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In June 2014, a number of Muslim charities, think tanks and activists received a letter from the HSBC bank, telling them their accounts were to be closed.

The letters provided no explanation nor right of appeal. There had been no warning. The recipients of this letter included a think tank, a charity - and the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

This was just the start. In due course, a deluge of organisations connected with Muslim causes were targeted.

One example was...

On the last day of his life, Azzeddine Soufiane closed up his grocery shop on Ste.-Foy Road as usual and drove two minutes down the street to his city mosque. He knew the way well. He made the trip at least once a day so he could attend prayer services.

Last Sunday was the final ride. During the evening prayer, Mr. Soufiane, a big-hearted man known to dispense advice on halal meats as readily as tips to newcomers on affordable housing, was gunned down inside the one place he would...

Two Indian Muslim athletes were denied visas to the U.S. on Tuesday in the wake of President Donald Trump’s entry ban on people from seven Muslim states.

Abid Khan and Tanveer Hussain, from the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir, are Indian passport holders. India is not on the list of banned nations.

They had been invited to the U.S. for the World Snowshoe Championship at Saranac Lake, New York state, next month.

The pair, who have not previously visited the U.S., said...

In the chaos following U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and immigrants, a five-year-old boy was detained for hours at Washington Dulles International Airport.

On Saturday, the boy, who is a U.S. citizen from Maryland, was travelling from Iran to Washington, D.C. with a family member to meet his mother, who is Iranian, WILX 10 reports. Unfortunately, the five-year-old was held in custody by airport authorities for several hours before he was finally...

Austria's governing coalition has agreed to ban full-face veils in courts, schools and other "public places" as part of a reform programme aimed at countering the rise of the far-Right in the country.

The agreement was made between the ruling coalition of Social Democrats and the centrist People's party as Chancellor Christian Kern attempts to regain the political initiative from the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) ahead of next year's parliamentary election.

"The full-face veil...

President Trump on Friday closed the US borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.

In an executive order that he said was part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that...

At least six people were killed and several people wounded after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City late Sunday, media reported.

A Quebec police spokesman confirmed that there were people killed, but did not say how many.

Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui confirmed the number of dead late Sunday in a telephone call.

Two suspects in the shooting were arrested, he said.

Police did not rule out the possibility of a third suspect...

A Muslim airline employee was attacked at a Kennedy Airport lounge by a passenger who mocked her religion and invoked the name of Donald Trump, officials said.

“F--k Islam, f--k ISIS,” Robin Rhodes said, as he got on his knees and bowed in mock prayer after kicking a worker at Terminal 2’s Delta Sky Lounge Wednesday night, according to authorities.

“Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see...

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has published an open letter to the country’s citizens ahead of elections in March, telling anyone who cannot respect its customs to leave.

People who “refuse to adapt, and criticise our values” should “behave normally, or go away”, Rutte said in a full-page newspaper message seen as a bid to win over voters drawn to Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration, anti-Muslim Freedom (PVV) party.

He said the Dutch were “increasingly uncomfortable” with...

At pre-inaugural event in Washington, President-elect Donald Trump tells Israel Hayom he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, "and I'm not a person who breaks promises".

President-elect Donald Trump landed in Washington, D.C. this week for the events leading up to his inauguration on Friday as the 45th president of the United States.

Trump's close associate, Chairman of the 58th Presidential Inauguration Committee Thomas J. Barrack Jr., put on an event Tuesday evening to...

A group of young activists gathered in Vienna Monday to protest against a new regulation banning public servants, including teachers, from wearing headscarves.

Outside the University of Vienna, the protesters chanted slogans against the move and called for equality and freedom of religion for all.

The headscarf ban on public servants was drafted by Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz.

Kurz said last week he wanted to ban public servants...

Even though Muslims have been part of the U.K.'s demographic landscape for ages, a new report released by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) reveals that anti-Muslim hate crimes have risen dramatically in the U.K. since 2015.

Official statistics show a 44 percent and 43 percent increase in religious hate crimes in the U.K. from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, respectively. Comparatively, the total number of religious hate crimes over the last 12 months has risen by 60 percent.

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The head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Saturday called for a law banning "fascistic Islam" and Muslim symbols, comparable to an existing law banning Nazi symbols, saying Islam could wipe out European society.

Austria needs "a law which prohibits fascistic Islam", Heinz Christian Strache told several thousand supporters at the party's new year meeting in Salzburg.

"Let us put an end to this policy of Islamisation... otherwise we Austrians, we Europeans will come...

Three popular British news websites ran the story with claims now reported to be false by the Spanish press.

British news sites published a breaking story about a gunman wearing a suicide vest, shouting “Allahu Akbar”, and opening fire in a Spanish supermarket.

The Mail Online article published on 11 January tells the story of a man who fired a shotgun in a supermarket in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. The report began: “A gunman has opened fire in a Spanish...

Lawmaker Teuvo Hakkarainen from the nationalist Finns party was fined on Wednesday for a Facebook post calling for a Muslim-free Finland which a district court said amounted to agitation against an ethnic group.

Hakkarainen, whose party is part of the country's coalition government, made the call in a comment on the truck attack in France last July that killed 86 people. Prosecutors said the Tunisian-born driver had pro-terrorist views.

"All Muslims are not terrorists but all...