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# Islam

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Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Frustration and turmoil as world leaders meet for UN general assembly
Syria, Palestine, Iran’s nuclear program and protests generated by an anti-Islamic film will top the agenda.
Pakistan government rejects minister's filmmaker bounty comments
Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour offered a bounty of $100,000 for his death and invited members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to take part in the “noble deed”.
Fears of protest grows after Mohammed cartoons published in France
The French magazine that published the cartoons sold out its usual print run of 75,000 copies in a few hours.
French satirical mag publishes naked Muhammed cartoons
French authorities condemn publication as they strengthen security at embassies abroad.
Russia 'may block YouTube' over anti-Islamic film
Russia’s communications minister says laws coming into effect in November could see YouTube blocked over the controversial movie.
Two die in Pakistan as film violence spreads
Protests have taken place across the Arab World against the US-produced ‘Innocence of Muslims’.
Hezbollah urges week of protests against anti-Islam film
The news comes as 50 people are arrested in connection with the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last week.
Filmmaker questioned as protests continue over anti-Islamic movie
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda has called for more attacks on US embassies.
Taliban claims film revenge attack on base in south Afghanistan
Two US Marines were killed in the attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, where Prince Harry is based.
Anti-Islam filmmaker under police protection as anti-US protests spread
A film which lampoons the Prophet Mohammed and was broadcast on TV in the Arab world has sparked protests in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other Arab countries.
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen
More than 4,000 protesters have reportedly stormed the US embassy in the Yemeni capital in an apparent protest against an American-produced film that insults Islam.
German court: 'Circumcising young boys is grievous bodily harm'
Jewish and Islamic groups have criticised the decision, describing it as an attempt to criminalise their customs.
Pakistan blocks Twitter over blasphemy dispute
Officials say Twitter refused to remove material considered offensive to Islam,
Military course which taught that Islam is America's enemy suspended
The course for military members and government workers suggested that the Geneva Conventions on armed conflict were no longer relevant in the US’ war on Islam.
Al-Qaeda planned message to convert Ireland to Islam
A letter by Al-Qaeda’s American spokesman says Ireland was ripe for conversion because of its ‘sympathy’ for Palestine.
Egypt orders pornographic websites banned
A court ordered the government to ban porn sites in order to protect Egyptian society and its values.
Column: Muslim women face all kinds of assumptions. Let’s look behind the headscarves
The one-dimensional view of Muslim women isn’t accurate. That’s why we need The Hijabi Monologues, writes Sahar Ullah.
Two westerners shot dead in Afghanistan protests
The two men, reportedly Americans, were shot at the Afghanistan Interior Ministry in Kabul during the fifth day of rioting over the burning of Qur’ans at a US military base.
Turkey urged to allow greater religious freedom
The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians has said that Turkey should grant equal rights to minorities in the country.
Not-so-happy Valentines: Malaysian police arrest 80 would-be lovers
Islamic authorities said Valentine’s Day is “synonymous with vice activities”.
Malaysia defends deportation of Saudi journalist over tweet
Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari has been deported over a potentially blasphemous tweet posted online last week.
Barbie banned in Iran as part of "soft war" on western culture
Meanwhile, there are calls for a bald and beautiful version of the doll to be made in the US.
Trial postponed for Egyptian tycoon who 'insulted religion' with a Twitpic
Naguib Sawiris posted a picture to Twitter showing Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing Islamic clothing.
Explainer: What is/Who are the Taliban?
The Taliban – terrorist group or political entity?
Hard-line Indonesian police shave punks' mohawks
Conversative police raided a punk-rock concert and shaved the punks’ heads due to the perceived threat to Islamic values.
New Canadian citizens told to remove veils at swearing in ceremonies
Most Canadians find the practice of reciting the oath behind a veil disturbing and new Canadians should take it in view of their fellow citizens, the country’s immigration minister has said.
Plans for Sharia-based law in Libya unveiled
Libya’s interim rulers have begun laying out their plans for their two-year transition to democracy – and said that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation.
Iranian pastor "faces death sentence for rape"
Youcef Nadarkhani faces a death sentence – but for rape, and not for converting from Islam to Christianity, it is now being claimed.
Islam Ireland welcomes debate on burqa but government has no plans for ban
The Islamic Cultural Cente of Ireland has been responding to calls from a councillor in Cork to ban the burqa in Ireland.
Poll: Do you agree with banning the burqa?
The issue of the traditional Islamic garment has become increasingly contentious in Europe in recent years – within both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. What are your thoughts?
Italy takes first steps to banning face veil
The Berlusconi-backed bill follows on from the ban introduced in France and Belgium.
Texas man executed despite shooting victim campaigning for his clemency
Mark Stroman was on death row following two murders in the aftermath of 9/11. One of those who survived his attacks campaigned for his release.
NATO set to continue bombing Libya during Ramadan
But the alliance said its campaign would stop if Gaddafi’s forces stopped targeting civilians.
Police in New South Wales granted new powers to remove face veils
Police in Australia’s most populous state will now be permitted to demand that a woman remove her face covering when investigating minor offences.
Beer garden bomb attack kills 25 in Nigeria
Islamist militants have been blamed for the attack, the latest in a series of deadly bombings.
Far-right Dutch politician cleared of hate charges
Geert Wilders had compared the Koran to Mein Kampf and faced charges of hate speech and discrimination.
Timeline: What exactly is going on in Syria?
What’s been going on in Syria – and is there any progress in sight? We take a quick look back at what’s been happening.