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All Takfiri Movements Such As Daesh, Al-Nusrah, Boko Haram Have One Ideology and That Is Wahhabism, Says Lebanese Shia Cleric

New Age Islam News Bureau

10 November 2021

 

(Representational File Photo ISIS)

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• Pakistan to Give a Chance of Peace to Militants Who Accept the Constitution: Information Minister

• US Busy Consulting On Recognizing Taliban: Thomas West

• Lawyers and Journalists Probed Over Tweets on Anti-Muslim Violence

• Myanmar's Junta Charges US Journalist, Danny Fenster, With Terrorism, Sedition

 

Arab World

• Saudi Arabia Allows Non-Saudis to Invest In Real Estate Funds in Mecca and Medina

• UAE FM meets Assad, signals Arab states keen to engage Syria

• UAE foreign minister arrives in Syria, meets President Bashar al-Assad

• Saudi Air Forces intercept three ballistic Houthi missiles

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Pakistan

• Sindh High Court Orders To Unseal Hindu Community Hall In Clifton, Karachi

• Allama Iqbal Highlighted Need for Renaissance of Islam, says President Dr Arif Alvi

• Pak to host US, China, Russia meet on Afghanistan on Thursday

• Hearing adjourned after PM briefs Supreme Court on progress made in Army Public School attack case

• Two ‘militants’ killed in Hub operation

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North America

• US slams UAE meeting with Syria's Assad, urges careful consideration

• Report warns China may be committing genocide against Uyghurs

• New US envoy for Afghanistan to visit Pakistan this week

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India

• Five held for helping terrorists kill 9 soldiers in Jammu forest ambush

• Afghanistan conference: India looks to forge consensus on terror, legitimacy, aid

• Muslim Youth Found Dead Inside Kasganj Police Station, Was Called For Questioning In ‘Kidnapping’ Case

• Padma for Maulana Kalbe Sadiq - Family thanks govt, says ‘real tribute to a great scholar’

• Kashmir Civilian Killings Show 'Frustration' Of Pakistan: J&K BJP Chief

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South Asia

• First Hindu Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Surendra Kumar Sinha, Gets 11 Years’ Jail in Graft Case In Absentia

• Taliban to investigate former MP’s torture

• Common Afghan impersonating journalists flown out of Afghanistan: Afghan Journalists Union

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Europe

• France, EU Members Slam Israel’s Settlement Plans, Terror Listing Of Palestinian Ngos

• President Macron Regrets ‘Misunderstandings’ Over Algeria Comments: Official

• Bangladeshi premier visits France in bid to boost defense, trade ties

• 'EU Not Paying Money To Turkish Gov't, But Supporting Refugees'

• Paris Agreement to come into effect in Turkey on Nov. 10

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Southeast Asia

• Maldives: Man Who Offended Holy Book of Quran Imprisoned For 10 Days

• London University blasted for hosting 'racist' Israeli Ambassador

• More than 5,000 divorce cases reported in Sarawak during MCO, says deputy minister

• Don’t preach about Keluarga Malaysia only when in govt, says Khalid

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Mideast

• Israel’s Army Using Facial Recognition Surveillance In Palestinian City

• At least 10 missing in building collapse in eastern Turkey

• Hamas sentences three to death for working with Israel, drug trade

• Iran sends humanitarian aid to victims of Daesh attack on Kabul military hospital

• Iran Reiterates Continued Support for Palestinian People

• Yemeni Journalists Syndicate condemns attack on Al Arabiya reporter, his wife

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Africa

• Morocco Airline to Launch Direct Israel Flights A Year After Normalization

• Sudan court orders end to internet cut but country remains largely offline

• Tunisia’s UGTT union calls for a strike in southern town

• Fugitive Moroccans from diverted Air Arabia Maroc flight ‘fled to Barcelona’

• Protesters set fire to police station in southern Tunisia amid a growing waste crisis

• Somali premier orders start of parliamentary elections

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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All Takfiri Movements Such As Daesh, Al-Nusrah, Boko Haram Have One Ideology and That Is Wahhabism, Says Lebanese Shia Cleric

 

(Representational File Photo ISIS)

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November 10, 2021

A Lebanese cleric deplored the expansion of Wahhabism in the West, saying that the powers are ignoring such lines of thought partly due to the relations with creators of the school.

Head of United Ummah Center Sayyed Fadi al-Sayyed said that strengthening religious and Islamic moderation, eliminating religious sensitivities, and dealing with the grounds that prepare extremism in all religions is the only path to achieve Islamic unity.

Asked about Wahhabism and Takfiri thoughts and mechanisms to counter them, the cleric said that there is a need to hold international conferences with the participation of Muslim scholars to discuss the issue. He said further research should be made on the history of Wahhabism which was founded concurrently with colonial eras.

