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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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Muslim Council urges PM to avoid Boris Johnson ‘whitewash’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Criticism continues of Boris Johnson, who refused to answer questions about the burka row The UK’s largest Muslim organisation is calling on Theresa May to ensure the inquiry into Boris Johnson’s burka comments is not a “whitewash”. According to the Guardian, the Muslim Council of Britain will tell the prime minister “no-one should be allowed to victimise minorities with impunity”. Mr Johnson is facing an investigation after saying women in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. He did not respond to the row…

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Muslim convert admits London Oxford Street terror plot

Image copyright Social media Image caption Lewis Ludlow appeared at the Old Bailey via a videolink from prison A man has pleaded guilty to plotting a terror attack on London’s Oxford Street and raising money for terrorism. Lewis Ludlow, 26, from Rochester, Kent, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from HMP Belmarsh. He had planned to hire a van and hit pedestrians on Oxford Street as well as targeting Madame Tussaud’s and St Paul’s Cathedral, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. He is due to be sentenced on 2…

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Boris Johnson’s burka jibe: Why do Muslim women wear the veil?

Image copyright EPA Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying Muslim women wearing burkas “look like letter boxes” and for comparing them to “bank robbers”, prompting calls for him to apologise and be expelled from the Conservative Party. But Mr Johnson’s comments, which some believe will aggravate Islamophobic tensions in the UK, have also highlighted some confusion about what a burka is – as the veil revealing just the eyes is, in fact, known as a niqab. So what actually are the differences between the various types…

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