THE Somali cabinet yesterday voted to make Islam the basis of the country's legal system, in a bid to undercut an increasingly fractured Islamic insurgency and win popular support.
ISLAMABAD has caved in to the demands of Islamic militants fighting in Pakistan's beautiful but volatile Swat Valley region, agreeing to implement Sharia law in a move that will bring concerns about the government's writ in an area less than 100 miles from the capital.
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A HUMBLED Archbishop of Canterbury was yesterday forced to clarify his remarks on Sharia law after admitting they had caused "distress" – but insisted he was right to raise the controversial subject.
THE head of the Church of Scotland has come out in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing the public's response to his comments on Sharia law as a "witch-hunt".
POLITICIANS have moved to distance themselves from claims by the Archbishop of Canterbury that Sharia law would inevitably be introduced in parts of Britain.
A SOMALI teenager stabbed his father's killer to death yesterday in a public execution ordered by an Islamic court.
MUSLIMS living in the UK must accept that British values include a commitment to freedom of speech, even if that means offending people, says the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.
GODLESS societies are safer and healthier, according to a new study published today.
TO SUGGEST, as John Stewart did in this column on Monday, that "we are going to have to partition some of our cities and allow the Muslim inhabitants to administer and police them according to Sharia law", is to take appeasement to a new level. To appease external aggression as this country did in the 1930s was bad enough, even to contemplate such a flawed policy in the face of internal aggression would be the beginning of the end of British democracy.
THE first Child Trust Fund which complies with Muslim laws was launched today.
HOUWA IBRAHIM does not court publicity. But it courts her. The world's press turned up to witness her defence of Amina Lawal, the woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery in Northern Nigeria in 2002.
SHE is a shy and naïve 16-year-old who, like many girls, was duped into a relationship with a married man by his promises of a brighter future.
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SOON after the announcement that Shirin Ebadi had won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, I managed to catch a few words with her in Paris.
INTELLIGENT and attractive, 20-year-old Sabatina James should have a bright future to look forward to - but instead she lives in fear with round-the-clock police protection because of threats to her life.
AN ISLAMIC appeals court in Nigeria yesterday overturned the conviction of a mother who was facing death by stoning for having a child outside wedlock.
A MOTHER sentenced to death by stoning for adultery today won her appeal.
JUST across the Potomac river from Washington in the Vir- ginia suburbs there was a bizarre row between a school and some local Christian activists.
A GROUP of television presenters in Egypt say they have been banned from appearing on screen since they took to wearing the hejab, the Islamic veil.
SANDY Mitchell, the Scot placed under sentence of death in Saudi Arabia, has revealed he was due to be executed by crucifixion, writes Christopher Claire.