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 Updated: May 01, 2005 12:53 PM

Shave and a haircut - two bullets - 12 barbers murdered in Iraq
In southern Baghdad militant Islamists are warning barbers that it is haram - forbidden - to shave men's beards or do Western-style haircuts. As many as 12 barbers have been killed, Iraqi officials say, including five in one day in late January. With little hope of police protection, most now refuse to offer the offending cuts, and have placed prominent signs in their front windows saying so....more>>>
Saudis arrest 40 Christians for praying
Saudi Arabia has detained 40 Pakistani Christians for holding prayers at a house in the Muslim kingdom, where practicing any religion other than Islam is illegal...more>>>
Hamas' "vice and virtue" unit executes young woman in "honour killing"
Hamas has mounted a desperate damage control exercise after one of its units shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian woman for "immoral behaviour" as she enjoyed a day out with her future husband....more>>>
3,500 Israeli police guard Temple Mount to thwart 10,000 Jews who plan to visit holy site April 10th
The Jerusalem police blocked off access to the Temple Mount this morning, deploying thousands of officers around the walled sections of the city to thwart plans to bring 10,000 Jews, including several Knesset members, to the Temple Mount Sunday April 10th....more>>>
First Islamic Olympics opens April 8, 2005 in Mecca
The first Islamic Solidarity Games is an Olympics-style tournament aimed at showing Muslim athletic prowess, with over 6,000 sportsmen - but no women - from 55 countries. The tournament, dubbed the Islamic Olympic Gaines, will be held in four Saudi cities - Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Taif....more>>>
Flashback: The Pope's Pilgrimage 2000 and his attempt at interfaith dialogue in Jerusalem
...The first speaker, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Meir Lau, was the first to break with protocol when he declared that the pope’s presence in West Jerusalem signaled his acceptance of Israeli sovereignty over the city. [Sheik] Tamimi then gave a fiery sermon, climaxing in an appeal for a new Saladin to drive the infidel from the land. The auditorium was aghast. The Israeli diplomats sitting near me, and many others, rose in a chorus of protest... more>>>
Suicide bomber targets tourists in Cairo - Three dead, 18 wounded
A US citizen, a French woman and another person were killed in the blast from a bomb attack in the historic heart of Cairo. French, American and Italian tourists were among 18 people wounded when the bomb was thrown into a crowded market in a part of Cairo popular with tourists...more>>>
Muslim family keeps the key and peace at holiest site in Christendom. a tradition that goes back 1300 years
JERUSALEM -- Every day at 4 a.m., Wajeeh Nuseibeh walks through the walled Old City of Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest shrine in Christendom. Most Christians believe it is the site of the crucifixion, tomb and resurrection of Jesus....more>>>
Good Friday Scuffle - Christian Arabs and Orthodox monks clash over Jerusalem land sale
The Good Friday commemoration in Jerusalem's Old City turned chaotic yesterday as Christian Arabs scuffled with Orthodox monks outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which, according to tradition, covers the exact spot where Jesus was buried and rose again....more>>>
10,000 Jews plan to gather at Temple Mount on April 10th - Israeli police to stop them
JERUSALEM -- Police here decided today to ban a grassroots Jewish organization from bringing 10,000 Jews to the heavily restricted Temple Mount to spark Israeli dialogue about reclaiming the holy site from its Islamic custodians, while the city police department told WorldNetDaily the Israeli government would allow a similar group of Muslims... more>>>
Palestinian MPs vote for Arab Orthodox Christians to secede from Greek patriarchy
In a special session in Ram Allah to discuss the crisis, the Palestinian parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the Palestinian Authority to no longer recognise the authority of the Greek Orthodox patriarchy over the Orthodox Arab community...more>>>
Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear programme. Tehran claims that its programme is designed for peaceful purposes but Israeli and American intelligence officials are convinced that it is intended to produce nuclear weapons... more>>>
Women fear losing rights under Shariah law in the new Iraq
The group led by the secularist interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi won only 14 percent of the vote in Iraq's landmark election. A coalition of Islamist Shiite parties won the largest share of the seats in Iraq's new National Assembly. The parties have nominated an Islamic scholar to be prime minister... Yanar Mohammed, a women's rights campaigner, has no doubt that the parties represented in the Shiite coalition intend to use their majority to introduce Shariah, or Islamic law, into the constitution that the assembly will write... more>>>


Short Report: Arab Christians and the state of Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Middle East...more>>>
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