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Work On Ayodhya Masjid In Limbo Due To Administrative Hurdles, Despite Relentless Efforts By A Waqf Board-Appointed Panel

New Age Islam News Bureau

26 February 2023

 

The site allotted for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

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• Work On Ayodhya Masjid In Limbo Due To Administrative Hurdles, Despite Relentless Efforts By A Waqf Board-Appointed Panel

• “Say No To LGBTQ”: Muslims March Against Homosexuality in Uganda

• Afghan Taliban Wants Pakistan To Bear The Cost Of Disarming Tehreek-e-Taliban Militants

• Khojaly Genocide Became Great Scourge For Humanity - Caucasian Muslims Office

• The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre 29 Years Later: The Victims Are Still Paying The Price

 

India

• Shashi Tharoor criticises Congress for its silence on issues like Bilkis Bano, attacks on Muslims, Christians

• Can't Maharashtra's Muslims be like Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Shinde, asks Owaisi

• PWD demolishes illegal extensions at ITO temple and mosque

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Africa

• African Union Criticises Tunisia Over 'Racialised Hate Speech' Against Migrants

• Jordan hosts Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at averting escalation in violence

• Turkey’s Erdogan pours billions in weapons and aid to Africa in power play for influence in ‘new Cold War’

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South Asia

• Commodity prices will not increase in Ramadan: Rezaul

• Official: 'No Monopoly' on Govt Jobs in Afghanistan

• Pakistan Reopens Border Crossing With Afghanistan That It Shut Over Shelter To Terrorists

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Europe

• Marco Pierre White’s Big Brother Star Son Converts To Islam In Prison To Stay Off Heroin

• Westminster Accounts: Baroness Cox Forced To Declare Financial Interests After Leak Reveals  Links To Anti-Islam Activists

• Divers recover two bodies from Firth of Clyde after tugboat capsized

• Rishi Sunak criticised over plans for EU chief to meet King Charles

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Mideast

• Israeli Forces Attack Palestinians Commemorating Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre Anniversary

• Russia wants Quad-like grouping with Turkey, Iran, Syria; says foreign ministers meet in work

• Iran Boasts Of New 'Paveh' Cruise Missile With A Range Of 1,650 Km That Can Reach Israel

• Rumours Of Government Reshuffle Circulate As Iran Faces Turmoil

• US, Israel discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear programme

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysia: Act May Be Amended To Strengthen Fight Against Child Pornography

• Cops slammed after arresting schoolboys for ridiculing SPM history paper in viral clip

• Budget 2023: Sarawak needs bigger allocation to catch up with development in peninsula, says Chinese Association president

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Arab world

• Saudi Creatives Join Hands With Community Members To Create A 25-Meter Art Installation In Jeddah

• Ramadan 2023 in UAE: Sharjah reveals massive Dh125 million ‘Joud’ aid campaign

• Art, fashion, music enthral visitors at Saudi Cup

• MWL chief receives Cardinal Christoph Schonbrunn in Riyadh

• Kingdom arrests 16,105 illegals in one week

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North America

• Al-Farooq Mosque Opens New Doors, Celebrating Growth, Support Of Nashville's Muslim Community

• US medical transport plane crashes in Nevada, leaving five dead

• US papers drop 'Dilbert' cartoon after racist rant by creator Scott Adams

• US comedian Kevin Hart exhilarated after MidEast portion of world tour

• Muslim Students Association to host meal packing event

• 'Powder keg' for 9/11: 1993 trade center bombing remembered

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Pakistan

• PTI Leaders In Multan ‘Shy Away’ From Arrests

• At Least 4 Killed, 14 Injured In Blast In Balochistan’s Barkhan: Police

• Coalition seeks SC full court for suo motu case

• Two cops martyred in Khuzdar bomb attack

• ‘Jail Bharo’: Swati says he wasn’t there in Lahore to court arrest

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Work On Ayodhya Masjid In Limbo Due To Administrative Hurdles, Despite Relentless Efforts By A Waqf Board-Appointed Panel

 

The site allotted for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

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ISHITA MISHRA

February 25, 2023

Over three years after the ‘settlement’ of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, the mosque awaits administrative clearances before a brick can be laid. Parallelly, across the Sarayu river, on its main bank, the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will see visitors enter the sanctum sanctorum by the end of the year.

In November 2019, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court permitted the construction of a temple in Ayodhya, at the site where the 16th century Babri Masjid once stood, after being brought down by Hindu fundamentalist groups. In the same order of over 1,000 pages, the top court had asked the government — either the Centre or Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) — to allot a “prominent and suitable” 5-acre plot in Ayodhya to the Sunni Central Waqf Board, to construct a mosque. “This should be done simultaneously with the transfer of the property to the proposed trust [for the temple],” the order had said.

Source: The Hindu

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“Say No To LGBTQ”: Muslims March Against Homosexuality in Uganda

 

Religious leaders and learners from primary and secondary schools march on the streets of Jinja City, protesting against homosexuality on Friday.  PHOTO | TAUSI NAKATO

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By Tausi Nakato

February 26, 2023

Thousands of Muslim demonstrators took to the streets of Jinja City, on Friday condemning homosexuality.

