern state, will be important for the future of the world, according to historian and theologian Karen Armstrong.

Nuclear-armed and reaping the grim harvest of "extremism" resulting from the West's support for a religious war...

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Some Non-Christians Feel Left Out of Election

February 3, 2008

Author: Ed Stoddard

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2365193920080203

DALLAS (Reuters) - In a U.S. election campaign where presidential candidates from both major parties have talked openly about their Christian faith, some non-Christians feel shut out or turned off.

Despite the constitutional separation of church and state, religion plays a big and sometimes decisive role in politics in America...

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125,000 Secular Turks Protest over Islamic Head Scarf

February 2, 2008

Author: Selcan Hacaoglu

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080202-0956-turkey-headscarf.html

Some 125,000 Turks, mostly women, denounced the government on Saturday over its plans to lift a decades-old ban on Islamic head scarves at universities in the mainly Muslim but secular nation.

Many Turks, including the country's...

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German Kids' Book Ridicules Judaism, Christianity and Islam - Authorities Consider Ban

February 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Israel News

http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=907

The German Family Ministry is pushing to have a book it says slurs Judaism, Christianity and Islam labeled dangerous for children. The book's publisher says kids have a right to enlightenment.

The German Family Ministry is pushing for the children's book "How Do I Get to God, Asked the Small Piglet," by written by Michael Schmidt-Salomon and illustrated by Helge...

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British Bishop Says he Faces Threats after Comments on Islamic Extremism

February 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/02/02/4809529-ap.html

An Anglican bishop who said Islamic extremism is creating "no-go areas" for non-Muslims in Britain says he has received death threats, and a British news agency reported Saturday that he is being given police protection.

Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, the bishop of Rochester, raised hackles...

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Hip Hijabs Take Off in Canadian Winter

February 1, 2008

Author: Julie Gordon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN2957487820080201

As temperatures drop in Canada this winter, Muslim women have a new - and warmer - alternative to their traditional hijabs.

A young entrepreneur from Ottawa has designed fashionable head covers, made from water-resistant nylon and lined with fleece, which can be worn alone or over a traditional hijab.

The toasty...

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Faith Schools to Get Own Vetting

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7219634.stm

Some private Muslim and Christian schools in England are to have their own joint inspection body.

The government has approved the setting up of a new independent inspectorate which will mean the schools involved will not be checked by Ofsted.

The body - called The Bridge Schools Inspectorate - will check 110 schools in the...

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Obama Wants Summit with Muslim Countries

January 31, 2008

Author: Brian Rohan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSL3127434420080131

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a French magazine in an interview that if he wins office, he will hold a summit with Muslim countries to better the United States' image in the world.

"Once I'm elected, I want to organize a summit in the Muslim world, with all the heads of state, to have an honest discussion...

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Oxford Clergyman Attacks Muslim Plans for Calls to Prayer

January 30, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3278746.ece

The clergyman who runs one of Oxford’s largest and most successful churches has attacked Muslim plans to begin calls to prayer from the city’s Central Mosque.

The Rev Charlie Cleverley, Rector of St Aldate’s, a thriving charismatic evangelical church in the heart of Oxford, claims non-Muslim residents...

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Afghanistan's Senate Welcomes Reporter's Death Sentence for Insulting Islam

January 30, 2008

Author: AMIR SHAH

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/14904246.html

Afghanistan's upper house of parliament lauded the death sentence handed down against a local journalist who was found guilty of insulting Islam, an official said Wednesday.

In a statement signed by Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, the chamber's chairman, the Senate also condemned what it called "international...

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