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32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo

Soldiers die in ambush as Syria protests spread to coast

Nine Syrian soldiers were killed in an ambush near the port city of Banias, state TV reported, and witnesses reported four protesters being shot dead in the city by security forces and pro-government gunmen.

India mosque blast kills Muslim leader

A prominent Muslim religious leader was killed in a blast outside a mosque in Indian Kashmir today.

Syrian forces kill 15 in mosque attack

Syrian police launched a relentless assault on Wednesday on a neighborhood sheltering anti-government protesters, fatally shooting at least 15 in an operation that lasted nearly 24 hours, witnesses said.

Scientist Imam threatened over Darwinist views

A prominent British imam has been forced to retract his claims that Islam is compatible with Darwin's theory of evolution after receiving death threats from fundamentalists.

Koran teacher cleared of assaults

A teacher at a mosque accused of assaulting pupils when they failed to memorise verses from the Koran was found not guilty of the allegations today.

Arrest made over filmed 'assault' at mosque

Police have arrested a man over alleged assaults on children at a mosque which were broadcast in a Channel 4 documentary last night.

Swiss stick to their guns in weapons vote

Switzerland upheld its reputation for having one of the most liberal yet lethal firearms laws in Europe yesterday after voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals that would have obliged some two million gun owners in the country to keep their weapons in public arsenals rather than at home.

Swiss gun fight looms for modern William Tells

Swiss voters will take part in a nationwide referendum tomorrow that will decide whether to scrap a controversial law that allows citizens to keep guns at home according to a tradition going back to the country's legendary folk hero, William Tell.

Donald Macintyre: Blood, bandages and the mosque turned into a field hospital

Our writer joins volunteer medics treating Cairo's bloodied but unbowed

Hyderabad: Empire state re-building

This Indian city, with its rich history and culture, deserves a higher profile with British travellers

First charges brought under 'gay hatred' law

Two men have been charged with stirring up gender hatred for handing out leaflets outside a mosque suggesting that gay people should be executed.

Pakistan: Suicide car bomber kills 17 in mosque

A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a mosque in north-west Pakistan yesterday, killing 17 policemen and soldiers.

Muslim worship leader 'raped boy at mosque'

A Muslim worship leader allegedly raped a young boy on numerous occasions as he attended a mosque for religious lessons, a court heard today.

The House Of The Mosque, By Kader Abdolah

This story confines itself to one sprawling, stately family's experience of the events directly preceding and following 1979 - the flight of the Shah, the Islamic revolution and the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith

The number of Britons converting to Islam has doubled in 10 years. Why? Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison investigate

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