Top Algerian Salafist’s fatwa says unrest is un-Islamic

March 15, 2011
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(A Salafist sheikh consults Islamic literature in Algiers, August 2, 2010/Louafi Larbi )

Tunisian Islamists show strength at chief’s return

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2011

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(Photo: Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi (C, with red scarf) is welcomed by supporters upon his arrival in Tunis January 30, 2011/Louafi Larbi)

Russian firm plans halal reindeer meat exports to Qatar

By Reuters Staff
December 22, 2010

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When rival energy producers Russia and Qatar talk business, it’s no longer only about natural gas — they’re talking reindeer meat, which Russia has promised to export and butcher according to Muslim dietary law. The prospect of Russia exporting halal reindeer meat products to the desert kingdom first came up last month when the governor of Russia’s Arctic Yamal Nenets region, where most of Russia’s gas is produced, was in Qatar for investment talks.

Al-Azhar leader Sheikh Tantawi dies in Saudi Arabia

By Reuters Staff
March 10, 2010
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Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi in Cairo September 16, 2006/Nasser Nuri

Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, who as the head of Egypt’s most prestigious seat of Islamic learning al-Azhar was Sunni Islam’s top authority, died of a heart attack on Wednesday on a visit to Saudi Arabia, religious officials at al-Azhar said. He was 81.

King Abdullah slaps down Saudi cleric criticial of co-ed university

October 5, 2009

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Well, that didn’t take long.