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Abu Omar Khorasani, Head Of Daesh Terrorist Group In Afghanistan Killed: Taliban

New Age Islam News Bureau

26 September 2021

 

Khorasani’s execution has been well received amid concerns about what the Taliban’s stance will be regarding the IS threat in the region.

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• Abu Omar Khorasani, Head Of Daesh Terrorist Group In Afghanistan Killed: Taliban

• Muslim Man Moves Gujarat HC After Three-month Wait on Complaint Over Daughter's 'Forced Conversion' to Hinduism

• Taliban Commander Mullah Baradar Listed Among 100 Most Influential People By TIME

• Egyptian Court Bans Use Of Mosques For Political Purposes

 

South Asia

• Current National IDs, Passports Valid, Will Change In Future: Taliban

• Russia, Pakistan, China, US Working Together To Ensure Taliban’s Pledges Implemented

• How The Taliban Benefited From Internal Rifts Amongst Islamic Powers In West Asia

• US condemns amputation, execution by Taliban

• Taliban kills and hangs four kidnappers in Herat province

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India

• Unease Over AIMIM's Move To Contest UP Polls On Issue Of Giving Leadership To Muslims

• ‘Love Jihad’ Creeps Into Govt Letter, ‘Love Jihad’ Was Mentioned As A Type Of Offence

• Wherever Muslims are in majority, there is violence: Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri

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Arab World

• Taste Of History As Saudi Turns Old Police Station Into Heritage Eatery

• Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Greece complete military exercises

• Arab coalition destroys Houthi ballistic missile launched toward Najran

• Delighted to offer Friday prayers at mosque, say worshippers in Oman

• Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic

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Africa

• Scores Of Officials Quit Tunisia's Main Islamist Party In Protest

• How Primate Olorunwo donated land to mosque

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Pakistan

• Nawaz Sharif, Ashraf Ghani Are Spending The Same Kind Of Life Today: Pakistan Information Minister

• Islamabad Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Calls For Promoting Islamic Banking

• Pakistan Islamic Medical Association Provides Life Support Training To General Public In Mosques

• PML-N condemns massacre of Muslims in Assam

• Punjab govt takes over Badshahi Mosque from impoverished, negligent Auqaf

• Four soldiers martyred in bomb attack

• Lahore court extends Shehbaz, Hamza's bail in money laundering case till Oct 9

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Mideast

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad Censure US As Accomplice To Israeli Occupation For Funding Regime’s Iron Dome

• Iran says nuclear talks to resume soon amid sanctions row

• Iran embassy in Italy organizing virtual photo gallery on Sacred Defense

• Russia calls on US to 'be more active' to revive Iran nuclear deal

• Imam Khamenei agrees to request to declare Ali Landi a martyr

• Iranian reciter ranks 1st in Int’l Qur’an Competition Zagreb

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Southeast Asia

• VP Amin accentuates four focus areas for Islamic economic development

• After 18 months of frequent closures, Penang’s boutique hotels hang their hopes on interstate travel being allowed soon

• Kuching South mayor reminds parents to send their children for Covid-19 vaccination according to given date, time

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Europe

• 'Time's Up - The Racket's Over': Angela Rayner Takes Aim At Tories Over Contract Spending

• Temporary visas for truck drivers to ease UK crisis

• Keir Starmer forced to water down leadership election changes after backlash

• Germany goes to polls in election to decide Angela Merkel's successor

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North America

• US Senators Call On State Dept To Confront Al-Khalifah Regime Over Repression In Bahrain

• I Came To Arbaeen Walk With 50 Canadian Citizens: Shiite Missionary From Canada

• Concerned United Nations Can Only Sidestep Myanmar Crisis

• Deputy Chief Under Investigation After Firing Gun in Office

• At UN, Turmoil in Haiti, Ethiopia Draws Global Concern

• 14 Mexican Soldiers Crossed Into US; 1 Had Marijuana

• Turkey Could Buy More Russian Missiles Despite US Warnings

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Abu Omar Khorasani, Head Of Daesh Terrorist Group In Afghanistan Killed: Taliban

September 26, 2021

 

Khorasani’s execution has been well received amid concerns about what the Taliban’s stance will be regarding the IS threat in the region.

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The Taliban have announced that Abu Omar Khorasani, leader of the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan, has been killed.

Khorasani had reportedly succeeded Sheikh Abdul Haseeb Logari in April 2017 after he was killed.

After the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15, conflicting reports were released about his fate with some suggesting that Khorasani was released along with thousands of other prisoners while others said he had been killed by the Taliban.

In an August 26 report, The Wall Street Journal said the Taliban had killed the militant and eight other members of his terror group after seizing Kabul and its prison the previous week.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Khorasani said he had left Nangarhar last year as the remnants of Daesh militants dispersed inside Afghanistan. He was arrested by US and Afghan forces in a house outside Kabul in May 2020.

Daesh has a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar, which is regarded as its base in the war-torn country.

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to fully withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, the Afghan government swiftly collapsed and the Taliban took control of the entire country.

Before the United States invaded the country under the pretext of fighting terrorism following the 9/11 attacks and toppled the Taliban-run government in 2001, the group had ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Source: PressTV

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 Muslim Man Moves Gujarat HC After Three-month Wait on Complaint Over Daughter's 'Forced Conversion' to Hinduism

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

Justice Ilesh J Vora on Friday directed assistant public prosecutor to get instructions from police on the complaint filed by petitioner with superintendent of police, Anand.

The petitioner alleged that police in Anand district, Gujarat, have not yet registered a case on his complaint that his daughter was abducted and forcibly converted to Hinduism after marriage.

The Gujarat High Court has sought more information from the authorities after a man filed a petition claiming that police did not register FIR on his complaint under the recently amended Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act. Mohammad Saiyed, the petitioner, alleged that police in Anand district have not yet registered a case on his three-month-old complaint that his daughter was abducted and forcibly converted to Hinduism after marriage.

Justice Ilesh J Vora on Friday directed the Assistant Public Prosecutor to get instructions from the police regarding the complaint dated June 24, 2021, filed by the petitioner with the Superintendent of Police, Anand. The HC kept the matter for further hearing on October 27. The petitioner said his daughter went missing on June 16, 2021, and he later learnt that a man had lured her into marriage and “forcibly converted her religion".

He approached Khambhat police station with a criminal complaint seeking registration of FIR against the person under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act that had come into force on June 15. But the police only made entry in the station diary and no FIR was registered, Saiyed alleged, seeking that police be directed to register a case.

