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A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday and started shooting, injuring three men, according to police, who have launched a manhunt for the shooter.

A body was found a few hundred meters (yards) from the scene, an AFP photographer said, but it was unclear if it was connected to the shooting, which took place inside the city's Islamic Centre, near the central station.

At around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT), an unknown person entered the Islamic Centre,...

A mosque in Öhringen's business district Sichert in southwest Germany has been targeted in an anti-Islamic attack.

Unknown attackers spewed a pig's head on a fence in front of Aksemseddin Mosque on December 4. A man discovered the impaled pig's head in the morning, as he was bringing his son to a Koran course at the mosque.

The mosque filed a complaint, but the community has little hope that the perpetrator will be caught. Police spokesman Rainer Ott stated that there has been...

A Muslim woman in east London had her headscarf pulled off and was dragged along the ground in a “sickening” attack in east London.
The 27-year-old woman had been visiting a friend at a hair salon when two white youths approached her from behind and tried to rip off her hijab before pushing her onto the ground and dragging her a few meters along the pavement. Witnesses say she was left highly distraught and lay on the ground for around twenty minutes before being helped into a nearby...

British police arrested a man who stabbed an Asian man while shouting "I want to kill a Muslim" at a London train station on Monday.

The stabbing happened Monday as a train pulled into the Forest Hill station in southeast London.

Witnesses said the attacker strode through the moving train and selected a victim based on his appearance. He then shouted "go back to Syria" and "Muslims...kill them all" before stabbing his victim in the face and chest.

The victim was...

German police detained a man linked to the anti-Islamic, xenophobic group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamification of the West (PEGIDA) on suspicion of involvement in an attack targeting a Turkish mosque and an event venue in Germany's Dresden in September.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Nino K. by German media outlets, was detained on Thursday, while it was not clear where he was detained.

The suspect is accused of throwing homemade explosives at Fatih Mosque,...

A New York teenager who went missing after she said she was harassed on a train last week has been found.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, was found in the early hours of Saturday morning, officials from the Nassau County Police Department's Missing Persons Squad said. The teen was seen being taken from her Long Island home on a stretcher Saturday afternoon.
The Nassau County Police Department put out an alert on Friday saying Seweid had been missing since Wednesday.
Last Thursday,...

Germany’s highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.

The constitutional court in Karlsruhe on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the girl’s parents that she should be excused from the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam’s ethic of decency, German media reported.

A...

The nation's first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called "ISIS" by a taxicab driver in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her Daesh, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab during a brief ride on Tuesday after a White House meeting on criminal justice reform. She did not provide information about the driver.

Omar, 33, says she is...

A Muslim police officer here and her 16-year-old son were the targets of a hate attack during the weekend, police sources in the media said Sunday.

Officer Aml Elsokary, a native of the city, dropped off her son in Brooklyn while off duty. After parking her car, she found the boy being pushed around by a white man in his 30s.

"ISIS(Daesh) (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!" he shouted at the unarmed officer and her son.

The NYPD is searching...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burqa ban wherever possible on Monday at her conservative Christian Democrats' (CDU) party conference.

"The full veil must be banned wherever that is legally possible," she told the about 1,000 delegates attending the two-day conference.

Merkel also signalled plans for the CDU to toughen its stance on refugees as it prepares to back her for a fourth term as leader of Europe's biggest economy at next September's election.

She...

Canadian Muslim organizations are calling on the federal government to take concrete steps in countering Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.

“As community representatives, we are deeply concerned about the impact of hate crimes and hate incidents on the broader well-being of our communities, and especially on our children,” said the National Council of

Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee at a news conference on...

Loyal customers rallied behind a central Phoenix business after it was targeted by vandals for the second time in recent weeks.

Sunday morning, the Middle Eastern Bakery and Deli near 16th Street and Thomas Road had its windows patched up with tape after someone used a blunt object to try and shatter the front windows.

“I can't understand why you would want to damage someone’s business when they’re just here working, trying to make a living,” said Deanie Houghtaling, one of...

Birgül Yücel is preparing to file a lawsuit against an Austrian doctor who rejected her job application because she was wearing headscarf. The headscarf, also referred to as hijab, is "a radical religious symbol" according to Dr. Anton Glöcklhofer.

The rejection echoes a similar incident in Germany's Stuttgart where a dentist rejected to hire a woman applying to be an assistant, on the grounds that she was wearing hijab. Thirty-two-year Birgül Yücel is a Turkish woman who lives in...

The city's police are investigating a hate crime allegation after three men attempted to remove the headscarf of a Muslim teen at a subway station, authorities said on Friday.

The incident took place around 10 p.m. local time on Thursday when the unidentified 18-year-old woman was approached by three men on the platform of the number 6 train station in Manhattan, a detective said. The victim told police the men appeared to be drunk.

The men grabbed her bag and broke its strap,...

The government in Slovakia has approved a law effectively preventing Islam being registered as a state religion for a number of years.

The bill was proposed by the Slovak National Party (SNS), and requires a religion to have at least 50,000 followers before it qualifies for state subsidies.

According to the most recent census, there are currently around 2,000 Muslim people living in Slovakia out of a population of 5.4million, and there are no registered mosques.

The law...