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

Chinese police destroy villagers' new mosque

Residents of a Taoshan village in north-western China were left shocked after a violent clash with armed police who came with water cannon and tear gas then demolished a newly refurbished mosque before arresting scores of people last week.

Syrian soldiers chant slogans during a pro-regime rally in Damascus

Syrian troops fire on protesters in fresh violence

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets across the nation in the largest protests in months, shouting for the downfall of the regime in a defiant display invigorated by the presence of Arab observers, activists said.

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Tony Wheeler follows the 14-point star to a place of pilgrimage – and dispute

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: The PM said there was ‘no need [for Israel] to be more liberal than Europe’

Netanyahu backs law to ban loudspeakers at mosques across Israel

Cabinet split over Bill that would prevent Muslims from being called to prayer

Man held over Birmingham mosque bomb threat

A man has been arrested after a message was posted on Facebook threatening to bomb a mosque.

Protester's death sparks new clashes

Three people were injured and six arrested yesterday in clashes between protesters and Israeli troops after the funeral of a Palestinian demonstrator killed on Friday.

Anjem Choudary, leader of Muslims Against Crusades

Muslims Against Crusades banned by Theresa May

Muslims Against Crusades, the small but controversial extremist Islamist group that was planning to disrupt Armistice Day ceremonies, disbanded today after the Home Office announced that it would become a proscribed organisation by midnight.

Man arrested in mosque murder probe

A man is in custody on suspicion of murder after an imam was killed at a mosque after taking morning prayers.

MP's tribute to blind imam found dead

Police were appealing for witnesses last night as they investigated the killing of a blind imam inside a London mosque shortly after he had taken morning prayers.

One killed in Denmark mosque shooting

A shooting outside a Copenhagen mosque after prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has left one person dead and at least two people injured, police said today.

Bomber kills 40 in Pakistani mosque

A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others in the deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks, officials said.

EDL member vandalised mosque

A member of the English Defence League has admitted spraying graffiti on a mosque in Hartlepool.

40 die in Pakistan mosque blast

A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others.

EDL member admits mosque attack

A member of the English Defence League has admitted taking part in a spray paint attack on a mosque.

Birmingham pays respects to men killed in hit-and-run

Twenty-five thousand people attended a public funeral prayer in a Birmingham park for the three men killed protecting their community during last week's riots.

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