News Halal meat in a sandwich shop. Some food manufacturers
are making bulking agents out of porcine and bovine gristle and bones
that help inflate chicken breasts, so that they fetch a higher price

Prime Minister has no plans for Government intervention over religious slaughter

Teaching union furious as Islamic free school staff are told they must wear hijab even if they are not Muslim

Staff at Al-Madinah School reportedly spotted removing headscarves as they left premises for lunch

This ban does not bode well for Britain's multicultural future

The ruling holds wider implications for the place of Muslims in British society

I wear the niqab, let me speak on my own behalf

I welcome a debate, so long as it respects a diverse range of views including that of veiled Muslim women, but don't we have more important things to talk about?

Theresa May: 'I don’t think the Government should tell women, what they should be wearing'

‘It is for women to make a choice over what clothes they wear,’ says Theresa May

The Government should not tell women what to wear, the Home Secretary has said amid ongoing debate over the use of full-face veils.

A Muslim woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrives at Blackfriars Crown Court in London where a judge has ruled that she will be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence

Wearing niqab should be woman's choice, says Theresa May

Home Secretary's comments come after judge rules that woman must remove full-face veil to give evidence during trial

A veiled threat to race relations? Judge rules that woman must remove niqab to give evidence during trial

Lawyers argue removing veil would breach her human rights

A hard line Muslim group protesting the Miss World comeption on 8 September.

If you can’t beat them, join them (but covered up): Islam’s answer to Miss World launched

Contest has been greeted with protests despite organisers agreeing to axe the bikini round

Philippines government warns Muslim rebels it may use force to end four-day siege

The government has warned Muslim rebels who have been holding more than 100 people hostage to peacefully end the four-day stand-off “at the soonest possible time”, or face the use of force.

Filipino soldiers take cover during clashes with Muslim rebels in Zamboanga

Hostage crisis in Philippines brings Zamboanga to a standstill

Muslim rebel group holding scores of civilians near Zamboanga demands international mediation

Support for suicide bombing in Muslim countries shows drop over last decade, PEW Research shows

Support for suicide bombing amongst Muslims from the Middle East to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has shown a dramatic drop over the last decade, research from 11 Muslim countries has shown.

Philippine clashes: Rebels hold hostages as human shields in Zamboanga

Opposition enraged by broken peace deal with the government

Birmingham college bans the burka

Face-covering religious veils, including Muslim burkas and niqabs have been banned

Young and disaffected Muslims will view French securality schools charter as simply the status quo

It’s true that challenges to secular religion come mostly from intolerant strains of Islam

Critics claim the new charter targets Muslims

Do not wear headscarves; do not wear crucifixes; do not question the syllabus: France’s school rules

Some Muslim critics condemn 15-point charter as a thinly veiled attack on Islam 

Three held over mosque arson attack

Three teenagers have been arrested by police investigating an arson attack on a mosque.

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