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Lifestyle & Belief

Despite court ruling, Islamic butcher in Germany faces hurdles to halal slaughter

Rüstem Altinküpe, a practicing Muslim in Germany, has operated a butcher shop in Germany since 1988. He practiced halal slaughter, the form of animal slaughter required by observant Muslims. Germany banned halal slaughter in 1995, but Altinküpe challenged the ban and won in 2002. Still, his butcher shop is idled as Germany bureaucracy throws up more barriers.

Conflict & Justice

Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship

At least nine activists have been killed after commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. Israel says its soldiers were attacked with weapons; the activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting. Linda Gradstein reports.