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The past year was a rough one for American Muslims, who’ve shared one story after another of hearing slurs at the grocery store, watching their mosques burn, and learning taekwondo to fend off attackers.

Such experiences, dismissed by anti-Muslim pundits as exaggerated, are backed up by poll results released Tuesday that show a community that’s effectively felt under siege since the rise and election of President Donald Trump.

The majority of American Muslims — 60%— reported...

The head of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Talip Küçükcan indicated that the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to prohibit the visible display or wearing of religious clothing and symbols in the workplace would lead to violations of the freedom of religion, adding that, "under these circumstances, religious freedom is under threat in Europe."

Emphasizing the principles...

A bomb threat targeting Muslim students forced an evacuation Wednesday of nearly 4,000 students from the downtown campus of Concordia University in Montreal.

In an email to school administrators and local media, a group identifying itself as the "underground" chapter of C4, or the Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, at the university directly warned "Muslim students" there it would detonate one homemade explosive a day through Friday to protest their activities.

"Now...

The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim-majority countries. Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are exempt from the new rules. Large electronic devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage. Passengers on some 50 flights a day from...

In yet another instance of Turkophobia and anti-Islam attitudes running rampant in Europe, a mosque run by the local Turkish community in Bremen, Germany, was vandalized by unknown assailants late Saturday.

The suspects threw pig's ears and feet in the courtyard of the Yeni Fatih Mosque in Bremen's Bremerhaven town. The Turkish foundation that runs the mosque called German police to find the perpetrator or perpetrators as soon as possible.

The mosque opened in 2011 in a...

A retired police chief says he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport and held for 90 minutes earlier this month because of his name.

Hassan Aden, 52, of Alexandria, Virginia spent 26 years with the Alexandria Police Department before leaving in 2012 to become chief of police in Greenville, North Carolina. He retired from the 250-person force in 2015.

Aden says he was returning from Paris on March 13, where he had been celebrating his mother's 80th birthday....

French far-right lawmaker Marion Marechal-Le Pen has responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call on Turks in Europe to “have five children,” saying “the future of Turks in Europe is Turkey.”

“Dear Erdoğan, the future of Turkish people living in Europe is Turkey,” Le Pen posted on her Twitter account, tagging Erdoğan’s account.

The 27-year-old lawmaker Marion Le Pen is the niece of far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen, and became the youngest elected...

In true patriotic form, a young Latina from Queens stood up to proudly defend a Muslim couple, after she overheard them being subject to verbal abuse by a prejudiced subway passenger.

The attacker, who appeared to be middle-aged and also Latina, was captured on camera asking the pair in poor manner, “Why are you here? Why are you in this country? You are not one of us.”

The public altercation grew more heated after one rider, with a noticeable accent — asked the woman to stop...

The Belgian authorities have rejected the visa applications of four Turkish imams who requested long-term visas to work in the country.

The Belgian Foreign Affairs Council supported the rejection decision given by Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, German daily Deutsche Welle reported on March 16.

According to Belgian media reports, Francken has declined the applications of 12 imams this year, saying they wanted to preach sermons in mosques...

A man broke into an Arizona mosque earlier this week and desecrated copies of the Quran, the Islamic Center of Tucson said Tuesday.

The suspect entered the mosque on Monday around 3:30 a.m. and ripped copies of the Quran before throwing them on the floor, according to a post on the center's Facebook page.

"He ripped copies of the Qur'an and threw them around the prayer room before leaving the building," the center wrote. "Thankfully no one was hurt. The Tucson Police Department...

With the game out of reach and the season sputtering to a finish, Watkins Mill Coach Donita Adams made sure every girl played in the team’s first region final appearance. But Adams left Je’Nan Hayes sitting on the bench. She had no other choice.

“I didn’t even want to look down at Je’Nan in that moment,” Adams said. “I had not yet told her that she wasn’t allowed to play in the game because of her headscarf.”

The game was at Oxon Hill High in Prince George’s County on March 3...

In the first case of its kind, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers are allowed to ban employees from wearing visible religious, political and philosophical symbols in the workplace.

However, such a ban has to be based on internal company rules dictating that employees “dress neutrally” and cannot be based on “the wishes of a customer”, the ECJ stipulated.

“An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political,...

The French presidential election will take place in April and May. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be seeking a fourth term.

All three elections will be critical for the future of the EU, as the rise of right-wing populism and nationalism threatens some of the key bedrocks of the European project.

All eyes this week will be on the Freedom Party's Geert Wilders as he gets a chance to test his electoral popularity in an era of massive political upsets.

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The disturbance at the Middle Eastern restaurant morphed within minutes from bizarre to a violent, one-sided assault.

Jason Kendall was walking down State Street about 3 p.m. Saturday when he saw a woman standing inside Al Aqsa Restaurant in Salem, Ore., according to Fox affiliate KPTV. The Mediterranean food joint is a few blocks from the state’s Capitol and Willamette University.

Kendall said he thought the woman was being held hostage because “of the type of shirt she was...

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party called for closing borders, restricting Islamic practices and fighting the ruling 'oligarchy' in its election campaign programme released on Thursday. Polling at around 11 per cent now, the four-year-old AfD aims to become the first party to the right of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc to enter the national parliament in September elections.

The AfD opposes all 'mainstream' political parties and what it regards...