The Islamic Republic of Mauritania still has open slave markets and only recently made a token gesture to make slavery illegal. However it is still a major component of the culture.
A body of Muslim clerics in Mauritania has called for the death sentence to be carried out against a blogger convicted of apostasy in 2014.
Mauritania, an Islamic republic, has not applied a death penalty since 1987.
The Forum of Imams and Ulemas says Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 29, should be executed despite the fact that he repented for an article criticising Mauritania's caste system.
The article goes on to explain that he was accused of "blasphemy" because he dared point out that the society is divided in rights and class with Muslims at the top. To point that out, of course, is an insult to the founder of Islam, Mohammad.
At least eight Nigerian Shia Muslims and one police officer have been killed in clashes with police at a religious procession in Kano city, police say.
Many marchers and five police officers were also injured, Police Commissioner Rabiu Yusuf said.
The group behind the procession, the Iran-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has a history of tension with the security forces.
The Palestinian leadership has summarily condemned a proposed bill to ban religious institutions from using outdoor loudspeakers. The bill would force mosques to silence their loudspeakers, which call Muslims to prayer.
Nabil Abu Rudeinah, the spokesman of the Palestinian Authority Presidency, said the bill “will lead to catastrophes” upon his arrival in the Turkmenistan, where a PA delegation is participating in an official visit.
DUSHANBE. Nov 14 (Interfax) - The Tajik law enforcement authorities told Russia about the extremists plotting terror attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Tajik Interior Ministry said.
Tajik Interior Ministry employees were the first to identify a local accomplice of the group who confessed and shared information about all members of the ring, it said. "Tajik law enforcers then conveyed the information to colleagues from the Russian Federal Security Service through inter-state cooperation channels," it said.
A Tajik citizen, a resident of Tursunzade, fought for ISIL (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in Syria and recruited his kin and other citizens of Central Asia to join the ranks of militants, the ministry said.
According to the UN refugee agency, around 6,400 migrants from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan are registered in Serbia.
Croatia, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A group of migrants scuffled with police on Monday as they tried to enter Croatia from Serbia and continue their way towards Western Europe.
Some 100 migrants broke a Serbian police cordon and tried to enter Croatia across fields, but were stopped by police forces from both countries who encircled them in the no-man's-land, Reuters witness said.
The migrants, largely from Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to local media, marched for two days on the highway some 125 km (80 miles) from the Serbian capital Belgrade and arrived at the border on Sunday evening.
They said they did not want to return to reception centres in Serbia, complaining about living conditions, and demanded free passage to Western Europe. Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Sunday Croatia would not allow illegal entry to the migrants.
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