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U.S. sanctions Hezbollah Iraq networks, son of group's leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on four people linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah who coordinate the Iran-backed group's activities in Iraq and designated the son of the group's leader as a global terrorist.


Lebanon's Hariri blames Hezbollah for obstructing government formation

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday blamed the Iran-backed Hezbollah for what he called a "big obstacle" in efforts to form a new government, indicating there could be no solution if it did not back down.


Lebanon's Hezbollah won't yield in government formation dispute - report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah will not give way in a dispute over Sunni Muslim representation in a new unity government, the pro-Hezbollah al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday, signalling no quick end to the standoff.


Italy's League blocks Muslims from buying and converting chapel

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's far-right League party intervened on Sunday to block efforts by a Muslim association to turn a former hospital chapel into a mosque.


Netanyahu says will meet Putin soon on Syria security coordination

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss security coordination over Syria, amid friction with Moscow over Israel's air operations.


Indonesia's presidential hopefuls woo millennials, Muslims as election in focus

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo launched his re-election campaign on Friday, looking to win over big blocs of millennial and Muslim voters as Southeast Asia's biggest economy sails into choppy waters.

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Rohingya crisis elicits little sympathy in Buddhist-majority Myanmar

Yangon: Baffled, hurt or indignant, many inside Myanmar are struggling to digest a week of opprobrium heaped on their country by the UN and even Facebook over the treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim group whose plight elicits little sympathy in the Buddhist-majority nation.


Exclusive - Iran-based political influence operation: bigger, persistent, global

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages.


Moaning about mosque loudspeaker not blasphemy, says Indonesian Muslim group

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's biggest Islamic organisation called for greater tolerance on Friday as it criticised a court that jailed a mother of four for blasphemy after complaining that a mosque in her neighbourhood was too loud.

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Muslims slam blasphemy verdict

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation has criticised the blasphemy conviction and imprisonment of a Buddhist woman who complained that the call to prayer from her neighbourhood mosque was too loud.