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Hindus Join Muharram Processions In Orissa

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/hindus-join-muharram-processions-in-orissa_100295712.html

Demonstrating communal harmony, hundreds of Hindus Monday joined Muslims’ Muharram processions in Orissa as part of their years-long tradition.

The Hindus joined the processions at several places to mourn the martyrdom of Imam...

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French Mosque’s Symbolism Varies With Beholder

December 27, 2009

Author: Steven Erlanger

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/world/europe/28marseille.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The minaret of the new Grand Mosque of Marseille, whose cornerstone will be laid here in April, will be silent — no muezzin, live or recorded, will disturb the neighborhood with the call to prayer. Instead, the minaret will flash a beam of light for a couple of minutes...

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Muslim Leaders Try to Counter Radicals' Influence On Youths

December 26, 2009

Author: Tara Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/25/AR2009122500976.html

The adults thought they'd done all they could. They had condemned extremist ideology, provided ski trips and Scout meetings, and encouraged young people to speak openly about how to integrate their religion, Islam, with the secular world.

But five college-age Northern...

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Christmas Celebrated Amid Tight Security

December 26, 2009

Author: Aamir Yasin

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C12%5C26%5Cstory_26-12-2009_pg7_23

The Christian community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad celebrated Christmas on Friday with religious fervour, enthusiasm and gaiety amidst tight security.

The Christians community decorated Christmas trees and cribs in their houses. The Christians living in slums celebrated the...

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Vatican's Top Cleric In Arabia Walks a Thin Line

December 25, 2009

Author: Barbara Surk

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/25/AR2009122500542.html

The Vatican's top cleric in the heart of Muslim Arabia tends to a flock of 2 million Christians spread around six desert nations. But he has to do it quietly: Most of them must still pray in secret and are forbidden to display crosses...

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A Quiet Christmas for Christians In Iraq

December 23, 2009

Author: Michael Hastings

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/22/AR2009122203537.html

Christians in Iraq are preparing for a muted holiday season, with one bishop in the southern city of Basra calling for a ban on public festivities while other congregations across the country have canceled services and cautioned worshipers to keep their celebrations...

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French Ruling Party Plans Bill On Broad Burqa Ban

December 22, 2009

Author: Emile Picy, Tamora Vidaillet, and David Stamp

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BL3NV20091222

France's ruling UMP party plans to present a bill to parliament in January on banning full Islamic veils in all public places and not just in certain buildings, a senior party official said on Tuesday.

The bill would be accompanied by a resolution related to respect for women, Jean-Francois Cope, the parliamentary party...

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Tensions Grow for Muslims As French Debate National Identity

December 19, 2009

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/18/AR2009121804138.html

When Muslim worshipers showed up at the Bilal Mosque early Sunday morning, they found two pig's ears and a poster of the French flag stapled to the door; a pig's snout dangled from the doorknob. "White power" and "Sieg heil" were spray-painted on one side, they recalled, and "France...

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Suspected Insurgents Kill 3 Buddhists In Thai South

December 19, 2009

Author: Surapan Boonthanom, Viparat Jantraprap and Jason Szep

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BI0TD20091219

Suspected Muslim insurgents blew up a gas tank near a school in southern Thailand on Saturday, killing three Buddhist villagers and wounding two including a local leader, police said. 

The blast appeared intended for a senior official of Bajao district in Narathiwat, one of Thailand's three southernmost...

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Islamic Group Hosts Interfaith Dinner

December 18, 2009

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/646975

With Arabic script regarding the Prophet Muhammad and his son-in-law Ali hanging over each shoulder, Bob Chodos leaned forward Friday afternoon and lit a row of colourful candles seated on a tiny menorah.

Onlookers, among more than 50 people gathered in the audience, included Muslims and Christians from more than a handful of faith traditions....

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Support Lower for U.N. Text On Religion Defamation

December 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/12/18/world/international-us-un-religion.html?_r=2

The U.N. General Assembly condemned defamation of religion for the fifth year running on Friday but support continued to erode for a resolution Western countries say threatens freedom of speech.

The assembly...

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