The artist intended to challenge political correctness in art, and he was naive to think the effect of depicting the prophet would be limited.
An undated video shows a knife-wielding man holding two men captive, threatening to execute them should Japan not pay a $200-million ransom.
Muslim extremists have been targeting "blasphemous" moderates in Pakistan, driving adherents away from the Sufi-influenced Islamic tradition.
The United States has vowed to avenge the consulate attack that killed its ambassador and would work alongside the Libyan government.
Even in polite society, fear-mongering and negative stereotyping are now out of control -- as I know from bitter experience, writes Mehdi Hasan.
Mali's interim president will be sworn in on Thursday, ending a period of military rule that saw Tuaregs and Islamists seize half of the country.
Youths in Kasserine, a town at the forefront of Tunisia's uprising a year ago, have now heckled the people their revolution brought to power.
A visit by Gaza's Hamas leader has angered official Palestinian representatives in Tunisia who say they were 'ignored' during the talks.
Hundreds of people have fled their homes in northeast Nigeria in fear, following deadly all-night gun battles between Islamists and security forces.
Egypt's parliamentary elections have become hotly contested by rival Islamic groups all seeking to extend their early gains in the run-off vote.
Police have arrested one of Egypt's most wanted Islamist militants as he arrived back in the country following an order to leave Iran.
The death of three journalists during Nato air strikes in Libya has been pinned on al-Qaeda instigation.
Islamist rebels moved on Friday into a town on the outskirts of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, sparking fears among residents of renewed fighting.
Somalia's hard-line al-Shabaab group on Wednesday took over the southern port of Merka, a key entry point for food aid.
Islamist insurgents pounded Mogadishu on Monday in attacks that brought the death toll in the last 24 hours to at least 23 people, witnesses said.
Hard-line Somali Islamist Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said on Monday the exiled opposition would not negotiate with a rival faction.
Heavily armed Islamist rebels have attacked the presidential palace and key installations in the Somali government's Baidoa headquarters.