Brunei’s crackdown on homosexuality: Why Kingdom is implementing draconian Sharia law

In an age when global awareness in decriminalizing homosexuality is gaining momentum, the excessively wealthy, Muslim-majority nation of Brunei is going in the opposite direction. On Wednesday, it will officially apply the final stages of its harsh interpretation of the Islamic Penal Code known as Sharia Law.

Lebanon military court rules homosexual sex not punishable by law in landmark decision

Lebanon’s top military prosecutor acquitted four military personnel accused of sodomy Saturday in a landmark ruling that affirmed homosexuality is not a crime in the Middle Eastern nation, The Daily Star reported.

7 arrested in Pakistan over abduction, religious conversion and forced marriage of Hindu minors

Seven people were arrested Monday by police in Pakistan in connection to the alleged abduction, forced religious conversion and illegal marriage of two minor Hindu girls, according to local media reports. 

Asia Bibi, Christian woman on Pakistan death row for blasphemy, acquitted in landmark ruling

A Christian woman in Pakistan on death row for nearly a decade after she allegedly contaminated a water jug -- an offense viewed as blasphemy in the Muslim country -- was acquitted by the country’s top court on Wednesday.

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary must take UK anti-extremism course after prison release, report says

Notorious Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary must complete what is being described as "Britain's first compulsory deradicalization" program as part of his probation following his early release from prison, The Times of London reported late Sunday.

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest

A far-right opposition Dutch lawmaker, who for years has lived under round-the-clock protection because of death threats sparked by his fierce anti-Islam rhetoric, canceled a planned Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest Thursday, following concerns of extreme threat.

Wheels of change turn quickly for Saudi women now permitted to drive

It's a flurry of activity and excitement inside the official Saudi Driving School, tucked inside the sprawling Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University female-only campus in the Kingdom’s capital of Riyadh.

I joined Saudi women drivers on their first long and winding road trip

The idea of driving a car might seem like no big thing to those of us who have forgotten the giddy excitement of our first license -- a memorable teen rite of passage for millions of Americans.