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Islamists win in Turkey PDF Print E-mail
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured a third term in office. His Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 50% of the vote. In his victory speech, Mr Erdogan said Bosnians, Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians also benefited from his victory. (BBC, 13 Jun 2011)
 
France Veil Ban Implemented PDF Print E-mail
Two women detained in France while wearing Islamic veils, after a law banning the garment in public came into force. France is the first country in Europe to publicly ban a form of dress Muslims regard as a religious duty. Offenders face a fine of 150 euros (£133; $217) and a citizenship course. (BBC, 11 April 2011)
 
Christianity Fading in UK PDF Print E-mail
A UK poll showed that 65% said they were not religious. 27% of those who ticked 'Christian' said they didn't believe that Jesus was a real person who died and came back to life and was the son of God, while 25% were unsure. (politics.co.uk, 21 Mar 2011)
 
2012 Olympics Logo Resembles Zion PDF Print E-mail
Iran complained to the International Olympic Committee and called for the logo of the 2012 Olympics in London, to be changed as it resembles the word 'Zion' a Biblical term for Israel which is racist. (BBC, 12 Mar 2011)
 
Minister Blasts Islam PDF Print E-mail
Germany's new interior minister said that Islam 'doesn't belong' in the country. (Scotsman, 8 Mar 2011)
 
German State Bans Hijab PDF Print E-mail
The German state of Hesse has become the first in the country to impose a ban on the full Islamic face veil for public sector workers. The western state had already stopped teachers and civil servants wearing headscarves to work in 2004. (BBC, 3 Feb 2011)
 
Turkish Film on Palestine PDF Print E-mail
The Turkish action film, Valley of the Wolves: Palestine, has been critisized as anti-Semitic. It shows Israelis as brutal oppressors of Palestinians. In it three Turkish special forces operatives shoot their way through Palestine to avenge the real-life Israeli attack on a Turkish aid ship to Gaza that left 9 dead. Valley of the Wolves: Iraq previously showed US torture of Iraqis. (BBC, 28 Jan 2011)
 
Radical Pastor Banned PDF Print E-mail
Radical US pastor Terry Jones was barred from entering the UK. He planned a Quraan-burning protest in the US last year. (BBC, 20 Jan 2011)
 
Ban on Scarves Ends PDF Print E-mail
The ban on headscarves at Turkish universities ended quietly when the government issued a statement saying it would support any student expelled or disciplined for covering her head. Now almost all universities across Turkey have abandoned the official prohibition on women wearing headscarves. Millions of Turkish women wear headscarves: it is estimated that at least 60% cover their heads. (BBC, 31 Dec 2010)
 
Devastating Albanian Floods PDF Print E-mail
More than 12,000 people have been moved from their homes in north-western Albania following days of heavy rain. The country is experiencing its worst flooding in living memory. (BBC, 5 Dec 2010)
 
Cleric Wins Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Muslim cleric Abu Hamza won his appeal against UK government attempts to strip him of his British passport. (BBC, 5 Nov 2010)
 
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