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The man accused of killing 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

A lawyer for Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, said on Friday his client pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act. This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.

Tarrant was not in court in person in...

On June 12, a North Carolina man was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison for the 2015 murders of three young Muslims ― a crime that was initially framed as a parking dispute in spite of the perpetrator’s anti-Muslim and anti-religion social media posts.

Craig Hicks, 50, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohamed, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19. Hicks also pleaded guilty to...

Five members of the group, who were "close in ideology to the neo-Nazi movement" were charged between September and May over the alleged plot, which was still "ill-defined", a source close to the investigation said. 

"The investigation suggested they were developing an ill-defined plot to carry out an attack, likely to target a place of worship," the judicial source said.

The investigation had been ongoing for several months, leading to the arrest of five people who were...

Three mosques in Germany have suffered assaults over the past two days, a local Turkish Muslim community leader said on Tuesday.

At the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, a right-wing group desecrated the mosque walls with hateful graffiti such as “get out," said Mustafa Kose, the top official in Kamen from the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB).

In the city of Hessen, central Germany, vandals threw rocks at the Kassel Central Mosque.

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The information was published in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung following a parliamentary inquiry from the Left party.

In the first three months of 2017, German police recorded 221 religiously motivated criminal offenses against Muslims, mosques, or Islamic community centers. By the first quarter of 2018, that number had dropped to 196 and then sank against to 132 in 2019.

The full-year trends have also exhibited a downturn,from 960 incidents in 2017 to 824 in 2018.

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Ramadan worshippers have detained a man at a London mosque after he reportedly attempted to attack people with a hammer. 

The worshippers seized the man at around 4.30am outside the Darussalam Cultural Centre in Southall, west London. 

He was arrested by police, who said the incident was not terror related.

"A 38-year-old man is reported to have attempted to attack people," said a Metropolitan Police spokesman. 

He was detained by worshippers prior to police...

The populist measure is part of a new 'integration plan' for the town of Staffanstorp, roughly 20km outside Malmö, which has been drawn up for by the centre-right Moderate Party and the populist Sweden Democrats.

"The headscarf is a symbol that women are not available. It's a sexualisation of women and it's unreasonable to do that to young  girls," Christian Sonesson, the town's Moderate Party mayor, told the local Sydvenskan newspaper.  "I have nothing against adult women wearing...

No democracy has ever managed to integrate large quantities of Muslims, and the reason is that it is impossible. We must send Muslims out of the country again so that the Danes can feel safe again, writes Rasmus Paludan in his chronicle in the party leader series, where Information places the chronicle for the 13 authorized parties.

We are facing an exponentially growing number of Muslims in Denmark. Even in the short term, it has sinister demographic implications. No political issue...

Suspected supporters of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party desecrated the Muslim cemetery of Alexandroupoli in northern Greece, local media reported.

The vandals spray-painted the cemetery with nationalist graffiti and the party’s swastika-like emble, while scattering fliers saying “Greece belongs to the Greeks.”

Golden Dawn – currently on trial for running a criminal organization – gathered 4.9 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections for European Parliament, earning two seats...

Riot police broke up a demonstration by anti-Islam group Pegida outside a mosque in Eindhoven on Sunday in which four officers were injured.

Tension flared outside the mosque in Otterstraat after a counter-demonstration of men carrying Turkish flags arrived to challenge the protesters.

Stones and bottles were thrown as the two sides clashed. Riot police on horseback drove back the crowd before breaking up the original protest.

Seven people aged between 14 and 32 were...

Within a week after election results in India came in, carrying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) back into power for a second term, two Muslim men were attacked in separate incidents in the country.

A 25-year-old Muslim man was allegedly assaulted in Gurgaon, a New Delhi satellite town, by four unidentified youths for wearing a traditional skull cap. The victim, identified as Mohamad Barkat Alam, is a native of Bihar state.

In a police complaint, he alleged that he was accosted...

Police in Scotland are investigating an Islamophobic hate crime after racist and anti-Muslim comments were found spray-painted on the walls of a mosque Monday night.

The crime took place at the Elgin Islamic Centre in north Scotland around 11:00 p.m. A swastika symbol was sprayed on the walls as well as other racist and vulgar comments. Scottish police have described the incident as “completely unacceptable”.

"Well, of course we're worried. I mean, if we don't say that, then we...

Posters put up in an Essex town bearing the phrase “Islamists not welcome” are being treated as a hate crime, police have said. 

Put up in several Rayleigh streets, they also warned targets to “stay back or we will kick you back”.

They displayed a symbol used by the pan-European white nationalist group Generation Identity alongside silhouette images of a mounted crusader chasing a pair of armed figures – one of whom is wearing a burqa.

Initially officers did not consider...

France's upper house of the parliament on May 16 adopted a bill that prohibits mothers from wearing headscarves while accompanying the students on school trips.

The bill was presented in the country's senate by the conservative Republican party. The bill was passed with 186 Yes and 100 No votes, while 159 senators abstained.

The bill has to be approved by the National Assembly -- lower house of the parliament -- for its entry into force.

Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, a...

Despite opposition by the Dutch constitutional court, the local animal party has filed its second bill seeking a ban on the slaughter of animals without stunning.

The Party for the Animals filed the bill Monday in the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch lower house, the RTL broadcaster reported. It was after the Council of State, an advisory body on legislation and the Netherlands’ highest general administrative court, had issued an unusual warning about the bill, saying it would unreasonably...