Woman killed and burned in Kabul after allegedly burning a Koran

According to Radio Free Europe, an angry mob in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed a woman and set her body alight for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

Police and witnesses say the killing took place near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine on March 19.

"We were watching this incident. She burned the Koran,” one eyewitness told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

“A lot of people gathered around the spot,” he added. “They burned her."

The head of Kabul's criminal police, General Farid Afzali, told the AFP news agency that the woman's body was then thrown into the Kabul River.

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Turkey's atheists soldier on in the face of death threats and legal problems

According to DW, Turkey is officially a secular state, but 99 percent of the population is Muslim. Now the country's small atheist community is voicing alarm about what it says are increasing levels of intolerance and ignorance towards it, fueled by the country’s pro-Islamist government. Last year atheists launched their own society – now they are facing growing threats and legal problems reports Dorian Jones.

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Lieberman is ‘Jewish ISIS’ says Israeli Politician After Beheading Comments

 According to Newsweek, an Israeli politician and academic have called for an investigation to be launched into the comments of Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman after he called for the “beheading” of Arab-Israelis who were not loyal to the state of Israel.

Arab-Israeli politician Ahmad Tibi, leader of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta’al) party, said that Lieberman is the “Jewish Islamic State” after the country’s top diplomat issued his inflammatory remarks at an election rally in the western city of Herzliya on Sunday.

In a speech to Arab students at Jenin University in the West Bank city of the same name, Tibi said that the united Arab Joint List (a coalition of Arab-Israeli parties) would “remove racists’ and fascists’ heads only through democratic means - bringing as many [Knesset] seats as possible and active participation in the election. The stronger we are, the weaker Jewish IS will be.”

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Turkey blocks website of its first atheist association

It took less than a year for a Turkish court to block the website of the country’s first official atheism association.

According to News.AZ, the Atheism Association, the first of its kind in any Muslim-majority country, was officially founded in Istanbul’s Asian-side neighborhood of Kadıköy in April 2014, Hurriyet Daily reports. However, the Gölbaşı 2nd Civil Court of Peace in Ankara has finally moved to block the association’s website, according to the group’s statement on March 3, 2015.

As of March 4, Turkish internet users could not access www.ateizmdernegi.org without using tools to bypass blockings, such as a VPN.

The court ruling cites Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Law, which forbids “provoking the people for hate and enmity or degrading them.”

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Egyptian student given prison sentence for atheist Facebook posts

Suez Canal University President personally filed legal case against student Sherif Gaber, who claims he was tortured in custody

According to Daily News Egypt, A student from Ismailia was given a one year prison sentence by a court Monday for contempt of religion relating to activities on campus and atheist statements online.

Sherif Gaber, 22, was studying at Suez Canal University in 2013, when teaching staff and fellow students reported him via a petition to the institution’s President. They said he had made posts supporting atheism on Facebook, and suspected him of being behind a page called ‘The Atheists’.

Subsequently, the university’s then-president Mohamed A. Mohamedein personally filed a legal complaint against the student to the local prosecution on the grounds of contempt of religion. Monday’s verdict on the case allows Gaber to avoid the prison sentence on a bail of EGP 1,000. However, a retrial that could increase the sentence to over two years is due to take place in the coming weeks.

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Turkey Rolls Back Secular Education To Raise 'Pious Generation'

According to Huffington Post, the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party insists it is simply heeding the demands of a conservative and pious majority. It says the education measures aim to undo restrictions on religious education that were imposed following Turkey's so-called "soft military coup" of 1997, when the then-powerful military -- which saw itself as the guardian of Ataturk's secular principles -- pressured an Islamic-led government out of power and moved to close down vocational religious middle schools.

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Saudi academic claims women drive because ‘they don’t care if they are raped’

According to Raw Story, during an interview (See video on YouTube with English subtitle) on the Saudi news show Rotana Khalijiyya in January, historian Saleh Al-Saadoon explained that there was a difference between riding camels and driving cars.

He defended his country’s prohibition against female drivers by saying that women who drove “don’t care if they are raped on the roadside.”

 “Women used to ride camels, so one might ask what prevents them from driving cars,” Al-Saadoon told the host, according to a translation provided by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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