Feb 26, 2015

Austria passes new law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organizations. It bans foreign sources of financing and requires imams to be able to speak German. The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by ...

Feb 26, 2015

Missing London girls thought to be in Syria

Three teenage girls from London who are feared to have run off to join the Islamic State group are believed to have crossed from Turkey into Syria, British police said Tuesday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, ...

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

Feb 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia bolsters border to shut out Islamic State

The chain-link fences, topped with coils of barbed wire, rise and fall like a serpent’s back across the desert scrubland between Saudi Arabia and the jihadi threat just across the Iraqi border. A double-fence system and complementary hi-tech surveillance tools, officially completed in September, ...

Twin suicide blasts kill 26 in northern Nigeria

Feb 25, 2015

Twin suicide blasts kill 26 in northern Nigeria

Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks President Goodluck Jonathan blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group he said would soon be defeated. In the first, a suicide bomber ...

Feb 24, 2015

Saudi court orders death for man who renounced Islam

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing Islam, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, and hitting ...

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

| Feb 24, 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including the Islamic State group. Several hundred Turkish ground troops, backed by tanks and drones, ...

Mosques in Japan harassed in wake of hostage crisis

Feb 23, 2015

Mosques in Japan harassed in wake of hostage crisis

At least six mosques and a Muslim organization in Japan have received threats since the hostage crisis that saw two Japanese men killed by the Islamic State militant group. There are between 70 and 80 mosques in Japan, according to the Tokyo-based Japan Muslim ...

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

Feb 23, 2015

Pentagon chief vows 'lasting defeat' against Islamic State

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter vowed Monday the “lasting defeat” of the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more ...

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

| Feb 23, 2015

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

A short hop from the bars and nightclubs of Bali, a Saudi family holidaying on Lombok hears the call to prayer wafting over the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the center of an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia is home to the ...