The petition has made both the Superintendent of Police and collector of Anand district respondents. The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, which penalises forcible or fraudulent religious conversion through marriage, was notified by the BJP government in the state on June 15. Notably, the high court has stayed some of its provisions.

Source: News18.Com

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Taliban Commander Mullah Baradar Listed Among 100 Most Influential People By TIME


September 25, 2021


File photo of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar | AP

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KABUL – TIME has revealed its list of the 100 most influential people of 2021 and Afghan Deputy PM and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been named as ‘charismatic military leader and a deeply pious figure’.

The ‘prestigious’ list is broken into six categories including icons, pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and innovators. The 53-year-old made the list in the ‘leaders’ category.

Source: The Kabul Times

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Egyptian Court Bans Use Of Mosques For Political Purposes

25 Sep 2021

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court issued on Saturday a final verdict banning the use of mosques for political purposes and upholding the state's right to supervising them.

The ruling upheld a previous decision by the minister of Awqaf to place 42 mosques in Beheira governorate under the ministry's supervision, stating that the government should control the mosques by all legal means.

This comes as part of the country’s efforts to control the religious discourse and teaching methods within worship houses.

Source: English.Ahram

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South Asia

Current National Ids, Passports Valid, Will Change In Future: Taliban

By Najibullah Lalzoy

25 Sep 2021

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has said that the national identity cards and the passports that are issued by the previous Afghan government are valid for the time being.

Source: Khaama Press

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Russia, Pakistan, China, US working together to ensure Taliban’s pledges implemented

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Sep 2021

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia, Pakistan, China, and the United States are in sync to ensure that the Taliban abide by the promises they have made.

The Taliban has promised to be respecting human and women’s rights, will not allow extremism in Afghanistan and will establish an all-inclusive government.

The Russian foreign minister said that representatives of Russia, Pakistan, and China recently visited the Taliban leaders, Hamid Karzai, and Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul after their visit to Doha.

Source: Khaama Press

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How the Taliban benefited from internal rifts amongst Islamic powers in West Asia

KABIR TANEJA

25 September 2021

The three-day long visit of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, to India came at a time when the Taliban had firmed its control over Kabul and two weeks after the US completed what was a botched withdrawal from its 20-year long war in Afghanistan. The Saudis were one of the three countries (with the UAE and Pakistan) to recognise the first Taliban regime in 1996. However, today, the geopolitics of the Gulf are different, and representative more of intra-Gulf realpolitik than a unanimous ‘Gulf’ take on regional and international politics.

“They (Taliban) have made commitments to the international community as regards security and as regards not allowing any transnational terrorist groups to take root. And, of course, we need to find a way to hold them accountable to those commitments. And that will take a coordinated approach among the international community,” Prince Faisal said.

The Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan at some level even surprised the Taliban itself. While US intelligence estimates suggested that the Afghan crisis was at an inflection point and that the Afghan armed forces may be able to hold their territories for around a year or so, the collapse came over just a 120-hour period. In mid-August 2021, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital. On September 7, the militant group announced the re-establishment of its Islamic Emirate by presenting an interim cabinet to rule the country.

While US intelligence estimates suggested that the Afghan crisis was at an inflection point and that the Afghan armed forces may be able to hold their territories for around a year or so, the collapse came over just a 120-hour period.

While reactions from the international community on the outcomes in Afghanistan are well documented, the outlook of the Islamic nations towards the crisis merits a deeper look into what transpired—how the Middle East (West Asia), specifically the Gulf region, which is a historical patron of the Taliban, became internally divided on the Afghan crisis. From the Middle East’s perspective, the fault lines can be traced back to the Arab Spring movement, which started in 2010 in Tunisia, and spread across the region toppling multiple autocracies and challenging ideological concepts around Islam and the state; the influence of organisations such as the Muslim Brotherhood; and the coming of brutal Islamist groups such as the so-called Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh in Arabic) in Iraq and Syria.

The Arab Spring saw significant political upheaval, leading to leadership loss and states descending into civil conflict. The rule of long-time leaders such as Zine ben Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen came to an end through popular uprisings that were often, at times tacitly and others more directly, aided by Western support and intervention. While the Arab Spring did dislodge long-standing autocratic and theocratic power structures, it left a trail of political and social upheaval across the region which in many cases, such as Syria, remain unresolved even today. However, what the Arab Spring also managed to do was shake-up bridges between the ideological and strategic relationship of countries that were bound by Islam. A deeper sense of self-protection by long-standing monarchies showed through, aided by the lack of support by the then US President Barack Obama to long-time US allies such as Mubarak’s Egypt, which instilled further urgency to consolidate power domestically and regionally alike, and hedge between support received from outside to solidifying internal political power first. This marked a fundamental shift on how some Middle Eastern leaders saw Western support, one that was not absolute and could not be unquestionably relied upon.

The Taliban’s office was the outcome of backdoor meetings between the group and the US, aided by the Qatari leadership, with tacit support for the dialogue from other Gulf powers.

In 2013, three years after the Arab Spring began, the Taliban opened its first ‘political office’ in Doha, capital of the small Gulf nation of Qatar. This was also the year of a significant moment within Islamic politics in wake of the Arab Spring, when a military coup in Egypt dislodged the Brotherhood-led government of Mohamed Morsi, which had come to power, ironically, on back of a popular revolution that dislodged the Mubarak rule in Cairo. However, a Brotherhood-led leadership was neither palatable to Egypt’s more powerful neighbours, nor to the US. This, along with the rise of ISIS in 2014 were two notable ideological and political moments that significantly re-shaped a post-Arab Spring era in the region.

The Taliban’s office was the outcome of backdoor meetings between the group and the US, aided by the Qatari leadership, with tacit support for the dialogue from other Gulf powers. Interestingly, while the Taliban may have had other options in the Gulf to host their address, Qatar was chosen because of the fact that the Taliban viewed the dispensation in Doha as being neutral. A lot of the Taliban’s diplomacy through the Doha address came into high-visibility public view much later, specifically when said diplomacy started to work in tandem with on-ground military gains. In fact, at the same time as the Taliban opened its Doha office in 2013, its leadership started to court a dialogue with India as well.

