31st May 2015

Germany: Amid Moscow’s EU blacklist, prominent Germans want Putin at G7 talks

  German business interests are lamenting Vladimir Putin’s [photo above] exclusion from upcoming G7 talks in Bavaria. It comes after EU officials criticized Moscow for slapping a travel ban on 89 European politicians. German business interests have criticized the exclusion … Continued

30th May 2015

Italy: Thousands of migrants rescued, 17 die

  The Italian coastguard says more than 4,000 migrants crossing from Africa to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday. But 17 corpses were also found. As many as 4,200 migrants were saved in 17 rescue operations in the … Continued

29th May 2015

Germany waiting to hear Cameron’s vision of EU

[Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron]   British Prime Minister Cameron wants to promote EU reforms when he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this Friday. Where do mutual interests lie? What are the … Continued

28th May 2015

Europe: US faces Europe in disarray at G7 summit

  Greece teeters on the edge of default, Ukraine faces war with Russia, and Britain threatens to leave the EU. Washington must cope with a divided and chaotic Europe during the G7 summit in Dresden. Before setting off for Thursday’s … Continued

26th May 2015

UK: At Brexit meal with Juncker, Cameron airs UK’s EU concerns

  Over pork belly and lime cream, David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker [photo] have kick-started efforts toward EU changes to thwart a possible Brexit. The UK’s leading manufacturing association wants Cameron to move up the vote. David Cameron (right in … Continued

25th May 2015

Greece warns it has ‘no money’ to make IMF debt repayments

  Greece says it cannot make debt repayments to the IMF due next month without more aid from its foreign lenders. Athens defaulting on its debt could mean a Greek exit from the single currency eurozone. Greek Interior Minister Nikos … Continued

25th May 2015

UK: Britain’s foreign EU residents disenfranchised in Brexit vote

  David Cameron has given an outline of who may vote in a referendum on Britain’s EU membership. The prime minister has opted for rules that exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the UK. Most of … Continued

23rd May 2015

UK: Bank of England confirms Brexit research after emailing error

  The Bank of England has said it plans to research the economic risks of Britain leaving the EU. The admission confirms an email about the project that accidentally went to the wrong address. In a statement on its website, … Continued

21st May 2015

Germany: Comedian can be called “hate preacher”: court

  Comedian Dieter Nuhr [see photo]  has failed in a court battle to stop a Muslim critic from calling him a “preacher of hate” because of his jokes about Islam. Nuhr argued before the state court in Stuttgart that Erhat … Continued

16th May 2015

France: Sarkozy party to expel mayor for ban Islam in France call

    The French mainstream right UMP party is to expel the mayor of a small southern town who has called for Islam to be banned in France. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the call on Friday. “The Muslim religion … Continued

16th May 2015

Cyprus peace talks ‘positive and productive’

  After meeting for four hours, Cyprus’ rival leaders have vowed to “work tirelessly” for a swift peace accord on the divided island. The talks come following an eight-month pause. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (above left) and the leader … Continued

13th May 2015

Germany: 4 German warships for Israel

  Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is in Germany on the anniversary of German-Israeli relations. In the port of Kiel, four warships will soon be built for Israel – and an Arab company will make money on the deal. The official … Continued

12th May 2015

Germany ‘must do more to tackle xenophobia’

[Photo: Anti Islam demonstration in Cologne]   The human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe has called on the German government to step up efforts to fight xenophobia. Nils Muiznieks has said there are “clear signs” of increasing intolerance. … Continued

11th May 2015

EU ministers crackdown on Mediterranean traffickers

  EU defense ministers have discussed the sharing of intelligence about smugglers to prevent the flow of migrants. The EU wants a UN mandate to take effective action, and is about to present its case. Sunday’s meeting came the day … Continued

11th May 2015

Denmark: Danish school fined $6,000 for forcing Muslim student to taste pork

    A Danish court has ordered a culinary school to pay around $6,000 in damages to its Muslim student after a woman was required to taste pork as part of her studies. The 24-year-old student, who arrived in Denmark … Continued

10th May 2015

Switzerland: ‘Several dead’ in shooting

  Police say they have found several people dead after a shooting in a town in northern Switzerland. They are working to identify the bodies and a possible motive for the attack. Police in Aargau canton were called to the … Continued

7th May 2015

Netherlands: Wilders wants Prophet’s caricatures in Dutch parliament

  Dutch politician Geert Wilders has proposed exhibiting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the Dutch parliament. The inflammatory suggestion follows a shooting at an anti-Islam event in the US state of Texas. Geert Wilders, who has built his political … Continued

6th May 2015

France: Lawmakers vote for sweeping powers to spy on citizens

[Photo: French Parliament]   French lawmakers have approved a new law that gives the state extensive powers to spy on citizens. The bill has been criticized by civil libertarians, but gained wider support in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo … Continued

6th May 2015

Germany: Racism ‘in all parts of society,’ UN review shows

  Germany has come under fire from a United Nations panel reviewing efforts to eliminate racism in the country. Recent events, including PEGIDA rallies and the alleged arson attack on a refugee home, have raised concerns. “Racism in Germany is … Continued

30th Apr 2015

UN suspends aid worker for leaking CAR sex abuse case

  The UN has suspended an aid worker believed to have leaked information about a sexual abuse investigation to French authorities. The case implicates French soldiers stationed in the Central African Republic. On Wednesday, details emerged of an investigation being … Continued


The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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