The protesters shouted slogans and held placards with inscriptions against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The placards had words such as “say no to LGBTQ”, “homosexuality and lesbianism is sin”, “Gayism is evil”, “homosexuality is not African culture” and “No room for LGBTQ”.

The protestors, who also included children from different primary and secondary schools, and leaders from other religious groups, also organised an anti-LGBT rally at Faisal Mosque at Mvule Crescent in Jinja City on Friday.

The chairperson of the Union of Eastern Muslim Scholars, Mr Shafie Songolo, said it is a human principle that our [body] organs are similar in nature but their functions are totally different.

“The mouth and nose are open in nature but their functions are totally different. You cannot breathe through your mouth because God created a nose with hair inside that filters dust. Having different organs does not mean they will help each other in performing a certain task,” he said.

The Jinja City Education Officer, Mr Haruna Mulopa, urged school heads to monitor their students’ characters to avoid cases of homosexuality.

“These LGBT groups target schools, especially poor children, give them money and vehicles. Teachers, you must monitor those rich students at your schools because some of them are funded to spread homosexuality,’’ he said.

“If animals can’t practice homosexuality, why would a human, who was created in God’s image, practice it? As a church, we condemn same-sex relations because it is against the divine laws and nature,” Rev Naimanye, who was represented by Rev Emmanuel Mugabi at the anti-LGBT walk, said.

The national chairperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), Prof Muhammad Lubega Kisambira, urged parents to talk about LGBT to their children so that it can be stopped.

“Although we grew up knowing that talking about sex to our children is not right until they are adults, let us talk about homosexuality with our children. Senior female and male teachers, play your role. The funders target children in secondary, tertiary and university,” he said.

The Jinja District Kadhi, Sheikh Ismail Basoga, urged the government to ban all non-government organisations that are promoting homosexuality in Uganda.

Source: Monitor.Co

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Afghan Taliban Wants Pakistan To Bear The Cost Of Disarming Tehreek-E-Taliban Militants

 

Representative Image: Afghan Taliban

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Feb 25, 2023

The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has for the first time proposed to Pakistan that it should bear the cost of disarming and rehabilitating the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) members and their families numbering more than 30,000 from the Pak-Afghan border areas, according to a media report. This was revealed during the National Apex Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday to formulate a strategy to deal with the rising incidents of terror attacks in Pakistan ..

The Afghan Taliban has said it is willing to disarm and relocate the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) militants and their families across the border but wants Islamabad to bear the cost of the proposed rehabilitation, the report said.

Friday's meeting comes after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and the Director General of the country's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General Nadeem Anjum met the top brass of the Afghanistan Taliban regime in Kabul to share "irrefutable evidence" with them about the presence of TTP in the neighbouring country.

The Afghan interim government's proposal includes disarming the TTP members and relocation of their families from the Pak-Afghan border, the report said.

However, the Afghan government has asked Pakistan to fund the proposal and bear the cost of rehabilitation of the TTP members, it said.

The meeting was informed that the Afghan Taliban made a similar proposal to China to address its concerns about the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in the restive Xinjiang province, the report said.

However, Pakistan is yet to respond to the Afghan Taliban's idea as there is scepticism within the top brass that this proposal might not be feasible, the report said.

Pakistan has been hit by a wave of terrorism, mostly in the country's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but also in Balochistan, the Punjab town of Mianwali, which borders the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and also in the Sindh province.

Source: Economic Times

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Khojaly Genocide Became Great Scourge For Humanity - Caucasian Muslims Office

 

Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade

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26 February 2023

BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 26. The Khojaly genocide has become a great scourge for humanity, Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade told reporters, Trend reports.

Pashazade noted that the world community should understand that Azerbaijan will never forget the murder of more than 600 civilians by Armenian fascists in one night.

"Regardless of religion, we honor this day together with representatives of other religions. Together, we once again appeal to the world community so that the Khojaly genocide does not happen again. I believe that the world community will learn a lesson from this," he said.

On the night of February 25-26, 1992, Armenian military formations, with the support of the 366th motorized rifle regiment stationed in Khankendi, committed genocide against the population of the city of Khojaly.

As a result of this bloody massacre, 613 people, including 106 women, 63 children, and 70 older people were killed, 8 families were completely wiped out, 25 children lost both parents, 130 children lost one of their parents, 487 people were seriously injured, 1,275 people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them is still unknown.

Source: Ancashire Telegraph

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The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre 29 Years Later: The Victims Are Still Paying The Price

 

Palestinians marking the 29th anniversary for the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre attacked with gas bombs by Israeli soldiers. (WAFA Images / Mashhour Wehwah)

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25/February/2023

HEBRON, Saturday, February 25, 2023 (WAFA) - Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, which resulted in the death of 29 Palestinian worshipers and the injury of 150 others. Yet, 29 years later, the victims are still paying the price for the massacre.

