LONDON: The government has ordered inspections of 15 schools in Britain's second biggest city after allegations that they are being taken over by Islamic 'hardliners,' officials said on Sunday.
A row has been brewing in Birmingham for weeks since the local council received an anonymous letter alleging a plot to force a change of leadership at four state-run schools.
The aim was apparently to impose a conservative religious agenda, turning parents against head teachers by telling that the school is corrupting their children with sex education, promotion of homosexuality and making them take part in Christian prayers.
Last Updated (Monday, 14 April 2014 05:02)
'Women who are raped should be hanged with their rapists,' says Indian politician
Two high-ranking politicians in India have caused outrage by suggesting women who are raped or have consensual sex outside of wedlock should be hanged.
A senior member of India's Socialist Party, Abu Azmi, apparently said he wanted women who were forced to have sex against their will to be put to death at the same time as their attackers.
'Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam but here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty,' he told NDTV news.
'Any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged.
'Both should be hanged. It shouldn't be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.'
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 April 2014 23:00)
Geneva (AFP) - The UN human rights office on Friday criticised Brunei's planned introduction of the death penalty for a raft of new offences, as part of a shift to harsh Islamic punishments in the oil-rich sultanate.
UN criticises Brunei over tough new Islamic law
"We are deeply concerned about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam, due to come into force later this month, which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.
He told reporters these offences include rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, but also crimes such as robbery and murder.
Last Updated (Friday, 11 April 2014 18:40)
Around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men every year, according to a report released by Movement for Solidarity and Peace- in Pakistan on Monday.
The report states the estimates of the incidence of forced marriage and conversion from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls and 300 Hindu girls per year, adding that the true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or do not progress through the law-enforcement and legal systems.
The report has categorized the concurrent incidence of forced conversions and forced marriages as a distinct crime specific to minority Christian women in Punjab.
The research by MSP has lead to discovery of a distinguished pattern:
Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 —
Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:16)
Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen launch anti-EU alliance to slay the "monster of Brussels"
Geert Wilders has appealed to Nigel Farage to join him alongside France's Front National in building a new international movement united on an anti-European Union programme.
The Dutch far Right leader made his plea alongside Marine Le Pen, his French equivalent, in their first joint public appearance since agreeing to fight together in European elections next year.
He urged Mr Farage, the head of Britain's Eurosceptic Ukip party, to "join our initiative" after making what he said was a "historic" announcement of a pan-European "movement of patriots".
The Dutch anti-Muslim and Freedom Party leader, who has previously distanced himself from far Right groups including the Front National (FN), urged the more respectable British party to ally with them, saying: "I have a lot of respect for Nigel Farage – I think he is an excellent politician who is understandably very popular in the UK.
"I understand that he is not too eager today to work with my party and the others. But let me tell you, I hope that after the elections next May that Ukip will be able to join our initiative."
Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:48)
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