US denounces 'rise' in anti-Muslim sentiment

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday denounced what it called a spike in anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and Asia, pointing to restrictions and violence against Muslims, including the faith's minority sects.

In a wide-ranging annual report on religious freedom, the State Department painted a bleak picture in China, North Korea and Myanmar, and voiced alarm at what it called rising anti-Semitism in Egypt, Iran and Venezuela.