On Friday, 25 February 1994, the 15th day of the holy Muslim fast month of Ramadan, the Jewish terrorist settler, Baruch Goldstein, broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as Cave of the Patriarchs because it includes shrines and tombs of prophets, located in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, as Muslims were performing the dawn prayers on a Ramadan day and opened fire on the worshipers killing 29 on the spot before he was neutralized by the worshippers.

The Israeli occupation soldiers present in the area closed the gates of the mosque to prevent the worshipers from leaving, and they also prevented those coming from outside from entering it to help the wounded.

But the 29 were not the only victims of that massacre. That same day, the occupation soldiers opened fire at Palestinians participating in the funerals of the dead, killing 21 more people.

With tension escalating in the occupied territories, soldiers opened fire at protesters the next day killing 10 more and wounding hundreds of others.

Following the massacre, the occupation forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque and Hebron’s old city for a full six months, claiming to investigate the crime. They unilaterally formed the Shamgar Commission to investigate the massacre and its causes, which came out at the time with several recommendations, all against the victims and favoring the terrorist settlers.

The recommendations included dividing the Ibrahimi Mosque between Muslims and Jews, creating new facts on the ground that worsened living conditions for the area’s Palestinian residents, tightened security around the holy mosque, giving the occupation authorities full control over the mosque in order to continue to turn into a Jewish shrine, and preventing the call to prayer from its minarets many times during the year as well as closing it for Muslim worshipping many times in the year while opening it fully for only Jewish worship.

Shortly after, the occupation authorities placed cameras and electronic gates at all entrances leading to the mosque area, closed most of the roads leading to it to Muslims, with the exception of one gate with strict military measures, closed the popular vegetable market (al-Hisbeh), the al-Khalil and Shaheen khans, and al-Shuhada and al-Sahla streets. With these measures, the old town was separated from its surroundings, measures that are still in place today and are even harsher. Their impact on the life of the thousands of Palestinians who live in that area is very visible to anyone who goes there.

The terrorist Baruch Goldstein, whose real name was Benjamin Goldstein, was 42 years old when he committed the massacre. He was one of the founders of the Jewish terrorist Kach movement. Goldstein was born in New York, into an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family and he got his education at the Jewish yeshiva schools in Brooklyn and got a degree in medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. He came to Israel from the United States in 1980 and lived in Kiryat Arba settlement, built on usurped Hebron lands and houses the most extreme and racist settlers in Israel.

Source: English.Wafa.Ps

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India

Shashi Tharoor criticises Congress for its silence on issues like Bilkis Bano, attacks on Muslims, Christians

Sounak Mukhopadhyay

26-02-2023

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called on his party to be clear in its ideological stance in favour of an inclusive India and to take a stronger stance on issues such as cow vigilantism and attacks on minority communities. He argued that failing to speak up in defence of India's diversity and pluralism would constitute a surrender of the party's core responsibility.

Speaking at the party's 85th plenary session, Tharoor emphasised the need for the Congress to stand up for its foundational principles and not downplay certain positions for fear of alienating voters.

"We could have been more vocal on the Bilkis Bano outrage, attacks on Christian churches, murder in the name of cow vigilantism, bulldozer demolition of Muslim homes and similar issues," he said.

Source: Live Mint

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Can't Maharashtra's Muslims be like Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Shinde, asks Owaisi

Pankaj Upadhyay

Feb 25, 2023

By Pankaj Upadhyay: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday held a public rally in the suburban area of Mumbra in Thane district, Maharashtra, and indicated that he had no sympathy for former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after his party split and Shiv Sena’s name and symbol was allotted to the Eknath Shinde faction.

“Why did Mumbra come into existence? Who were the ones who forced old people to flee Mumbai and come here? I haven’t forgotten anything. And then you ask me, do I have sympathy for Uddhav Thackeray? I have not forgotten the days when people were put behind bars under TADA,” said Owaisi.

AIMIM chief asked the public, “If NCP's Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule can become leaders, Uddhav Thackeray can become a leader solely on the virtue of being his father's son, Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis can become leaders, can't Maharashtra's Muslims be like Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Shinde?”

Source: India Today

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PWD demolishes illegal extensions at ITO temple and mosque

By HT Correspondent

Feb 26, 2023

The PWD deployed three bulldozers and two trucks for the drive that took place under heavy police presence. Barricades were placed on the BSZ Marg carriageway towards Delhi Gate to stop movement of vehicles, police officers said.

A PWD official said the Saturday’s drive boundary walls and ceilings of a temple and a mosque located between Indian National Science Academy and Bureau of Indian standards were taken down. “We are just complying with the court directions,” the official said asking not to be named.

In an order on Thursday, the high court ordered the demolition of the two structures for making the pedestrian pathway uniform, and remarked that “both the places of worship are clearly abutting the path of the pedestrians”. Justice Pratibha M Singh said under such circumstances where the safety of the pedestrians is jeopardised, “A larger public interest will overweigh the concerns raised by both places of worship, i.e the mandir and the masjid.”

