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A Berlin court on May 8 ruled that city authorities took the right decision to uphold the state's neutrality law by barring a primary school teacher from wearing a headscarf during classes.

Under the city state's so-called neutrality law, public employees are prevented from wearing overt religious symbols and clothing. Justice Arne Boyer said such neutrality takes precedence over the right to free religious expression.

"Primary school children should be free of the influence...

Muslims of India have been feeling more vulnerable and insecure in the first four months of 2018 than ever before. Recent cases of failed justice for crimes committed against them have disheartened the Muslim community. 

Even to outside observers, it is increasingly clear that Muslims are being ostracised and singled out and that state institutions are failing them in India.

In January, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in the Kathua district...

A manifesto published in the French daily Le Parisien on April 21, signed by some 300 prominent intellectuals and politicians, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, made a shocking demand.

Arguing that the Quran incites violence, it insisted that “the verses of the Quran calling for murder and punishment of Jews, Christians, and nonbelievers be struck to obsolescence by religious authorities,” so that “no believer can refer to a sacred text...

The family of a Hindu woman allegedly thrashed her Muslim friend in Bikaner late on May 1 evening, leading to his death at a hospital a few hours later in yet another incident of communal violence in Rajasthan, and one that is reminiscent of the killing in Delhi earlier this year of a Hindu boy by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

The police confirmed that the man was attacked because of his relationship with the woman.

Saif Ali (22), who used to weigh fruits at a market,...

A Muslim mum was knocked unconscious in front of her young children in an “utterly degrading” racist attack at McDonald’s.

Kellie Cooke, 33, mocked Hamman Hamood’s accent before hurling racist abuse and trying to pull off her headscarf – then knocking her to the floor.

The court heard one of Mrs Hamood’s terrified children later told officers: “Mummy was sleeping on the floor.”

Mum-of-three Cooke, of Lockerby Road in Fairfield, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated...

Some reports suggest the death toll could be as high as 42, with dozens more injured.

The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers.

No-one has yet said they were behind the bombings, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched previous attacks in Mubi.

Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence since 2009 to try to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

The violence has killed about 20,000 people...

The newly appointed editor of the Daily Express offered an honest account about his own paper's culpability in spreading hate and bigotry against Muslims.

That the British media is consistently Islamophobic is a well-researched and well-identified state of affairs. However, what is less expected is when a prominent newspaper editor is willing to make clear to a Parliamentary committee that this is precisely the case and that his own newspaper is culpable in spreading the hate, bigotry...

Sydney woman Moutia Elzahed sued the police and lost. Now she's appealing the decision on the basis she was barred from testifying due to her religious garb.

In November 2016, Muslim woman Moutia Elzahed was told she couldn't give evidence in court with her niqab on.

The case was about a police raid on her home in south-west Sydney, Australia, two years earlier, when police officers had broken open her door to execute a terrorism-related search warrant.

Elzahed, her...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signaling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

Conservative justices including Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the nine-member court, indicated during arguments in the high-profile case their unwillingness to second-guess Trump on the national security...

A leukaemia patient wearing a medical face mask in Vienna was stopped under a ban on the full Islamic veil and other face-coverings brought in last year, police admitted on Monday.

The 26-year-old man, interviewed by the Vice News Austrian website and  identified only as "Valentin", said that he was stopped last Tuesday.

Doctors had told him to wear his mask to protect his immune system, which  had been so severely weakened by a intensive course of chemotherapy and other...

A public library in the U.S. state of Illinois has received harsh criticism on social media after exhibiting on Saturday an Islamophobic poem written on a Confederate flag background that insults Muslim women.

The poem, written by Professor George Miller, chair of the philosophy department at Lewis University, says "Hijab to me means jihad, so keep that s*** out of the country I love," in addition to several other lines disrespecting Islam.

"Is this really on display there?" a...

Muslim civil rights group blasted President Donald Trump and his administration Monday, saying his words and policies led to a sharp increase in attacks and bias against Muslims in 2017.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said April 23 the number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes and reported incidents of discrimination, bullying, harassment and other acts of anti-Muslim bias both jumped 15 percent last year.

The group blames the increase on the president, particularly...

She was an 8-year-old girl who, while grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India in January, followed a man into the forest. Days later, Asifa Bano’s small, lifeless body was recovered there.

Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and, for three days, raped several times by different men.

Asifa's strangled body was eventually found Jan. 17. Police say she would have been killed sooner had one man not insisted on waiting so that he could rape her a final time.

To...

A leading German politician has dug his heels in to the debate over Islam in Germany. In an interview, Alexander Dobrindt said he wasn't discriminating against Muslims, but that Islam "has no cultural roots in Germany."

Alexander Dobrindt, the leader of the Christian Social Union's (CSU) parliamentary party, defended against criticism that his conservative Bavarian party was seeking to marginalize Muslims while doubling down on the stance that "Islam is not part of Germany."

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A BuzzFeed News analysis found that Republican officials in 49 states have openly attacked Muslims with words and proposed legislation since 2015, and few have faced repercussions.

A state lawmaker in Oklahoma refused to meet with Muslim constituents unless they replied to a questionnaire asking if they beat their wives.

A Nebraska state senator suggested that any Muslim wanting to enter the United States be forced to eat pork first.

And a Rhode Island legislator...