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The "poison" of Islamophobia is "very widespread" in the Conservative Party but is being “ignored” by Tory leaders, a former co-chair of the party has said.

Baroness Warsi said the problem was present at all levels of her party and claimed some of the Tories’ own campaigns had included anti-Muslim messages.

It follows calls for an investigation into Islamophobia in the party after a series of Conservative politicians were found to have made or shared offensive comments about...

Mosques in Sweden were attacked a record 38 times in 2017, marking a tenfold increase from the previous year, a recent report showed.

The study, conducted by Uppsala University, indicated a sobering increase in violence against mosques and Muslims in the Nordic country.

Minister for Home Affairs Morgon Johansson described the surge of attacks as "terrible." He said the rise in far-right nationalist parties across Europe has brought about harsh discourse against immigrants,...

Austria's government said on June 8 that it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.

The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that, among other things, prevents religious communities from...

Turkey's EU Minister Ömer Çelik on June 6, slammed the Netherlands for granting permission to an anti-Islam group to roast pork in front of a mosque in Rotterdam during iftar (the fast-breaking meal).

"On Thursday, at the time of the breaking of Ramadan fast, members of this fascist organization will hold a barbecue party in front of Rotterdam's Laleli Mosque of Islamitische Stichting Nederland and they will roast pigs on spits," Çelik tweeted.

Far-right organization Patriotic...

Two late-night arson attacks on Muslim and Sikh places of worship in Leeds are being treated as hate crimes by police.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque in Beeston, south of the city centre, where the main door had been set on fire at about 3.45am on June 5.

A few minutes later, the door of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara was also set on fire in nearby Lady Pit Lane.

Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District...

Denmark has joined several European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, in a move condemned by human rights campaigners as “neither necessary nor proportionate”.

In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees on May 29, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The government says it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull...

The incident occurred at about 1.30pm on May 28 on a Thameslink network in London.

The Bengali woman, who is in her 20s and wears a hijab, was with her mother when she noticed the man staring at her.

Speaking to Tell MAMA, an organisation highlighting anti-Muslim abuse, the woman said she felt threatened by his stares, disheveled appearance and open can of alcohol in hand.

He then began slurring the phrase ‘dirty fucking bomber’ within earshot of the woman and several...

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday. 

Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state, and died at the scene. 

Kahn's friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries.

The pair were reportedly surrounded by an angry mob early, beaten with sticks and left to die in the street.

As details of the violent...

A federal judge granted a restraining order forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against "cruel and unusual punishment."

CAIR said the US District Court for Alaska had granted its request for an emergency temporary order...

Two elected officials shocked at hate graffiti sprayed on a Toronto-area Muslim school wall stepped forward to help clean off the offensive remarks.

Police are investigating the expletive-filled anti-Muslim graffiti was spray-painted on the brick wall at Wali ul Asr school, which has several campuses in Ontario ranging from kindergarten to Grade 12.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was quick to condemn the act.

"This hatred is unacceptable at any time, but it is disturbing...

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was photographed receiving an aerial image of Jerusalem bearing a simulation of the Third Temple instead of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

First reported on the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, the photo of Friedman receiving the poster was taken during a tour of Bnei Brak held by the Achiya organization, which aids children who suffer from learning disabilities. 

It was unclear at the time whether Friedman noticed...

A Danish government minister has asserted that Muslims should not work during Ramadan because the month-long daylight fasting period poses safety hazards in some professions and makes the practice “dangerous for us all.”

The integration minister, Inger Støjberg, an immigration hardliner in Denmark’s centre-right government, questioned in a blog post on Monday how “commanding observance to a 1,400-year-old pillar of Islam” was compatible with modern labour markets.

In her post...

L'Avenue, a Paris restaurant popular with celebrities, has a system in place to keep out people with Arabic-sounding names and women in headscarves, an investigation by BuzzFeed News in France shows.

BuzzFeed News spoke with four servers who worked at L'Avenue for several years, one until very recently. The four former employees claim that their management routinely instructed them not to make reservations for people with names "of Arab origin" or tourists from the Middle East,...

The Islamic Cultural Center of Hässleholm was destroyed in a fire on May 19.

Police are treating the fire as an arson attack, according to P4 Malmö.

According to officials, a person entered the Islamic Cultural Center’s prayer room to purposely set the fire.

The fire had the potential to spread to connected apartments, Magnus Carlsson of the Hässleholm Rescue Service said.

“The mosque that was burned is located on the ground floor of a rental building,” he told P4...

Police have made an arrest after five students were racially abused and one was attacked.

The female victims were waiting for a bus at Newcastle Bus Station when they spotted a man urinating in the street.

He then approached the group, spat at them and made racially abusive comments.

The incident then turned violent when he head-butted one of the Keele University students and then tried to pull off her hijab.

Now officers investigating the hate crime have...