Source: India Today

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Africa

African Union Criticises Tunisia Over 'Racialised Hate Speech' Against Migrants

Feb. 25, 2023

TUNIS - The African Union (AU) has criticised Tunisia and urged it to avoid "racialised hate speech" after President Kais Saied ordered the expulsion of undocumented migrants and said immigration was a plot aimed at changing his country's demographic make-up .

Tunisia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it was surprised by the AU statement issued late on Friday, and rejected what it called "baseless accusations" that it said misunderstood the government's position.

The AU voiced what it said was "deep shock and concern at the form and substance of the statement" issued by Tunisian authorities and reminded Tunisia of its obligation within the 55-member state AU to treat migrants with dignity.

Source: Us News

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Jordan hosts Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at averting escalation in violence

26/02/2023

They said the one-day meeting in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, to be attended by U.S. President Joe Biden’s adviser on the Middle East, Brett McGurk, will bring top Israeli and Palestinian security chiefs together for the first time in many years, along with representatives of key regional parties.

The discussions are part of Jordan's stepped-up diplomatic engagement with Washington and regional partner Egypt to restore calm in Israel and the Palestinian territories in Gaza and the West Bank and trust between the two sides, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The meeting is aimed at giving Palestinians hope for a political future, a senior Jordanian official told Reuters. If its objectives are achieved, "it will be reflected on the ground," he said.

The meeting offers a chance to halt a surge in Israeli-Palestinian clashes in recent months that has sparked Arab anger and international concern about a slide back to a wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Source: France24.Com

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Turkey’s Erdogan pours billions in weapons and aid to Africa in power play for influence in ‘new Cold War’

By Charlie Mitchell

February 26, 2023

The simplest route from Kenya to Senegal, East Africa to West, is today via Istanbul. Drive towards Nairobi’s airport and you will pass Turkish Airlines billboards and Turkish-trained police officers. Disembark in Dakar and a colossal stadium, built by Turkey, soon appears on the airport road. No car? Take the Turkish-built airport train.

This is all brand new. In 2002, Turkish Airlines did not even serve sub-Saharan Africa and Turkey had fewer than a dozen African embassies. Today it has 43.

Experts say the war in Ukraine has ushered in a new scramble for Africa, or even a “new Cold War”, with Russia, China, the US, Britain and France all competing for influence. Quietly in the background, however, Turkey has been beefing up its role on the world’s fastest growing continent.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, presents Turkey as an “Afro-Eurasian” state, a model for the Muslim world and an alternative to the West. But what began with humanitarian assistance and economic development has morphed into a tangled Africa policy encompassing business, aid, diplomacy, culture, security and military might capable of challenging even the most established powers.

Source: Inews.Co.Uk

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South Asia

Commodity prices will not increase in Ramadan: Rezaul

25 Feb 2023

DHAKA, Feb 25, 2023 (BSS) - Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim today said that the prices of commodities such as fish, meat, milk and egg will not increase during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

"The government will arrange mobile sale-centres during the Ramadan. The prices of fish, meat, milk and egg will not increase," he said while talking to journalists after inaugurating a two-day livestock exhibition at the old trade fair ground here marking the Livestock Services Week.

The government is working relentlessly to keep the prices of the commodities stable and tolerable during the Ramadan, he said, adding that it will take help from the farms of the private sector for setting up mobile sale-centers.

Source: Bss News

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Official: 'No Monopoly' on Govt Jobs in Afghanistan

By Nazir Shinwari

26-02-2023

The acting minister of communications and information technology, Najibullah Haqqani, disputed claims that the government has a monopoly, saying that nearly 800,000 people, including former employees of the previous administration, are working in the current government.

Addressing a Religious-Scientific Seminar for Lecturers of Central Private Universities, Haqqani said that one of the factors contributing to the nation's current crisis is the gap between universities and madrasas (religious schools), and he called for a solution to this issue.

"If we look at the current situation in this government, some say it's monopoly, some say it's weak, and some say it's one-sided, but we have around 800,000 people in the government," Haqqani added.

Source: Tolo News

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Pakistan Reopens Border Crossing With Afghanistan That It Shut Over Shelter To Terrorists

25 FEB 2023

Pakistan on Saturday reopened a border crossing with Afghanistan that it closed earlier over a tussle with the Afghan Taliban over terrorism.

The Taliban is in charge of Afghanistan since its toppled the West-backed Kabul government in August 2021. Since then, there has been tension between Afghan Taliban and Pakistan over cross-border violence and terrorism.

Earlier, Pakistan closed the Torkham border for vehicular traffic for the last six days amidst bilateral tensions. It was opened on Saturday, allowing the movement of over 7,000 trucks stranded.

Source: Out Look India

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Europe

Marco Pierre White’s Big Brother Star Son Converts To Islam In Prison To Stay Off Heroin

Rachael O'Connor

25 Feb 2023

The celebrity chef’s son, Marco Pierre White Jr, has struggled with drug addiction since he was just 13, and has been in and out of rehab a total of 17 times.