Some of the initial Taliban figures who were part of the Doha opening were also the ones that played a role in mediating the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 which was flying from Kathmandu in Nepal to Delhi, before being diverted by the hijackers to Kandahar in Afghanistan. Overtures to India began even before the Doha office for the Taliban became fully functional. In January 2013, Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, who was the Taliban’s foreign minister during the reign of Mullah Omar, offered similar arguments to what the Taliban is giving today to New Delhi. “I want to say that India should look at Afghanistan through its own lens, not through the Pakistani lens. One of India’s biggest mistakes was to support the puppet Soviet regime in Kabul because the mujahideen were based in Pakistan. India’s second mistake was not to recognise the Taliban. Even today, the Indian government should accept the presence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and support the peace process. After all, the Taliban are a part of Afghan society,” he had said in an interview.

Doha’s regional policies were quickly known as the country ‘punching above its weight’, and internal feuds of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) finally spilled over into the open when the UAE and Saudi-led Arab block.

However, this changed quickly as internal rifts within the Gulf nations started to play out. The likes of the UAE and Saudi Arabia increasingly started to look at Qatar as not toeing their line of regional and foreign policy narratives, with Doha’s funding of certain non-state groups in the Syrian civil war rubbing Abu Dhabi and Riyadh the wrong way. Moreover, Qatar’s increasing strategic relevance in Washington DC’s view of the Middle East had the potential of diminishing the US’ leadership role of the region, traditionally led by the House of Saud, and more recently, the UAE’s Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who not only heralded aggressive regional and foreign policies but also mentored Saudi Arabia’s young heir-apparent, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

MbS came to the centre stage of Saudi Arabia’s power structure in 2017. Doha’s regional policies were quickly known as the country ‘punching above its weight’, and internal feuds of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) finally spilled over into the open when the UAE and Saudi-led Arab block, which included Bahrain and Egypt amongst others, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and installed an economic blockade, blaming Doha for its alleged support of terrorism (this accusation had nothing to do with Afghanistan). Qatar took the blockade as a sign of aggression by its Arab allies and started to hedge its geopolitical capital with the likes of Iran and Turkey, both of whom are in contest with the UAE-Saudi block, specifically Iran which is embroiled in a proxy war with the Saudis in Yemen and is at fundamental odds on an ideological level, being the global seat of power of Shia Islam.

The abovementioned contest unravelled further in public in December 2019 when Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan planned to hold a conference on Islam, effectively as a new Muslim power block, in direct challenge to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which since its inception in 1969 has been the premier pan-Islamic multilateral institution based out of Jeddah. During the Qatar blockade, Iran had sent multiple flights of aid to an import reliant Doha while Turkey sent troops to be stationed there in a bid to solidify the Qatari monarchy’s political control of the island against any misadventures to orchestrate a regime change—Jordan got a whiff of such a plan in June 2021 when Prince Hamza reportedly sought help from Riyadh to overthrow the rule of King Abdullah II.

For the Taliban, Trump brought a level of policy clarity on the Afghanistan war that the insurgency had desired for many years, one that was committed to an expedited exit from the conflict at all costs.

Earlier in 2017, Lebanon had also gone through a similar experience with the Saudis. All these events took place while the Taliban operated its office via Qatar and continued to approach international players in a bid to market its control of the Afghan war. A tighter Qatari takeover of a more puritan narrative of Islam, not seeking legitimacy with Israel, and doubling down on the Palestinian cause while other Arab states seemed to balk gave the Taliban marketable agency with Qatar as its diplomatic home as well with a large section of the Muslim world. Doha in this period also did not back down in its geopolitics in a bid to protect its own sovereign decision-making capacity. The Qatari leadership expanded its aid to Palestine, an area where both UAE and Saudi Arabia had somewhat changed their policy directives, highlighted by UAE, Bahrain, and other Muslim nations normalising ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords. In fact, the pro-Palestine militant group, Hamas, was one of the first few entities that congratulated the Taliban on its victory against the US and ending the “occupation” of the country. In May 2021, Qatari leaders also met with senior Hamas official, Ismail Haniya, in Doha. From an ideological point of view, tactical victories such as the one gained by the Taliban against both the erstwhile Soviet Union earlier, and the US now, lead to strategic and political victories on the back of Western ‘cultural aggression’ and ‘necolonialism’ being militarily defeated from Islamic lands.

Source: Orfon Line

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US condemns amputation, execution by Taliban

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Sep 2021

The United States strongly reacted to the recent statement of the Taliban over implementing the laws of their previous regime which includes amputation and execution of criminals.

Spokesperson of the department of state Ned Price said the laws are a clear violation of human rights and they are working along with the international community to ensure human rights in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban kills and hangs four kidnappers in Herat province

By Najibullah Lalzoy

25 Sep 2021

The Taliban members in western Herat province said on Saturday, September 25 that four kidnappers have been killed after they had an armed confrontation with them.

Members of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have though punished and imprisoned criminals since their takeover, this is the first time they hang dead bodies inside a big city.

Source: Khaama Press

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India

Unease over AIMIM's move to contest UP polls on issue of giving leadership to Muslims

Sep 26, 2021

Lucknow: The decision of Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on the main issue of giving leadership to Muslims has created an unease among parties which consider them as their core vote bank.

Different castes, including Jatavs, Yadavs, Rajbhars and Nishads, which constitute a relatively small part of Uttar Pradesh's population, have more or less their own leadership, but Muslims, which constitute more than 19 per cent of the population, do not see any such leadership.

There are 82 assembly seats in the state where Muslim voters are in a position to make or botch political fortunes, but they have nothing in the name of political participation.

Whether it is the Samajwadi Party, which gets the most votes of Muslims, or the BSP, which talks about Dalit-Muslim unity for social justice, no one has given leadership to Muslims.

AIMIM national spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar told PTI on Sunday that the main goal of his party is to create a political thought and leadership among Muslims for the progress of their community and a better future.

"Even the so-called secular parties, which were getting the votes of Muslims, never allowed a Muslim leadership to emerge," he said.

He said that now when Owaisi is talking about giving leadership to Muslims, there has been "an uproar among the parties which consider this community as their political slave".

Opinion of experts differ on the question on whether Muslims, after the rise of Hindutva politics, have become aware enough to create their own acceptable leadership.

"The reason for this is that after the rise of hardline Hindutva politics in the country, a large section of Muslims has started to understand the importance of their separate leadership. SP, BSP and parties which claim to be Muslim friendly have kept silence on the issues of Muslims," he said.

The idea is now gaining strength in the Muslim community that if it does not have any leadership of its own, then the alleged atrocities against them will only increase, he added.

