(RNS) The influential Indonesian Ulema Council held a top-level meeting in August and decided the contest should not be held, even though Miss World’s organizers agreed to allow contestants to wear wraparound sarongs instead of bikinis.
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(RNS) “The Burmese government must make a concerted effort to allow an effective investigation into these abuses and hold perpetrators accountable,” Physicians for Human Rights concluded in its report.
(RNS) The government’s response is the latest in a series of crackdowns on behavior deemed disrespectful of Islamic traditions and beliefs.
(RNS) Pakistan’s new animated television series, “Burka Avenger,” features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at men who oppose education for girls.
(RNS) A controversial Muslim scholar-turned-television-host has given away at least two abandoned babies during his live TV show in Pakistan, saying “it is real Islam” and not exploitation.
(RNS) Myanmar’s radical Buddhist monk said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a “Muslim religious leader” who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist women marrying Muslim men.
(RNS) The couple allegedly posted a photograph of themselves earlier in July, smiling at a roadside restaurant while eating pork stew with chopsticks.
(RNS) In an escalating confrontation, dozens of Islamists marched to the Vatican’s mission in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, after prayers, and presented a 670-word memorandum calling for the archbishop’s recall.
(RNS) The apology came three days after the Simon Wiesenthal Center published on its website a photograph of a female student in a university graduation gown posing in front of the larger-than-life banner with her arm outstretched in a Sieg Heil salute.