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French Muslim group sues Facebook, Youtube over Christchurch footage streaming

FILE PHOTO: A woman reacts at a make shift memorial outside the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su PARIS (Reuters) – The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a leading representative of Muslims in France, on Monday said it was suing Facebook and YouTube after footage of the Christchurch massacre was streamed on their platforms. The mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand was livestreamed by the attacker through his Facebook profile for 17 minutes. A few hours after the attack, footage from the…

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Rakbar Khan: Did cow vigilantes lynch a Muslim farmer?

Image copyright Getty Images (Allison Joyce) Image caption Cow vigilantes in Ramgarh in 2015 A Muslim dairy farmer was stopped late one night last July as he led two cows down a track in rural Rajasthan, south of the Indian capital, Delhi. Within hours he was dead, but who killed him, asks the BBC’s James Clayton – the “cow vigilantes” he met on the road, or the police? It’s 4am and Dr Hassan Khan, the duty doctor at Ramgarh hospital, is notified of something unusual. The police have brought in…

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Indonesia pressures Instagram to take down gay Muslim comic strips

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s communications ministry said on Wednesday that Instagram had taken down an account displaying comic strips depicting the struggles faced by gay Muslim men after authorities labeled it “pornographic”. Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The ministry said in a statement that it had requested the removal of the account, under the name @Alpantuni, because it breached regulations. The action is the latest example of government and public hostility…

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Nick Vallelonga: Green Book writer sorry for Muslim 9/11 tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologised for a 2015 tweet in which he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he had seen “thousands and thousands” cheering – a claim that’s been widely discredited. Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was “100% correct”, but has now said sorry “for the hurt I have…

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Lincoln man admits sending ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters

Image copyright TellMamaUK Image caption David Parnham sent out letters calling for attacks as part of a “Punish a Muslim Day” A man has admitted sending hundreds of racist letters nationwide including calls for a “Punish a Muslim Day”. David Parnham, 35, sent the letters to mosques, Muslim parliamentarians including Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, the Queen, David Cameron and Theresa May. He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to 15 offences, including soliciting to murder and staging a bomb hoax. Parnham, of St Andrews Close, Lincoln, was remanded in custody…

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Gay, Muslim and living with HIV

Shamal Waraich, 34, was born in Manchester and grew up in a religious British-Pakistani household. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2013, and now educates people about what it’s like to be gay, Muslim and living with HIV. “To this day, I have never come across someone like me and it’s incredibly lonely,” says Shamal Waraich. “Now I have got to the point in my life where I’m proud to say who I am: I’m British-Pakistani, Muslim, gay and living with HIV. I just want to say to someone, ‘You…

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China Uighurs: All you need to know on Muslim ‘crackdown’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Muslim man leads the call to prayer in China’s Xinjiang province in 2008 China is facing growing criticism over its persecution of some Muslim minority groups, huge numbers of whom are allegedly being held in internment camps. In August, a UN committee heard that up to one million Uighur Muslims and other Muslim groups could be being detained in the western Xinjiang region, where they’re said to be undergoing “re-education” programmes. The claims were made by rights groups, but China denies the allegations.…

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‘I’m a Muslim woman, I’m visually-impaired and I’m a boxer’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSannah Hussain tells how she “just fell in love with boxing” Fit, strong, and with a steely determination behind her eyes, Sannah Hussain has many of the traits you need to be successful in the boxing ring. But she is very different to your average amateur boxer. Sannah is a Scottish Muslim who wears a headscarf and dresses modestly and also lives with a series of debilitating health conditions. The 25-year-old was born with Albinism, a condition which affects the colour of…

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Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over no handshake

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The unidentified couple were not asked about their religion, though reports said it was apparent A Muslim couple have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with people of the opposite sex during their interview, officials say. They confirmed the decision on Friday, further citing the couple’s failure to integrate and respect gender equality. The couple, interviewed months ago, also struggled to answer questions by members of the opposite sex. Days ago a Swedish Muslim woman won compensation after a…

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