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  1. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Islamic parties bounce back in Muslim-majority Indonesia's parliamentary elections

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 02:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... than the growing popularity of political Islam. Surveys had predicted that the five Islamic parties running at the polls in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country would see their support slip further after years of decline. While there have been increasing signs of Islam in Indonesian public life since the 1998 downfall of dictator Suharto – such as more women wearing ...

  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila seals historic peace pact with Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:38pm by AFP

    ... of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the peace deal with President Benigno Aquino's government at a high-profile ceremony ... as well as outbreaks of fighting that has led to mass displacements. The conflict and poverty have also been fertile conditions for Islamic extremism. The MILF, which the military estimates has ...

  3. News - World - EGYPT

    Cairo's Islamic Art Museum totally destroyed in bombing, minister says

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:36am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Cairo Scramble to save artefacts after Islamic Art Museum 'totally destroyed' by bomb Antiquities destroyed in Cairo blast Centuries-old glass and porcelain ... renowned Islamic Art Museum. Experts scrambled to try to save thousands of priceless treasures as ceilings crumbled in the 19th century building, which had just undergone a multi-million-dollar ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong should not miss out on growing Islamic finance market

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:02am by DAVIDE BARZILAI

    ... Davide Barzilai Davide Barzilai says highly rated bond will draw conventional investors HK should not miss out on growing Islamic finance sector Seven years after Hong Kong authorities first spoke of making the city a hub for "Islamic finance", they may finally do so in 2014. After making changes to local tax laws last summer, the government announced last month ...

  5. News - World - TURKEY

    Turkish PM backtracks in row with judiciary as police raid Islamic charity

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:57am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ankara About-face comes as police raid Islamic charity close to government Turkish PM Erdogan backtracks in judicial row Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... as the country's political tumult took yet another twist with police raids against an Islamic charity close to the government that was accused of shipping arms to Syrian rebels. The Humanitarian Relief ...

  6. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    French Islam convert killed fighting Syrian regime, like his half-brother

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 11:37pm by AFP

    ... Bons, a young convert to Islam from a comfortable middle-class French background, has died fighting in Syria barely four months after his half-brother met the same fate, their father said. ... of August. He was 22 and had been introduced to radical Islam by Nicolas, who had himself announced his conversion to his parents in 2009. Nicolas' personal journey mirrors that of many ...

  7. News - World - TUNISIA

    Islamic law rejected in Tunisia's new constitution

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 02:18am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tunis Tunisia will make Islam its state religion, but maintain a civil legal code Islamic law rejected in new charter Tunisia's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly compromised in rejecting Islam as the main source of law as it voted on a new constitution for the country that spawned the Arab Spring. But while it established Islam as the state ...

  8. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    French priest freed after Islamic radicals kidnapped him in Cameroon

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 03:26am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Paris French priest freed after Cameroon kidnapping A French priest kidnapped by Islamic radicals in northern Cameroon last November after ignoring danger warnings has ... the border with Nigeria. There was never a claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram which operates in the area, the Koza region, or on Ansaru, a Boko Haram ...

  9. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Hong Kong's Islamic finance goal boosted by Basel III rules

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Sukuk demand seen as rising as Islamic banks seek alternative to interest-paying bonds under regulatory need for more high-quality equity HK's Islamic finance goal boosted by Basel III rules Tougher international banking requirements should help the Hong Kong government achieve its goal of turning the city into an Islamic finance centre ...

  10. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Scandal of sex, bribes and beef hits Indonesia’s Islamic parties

    Posted Dec 15th 2013, 06:16pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But they all feature in a racy scandal that has shattered the clean image of Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party and could further damage already-unpopular Muslim parties at national polls next year. “The scandal... has given Islamic parties as a whole a bad image,” said Umar S. Bakry, from pollster Lembaga Survei Nasional. The controversy that has ...




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