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Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shut 7 mosques

Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara. “The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” said Interior Minister…

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Rabbis, priests and imams tell Twitter it needs to delete Trump as soon as possible

NEWS DESK: Rabbis, priests and imams have pleaded with Twitter to remove Donald Trump’s account, reported The Independent. A full 35 leaders have signed a letter, co-ordinated by the Interfaith Center of New York, to beg Twitter to remove Mr Trump’s account and stop him from being able to post messages to the tens of…

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Government letter to British imams stirs controversy

LONDON: Britain's biggest Muslim association on Monday accused the government of stoking Islamophobia and making a far-right argument over a letter urging community leaders to do more to root out extremism. But Prime Minister David Cameron defended the letter saying it was “reasonable, sensible and moderate”. “Anyone… reading this letter, who has a problem with…

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Euro imams, rabbis pledge zero tolerance for hate preachers

PARIS: Seventy European Muslim and Jewish leaders pledged on Wednesday to show “zero tolerance” to hate preachers of any faith including their own ranks, citing what they called rising religious intolerance on the continent.Imams, rabbis and community leaders from 18 countries agreed to jointly counter bigotry against Jews and Muslims and combat legal threats to…

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Sarkozy to bar radical imams from entering France

ARIS: France will bar radical Muslim preachers from entering the country to participate in an Islamic conference next month as part of a crackdown after shootings by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday.Sarkozy, who has announced plans to punish those viewing Islamist Web sites and going abroad for indoctrination, said he…

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US judge denies imams bail in Pakistani case

NEW YORK: A U.S. judge on Monday denied bail for a 76-year-old Florida imam and his son accused of sending $50,000 to support the Pakistani Taliban.Pakistan-born Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, the head of one of Miami's leading mosques, and his son, Izhar Khan, who is also an imam at another south Florida mosque, were…

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Libya buries imams it says NATO killed in air strike

TRIPOLI: Tears, chants and volleys of gunfire fired into the air punctuated the funeral for nine imams Libya said NATO killed in an air strike, but the alliance said the building it struck was a command-and-control centre. NATO is bombing Libya as part of a U.N. mandate to protect civilians. Some NATO members say they…

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No Afghans for pesh imams: police chief

Staff Report PESHAWAR: Afghan nationals should not be allowed to become pesh imams of mosques in Peshawar and if there are any, locals should replace them. This is what the Peshawar chief of police Liaqat Ali Khan said to the media on Saturday. He said that a list was being complied of Afghan nationals who…

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Imams involved in health drive

KASHMORE: A Health Ministry initiative, is under way in several districts of Pakistan's southern Sindh Province aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality rates. Local religious leaders are helping to get the message across. A large number of new and expectant mothers are turning up at Taulka Hospital in Kashmore, capital of the district of…

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