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'Almost Genocidal': Hundreds Dead in Myanmar Clashes

UN agencies barred from providing aid

(Newser) - The United Nations is warning about a possible humanitarian crisis after increased violence against a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar. With the government claiming the Rohingya people are migrants from Bangladesh with no citizenship rights, security forces in the country have killed hundreds and destroyed their villages, reports the New ... More »

'Unprecedented' Step Taken by Imams on UK Terrorists

More than 130 Muslim religious leaders pen letter slamming 'reprehensible actions'

(Newser) - As England continues to flesh out the details of two terror attacks there over the past two weeks, one group has taken what BuzzFeed calls an "unprecedented" stand against the perpetrators. More than 130 imams and other Muslim religious leaders from "diverse" backgrounds across the UK have penned... More »

2 Fatally Stabbed in Portland After Anti-Muslim Slurs

Good Samaritans who stepped in to protect 2 Muslim females are killed, say police

(Newser) - Two men were stabbed to death on a train in Portland, Ore., Friday afternoon when they tried to protect two Muslim females from a man's rants, say police. A third man also was stabbed, but he is expected to survive, reports the Oregonian . Police say the events unfolded when... More »

Indian Top Court to Rule on Muslim Divorce With 3 Words

Men have to say 'talaq' 3 times and they're officially free; women say that's discriminatory

(Newser) - Although the Koran spells out how a Muslim couple's divorce should be handled—Islamic experts say it's to be spread out over three months so the couple can gauge if it's really the best decision—a more modern-day divorce tactic is now being examined by India's... More »

Trump's Own Remarks on Travel Ban May Doom It

Judges bring up 'total shutdown' pledge

(Newser) - President Trump's own words have once again come back to haunt attempts to implement his policies. On Monday, a federal appeals court debated whether comments Trump has made about Muslims before and after his election should be considered when ruling on the latest version of his travel ban, NBC... More »

Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

Post-9/11 Muslim Registry May Return Under Trump

Adviser Kris Kobach, who helped write it for President Bush, floats idea

(Newser) - How might Donald Trump translate his calls for restrictions on Muslim immigration into policy? One possibility is the reinstatement of a national registry of visitors from high-risk countries. The revelation comes from a Reuters interview of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is known for his anti-immigration views within... More »

Why Food Vendors in Malaysia Have to Rename Hot Dogs

Government tells Auntie Anne's that 'dog' can't be in product name if it wants halal certification

(Newser) - What's in a name? In Malaysia, a heck of a lot when it comes to hot dogs. Per the BBC , the country's Islamic Development Department has told food vendors in the mostly Muslim nation that if they want a halal designation (meaning food items have been given the... More »

French High Court Rules on Town's Burkini Ban

Council of State says women on resort's beaches can wear full-body swimsuit if they want

(Newser) - France's tussle with the burkini was just dealt a strong blow by the country's top administrative court, which on Friday overturned one resort town's ban against the full-body beachwear, the AP reports. The ruling from the Council of State comes during a summer of high-profile cases along... More »

Police Forces in 2 Countries Embrace the Hijab

Mounties, Scottish police want more Muslim women to join up

(Newser) - While cops in France crack down on burkinis , police forces in two other countries have decided to embrace the hijab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided to allow female officers to wear a hijab while on duty in a bid to encourage diversity among the Mounties, the Independent reports.... More »

Burkini Inventor: Who's Worse, Taliban or French Politicians?

Aheda Zanetti says she invented the burkini to give women freedom

(Newser) - The inventor of the burkini believes France and others who want to ban it have fundamentally "misunderstood" what the garment is all about. Aheda Zanetti, writing in the Guardian , says she invented the burkini in 2004 after watching her niece try to play netball in a makeshift skin-covering athletic... More »

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits

Some had to buy 'Islam for Dummies' before joining: AP

(Newser) - The Islamic State isn't exactly choosy about who gets to enter its ranks, based on an examination by the AP of thousands of leaked ISIS documents that show recruits often had very little, if any, religious knowledge to back up their desire to join—with a couple of British... More »

Mayor Bans 'Burkinis' From Cannes' Beaches

Says they're a 'symbol of Islamic extremism'

(Newser) - Many would consider a full-body swimsuit less offensive than a skimpy bikini. Not the mayor of Cannes, apparently. David Lisnard says "burkinis"—modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women—are a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and aren't allowed on the French city's beaches. Should a... More »

Muslim Woman Sues Over 'Nightmare' With Chicago Cops

Surveillance video shows Itemid Al-Matar forced to the ground

(Newser) - A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six police officers claiming they assaulted her at a train station. Itemid "Angel" Al-Matar's lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims officers grabbed her as she climbed the stairs of the downtown CTA State/Lake stop on July 4, 2015, then slammed... More »

Fencer in Hijab Makes History for Team USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to inspire change

(Newser) - At age 12, Ibtihaj Muhammad chose to learn fencing because she considered it the easiest sport in which she could compete while wearing a hijab. Eighteen years later, she's made history as Team USA's first hijab-wearing Olympian, reports the BBC . The 30-year-old former world champion, ranked eighth in... More »

Dad of Slain US Muslim Soldier Offers Trump His Constitution

Khizr Khan says GOP nominee routinely smears Muslims

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim American soldier who was killed fighting in Iraq got a rousing ovation Thursday at the Democratic convention when he invoked his son's memory—and pulled a copy of the Constitution from his pocket for Donald Trump. "I will gladly lend you my copy,... More »

Gingrich Calls for Testing, Expulsion of US Muslims

He wants them to be checked for 'belief in Sharia'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich managed to out-Trump Donald Trump in the wake of Thursday night's horrific attack in Nice , calling for nothing less than the ideological testing of all Muslims in the US and the expulsion of those who don't pass muster. "Let me be as blunt and direct... More »

$5K Fine for Students Who Won't Shake Teacher's Hand

Swiss authorities say handshake tradition outweighs freedom of religion

(Newser) - Swiss authorities ruled Wednesday that any student who refuses to shake a teacher's hand could earn their parents a stiff $5,000 fine, USA Today reports. Last month, two teenage Muslim students at a Swiss middle school refused to shake hands with female teachers, citing an interpretation of the... More »

On Deathbed, GOP Senator Apologizes for Trump

Bob Bennett had a message for Muslims

(Newser) - "Are there any Muslims in the hospital?" former GOP senator Bob Bennett asked as he lay dying in Washington in April, reports the Daily Beast . He wasn't delusional. In fact, he was "sharp as a tack," his son tells NBC News . "I'd love to... More »

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