He said this time Owaisi is not on the target of BJP but those parties which till now have been trying to get Muslim votes by creating fear of the BJP among voters.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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‘Love Jihad’ Creeps Into Govt Letter, ‘Love Jihad’ Was Mentioned As A Type Of Offence

Sep 26, 2021

Ahmedabad: An oft-used political phrase for conversion by marriage, ‘Love Jihad’, has found a place in an administrative communique of the state government. The state home department used it when it wrote a letter to the director general of police (DGP) last week.

For the first time, ‘Love Jihad’ was mentioned as a type of offence when the state home department’s additional secretary (law & order), Nikhil Bhatt, sent the letter to DGP Ashish Bhatia on September 17. Bhatt told Bhatia to convey to senior police officials to bring to the government’s notice important events and serious offences before they are flashed in electronic and social media.

Source: Times Of India

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Wherever Muslims are in majority, there is violence: Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri

Amit Bhardwaj

September 26, 2021

Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri made a flurry of controversial comments against a minority community, and student activists of JNU while addressing a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed event in New Delhi on Saturday.

During his speech, Ramesh Bidhuri made several objectionable remarks against Muslims, human rights activists and student leaders of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Source: India Today

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Arab World

Taste of history as Saudi turns old police station into heritage eatery

HUDA BASHATAH

September 26, 2021

ABHA: A young Saudi “jack of all trades” has used his creative talent and love of cooking to transform a former police station in Abha into a traditional restaurant.

Now Ibrahim bin Mansour Bashashah Al-Asiri’s Al-Hosn Al-Turathi — or Abha castle heritage restaurant — has become a landmark attraction, serving up traditional southern flavors to tourists visiting the historic southwest Saudi city.

Al-Asiri, a plastic artist, and gift and flower designer, told Arab News that the restaurant was previously a coffeeshop owned by his brother.

“The building was originally the Asir police station. I did not favor strong additions and alterations that would erase the designs that characterize the building,” he said.

Being a jack of all trades, Al-Asiri decided to invest his talents and help preserve the city’s heritage by turning the coffeeshop into a restaurant.

One form of art found in the restaurant is Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, a traditionally female interior wall decoration and ancient art form considered a key element in Asir’s history.

Al-Hosn Al-Turathi restaurant relies on the work of two people — Al-Asiri, who cooks and oversees artistic tasks, and his brother, who handles management.

ged Saudi youth to work hard, saying Saudi Arabia offers many opportunities to realize the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. “We need to be patient and active, and try to reach the top with the capabilities that we have. So we need to be persistent and work hard,” he said.

Source: ARAB NEWS

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Greece complete military exercises

SPA

September 26, 2021

RIYADH: Special security forces of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Greece and Egypt completed joint drills in the Greek capital, Athens.

Taking part what was hailed as further cooperation between allied states were the Royal Saudi Land Forces paratroopers, Emirati Special Forces, the Egyptian Army’s El-Saa’ka (Thunderbolt) Forces and Paratroopers and the Greek Joint Special Operations Forces.

Source: ARAB NEWS

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Arab coalition destroys Houthi ballistic missile launched toward Najran

ARAB NEWS

September 25, 2021

RIYADH: The Arab coalition said on Saturday that it had destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Najran.

Source: ARAB NEWS

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Delighted to offer Friday prayers at mosque, say worshippers in Oman

By: Times News Service

25/September/2021

Muscat: Worshippers were delighted to return to mosques for Friday prayers this weekend, after being unable to do so for more than 18 months, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mosques were required to close for Friday prayers on March 15, 2020, as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus. On reopening for Friday prayers on September 24, 2021, they were required to operate at only 50 per cent capacity, with a number of preventive measures in effect.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Ibrahim Al Ajmi, an Omani national. “This is thanks to everyone following COVID precautions and an uptake in vaccination numbers. I ask everyone to continue on this path for the good of society.”

Pakistani national Iqbal Karim said in this context, “We only understand the value of something when it is gone, and Friday prayers are a way of life for so many of us that it took some time to adjust to worshipping at home. I am very grateful to be able to return to mosques to offer prayers now.”

Source: Times Of Oman

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Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic

ARAB NEWS

September 26, 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s strong digital infrastructure has enabled the public and private sectors to meet the devastating challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kingdom’s envoy to the UN has said.

“Guided by the national transformation program, the Kingdom’s technological progress has contributed to raising the level of transparency and digital efficiency,” said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN.

Al-Mouallimi made these remarks during a high-level side event organized by the Digital Cooperation Organization under the theme “Shaping a Comprehensive Digital Age,” a recently established global organization working toward achieving “digital prosperity for all.”

The DCO works with governments, the private sector, international and nongovernmental organizations and civil society to push for an inclusive digital transformation and the growth of digital industries.

The DCO’s seven-member body includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, and Pakistan. It accounts for a population of 480 million, 80 percent of which are under the age of 35. It said it is open to any new member that shares the same goals of “empowering youth, women, and entrepreneurs and leapfrogging the digital transformation.” 

“They helped to make it possible to work remotely and adapt to the new conditions imposed by the pandemic,” said the ambassador, adding that the world is undergoing a shift towards digital transformation at a faster pace than ever before.

Source: ARAB NEWS

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Africa

Scores of Officials Quit Tunisia's Main Islamist Party in Protest

September 25, 2021

TUNIS, TUNISIA —

More than 100 officials of Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda announced their resignations Saturday to protest the choices of the movement's leadership in confronting the North African country's political crisis.

The split within the ranks of Ennahda comes amid a deep political crisis in Tunisia. In July, President Kaïs Saied's decided to sack the country's prime minister, suspend parliament and assume executive authority, saying it was because of a national emergency. His critics called it a coup.

"This is a definitive and irrevocable decision," Samir Dilou, an Ennahda lawmaker and minister from 2011 to 2014, told The Associated Press.

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How Primate Olorunwo donated land to mosque

September 25, 2021

by Olushola Ricketts

ALTHOUGH Primate Omolaja Olorunwo was buried on Friday, September 12, 2021, his legacies will be hard to erase. Asides from building a cathedral for God, Olorunwo Cathedral of the C&S Church in Gbagada, Lagos, he also once donated land for the building of a mosque.

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Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, Ashraf Ghani Are Spending The Same Kind Of Life Today: Pakistan Information Minister

Dawn.com

September 25, 2021

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday said PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani were living the same kind of life today.

Talking to the media in Jhelum, Chaudhry said: "Today Nawaz Sharif and Ashraf Ghani are spending the same kind of life because when you're not connected with the soil then you spend the kind of life as they are — one is lying in London and the other in Dubai.

