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The far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) said it would pursue a ban on burqa in their party manifesto, which is expected to be published on Monday, according to the party leader on Sunday. Paul Nuttal told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show the party will also target Sharia rule in Britain as part of their campaign. "We have a heightened security risk at the moment and for CCTV to be effective you need to see people's faces,” Nuttal said. "Secondly, there's the issue of integration. I don't...

Unknown assailants vandalized a mosque in Germany's eastern city of Leipzig on Thursday morning, spray-painting the walls with anti-Turkish slogans. Ismail Ozgan, the head of the Eyup Sultan Mosque Association, told Anadolu Agency that a large sign at the entrance of the building was covered in black paint by the assailants, who also scrawled insulting slogans against Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. It was the third attack in Germany within a week that targeted Turkish...

A mosque in Germany’s southwestern city of Freiburg has been targeted by vandals on Tuesday night, who spray painted Nazi symbols on the walls of the mosque. Ziya Celik, the head of the "Islamic Centrum Freiburg” mosque association told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that they were worried over growing number of hate crimes targeting mosques and Muslims in recent years. “We condemn this xenophobic act,” he said, adding that they suspect far-right groups were behind this attack.

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The conservative party, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), has demanded concrete formulations for changes in the German citizenship law for its electoral program after Turkey voted in favor of a constitutional reform package on April 16. CDU politician Thomas Strobl said in a "Die Welt" piece on Wednesday that Germany should enforce consequences for the dual citizenships of Turkish citizens living in Germany. "I think it is wrong to have dual citizenship over generations," Strobl...

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made a declaration on the results of the referendum in Turkey, saying that voters of Turkish citizens living in Germany and using yes voting should return to Turkey. Alice Weidel, a member of AfD's board of directors, indicated that the rate of "yes" votes from Turkish citizen voters is a sign of failed integration in many of the Turkish community in Germany. The AfD’s Weidel, however, argued that those who “are not suspicious of...

The majority of Turkish citizens living abroad supported the constitutional changes with the "yes" campaign garnering 75 percent of the vote in Belgium, 73 percent in Austria, 71 percent in the Netherlands, 65 percent in France and 63 percent in Germany. The voter turnout for citizens living abroad was 48 percent with 1.4 million having a say in the referendum, 7 percent higher than the Nov. 1, 2015 general elections. Despite having to travel long distances to reach polling stations at the...

A comic artist has been fired from Marvel for including apparent anti-christian and anti-semitic references in a new spinoff of the popular X-Men comic strip. Indonesian man Adrian Syaf made explicit references to religious and political divisions in his country in issue one of X-Men: Gold, citing a verse of the Koran that urges Muslims not to trust Jews and Christians.

One of the controversial drawings showed X-Men character Colossus playing baseball while wearing a t-shirt with ‘QS...

Police at the University of Texas at Dallas say they're searching for the person who dumped several copies of the Quran in campus toilets. They call the incident "shocking" and "unusual." A student recently discovered the books inside a bathroom at the university's student union building. After snapping some pictures to document the apparent anti-Muslim act, he immediately reported it to campus security, which got police involved.

UT Dallas junior Mohammad Syed, a Muslim, said he...

The body of the United States’ first ever female Muslim judge was found Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River near Manhattan, according to a Wednesday New York Post report. Sheila Abdus-Salaam served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals. She was the first African-American woman to serve on New York's top court. She was 65.

She had been reported missing earlier in the day, the newspaper reports. Her husband later confirmed her identity. Sources tell the Post that there were...

Unknown assailants hurled stones at a mosque linked to Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) in Sweden's Malmö late Monday. The attack smashed the windows of the mosque situated inside a cultural complex and comes at a time of tension for Muslims in the country.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) about the attack, Harun Alagöz, head of the association running the mosque, said it had been the subject of a defamation campaign by the Swedish media for months. "They exhibited us as...

A Muslim woman was attacked as she walked home from prayer. Milwaukee police tell FOX6 News they are investigating the crime that occurred near South 13th and Layton. The incident happened Monday morning, April 10th around 6:00 a.m. -- and the victim was just released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The details of the crime have some in the Islamic community saying it was a hate crime.
"I said to myself, 'I am going to die today for sure.' So he gets up from the car and told me to...

France's interior ministry said it has expelled a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views to his home country. The ministry said Hani Ramadan was arrested Saturday in Colmar, in eastern France, as he was taking part in a conference, and police escorted him to the Swiss border. It said Ramadan is "known in the past to have adopted a behavior and made comments which pose a serious threat to public order on the French soil."

In 2002, Hani Ramadan was banned from teaching in a Swiss...

France's Interior Minister has announced that authorities have taken action to close down a mosque on the south coast suspected of promoting a 'radical form' of Islam. The mosque, in the southern French department of Hérault, was ordered closed after a raid uncovered leaflets promoting hate. The Sète mosque, located on Rue de la Révolution, was ordered to be shut down on Wednesday until further notice.

A police raid had uncovered leaflets considered to be containing hate speech....

A 32-year-old Turkish architect living in Switzerland has been "banned" by a group called the "Anti-Erdoğan Committee" from driving her Porsche through the town of Sempach near Lucerne canton.

The woman received an anonymous letter from the "Anti-Erdoğan Committee" on Monday, in which she was warned not to drive while wearing a headscarf.

"We, the Anti-Erdoğan Committee, impose on you an immediate ban on driving with your black Porsche through the town of Sempach if you...

A primary school in western Austria's Vorarlberg state has distributed anti-Erdoğan magazines to its students before the upcoming April 16 referendum in Turkey.

The magazine called "Break Newspaper" was handed out with a special permit to third and fourth grade students as part of a pilot project of a private publication organization.

The project, which aims to promote reading habits among children, mainly focused on the upcoming elections in Europe.

However,...