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Jihadists' Reading List: Islam for Dummies

Which again shows that religion has little to do with this movement: Mehdi Hasan

(Newser) - Before two young men left Britain last year to wage jihad in Syria, they bought two books that speak volumes about the modern jihadist movement, writes Mehdi Hasan at the New Statesman . Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, who recently pleaded guilty to terror charges, ordered Islam for Dummies and Koran ... More »

New Jersey Home's Islamic Flag Riles Up Twitter

Muslim Mark Dunaway takes it down after critics equate it with terrrorism

(Newser) - "Jihadists are now in Garwood." Well, not exactly. New Jersey resident Mark Dunaway has removed an Islamic flag he's flown outside his home for 10 years after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and garnered comments like that one, AP reports. The black flag—which... More »

'Barbaric': Terrorist's Boy Poses With Severed Head

Photo from Syria outrages world leaders

(Newser) - "Horrendous," "barbaric," and "depraved" are just a few of the words being used to describe an image posted on Twitter and in the Australian of an Aussie terrorist's young son appearing to tightly and cheerfully grasp the head of a decapitated Syrian soldier. "... More »

Unveiled Anchorwoman Riles Saudi Conservatives

Saudi TV spokesman says such a 'transgression' will not happen again

(Newser) - An unidentified journalist recently broke from Saudi tradition when she read the news on a Saudi TV channel called Al Ekhbariya without covering her face with a hijab, leading some conservative viewers to take to social media to condemn the station for the "transgression." Saudi radio and TV... More »

Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US

Philly mayor greets Sudanese woman, gives Liberty Bell replica as liberation gift

(Newser) - Being called a "world freedom fighter" by the mayor is a nice way to be greeted when you land in Philly. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, the woman who came perilously close to being hanged in Sudan for renouncing Islam, marrying a Christian, and converting to Christianity, arrived in the... More »

Benghazi Summit Spiraled Into Muslim Hatefest

Up to 300M Muslims 'bent on destruction of Western civilization': panelist

(Newser) - A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and "ugly taunting"—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post . Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that "we portray... More »

Court Orders Non-Muslims: Don't Say 'Allah'

The word is specific to Islam, Malaysia newspaper can't use it

(Newser) - A Catholic newspaper in Malaysia is no longer allowed to use the word "Allah" when referring to God, a court ruled today in a unanimous decision that overturns a 2009 ruling, with the court finding that the publisher's constitutional rights were not infringed. The government had argued the... More »

Ramadan Ends With 69 Blown Up in Iraq

Wave of car bomb attacks on last day of bloodiest Ramadan in 6 years

(Newser) - A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people today, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control, despite promises that it would step up security for today's Eid al-Fitr celebrations,... More »

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes

Also gets 7 years in prison for insulting Islam, but avoids death

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for using his website to insult Islam. Believe it or not, that's a lighter sentence than Raif Badawi, 35, might have received: he was originally arrested last year for apostasy (or abandoning religion), a crime... More »

Iran's Rouhani: Gov't Needs to Butt Out of People's Lives

New leader spreads moderate message

(Newser) - Iran's President-elect Hassan Rouhani has begun delivering his message of moderation, calling upon the country's leaders and clergy to stop meddling so much in the private affairs of its citizens. "A strong government does not mean a government that interferes and intervenes in all affairs. It is... More »

Miss World 2013: No Bikinis!

Event trades bikinis for sarongs in Islamic Indonesia

(Newser) - The Miss World competition is saying buh-bye to bikinis after protests from Muslim groups convinced organizers to replace the skimpy swimwear with long sarongs, reports the AP . The change is a nod of respect to this September's host country, Indonesia, and sarongs are traditional in Bali and Jakarta. "... More »

MI5 Investigated London Suspects Before Killing

Sources identify one of the attackers as a 28-year-old who was raised Christian

(Newser) - UK intelligence had previously investigated the men accused of hacking a soldier to death in the streets of London yesterday, and determined that they weren't a threat requiring "immediate intervention," Sky News reports. BBC sources, however, said that while the men were known to security services, reports... More »

Protesters, Cops Tangle as London Seethes Over Attack

Officials caution against anti-Islam response

(Newser) - Yesterday's brutal killing of a soldier in southeast London prompted a local backlash, with some 100 men hurling bottles at police as they railed against Muslims. The protesters, carrying English flags, were supporters of an organization known as the English Defense League, the Guardian reports. "Our next generation... More »

World Growing Less Tolerant of Muslims, Jews: Report

State Dept says anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic sentiments growing

(Newser) - Anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiments are growing in many countries around the world, according to a new US State Department report. Venezuela, Egypt, and Iran in particular are singled out for anti-Semitism—the report says the Egyptian media engages in Holocaust denial and glorification, while the Iranian government regularly denounces Judaism,... More »

Tamerlan Burial Location Leaks

Two sources tell 'Boston Globe' it's Doswell, Virginia

(Newser) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev's final resting place didn't stay secret for long. The suspected Boston Marathon bomber was laid to rest in a Muslim cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, which sits about 15 miles outside of Richmond, reports the Boston Globe , which got the scoop from the Virginia woman who helped... More »

Family's Mosque Won't Hold Funeral for Tsarnaev: Aunt

Islamic organizations distance themselves from suspected Boston bomber

(Newser) - Authorities are ready to release Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body to his family, but family members—so far—have nowhere to hold the funeral. The Boston-area mosque the family attends declined a request to hold the suspected Boston bomber's burial and funeral there, Tsarnaev's aunt tells NBC News . And... More »

Pope Reaches Out to Islam, China, Atheists

Pope Francis' first foreign policy address concentrates on bridge building

(Newser) - In his first foreign policy address as pope, Francis today called for more dialogue with Islam and offered an olive branch to China and other countries that don't have diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The occasion was an audience with ambassadors from the 180 countries that have diplomatic... More »

Egypt Court Bans YouTube for Month Over Islamic Video

But ruling might be impossible to enforce

(Newser) - An Egyptian judge has ordered the government to block YouTube for a month over the anti-Islamic video that showed up last year and caused deadly riots, reports AP . The judge called the Innocence of Muslims "offensive to Islam," but it's unclear whether the government would be able,... More »

Egypt Sentences 7 to Death for Anti-Islam Film

Film's creator among those sentenced

(Newser) - Seven Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to death for their role in The Innocence of Muslims, reports Reuters . The defendants, including the film's Egypt-American creator, Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, were sentenced in absentia for "insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam... More »

Cartoon, Film Protests Break Out in Afghanistan

France will again close embassies in 20 countries

(Newser) - Small protests broke out in Afghanistan today over both the French nude Mohammed cartoons and the Innocence of Muslims. About 300 students in Kabul gathered to chant "death to France, death to America," the AFP reports, and hundreds more gathered nearby. The demonstrations were peaceful, however. Reaction to... More »

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