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Attorneys Grill Deputies Over Traffic Stop of USF Students

February 19, 2008

Author: Elaine Silvestrini

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/19/attorneys-grill-sc-deputies-over-traffic-stop-usf-/?news-breaking

The South Carolina sheriff's deputy who stopped a car with two University of South Florida students in August says he initially suspected the silver Toyota with a Florida tag was involved in drug trafficking.

But under questioning...

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The President’s Passion Play

February 18, 2008

Author: Tracy McNicoll

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/109547

Being an Honorary Canon of The Basilica of Saint John of Lateran is an honor enjoyed by French leaders since Henri IV. Most don't care much (Presidents François Mitterrand and Georges Pompidou skipped the trip to Rome altogether). Not so current President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been gaining a reputation as France's chief sermonizer. Last December, as he received his title, he made a long...

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Muslim Undertaker for Kashmir’s Hindus

February 18, 2008

Author: Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Source: Daily News & Analysis

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1151454

Under the majestic chinar in a cremation ground, Mohammad Yasin Dar, 55, has lit a bonfire to stay warm on a nippy February morning. He has spent a larger part of his days at the place for 10 years.

A devout Muslim, he has embarked on an unusual mission—to perform last rites of the dead of Kashmir’s minuscule Hindu population....

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Islamic Studies Growing in Popularity, Report Shows

February 18, 2008

Author: Anthea Lipsett and Natasha Gilbert

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/news/story/0,,2257754,00.html

The number of students on Islamic studies programmes has risen in the last four years, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

The study found students taking Islamic studies, either as a full degree or part of one, rose by 12% between 2002 and...

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Muslims Offer Thanksgiving Prayers for President And Country

February 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AllAfrica

http://allafrica.com/stories/200802180977.html

Liberian Muslims have offered prayers of thanksgiving and well wishes for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government and people of Liberia.

At a ceremony Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Muslims praised the President and her government for polices which promote religious harmony and peaceful co-existence in the country. The Chairman of the...

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Stifled, Egypt’s Young Turn to Islamic Fervor

February 17, 2008

Author: MICHAEL SLACKMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/world/middleeast/17youth.html?ex=1360990800&en=11aabac312980e8f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The concrete steps leading from Ahmed Muhammad Sayyid’s first-floor apartment sag in the middle, worn down over time, like Mr. Sayyid himself. Once, Mr. Sayyid had a decent job and a chance...

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'I Don't Hate Muslims. I Hate Islam,' says Holland's Rising Political Star

February 17, 2008

Author: Ian Traynor

Source: The Observer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/17/netherlands.islam

A TV addict with bleached hair who adores Maggie Thatcher and prefers kebabs to hamburgers, Geert Wilders has got nothing against Muslims. He just hates Islam. Or so he says. 'Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology,' says Wilders, a lanky Roman Catholic right-winger, 'the ideology of a retarded culture.'

The Dutch politician,...

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Al Jazeera Chief Calls Media Penalties 'a Risk to Freedom'

February 17, 2008

Author: Eric Pfanner

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/17/technology/SUMMIT.php

Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera Network, said Sunday that he was considering ways to challenge a measure adopted by the Arab League last week authorizing member governments to penalize broadcasters that offended religious or political authorities.

A charter approved by representatives of a...

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Danish Imam Urges Muslim Youths to Stop Rioting

February 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: AP

http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/17/stories/2008021755511300.htm

A prominent Danish imam urged rioting youths to stop setting fires and hurling rocks at police after a fifth consecutive night of vandalism in Copenhagen and other Danish cities.

Youth violence has marred immigrant neighbourhoods in Copenhagen and other Danish cities all week, and some...

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