Jul 23, 2014

Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet Nigerian president

President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity “are brought out alive,” ...

Jul 4, 2014

The return of the caliphate

by Gwynne Dyer

Propagandists for the Sunni "Islamic State" (aka ISIL) have produced a map in which this group of jihadis lay claim to Spain and Portugal — because they were once ruled by Muslim conquerors — Iran, most of India, the Balkans and half of Africa. ...

May 13, 2014

Human rights and religion

by Hugh Cortazzi

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, which condemns Western education for women, spotlights the question of whether religious beliefs can ever be allowed to override "accepted norms" and human rights.

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigerian capital

Apr 14, 2014

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigerian capital

A bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital killed 71 people and wounded 124 on Monday, with the president blaming the attack on Boko Haram Islamists. The explosion rocked the Nyanya station south of Abuja at ...

Kerry visits largest mosque in Southeast Asia

Feb 16, 2014

Kerry visits largest mosque in Southeast Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Southeast Asia’s largest mosque during his visit to Indonesia Sunday, paying tribute to Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. After removing his shoes outside the Istiqlal mosque in the heart of Jakarta, Kerry took a ...

Eateries, food makers seek halal certification

Jan 10, 2014

Eateries, food makers seek halal certification

A growing number of food industry firms are seeking halal certification for their products dishes, reflecting an increasing influx of Islamic travelers and the huge global market they represent. Halal, an Arabic word meaning “permissible,” is used to designate foods that comply with Islamic ...