Pointing to the history of Saudi Arabia’s ties with arrogant and colonial powers, Fadi al-Sayyed noted that these countries are turning a blind eye to Wahhabi thoughts as many of the mosques in these states are being equipped and funded by Wahhabists.

“Wahhabism has created a negative image of Islam, associating the name of Islam with massacre, 9/11, vandalizing, and bombing. All these may be completely intentional; like a person who wears someone else’s dress and makes it dirty intentionally.”

All Takfiri movements such as Daesh, al-Nusrah, Boko Haram, and other Takfiri groups in the Arab and Muslim world had one source and that is Wahhabism school, he said.

Source: ABNA24

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Pakistan to Give a Chance of Peace to Militants Who Accept the Constitution: Information Minister

Nov 10, 2021

 

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry addresses a press briefing in Islamabad on Tuesday. — PID

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the government was willing to give a chance of peace to those militants who were willing to shun violence and accept the Constitution.

Briefing the media after a Cabinet meeting which among other issues discussed the prevailing security situation of the country, Chaudhry said that certain groups linked with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) wanted to leave violence and the government too wanted to give them a chance to return to normal life.

"There are various groups within TTP; there are (some) ideologues, while there are others who joined the organisation under compulsion. The state of Pakistan wants to give its citizens a chance if all of them, some of them or a fraction of them, want to come back and show their allegiance to the Constitution of Pakistan," the minister said.

His remarks came a day after the top military brass briefed the lawmakers about national security situation.

According to political sources, Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa made it clear that talks with the TTP would be held within the framework of the Constitution.

It was said in the briefing that the TTP would have to follow the Constitution, surrender arms and get its activists registered with the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) to get national identity cards, according to sources.

The TTP also in a statement has acknowledged that a month long ceasefire had been agreed from November 9 during talks with the government, which were going under the mediation of the Afghan Taliban.

Chaudhry had said on Monday that a ceasefire had been reached between the government and the banned militant group.

In his press briefing, the minister said that the new government in Afghanistan wanted Pakistan to negotiate a deal with the TTP. "We believe the new authorities in the neighbouring country want peace in Pakistan," he said.

Talking about Afghanistan, the minister said Pakistan would not accept the Taliban government until all regional powers agreed to recognise the new Afghan administration. But he added that Pakistan would continue to provide help.

He also said that the Cabinet decided to form a special fund to help Afghanistan to tackle the looming food crisis.

Chaudhry also announced that Pakistan would send sufficient amount of wheat and rice to Afghanistan and also slash all taxes on imports from Afghanistan.

Source: Times of India

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US Busy Consulting On Recognizing Taliban: Thomas West

10 Nov 2021

 

(Twitter/US-Afghan Peace)

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US special representative to Afghanistan Thomas West told reporters on Monday that the United States held a consultation on a road map based on which they will recognize the Taliban’s government formed after the US troops withdrew and the previous government collapsed.

Thomas West has also expressed his concern over the uptick in the attacks of ISIS in Afghanistan and Al-Qaida’s presence in the country while he applauded the Taliban’s efforts in suppressing the terror group.

The special representative added that the Taliban has voiced clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with the international community, to see a resumption in aid, to see a return of the international diplomatic community to Kabul, and to see sanctions relief.

Though it is believed that the international community is somehow awaiting the US to take the lead in recognizing the Taliban, Thomas West acknowledged that the US can deliver none of the above on their own.

Thomas is intended to visit Pakistan and attend the Troika plus summit along with special representatives of Russia, China, and Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi is due to leave Kabul for Islamabad on Wednesday, November 10.

Source: Khaama Press

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Lawyers and Journalists Probed Over Tweets on Anti-Muslim Violence

November 10, 2021

 

Activists shout slogans in New Delhi last month during a rally against the recent violence in Tripura state. PHOTO: AFP

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Lawyers and journalists are among dozens of people being investigated by police in India over posts on social media about anti-Muslim violence in a case that has stoked concern about freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy.

Authorities on Nov. 7 opened a criminal investigation into the owners of 102 social media accounts under strict anti-terrorism legislation for allegedly sharing "fake news" about mob attacks on Muslims in the remote northeastern state of Tripura last month.

They include several prominent Indian journalists, an Australian journalist and a law professor based in the United States. The majority of those under investigation are reportedly Muslims.

It follows violence targeting at least four mosques and Muslim-owned homes and shops in Tripura as Hindu groups rallied against the killings of minority Hindus in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Police said the owners of the Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts were being investigated for allegedly aiming to instigate further violence by sharing misleading visuals and text on social media.

