Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings as church urges more vigorous crackdown on militants

Muslim women in Sri Lanka will no longer be able to cover their faces amid a new emergency law ordered by the president that bans all kinds of facing coverings that may conceal a person’s identity.

Sri Lankan forces discover over a dozen bodies, including children, at ISIS safe house

As Sri Lankan security forces raided an ISIS safe house on Friday, militants open fired and detonated at least three suicide bombs, killing 15 people, including six children. The dead were found charred, others had their clothes burned off of their bodies.

Iran shuts down ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ equivalent, accuses TV channel of ‘running a halal casino’

Iranian state TV has shut down its equivalent to "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" after clerics bashed the show for offering cash prizes and warned that the program is counterproductive to the "culture of hard work" the country is trying to promote. 

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.