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Coronavirus delays Athens mosque opening

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The Greek government says works on the mosque were delayed due to the pandemic

FIRST MOSQUE. A picture taken in Athens on June 7, 2019 shows a view of the interior of a mosque, the first official place of worship for Athens Muslims in over a century. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after 2 months

May 31, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3rd holiest site in Islam reopens its doors to worshippers after being closed for over two months due to the coronavirus

WORSHIPPERS. Muslim worshippers enter to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's 3rd holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 31, 2020 after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

PH in race to trace Filipinos at Malaysian gathering linked to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37 PM

At least one attendee from Lanao Del Sur tests positive for coronavirus and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Cotabato City

PRECAUTIONS. The prayer room in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/ RAPPLER

New Zealand teen arrested after threat to mosque

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:54 PM

The intimidating message made on an encrypted messaging app reportedly shows a man in a balaclava sitting in a car outside the Al Noor mosque accompanied by threatening text and a gun emoji

Indonesian woman spared prison for bringing dog into mosque

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

A Bogor court rules Suzetthe Margareth is guilty, but does not impose a prison term because she has paranoid schizophrenia

SPARED. File photo of  the Harakatul Jannah Gadog Bogor Mosque in Bogor, West Java,  Indonesia.

Hong Kong leader visits mosque struck by blue water-cannon dye

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo pay a brief visit to the Kowloon Mosque. The mosque was sprayed with blue dye from a water cannon truck causing anger among both local Muslims and protesters.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) exits the Kowloon Mosque, or Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 21, 2019. Lam and the city's chief of police visited a mosque that was struck with blue dye from a water cannon truck during the latest bout of violent protests in the international hub. Ed JONES / AFP

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The blast comes after the UN released a new report saying an 'unprecedented' number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September

VIOLENCE. A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province on October 18, 2019. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Norway mosque 'terror attack' suspect remanded in custody

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) The man is formally suspected of murdering his 17-year-old stepsister, and of a 'terrorist act' at the Al-Noor mosque

1 hurt in Norway mosque shooting, suspect arrested

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Police also discover the body of a young woman related to the suspect in a home at the Baerum suburb, where the shooting happened

CRIME SCENE. A Norwegian riot policeman stands in front of the Al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb, on August 10, 2019. Photo by Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Norway OUT

New Zealander jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Philip Arps pleads guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material for sharing footage that was livestreamed to social media during the attack

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The incident between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police took place as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which this year coincided with the final days of Ramadan

AL-ASQA MOSQUE. Clashes erupt between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors who visted the Al-Asqa Mosque for the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem day, respectively. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Sri Lanka Muslims pray at vandalized mosques

May 17, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say security will remain tight over the weekend for a major Buddhist festival as well as the 10th anniversary of the ending of the country's decades-long Tamil separatist war

AFTERMATH. A Muslim man stands in front of the Jumha mosque after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Film about the Christchurch mosque massacre announced at Cannes

May 16, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'Hello Brother' is co-written by Egyptian producer Moez Masoud, who will also produce the movie

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP)

Police in Christchurch find suspected bomb, man arrested

Apr 30, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address on Newcastle Street in Christchurch,' superintendent John Price says

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks 'retaliation for Christchurch' – government

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:28 PM

'The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,' says state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene

MOURNING. A Sri Lankan mourner holds prayer beads during moments of silence in tribute to bomb blast victims in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Mosque massacre video distributors get death threats, court told

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Six people appear in court Monday, charged with possessing or spreading the footage of the March 15 mosque attack

DARKEST DAYS. An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. Photo grabbed from TV New Zealand/AFP

LOOK: Thousands of Pakistanis form Christchurch mosque

Apr 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We worked really hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,' says one participant

HUMAN CHAIN. This aerial handout photograph released by Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation on April 12, 2019, shows Pakistani people gathering to form a human image the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab province. HANDOUT/Muslim Institute/AFP

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

Christchurch accused to face 50 murder charges

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

'The man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday,' police say in a brief statement

CHRISTCHURCH. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patroling at the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch, 5 days after the mass shooting attacks at two mosques that killed 50 Muslim worshippers in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:20 AM

After the Christchurch attack, women in New Zealand wear makeshift hijabs in a statement of peace and solidarity with their Muslim countrymen

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she departs following a gathering for congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on March 22, 2109. Thousands of New Zealanders gathered in Christchurch on March 22 to honour the 50 Muslim worshippers killed one week ago by a white supremacist, with a call to prayer broadcast around the country and a two-minute silence.  Marty MELVILLE / AFP

UK police probe attacks on 5 mosques in Birmingham

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in different areas in the central English city, and the incidents are 'being treated as linked'

ONGOING PROBE. Counterterrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in 4 different areas in the north of the city of Birmingham. File photo from Birmingham Jame Masjid's Facebook page

Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials start

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Hundreds of mostly Muslim mourners gather at a cemetery in the southern city of Christchurch to lay to rest Khalid Mustafa and his 15-year-old son Hamza

LAID TO REST. Mourners offer funeral prayers for Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza Mustafa, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who shot down 50 Muslims at two mosques, at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

'Horror and anger' in Christchurch hospital as medics battle to save lives

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have been working around the clock at Christchurch Hospital, frantically trying to stem bleeding, patch up shattered bodies and save lives

TREATING VICTIMS. Visitors leave the hospital in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The 17 minute livestream was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, with internet platforms scrambling to remove videos being reposted of the gruesome scenes

ANSWERS NEEDED. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Ardern's office/AFP

Mosque massacre families set to reclaim their dead

Mar 17, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The mosque attacks have shaken this usually peaceful country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution

