Pakistani girl released from hospital after Taliban shooting

LONDON (RNS) Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl and women’s rights activist from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban and subsequently flown to the United Kingdom for treatment, has been discharged from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the hospital said Friday (Jan. 4). Yousufzai was discharged on Thursday, but will be re-admitted in late […]

Are Muslims allowed to dance?

(RNS) The Taliban in Afghanistan beheaded 17 people, allegedly for dancing, according to one Afghan official. The reports shocked people around the world and provided fodder to critics of Islam. Does Islam forbid dancing? By Omar Sacirbey.

Experts say Quran burning ‘tailor-made’ for Taliban

Jim Michaels |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Taliban is attempting to capitalize on the outbreak of violence that followed the inadvertent burning of a Quran by NATO troops by characterizing the war as a conflict between infidels and Islam, analysts said.