PHILIPPINES: 70,000 PEOPLE FLEE AS MUSLIM REBEL DECLARES JIHAD IN SULU 

AKI 

Cotabato City, 16 April (AKI) - At least 70,000 Muslim civilians in the southern Filipino province of Sulu were displaced due to fighting between a faction of former rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the army.

Egyptian opposition arrested 

News24 

Shibin el-Kom - Egyptian police detained 15 students from the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday, one day after Egypt's biggest opposition group said it would contest elections for the upper house of the parliament.  

Don’t stare at Muslims says advice to schools 

Times on Line 

PUPILS and teachers have been told by an official body not to stare at Muslims for fear of causing offence. A document intended to educate against religious intolerance and sectarianism urges teachers to “make pupils aware of the various forms of Islamophobia, ie stares, verbal abuse, physical abuse”.  

Egyptian blogger Abd al-Monem Mahmoud has been arrested  

Globalvoiceonline 

The 27 year-old Egyptian Muslim Brother journalist and blogger, Abd al-Monem Mahmoud, who is running the “I am Ikhwan” blog has been arrested today by the Egyptian police. 

Swedes Reach Muslim Breaking Point  

Fox News 

MALMO, Sweden —  Swedish authorities in the southern city of Malmo (search) have been busy with a sudden influx of Muslim immigrants — 90 percent of whom are unemployed and many who are angry and taking it out on the country that took them in. 

Jailed preacher of hate in court battle to stay in Britain 

Evening Standard 

Sheikh Abdullah El-Faisal urged followers to kill Jews, Hindus and Americans A hate preacher blamed for indoctrinating one of the July 7 bombers is using human rights law to fight deportation from Britain, it emerged today. 

Compass in cell in Holland shows Muslims the East 

Expatica 

AMSTERDAM – Islamic arrestees who are being held at the Segbroek police station in The Hague have a compass in their cell. This way they can always check which way is east so that they know which direction to face when praying. A spokesperson for the police confirmed this on Thursday after a report in the AD. 

Clarksville Muslims experience hate crime,

defaced Quran found at center 

Tennesean.com 

CLARKSVILLE — Jerome Heath hadn't even heard of a hate crime in Clarksville in the seven years he's lived here.That changed Friday. 

Rudd says muslim leader must go quickly 

BRISBANE TIME 

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has denied reports it has sacked controversial Muslim leader Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly as mufti of Australia. 

Australia PM bans Islamic leader ahead of conference 

News Ninesmn 

A radical Muslim sheik who was expected to speak at a major Islamic conference in Melbourne at the weekend has reportedly been banned from entering the country.  

Well-known Muslim lecturer Sheik Bilal Philips was denied a visa at the last moment by the Howard Government, The Herald Sun reports.

UK Government moves to marginalise extremists   

 BBC News  

The government is planning to intervene in some mosques to support Muslims who want to marginalise extremists. Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will announce a new role for the Charity Commission, strengthening its task of overseeing religious institutions.  

Rise in radical Islam last straw for Lebanon's Christians 

Sunday Telegraph 

Christians are fleeing Lebanon to escape political and economic crises and signs that radical Islam is on the rise in the country. 

Kuwaiti Islamist MPs want minister to wear hijab

Khaleej Times

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwaiti Islamist MPs Sunday called on new Education Minister Nuriya Al Sebih to wear a headcover, or hijab, saying she should comply with Islamic Sharia law regulations.

Saudi Arabia: Another Wife for 110-Year-Old Man  

NY Times 

A 110-year-old Saudi man has taken a second wife because his first, 85-year-old wife no longer satisfies his needs, the English-language daily Arab News said.

Trouble Brews At Islamabad's Jihad-preaching Mosque 

Source 

The hostage-taking of three police officers by students attached to Islamabad's notorious Red Mosque Wednesday again highlighted the rising strain of religious militancy in the very heart of the Pakistani capital.

UN secretary-general asked to raise imprisoned blogger’s case with Egyptian president 

Reporters Without Borders 

Reporters Without Borders today asked UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to raise the case of imprisoned blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the two-day Arab League Summit that begins tomorrow in Riyadh.

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Schools allowed to ban face veils in UK  

veilBBC News 

Teachers need to be able to see pupils' faces, the DfES says Schools will be able to ban pupils from wearing full-face veils on security, safety or learning grounds under new uniforms guidance issued by ministers.   

Egyptian People's Assembly approves constitutional amendments   

Chinaview    

CAIRO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian lower house of parliament People's Assembly on Monday approved the amendment of34 constitutional articles, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.  

The amendments of 34 constitutional articles was approved by the 454-seat People's Assembly with a vote of 315 in favor and is scheduled to go to a nationwide referendum due in early April, parliament speaker Fathi Sorour announced.

   

Pakistan blast targets music, videos 

Khaleej Times 

PESHAWAR - A homemade bomb in a Pakistan market damaged four music and video shops on Sunday just weeks after their owners refused an order to close down from Islamic hardliners.  

Police said two people were injured in the blast at a market in Peshawar, the largest city in the deeply conservative North West Frontier Province along the border with Afghanistan. 


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