IN MEMORIAM. Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister received gunman's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out 9 minutes before the attack took place,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. - A right-wing extremist who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch killing 49 worshippers appeared in court on a murder charge on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / OFFICE OF PRIME MINITER NEW ZEALAND / AFP)

Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The fatality from Christchurch mosque attacks rises as the world mourns with New Zealand

ONE MORE DEATH. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Mosque attack suspect in court as New Zealand readies to bury dead

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Christchurch residents struggle to deal with the aftermath of what is thought to be the worst act of terror against Muslims in the West

MEMORIAL. People pay their respects in front of floral tributes for victims of the March 15 mosque attacks, in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by David Moir/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Israel shuts Jerusalem holy site after unrest

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Israeli police say they evacuated the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after a Molotov cocktail damaged a police post

CONTROVERSIAL. Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Quebec City mosque shooter to be sentenced on February 8

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The 29-year-old faces the prospect of life in prison if ordered to serve 25 years consecutively for each of the 6 murders for which he pleaded guilty

FOR SENTENCING. Alexandre Bissonnette, a suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the court house in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 21, 2017. File photo by Mathieu Belanger/AFP

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

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'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Muslim religious leaders call for unity after Zamboanga City mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:06 PM

'We call on everyone, Muslims and Christians alike, to maintain our solidarity and harmony as advocates of peace,' says the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula

UNITE. Haji Ridwan Julpali, an elder of Jamaah Tableegh whose 2 members were killed in the mosque grenade attack, appeals to Muslims and Christians to unite for peace. Photo by Derkie Alfonso/The Asia Foundation

Police search for 3 persons of interest in Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippine National Police searches for two possible suspects and one possible witness as it investigates the attack

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

Malacañang vows to hunt down 'godless murderers' behind Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the mosque explosion is a 'taunting challenge to the capability of the government to secure the safety of the inhabitants in Mindanao'

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

Preacher spared from Zamboanga mosque blast recounts ordeal

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Muslim preacher Sukri Halling says he was up around midnight to get a drink of water when he heard a loud sound

SURVIVOR. Preacher Sukri Halling was outside the mosque to get water when the place of worship, where he and other preachers were resting, was bombed on January 30, 2019. Rappler screenshot

Militia members plead guilty to bombing U.S. mosque

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Police say Michael McWhorter confessed that his group, the 'White Rabbits,' bombed the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in a Minneapolis suburb in August 2017 in order to 'scare (Muslims) out of the country'

DAR AL-FAROOQ CENTER. The facade of the Dar Al-Farooq Youth and Family Center. Image from Facebook

Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Germany

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

While the leaders of Turkey and Germany signal their interest in a cautious rapprochement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stresses that 'deep differences' remained on civil rights and other issues in Turkey

PRO-ERDOGAN RALLY. Wellwishers hold Turkish flags and a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as police officers block the access to Cologne's Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest, prior to the visit of the Turkish President to Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the mosque on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sascha Schuermann/AFP

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

LOOK: Colors of Eid'l Adha 2018 in Philippines

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:53 PM

Check out our photos – and videos – of the Eid'l Adha celebration at the Quezon Memorial Circle and the Blue Mosque in Taguig

EID'L ADHA. Young and old, Muslims gather at the Blue Mosque in Taguig for the Eid'l Adha on August 21, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Afghans bury victims of mosque attack as toll rises to 35

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The attack comes as urban areas across Afghanistan have been rocked by a surge in violence in recent months

BURIAL. Afghan Shiite mourners and relatives attend a burial ceremony for the 35 victims of a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque in Gardez of Paktia province on August 4, 2018. Photo by Farid Zahir/AFP

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Jun 28, 2018 - 5:24 PM

British officials say it is the first time a member of the royal family had ever visited the compound, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock

CONTROVERSIAL VISIT. Britain's Prince William (right) visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem's Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Battle-scarred: Marawi structures that remind us of the war

May 23, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The siege of Marawi was triggered by a raid in a safe house in barangay Malutlut. The fighting moved towards Lake Lanao and, after 5 months, ended with the deaths of leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

London mosque attacker jailed for at least 43 years

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Darren Osborne, 48, from the Welsh capital Cardiff, is found guilty of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of north London in the June 19 attack

DARREN OSBORNE. A handout picture released by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on February 1, 2018 shows the custody photograph of Darren Osborne who was found guilty at a court in London on February 1, 2018 of murdering 51-year-old Makram Ali and trying to kill others in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19. Photo by Metropolitan Police / AFP

Egypt president vows forceful response after mosque massacre

Nov 25, 2017 - 12:13 PM

In a televised speech the president pledges to 'respond with brutal force,' adding that 'the army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period'

MEETING. A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on November 24, 2017 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) meeting with officials in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/HO/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egypt mourns 305 victims of Sinai mosque attack

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:52 PM

(7th UPDATE) Egyptian air force jets later pursue the terrorists and discover 'several vehicles used in the terrorist attack, killing those inside near the vicinity of the attack,' says an army spokesman

MASSACRE. Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque, west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on November 24, 2017. AFP

Death toll in Kabul Shiite mosque attack jumps to 56 – officials

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

It is one of 2 deadly mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, capping one of the bloodiest weeks in the country in recent memory

MOSQUE ATTACK. An Afghan resident inspects the Imam Zaman Shiite mosque the day after a suicide attack during Friday evening prayers, in Kabul on October 21, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Kabul mosque attack toll jumps to 32 dead, 41 wounded – officials

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) An attacker 'entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city... (and) opened fire on worshippers,' Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas says, describing the gunman as a suicide bomber