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Japan halal tourism takes off

Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers. For a largely homogeneous country with only around 100,000 practising Muslims, that means groping its way through unfamiliar customs as it looks to[…]

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Israel vows ‘lengthy’ offensive in Gaza

The Israeli army has promised a “lengthy” offensive against Hamas, after a fresh wave of airstrikes against Gaza and a salvo of dozens of rockets fired from the strip into southern Israel. Palestinians told Al Jazeera that eight people were injured in the Israeli strikes on Tuesday morning, one of[…]

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Abdullah calls Afghanistan run-off ‘rigged’

Afghan politician Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the results of June’s presidential run-off, calling the vote that put his arch-rival Ashraf Ghani ahead “rigged”. Speaking on Tuesday to a crowded gathering, known as a Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Abdullah told his followers that the results of the vote were fabricated and[…]

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Muslims feed Somali refugees in Ramadan

Helping detained Somali refugees in Kenya’s Kasarani concentration camp to observe Ramadan, Kenya Muslims have launched a campaign to offer ifter for the helpless refugees during the holy fasting month. “We have been able to supply food for approximately 50 people every day. This includes suhur for the fasting Muslims[…]

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Saudi rights activist jailed for 15 years

Saudi Arabia has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Walid abu al-Khair to 15 years in prison on charges that include seeking to undermine the state and insulting the judiciary, the state news agency reported. The Specialised Criminal Court on Sunday also found al-Khair guilty of “inciting public opinion” and barred[…]

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Sisi: Egypt should have deported journalists

Egypt’s president has said he wished journalists jailed in his country had been deported rather than tried, less than two weeks after three Al Jazeera staff were sentenced to seven years in prison for “aiding a terrorist group”. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was reported by the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper as telling[…]

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6 suspects arrested in Pal teen slaying

Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive last week – a crime that set off a wave of violent protests in Arab sections of the country. Leaders of the Jewish state appealed for calm amid signs the[…]

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Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have killed at least nine Palestinian fighters from the armed wings of Hamas and Fatah, making it their highest single death toll since a 2012 cross-border war. Two of the men from the Al Hussinin brigade, a military group belonging to Fatah, were targeted by drone strikes east[…]

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Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leader

An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 36 other members to life in prison Saturday, and confirmed death sentences for 10 others, most of them on the run. Badie, convicted of involvement in deadly protests, had already received death sentences in two other cases in a crackdown[…]

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Suicide car bomb explodes in Somalia

Several people were killed when a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said. Al Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. “A car loaded with[…]

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