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

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Irfan Khalid and Irfan Naseer arriving at Birmingham airport

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Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali street collecting

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Birmingham’s bustling inner city suburbs of Sparkbrook and Sparkhill found itself on the front line of Britain’s war on terror even before the hijacked airliners smashed into the Twin Towers 12 years ago.

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US drone strike kills top militant Mullah Nazir in Pakistan

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The English Defence League has seen its support splinter

Far-right vacuum could trigger 'lone-wolf' attacks

Warning about potential for a 'British Breivik'

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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

The organisation behind the Newham mosque plans

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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