He has now vowed to never touch drugs again after converting to Islam while in prison for offences including shoplifting, heroin possession and racially abusing a supermarket security guard.

Now newly-freed from prison, the 28-year-old, who previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, is being supported by his famous dad and is working to follow in his footsteps to become a chef himself.

Source: Metro.Co.Uk

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Westminster Accounts: Baroness Cox forced to declare financial interests after leak reveals links to anti-Islam activists

Rob Powell

25 February 2023

A controversial member of the House of Lords has been forced to declare financial interests following a huge leak of documents that also revealed her links to prominent anti-Islam activists.

Baroness Cox said her failure to register support from the not-for-profit company Equal and Free Limited - which was used to pay for her parliamentary researcher - was an "oversight".

Minutes of meetings obtained by the anti-racism campaign group Hope not Hate and shared with Sky News reveal that Equal and Free Limited has received funding from an American organisation run by two evangelical philanthropists.

Based in Los Angeles, Fieldstead and Company handles the donations of Howard Ahmanson Jr and his wife Roberta Ahmanson, and focuses support on "religious liberty issues" as well as art, culture and humanitarian relief work.

In a 2011 interview with Christianity Today, Mrs Ahmanson said: "We are probably the single largest supporter of the intelligent design movement, and have been since the beginning."

Source: News.Sky.Com

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Divers recover two bodies from Firth of Clyde after tugboat capsized

By Christina O'Neill

06-02-2023

They were removed from the water on Saturday – almost 24 hours after the boat sank in the Firth of Clyde near Greenock, sparking a major search and rescue operation.

Police Scotland, the coastguard and RNLI had all been called out to the scene after the boat went under the water at the Custom House Quay.

On Friday evening, a coastguard spokesman told how its rescue teams from both Helensburgh and Greenock had been scrambled, along with a lifeboat from Helensburgh RNLI and the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick.

Source: News.Stv.Tv

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Rishi Sunak criticised over plans for EU chief to meet King Charles

Matthew Davies

Feb 25, 2023

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has had his political judgement criticised, after a meeting between King Charles III and the leader of the EU was cancelled.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen had been expected to travel to the UK on Saturday, as rumours grew that a deal to fix the Northern Ireland Protocol was close.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is a trading arrangement that was negotiated before Britain left the EU. The UK government wants to make changes to the pact.

There were talks about calling a potential protocol pact the "Windsor Agreement" following such a meeting with King Charles, the broadcaster said.

Source: The National News

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Mideast

Israeli forces attack Palestinians commemorating Ibrahimi Mosque massacre anniversary

The New Arab Staff

25 February, 2023

Israeli forces violently attacked a crowd of Palestinians marking the 29th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre on Friday.

Scores of Palestinians were injured across different parts of the occupied West Bank, particularly in Hebron - the site of the 1994 atrocity - according to the Palestinian Wafa agency.

Israeli soldiers cracked down on the rally in Hebron by throwing gas cannisters, grenades and firing live ammunition in a bid to break up the demonstrations.

Source: New Arab

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Russia wants Quad-like grouping with Turkey, Iran, Syria; says foreign ministers meet in work

Anurakti Sharma

Feb 26, 2023

Moscow: According to official media on Sunday, the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iran are planning a meeting. Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, made the announcement.

"On the agenda now is the organisation of a meeting of the heads of foreign affairs in a quadripartite format," Bogdanov was quoted by the Tass news agency as stating in an interview.

This might mark a development in Syria and Turkey's mending of relations. The S-400 was purchased by Turkey from Russia, and the two countries have been engaged in energy negotiations, but for Russia, a change in Turkey's views towards Syria would be a game-changer.

Source: Times Now News

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Iran Boasts Of New 'Paveh' Cruise Missile With A Range Of 1,650 Km That Can Reach Israel

By sagar kar

26-02-2023

On Friday, a senior Iranian general, Amirali Hajizadeh, revealed a new cruise missile with a range of 1,650 km (1,025 miles) that has been added to Iran's missile arsenal. The missile, named Paveh, could potentially reach Israel, as per a report from the Times of Israel. During an interview with state television, Hajizadeh also reiterated Iran's desire to kill former US President Donald Trump. “God willing, we are looking to kill Trump. Pompeo … and military commanders who issued the order (to kill Soleimani) should be killed,” Hajizadeh said in the interview.

The television broadcasted the first footage of the missile, showing it launch, fly low over terrain, and hit a target. Hajizadeh did not provide any additional details about the missile other than its range. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps aerospace force has previously claimed to have cruise missiles with ranges of up to 1,000 km (620 miles) and missiles that can reach up to 2,000 km (1,250 miles), which could target Israel and US military bases in the region.

Cruise missiles are highly accurate, self-propelled weapons that are designed to fly at low altitudes and follow a predetermined flight path to their target. They are used primarily for striking ground targets, such as enemy installations, military units, or infrastructure. Unlike ballistic missiles, which are powered by rockets and follow an arching trajectory into space before coming down on their target, cruise missiles fly at a relatively low altitude and are propelled by jet engines or turbofans.

