New York will become the nation's first major metropolis to close its public schools in observance of the two most sacred Muslim holy days, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said on Wednesday, a watershed moment for a group that has endured suspicion and hostility since the Sept. 11 attacks. Several municipalities across the country -- including in Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey -- have moved in recent years to include the holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, in their school calendars. But New York City, with its 1.1 million schoolchildren, dwarfs the others in its size and symbolism. read more
In a bizarre and insensitive development, a couple in Egypt hosted an Islamic State-themed wedding party, complete with a cage where there the bride and groom were locked by masked men brandishing knives.
The wedding party begins with a veiled man conducting an anthem used in a propaganda released by the militants.
He then leads the bride and groom into a cage similar to the one used in the video of a Jordanian pilot who was burned alive just last month. Once inside the cage, the newlywed began dancing with the masked attendant while guests clap and cheer them on. read more
After weeks of news of hatred around the world against Jews and Muslims, Norwegians have shown humanity what it truly means to love your neighbor. On Saturday, hundreds gathered around the Central Jamaat-E Ahl-E Sunnat mosque in Oslo to participant in and support a human peace ring, an effort to show solidarity and respect for their Muslim brothers and sisters. The event was a symbolic "thank you" to Muslims, many of whom had formed formed a popular "peace circle" around an Oslo synagogue last weekend. read more
Maharashtra, one of India's most populous states, has introduced a ban on beef so strict that even possession could land a person in jail for five years, officials have said. The country's Hindu majority considers cows sacred, and several states have already banned their slaughter. But the latest measures in the western state of Maharashtra - home to India's commercial centre Mumbai - go even further, making the sale or possession of beef an offence punishable by a five-year jail term or a $160 fine. read more
What is an "average" size for a penis?
The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66 cm around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 appendages around the world. read more