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

David Cameron must do more to encourage marriage, warns Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Britain’s Chief Rabbi has intervened in the controversy surrounding the Government’s treatment of mothers who give up work to bring up young children.

Riot police detain an anti-government protester during clashes in the village of Shakhoora

Tear gas and birdshot fired at demonstrators as violence erupts at protest rallies in Bahrain

Bahraini police fired tear gas and birdshot at demonstrators today, witnesses said, as protests called by activists to press demands for democratic change in the US-allied Gulf kingdom turned violent.

Nigeria mosque attack: At least 56 dead in Islamist violence

The coordinated assaults come as terrorist group Boko Haram claims it has enough firepower to take on the US

The Rector of Lyon's mosque Kamel Kabtane, centre, speaks during a meeting at the Minguettes mosque in Venissieux near Lyon,

Air force sergeant accused of planning mosque attack as Muslim leader denounces 'Islamophobic' France

23-year-old arrested over plot as violent incidents rise

Man charged over Lee Rigby videos

A 22-year-old man has been charged with terror offences after allegedly making a series of video recordings about the death of soldier Lee Rigby.

An Iraqi officer inspects the site of a car bomb near Karbala

Al-Qa'ida claims responsibility for Eid holiday bombings in Iraq

An al-Qa'ida affiliate said it carried out Saturday's bombings in Iraq, which killed dozens of people, in response to a government campaign to arrest suspected militants, the SITE Monitoring group reported today.

An Iraqi officer inspects the site of a car bomb near Karbala

US condemns Baghdad car bombings on Shia neighbourhoods

State Department says attacks consistent with those carried out by al-Qa'ida in Iraq

An Iraqi officer inspects the site of a car bomb near Karbala

At least 69 killed as deadly Baghdad bombings mark end of Ramadan

A string of car bombs were detonated in and around Baghdad while people celebrated the end of Ramadan yesterday, killing at least 69 people and wounding 140 more.

'I don’t oppose Islam as a country' - Australian politician withdraws from election after TV immigration gaffe interview goes viral

Stephanie Banister attacked the way the interview was edited and apologised to her friends and family for any embarrassment

Professor Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins Muslim jibe sparks Twitter backlash

He posted: 'All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge'

In 2011, France introduced fines for wearing of the full face veil in public

Call for headscarf ban at universities to reignite Islamic debate in France

Hijabs were banned from schools in 2004 and the face veil was banned in 2011

Hassan Rouhani: Iran's new president promises advances in women's rights and calls for West to end 'language of sanctions'

Could the new president bridge the divide between Iran and the West?

Cover depicting Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, doubles Rolling Stone magazine’s monthly sales

The controversial August issue of Rolling Stone, with a cover shot of one of the alleged Boston bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has sold more than double the magazine’s monthly average.

Muslim scholar sees book sales surge thanks to Fox News

Presenter Lauren Green repeatedly asked Reza Aslan why he, as a Muslim, had written about Jesus

Papiss Cissé has scored three late winners but may not start against Benfica

Papiss Cisse delighted to have resolved Wonga dispute with Newcastle after 'difficult time'

The striker discussed the problem with his club, his family and Islamic teachers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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