A case has been opened under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), vaguely worded legislation that allows people to be held for six months without charge.

Most of the offending posts had been removed by Nov. 7. Those that remained online largely appeared to be highlighting the plight of Muslims targeted in the attacks.

C.J. Werleman, the Australian journalist, had tweeted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not condemned the unrest and that Muslim protesters against the violence had been detained.

"27 confirmed attacks by Hindutva mobs on mosques and Muslim-owned properties in Tripura during the past week," Werleman, a reporter with Byline Times, tweeted on Oct. 30.

Indian journalist Shyam Meera Singh, another of those being investigated, said he had tweeted "Tripura is Burning!"

He shared screenshots of an email from Twitter that said the social media giant had received a request from Tripura police to take action against his account.

Reporters Without Borders said on Nov. 8 that it "firmly condemns" the investigation against the journalists whose "only crime was to cover recent attacks against mosques in the northeastern state of Tripura".

The Editors Guild of India demanded an investigation into the riots "instead of penalising journalists and civil society activists".

Tripura is ruled by Modi's Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Critics say there has been an increase in attacks on the 200-million Muslim minority community in India under Modi's government. The government denies the allegations.

The Tripura police's investigation also drew criticism from Modi's political opponents including main rival Rahul Gandhi from the Congress party.

"Pointing out that #Tripura_Is_Burning is a call for corrective action. But BJP's favourite cover-up tactic is shooting the messenger. Truth can't be silenced by #UAPA," he tweeted.

Source: UCA News

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Myanmar's Junta Charges US Journalist, Danny Fenster, With Terrorism, Sedition

November 10, 2021

 

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US journalist, Danny Fenster, is charged with terrorism and sedition by Myanmar's junta and could face life in prison.

A US journalist detained for months by Myanmar's junta, is charged with terrorism and sedition, his lawyer reported to AFP Wednesday, and he could face life in prison if convicted.

Fenster, who was arrested while leaving the country in May, was struck with "two charges under section 50(a) of the Counter-Terrorism Law and 124(a) of the Penal Code," his lawyer Than Zaw Aung, told AFP.

Conviction under the counter-terrorism law holds a maximum life sentence.

#UPDATES New charges of terrorism and sedition against US journalist Danny Fenster in Myanmar, come as he faces trial for allegedly encouraging dissent against military, unlawful association and breaching immigration law https://t.co/peRc5uQGAE pic.twitter.com/fAFZ3E7wow

— AFP News Agency (@AFP) November 10, 2021

Fenster, 37, is already on trial for allegedly encouraging dissent against the military, unlawful association, and breaching immigration law.

The new allegations come only days after Bill Richardson, a former US diplomat, and hostage negotiator, spoke with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing in the capital of Naypyidaw.

It is noteworthy that the military junta currently ruling Myanmar came into power following the February 1 coup and the overthrowing of Aung San Suu Kyi's government.

Source: ABNA24

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Arab World

 

Saudi Arabia Allows Non-Saudis to Invest In Real Estate Funds in Mecca and Medina

09 November, 2021

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia announced that it will allow capital market institutions to accept subscriptions of non-Saudis in the real estate funds that invest in assets within the boundaries of Mecca and Medina, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Monday.

“CMA stressed that the capital market institutions must ensure compliance with the Law of Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis when managing the investments of investment funds in real estate located” within the boundaries of the cities of Mecca and Medina, and upon liquidation of those funds, according to SPA.

The authority said that the decision will contribute to relying on the capital market as a diversified financing channel.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UAE FM meets Assad, signals Arab states keen to engage Syria

November 10, 2021

BEIRUT: The United Arab Emirates foreign minister met Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, a sign of improving ties between Assad and a US-allied Arab state that once supported rebels trying to overthrow him.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed is the most senior Emirati dignitary to visit Syria in the decade since the eruption of a civil war in which several Arab states backed insurgents against President Assad.

The United States criticised the visit, denouncing efforts to rehabilitate a “brutal dictator”.

“We are concerned by reports of this meeting and the signal that it sends,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

US criticises visit

“This administration will not express any support for efforts to normalise or rehabilitate Bashar al Assad, who is a brutal dictator,” Price said, not referring to him as president.

The UAE foreign minister led a delegation of senior Emirati officials that discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in a meeting with Syrian counterparts, a statement by the Syrian presidency said.

The participants discussed exploring “new horizons for this cooperation, especially in vital sectors in order to strengthen investment partnerships in these sectors”, the statement said.

Sheikh Abdullah underlined in his meeting with Assad “UAE’s keenness on the security, stability and unity of Syria,” UAE’s state news agency WAM said.

He also stressed the “UAE’s support for all efforts made to end the Syrian crisis, consolidate stability in the country, and meet the aspirations of the brotherly Syrian people,” WAM reported.

Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the Emirates president, wrote on Twitter that “the UAE continues to build bridges, boost relationships, and connect what was cut off... and will be keen to spare the region further congestion and continuous conflicts”.

Source: Dawn

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UAE foreign minister arrives in Syria, meets President Bashar al-Assad

09 November ,2021

The top Emirati diplomat met with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, Tuesday in a sign of improved relations between the UAE and Syria.

The pair discussed “exploring new horizons” for cooperation between the two countries, the Syrian presidency said. For his part, the UAE FM was quoted as saying that the UAE would stand by the Syrian people and that he believed a Syria led by al-Assad would overcome the difficulties of the war.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed would be the most senior Emirati dignitary to visit Syria in the decade since the eruption of a civil war in which several Arab states lined up in support of mainly Sunni Muslim rebels seeking to topple Assad.

The foreign minister arrived with a senior delegation, according to al-Manar TV, which is run by Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, an Assad ally.

The pro-government Syrian newspaper al-Watan cited unofficial media sources “talking about” his arrival.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Air Forces intercept three ballistic Houthi missiles

10 November ,2021

Saudi Air Forces have intercepted three ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia's southern region, the Arab Coalition announced in statement on Wednesday.

The Coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency that it “thwarted attempts by the Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pakistan

 

Sindh High Court Orders To Unseal Hindu Community Hall In Clifton, Karachi

November 10, 2021

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the local administration to unseal a Hindu community hall in Clifton and hand it over to a newly-formed committee.

The district administration had sealed the hall last year to avoid any clash as it got complaints that some members of the Hindu community were against the body managing religious events and festivals in the hall.

In compliance of the court’s last order, an amicus curiae filed names of the Hindu Panchayat and the lawyer for the petitioner also submitted names of seven persons to include them in a committee to run the affairs of the community hall.

The bench in its order said that the parties were in agreement that in case of resignation or death of any member of the community, the rest of the six members would elect the seventh member amongst “Patels of the Panchayat/Jamat” within a month.

The district administration had allotted the hall to the Hindu community in Oct 1990 for social activities.

Meanwhile, the SHC directed the builder of the four-storey Makkah Tower in Saddar to submit a proposal for compensating owners of those flats who might be affected due to an action to clear the compulsory open space.

Source: Dawn

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Allama Iqbal Highlighted Need for Renaissance of Islam, says President Dr Arif Alvi

November 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday said the Pakistani nation will make strides in every walk of life and achieve progress by following the vision and philosophy of the great poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Speaking at the Presidential Iqbal Awards ceremony here, he said the people of Pakistan could progress and become at par with other nations by seeking knowledge and innovation and moving ahead with Iqbal’s vision and hope.

“We are celebrating the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal who was our national poet, philosopher, visionary leader, lawyer and a person with knowledge of science.” He said Allama Iqbal gave Muslims the Two-Nation Theory and stressed upon renaissance of Islam. Iqbal found Allah through creations in the universe, stars, atoms, Islam and philosophers like Rumi and pursued a path of discovery of the self, Dr Alvi observed. He said the great poet propounded his viewpoint about revival of Islam through his book, “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam.” In different phases of his life, the Poet of the East pursued different strains of thought as at one stage he praised Hindustan through his poetry.

But at a later stage he, along with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, went through a change of thought and emphasized upon separate identity of Muslims in India and stopped supporting a united India, he explained.

Alvi said both were of the view that Muslims and Hindus were two different nations because their culture, religion, languages and festivals were different, who could not live together in a unified country. The Two-Nation Theory gave Muslims the vision of a separate identity and reiterated the past glory of Islam, he added.

He said in his poetry Allama Iqbal talked to the Muslim Ummah, adding, his thinking and beliefs shook the Muslims in India.“The thought of Iqbal deeply influenced the minds of people,” he remarked.

He said it was imperative that the Muslim Ummah should learn from the farsightedness of the visionary poet. “Bricks and mortar do not make a nation but it is made by knowledge, wisdom and intelligence as happened in the case of Germany and Japan,” he opined.

The president gave away the Presidential Iqbal Awards to Dr Khalid Almas, Dr Aslam Ansari, Dr Syed Abdullah, Zafar Ali Raja, Dr Muhammad Ejazul Haq, Dr Tehseen Firaqi and Khurram Ali Shafiq for their books on different aspects of life and poetic work of Allama Iqbal.

Earlier, the nation marked the 144th birth anniversary of the great poet and philosopher, Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, with national zeal and fervor. People from different walks of life paid glowing tributes to Dr Allama Iqbal for his unmatched contribution for awakening and uniting the Muslims to stand for the cause of acquiring a separate homeland, through his thought-provoking messages and poetry.