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Rumors Of Government Reshuffle Circulate As Iran Faces Turmoil

26-02-2023

Reports from Iran indicate that political power within the Raisi administration is likely to change hands between two leading hardline conservative groups.

The reports quote rumors circulating on the popular messaging application Telegram as saying that Mostazafan Foundation Chief Parviz Fattah, a member of the ultraconservative Paydari Party is likely to replace Vice President Mohammad Mokhber who has been under attack for the rapidly falling national currency in the past week.

In a closed-door session of the parliament Saturday morning, Mokhber reportedly refused provide a convincing answer for the rial’s fall and told the lawmakers: "That is how it is. Take it or leave it!"

Conservative news website Nameh News, which reported the possibility of a change at the top level of the Raisi administration on Saturday, said that Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaei is also likely to be replaced by Zahedi Vafa, another Paydari member.

Source: Iran Intl

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US, Israel discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear programme

By Newsroom Odisha N

Feb 26, 2023

Jerusalem:  Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant spoke to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin by phone over a series of regional issues, according to a statement by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

The phone conversation on late Friday “focused on security developments in the Middle East”, including the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear programme, Xinhua news ageny reported, citing the statement.

Earlier this week, Israeli forces killed 11 Palestinians in a military raid on the West Bank city of Nablus, aggravating the already high tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Act May Be Amended To Strengthen Fight Against Child Pornography

26 Feb 2023

PETALING JAYA, Feb 26 — The Communications and Digital Ministry is studying whether the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) should be amended to bring it in line with efforts to set up a special police team to combat child pornography.

Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the Cabinet felt that there was a need to revisit certain laws in an effort to provide better protection to children and women against pornographic activities and sexual violence.

“This is something which we will make a full announcement on once we have begun a series of engagements across different ministries.

“For example, the Communications and Multimedia Act, whether there are parts of the law that need to be amended in order to save and protect women and children, while not necessarily curbing whatever commitments the government has made to IT companies before,” he told reporters after opening the Selangor PKR information convention at a hotel near here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Cops slammed after arresting schoolboys for ridiculing SPM history paper in viral clip

By Zarrah Morden

26 Feb 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Human rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) today slammed the arrest of two schoolboys for “ridiculing the SPM history paper”.

Director Zaid Malek criticised the continued existence of Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) to restrict free speech in a statement this morning.

“Even if there were unsavoury comments that were uttered, it does not warrant intervention of the police force,” he said, adding that the teenagers had already apologised for the video.

He criticised Pakatan Harapan (PH) — which is part of the coalition government — for allowing CMA to continue to exist after its calls for reform, especially since the Act had been used against its own members.

Source: Malay Mail

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Budget 2023: Sarawak needs bigger allocation to catch up with development in peninsula, says Chinese Association president

26 Feb 2023

KUCHING, Feb 26 — Sarawak could have been given a much bigger allocation under the Budget 2023 to catch up with the infrastructure development in Peninsular Malaysia, said Datuk Richard Wee.

The Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations president said the state is in a dire need of a bigger allocation for rural development and the development of other fundamental utilities.

He noted that Sabah and Sarawak had been allocated much for the upgrading of dilapidated schools, but he felt that this alone would not suffice.

“At a glance, it seems that Budget 2023 is quite comprehensive and has covered most areas and sectors especially the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with financial scheme and reduced taxation to provide the necessary assistance for their recovery.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Saudi creatives join hands with community members to create a 25-meter art installation in Jeddah

SULAFA ALKHUNAIZI

February 25, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi artist Mohammed Al-Faraj was one of the 80 artists chosen by Hayy Jameel to create a 25-meter art installation in Jeddah.

“The Face of the City,” which was revealed mid-January, will remain on view in front of the Hayy Jameel building for the remainder of the year.

The second edition of the center’s annual program, the Hayy Jameel Facade Commission, gives the chosen artist the chance to create artwork that will be showcased for a year.

“When I heard the news about Hayy Jameel’s proposal competition, I felt this impulse to immediately apply,” the 29-year-old artist from Al-Ahsa told Arab News.

Source: Arab News

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Ramadan 2023 in UAE: Sharjah reveals massive Dh125 million ‘Joud’ aid campaign

February 25, 2023

Aghaddir Ali

Sharjah: The Sharjah Charitable Society has unveiled its plans for ‘Joud’, the Ramadan campaign for this year to raise Dh125 million for various assistance programmes.

The details were announced during a press conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Sharjah recently in the presence of Sheikh Saqr bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sharjah Charity Society, and chairman of the High Committee for the Ramadan Campaign, and Abdullah Sultan bin Khadem, the executive director.

Sheikh Saqr said: “With the announcement of the launch of our Ramadan campaign, Joud, we are pleased to extend our gratitude to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and to Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, for their support and sponsorship of charity projects.”

Source: Gulf News

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Art, fashion, music enthral visitors at Saudi Cup

HUSSAM AL-MAYMAN

February 26, 2023

RIYADH: The Saudi Cup kicked off with jockeys from around the world competing for a total prize pool of $35.3 million.

