Extremists seize multinational base on Nigeria-Chad border

 Boko Haram Islamic extremists have overpowered a multinational military force and seized its key base on Nigeria's border with Chad, according to residents who took to canoes to escape.

India must destroy terror infrastructures on Pak soil: Muslim cleric

In the wake of the recent spurt in terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, a prominent Muslim cleric on Sunday said India "should cross the border, target and destroy terrorist infrastructures that exist on Pakistani soil" to end killings of civilians and security forces personnel.

Minority Commission issues notice to MES prez on 'niqab' row

The Kerala State Minority Commission today issued notice to Muslim Education Society (MES) president Dr P A Fazal Gafoor, who had stoked a controversy saying 'niqab' or veil used by Muslim women to cover their faces, is 'unislamic'.

Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith.

Al Qaeda splinter group declares Islamic `Caliphate`

An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on jihadi factions worldwide to pledge allegiance to it, the SITE monitoring service said on Sunday.

Syria: Islamic factions in new push against rivals

Activists say a coalition dominated by Islamic rebel factions in Syria has announced a new push to dislodge fighters from a rival, al-Qaida-inspired group from the northern province of Aleppo.

Nigeria`s 2nd highest Islamic traditional monarch dies

The Emir of Kano, Nigeria`s second-highest Islamic authority and a revered figure in the largely Muslim north, died on Friday.

Sudan mother facing apostasy death sentence to be freed soon: Official

A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be "freed within days", a foreign ministry official told AFP on Saturday.

Nigerians attacked by militants leaving country

Brutalised residents of a once-bustling north-east Nigerian border town repeatedly attacked by Islamic extremists say they are moving across the border to Cameroon because they cannot trust Nigeria`s government and military to protect them.

Brunei sultan pushes ahead with tough sharia code

The sultan of oil-rich Brunei announced that tough Islamic criminal punishments would be introduced tomorrow, pushing ahead with plans that have sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler and international condemnation.

15 dead as Philippines battles Islamic militants

The Philippine military said today it had launched an air and ground assault against Islamic militants wanted for a spate of kidnappings, with 14 militants and one soldier killed in the clashes.

Hamas rejects international peacekeepers

A spokesman for Gaza`s Hamas rulers said on Sunday that the Islamic militant group will oppose any international force in a future Palestine, adding a new complication to US-brokered peace efforts.

Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

Pakistan`s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country`s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.

Indonesian politician given 16-year term for graft

Indonesia`s corruption court has sentenced a former top leader of the country`s largest Islamic-based political party to 16 years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

Pakistani extortionists cash in by posing as Taliban

It began innocuously enough - two men on a motorbike delivered a plain brown envelope to the home of Mohammed, an Islamabad businessman. But the contents plunged him into a terrifying three-month nightmare.

Egypt clashes: Four pro-Morsi supporters killed

At least four people died in clashes on Friday as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi mounted their boldest marches since troops crushed their protest camps demanding his reinstatement on August 14.

Dreaded Pakistani militant faction welcomes talk offer

A dreaded Pakistani Taliban faction today reacted positively to an offer of negotiations from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but said the country`s foreign policy should be based on Islamic principles.

Turkish teen becomes fifth fatality from June protests

A 19-year-old university student who was hurt during anti-government protests that rocked Turkey last month has died from his injuries, bringing the death toll in the unrest to five, local media reported on Wednesday.

Life in jail for 4 bombers: Nigeria court

A Nigerian court on Tuesday sentenced four alleged Islamic extremists to life in prison for two bombings that killed 19 people last year, the official news agency of Nigeria reported.

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

Mali`s military and French forces have pushed toward Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation to retake land controlled by the rebels.