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At least 239 migrants have died in two ship wrecks off Libya, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, said the information was confirmed by two survivors brought ashore on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Leonard Doyle, chief spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said 4,220 lives had now been lost in the Mediterranean so far this year.

The Canadian Parliament has passed an anti-Islamophobia motion on October 26, amid increasing attacks on mosques and Muslim communities in the country and throughout the world. However, the motion has received almost no attention from Canadian media outlets, to the dismay of the Muslim community living in the country. If you Google it, you won't get a single hit in mainstream media: not in CBC, not in Postmedia, not in the Globe and Mail, nowhere.

According to reports, it took a while...

Double Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics over a leaked video in which he and fellow gymnast Luke Carson appeared to mock Islam.

Carson, who retired from gymnastics last year due to injury, was issued with a reprimand.

"Louis Smith admitted his behaviour was a breach of the Standards of Conduct," British Gymnastics said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Sun newspaper last month published a clip from the video, taken...

A Saudi student attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout has died after being attacked over the weekend.

No arrests have been made connection with the death of 24-year-old Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, who was left bloodied in the street.

Investigators are treating the incident as a homicide, the Menomonie Police Department said in a statement issued Monday. Detectives were still searching for the motive.

The assault occurred outside of a pizza restaurant in downtown...

The branch of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) was vandalized by alleged supporters of the terrorist organization, the PKK, who spray-painted insults targeting the association and broke windows. It was the eighth similar attack targeting UETD branches across Germany this year, and follows an attack at the same branch six months ago.

Mustafa Yeneroğlu, head of the Turkish parliament's human rights committee, said:

"It should be questioned why there isn't public...

Today, the ACLU and the ACLU of Arizona filed letters of complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education to make clear that enough is enough. Any anti-Muslim discrimination is detestable, but it is especially pernicious when it targets students in our public schools, which should be safe havens for students of all faiths, and those of none.
As alleged in the letters of complaint, the Academy of Excellence, a public charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, is...

A newly-built Muslim cultural center in Sept-Îles, Canada was vandalized earlier this week, revealing a very troubling sharp increase in reported incidents that are related to Islamophobia in the country.

A 38-year-old man was arrested and then released on a promise to appear in court in six to eight weeks on charges of breaking and entering and mischief, CTV News Montreal reported Wednesday. The photos posted on Facebook show that the Islamic center suffered several thousand dollars...

A Los Angeles man found with multiple weapons and hundreds of pounds of ammunition in his home was charged with making terrorist threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California, authorities announced Tuesday.

Mark Lucian Feigin was arrested last week on the charge, which has been designated as a hate crime, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Feigin, 40, has been released on bail. A message left at a number listed under his name was not returned Tuesday and it...

Quebec is moving ahead with a law to ban face coverings in the public sector in a move criticized as marginalizing Muslim women and potentially inflaming anti-immigrant tensions in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province.

The proposed law prohibits anyone giving or receiving government services, such as a provincial government-issued health card, from wearing face-covering garments. As an example, it would prevent a woman from donning the face-concealing burqa while trying to get...

eral hundred Muslims staged a protest prayer outside the Colosseum in Rome on Friday over what they see as unfair restrictions on their freedom to practice their faith in Italy.

Organizers said they had called the demonstration following the recent closure on administrative grounds of five makeshift mosques.

Many Italian Muslims suspect local authorities are responding to a climate of mistrust caused by recent terrorist attacks in Europe by closing down the places of worship on...

Local Muslim Americans in Bayonne, New Jersey, were shocked to find Islamophobic epithets and "Donald Trump" spray-painted all over the Bayonne Muslim Community Center on Friday.

Words such as "fuck Allah," "fuck Arabs," "Jesus Christ" and "fuck ISIS" were found plastered all over the red-brick building, which is also referred to as "Al Mi'raj Masjid."

"It was sad to see this after our morning prayers," Waheed Akbar, an administrator for the mosque, said in a phone interview...

When in last week’s presidential debate Donald Trump suggested that Muslims in the United States should “report when they see something going on,” he sparked a satirical backlash on Twitter mocking the idea that every Muslim has some secret knowledge of terrorism.

But the FBI has also aggressively sought terrorism leads from Muslim Americans; a presentation published by The Intercept last month suggested looking for informants in mosques and Muslim student associations, and that...

With the elections fast approaching, there is an apparent spike in incidents targeting the American Muslim community in the past week alone.
10/15/16: Waterloo, Iowa – The Masjid Al Noor mosque, in Waterloo, Iowa was found to have been vandalized on Saturday. The word “TRUMP” was spray painted on the mosque’s exterior, in large red letters. Neighbors from the local interfaith community showed up in the following days to help clean the vandalism, in an act of solidarity.

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In what has been described as a "hate crime" by police, the woman was approached by a man who repeatedly told her to remove her head scarf as she walked alone on Oxford Street, London.

When she refused the man became more aggressive and attempted to snatch the hijab, which is a religious covering of the head with the face visible, from her head.

The attacker managed to remove the pin of the headscarf, but did not succeed in fully removing it.

The woman, in her 40s,...

Thousands of supporters of the anti-migrant organization Pegida gathered in the east German city of Dresden to celebrate the second anniversary of the group's founding Sunday.
According to the research group Durchgezaehlt, between 6,500 and 8,500 people gathered at Dresden's Theaterplatz, with several hundred counterdemonstrators protesting some distance away.
A massive police presence has accompanied the event. Pegida (a German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the...