The Saudi Cup took place on Friday and Saturday at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, with the event hosted by the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and organized by the Horse Racing Club.

It showcased the Kingdom’s culture through entertainment, folklore performances, and activities for all, including an outdoor area for children.

Source: Arab News

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MWL chief receives Cardinal Christoph Schonbrunn in Riyadh

ARAB NEWS

February 25, 2023

RIYADH: Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa on Saturday received Cardinal Christoph Schonbrunn, archbishop of Vienna, who arrived with his accompanying delegation to Riyadh at the invitation of MWL.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of common interest, especially efforts to build bridges between nations and peoples, and the importance of  cooperation and communication between religious leaders in confronting calls for clash of civilizations.

The meeting discussed the Makkah Document and its global impact on relations between religions and cultures, and its active role in addressing international crises.

Source: Arab News

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Kingdom arrests 16,105 illegals in one week

ARAB NEWS

February 25, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 16,105 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Feb. 16 to 22, a total of 9,551 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 3,977 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,577 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 393 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 36 percent were Yemeni, 52 percent Ethiopian, and 12 percent were of other nationalities.

Source: Arab News

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North America

Al-Farooq mosque opens new doors, celebrating growth, support of Nashville's Muslim community

Liam Adams

26-02-2023

Al-Farooq Islamic Center of Nashville opened new doors on Saturday, marking progress, not only for the mosque, but for the broader, Nashville Muslim community.

Al-Farooq moved into its new 40,000-square-foot space on Thompson Lane after purchasing and renovating an old Boys and Girls Club, celebrating the relocation at a ribbon cutting event. It was a jubilant moment for a community that amid its internationally prestigious reputation, has also experience hardship.

“Serving is what really matters and that is what we hope to establish and nurture and allow to grow and not only to benefit ourselves, but to be a benefit for this wider community,” Salaad Nur, a leader with Al-Farooq, said at the ribbon cutting event Saturday.

Source: Tennes Sean

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North America

Al-Farooq mosque opens new doors, celebrating growth, support of Nashville's Muslim community

Liam Adams

26-02-2023

Al-Farooq Islamic Center of Nashville opened new doors on Saturday, marking progress, not only for the mosque, but for the broader, Nashville Muslim community.

Al-Farooq moved into its new 40,000-square-foot space on Thompson Lane after purchasing and renovating an old Boys and Girls Club, celebrating the relocation at a ribbon cutting event. It was a jubilant moment for a community that amid its internationally prestigious reputation, has also experience hardship.

“Serving is what really matters and that is what we hope to establish and nurture and allow to grow and not only to benefit ourselves, but to be a benefit for this wider community,” Salaad Nur, a leader with Al-Farooq, said at the ribbon cutting event Saturday.

Source: Tennes Sean

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US medical transport plane crashes in Nevada, leaving five dead

26 Feb 2023

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 — A medical transport plane crashed in the western US state of Nevada, killing all five on board, its operator said yesterday.

The plane went off radar Friday night outside the arid town of Stagecoach, near Nevada’s border with California, Remsa Health said in a statement.

“We are heartbroken to report that we have now received confirmation from Central Lyon County Fire Department that none of the five people on board survived,” the statement said.

Source: Malay Mail

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US papers drop 'Dilbert' cartoon after racist rant by creator Scott Adams

26-02-2023

The cartoon "Dilbert" has been dropped from numerous US newspapers in response to a racist rant by its creator on YouTube.

Scott Adams called Black Americans a "hate group" and suggested white Americans "get the hell away from Black people" in response to a conservative organisation's poll purporting to show that many African Americans do not think it's OK to be white.

"If nearly half of all Blacks are not OK with white people ... that's a hate group," Adams said on his YouTube channel on Wednesday. "And I don't want to have anything to do with them."

The comments ignited a furore on social media, along with calls for the conservative cartoonist's work to be dropped from publishers' rosters.

His once-popular comic strip, which lampoons corporate culture and was launched in 1989, will no longer be carried by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the USA Today-affiliated group of newspapers and others, the newspapers announced in statements on Friday and Saturday.

Source: Trt World

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US comedian Kevin Hart exhilarated after MidEast portion of world tour

ARAB NEWS

February 26, 2023

DUBAI: American comedian and actor Kevin Hart has taken to Instagram to celebrate the completion of the Middle Eastern portion of his “Reality Check” world tour, calling it “unbelievable.”  

“You guys welcomed me with open arms… I saw and felt so much love from all of you!!!!! I have developed amazing relationships over here and I couldn’t be happier….Major thank you to all of my friends & partners for helping me achieve the goal at hand….it’s to simply bring us all closer together by making the (world) laugh. Laughter can and will bring us all together," he posted on Instagram. 

Source: Arab News

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Muslim Students Association to host meal packing event

By Anna Goldizen

Feb 25, 2023

WVU’s Muslim Students Association is hosting a meal packing event Sunday to help those in need, both locally and across the globe.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Towers Blue and Gold Room. MSA partnered with Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, to arrange the event.

