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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. 

US Disappointed With Egyptian Court's Rejection of Blogger Appeal

The United States has expressed disappointment that an Egyptian court has rejected the appeal of a blogger, convicted for insulting Islam and the Egyptian president.

State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack said Thursday the court's decision is a setback for human rights in Egypt.

Muslim takes sauna in hijab 

The Sun 

A MUSLIM woman in full hijab robes was allowed to swelter in a SAUNA because worried staff did not want to offend her.  She then jumped into the sports centre’s swimming pool to cool off while still wearing the black top-to-toe Islamic dress.  

Church school renames Three Little Pigs to avoid offending Muslims 

Daily Mail 

Honley Church of England Junior School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Below: The Three Little Pigs story which has become the three little puppies The story of the Three Little Pigs' battle with the Big Bad Wolf has delighted children since it was written more than 150 years ago.  

Egypt denounces U.S. human rights report   

China view     

CAIRO, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Saturday denounced the annual human rights report of the U.S. State Department with critical claims on Egypt's human rights situation.  

  

Swedish court rejects lawsuit by Muslim women expelled from swimming pool 

Herald Tribune 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Two Muslim women who were expelled from a public swimming pool because of their clothing were not victims of discrimination, a Swedish court ruled Wednesday. 

Egyptian police detain 10 leading Muslim Brotherhood members 

Herald Tribune 

CAIRO, Egypt: Police arrested 10 leading Muslim Brotherhood members on Sunday as part of Egypt's ongoing campaign against the country's largest opposition group, police and Brotherhood said. 

The 10 men were arrested at dawn in Menoufia province, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cairo, police said.

Egyptian judge says women judges un-Islamic 

Khaleej News 

CAIRO - Egyptian women must not sit as judges because it would be against Islamic law or Sharia as they would have to spend time alone with men, a male Egyptian judge was quoted as saying on Saturday.  

A woman judge would ‘contradict Article Two of the constitution’  which states that the principal source of legislation is Sharia, judges’ syndicate president Yahia Ragheb Daqruri was quoted as saying. 

Muslim pupils 'need their own showers', Muslim Council of Britain says. 

Daily Mail 

Muslim schoolchildren should be treated differently from other pupils, the country’s most prominent Islamic organisation has said.  

They should have separate changing rooms for sports and swimming, single sex classes for sex education, prayer rooms and new rights to Islamic worship, and different uniform rules, the Muslim Council of Britain said.  

Blast That Killed U.S. Diplomat Tied to Qaeda 

New York Times 

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb. 22 — The suicide bombing that killed an American diplomat here last March, just before a visit by President Bush, was organized by a small cell of Pakistani militants and masterminded by an operative of Al Qaeda based in the Pakistan’s tribal areas, Pakistan says.

Biking militants die when bomb explodes prematurely 

(AP)  

Three Islamic militants died in eastern Pakistan when a powerful bomb they were transporting by bicycle accidentally exploded Saturday near a bustling cattle market, police said. 

Mohammed Shakil, a police inspector at the scene, told The Associated Press one of the men riding a bicycle had strapped explosives to his body that exploded prematurely

Girl Loses Veil Challenge, UK 

niqabSky News 

A 12-year-old Muslim girl has lost her High Court challenge to her school's ban on wearing the niqab full-face veil. 

Lawyers for the girl and her father had argued the ban was "irrational" and a breach of human rights.  

Blogger jailed for insulting Islam and president

Daily Telegraph

  

An Egyptian who enraged his government with outspoken views on Islam and politics expressed in his internet diary was jailed yesterday amid an international outcry. 

FLASH from COMPASS DIRECT NEWS

News from the Frontlines of Persecution

 

Summary:

ISTANBUL, February 22 (Compass Direct News) – Police detained Christian families in Upper Egypt and forced them to deny arson attacks on their homes during a spate of anti-Christian violence last week, the families said. Two Coptic Orthodox families said police detained them for 36 hours when they attempted to report a February 13 assault on their homes in Armant, 600 kilometers (373 miles) south of Cairo.

Washington Post: The 'Crime' Of Blogging In Egypt 

Washington Post 

A former college student, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, is sitting in an Egyptian prison, awaiting sentencing tomorrow. His alleged "crime": expressing his opinions on a blog. His mistake: having the courage to do so under his own name. 

Egypt blogger jailed for 'insult Egypt blogger jailed for 'insult 

BBC News 

An Egyptian court has sentenced a blogger to four years' prison for insulting Islam and the president.  

Abdel Kareem Soliman's trial was the first time that a blogger had been prosecuted in Egypt 

Bulgaria busts two radical Islamic Internet sites   

FOCUS News Agency  

Sofia.Bulgarian police said Tuesday they had arrested four people for publishing two Internet sites used to preach radical, violent Islam and call for the overthrow of the state, AFP reports.


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