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A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen overwhelmingly voted on September 23 to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.

Nearly 67 percent of voters in the northeastern Swiss canton voted in favour of the new law, according to official results, paving the way for it to follow the example of the southern canton of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago that appeared to be aimed at burqas and other Muslim veils....

Ukip has proposed Muslim-only prisons and special security screening for would-be migrants “from Islamic countries” in a new policy document. 

Published as the party’s annual conference began in Birmingham, it calls for the creation of jails “exclusively for” Muslims who “promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners”.

Other ambitions outlined in the so-called ”Interim Manifesto” include a ban on mosques receiving money from overseas and the abolition of the “hate...

Emergency services were called to the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic Centre on Oxgate Lane in Brent on September 19.

The car failed to stop after colliding with three people, however two were transported with minor injuries.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as terror-related, rather as a hate crime.

Police said there were reports that the people in the car — three men and a woman all in their mid-twenties — were behaving “anti...

The European Court of Human Rights on September 18 convicted Belgian authorities for violating the EU Convention on Human Rights by excluding a Muslim woman from a courtroom for refusing to remove her headscarf.

In 2007, the applicant, referred to by the EU court as "Mrs Lachiri", was attending a court hearing in a case concerning the death of her brother.

The presiding judge of the court told Lachiri "that she could not enter the hearing room unless she removed her headscarf...

The head of the populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been criticized by the party’s former leader for joining an anti-Muslim rally last weekend in the northern city of Sunderland.

Speaking after the Islamophobic rally, Nigel Farage warned that Gerard Batten needs "to be careful what company he keeps".

At the rally, organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) – an anti-Muslim movement formed by far-right hooligans –Batten gave a speech in which he targeted...

Cargill Meat Solutions will pay a total of $1.5 million to 138 Muslim workers who were fired after walking off the job in a dispute over prayer breaks at a Colorado meat-packing plant in 2015, the company said on September 14.

The dispute arose after the workers, mostly Somali immigrants, were dismissed after they staged a three-day walkout over what they said were insufficient prayer breaks at a plant in Fort Morgan, about 75 miles northeast of Denver.

The federal Equal...

Around 76 percent of Islamophobic attacks in Belgium in 2017 targeted Muslim women, an anti-Islamophobia association in the country revealed on Saturday.

The Belgian Association for the Prevention of Islamophobia (CCIB) published a report on the attacks happened in 2017.

According to the report, the attacks mainly carried out by targeting places of worship, spreading hatred on social media and physical aggression towards people.

“There is an Islamophobic attack in...

Police in Denmark say they fined a Turkish tourist 1,000 kroner ($155) after she entered a police station to renew her visa wearing a full-face covering.

Police in Aarhus, western Denmark, say the 48-year-old woman wasn’t aware of Denmark’s recent law that makes it unlawful to wear such garments in public.

The much-debated "burqa ban" prohibits garments covering the face, including burqas and niqabs. Both are rarely seen in Denmark.

Police said Tuesday that the woman...

Produced by Myanmar’s army, a new book on the Rohingya crisis contains numerous misrepresented photographs, including one image that incorrectly claims to be members of the Muslim minority killing Buddhists. 

The 177-page Myanmar Politics and the Tatmadaw: Part I features the army’s narrative on the military crackdown which was recently described as genocide by United Nations investigators.

Much of the book’s content is sourced from the military's “True News” information unit,...

The hijab should be the subject of a ban in schools under the next legislature, according to federal secretary of state Zuhal Demir.

“The headscarf has no place in schools,” she said.

The hijab, derived from the instruction from the Quran for women (and men) to dress modestly, has been the subject of controversy in Belgium for years, from the ban on the garment at a school in Antwerp to a ban on wearing by communal workers who deal with the public – a ban which was extended to...

Two mosques in Birmingham were attacked with catapults on Aug. 16 in the wake of a car crash outside the U.K. parliament that injured three people.

No one at the Al-Hijrah and Qamarul Islam mosques was injured as a result of the attacks which lasted 20 minutes. The buildings' windows were smashed with ball bearings while worshippers were attending the evening prayers.

Armed police were deployed to the area to prevent further assaults on the mosques.

The attacks come...

Australia's prime minister and politicians from across the political spectrum on 15 Aug. condemned a speech by a freshman senator calling for only white immigration and a "final solution" to end Muslim immigration. 

Senator Fraser Anning used his first speech in parliament on Tuesday to call for a return to a "White Australia" immigration policy that reflects the "European Christian composition of society," echoing a policy that barred people of non-European descent from immigrating....

French police on Aug. 12 searched for a driver who rammed his car through the front doors of a mosque in a suburb of Lille in northern France, a police source said.

No one was injured in the incident which occurred at about midnight.

France is on alert after a wave of Islamist attacks in past years that have killed more than 240 people.

“The car broke through the doors of the Al Wifaq mosque,” the police source told Reuters.

An official in the local prefecture...

Betul Baslik, a Turkish-origin social services and pedagogy graduate, has been denied an internship by a Belgian retirement home due to her headscarf.

Born and raised in Belgium, Baslik told Anadolu Agency that she had recently been accepted to pursue her master’s degree at Vrije University Brussels, and she had been encouraged as a successful student by her teachers during her entire academic life in a positive environment.

She said she applied for an internship at a...

A senior British Imam backed Boris Johnson in the burqa row and said the oppressive face coverings should be banned.

Imam Taj Hargey, from the Oxford Islamic Congregation said the Tory MP has nothing to apologise for and 'did not go far enough' in his remarks.

He branded the burqa a 'hideous tribal ninja-like garment' and said its has "no Koranic legitimacy".

His strident defence came as the Tory Party confirmed it has launched a formal investigation into Mr Johnson for...