Video game delayed by Muslim offence fears

The release of a video game hailed as the biggest in Sony PlayStation's history has been delayed amid fears that some background music could offend Muslims, it was revealed today.

Creationist Britain (would you Adam and Eve it?)

The creationism row at the Royal Society has exposed the number of Britons who believe Darwin was wrong about man's origins – and the Bible right. James Macintyre investigates

Epsom expects prompt Approach in Derby

Even though Jim Bolger may have given punters something of a runaround over New Approach's participation in the Derby, the Epsom authorities will not countenance a repeat of the pre-race walkabout the colt performed before the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Introducing hip-hop's songs of praise

Hip-hop has often been used to promote hate, violence, and greed. But now, says jerome taylor, it is being adopted by Britain's Muslim youth to publicise religious, pacifist, and progressive messages

Anti-Koran film launched on the internet by Dutch MP

The right-wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders has posted a film on the internet accusing the Koran of inciting violence, despite government fears that it will offend Muslims and cause protests. The film was posted on his Freedom Party's Web site (www.pvv.nl) but could be watched only briefly before the website said it was not available for technical reasons.

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Dutch face 'substantial' terror threat over new film on Islam

The Netherlands has raised its national risk level of a terrorist attack to "substantial" before the launch of a film made by a right-wing politician that is expected to be critical of the Koran.

Afghan journalist jailed for distributing Koran

In the Soviet-occupied Kabul of the late 1980s, Ahmed Ghous Zalmai was a charismatic television and radio host, the people's favourite enemy of the state. He survived the Soviet tyranny – but would not be so fortunate under the Western-backed "democracy" of President Hamid Karzai. Since October 2007, he has been in prison for helping to distribute translated copies of the Koran.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: What he wishes on us is an abomination

'Sharia is nothing but a human concoction of medieval religious opinion

Netherlands braced for Muslim anger as politician releases 'anti-Islam' film

For a film that lasts just 10 minutes and for which no one has even seen a trailer, it is creating one hell of an uproar. The cinematic debut from the anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders has forced the Netherlands to wrestle with the limits of its age-old tradition of free speech and stirred up anxieties about a multicultural society.

James Fergusson: Muscle alone won't solve Afghanistan's problems

Gordon Brown's announcement that it is time to start talking to the Taliban is welcome whatever the Americans may say. But it is only a start. British officers say privately that more water, electricity and roads are needed to make any political deal stick

Soaring commodity prices drive mining and power stocks to biggest FTSE gains

As the year draws to a close, the number of gainers in the FTSE100 far outstrips the losers

Muslim-friendly mortgages could turn out to be costly

Mainstream providers are beginning to cater for an Islamic market. James Daley assesses the products on offer
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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

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Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

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