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Hijab Martyr Stabbed in German Court PDF Print E-mail

A pregnant Muslim woman, Ms Sherbini, was stabbed 18 times and killed in a German courtroom by a man convicted of insulting Islam. Her husband is also critical after being injured as he tried to save his wife. (BBC, 6 July 2009)

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Amnesty Blasts Swiss Minaret Ban PDF Print E-mail

Amnesty International blasted a campaign by far-right Swiss People's Party and an ultra-fundamentalist Christian party to ban the building of minarets in Switzerland. (IOL, 28 June 2009)

 
Ingushetia President Attacked PDF Print E-mail

Pro-Russian President of Ingushetia, a Muslim republic occupied by Russia, boredering Chechnya, was wounded in an assassination attempt, apparently launched by Muslim freedom fighters. (BBC, 22 June 2009)

 
French President Reviles Hijab PDF Print E-mail

French President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out against the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France. He reviled the burka, a garment covering women from head to toe. He also gave his backing to the establishment of a parliamentary commission to look at whether to ban the wearing of burkas in public. (BBC, 22 June 2009)

Thousands of Muslim women wear the burka with pride.

 
44 Killed at Turkish Wedding PDF Print E-mail

Attackers raided a wedding party in Bilge Koyu killing 44 people, including 16 women and six children. Kurdish rebels are fighting the government in the area. (BBC, May 5)

 
3 Russian Soldiers Killed in Chechnya PDF Print E-mail

Gunmen killed three Russian soldiers, less than a week after Russia announced an end to a decade of military invasions there. Low scale fighting between Islamists and Russians continue in neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan as well. (BBC, Apr 22, 2009)

 
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