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Muslim Vote Plays Role in Labour Party's Loss of Seats in Election

July 17, 2004

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/16/1089694567759.html?oneclick=true

On July 17, 2004 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "British voters have delivered a humiliating rebuke to Tony Blair in two by-elections in supposedly safe Labour seats in the Government's first electoral test after the damning Butler inquiry into Iraq intelligence. Massive swings against Labour cost the party Leicester South and reduced...

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FBI to Conduct Voluntary Interviews of Muslims

July 17, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56080-2004Jul16.html?referrer=email

On July 17, 2004 The Washington Post reported that, "FBI agents have launched a series of interviews of Muslims and Arab Americans in the Washington area and across the country, hoping to glean information that could prevent a major terrorist attack during this election year. A few dozen voluntary interviews of community leaders,...

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Grand Sheikh and Alexandrian Pope Sign Christian-Muslim Dialogue Agreement

July 17, 2004

Source: ArabicNews.com

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040717/2004071726.html

On July 17, 2004 ArabicNews.com reported, "The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese presided yesterday on the signing of an agreement on Muslim-Christian dialogue. Sheikh Hamid El-Rifae, Chairman of the International Islamic Forum and Gergis Saleh, Secretary General of the Middle East...

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FBI Official Meets with NY Muslims to Continue Building Strong Relationship

July 16, 2004

Source: The Stanten Island Advance

http://www.silive.com/news/advance/index.ssf?/base/news/1089985522116710.xml

On July 16, 2004 The Stanten Island Advance reported, "Muslim cultural and religious leaders from across the city flocked to the Muslim Majlis Mosque in Concord last night to meet the head of the FBI's New York office for the first time. Continuing a dialogue begun by his predecessor, Kevin Donovan, who left the FBI last year, Pasquale...

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Saudi Textbooks Teach Anti-Western Rhetoric, Washington-Based Reform Group Says

July 14, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/saudi/story/0,11599,1260867,00.html

On July 14, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Saudi schoolchildren are being taught to disparage Christianity and Judaism in a textbook issued by the education ministry, a report said yesterday. The book forms part of the kingdom's revised curriculum - supposedly cleaned up after complaints that demonising the west had become endemic in Saudi schools. A lesson for six-year-olds reads...

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Update: Woman Fabricated Story of Alleged Anti-Semitic Attack

July 14, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=93A0FCCE-E6BC-4C95-A0C7AEF9F7A23F8B

On July 14, 2004 Voice of America reported, "An alleged anti-Semitic attack that rocked France turns out to be a fabrication. Public opinion is now torn over whether authorities reacted too quickly and unfairly targeted the country's Muslim population. The story was horrific enough when details emerged in recent days. A gang of youths...

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Chirac: Those Breaking Religious Symbols Ban Will Be Prosecuted

July 14, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14372685.htm

On July 14, 2004 Reuters reported, "French President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday anyone who defies a ban on headscarves and other religious headwear when state schools reopen in September could be prosecuted. Chirac's warning followed an appeal for girls to defy the ban which was issued by the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF), a Muslim fundamentalist organisation. 'If anyone is...

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Education Authorities Block Plan to Create Separate Class for Muslim Students

July 14, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040714_1129.html

On July 14, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Education authorities in Milan have blocked a plan by a local public school to create a separate class for Islamic students, a decision that fueled an ongoing debate over the role of Muslims in this predominantly Catholic nation. The decision Tuesday came after days of raging controversy in Milan. Over...

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London Mayor Denounces French Headscarf Ban, Speaks Against Media "Demonization" of Islam

July 13, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1259773,00.html

On July 13, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Ken Livingstone yesterday hosted the first conference of a campaign to safeguard the right of Muslim women to wear the hijab or headscarf, and declared the ban in French schools the most reactionary proposal since the second world war. London's mayor also railed against the 'demonisation' of Islam in some British newspapers - and warned...

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VHP Opposes Gov't Decision to Give Five Perecent Reservation to Muslims in Andhra

July 13, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times/Press Trust of India

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_884105,00080003.htm

On July 13, 2004 the Press Trust of India reported, "The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has strongly opposed the Andhra Pradesh Government's decision to give five per cent reservation to Muslims and demanded the order should be withdrawn immediately. 'The Andhra Pradesh Government has not only violated the Constitution but also the direction of the Supreme Court...

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Faith Groups Seek to Address AIDS Prevention and Care

July 12, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0712/p06s01-woap.html?s=hns

On July 12, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As governments across Asia grapple with a rising tide of HIV/AIDS, attention is turning to the role that faith-based groups can play in combating the virus. Around 100 such groups are attending the 15th International AIDS Conference, which opened [in Bangkok] Sunday amid fresh warnings of an escalating epidemic....

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