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In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.

Certain Christian-inspired aspects are part of daily life and culture in Germany, Seehofer said, naming examples such as shops being closed on Sundays and public holidays that correspond to church holidays like Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.

Seehofer told the paper that people...

Three men are accused of bombing a mosque in a large Somali community in the midwest United States, in an attempt to scare Muslims into leaving the country, authorities said.

The men allegedly traveled some 500 miles (805 kilometers) from a rural farming community in Illinois to carry out the Aug. 5 attack, which caused a damaging fire at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. No one was hurt.

The men are also suspected in the...

Myanmar has refused to give UN investigators access to the country and blocked an independent and impartial investigation after destroying at least 319 villages, said Marzuki Darusman, the chairman of the UN's Independent Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.

Darusman urged Rohingya Muslims not to return without adequate guarantees for human rights protection.

"People continue to flee. The number of new arrivals in camps in Bangladesh is continuing at a pace of up to 1,000 persons...

A rally organized by a far-right, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group in Amsterdam did not gather the interest it hoped to receive, with only 50 people turning out for the protest.

The participants at the rally organized by the Dresden-based Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) marched under police escort, holding racist banners.

A group of counter-protestors from Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) attempted to block the march, resulting in the arrest of...

The Koca Sinan Mosque, a Turkish mosque, in Germany capital Berlin was set on fire early Sunday in the latest incident of a series of attacks targeting the country's Turkish and Muslim community by PKK sympathizers and far-right groups.

The mosque, belonging to the Turkish-Muslim organization DITIB, was badly damaged in the arson attack.

“Witnesses told us that three assailants with covered faces threw burning material and immediately ran away,” said Bayram Turk, the head of...

Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the UK.

Inside was a message so hateful that it sent out ripples of alarm and prompted a national counterterrorism investigation.

Images of the A4 notes, which contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them, have been widely shared online.

They have prompted a chorus of condemnation, with campaigners and MPs describing them...

Yoav Kish, a lawmaker of Israel’s ruling Likud National Liberal Party led by Benjamin Netanyahu, told an Arab member of Knesset to say “Israel akbar” (Israel is great) instead of “Allahu akbar” (God is great) during prayers.

Local press reported that Kish made the scandalous statement last Wednesday during a Knesset session discussing a draft bill that would enable Palestinians linked to groups labeled by the Israeli Interior Ministry as “terror groups” to be expelled from Jerusalem....

Denmark, following in the footsteps of several other European countries, seeks to target Muslim women for their religious convictions. 

In 2004, the Danish People's Party presented a motion, which discussed the prohibition of wearing cultural headscarves. The ban included: “any type of scarf or headwear that falls outside the category of Christian or Jewish culture.”

In 2009, when the Danish parliament proposed a resolution which forbade the wearing of the burka and niqab in...

A curfew is in place in the central district of Kandy, where crowds from the Buddhist Sinhala majority attacked a mosque, Muslim-owned shops and homes.

"Four mosques, 37 houses, 46 shops and 35 vehicles damaged in Digana and Teldeniya area due to the mob attack," a local official told the BBC. "Everything is destroyed. Muslims live in fear," he said.

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency after several attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.

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A 70-year-old man allegedly caused two train crashes and left Arabic messages at the scene, in an attempt to provoke a backlash against Muslims. 

Prosecutors in the Czech Republic told local media that the pensioner chopped down trees so they would fall over the railway tracks near Mlada Boleslav, a small city around 40 miles north of the country's capital, Prague. 

State attorney Marek Bodlak said the defendant left leaflets at the scene “containing linguistically garbled...

Imam Alauddin Akonjee and his friend were shot dead in September 2016 in New York, but the police is yet to determine the motive of the murder, causing a delay in legal proceedings.

Akonjee and his friend, Thara Uddin, were shot point-blank in Ozone Park on August 12, 2016. They were walking home after finishing their prayers at Al-Furqan Jame Mosque.

The accused gunman, Oscar Morel, is on trial on charges of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree...

At least 950 attacks occurred in Germany on Muslims and Islamic institutions last year. 33 people were injured in the attacks, almost all of which were carried out by people on the extreme-right. 

Almost 60 incidents involved attacks or damage inflicted on mosques and other Islamic institutions, including the smearing of pig's blood on buildings.

The crimes recorded included the incitement of hatred against Muslims, threatening letters, attacks on women wearing headscarves, and...

A Muslim woman was the subject of a deliberate hit and run attack in London.

A driver identified as Paul Moore drove into a Somali woman named Zaynab Hussein, shortly before he tried to drive at a 12-year-old Somali girl.

Hussein was wearing a headscarf when the incident happened and was hit twice by the same driver.

The 12-year-old Somali girl was also hit by the same driver as she was heading to school, but he only clipped her side,

Hussein told the court that...

Staff at a branch of the sandwich chain Subway in west London told a Muslim woman to just ‘ignore’ the racial abuse directed at her by a fellow customer.

The incident which occurred on February 14, began when the woman, who wears the hijab, was paying for her food when a man approached the counter and muttered ‘no Muslims’ at her several times. He then said: “Get out of this country, get out of this shop,” and told her not to ‘look’ at him.

No staff member attempted to stop the...

A Muslim woman was the subject of a deliberate hit and run attack in London, reports said Wednesday.

A driver identified as Paul Moore drove into a Somali woman named Zaynab Hussein, shortly before he tried to drive at a 12-year-old Somali girl, BBC reported.

The incident reportedly took place on Sept. 20, a few days after the bomb attack in London, according to Nottingham Crown Court records.

Hussein was wearing a headscarf when the incident happened and was hit twice...