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.


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.


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...

Amazon has removed a third-party line of 'door and dog mats' featuring the Arabic word for God - Allah - after a complaint from Muslim users, including a British politician.

The mats - sold through Amazon by a number of independent users including 'Dargon One', 'Trendy Mats' and 'Gear One' - had been garnering complaints from Muslims since June.

But it was only when Mariam Khan - a Councillor in the English city of Birmingham - complained on Twitter Monday that the site took...

A train driver supposedly kicked off a 14-year-old for wearing a headscarf in the German district of Friedrichshagen in east Berlin.

The young girl told the police that she got on the train, which was going to the train station Friedrichshagen, at about 02:.35 p.m.

The driver asked the girl to get off via loudspeakers, as he would not allow anyone wearing a headscarf, the police reported on Wednesday.

According to the police, as none of the other passengers intervened or...

MPs in the Netherlands have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in some public places, including schools, hospitals, government buildings and on public transport.

The rule – which will outlaw all face coverings including ski-masks and helmets – was approved by 132 members of the 150-seat house.

It will now go before the Senate, where it must be approved before becoming law.

Few women in the Netherlands wear Islamic veils – such...

Barney Lopez could hear the woman from across the Smith’s grocery store aisles.

“You’re a terrorist. Get out of here,” the woman, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, screamed at a female shopper wearing a hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women.

“I left my cart to see what was going on,” Lopez said.

The woman in the cap was pointing at the woman in the hijab, yelling “every racist thing you could imagine to say,” store manager Andrew Castillo said Friday....

A civil rights group has called for more police protection of mosques after several in California received letters that praised President-elect Donald Trump and threatened Muslim genocide.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said the same handwritten, photocopied letter was sent last week to the Islamic Center of Long Beach, the Islamic Center of Claremont and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The letter was...

Labor MP Anne Aly has told Parliament she received death threats after she condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's comments about Lebanese-Muslims. Mr Dutton singled out the Lebanese-Muslin community earlier this week, saying most people charged with terror-related offences came from the background.

Dr Aly, the first Muslim woman to be elected to Parliament and an expert in counter-terrorism, said the Immigration Minister's comments were "extremely disappointing" and feared they...