World Apr 4, 2017

St. Petersburg metro blast suspect likely born in central Asia

A blast in a St. Petersburg train carriage on Monday that killed 14 people and wounded 50 was probably carried out by a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan, authorities from the predominantly Muslim central Asian state said. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday ...

World May 28, 2016

Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted after ...

World Dec 14, 2015

Arab Israeli army veteran now member of Islamic State

An Israeli army veteran from the country's Arab minority has joined Islamic State insurgents in Syria, an Israeli security official said on Sunday, confirming a local media report. Israel says dozens of Muslim Arab citizens have illegally traveled to Islamic State's Syrian or Iraqi fiefdoms, ...

Beppu campus cafeteria becomes nation's biggest halal-certified eatery

National Nov 9, 2015

Beppu campus cafeteria becomes nation's biggest halal-certified eatery

A campus cafeteria at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has received halal certification, becoming the largest halal-certified food facility in the country, according to Nippon Asia Halal Association, the nonprofit organization that grants the certification. Every day, about 3,000 people, including students from Muslim countries, eat ...

National Aug 31, 2015

Muslim man on hunger strike after immigration gives him pork

The immigration control office in Yokohama erroneously provided a Muslim man in detention with pork, contrary to the dietary doctrine of his religion, prompting him to launch a hunger strike, officials said. The man, who was being detained for deportation procedures, found bacon in a ...

India's 'Missile Man' ex-President Abdul Kalam dies at 83

World / Politics Jul 28, 2015

India's 'Missile Man' ex-President Abdul Kalam dies at 83

Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was known as the country's "Missile Man" for his engagement in the country's missile and nuclear development, died Monday after he collapsed during a lecture in Shillong, northeastern India, the Press Trust of India reported. He was ...

The Osaka imam who represents Islam's growth in Japan

National Nov 26, 2014

The Osaka imam who represents Islam's growth in Japan

An Egyptian legal scholar based in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, says he is working to increase understanding between the Japanese people and the more than 100,000 Muslims who live among them. Islam has gradually put down roots in Japan. There are now around 60 mosques, many ...