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Mohammad Awatif Kachchach was jailed for six months for sharing a cartoon online.

Critics blame TikTok for spreading nudity and pornography among young people in the conservative Muslim-majority country.

Will the US put India on its religious blacklist?

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Will the US put India on its religious blacklist?

A US government panel has called for India to be placed on a religious freedoms blacklist as persecution and violence by Prime Minister Modi's supporters against Muslims continues.

US panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

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US panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

A US government panel has called for punitive measures against India over its worsening record on religious freedom.

Drinking alcohol does not invalidate the fast: Egyptian cleric

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Drinking alcohol does not invalidate the fast: Egyptian cleric

Gomaa's remarks seem to invite misinterpretation and accusations of blasphemy, particularly as they come in the days preceding the ...

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Syria's HTS execute teenager over 'blasphemy' claims

Mohammed Tano, 19, was executed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham for alleged 'blasphemy', but activists say he had criticised the militant group's leader in private.

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Saudi Arabia arrests man filmed 'stepping on a Quran'

Saudi Arabia has arrested a man accused of stepping on a Quran in a viral video that angered social media users across the kingdom.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Tunisian engineers a web-based platform that scans lung X-rays for Covid-19, Qatari charities are feeding migrant workers in lockdown and other ...

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Iranian 'Angelina Jolie' Instagram star contracts coronavirus in jail

Fatemeh Khishvand shot to notoriety in 2017, for her bizarre and unnerving selfies, showcasing the result of over 50 plastic surgery operations ...

Influential Somali academic in hiding after '<em>blasphemy</em>' death threats

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Influential Somali academic in hiding after 'blasphemy' death threats

Activists are urging authorities to protect Prof. Mahmoud Jama Ahmed, who has received death threats.

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Saudis claim Ottoman governor planned to 'steal Prophet's body'

The Arabic hashtag #desecration_of_the_prophets_grave has now appeared in thousands of posts across Twitter and Facebook.

How French 'secularism' became a front for Islamophobia

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How French 'secularism' became a front for Islamophobia

Comment: President Macron has demonstrated once again that in France, inciting hatred or attacking a person's dignity is ok, if the target is ...

Macron defends French teenager threatened over anti-Islam rant

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Macron defends French teenager threatened over anti-Islam rant

French President Emmanuel Macron defended the French teenager who broadcasted an expletive-laden Instagram rant against Islam.

Indonesian woman spared jail for bringing dog into mosque

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Indonesian woman spared jail for bringing dog into mosque

An Indonesian court decided to waive a nine month jail term for a woman who brought a dog into a mosque, breaking the country’s strict ...

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

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Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile objections on ...

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Muslim allies Pakistan, Turkey mull dual nationality deal

Turkey proposed plans to Pakistan on Friday allowing citizens of both nations to have dual nationality, according to a ministry statement.

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Mauritania arrests 10 men after purported gay wedding

Ten men were arrested in Mauritania after a video of a birthday party was said to be the country's first gay marriage ceremony.

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Saudi who dressed as devil faces five years jail

A Saudi man who shared video of himself dressed up as a devil while driving a car faces up to five years in jail for 'insulting religious ...

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Outrage over Yemeni teenager's trial for 'blasphemous' Facebook post

A Yemeni teenager will go on trial in Jordan over re-posting allegedly 'blasphemous' social media content on her private accounts.

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

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One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

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Iran says case open on missing ex-FBI agent

Robert Levinson went missing on Iran's Kish Island in 2007.

India strips British Modi critic of overseas citizenship

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India strips British Modi critic of overseas citizenship

Aatish Taseer has lost his Indian overseas citizenship in a move campaigners said underlined Narendra Modi hostility to a free press.

Amnesty urges Philippines to halt deportation of ex-Miss Iran

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Amnesty urges Philippines to halt deportation of ex-Miss Iran

Bahareh Zarebahari was detained by local authorities in Manila upon her arrival from Dubai, and has been trapped in the transit area of the ...

Ex-Miss Iran seeks asylum in Philippines after 'assault' accusation

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Ex-Miss Iran seeks asylum in Philippines after 'assault' accusation

An Iranian beauty queen has said she faces decades in jail or execution if authorities deport her from the Philippines to Iran.

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