Special prayers were offered in mosques countrywide for development and prosperity of the country from early in the morning. Special programmes were arranged by different literary, political, social, educational and cultural organizations to pay homage to Dr Allama Iqbal for his unmatched literary contributions and his role in character building of the entire Muslim Ummah.

Born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877, Dr Allama Iqbal had foreseen that the only solution of problems being faced by the Muslims in the Subcontinent was a separate homeland. Iqbal is known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan, Shair-e-Mashriq and Hakeem-ul-Ummat. His best literary work includes Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i-Kalim and Armughan-e-Hijaz.

Seminars, conferences, debates and poetry competitions and discussion programmes were arranged to highlight different aspects of poetry, thoughts and messages of Dr Allama Iqbal. The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), in collaboration with PTV, arranged the Iqbal Day program titled “Sitaroon se aagey” to pay tribute to Dr Allama Iqbal in the fields of poetry and literature. The program highlighted different aspects of Dr Allama Iqbal’s personality and his contributions. The programme would also be presented on PNCA official Facebook page.

Bahria University arranged a conference themed ‘Iqbal’s multidimensional wisdom: His vision for the social, scientific and technological revival of the Ummah’ on Tuesday to mark the birth anniversary of the great poet and philosopher. President Arif Alvi was the chief guest of the conference while a number of scholars, academics, researchers, faculty and students were present on the occasion.

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust also planned to arrange week-long activities comprising over a series of competitions among the students to mark the Iqbal Day. The Trust also arranged the Iqbal Day function with participation of a number of poets, scholars and academicians on Tuesday.

An impressive change of guards ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore. A smartly turned-out contingent of the Pakistan Navy assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and enthusiasm.

Source: The News Pakistan

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Pak to host US, China, Russia meet on Afghanistan on Thursday

Nov 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the United States, China and Russia in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the 'Troika Plus' meeting.

The representative of the four countries will also meet Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported.

Muttaqi is set to arrive in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.

"Troika Plus at SRs (special representatives level) will meet with Muttaqi," the Pakistani official said.

The dialogue is taking place at a time when the Taliban is seeking international recognition. However, the international community is not in hurry to give legitimacy to the Taliban interim government unless they fulfil their promises.

"Troika Plus has become an important forum for engagement with Afghan authorities. It will express support for an inclusive government, discuss ways to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as well as the protection of human rights, particularly women's rights," he said.

Source: Times of India

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Hearing adjourned after PM briefs Supreme Court on progress made in Army Public School attack case

Haseeb Bhatti

November 10, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan, after being summoned by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, briefed the apex court on the progress made in the Army Public School (APS) attack case.

A total of 147 people, 132 of them children, were martyred when Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed the APS-Warsak School, in Peshawar, in 2014. The government is in talks with the TTP over a "reconciliation process", with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry having announced on Monday that a "complete ceasefire" had been reached with the banned outfit.

A three-judge bench — headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, and comprising Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan — had summoned the prime minister around 10am. He arrived at the court roughly two hours later, just before noon.

The hearing resumed with the prime minister present in courtroom no. 1 along with a number of lawyers, security personnel, families of APS attack victims and PTI ministers, including Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Fawad Chaudhry.

"The satisfaction of the parents [who lost their children in the APS attack] is necessary," said Justice Ahsan addressing the premier.

The chief justice asked the prime minister to inform the court of the work being done by his government regarding the APS case.

The apex court adjourned the hearing for four weeks, directing the government to submit a progress report within that time.

Court summons PM

During the last hearing, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, had directed the attorney general to inform the court about the steps taken by the government to redress the grievances of the parents of children martyred in the attack on APS on Dec 16, 2014.

In today's hearing, the chief justice asked Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan whether the prime minister had read the court's order in which he had directed the AG to take action on the complaints of the victims' parents.

At the last hearing, the chief justice had assured the parents of the victims of the court's assistance in their efforts for acceptance of their demands.

"The AG has been put on notice on the complaints and asked to take action, as required by the law, and if those who have been named are found guilty of negligence in the performance of their duties, necessary measures should be taken," an order dictated by the chief justice said.

The court emphasised that unless some drastic efforts were made, the petitioners would not be satisfied.

During the proceedings today, the AG informed the court that the order had not been sent to the premier, adding that he would inform PM Imran about it.

"Is this the level of seriousness?" CJP Ahmed asked. "Call the prime minister, we will talk to him ourselves. This cannot go on."

The AG, on behalf of the government, said that "we accept all our mistakes".

The parents had demanded the registration of a first information report (FIR) against those civilian and military officials who, they believe, were responsible for security measures at the school, at the last hearing.

