Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants quick constitutional amendments

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2011
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(Khairat el Shater at Tahrir Square in Cairo March 4, 2011/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Egypt needs to start functioning again and prevent army rule from dragging on too long, the Muslim Brotherhood said, calling for the swift implementation of constitutional amendments to restart political life.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti prays with generals, urges Muslim-Christian unity

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2011
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(A rally to demonstrate unity between Muslims and Christians at Tahrir Square in Cairo March 11, 2011/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian Copts hold funeral after Christian-Muslim strife kills 13

By Reuters Staff
March 10, 2011
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(Egyptian Coptic Christians gather for funeral of seven victims of sectarian clashes, at Samaan el-Kharaz Church in Cairo March 10, 2011/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Pakistan’s Islamist parties challenge weakening government

By Reuters Staff
March 9, 2011
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(A supporter of Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami backs Pakistan's blasphemy laws during a rally in Peshawar January 23, 2011/Fayaz Aziz )

Saudi insists protests not Islamic, Facebook group calls for demos

March 9, 2011
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(Saudi Shi'ites protest for the release of prisoners they say are being held without trial, March 3, 2011/Zaki Ghawas )

U.S. House panel probes Muslim radicalization, critics see witch hunt

March 9, 2011
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(A woman protests in New York City March 6, 2011/Jessica Rinaldi )

The U.S. House of Representatives will investigate radicalization in the American-Muslim community, sparking outrage that the probe is a witch hunt akin to the 1950s anti-Communist campaign. With al Qaeda and its affiliates openly trying to recruit Americans and Muslims inside the United States for attacks, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King called congressional hearings on the subject “absolutely essential”.

Istanbul celebrates carnival after nearly 70 years

March 9, 2011
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(Istanbul celebrates carnival, 7 March 2011/all photos by Jonathan Lewis)

Istanbul’s tiny Greek community has revived an all-but-extinct tradition by celebrating Bakla Horani, an evening of carousing at the end of carnival ahead of Lent. About 300 masked, painted and costumed revelers paraded on Monday through the streets of Istanbul’s Kurtulus district, known as Tatavla when it was home to Greeks decades ago.

Saudi clerics condemn protests as un-Islamic

March 7, 2011
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(Supporters of Saudi Shi'ite cleric Tawfiq al-Amir hold his pictures during a demonstration following his release in Al-Ahsa March 6, 2011. Cleric Tawfiq al-Amir was arrested last week after calling for a constitutional monarchy and a fight against corruption/Stringer)

France to enforce ban on full Muslim face veils from April

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2011
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(A Muslim woman at a demonstration against France's banning of full face veils from public spaces, outside the French Embassy in London, September 25, 2010/Luke MacGregor)

Catholics & Jews discuss their future dialogue, possible Muslim trialogue

March 2, 2011
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(Collège des Bernardins, site of the ILC meeting in Paris, 2 March 2011/Tom Heneghan)