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French Minister Under Fire For Linking Veil-Wearing To Slavery

PARIS, March 31 – France’s minister for womens’ rights came under fire on Thursday for saying Muslim women who wear veils were like black slaves in favor of slavery. An online petition claiming over 18,000 people had signed it accused her of racism, and her words were denounced by an anti-Islamophobia campaigner. “Of course there

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France Calls for “Enlightened Islam” Against Jihadist Ideology

By Tom Heneghan PARIS, Nov 30 – Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged French Muslim leaders on Sunday to develop an “enlightened Islam” to confront what he called the obscurantist views of Daesh that lead young Muslims into violence. At their first meeting since the Nov. 13 killings of 130 people, he told about 400 Muslim

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Polls Open in Turkey; Erdogan Hopes for Majority

Divided Turkey holds snap elections amid rising security and economic fears BY Staff Reporter  ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Nov 1): Turks began casting their votes on Sunday against a backdrop of economic and security concerns. The vote comes after failure to create a coalition government following June elections. The parliamentary elections–that were suddenly called–are set to decide the fate of the

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