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An arsonist convicted of burning down a mosque in the United States last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for a crime prosecutors said was motivated by hate.

Marq Perez, 26, was convicted of hate crime and felony arson in July for setting fire to the Victoria Islamic Center in Texas on January 28, 2017.

One person, who was with Perez on the night of the fire, said he was excited and "jumping up and down like a little kid" while watching the mosque burn,...

Authorities in India's most populous state have changed the Muslim name of an historic city to one with Hindu overtones, local media reported.

Allahabad, a city of more than one million people in northern Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, will now be known as Prayagraj, a senior official from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) told reporters on Tuesday.

Siddarth Nath Singh, UP health minister, said the decision to rename the city was made at a cabinet meeting following a proposal...

Religious hate crime has rocketed by 40 per cent in a year across England and Wales, as the number of offences recorded hits a record high.

Statistics released by the Home Office showed more than half of religiously-motivated attacks in 2017-18 were directed at Muslims and the next most commonly targeted group was Jewish people.

Police recorded a total of 94,098 hate crime offences – more than double the total five years ago – and all categories saw a rise.

“This...

About 200 women have taken part in a rally to highlight abuse and harassment they say they face on public transport.

The group, many of them Muslims, gathered at Grey's Monument in Newcastle city centre.

Taj Khan, of organisers Tyne and Wear Citizens, said she is regularly called a "terrorist" by other passengers.

Nexus, which runs the Metro, said the number of hate crimes on its services was "low" although it accepted some incidents were not reported.

The event,...

German Interior Ministry sent out invitations to all religious groups in Germany convening them in Berlin on October 16th to discuss the working conditions of foreign religious workers. However, certain words on the invitation made the leaders of the Turkish Muslim community to believe Germany is about to ban Imams coming to Germany to work from Turkey.

“It is absolutely an attempt to ban imams coming to Germany from Turkey. There is no doubt. The meeting is about imams but inviting...

The 18-year-old was inside McDonalds in Bethnal Green Road, with her two friends, who are also 18, when her attacker hurled racist abuse at them.

After they left the restaurant she followed them and continued to shout racist abuse before hitting one of them three times on the back of her neck and trying to grab her headscarf.

She also spat at one of the other women.

Detectives are keen to trace a man who tried to intervene and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the...

A leader of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats party submitted a draft motion calling for a ban on nonmedical circumcision of boys, which the text defined as “backward” child abuse.

Sweden Democrats Secretary Richard Jomshof on Wednesday submitted the draft for a nonbinding motion on circumcision to the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament, where his party is the third-largest with 18 percent of the seats.

Titled “Prohibition of nonmedical circumcision,” the proposed text, on...

Home rental website Airbnb has banned a host from its platform after the host told a woman wishing to rent her home that she could not stay in the host’s neighborhood because she wears a veil.

Nurjahan Saleque, a 25-year-old British neuroscience student, was looking for an Airbnb to stay at while she completes her PhD in Hamburg, Germany.

According to reports, she requested an apartment hosted by "Claudia." However, her request was declined. When Saleque asked why her request...

Abdullah Qaiser says he came to Newcastle from Pakistan last year to study in a secure environment.

The 21-year-old had his nose smashed by a man wearing a knuckle duster after his car was stopped at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus.

More than two months have passed since Abdullah Qaiser was attacked at night by a group of young people.

While driving through the university campus, the 21-year-old international student's car was stopped by a group of around...

Hundreds of Muslims on October 3 flocked to Virginia in support of a mosque’s request to be allowed to conduct basic religious services.

A public hearing was held in Fairfax County to decide whether an amendment requested by the Mclean Islamic Center (MIC) should be approved.

The amendment calls for the mosque to extend its hours of operation and to broaden the capacity in which they are allowed to operate.

“We are here to do our best, and then leave everything else to...

"Masters and school staff must know who the children entrust at the end of the lessons, and therefore who goes to take must be recognizable" with this motivation the Lega members of the Parliament Simona Pergreffi and Daniele Belotti ask to ban the niqab to mothers who present themselves at school.

The representatives of the Carroccio, citing a ruling by the Supreme Court, wrote to the Minister of Education Marco Bussetti to the provincial school teacher of Bergamo Patrizia Graziani...

On the night of Monday, the facade of the DITIB mosque in Gladbeck has become the target of a racist attack.

After the inauguration of the DITIB Central Mosque in Cologne / Ehrenfeld by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the debate over the mosque association DITIB was rekindled. 

Unknown people smeared the mosque on Wielandstrasse and facades of houses near the mosque during the night. The chairman of the mosque association Nadir Kahraman and his deputy Muzaffer Subari show some...

Tommy Robinson has told Sky News he does not care whether his message "incites fear" of Muslims as long as it "prevents children from getting raped".

The English Defence League founder spoke about being found guilty of contempt of court in May last year for videoing and expressing views about suspects in a sexual grooming case in Canterbury.

He said: "If I believe I'm morally right then I'm not bothered about what your law says."

The right-wing activist, whose real name...

A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional "burqa ban", after voters in St. Gallen overwhelmingly voted on September 23 to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.

Nearly 67 percent of voters in the northeastern Swiss canton voted in favour of the new law, according to official results, paving the way for it to follow the example of the southern canton of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago that appeared to be aimed at burqas and other Muslim veils....

Ukip has proposed Muslim-only prisons and special security screening for would-be migrants “from Islamic countries” in a new policy document. 

Published as the party’s annual conference began in Birmingham, it calls for the creation of jails “exclusively for” Muslims who “promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners”.

Other ambitions outlined in the so-called ”Interim Manifesto” include a ban on mosques receiving money from overseas and the abolition of the “hate...