"Both have gone abroad with bags full of dollars so this is a misfortune [and] lesson for those people who are in politics but are not connected to their land. Today the condition of such people is before us."

The information minister continued his criticism of the PML-N supremo, saying that his response to the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was inadequate.

"You can guess how shameless people have been rulers in Pakistan who did not have the ability to look beyond their own feet except for accumulating money and inviting Narendra Modi to weddings — apart from this they did no constructive work."

In contrast, he said, Prime Minister Imran Khan represented the feelings of the nation on a host of issues from Afghanistan to the Kashmir dispute to environmental concerns and corruption in poor countries.

"The way [last] night he presented the Kashmir issue in the UN, the way he called out Narendra Modi, this has never happened before."

The information minister said the only political party with a presence in all quarters and regions was the PTI, predicting that it would form the next government with a two-thirds majority.

He said the PPP and PML-N had "completely scattered" and could not find willing contestants for their tickets. Chaudhry claimed that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had offered Rs50 million to people during his visit to South Punjab to contest from the PPP's ticket while the PML-N was also subject to internal power struggles, according to him.

"You will see that this [next] election will be the last for the PML-N and the PPP and they won't be in a position to contest. The PTI and Imran Khan are going to make the next government with a great majority."

Chaudhry said the government would not consult PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on the appointment of the new National Accountability Bureau chairman.

Responding to a question on disputes with other institutions, he acknowledged that "sometimes differences come up" but added that issues with the Election Commission of Pakistan were moving towards improvement.

"We don't have a personal quarrel with the [chief] election commissioner or other election personnel so the hope is the situation there will improve."

Chaudhry said as the Afghan issue evolved and Pakistan's global repute rose, "the international leadership is looking to Imran Khan and Pakistan for all regional decisions which is a moment of pride for us."

Addressing those individuals who were "jealous" of this success and Pakistan's government and institutions being on the same page, he said: "You will spend the next five to seven years crying like this too."

Source: Dawn

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Islamabad Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Calls For Promoting Islamic Banking

APP

September 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD - President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan Saturday called upon the government to take strong policy measures for further promoting the Islamic banking products for the private sector. It would help in boosting the business activities and the overall economy. He said that the Pakistani nation has expressed more confidence in the Islamic banking products. Expanding the network of Islamic banking branches across the country would facilitate in expansion and diversification of businesses, purchasing industrial machinery and plants for upgradation and making investment in start-ups leading to creating more employment and speeding up the growth of the overall economy. President ICCI expressed these views after inaugurating Raast Islamic Banking Branch of the Bank of Khyber (BoK), said a press release issued here. Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan congratulated the management of BoK for opening its Islamic Banking Branch in one of the important commercial centres of the federal capital and hoped that it would provide attractive products to the business community for business promotion. He expressed appreciation for the leadership of BoK to spearhead the continued success of the bank and wished them many more achievements in future. Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Ali Gulfraz, Managing Director, Bank of Khyber thanked Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan for inaugurating Raast Islamic Banking Branch of BoK.

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Pakistan Islamic Medical Association Provides Life Support Training To General Public In Mosques

Our Staff Reporter

September 26, 2021

Islamabad-Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) on Saturday provided life support training to the general public in mosques in three provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

A statement issued said that under the ‘Lifesavers project’ of PIMA, doctors provided Basic Life Support (BLS) training in as many as 189 mosques in 40 cities of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Azad Kashmir on Saturday.

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PML-N condemns massacre of Muslims in Assam

September 26, 2021

LAHORE: PML-N MPA Hina Pervaiz Butt tabled a resolution in Punjab Assembly secretariat here on Saturday condemning the massacre of Muslims in the Indian state of Assam.

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Punjab govt takes over Badshahi Mosque from impoverished, negligent Auqaf

Ayesha Atta

Sep 25, 2021

The Punjab government has decided to take over Badshahi Mosque from the Auqaf and Religious Affairs Department and hand its management to the Walled City of Lahore Authority.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority meeting was held Saturday with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in chair. Archeological and historical building protection projects were reviewed.

The WCLA will renovate the buildings of 10 historical shrines, including the Badshahi Mosque. The minister also ordered that Roshnai Gate should be opened to the public.

mran Khan said the religious affairs department is not financially strong enough to take care of the mosque. It should be handed over to the tourism department or the Walled City of Lahore Authority.

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Four soldiers martyred in bomb attack

Saleem Shahid

September 26, 2021

QUETTA: Four security personnel were martyred and two others injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps in the Khosat area of Harnai district on Saturday.

The FC soldiers were performing their patrolling duty and when their vehicle reached the Safar Bash area the improvised explosive device went off resulting in martyrdom of four soldiers and injuries to two officers.

Source: Dawn

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Lahore court extends Shehbaz, Hamza's bail in money laundering case till Oct 9

Rana Bilal

September 25, 2021

A Lahore court on Saturday extended the interim bail of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz till October 9 in a money laundering case.

Shehbaz and his son, Hamza, are facing Rs25 billion money laundering charges in the sugar scandal. The FIA had booked them in the case under sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti-Money Laundering Act in November 2020.

During today's hearing, Shehbaz and Hamza appeared before the court upon the expiration of the bail previously granted to them on September 17.

When the judge asked about the progress of the inquiry, the FIA official told the court that the probe was initiated in 2020, when the involvement of the sugar mafia was unearthed in the case.

"The FIA was asked back then to initiate an inquiry into corporate fraud [charges]," he said, adding that the probe had revealed transactions worth billions into the bank accounts of peons and other employees of Ramzan Sugar Mills, which is owned by the members of the Sharif family.

"They kept opening and closing [fake bank] accounts between 2008 and 2018, and 56,894 transactions were made [during this period], into which the FIA is investigating."

When asked whether the inquiry had been completed or more time was needed for the probe, he said all the records collected by the FIA had been presented to the court, but the agency was "not yet in the position to submit a challan".

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

Hamas, Islamic Jihad censure US as accomplice to Israeli occupation for funding regime’s Iron Dome

September 26, 2021

Gaza-based Palestinian resistance groups, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, have denounced the US House’s approval of funding for Israel’s Iron Dome system in spite of the regime’s continued aggression against Palestinians.

In a statement on Friday, Hamas spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qanoa said the US House’s approval of $1 billion in new funding for the Israeli regime’s Iron Dome system highlights the United States’ bias in favor of the Israeli occupation and against the Palestinian people.

“By providing such financial assistance, the US becomes a partner of the Israeli occupation and kills the Palestinian people’s aspirations for freedom and independence,” he said.