During the proceedings today, the AG said, "FIR could not be registered against higher-ups."

'Where does the intelligence go?'

"Where do the intelligence [agencies] disappear when it comes to the protection of their own citizens?" the chief justice asked. "Was a case registered against the former army chief and others responsible?"

The attorney general replied that the inquiry report did not find anything related to the former army chief and former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

At this, CJP Ahmed remarked, "There is such a huge intelligence system in the country. Billions of rupees are spent on it. There is also a claim that we are the best intelligence agency in the world. So much is being spent on intelligence but the results are zero."

Justice Ijazul Ahsan said the institutions "should have known there would be a reaction to the operation in tribal areas".

"The easiest and most sensitive target were children," he added.

Talks with TTP

Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed observed that there were reports the government is negotiating with some group — an apparent reference to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

"Is it not the state's job to go after and catch the true culprits?" he questioned.

Chief Justice Ahmed remarked that the court "could not leave children to die in schools".

Action had been taken against the school's guards and soldiers, however, the accountability process should have started from the top, he added.

"The higher-ups took salaries and benefits and left."

Justice Ahsan said it was "not possible that the terrorists did not have inside support" and termed the attack a "failure of security".

Judicial commission report

On Oct 5, 2018, former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had appointed a judicial commission to probe the massacre, asking the late Peshawar High Court chief justice Waqar Ahmed Seth to nominate a PHC judge for the task.

Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan of the Peshawar High Court conducted the proceedings and presented the commission's report, which the Supreme Court ordered to be made public.

The commission observed in its 525-page report it was regrettable that the APS episode had tarnished the image of the armed forces. It took to task the Askari Guards, as well as the other guards on duty, for "inertia in the face of initial heavy firing by the terrorists".

The commission's report consisted of statements by the bereaved families, evidence given by the bureaucracy, the police and the military. It made a special mention of “the belated response” to the assault by the security detail and highlighted the grievances shared by parents of the Shuhada (martyred students).

"Had the force shown a little more response and could engage the militants in the very beginning of the attack, the impact of the incident might have been lesser," the report observed.

Source: Dawn

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Two ‘militants’ killed in Hub operation

Saleem Shahid

November 10, 2021

QUETTA: Two suspected militants were killed in a gun battle with personnel of the Counter Terrorism Department in the Hub area of Lasbela district on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the CTD said its personnel had conducted an operation on information about the movement of activists of the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) in the area. They cordoned off the area and asked the armed militants to surrender.

But the armed men, instead of handing over their arms, started indiscriminate firing. The CTD personnel took positions and returned fire. The heavy exchange of fire continued for over an hour. “Two bodies were found in the area after the firing stopped,” the spokesman said.

The bodies were shifted to a government hospital in Hub for identification. At least three militants managed to escape.

Source: Dawn

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North America

 

US slams UAE meeting with Syria's Assad, urges careful consideration

Michael Hernandez  

09.11.2021

WASHINGTON

The US sharply denounced on Tuesday a visit from the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) top diplomat to Damascus, and issued a veiled warning to regional states to carefully consider any effort to normalize relations with the Syrian regime.

UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed earlier on Tuesday led an Emirati delegation of senior officials to Damascus where they were received by Bashar al-Assad in what marks the first such visit since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration is "concerned" by the meeting, as well as the "signal it sends."

"This administration will not express any support for efforts to normalize or to rehabilitate Bashar al-Assad, who is a brutal dictator," Price told reporters.

"We urge states in the region to carefully consider the atrocities that this regime, that Bashar al-Assad himself, has perpetrated on the Syrian people over the last decade, as well as the regime’s ongoing efforts to deny much of the country access to humanitarian aid and security," he added.

Price maintained the US would not normalize or upgrade its diplomatic relations with Damascus "nor do we support other countries normalizing or upgrading their relations given the atrocities that this regime has inflicted on its own people."

Bin Zayed's visit comes more than three years after the UAE reopened its embassy in Syria.

In June 2020, former US President Donald Trump's administration warned Abu Dhabi of the repercussions of continued normalization, and the possibility of facing sanctions under the Caesar Act, which authorizes sweeping sanctions on Assad's regime.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Report warns China may be committing genocide against Uyghurs

Michael Hernandez

09.11.2021

WASHINGTON

China has intensified the crackdown against its ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority to levels that may well qualify as genocide, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Washington, DC-based Holocaust Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide pointed to what it said is "damning" evidence that China is no longer seeking the mere erasure of Uyghur religion and culture in northwest China's Xinjiang region.

Beijing is instead implementing policies intended to curtail the population with forced sterilization to mandated intrauterine device (IUD) placement, and separation of sexes via mass detention, according to the museum. The museum previously determined China has committed crimes against humanity targeting the Uyghurs.

