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This was hailed as "monumental progress" in combating persecution of the LGBT community.

After critics accused Hamas of attempting to roll back women's rights, the ruling authority said it would review a controversial travels edict.

Outrage after Syrian regime imposes <em>Sharia</em> on Yazidi minority

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Outrage after Syrian regime imposes Sharia on Yazidi minority

The Yazidi Council of Syria has condemned the decision as a 'flagrant violation' of human rights.

Iran uses 'electric shocks' on LGBT children: UN report

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Iran uses 'electric shocks' on LGBT children: UN report

Electric torture, the administration of hormones and strong psychoactive medications are imposed on LGBT in Iran, according to a United Nations ...

Saudi Arabia plans complete overhaul of legal system

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Saudi Arabia plans complete overhaul of legal system

Saudi Arabia is moving toward the codifying its legal system.

Sadek Hamid

Is 'European Islam' the future of Western Muslim identity?

Book Club: In his new study, Hashas makes a major contribution to the debate about Muslim identities in Europe by surveying the thoughts of some leading thinkers.

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Two Christians publicly flogged in Indonesia for drinking, gambling

The caning comes less than two weeks after a male couple were flogged nearly 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local ...

Zaina Ujayli

Marjorie Taylor Greene is dangerous. She should be removed

Comment: Democrats and Republicans have a responsibility to recognise the very real danger Greene poses to education on Islam, and continue to ...

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Two gay men publicly lashed 77 times in Indonesia

Two men who were allegedly caught by neighbour having sex, were publicly whipped 77 times each in Aceh province.

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and ...

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Afghan troops, police abandon nearly 200 checkpoints to Taliban

Some 200 checkpoints have been abandoned - some with weapons left behind - by Afghan personnel.

Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

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Saudi imams fired for not warning against Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia's religious affairs minister said the move highlighted the importance of following state directives.

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

Al Azhar issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

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Al Azhar issues fatwa forbidding Muslim Brotherhood membership

The move follows similar actions by Saudi Arabia and the UAE's fatwa councils.

Iraq devises new security plan to guard liquor stores

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Iraq devises new security plan to guard liquor stores

Iraq's security forces will be deployed to protect liquor shops in the capital following vigilante attacks.

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Sisi weary of backlash over planned Netanyahu visit: source

As Netanyahu is reportedly set to embark on official visit to Egypt, but sources said Egyptian President Sisi and Israeli premier Netanyahu have failed to agree on the visit's circumstances.

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Seventeen Malaysian Islamic organisations reject Muslim Brotherhood 'terror' designation

The joint statement said the Saudi move was based on false accusations and judgements without evidence.

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Prominent US imam withdraws from convention over UAE concerns

Imam Khalid Latif said he would not be taking part in this year's Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto over actions taken by the ...

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UAE religious authority brands Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

The UAE is the latest to take aim at the Muslim Brotherhood despite a global statement by Islamic scholars condemning such moves.

Iran-backed militants in Iraq launch '<em>Sharia</em> youth groups'

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Iran-backed militants in Iraq launch 'Sharia youth groups'

'Little known' groups could be linked to the pro-Iran, US-proscribed terrorist organisation Iraqi Hezbollah, posing a 'threat' to the country's ...

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Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the ...

Saudi council urged to review Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' designation

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Saudi council urged to review Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorist' designation

Islamic scholars are calling for unity in the face of ideological differences after Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars called the Muslim ...

Afghan forces capture 'mastermind' of Kabul university attack

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Afghan forces capture 'mastermind' of Kabul university attack

At least 22 people were killed and another 27 wounded when three gunmen rampaged through the university on November 2, spraying classrooms with ...

When 'freedom of speech' means just the opposite

Malia Bouattia

When 'freedom of speech' means just the opposite

Comment: The abject failure of European counter-terror policies is clear for all to see. Doubling down on them will only worsen the problem, ...

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