The spokesman noted that the continued US support to equip the Israeli regime with high-tech weapons will never legitimize its occupation of Palestine.

“Finally, we call on the Palestinian Authority not to count on the US administration and take serious positions against the US bias towards the Israeli occupation,” he added.

Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab said the US House’s decision demonstrates Washington's support for Israel and is a defeat for those who looked forward to real change in the US government’s policy on the Palestinian issue.

The US House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to give $1 billion to Israel for its so-called Iron Dome missile system.

In a 420 to 9 vote, the House passed the measure which was then sent to the Senate. Eight Democrats and one Republican voted against the measure.

The United States began financially supporting Israel’s development of the Iron Dome system about a decade ago and has provided the regime with huge financial support for its production and maintenance.

“Thank you to the members of the US House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, for the sweeping support for Israel and commitment to its security,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

“Those who try to challenge this support received a timeless answer,” Bennett said, in a veiled reference to a number of House progressives who objected to the provision’s inclusion in an earlier broad spending bill.

Khaled Elgindy, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, argued in an article that while the Iron Dome may have saved Israeli lives, it may actually have done the opposite of saving Palestinian lives or minimizing the scale of destruction on the Palestinian side.

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Iran says nuclear talks to resume soon amid sanctions row

Sep 26, 2021

As Russia said the US should be more "active" to revive the nuclear talks with Iran, foreign minister  Hossein Amirabdollahian added that talks would resume soon without setting a specific date.

Amirabdollahian added that Iran is looking into the Vienna negotiations while asserting that negotiations with four plus one countries are set to begin.

Although EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell expressed his optimism to revive the stalled nuclear talks, Amirabdollahian took a dig at the United States stating that President Biden should end sanctions imposed by the previous Trump administration.

Amirabdollahian said Biden displayed "paradoxical behaviour" while keeping negotiations open and "simultaneously levying new sanctions".

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Iran embassy in Italy organizing virtual photo gallery on Sacred Defense

September 25, 2021

The Iranian Embassy in Italy is holding a virtual photo gallery about the eight years of imposed war against Iran, known as Sacred Defense.

The event is also co-organized by Islamic Culture and Relations Organization on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the start of Sacred Defense.

Source: IQNA

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Russia calls on US to 'be more active' to revive Iran nuclear deal

25/09/2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called Saturday on the United States to take a more active approach to help resume stalled talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

"It seems evident they should be more active" in "resolving all issues related" to the accord, Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations in New York.

Lavrov added that he hoped negotiations in Vienna among Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany would resume "as soon as possible."

ran's foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said Friday the talks would resume "very soon," but the United States said Tehran had not been specific about the timeframe.

Source: France24

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Imam Khamenei agrees to request to declare Ali Landi a martyr

September 26, 2021

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution agreed to the request of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs to declare Ali Landi, the self-sacrificing teenage Iranian boy, a martyr.

Source: Khamenei.ir

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Iranian reciter ranks 1st in Int’l Qur’an Competition Zagreb

Sep 25, 2021

The top rank of Tabbakhi was gained with unanimous votes of the jury members of the competition that had started three days ago and 33 reciters from 26 countries around the globe competed in it. The 2nd best reciter in the competition was from Malaysia and the 3rd from the United States.

Iranian Ambassador to Croatia Parviz Esmaili was present at the final of the completion in Saturday and the plaque of honor and prizes of were given to the winners by Dr. Husein Kavazović, Bosnian Islamic cleric and since September 2012 the Grand Mufti (Reis-ul-Ulema) of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Southeast Asia

VP Amin accentuates four focus areas for Islamic economic development

26-09-2021

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin highlighted four focus areas for development of the Islamic economic and financial industry in Indonesia.

"The first focus area is the halal industry that is implemented by developing the halal industry zone within industrial areas," Vice President Amin stated in his keynote speech at the Bizare Investment Conference 2021 held online from Jakarta on Saturday.

The government remains committed to prioritizing Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) while formulating policies for development of the domestic halal industry, Amin affirmed.

"Our second focus is the Islamic financial industry aimed at establishing a modern and reliable financial system as the backbone of the national industry and trade," the vice president remarked.

The merger of three Islamic state-owned banks into a single state-owned Sharia Bank Indonesia (BSI) is testament of the government's commitment to developing the Islamic financial industry, Amin noted.

Source: Antara News

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After 18 months of frequent closures, Penang’s boutique hotels hang their hopes on interstate travel being allowed soon

BY OPALYN MOK

26 Sep 2021

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 26 — Over the past 13 years — coinciding with the city’s inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008 — the city of George Town has become known for much more than its excellent street food.

Boutique hotels, especially those located in the heritage zone, were particularly popular with out-of-state visitors as well as international tourists as they were uniquely adapted and retained the building’s original heritage features.

Hotel manager Belinda Boey said the hotel has closed since January this year and only a small number of staff were kept on for basic maintenance and cleaning of the hotel.

“We did have some business in June and July last year when everything reopened after the first movement control order but after that, it continued to go downhill as most of our customers are Europeans,” she said.

International borders have closed since March last year while interstate travel has been frequently disrupted throughout the different iterations of the movement control order since last year.

Boey said most of the hotel staff found other jobs last year and the hotel did not hire new ones as they could already foresee that they would not be getting a high number of bookings due to the closure of international borders.

However, they are now hopeful that interstate travel might be allowed soon as the hotel has been getting week-long bookings from out-of-state customers.

“We are getting bookings for December so we will prepare to reopen the hotel at that time. Hopefully interstate travel will have reopened by then,” she said.

She added the hotel building belonged to the owner so they don’t have to worry about rent and have managed to stay afloat till now.

“We want to create more spaces where we can have more interactions such as this restaurant which is in collaboration with the restaurant operator and we are planning to open a cafe and bar soon where our museum is now,” she said.

She said the hotel is located in a busy spot in the heart of Little India so the opening of an Indian restaurant fits its location perfectly.

Eu added that food is the only business that can remain open, with delivery and takeaways, even during lockdowns and this will at least provide some revenue.

The recipient of an honorary mention under the category of conservation, enhancement and adaptation at George Town World Heritage Incorporated’s (GTWHI) Heritage Recognition Award 2020, Seven Terraces too has not been able to welcome as many guests as before because of the pandemic.

GTHH owner Chris Ong said he organised various events like afternoon tea soirees and even pop-up boutiques in every room of one of his other hotels Muntri Mews and Kebaya nights at Seven Terraces.

