Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in some of the worst sectarian violence in Egypt for months.
People with no religious affiliation make up the third-largest global group in a new study of the size of the world's faiths, placing after Christians and Muslims and just before Hindus.
The study, based on extensive data for
Muslim worshipers around the world gathered at mosques on Friday to mark the beginning of the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim Calendar.
It includes the pilgri
Nearly 3 million Muslim pilgrims started the first phase of the annual Haj on Wednesday, travelling through packed streets from Makkah's Grand Mosque to the enormous camp at Mina just outside the city.
Muslim leaders criticised a French magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday as another Western insult to their faith and urged France's government to take firm action against it.
Islamic states must unite for a better future for the Muslim world, His Majesty King Hamad said, stressing joint historic responsibilities and aspirations to reach understanding and bridge the divide among Muslims.
The King, who headed
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered $50 million in aid be sent to a Muslim minority in Myanmar which a human rights group said has been targeted by the authorities since sectarian riots in June.
A report on the Saudi stat
Millions of Muslims on Sunday stoned pillars representing the devil in a symbolic rejection of temptation on the second day of their annual Haj pilgrimage, a day that also marks the start of Eid Al Adha.
Vast crowds cast pebbles as th
Egypt's prime minister called an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday after 10 people died in bloody clashes in a Cairo suburb over the conversion of a Christian woman to Islam.
The sectarian conflict on Saturday was Egypt's worst since 13