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Gandhis great-grandson joins wave of protest at law isolating Indias Muslims

As the new Citizenship Act risks defining Muslims as infiltrators, Tushar Arun Gandhi lends support to the backlash Last week 25,000 protesters gathered in Mewat, in the Indian state of Haryana, to begin the historic five-mile walk to Ghasera village. It was here, 72 years ago, that a new Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) passed by […]

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Iranian activist jailed over hijab protests goes on hunger strike

Farhad Meysami accused of having badges saying he was against the compulsory hijab Human rights activists in Iran have said they are worried about a man on hunger strike who was reportedly jailed for protesting against rules requiring women to wear a hijab. Farhad Meysami, 48, a doctor and publisher before becoming a civil activist, […]

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Muslim foster parents: We’d never had a Christmas tree – it made them so happy

News that a Christian child was forced into Muslim foster care caused a furore earlier this year. But, despite the challenges, these families play a vital role in bringing up vulnerable children, says Sarfraz Manzoor About 100,000 young people go through the fostering system every year. In recent years an increasing number of these have […]

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Bus seats mistaken for burqas by members of anti-immigrant group

Comments posted on Norwegian Fatherland first Facebook group call empty seats on Oslo bus terrifying A Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members apparently mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas. Tragic, terrifying and disgusting were among the comments posted […]

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Mohamed El Bachiri: Terrorists killed my wife: this is my jihad for love

Mohamed El Bachiris wife, Loubna, died in a suicide attack in Brussels last year. He talks to Emma Beddington about his manifesto for peace and bringing up three sons on his own On 22 March 2016, Loubna Lafquiri left her home in Khalid El Bakraoui detonated an explosive device as the train they were travelling on […]

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A year on, families of ‘martyrs’ who resisted Turkey coup count cost

More than 250 people were killed and 2,000 injured as soliders tried to oust Recep Tayyip Erdoan last July The last time Glzerin Kl saw her son was exactly a year ago when he walked out of the house on the night of 15 July as an ally-turned-rival of the president who leads a vast […]

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Shooting attack at Jerusalem holy site forces cancellation of Friday prayers

Early police reports say three armed attackers killed after two Israelis were critically injured at flashpoint Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex Three gunmen have been shot dead during a shootout at the entrance to the flashpoint Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex in Jerusalem, during an attack in which two Israelis were critically wounded. Some reports in the […]

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Philippines police push for Muslim ID cards as counter-terrorism measure

Authorities in Central Luzon call for policy after Muslims blamed for failing to prevent Islamist conflict in the south Police from a region in the majority-Christian Philippines are considering issuing mandatory identification cards to thousands of Muslims living there a proposal Human Rights Watch condemned as collective punishment. Authorities in Central Luzon, a region north […]

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Donald Trump abandons traditional White House Ramadan celebration

Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies all had receptions to mark end of Muslim holy month Donald Trump has not hosted an iftar dinner during Ramadan, breaking a nearly 20-year tradition. Despite events held by previous administrations from across the political divide, this years Ramadan which began on 26 May passed nearly unobserved by the White […]

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Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom

Kunduz fell to the Taliban, but in recent months coalition forces have won ground. Now, four months into Ramadan, fasting in 40C heat has taken its toll For most of his adult life Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the Ramadan fast with his family after returning home from duty. The evening Ramadan […]

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