“We also offered private catering services where we send chefs to prepare meals for the birthdays of elderly parents whose children could not come back to celebrate with them,” he said.

Source: Malay Mail

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Kuching South mayor reminds parents to send their children for Covid-19 vaccination according to given date, time

26 Sep 2021

KUCHING, Sept 26 — Kuching South Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng has reminded parents to send their children aged 12 to 15 for Covid-19 vaccination according to the given date and time.

“Do not forget to bring all relevant documents to avoid any delay or problem during the registration,” he said in a statement issued by Kuching South City Council (MBKS) following his visit to Majma Mall vaccination centre to observe the vaccination programme for eligible teenagers aged 12 to 15 yesterday.

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Europe

 

'Time's up - the racket's over': Angela Rayner takes aim at Tories over contract spending

25 September 2021

By Sophie Barnett

She outlined the party's new green paper for workers, including improvements on pay, job security and equality.

She vowed to "stamp out the Tory sleaze that has polluted our politics and corrupted our democracy" as she outlined proposed reforms to workers' rights.

Ms Rayner told delegates: "What a contrast to a government that is taking £1,400 out of the pockets of a nurse while over £2 billion of taxpayers' money has been dished out to Tory donors and mates of ministers.

She claimed Conservative ministers had used the "public purse as a personal cashpoint" and added: "We'll stop the dodgy deals handing public money to ministers' mates. It's bad news for my pub landlord, but good news for the public.

"And let me tell you this - as your minister for procurement, I won't sign off a single penny that goes to a company that exploits its workers or doesn't pay its taxes.

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Temporary visas for truck drivers to ease UK crisis

26.09.21

Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary work visas to truck drivers to ease an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at hundreds of filling stations and long queues to fill up — with pumps running dry in some places.

As retailers warned of significant disruption in the run-up to Christmas, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said it was looking at temporary measures to address the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Newspapers reported that the government would allow up to 5,000 foreign drivers into Britain on short-term visas, a measure that logistics companies and retailers have demanded for months but which the government had previously ruled out.

Shortages of truckers have been caused partly by Brexit and Covid-19, which put a stop to driver training and testing for about a year.

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Keir Starmer forced to water down leadership election changes after backlash

Siba Jackson

25 Sep 2021

The Labour leader sparked a backlash after revealing proposals to replace the one member, one vote system with a return to the electoral college encompassing MPs, party members, unions and affiliated organisations – with all three getting an equal share.

The shake-up would mean Labour’s 400,000 members would have the equivalent vote to the party’s 199 MPs, giving them a significant influence in the election of a new leader.

But Sir Keir’s proposals were met with bitter opposition and threatened to divide the party amid fears of a civil war with the left.

Left-wing campaign group Momentum described the changes to the current system – which saw both Sir Keir and his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, elected – as an ‘attack on democracy’ and ‘regressive’, suggesting the proposals should ‘go in the bin’.

This afternoon deputy leader Angela Rayner tried to turn the focus to ‘Tory sleaze’ during her speech in a bid to distract from internal squabbling.

A watered-down set of plans have now been agreed by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) and will be put to the conference.

The new package will require prospective Labour leaders to have the backing of 20% of MPs – double the current 10% threshold – although Sir Keir is understood to have been pushing for 25%.

‘These proposals put us in a better position to win the next general election and I hope constituency and trade union delegates will support them when they come to conference floor.’

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Germany goes to polls in election to decide Angela Merkel's successor

26 September 2021

Polls point to a very close race between Mrs Merkel's centre-right union bloc, with state governor Armin Laschet running for chancellor, and the centre-left Social Democrats, for whom outgoing finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz is seeking the top job.

About 60.4 million people in the nation of 83 million are eligible to elect the new Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, which will choose the next head of government.

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North America

US senators call on State Dept to confront Al-Khalifah regime over repression in Bahrain

September 26, 2021

News Code : 1183124

A bipartisan group of United States senators has called on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to press Bahrain's Al Khalifah regime to end its “violent, systemic repression” of people in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

“We write to raise our concerns about the government of Bahrain’s troubling rights record and to better understand your administration’s strategy for pressing this issue...,” the group of seven influential US senators wrote.

Signatories to the letter were Democratic Senators Ron Wyden, Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley, along with Republican Marco Rubio.

“Bahrainis continue to call for agency and accountability, often at great risk to their safety and that of their families,” the letter said.

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I came to Arbaeen Walk with 50 Canadian citizens: Shiite missionary from Canada

September 26, 2021

News Code : 1183092

A Shiite missionary to Canada said, “The Arbaeen pilgrimage strengthen relations between Muslims and different countries.”

Explaining his activities in Canada, one of the Shiite missionaries in this country, who participated in the Arbaeen Walk in 1433 AH, 2021, said, “We have a Hawza (Islamic Seminary) and a school in Windsor, Canada, and every year I come to Iraq with the Mawkeb of Imam Hussain (a.s.) from this city, along with a group of other North American Shiites, to attend the Arbaeen Walk. This year is the eighth year that I participate in the great Arbaeen Walk pilgrimage.”

In response to ABNA’s correspondent question on his purpose of this journey, Lebanese-born Hojat al-Islam Abdul Mon’em Shararah said, “There is no purpose higher than the pilgrimage of Imam Hussain (a.s.). The highest goal of the Arbaeen journey is the pilgrimage of Hazrat Aba Abdellah Al-Hussain (a.s.).”

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Concerned United Nations Can Only Sidestep Myanmar Crisis

By Associated Press

Sept. 26, 2021

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations for whose people “peace and stability remain a distant dream.”

He declared unwavering support for the people of the turbulent, military-ruled Southeast Asia state “in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law.”

But the situation in Myanmar after the army’s seizure of power eight months ago has become an extended bloody conflict with ever-escalating violence. Yet the U.N. is unlikely to take any meaningful action against Myanmar's new rulers because they have the support of China and Russia.

When Myanmar’s army ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, it claimed with scant evidence that the general election her party won last November in a landslide was marred by massive voting fraud. The takeover almost immediately sparked widespread street protests that security forces tried to crush. Since then, the pushback has become violent.

“The military’s iron grip on power faces resistance from large segments of the society. Weapons of war continue to be deployed in towns and cities to suppress opposition,” Michelle Bachelet, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement Thursday. “These disturbing trends suggest the alarming possibility of an escalating civil war.”

