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Julien Odoul, a member of France’s National Rally (RN) is at the center of a controversy after asking a Muslim woman to remove her viel at a plenary meeting of the Regional Council of Burgundy Franche Comte on Friday, October 11.

The Muslim woman was accompanying her son and his class on a school trip to explore the mission of the “democratic assembly.”

Odoul and his colleagues asked Marie Guite Dufay, the President of the Regional Council, to have the woman either remove her...

At least 15 people have been killed and two seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso. Gunmen entered the Grand Mosque in the village of Salmossi on Friday evening as those inside were praying.

The attack prompted many locals to flee the village which is close to the Malian border. Hundreds of people have been killed in the country over the past few years, mostly by jihadist groups.

One resident from the nearby town of Gorom-Gorom told AFP news agency...

A UN racism expert on Monday criticised a Dutch ban on the wearing of face-covering garments such as the burqa in public, saying the law had "no place" in a tolerant society.

Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, said the ban reflected a wider "consolidation of Islamophobia" in the Netherlands.

The Dutch ban took effect in August, after being passed by parliament in 2018, and makes it illegal to wear face coverings in public buildings and on transport.

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Sweden's Centre Party voted in favour of banning circumcision (omskärelse) of boys in the absence of a medical reason, during the party's annual meeting in Karlstad at the weekend.

The main purpose of the meeting was to vote on the party's official stance in several social issues, including whether to remove restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men (this proposal was rejected) and whether to introduce legal recognition of a third gender (this proposal was accepted)....

Their children cannot eat pork or meat that is not slaughtered according to the halal method.

For this a group of Bengali Muslims asked the leadership of the elementary school attended by their children, in Mestre, to be able to have "halal" meat according to the rules of the Koran on the menu of the canteen.

The case broke out on the occasion of the first meeting of the families of the students with the teachers of the primary "Cesare Battisti", where the classes have over 60...

According to the story reported by Agence France Press, a mother gave her child the name “Jihad”. But french courts refuse and consider the first name “harmful to the child”.

Public prosecutor’s office in Dijon, in french department of the Golden-coast, cancelled this Friday, 27 September  2019, the first name “Jihad” given to a child. A year ago, a mother gave her child that name. The French courts have invalidated the first name and consider that “Jihad” has a “pejorative meaning...

Nearly half of Austrians are of the opinion that Muslims should not have the same rights as them, according to a study released yesterday by the University of Salzburg, a few days before the parliamentary elections.

45 percent of those surveyed believe that Muslims should not have the same rights as other Austrian citizens.

In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed said Muslims had no place in the Western world.

Most Austrians want Muslims to be restricted in their...

A student mother and CIPF activist poses in front of a school in Pantin, to denounce the problem of the veil during school trips.

The new campaign of the Federation of Parents' Councils (CIPF), defending the right for veiled women to go on school trips, is a "mistake" for
the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. A statement that angered the first federation of parents of students.

On the occasion of the elections of parents' representatives, CIPF...

All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has hit out at Instagram, after a picture of him and a teammate praying was removed from the social media site.

Before Saturday's World Cup game against South Africa, Williams and fellow Muslim Ofa Fuungafasi were photographed in prayer. 

Both posted the image on their Instagram accounts, but both have had it removed, after another user complained that it violated their rights.

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Two Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them and canceled their flight after crew members said they “didn’t feel comfortable” flying with the pair.

Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh and Issam Abdallah said they filed a complaint with the US Department of Transportation against the Fort Worth-based airline, asking the federal agency to investigate the incident. The men say American Airlines discriminated against them Saturday for appearing Muslim and Middle Eastern during a...

A car rammed into a mosque in the eastern French city of Colmar on late Saturday. 

The vehicle crashed into the Grand Mosque of Colmar, damaging its gate and doorway, said the prefecture of Haut-Rhin.

The driver of the automobile was taken to a hospital with a stab wound to his neck.

It is unclear whether the incident was an attack or a suicide attempt.

An investigation was launched into the incident.

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The Trump administration has threatened to disqualify a university-level Middle East studies programme from receiving federal funding for teaching the “positive aspects of Islam”.

The US Department of Education has ordered that the programme run by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University revise their course plans by 22 September or risk losing future funding.

The administration claims the course has “critical shortcomings and impermissible biases”,...

French-Jewish author, TV personality and far-right figure Eric Zemmour has been fined 3,000 euros ($3,300) for provoking religious hatred after making anti-immigrant and Islamophobic remarks in 2016.

During a show broadcast on September 6, 2016, on the France 5 television channel, Zemmour had said he believed that Muslims should be given "the choice between Islam and France," and that France had been "colonized" by Muslims for 30 years.

"In innumerable French suburbs where many...

Thailand's prime minister defended police for requesting information about minority Muslim students from universities around the country after the move was called discriminatory and illegal.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday the police request, which follows a series of bomb blasts in the capital Bangkok in August blamed on Muslim suspects, was needed to build a national security database.

An official letter from police, shared online by former rights...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has recorded a total of 10,015 "anti-Muslim bias incidents" since 2014.

In the report released Monday, the U.S.' largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy body said the trend shows a steady increase in the number of the incidents but saw an initial hike after Donald Trump entered election races in 2015.

"Not only did the number of bias incidents increase, the violent nature of the incidents also jumped," read the report, The Bias...