Somewhere between 1 and 3 million Uyghurs have been "arbitrarily detained" and incarcerated in Beijing's prisons, which have been described as "concentration camps," said the center. Additionally, it estimated about the same number of people have been subjected to forced sterilization, torture, sexual violence and forced labor.

Exact figures are difficult to determine in part because of China's opacity on matters related to its crackdown and the report noted that Beijing "continues to intentionally impede the flow of information concerning its assault on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang."

"Given the scale of the atrocity crimes as well as the challenges inherent in confronting crimes committed by a powerful state, the international community needs to coordinate their efforts and prioritize protecting the Uyghur community from these crimes," said the report.

"The impunity with which the Chinese government has been able to commit these crimes thus far cannot persist. The future of a people may depend on swift, coordinated action by global actors," it added.

Naomi Kikoler, the director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center, said China's anti-Uyghur campaign "is alarming in scale and severity."

"The damage inflicted upon Uyghur individuals, families, and their community has left deep physical and emotional scars. The trauma from these atrocities will harm generations of Uyghurs," she said in a statement.

According to UN data, at least 1 million Uyghurs are held against their will in places Beijing calls "vocational training centers," but which have been criticized as a mass incarceration network.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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New US envoy for Afghanistan to visit Pakistan this week

Anwar Iqbal

November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON: The new US Special Representative for Afgh­anistan, Thomas West, is arriving in Islamabad later this week to clarify US expectations of the Taliban and of any future government in Afghanistan, the State Department said.

This will be his first visit to Pakistan as the top US diplomat for Afghanistan. Mr West replaced Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad who stepped down this week after a tumultuous three-year tenure in which he also negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban.

The agreement led to a complete withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan and helped execute the Biden administration’s chaotic departure from the country. It also paved the way for the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August.

State Department spokesperson says new peace envoy will not visit war-torn country

Previously, Mr West served as Ambassador Khalilzad’s deputy, on the National Security Council staff during the Obama administration, and for Joe Biden when he was vice president.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a news briefing on Monday afternoon that Mr West, who is now in Brussels, would also visit Britain, Pakistan, India and Russia.

“Together with our partners, he will continue to make clear the expectations that we have of the Taliban and of any future Afghanistan government,” Mr Price said.

Asked if the new peace envoy would also visit Afghanistan, the State Department official said: “There are no plans to do that.”

He said it was still not clear when Mr West will visit Doha for talks with Taliban officials based in the Qatari capital.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Mr West said he was in Brussels now to consult with allies and the EU on the way forward in Afghanistan.

“It is an honor to assume the role of US Special Representative for Afghanistan. I look forward to advancing America’s vital interests and supporting the Afghan people,” he said in another tweet.

Mr West took charge of his new office on Monday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a separate tweet that he discussed various issues with Mr West ahead of his trip to “discuss Afghanistan with international stakeholders.”

In a virtual news briefing with reporters from Brussels, Mr West said the US was worried about an uptick in attacks by militant Islamic State (IS) group’s affiliate in Afghanistan and remained deeply concerned about Al Qaeda’s ongoing presence as well.

The United States, he said, was preparing for the next round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, but he did not give a date.

Commenting on Mr West’s statement about the threat posed by IS-K militants, the US media noted that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers faced increased attacks by its ideological foe, Islamic State-Khorasan Province, the regional Islamic State affiliate.

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India

 

Five held for helping terrorists kill 9 soldiers in Jammu forest ambush

Nov 10, 2021

JAMMU: Five suspected overground workers of a terror outfit have been arrested in J&K's Rajouri for allegedly helping a group of terrorist infiltrators from Pakistan ambush and kill nine soldiers as they moved from one forested location to another, dodging the Army contingent on their trail. Two other suspects had been nabbed a couple of weeks ago.

"The terror operatives arrested late on Monday were directly in touch with the terrorists who engaged in gunfights with the Army in the forests of Bhatta Durrian in Mendhar and Thannamandi area of Rajouri last month," an official said.

Security forces have been scouring the dense forested areas of the frontier districts of Rajouri and Poonch for weeks without success to trace the retreating terrorists. The focus is now on rounding up those who facilitated their movement and passed on crucial information that helped them keep the forces at bay.

"According to intelligence inputs, more than 12 people were part of the network that assisted the heavily armed terrorists who infiltrated into J&K from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir," a source said.

The overground workers arrested from Thannamandi and Mendhar have all been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other laws.

