Karen sat in a hotel room in Istanbul, grappling with a difficult decision. She had spent about $3,500 on the round trip to Turkey from her home in the US but, when she had bought the ticket, she had had no intention of flying home. The return bookin...
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 9, 2015
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom today accused Saudi Arabia of handing a "medieval" punishment to a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday May 20, 2015
Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners Tuesday after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday May 2, 2015
Alcohol has resurfaced as a hot-button issue in Algerian politics, with ultra-conservatives angered by plans to liberalise sales in a country torn between respect for Islam and freedom of choice.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday April 23, 2015
Saudi Arabia beheaded two people for murder Wednesday, one of whom was from India, the interior ministry said.
World News | Agece France-Presse | Saturday April 4, 2015
Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country today in events organisers said were against Islamic extremism.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Sunday February 1, 2015
A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said today.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday January 27, 2015
Decades ago, Saudis trekked across their desert kingdom to pledge allegiance to their new kings at their palaces. Now they are just using Twitter.
World News | Indo-Asian News Service | Wednesday January 21, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) jihadis have been shown to be mercilessly beating musicians in Syria for playing an electronic keyboard, which they hold to be "un-Islamic", a media report said on Tuesday.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday January 16, 2015
Saudi Arabia postponed until next week today's flogging of a blogger jailed for insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, a week after he received the first 50 of 1,000-lash sentence, his wife said.
World News | Reuters | Friday December 26, 2014
Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet", a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday December 3, 2014
Saudi Arabia today executed a Syrian convicted of drug smuggling, bringing the number of locals and foreigners beheaded in the kingdom this year to 75 despite international concerns.
World News | Reuters | Friday November 7, 2014
A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic sharia law ban that could trigger similar challenges.
World News | Reuters | Friday September 19, 2014
Women's rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday August 8, 2014
A Saudi convicted of drug trafficking was beheaded by the sword on Friday in the northwestern city of Tabuk, the interior ministry announced.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday August 7, 2014
Saudi authorities beheaded a Yemeni today for raping and murdering two women, the interior ministry said.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday August 5, 2014
A Saudi man was beheaded on Tuesday for torturing and beating his two-year-old boy to death, the interior ministry said.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday August 4, 2014
Saudi authorities beheaded on Monday a Nepali housemaid convicted of murdering a two-year-old boy by slitting his throat, the interior ministry said.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday August 1, 2014
A Sudanese Christian woman -- sentenced to death for renouncing Islam but acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum -- has arrived in the United States with her family.
India News | Agencies | Monday July 7, 2014
The Supreme Court today rejected a petition seeking to ban Sharia courts, but stressed that they have no legal powers over Muslims and their decisions cannot be enforced.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 10, 2014
The heads of the EU's major institutions urged Sudanese authorities on Tuesday to free a Christian woman sentenced to hang for apostasy, joining a wave of international condemnation.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday May 15, 2014
A Sudanese judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday May 8, 2014
Beverly Hills is demanding that the Sultan of Brunei sell a hotel in the celebrity-rich US city, after he introduced a penal code incorporating Islamic sharia law, officials said on Wednesday.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday May 7, 2014
The United States has raised concerns with Brunei about a new penal code introduced by the sultan, which would include Islamic sharia law penalties such as stoning to death, US officials said Tuesday.