Women in Saudi Arabia can now stay in hotels alone, provided their information is passed on to local police Cool


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —  Women in Saudi Arabia can now stay in a hotel or a furnished apartment without a male guardian according to decision by the Ministry of Trade, reported the local press Monday.

Rs 5,000 fine impose in Pak for shaving beard

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Islamabad, January 17:: A radical Islamic group in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan has warned that any man shaving his beard will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000.


Haji Namdar, the chief of the Tanzim Bilmaroof (group for promotion of virtue), announced a ban on shaving in a broadcast made on Wednesday from his illegal FM radio station.



 Egypt calls in European ambassadors over rights resolution

CAIRO (AFP) - The Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday summoned the ambassadors of European Union countries in Cairo to express its "complete rejection" of a European Parliament draft resolution critical of human rights.

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Muslims must do more to integrate, says poll

By Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Patrick Sawer

A majoirty of Britons believe that Muslims need to do more to integrate into society and want tighter restrictions on immigration, an opinion poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph shows.



European Parliament resolution of 17 January 2008 on the situation in Egypt

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on the Euro-Mediterranean partnership,

- having regard to its resolution of 15 November 2007 on serious events which compromise Christian communities' existence and those of other religious communities,

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Congressmen Seek Answers about Terror Expert's Firing

By Fred Lucas
CNSNews.com Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress are seeking more information regarding the firing of a top terrorism expert at the Pentagon following reports that he was dismissed for being too critical of Islamic law.

Al-Jazeera: Egyptian cell plotted Israel attack


Egyptian authorities arrested approximately two months ago a 14-member terror cell comprised of engineers and army officers that was planning to carry out terror attacks against Israel under the auspices of al-Qaeda, Al-Jazeera reported Saturday.

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(ANSA) - Turin, January 9 - Italy on Wednesday deported to Morocco a Muslim cleric who the interior ministry said posed a risk for national security.
Mohamed Kohaila, 44, was an imam or prayer leader at a mosque in Turin who was secretly filmed last year giving what was considered to be an anti-Western sermon.

U.S. cannot deport Egyptian due to torture risk


PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. government cannot deport an Egyptian man accused of murder in his homeland because of the risk he would be tortured if he were returned, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

US judge blocks deportation of Egyptian Christain detainee despite 'no torture' pledge

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[JURIST] A US district judge ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] Thursday that the US cannot deport an Egyptian Christian who fled to the United States in 1998 to reportedly escape religious persecution because of the risk that he may face torture in Egypt [JURIST news archive].

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UK court investigates unsolved death of Muslim girl who refused arranged marriage

KENDAL, England: A coroner was due to reopen an inquest Tuesday into the unsolved killing of a British teenager who opposed her Pakistani parents' plans for an arranged marriage.

Shafilea Ahmed vanished in September 2003 shortly after returning home from a family trip to Pakistan where she was introduced to a suitor.

Saudi Official Calls on French President to Visit Kingdom Without Girlfriend

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —  A senior Saudi official urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday to respect Saudi Arabia's conservative Islamic culture by visiting the country without his girlfriend, former supermodel Carla Bruni.

Good News ; Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: Muslims May Wish Christians A Happy Holiday

Memri Blog 

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, head of the International Council of Muslim Clerics, has permitted Muslims to extend greetings to Christians and to other "people of the book" (i.e. Jews) on their holidays.

Egyptian woman gets divorced because she did not answer her husband SMS telephone message 


An Egyptian woman is seeking clarification from a court on whether her husband's declaration of divorce by text message is legally valid, a state-run newpsaper reported on Thursday.

Texas manhunt on for the Egyptian father of slain girls

 Washington Times  

Texas authorities continued a manhunt today for an Egyptian-born taxi driver accused of murdering his teenage daughters.

Yaser Abdel Said, 50, was wanted on a warrant for capital murder after police say he shot the girls Tuesday and left them to die in his taxi, which was found parked in front a hotel in Las Colinas, a suburb north of Dallas. Police said Mr. Said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Al-Azhar says women pregnant by rape must abort baby  


CAIRO - AL-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, on Sunday declared that any woman pregnant by rape must abort the baby immediately in order to maintain 'social stability'.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is killed in a suicide attack at an election rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Tareq Ramadan Suit for a USA Visa Is Rejected

New York Times

Saying the government had acted properly and for “bona fide” reasons, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit on Thursday that was brought last year by an Islamic scholar who claimed that a portion of the Patriot Act had been used to deny him a work visa to enter the United States.

Guantanamo Bay Britons arrested

Evening Standard

Three British residents held without charge or trial at the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre for several years have arrived back in the UK.

Canada: Teen girl in critical condition after alleged dispute over hijab
A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after being choked by a man believed to be her father, apparently after a dispute with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

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