Sheikh delays plane over women seating

Second Life 

BBC News 

MILAN (Reuters) - A Qatar sheikh held up a British Airways flight at Milan’s Linate airport for nearly three hours after discovering three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know.

Eleven killed in Red Mosque blast

 BBC News 

At least eleven people have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing near Pakistan's Red Mosque, following clashes between Islamists and police.

watch Violence at Red Mosque


"Ever changing.....Hope this is final position" 

Egypt mufti reaffirms Muslim freedom of faith choice

July 26, 2007

CAIRO --  Egypt's top religious advisor, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, reaffirmed his belief Thursday that Muslims could choose their own religion after the local press carried apparently conflicting statements.

Top cleric denies 'freedom to choose religion' comment

Gulf News   

Cairo: Egypt's top cleric yesterday denied in a statement that he had said a Muslim can give up his faith without punishment.

Ali Goma'a, the mufti of Egypt, was quoted as saying in a posting on a Washington Post-Newsweek forum that Muslims are free to change their faith and this is a matter between an individual and God.


Egypt's Human Rights Organizations Object to Egypt Joining U.N. Human Rights Council

In May 2007, Egypt was elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a representative of North African countries, for a three-year term.

UK to get 'unified' border force, lock up increased to 56 days without charge

 BBC News 

Britain is to get a "unified border force" to boost the fight against terrorism, the prime minister has said.

Egypt's Grand Mufti says Muslims can choose religion
Paul Schemm

CAIRO --  Egypt's official religious advisor has ruled that Muslims are free to change their faith as it is a matter between an individual and God, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for the country's Christians.

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. The same should be done in the United States.



Muslim group loses cartoons libel case in Denmark

Vigilance urged over Tesco threat, UK 


Police have urged shoppers to be "vigilant at all times" after threats forced 14 Tesco stores to shut.

Police closed the shops across the UK on Saturday afternoon but they reopened for normal trading on Sunday.

Terror fight 'may take 15 years'

 BBC News          

The battle to deal with radicalisation in the fight against terrorism could take at least 15 years to achieve, the UK's new security minister has said.





Transparency International lists Egypt among countries with corrupt legal systems 

 Daily Star

CAIRO: Transparency International’s 2007 annual report listed Egypt among those countries which suffer from corruption in its legal system.
For Egypt to achieve political progress and put an end to the corruption present in the legal system, the legal system and the public prosecutor have to be independent of the government, Hossam Bahgat, chairman of the Egyptian Initiative of Personal Rights told The Daily Star Egypt.


News from the Frontlines of Persecution


ISTANBUL, July 6 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court this week quashed a previous ruling that had denied Coptic citizens the right to regain their legal Christian identity, ordering a retrial on the hotly contested case. The court based its ruling on Egypt’s civil law containing no reference to ridda [abandoning Islam], which is punishable by death under Islamic law. Ramses el-Nagar, one of the Christians’ defense attorneys, said the ruling establishes that the same legal principles apply to Muslim and Christian citizens alike,

Pak mosque leader arrested disguised in burqa


ISLAMABAD - Pakistani security forces arrested the leader of a radical mosque under siege in Islamabad as he tried to flee while disguised in a burqa on Wednesday, officials said.

Men disguised as Muslim women rob bank in Sarajevo


SARAJEVO - Two armed men disguised as Muslim women in burqas held up a bank in Sarajevo and got away with some $40,000, Bosnian police said on Tuesday.

Supreme Administrative Court agrees to consider case of 12 converts to Islam wanting to revert back to Christianity.

Middle East on Line 

CAIRO - Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Monday agreed to hear the appeal of Coptic converts to Islam seeking to legally revert back to Christianity, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

"The decision by the Supreme Administrative Court to consider the case of Egyptian converts to Islam wanting to return to their Church is very positive," Ramsis al-Naggar said.

Magistrate walks out in veil row

 BBC News 

A Manchester magistrate who refused to deal with a defendant because she was wearing a full Muslim face veil could face disciplinary action.

Ian Murray, a Cheadle Hulme taxi driver who has served on the bench for 12 years, walked out of Manchester Magistrates' Court on Thursday.


U.S. House Condemns Saudi Arabia for Religious Abuse, Pulls Plug on Aid

Christian Post  

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted to cut off all aid to Saudi Arabia despite the Bush administration’s support for the country, accusing the close U.S. ally of religious intolerance and funding terrorism.

Canadians fear Muslim, Christian tensions: survey 

Canadians believe that the country's traditional French-English tensions will be overshadowed by friction between Christians and Muslims when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary a decade from now, according to a survey of attitudes on intercultural and interfaith relations by the Association for Canadian Studies.

London 'bomb' made safe by police

 BBC News

Police have made safe an explosive device in London.

Officers were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket shortly before 0200 BST.

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