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Turkey on Thursday criticized Greece's increased pressure on the elected muftis of the Muslim Turkish minority of Western Thrace.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Greece, which did not recognize the elected muftis, had recently increased the level of pressure against them through legal investigations.

The statement said the Greek Parliament adopted a law on Tuesday, according to which powers emanating from the Sharia Law became optional for the Turkish minority of...

In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders."

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a populist leader known for his hardline anti-immigration stance, said that the European Union's migration policies threaten the "sovereignty and cultural identity" of Hungary, in an interview published Monday.

"We...

Recent remarks by Austria's newly appointed Education Minister Heinz Fassmann against the headscarf have raised concerns for Muslims living in the country. Fassmann's interview published in local Kurier newspaper on Friday quoted him saying "teachers should not wear a headscarf." When asked about his opinion on the headscarf ban, Fassmann said: “Yes, I have a sympathy for the secular state and find that teachers should not wear a headscarf, except religious and private school teachers.” The...

Swedish police are investigating an attack on a mosque with a homemade bomb as a hate crime, officers said Monday. The attack on the Islamic Cultural Center in Saffle, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Karsltad, left ball-bearings lodged in the walls of the center's prayer room. Broadcaster SVT reported that police had completed a preliminary investigation and were treating the attack as a hate crime.

"Windows were broken and the walls were hit by explosives reinforced with...

Police in the western Indian state of Rajasthan have arrested a man who allegedly hacked another man to death and set him alight before sharing video of the apparent religious attack. In a second video, the man is seen justifying the incident to "protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims". Police have identified the suspect as a Hindu. His victim was Muslim. Internet services have been suspended in parts of the state and people have been urged to stop sharing the video. Police have been...

A French court on Saturday issued orders to close down a mosque in Marseille city in southern France for allegedly "encouraging radicalism and violence". An administrative court in Marseille acted on a petition by Governor Pierre Dartout who asked the As-Sunna Mosque to be closed for six months.

The court ruled that the religious official of the mosque "encouraged radical ideology, discrimination, and violence." So far, at least 19 mosques have been closed across France since a state...

A teacher in the U.S. state of Texas reported a non-communicative 6-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome to the police for alleged "terrorism," leading to an investigation of the boy's family. A probe was launched after the teacher claimed Mohammad Suleiman was repeating "Allah" and "boom" in the classroom. His parents said the accusation is impossible, given that Mohammad "doesn't speak at all" and has "the mental capacity of a 1-year-old."

"Mohammad was born with Down syndrome...

A French court has ordered a halal grocery store in Paris to shut down because it did not sell pork and alcohol, and failed to cater for the needs of the customers. The Court of Nanterre ruled on Monday that the “Good Price” mini-market in Colombes failed to comply with the conditions of its lease, according to which the grocery must act as a "general food store,” La Liberation reported.

The court ordered the termination of the store's lease and the eviction of the tenants. In...

McDonald’s has apologised after a Muslim woman complained she was told to remove her headscarf or leave one of the fast-food chain’s restaurants, saying she was told it was a security threat. The 19-year-old student, who asked not to be named, said she was stopped in a north London McDonald’s by a security guard who repeatedly told her to remove her hijab on Thursday evening. When she refused, she said the guard appeared shocked but continued to ask, so she decided to film the incident on...

US President Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group early Wednesday. The videos were posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the group Britain First, who claims the men in each are Muslim. Later in the day, British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman criticized Trump's move, saying he was wrong to share the anti-Muslim videos tweeted by a U.K. far-right leader. May's spokesman, James Slack, said Britain First seeks to divide...

A Muslim cultural center, including a mosque, has been attacked in Warsaw. Police in the Polish capital are looking for the culprits, while a local Muslim community leader is sure that the attack was a “racist” one.
Windows were smashed overnight on Sunday at the center that includes a mosque, a meeting center for Muslims, a shop and a restaurant. Security footage is being reviewed to identify those behind the assault, in which luckily no one was injured, Warsaw police spokesman...

A Virginia teen who alleges a teacher pulled off her Islamic headscarf is now being harassed online by other students and another teacher from her school, a Muslim civil rights group has reported. Student Yasmin Yahye said last week that that teacher Lesmond Saunders removed her headscarf without her consent and has since told the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that she has experienced cyberbullying. In a letter to Lake Braddock Secondary School principal David Thomas Tuesday,...

A Swedish is under fire after denying the humanity of Muslims, local media reported on Sunday. "Muslims are not completely human," Martin Strid, a board member for the Sweden Democrats, said on the "Forum" program on Swedish state television SVT. Addressing the crowd, Strid, according to various local sources said that there is a scale of humanity from 1 to 100, that Muslims can be placed upon and that not all are 100 percent human. “On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a...

A British man who tried to find and kill Muslims with a 10-inch knife has been put behind bars for two years and three months, a police statement said Wednesday. The 24-year old Mickey Sage pleaded guilty to a single count of threatening a person with a knife in a public place and accepted that the incident was religiously aggravated.

Sage stopped and asked people with the large knife in his hand if they were Muslim in the early hours of June 7, days before a terror attack killed a...

A district court in canton Zurich has given a Muslim preacher, accused of promoting violence, an 18-month suspended prison sentence. It also ordered the 25-year-old Ethiopian to be deported and banned from re-entering Switzerland for 15 years.

Police arrested the cleric in October of last year, after receiving reports of the controversial sermon delivered at the An’Nur mosque in Winterthur, in north-eastern Switzerland. The man is also charged with distributing pictures of executions...