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Taliban's Newest Ban: Beard Trims
Taliban's Newest
Ban: Beard Trims

Taliban's Newest Ban: Beard Trims

Extremist group has barred barbers in Helmand province from shaving, trimming facial hair

(Newser) - The Taliban have been busy rolling back women's rights in Afghanistan and ramping up for a return to amputations and executions . Now, some more bad news for locals. Per the BBC , the extremist group has banned barbers in the Helmand province from shaving or otherwise trimming men's beards,...

Auschwitz Memorial Chief: Let Me Serve Time for Boy, 13

Nigeria's Omar Farouq has been sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy

(Newser) - As director of the Auschwitz Memorial, Piotr Cywinski has a solid grasp of the horrors of detention. He's ready to dive in anyway. Cywinski has sent a letter to Nigeria's president requesting the pardon of a 13-year-old boy sentenced by a Sharia court to 10 years in prison...

He Helped Introduce Flogging Laws, Gets Flogged Himself

Mukhlis bin Muhammad was reportedly caught having affair in Aceh, Indonesia

(Newser) - A religious leader and employee of an organization that helped draft strict religious laws in the Indonesian province of Aceh, including those in favor of public flogging, was himself flogged for adultery on Thursday. Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) member Mukhlis bin Muhammad was whipped 28 times after he was reportedly...

Country Does U-Turn on Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Brunei says execution moratorium will continue

(Newser) - After a huge international backlash and a boycott movement led by celebrities including George Clooney, Brunei says it won't be enforcing the death penalty for gay sex or adultery. The tiny sultanate, which brought in the penalties last month as part of an ongoing rollout of Shariah law, says...

Brunei Semantics on Brutal New Law: It's Not 'Punishment'

Stoning to death those who cheat, have gay sex is 'prevention' meant to 'nurture': foreign minister

(Newser) - A controversial Sharia law recently put into effect in Brunei, in which it's mandated that people who cheat on their spouses or men who have gay sex are stoned to death, isn't meant as punishment, the Muslim-majority nation's foreign minister is now saying—it's simply a...

A Tiny Nation's New Laws Are Jolting the World
A Tiny Nation's New Laws
Are Jolting the World
the rundown

A Tiny Nation's New Laws Are Jolting the World

Adultery, gay sex punishable by death in Brunei under laws set to come into force Wednesday

(Newser) - The official name of the tiny nation of Brunei is Negara Brunei Darussalam , with Negara meaning country and Darussalam translating to "abode of peace." Outraged people around the world might find that latter part a misnomer. Brunei was on Wednesday set to introduce the most drastic elements of...

New Penalty for Gay Sex, Adultery: Death by Stoning

Brunei will put sharia law punishments into effect next week

(Newser) - The small kingdom of Brunei is taking its Sharia law to a whole new level next week: Beginning April 3, anyone convicted of having gay sex or cheating on their spouse will be stoned to death, reports the Guardian . The nation in Southeast Asia adopted the strict Islamic code nearly...

Fox Host Gets Rebuke Over Hijab Comments

Jeanine Pirro mused whether Rep. Ilhan Omar's headwear may be 'antithetical' to Constitution

(Newser) - Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar has been at the center of controversy over remarks she recently made that some call anti-Semitic, but a Fox News host's comments on Omar have themselves earned what CNN Business calls a "rare rebuke" from the network. On her program Saturday, Jeanine Pirro wondered...

Anti-Shariah Law Rallies Result in Clashes Across US

Arrests made in Seattle, Minnesota

(Newser) - Small but raucous demonstrations across the country Saturday targeted the notion that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow infect American democracy, but many of the rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears an unfounded distortion of Islam, the AP reports. Hundreds of counter-protesters marched...

Indonesia Court Sentences Gay Couple to 85 Lashes
Gay Couple
Sentenced
to 85 Lashes

Gay Couple Sentenced to 85 Lashes

'The prosecution is very harsh. The verdict is harsher'

(Newser) - An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy . The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homophobia and...

An Ancient Divorce Practice May Be Outlawed in India

Muslim men in India must only say 'talaq' 3 times

(Newser) - After 13 years of marriage to an allegedly abusive husband, a Muslim mother in India is formally protesting how easy it was for him to leave her—he divorced her by writing a letter containing the word "talaq," or divorce, three times, to her parents. "I was...

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits
Leaked Documents
Expose Ignorance
of ISIS Recruits
ANALYSIS

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...

Afghan Mullah Arrested for Marrying 6-Year-Old

Sayed Mohammad Karim says girl was 'gift' from her parents; they say she was kidnapped

(Newser) - A case in Afghanistan has pitted a religious figure against the outraged parents of a 6-year-old girl, underscoring the ongoing problems surrounding child marriages there. Per Radio Free Europe , Sayed Mohammad Karim, a mullah in the Ghor province said to be in his 50s, was arrested last week and charged...

Idaho Could Lose Millions Over Sharia Law Fears

Child support payments could be affected, too

(Newser) - Idaho is at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal child support funding after Legislature conservatives killed a measure that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules. The opponents were concerned the legislation could have forced the state to uphold child support rulings made in other...

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...

Sudan Convicts Alleged Gang-Rape Victim

Sentence will be suspended because she's pregnant

(Newser) - A Sudanese court has convicted a pregnant 18-year-old of "indecent acts" for having the temerity to be the victim of an alleged gang-rape last August. The Ethiopian woman, then 3-months pregnant, was house hunting when seven men allegedly pinned her down, raped her, and filmed it, inside an otherwise...

Saudis Arrest Free Huggers
 Saudis Arrest Free Huggers 

Saudis Arrest Free Huggers

But they're unrepentant, will hug again

(Newser) - Offering free hugs to strangers is not cool with Saudi Arabia's religious police. Earlier this week, a young Saudi man named Bandr al-Swed posted a video to YouTube in which he walked through the streets of Riyadh with a "Free Hugs" sign, giving them out happily to men...

Brunei May Now Stone Adulterers to Death

Oil-rich kingdom to usher in sharia criminal law in 6 months

(Newser) - Beginning in April, adulterers in Brunei could find themselves stoned to death. That's because the country today announced that it will in six months begin enforcing sharia criminal law, which also includes such punishments as limb severing for theft and flogging for drinking alcohol. Sharia law will only apply...

Young Afghans Like Western Clothes, Not Western Ideas

Women's rights not catching on

(Newser) - Young people in Afghanistan are sporting more Western clothes and haircuts these days, reports the New York Times , but one trapping they haven't picked up in a decade of Coalition troops on their streets: Western ideas. In particular, women's rights, which many young Afghan men—and women—continue...

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...

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