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Betul Baslik, a Turkish-origin social services and pedagogy graduate, has been denied an internship by a Belgian retirement home due to her headscarf.

Born and raised in Belgium, Baslik told Anadolu Agency that she had recently been accepted to pursue her master’s degree at Vrije University Brussels, and she had been encouraged as a successful student by her teachers during her entire academic life in a positive environment.

She said she applied for an internship at a...

A senior British Imam backed Boris Johnson in the burqa row and said the oppressive face coverings should be banned.

Imam Taj Hargey, from the Oxford Islamic Congregation said the Tory MP has nothing to apologise for and 'did not go far enough' in his remarks.

He branded the burqa a 'hideous tribal ninja-like garment' and said its has "no Koranic legitimacy".

His strident defence came as the Tory Party confirmed it has launched a formal investigation into Mr Johnson for...

The Weizhou grand mosque, with numerous domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style, had not received proper permits before construction, officials in the town of Weizhou said in a notice on Aug. 3.

The mosque would be forcibly demolished on Friday, they added in the notice, widely circulated among Chinese Muslims on social media.

Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new...

While some politicians supported the school's decision to dismiss the Muslim teacher for discrimination against women, others argued that the dismissal itself was a violation of the Anti-Discrimination Act. The man, however, claimed the refusal to shake hands was based on the teachings of Islam in order to create "fewer temptations."

Ekeberg Primary School in Oslo has refused to prolong the contract of a Muslim fill-in teacher who refused to shake hands with his female colleagues for ...

The Palestinian minister of Awqaf and religious affairs has condemned Israel’s closure of the Ibrahim Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron for Jewish holidays.  

“Israeli authorities have ordered the closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims on Aug. 8 and 9,” Yousef Adeis said in a statement on Wednesday.  

He called on UNESCO and human rights groups to stand up to their obligations to protect the heritage, culture and civilization of the Palestinian people.  

The...

A German study has found that female applicants who wear headscarves or have Turkish names have a harder time landing job interviews. Researchers found that women with both traits only had a callback rate of 4.2 percent.

A new study published the Germany-based Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) found that Muslim women face higher levels of discrimination when applying for jobs - even when the applications contain the same job qualifications.

For the field experiment, study...

Boris Johnson has come under fire for saying that burkas make women look like "bank robbers" or "letterboxes" - but that we shouldn't ban them.

The ex-Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, attacked the dress of Muslim women in a newspaper column but he's insisted that Britain shouldn't join other countries in banning them in public.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph he mocked the dress and branded it "oppressive" - saying Denmark had got it wrong to bring in the ban last week.

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Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. Conservative politicians say authorities should be allowed to monitor kids under 14.

Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen said on Aug 6.

In a new report cited by...

Two Canadian paramedics have been charged with "failing to provide the necessities of life" to a young Good Samaritan who had been shot.

Hamilton, Ontario resident Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot and killed December 2017 after he came to the aid of an older man being accosted by two men.

His family alleges the paramedics accused Al-Hasnawi of faking his injury and delayed bringing him to hospital.

The charges follow a seven-month investigation by police.

Al-Hasnawi, a...

On Aug. 1, when face veils are banned in Denmark, Sabina will not be leaving her niqab at home. Instead, she will be defying the law and taking to the street in protest.

In May, the Danish parliament banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and some other European countries to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values.

Under the law, police will be able to instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas....

Internment camps with up to a million prisoners. Empty neighborhoods. Students, musicians, athletes, and peaceful academicsjailed.

A massive high-tech surveillance state that monitors and judges every movement. The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim.

As the Chinese authorities continue a brutal crackdown in Xinjiang, the northwest region of China that’s home to the Uighur, Islam has been...

A Turkish tourist said that Israeli police treated them like fugitives at Tel Aviv airport and their dream was to visit Jerusalem.

Israel has denied entry to a group of Turkish tourists planning to visit the city of Jerusalem, claiming that the group "forged" their visas.

Mustafa Bickioglu, a representative of the Turkey-based Sila Tour company, told Andalou Agency that 72 Turkish citizens were stopped and barred entry at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday.

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India said it had excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, under a controversial draft citizenship list that has sparked fears of deportation of largely Bengali-speaking Muslims.

Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centers or deported, a Reuters witness said.

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Citizens in the small Bavarian town of Kaufbeuren voted not to provide public land for a mosque. A local initiative was started by a retired detective and garnered enough votes to stop the negotiations.

In a local vote on July 22, the residents of Kaufbeuren, a small town in Bavaria, decided against providing public land for the construction of a mosque.

At issue was the question of whether the city would provide the local branch of the nationally active Turkish-Islamic...

A waiter at a restaurant in Texas says he got stiffed by a customer who instead left him a hateful note calling him a “terrorist” — but he’s taking the high road.

Khalil Cavil, 20, shared details of his encounter on Saturday with the offensive patron who left behind the detestable missive — “We don’t tip terrorist” — and no tip on a $108 check at the Saltgrass Steak House in Odessa, where he’s working as he readies to head to Dallas Baptist University later this year, according to the...