Report highlights Islam’s global diversity

(RNS) A new report draws on 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 39 countries to find that Muslims differ sharply over questions of faith like who counts as a Muslim and what spiritual practices are acceptable. By Christopher Lisee.

Turkey, key U.S. ally, cited for religious freedom woes

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Turkey stands as a new and controversial addition to an annual list of the worst offenders of religious freedom released Tuesday (March 20) by the U.S. Commission on International Religious. By Lauren Markoe.

Soccer group agrees to test hijabs for female players

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Muslim women soccer players are celebrating a decision by the International Football Association Board to allow them to test special hijabs that will allow them to play while observing their religious beliefs. By Omar Sacirbey.

Louis Farrakhan blasts Jews, Obama

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey