Jul 9, 2014

British pair admit Syria terror charges

Two 22-year-old British men pled guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday after returning from months spent in Syria. Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar admitted spending eight months in the war-torn country fighting alongside a group linked to al-Qaida. Their families ...

European court upholds French burqa ban

Jul 2, 2014

European court upholds French burqa ban

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. In a case brought by a 24-year-old Frenchwoman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was ...

Marketplace bombing kills 31 in China's volatile Xinjiang again

May 22, 2014

Marketplace bombing kills 31 in China's volatile Xinjiang again

Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives at a busy street market in China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90, local officials said. The attack in the city of Urumqi was ...

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.

Halal seasoning emulates soy sauce

Mar 30, 2014

Halal seasoning emulates soy sauce

by Yusuke Yano

A soy sauce maker and a food company in Fukui Prefecture, along with Fukui Prefectural University, have jointly developed an alcohol-free soy saucelike seasoning with the aim of marketing it to Muslim consumers at home and abroad. The new seasoning, named Fukumurasaki, has been ...

Philippines to grant amnesty to Muslim rebels

Jan 26, 2014

Philippines to grant amnesty to Muslim rebels

The Philippine government will grant amnesty to Muslim guerrillas who are facing or have been convicted on rebellion-related charges under a newly signed peace pact, which calls for the 11,000-strong rebel force to be deactivated, an official said Sunday. Presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles ...

Jan 16, 2014

Tokyo ordered to pay Muslims

The Tokyo District Court orders the metropolitan government to pay ¥90.2 million in damages to 17 Muslims for violating their privacy by leaking their personal data in 2010.

Dec 6, 2013

Muslim guide for Osaka merchants

The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has created a guidebook on how to serve Muslims, hoping to attract tourists from Malaysia, Indonesia and other fast-growing Muslim countries. It plans to provide 5,000 free copies to restaurants and souvenir stores, and hold workshops on ...