Human rights groups have cataloged many abuses by government forces, including the use of deadly force against peaceful civilian protesters and forced disappearances. But the army’s foes have also turned to terror, as even its sympathizers admit. Local administrators who refuse to abandon their posts are targeted for assassination, as are civilians tagged as informers.

“Sabotage and assassinations, these are not the norms in civilized society,” Mon Yee Kyaw, executive director of the Myanmar-based Nyan Lynn Thit Analytica think tank, said in an email interview. But due to the violence perpetrated by the military, tactics of bombings and assassination were adopted as defensive measures, she said from Thailand, where she is currently located.

“People believe unquestionably that they need to take actions to vanquish the military before the monster kills the people,” she said.

The stakes are big, warns the U.N.’s Bachelet. “The national consequences are terrible and tragic. The regional consequences could also be profound,” she said. “The international community must redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent wider conflict before it is too late.”

But there is at least one major impediment to prospective U.N. action, which could include such measures as a comprehensive arms embargo. China and Russia are among the top arms suppliers to Myanmar, as well as ideologically sympathetic to its ruling military. Both are members of the Security Council, and would almost certainly veto any effort by the U.N. to impose a coordinated arms embargo, or anything beyond an anodyne call for peace.

Myanmar opposition forces have one small consolation. It has been reported that the General Assembly’s Credentials Committee, which each session goes through the formality of approving each country’s permanent representative, will temporarily put off its decision on Myanmar’s permanent representative.

The current envoy, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, switched his allegiance soon after February’s takeover to the opposition’s underground National Unity Government, which styles itself as the legitimate alternative to the ruling generals. For at least a couple of months, he appears likely to keep his seat — or at least deny it to an appointee of the military government.

It is a rare feather in the diplomatic cap of the shadow government, which has not been recognized by any nation, but it reportedly comes at the cost of the envoy remaining silent during discussions in the world body, including Monday's scheduled opportunity to speak for his nation.

Countries sympathetic to the opposition, such as the United States and Britain, have enacted diplomatic and economic sanctions that pose a major inconvenience to the ruling generals. But pleas for more decisive intervention, such as under the humanitarian doctrine of right to protect, long ago fell on deaf ears.

The peaceful protests in cities and towns across Myanmar that began in February were met with deadly force by the security forces. To date, more than 1,100 individuals have been killed, according to the U.N.’s Bachelet and human rights groups.

Consequently, protesters started wielding simple homemade weapons and then organizing themselves into local militias that they called "people’s defense forces." While these groups were established mainly to defend localities against government attacks, some became more proactive, engaging in assassinations and bombings of government offices and commercial enterprises with ties to the military.

The National Unity Government aspires to forge them into an army. It also has established alliances with militias established by ethnic minority groups in the border regions where they are dominant. Most of these ethnic armed organizations have been fighting the central government for greater autonomy on and off over decades.

With up to 70 years of combat experience, groups such as the Kachin in the north and the Karen in the east have the potential to put extra pressure on the government. Some also provide military training for militants and safe havens for opposition leaders.

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Deputy Chief Under Investigation After Firing Gun in Office

By Associated Press

Sept. 25, 2021

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An internal investigation is currently underway after a deputy police in the Hartford Police Department unintentionally fired her weapon in her office in the city's public safety complex.

Deputy Chief of Administrative Services Sonia Watson discharged the gun as she was securing the weapon and preparing to leave work on Wednesday evening, the Hartford Courant reported.

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At UN, Turmoil in Haiti, Ethiopia Draws Global Concern

By Associated Press

Sept. 25, 2021

The speeches may be scripted, but the U.N. General Assembly can sometimes be the only direct window into the regional challenges that command global concern.

On Saturday, world leaders were speaking on behalf of some of the most unstable and unsettling current conflicts. That includes India’s fight over the Kashmir region with bitter rival Pakistan, Haiti’s domestic crises spilling into a migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and questions about the Ethiopian government’s role in reported starvation deaths in the Tigray region.

Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry didn't shy away from addressing his country's turmoil following a major earthquake and the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moise, in recent months — alluding to but not directly addressing reports that may implicate Henry himself in the murder.

“I want to reaffirm here, at this platform, my determination to do everything to find the collaborators, accomplices and sponsors of this odious crime. Nothing, absolutely nothing, no political maneuver, no media campaign, no distraction, could deter me from this objective: rendering justice for President Moise,” Henry said in a prerecorded speech.

“It is a debt to his memory, his family and the Haitian people," Henry said. "The judicial inquest is going difficultly. It’s a transnational crime. And for that, we formally solicit mutual legal assistance. It is a priority of my government for the entire nation. Because this crime cannot rest unpunished et those culpable, all those culpable must be punished.”

The statement comes days after Henry fired his chief prosecutor, who had asked a judge to charge Henry in the slaying of Moise that has shocked the world and to bar the prime minister from leaving the country.

Haiti's troubles have moved beyond its borders, with thousands of migrants fleeing to the United States. This week, the Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigned in protest of “inhumane” large-scale U.S. expulsions of Haitian migrants. Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination.

Henry pointedly said that inequalities and conflict drive migration. But he stopped short of directly criticizing Washington, whose treatment of Haitian asylum-seekers has prompted an outcry.

Human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict,” Henry said. “Migration will continue as long as the planet has both wealthy areas, whilst most of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospects of a better life.”

It was a flat-out denial for Ethiopia Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, who rejected humanitarian concerns over Tigray as part of a “twisted propaganda campaign" in the embattled corner of northern Ethiopia.

“The criminal enterprise and its enablers created and advertised horrific imagery of faked incidents. As if the real misery of our people is not enough, storylines are created to match not the facts but preconceived stereotypical attitudes," Mekonnen said.

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14 Mexican Soldiers Crossed Into US; 1 Had Marijuana

By Associated Press

Sept. 25, 2021

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen Mexican army soldiers were briefly detained and then returned to Mexico after they crossed into the U.S. at a border bridge in El Paso, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that two Mexican military vehicles crossed the bridge that links El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in the early hours of Saturday.

CBP said the soldiers, their weapons and equipment “were secured for safety and processing,” and noted the soldiers said “they did not realize they had entered the U.S.”

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Turkey Could Buy More Russian Missiles Despite US Warnings

By Associated Press

Sept. 26, 2021

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States.

In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to decide its defense systems on its own.

is one of several sticking points in Turkish-American relations that also include U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish fighters who Turkey considers terrorists, and the continued U.S. residency of a Muslim cleric accused of plotting the failed coup attempt against Erdogan’s government in 2016.

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