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Sydney Terror Accused Deny Guilt

May 31, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6706701.stm

Nine men arrested in Australia's largest counter-terrorism operation have pleaded not guilty to charges of plotting an attack in Sydney.

The men, who are all Muslims, are accused of allegedly planning an attack to advance a "political, religious or ideological cause".

Their lawyers insist they are innocent, and that chemicals found at their homes were for household or...

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New York City Police Seek Trust Among Immigrants

May 31, 2007

Author: Cara Buckley

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/31/nyregion/31outreach.html

Sidique Wai slipped into a mosque in Harlem as afternoon prayers broke, a wisp of a man swimming upstream against the crush of robed worshipers spilling out. He stepped out of his shoes and walked briskly to the front of the prayer room. A microphone was pressed into his outstretched hand.

“How many of you know a police...

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Proposed Pakistani Law Would Criminalize Conversion From Islam

May 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/6/6.shtml#3

NEW DELHI, India, May 31, 2007: A draft bill in Pakistan's National Assembly would impose the death penalty on Muslim men -- and a life sentence on Muslim women -- if they renounce Islam. The bill has received its first reading and now sits before a standing committee of the National Assembly. It has been tabled by Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal, an alliance...

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Boyles Continued Trend of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric by Denver Clear Channel Hosts

May 30, 2007

Source: Colorado Media Matters

http://colorado.mediamatters.org/items/200705310001

Summary: Peter Boyles of 630 KHOW-AM is the most recent Denver-based Clear Channel Communications host to engage in anti-Muslim rhetoric, telling a caller on his May 30 show that "the enemy" is "radical, crazy, religious Islam." Boyles also agreed with the caller's suggestions that the United States should bar "Islamic immigration" and that Islam should be declared "a political ideology."
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G-String Web Ad Removed After Thai Fury

May 30, 2007

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/Gstring-web-ad-removed-after-Thai-fury/2007/05/30/1180205344677.html#

An American website offering G-string underwear and T-shirts for dogs emblazoned with picture of Buddha dropped them from its sales list after protests by predominantly Buddhist Thailand.

"It is a good thing they understand our sensitivity," Foreign Ministry spokesman Piriya...

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Mosque Attendance Falls After Terrorism Arrests

May 30, 2007

Author: Dina Temple-Raston

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10529148

Midday prayers at the South Jersey Islamic Center in Palmyra often have thin attendance, but since the arrest of a handful of its members, attendance has plummeted. The hundreds of congregants who used to show up for Friday evening prayers now number just dozens. People who had prayed there for years are now staying away.

Ejlvir,...

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US Airways Seeks Imam-Suit Dismissal

May 30, 2007

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070530-023947-9029r.htm

US Airways is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Muslim imams, saying the airline followed government guidelines when it removed the men from a flight because of suspicious behavior.

The response to the lawsuit, filed March 12 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, says...

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Worshippers Raise Cash for Mosque

May 29, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6699583.stm

A mosque in Nottingham badly damaged in a fire is being repaired with help from the local community after an insurance claim was rejected.

The Forest Fields mosque was targeted by arsonists in April but insurance has not been paid out as an alarm was not switched on at the time of the fire.

Imam Raza ul Haq said the local community had rallied around...

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Kashmir Fatwa Over Mosque Rebuild

May 29, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6701881.stm

A Muslim cleric in Indian-administered Kashmir has issued an edict against the renovation of Islamic mosques and shrines by the Indian army.

Grand Mufti Bashiruddin's edict, or fatwa, said only Muslims may carry out such work on holy sites.

India's army says it has spent more than $130,000 on the repair of Muslim holy sites in the region as part of its campaign for "hearts and...

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Swiss Move to Ban Minarets

May 28, 2007

Author: Imogen Foulkes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6676271.stm

A row is brewing over religious symbolism in Switzerland.

Members of the right-wing Swiss People's Party, currently the largest party in the Swiss parliament, have launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned.

They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with...

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