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Islamic Group Calls for Hate-Crime Investigation in Mosque Arson

August 13, 2007

Source: The Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070813/APN/708130821

ANTIOCH, Calif. -- An Islamic group called on authorities Monday to launch a hate-crime investigation into a fire that caused $200,000 in damage to an Antioch mosque.

Investigators with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said they are treating the fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Islamic Center...

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Turkey's Ruling Party Renominates Islamist for Presidency Despite Strong Secular Opposition

August 13, 2007

Author: Selcan Hacaoglu

Source: Union Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070813-1305-turkey-presidency.html

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's Islamic-oriented ruling party decided Monday to renominate the religious-leaning foreign minister for president, raising the possibility of another showdown with secular factions, including the military.

When...

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U.S. Designates Fatah al-Islam "Terrorist" Group

August 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/usa_lebanon_dc

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it had designated al Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam, a militant group active in Lebanon, as a "terrorist" organization, subjecting it to U.S. financial sanctions.

Over the last 12 weeks, Fatah al-Islam has been fighting the Lebanese army at the Nahr al-Bared...

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Philippine Military Rushes Troops to Battle Islamic Militants in the South

August 12, 2007

Author: Carlos H. Conde

Source: The Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/12/news/phils.php

MANILA: The Philippine government has relocated its military headquarters and stepped up its offensive against Islamic extremists in the south, sending hundreds of additional troops to the province of Sulu, where fighting in recent days left at least 25 Philippine soldiers dead.

A similar number of militants from the Al Qaeda-linked...

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Religious Tolerance Facing Test in Britain

August 10, 2007

Author: Mandy Clark

Source: VOA

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-08-10-voa48.cfm

It is an issue shrouded in controversy. The niqab, Islam's full-face veil, is surging in popularity among British Muslims. Many non-Muslims see it as a rejection of Western culture, others as a form of radicalism.

Christopher Doyle, from the Council of British-Arab Understanding, says it is neither. “Increasingly in communities, not just in Britain --...

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Muslim Americans Setting Example For Muslims Abroad, Leader Says

August 10, 2007

Author: Jason Wiest

Source: The Morning News

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/08/10/news/081107lrmohammed.txt

LITTLE ROCK -- The leader of the largest Muslim community in America said Friday that Muslims here live in harmony overall with people of other religious backgrounds and Muslim nations abroad are taking note.

"I believe that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and perhaps many other Muslim nations, are really...

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Arabic T-Shirt Incident Prompts Rights Lawsuit

August 10, 2007

Author: JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

Source: New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/60261

The Department of Homeland Security is facing a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union over the treatment of a passenger at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the days after a major terrorism alert.

The passenger, who was born in Iraq, was forced to cover up Arabic script on his T-shirt before he was permitted to board a JetBlue flight last year,...

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Thousands of Muslims Expected at Unity Day

August 10, 2007

Author: Juliana Barbassa

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_6590976?nclick_check=1

SANTA CLARA -- Muslims of all backgrounds, whether Shia or Sunni, born in San Jose or Afghanistan, recent immigrants or recent converts, will put aside their differences to share the thrill of a good roller-coaster ride on Saturday.

More than 4,000 people are expected at the Great America amusement park for Muslim Unity Day,...

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Holy Land Trial Turns to Israeli Agent

August 9, 2007

Author: JASON TRAHAN

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/081007dnmetholyland.2dac4a9.html

The federal judge presiding over the Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial ordered his courtroom cleared of spectators Thursday as a secret agent for the Israeli Defense Forces took the stand.

The agent, referred to only by the pseudonym...

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Two Buddhists Decapitated in Thai South

August 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Scotsman.com

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.scotsman.com/latest_international.cfm?id=1248622007

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed and decapitated two elderly Buddhists, then burned their houses in violent-wrecked southern Thailand, police said on Thursday.

The attacks in Yala province on Wednesday night followed a security sweep by government...

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Justice Abruptly Cancelled 'Muslim Outreach' Event

August 8, 2007

Author: Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20185599/site/newsweek/

Aug. 8, 2007 - The Justice Department this summer abruptly cancelled a high-profile “Muslim outreach” event featuring Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after discovering that one of the invited guests was an officer of an organization just named as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a major terrorism case.

The...

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Arizona Mosque Targeted in "Acid Bomb" Attack

August 8, 2007

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0833871920070808

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Police in Arizona said two unidentified men tossed a bottle filled with acid at a Phoenix area mosque early on Monday, splashing a caustic chemical near a Muslim cleric involved in a high-profile discrimination suit.

A Glendale Police Department spokesman said two men driving in a red car threw a soda bottle filled with acid and a reactant at the...

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Hamas Takeover of Gaza Strands Americans, Including Tennessee Family

August 8, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune/The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/08/america/NA-GEN-US-Stuck-in-Gaza.php

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: An American family from Tennessee is stuck in the Gaza Strip, unable to leave since the Islamic militant group Hamas took over in June — and advocacy groups say they are not the only ones.

Hossam Bahour, of Nashville, said his wife...

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"Europe Confronts Islam," a Commentary by Andrew Tillman

August 7, 2007

Author: Andrew Tillman

Source: Center for American Progress

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/08/exclusion.html

Germany is home to 3.2 million Muslims, yet last month a small but vocal group staged a protest in Cologne to try to block plans for a Mosque. This kind of Muslim exclusionism has become a disturbing but growing trend in Western Europe.

Leading opponents of the mosque in Cologne—Manfred Rouhs, leader of a...

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