News Fatima Khan, mother of Abbas Khan, is comforted by her son

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

Clicking our way to democracy

The man who launched the government's e-petitions says our politics is based on granular issues but our political system is based on candidates

Egyptians rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza

Thousands of Egyptians gathered outside mosques and in squares across the country on Friday to call on Egypt and the Arab world to back the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

30 protesters held after cleric’s arrest

Muslim protesters clashed with police in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, today during a protest over the arrest of an Islamic cleric. Police fired tear gas and at least 30 people were arrested.

Suicide bomber kills 36 outside Afghan mosque during Eid al-Adha

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing 36 people and wounding 23.

Scores killed in Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack during Eid al-Adha

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing 36 people and wounding at 23, government and hospital officials said.

Gary Lineker apologises after joking that praying Muslim footballers were 'eating grass'

Lineker made the gaff while presenting Wednesday night’s Champions League match between Schalke and Montpellier for Al Jazeera - a station aimed a predominantly Muslim, Middle Eastern audience.

Hamza appears in court and demands his hooks back

Radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects arrived in the United States on Saturday.

Rebels watch a missile explode in Aleppo yesterday

Syrian regime accused of ‘atrocity on a
new scale’ in Daraya

State television claims that Assad's army has 'cleansed terrorists' in six-day operation

5 killed in suicide bomb at norther Iraq Shi-ite mosque

A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a Shi'ite mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as Friday prayers ended, killing at least five people and wounding 70, police and health officials said.

Mosque is burnt down in Missouri

A mosque in south-west Missouri has been burnt to the ground a month after an arson attack on the building.

Sunni Muslim Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir

Dozens die in Iraq market blasts

At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on markets yesterday. Police said they bore the hallmarks of sectarian attacks on Shia Muslims by al-Qa'ida Sunni militants.

Fit for a pasha: The apartment is elegantly minimal with antique furniture, all the mod cons, and it is set in the heart of Istanbul's bohemian Beyoglu district

Stay the Night: Pasha!Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Reflecting its location, this 19th-century apartment marries Ottoman heritage with modern flourishes

Charity Commission launches extremism investigation into Leyton Mosque

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into allegations that one of London’s major mosques has been taken over by extremists after an imam who tried to preach that evolution was compatible with Islam was forced to resign.

A bathhouse in Kabul, Afghanistan

Clean living, Afghan style: Bathtime in Kabul

With few homes in Afghanistan featuring their own private bathrooms, communal bathing is popular enough to support more than 250 public facilities in the capital, Kabul, alone.

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