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Singapore firm launches travel site for Muslims

A new website for Muslim travellers which includes a global directory of halal restaurants and dedicated city guides launched Wednesday in a bid to capitalise on the growing number of Islamic tourists. Specialist Singapore-based firm Crescentrating said the site, which is called HalalTrip.com, offers a wide range of features for tourists wishing to travel in accordance with the rules of Islam.

Men tried to behead UK soldier in 'humane' way, court hears

A man on trial for the gruesome murder of a British soldier tried to behead him because he thought it the most "humane" way to kill him, comparing it to halal butchery, a court heard on Thursday. Michael Adebolajo, who has described himself as a "soldier of Allah", said he and his accomplice Michael Adebowale targeted 25-year-old Lee Rigby as he walked to his London barracks in May, because he was the first soldier they spotted.

Men tried to behead UK soldier in 'humane' way, court hears

A man on trial for the gruesome murder of a British soldier tried to behead him because he thought it the most "humane" way to kill him, comparing it to halal butchery, a court heard on Thursday. Michael Adebolajo, who has described himself as a "soldier of Allah", said he and his accomplice, Michael Adebowale, targeted 25-year-old Lee Rigby in May as he walked to his barracks in Woolwich, south London, because he was the first soldier they spotted.

Turkey's first online Islamic sex shop opens

An online Islamic sex shop selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the predominantly Muslim country. The "Halal Sex Shop" website presents its products as being "entirely safe," and in compliance with Islamic norms. Internet users who enter the site find two different links directing them to separate sections for male and female products.

2 McDonald's in Mich. stop selling halal food; company didn't say if related to settlement

DETROIT - The only two McDonald's restaurants in the United States that were serving food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped several weeks after a $700,000 settlement over a lawsuit that alleged the items weren't consistently halal. The fast-food giant said in a statement Monday that the locations in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, which has a large Muslim population, are no longer offering a halal McChicken sandwich or Chicken McNuggets in order "to focus on our national core menu."

Firms participate in Malaysian Halal Show

Six leading Pakistani food and beverage companies are attending the 10th edition of Malaysian International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2013 which started on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.The four-day international trade fair being organized by the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) Malaysia has brought together the largest community of international halal players on a single platform to facilitate trading of halal certified goods and services.The last year edition of MIHAS 2012 saw an active participation of 401 exhibitors from 32 countries and attracted 16,096 qua

Norway agency to file complaint over pork in halal food

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said Friday it would file a police complaint against a food company after finding large quantities of pork in its halal-labeled products. Kebab meat sold by Norwegian group Kuraas to restaurants contained between five and 30 percent pork even though it was marked as halal, the agency found. "We will file a complaint against the producer," Catherine Signe Svinland, an adviser at the food safety watchdog, told AFP.

Pork found in halal sausages served to London pupils

Traces of pork have been found in a sample of halal chicken sausages served to pupils in central London schools and nurseries, the local council revealed on Thursday. Pork was present in one sample which may have been supplied by contractor Chartwells to 19 schools and nurseries, Westminster City Council said in a statement. A further sample of non-halal lean mince beef supplied to 17 schools and nurseries also found pork and lamb.

Sri Lanka Muslims try to defuse halal meat row

Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka tried to calm religious tensions Thursday by telling stores to sell halal meat only to Muslims, after protests by hardliners from the nation's Buddhist majority. Food manufacturers have long labelled all their products "halal" for convenience, meaning until now non-Muslims have not had any choice in the matter. Some Buddhists argue they should not be forced to consume food that is prepared according to Islamic religious rites. They say the halal certificate represents the "undue influence" of Muslims and is an "affront" to non-Muslims.

Sri Lanka Buddhist monks demand halal boycott

Sri Lanka's nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters launched a campaign Sunday to boycott Islamic halal-slaughtered meat amid mounting religious tensions in the ethnically divided nation. Thousands of men and women led by hundreds of monks of the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Force, staged a rally outside Colombo to announce the boycott, demanding that shops clear their stocks of halal food by April.
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