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Rights group condemns lashing, jailing of Saudi blogger on Islam

DUBAI (Reuters) - An international rights group condemned the sentencing of a Saudi Arabian website founder to be whipped 600 times and jailed for seven years for violating Islamic values, saying it undermined the kingdom's stated support for religious debate. Full story

Prison, lashes for liberal Saudi web forum founder

The founder of a liberal-minded website in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes after angering Islamic authorities in the ultraconservative kingdom, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Full story

Reza Aslan on that strange Fox interview, and the necessary discussion on religion in society

   Religious scholar Reza Aslan saw his book sales skyrocket and reach the number one spot on Amazon.com after a very odd interview on a Fox News' webcast. He joins All In to talk about his book, "Zealot," as well as what his interview exposed about religion in society.

Accused Fort Hood shooter says he participated in war on Islam

(Reuters) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan said on Saturday that the United States military is engaged in a war with the Muslim religion, and he apologized for having participated in what he called "illegal and immoral aggression" against Muslims. Full story

Dubai rape dispute points to wider Islamic rules

The couple stood before a Dubai judge. The charge was sex outside marriage — illegal in the United Arab Emirates and across nearly all the Muslim world — and the magistrate offered an option: Suspended sentences to the Pakistani man and Filipino woman if they agreed to wed. The man consented, but th Full story

Afghan women, clerics, eye unlikely alliance to improve rights

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of Afghan female lawmakers and activists are eyeing an unlikely alliance with the country's religious leaders, hoping to promote and enhance women's rights through Islam in a joint campaign. Full story

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  Cheers erupt in Tahrir Square as Egypt’s military rousts Morsi from power

Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, who was in office for one year as the country’s first democratically elected leader, is no longer in power according to the military -- and his whereabouts are unknown.  Tens of thousands turned out in Tahrir Square to celebrate by waving flags, dancing and shootin

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  Islamic hardliners, police clash in Bangladesh

At least 20 people have died in violence between police and Islamic hardliners demanding that Bangladesh implement an anti-blasphemy law. NBCNews.com's Richard Lui reports.

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Alkanis Cisse holds the remnants of a burned Islamic manuscript at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu July 25, 2013. About 4,000 ancient manuscripts were burned by radical Islamist militants in Timbuktu before the militants were driven out of Timbuktu by French forces earlier thi

Alkanis Cisse reads Islamic manuscripts from the 13th century at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu
Alkanis Cisse reads Islamic manuscripts from the 13th century at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu

Alkanis Cisse reads Islamic manuscripts from the 13th century at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu, July 25, 2013. About 4,000 ancient manuscripts were burned by radical Islamist militants in Timbuktu before the militants were driven out of Timbuktu by French forces earlier this

Islamic manuscripts from the 13th to 15th centuries are seen at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu
Islamic manuscripts from the 13th to 15th centuries are seen at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu

Islamic manuscripts from the 13th to 15th centuries are seen at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Islamic learning in Timbuktu, July 25, 2013. About 4,000 ancient manuscripts were burned by radical Islamist militants in Timbuktu before the militants were driven out of Timbuktu by French forces earlier this

French police and gendarmes check identity cards of women wearing full-face veils, or niqab, as they arrived to demonstrate after calls on the internet by Islamic groups to protest over an anti-Islam video, in Lille
French police and gendarmes check identity cards of women wearing full-face veils, or niqab, as they arrived to demonstrate after calls on the internet by Islamic groups to protest over an anti-Islam video, in Lille

French police and gendarmes check identity cards of two women for wearing full-face veils, or niqab, as they arrived to demonstrate after calls on the internet by Islamic groups to protest over an anti-Islam video, in Lille September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol