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

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and 'take a principled stand'

Anish Kapoor urges MPs to cancel visit from controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi

Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has urged politicians to withdraw the invitation to controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi to visit the UK and “take a principled stand”. The message comes as critics plan protests on Monday against one of the MPs that invited Mr Modi.

Paperback review: The Son, By Andrej Nikolaidis (trs Will Firth)

This slim novel tells the story of one night in the life of a writer in the Montenegrin city of Ulcinj.

Gunmen kill 16 members of Shi'ite family in Iraq

Gunmen attacked two Shiite families in a largely Sunni area south of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, killing 16, officials said today.

Pakistan orders retrial for Osama Bin Laden's doctor, Shakil Afridi

Officials in Pakistan have overturned the jail sentence and ordered a retrial of a doctor who helped the CIA in their search for Osama Bin Laden.

What Martin Luther King taught me about extremism

Dr King helped me have a better understanding of the term - people who use lazy assumptions linking extremism with Muslims should also take heed

Major Nidal Hasan shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood, Texas

Fort Hood killer sentenced to death by military court

Major Nidal Hasan shot 13 people dead in 2009 rampage

CCTV images released by Essex police show three men suspected of an arson attack on an Islamic centre in Harlow

CCTV footage released of three suspects as Harlow Islamic Centre targeted in arson attack

Police have released CCTV footage of three men suspected of an arson attack on an Islamic centre.

Egyptian former militants try to broker peace between military and Muslim Brotherhood

Two Egyptian former militant groups are offering an initiative to halt the country's political violence, in which supporters of the ousted Islamist president will stop street protests if the military-backed government stops its crackdown on them.

The scene at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex

Harlow mosque damaged in attempted arson attack

The attack caused only minor damage and the centre was opened for prayers hours later

The site where Lee Rigby was killed outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich

Muslim soldiers to visit schools to try to counter Islamophobia

Ministers hope measures will help to tackle  prejudice in the wake  of Lee Rigby’s death

Syrian regional governor killed as rebel groups retaliate over alleged chemical attack

Rebel groups in Syria appear to be unwilling to wait for the international community to make up its mind about whether to punish the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta last week, with some beginning action of their own.

More than 250 people have been killed in sectarian unrest in the Rakhine region in the past year

1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist mob burns Muslim homes and shops

35 houses and 12 shops destroyed before calm was restored

Lebanon: Death toll in twin mosques bombings in Tripoli rises to 47

Twin car bombings killed at least 47 people and wounded hundreds on Friday in Lebanon’s second largest city Tripoli. The attack was the bloodiest since the country’s 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990.

Guidlines on dealing with burkas in court stress that justice must be the paramount concern

Judge refuses to allow defendant to plead while wearing burka

A judge has refused to allow a Muslim woman to enter a plea in court until she removed her burka, claiming he could not confirm the woman’s identity without seeing her face.

Lebanon: 42 dead as car bomb explosions hit Tripoli

Lebanese Red Cross says at least 500 people here hurt

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