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Muslim civil rights group condemns anti-Muslim ads set to run on New York subway

Muslim civil rights groups and community organisations have condemned a series of anti-Islamic advertisements that will be appearing in New York‘s subway stations next week. The ads had initially been rejected by the city’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) but were later allowed after a legal appeal ruled them to be expressions…

Report: Religious intolerance is on the rise worldwide

Three-quarters of the world’s 7 billion population live in countries with high levels of government restriction on religion or where there exist serious “social hostilities” involving faith issues, according to researchers, with the US and the UK among countries showing a worrying rise in religious discrimination. A research project conducted by the…

British MPs demand halt to ‘reckless’ Arctic oil and gas drilling

Commons environment committee urges halt to exploration until safety improves, and calls for unlimited pollution penalties and creation of ‘no-drill zone’ British MPs are calling on Shell and others to halt “reckless” oil and gas drilling in the Arctic until stronger safety measures are put in place. Politicians also want…

Greek state tries to stem neo-Nazi rise

Following its unprecedented election to parliament, Greece’s neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn has been engaged in ‘law and order’ crackdowns and solidarity gestures that have boosted its popularity, alarming the state. In recent weeks the once-fringe group has organised Greeks-only food handouts and blood donations, and has twice ousted migrant peddlers…

Sen. Jay Rockefeller pitches cybersecurity bill to top CEOs

Cybersecurity bill: Why senator is taking his case straight to top CEOs Seeking to overcome opposition from the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to a cybersecurity bill, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) of West Virginia took the unusual step Wednesday of writing the CEOs of the 500 largest…

Paris police ban protest over anti-Islam film

Paris police have banned a demonstration planned for Saturday in front of the city’s Grand Mosque to protest against a US-made anti-Islam film, a police source said. An individual had made an official request to police to hold the protest. France’s interior minister has said he will ban all protests…

Reagan shooter John Hinkley’s freedom on hold

A US federal judge refused to rule on whether the man who opened fire at president Ronald Reagan should be freed, ordering a psychiatric hospital to submit a new plan. US District Judge Paul Friedman gave the hospital until October 19 to disclose its plan for John Hinckley, who has…

Afghans protest against French cartoons, U.S. film

Hundreds of Afghans on Thursday protested for the first time against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in France and staged fresh rallies against a US-made anti-Islam film. About 300 students chanted “death to France, death to America” in a western neighbourhood of the capital Kabul, an AFP photographer said.…

Smartphones dominate Tokyo Game Show

Sophisticated gameplay and cheap downloads that are fuelling a boom in software for smartphones and tablets were on display Thursday at the Tokyo Game Show, the biggest of its kind in Asia. Developers from all over the world flocked to the town of Makuhari outside the Japanese capital to showcase…

Israeli strike on Iran may wreck Arab treaties: U.S. officials

Egypt and Jordan could annul their peace treaties with Israel if it carries out a preemptive strike against Iran, US officials have warned the Jewish state, an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday. Quoting a high-level Israeli official, Yediot Aharonot said Washington had warned the Jewish state that Arab leaders would not…

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