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A fire engulfed a mosque housing orphans in Burma's largest city this morning, killing at least 13 children in the blaze that police blamed on an electrical fault.

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Archaeologists fear billion-pound development has led to destruction of key historical sites

Pakistani mob torches Christian homes in Lahore over prophet Mohamed 'blasphemy'

Hundreds of people in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore ransacked a Christian neighborhood today and torched dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy against Islam's prophet, said a police officer.

Irfan Khalid and Irfan Naseer arriving at Birmingham airport

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The two Irfans spoke of how they cowered for hours in 45 Celsius heat to avoid being attacked by drone missiles in a graphic description of life in terror camps in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan.

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A protest in New Delhi earlier this month

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21-year-old jailed for dumping pig's head at mosque

A 21-year-old man who dumped a pig's head outside a mosque has been jailed for three months.

These misguided Muslim ‘Sharia squads’ are playing right into the EDL's hands

The vigilantes exposed by YouTube are as repugnant to ordinary Muslims as the EDL are to ordinary Christians; don't let them give Sharia a bad name

US drone strike kills top militant Mullah Nazir in Pakistan

US drone strikes today killed a senior Pakistani militant commander in the tribal region of South Waziristan, and also reportedly claimed the lives of three suspected al-Qa’ida operatives in Yemen.

The English Defence League has seen its support splinter

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Farouk Al-Sharaa

Syrian official calls for negotiated settlement

Syria's vice president called Sunday for a negotiated end to the war that has raged for almost two years, saying neither the regime nor the rebels battling it can win on the ground.

Editorial: A betrayal of principle on same-sex marriage

Cameron's attempt to merge principle with political calculation has failed

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The organisation behind plans to build a giant mosque in Newham is one of the lesser known and most misunderstood Muslim revivalist movements that came out of north India at the turn of the last century. Tablighi Jamaat began as an offshoot of Deobandism, the deeply socially conservative school of Islam which movements like the Taliban also trace a theological lineage to. But they espouse none of the violent militancy of their ideological cousins who continue to blight Afghanistan and much of tribal Pakistan.

Boy held after ham thrown at Crawley mosque

A 16-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a hate crime after pieces of ham were thrown at a mosque.

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