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French cop-killer says he was answering Isil's call for lone wolf attacks during Ramadan

A suspected Islamist who stabbed to death a police commander and his wife in France claimed he was following Isil’s call for lone wolf attacks during Ramadan, in a video posted online after the killing.<p>Larossi Abballa, a 25-year-old known to French security services, pledged allegiance to the …

Saudi cleric: 'Homosexuality not a deviation from Islam, should not be punished'

The cleric, Salman Odah, stated that "even though homosexuality is considered a sin in all the Semitic holy books, it does not require any punishment …

RANKED: The 19 cheapest holiday destinations on earth

To find the cheapest places to go to, Hoppa calculated the average cost per person for a day trip in each destination, crunching the numbers for six typical travel expenses, including a 3km taxi journey, a night's stay at a hotel per person, and a meal.<p>The average amount a traveler would spend on a …

Sharm el-Sheikh

London ‘more Islamic’ than Muslim world – scholar

Muslims more free to practise their faith in UK than most Islamic countries, insists leading Shia scholar<p>London is a more “Islamic” city than much of the Muslim world put together, a leading Muslim scholar has argued.<p>Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, a prominent Shia cleric, who was born in Pakistan and …

@PaulaTutman: 'American Sharia' sneak-peek

Sharia

Why the right to convert to another religion is like the right to smoke cigarettes

Refusing to allow citizens to renounce a belief system and choose a new one is to treat them like children.<p>Freedom to practice a religion is …

Religion

Beliefs and Teachings of Islam

LSE apologises to students asked to cover Jesus and Muhammad T-shirts

University 'got judgment wrong' over whether clothing constituted harassment of a religious group<p>The London School of Economics (LSE) has apologised to two students who were forced to cover up T-shirts depicting a cartoon of Jesus and the prophet Muhammad.<p>Christian Moos and Abhishek Phadnis were …

Rapper Angel Haze on religion, rape and survival

Five years ago she escaped from a religious 'cult' where music was banned. Today, she is one of hip-hop's most outspoken voices with her raw personal tales of rape and sexual abuse<p>'Hi, this is me, I have scars to show you." The 20-year-old rapper Angel Haze begins talking casually about the most …

An agnostic defends religion

I don't doubt that religion has played a big part in war and human misery, but faith can empower people as well as oppress them<p>When I was little, I attended church every Sunday. My entire extended family is Irish Catholic, so baptisms, first communions and confirmations made up a fair share of …