MSA is aiming to pack with roughly 100 volunteers. Meals will then be distributed through Islamic Relief to people around the world who are facing poverty or food insecurity.

Source: Theda Online

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'Powder keg' for 9/11: 1993 trade center bombing remembered

By JENNIFER PELTZ

February 26, 2023

NEW YORK -- Lolita Jackson was at her 72nd-floor desk in the World Trade Center, feeling like she worked at the top of the world. Then came the boom, and smoke started curling in from an elevator shaft.

Unsure what was happening, she joined thousands of other office workers on a harrowing trek down dark, smoky stairs, emerging into the scene of a terror attack.

It wasn't Sept. 11, 2001. This was Feb. 26, 1993, when a deadly bombing killed six people, one of them pregnant, and injured more than 1,000 — becoming a harbinger of terror at the twin towers.

Jackson hopes that Sunday's 30th anniversary serves as a reminder that even though decades have passed since the seismic acts of terrorism in the United States' most populous city, no one, anywhere, can say the threat of mass violence is over.

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Pakistan

PTI leaders in Multan ‘shy away’ from arrests

Ahmad Fraz Khan

February 26, 2023

LAHORE / RAWALPINDI: After holding a photo session inside prison vans and raising slogans against the government, leaders and supporters of the PTI in Multan dispersed and went back home without courting arrest.

After demonstrations in Lahore, Peshawar, and Rawalpindi, the ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ announced by PTI chief Imran Khan earlier this week was launched in the southern part of Punjab on the fourth day of the movement.

Some leaders and workers gathered at Nawan Sheher Chowk to ‘court arrest’ but they left after sloganeering even though the police had brought three prison vans for the volunteers. However, the PTI supporters used the opportunity only to take photos inside these vans.

Source: Dawn.Com

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At least 4 killed, 14 injured in blast in Balochistan’s Barkhan: police

Ghalib Nihad

February 26, 2023

At least four people were killed and 14 wounded in an explosion inside the Rakhni market in Balochistan’s Barkhan on Sunday morning, police and health officials said.

Barkhan District Health Officer Dr Abdul Hameed confirmed the death toll to Dawn.com, adding that the injured persons had been moved to the Rakhni Hospital.

According to Barkhan Deputy Commissioner Abdullah Khoso, the blast occurred when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted on a motorcycle, exploded.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Coalition seeks SC full court for suo motu case

Nasir Iqbal

February 26, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Three parties from the ruling coalition on Saturday petitioned the Supreme Court for the formation of a full court — comprising all judges except Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi — to conduct suo motu proceedings on the delay in the announcement of a date for elections to the Punjab and KP assemblies.

The joint petition, filed by senior counsel Farooq H. Naek, Mansoor Usman Awan and Kamran Murtaza on behalf of the PPPP, PML-N and JUI-F, respectively, says the prayer has been made “in the best interest of justice and to strengthen the people’s confidence in the Supreme Court”.

It is imperative that the full court — minus the two judges, who have already disclosed their minds in the matter — be constituted to hear the case in the interest of justice and fairness, contends the petition, which has been moved under Order 33 Rule 6 of the Supreme Court Rules 1980.

The petition argued that when the case was taken up by the nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Feb 23, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel read out a note and raised objections to the effect that since the two-member bench consisting of Justice Ahsan and Justice Naqvi had already rendered a definite opinion on the issue as recorded in the court’s Feb 16 order, it would amount to a violation of Article 10A if they remain part of the larger bench.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Two cops martyred in Khuzdar bomb attack

Abdul Wahid Shahwani

February 26, 2023

KHUZDAR: Two police officers lost their lives and another two were critically injured when a magnetic bomb attached to their vehicle exploded in Khuzdar on Saturday.

Police officials said the bomb exploded when the vehicle was on patrol near Jhalawan Complex.

“It was a magnetic bomb that had been attached to the police vehicle by unidentified people and detonated with a remote control,” Fahad Khosa, Khuzdar’s senior superintendent of police, told Dawn.

The driver of the vehicle lost his life on the spot while three cops were injured, one of whom later died in the hospital.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Kalat Range, Pervaiz Khan Umrani, and Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Ilyas Kibzai rushed to the site along with police and Frontier Corps officials soon after the blast.

Source: Dawn.Com

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‘Jail Bharo’: Swati says he wasn’t there in Lahore to court arrest

A Correspondent

February 26, 2023

BAHAWALPUR: In compliance with the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Bahawalpur Bench, a medical board examined two jailed PTI leaders Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Muhammad Madni Khan at the Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) on Saturday.

Talking to the media at the BVH, Senator Azam Swati said he did not court his arrest in Lahore. He said he had only reached the venue to extend his moral and political support to the PTI leaders who courted arrest.

BVH Medical Superintendent Dr Aamir Bokhari told Dawn an eight-member medical board was constituted on the orders of the LHC Bahawalpur Bench which examined Senator Azam Swati and Muhammad Khan Madni at the kidney centre and conducted their various medical and laboratory tests.

Source: Dawn.Com

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