Australia

Calls from two Islamic leaders to legalise polygamous marriages in Australia have been rejected by the government.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Christian and Muslim groups will share in $2 million in grants from the Australian government.
Arabic-speaking women in south-west Sydney, Australia can now find it easier to seek help in escaping from an abusive situation at home.
Australia's top Islamic cleric, who came under fire last year when he likened women without head scarves to ''uncovered meat,'' stepped down Sunday. Muslim leaders appointed a new mufti.
Le cheikh Taj Al-Din Al-Hilali, l’un des plus hauts dignitaires religieux musulmans australiens, se trouve au coeur d’une nouvelle polémique qui pourrait bien lui coûter son titre de mufti d’Australie.
Cinq des plus influents imams d’Australie, au discours jugé trop radical, seront désormais réduits au silence.
Sending girls overseas for marriage against their will was "tantamount to sexual trafficking" and offenders would be severely punished, the federal Government has warned.
Australian girls as young as 14 have been flown overseas and forced to marry older men in an attempt by their families to protect them from promiscuity and Western influences at home.
Muslim leaders want to set up a separate Islamic court in Australia to deal specifically with Islamic divorces.
To religious issues in Australia now, and Muslim leaders in Perth are planning to set up a special court under Sharia law to settle disputes in divorce proceedings.
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