Source: Times of India

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Afghanistan conference: India looks to forge consensus on terror, legitimacy, aid

Nov 9, 2021

NEW DELHI: NSA Ajit Doval set the tone for India’s conference on Afghanistan with discussions Tuesday on enhanced terror threat from the country, and also the looming humanitarian crisis it's facing, with his Tajikistan and Uzbekistan counterparts, Nasrullo Mahmudzoda and Viktor Makhmudov respectively. Both central Asian countries share a border with Afghanistan and have concerns similar to India’s on issues like terrorism and the need for an inclusive government in Kabul.

The threat from terrorism, the need for a legitimate government and urgent response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis are issues likely to dominate India’s Afghanistan conference on Wednesday. For India, despite the absence of China and Pakistan, the conference is an important step for underlining its role in regional efforts for peace and security in Afghanistan and also its commitment to the Afghan people in addressing the humanitarian challenges faced by them. Shortly after the conference, India will also host US special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West.

Without naming Pakistan official sources said, India and Uzbekistan emphasised the need for Afghanistan’s neighbours to ensure unhindered access to humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. They were also said to have agreed that neighbouring states must play a constructive role in Afghanistan.

With Pakistan yet to approve India’s proposal for transporting 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan through the land route, India has been emphasising the need for urgent and unhindered access to humanitarian aid for the people of Afghanistan. In the meeting with Tajikistan, both sides expressed concerns about the "sharp increase in terrorist threats’’ from Afghanistan in the recent past with the Tajik side highlighting, as government sources said, the gravity of the situation in Afghanistan.

Doval and his Uzbek counterpart also agreed that the future of Afghanistan must be decided by the people of Afghanistan themselves and that the legitimacy of any Afghan government within Afghanistan was important before considering the issue of its international recognition, official sources said. According to Indian authorities, there was a significant "convergence of assessments’’ on threats and challenges emanating from Afghanistan.

While China has turned down India’s invite citing scheduling issues, its special representative will participate in the troika plus meeting on Afghanistan that Pakistan will host a day after India’s conference. Global Times also quoted an expert to say that India must abandon its "zero-sum mentality’’ if it wanted to play an important role in regional security affairs. The Chinese official will be joined by his US and Russian counterparts.

Source: Times of India

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Muslim Youth Found Dead Inside Kasganj Police Station, Was Called For Questioning In ‘Kidnapping’ Case

November 10, 2021

A 22-year-old Muslim youth was found dead inside a police station in Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Altaf, a labourer, was brought to the Kotwali police station for questioning in an elopement case of a minor Hindu girl. A resident of Nagla Syed in the district, Altaf’s body was found hanging inside the toilet of the police station.

Police have launched a detailed inquiry into the case. Superintendent of Police, Kasganj, Botre Rohan Pramod, has suspended five policemen, including the SHO, Virendra Singh. Other four cops are two sub-inspectors and two constables.

Altaf’s family blamed the police for his death and held a protest outside the hospital where the autopsy was being conducted yesterday. The matter was resolved after senior police officials assured strict action against policemen found guilty. Heavy police force has been deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

Acting SHO of Kotwali police station, Ramesh Prasad said the autopsy report stated death due to hanging. He added that the minor girl is still untraceable.

According to the police, the girl from the Hindu family where Altaf was working as a labourer, went missing. Her father lodged an FIR against Altaf under IPC Section 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her marriage).

The SP said Altaf was called for questioning at the police station on Tuesday morning. During interrogation, he requested the police to go to the toilet. He was sent to the toilet located inside the lock-up of the police station. When Altaf did not return for long, the police went inside and found that he had attempted to hang himself with his jacket. Altaf was found unconscious. Policemen rushed him to the community health center where he died during treatment.

“Inquiry is going on into the death of Altaf. So far, no FIR has been lodged into the matter,” said Ramesh Prasad.

Source: Indian Express

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Padma for Maulana Kalbe Sadiq - Family thanks govt, says ‘real tribute to a great scholar’

Nov 09, 2021

Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the former vice-president of the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), was awarded the Padma Bhushan, posthumously, on Tuesday.

“It’s a tribute in the real sense to the great scholar,” family members of the Shia cleric, a prominent Islamic scholar, reformer and educationist who breathed his last on November 24, 2020, said.

The award was received by the cleric’s son, Kalbe Sibtain Noori. “It’s indeed a pleasure for us to receive the honour. I am thankful to the government for giving a thought and for acknowledging my father’s selfless contributions in several fields, especially education,” said Noori.

He said that the announcement was made earlier this year but following the pandemic, the ceremony could not be organised, and hence, the award was handed over to them at a ceremony on Tuesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Hasan Rizvi, the son-in-law of Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said, “I think it’s a real tribute to a great scholar. We all are thankful to the government for the honour.”

Source: Hindustan Times

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Kashmir Civilian Killings Show 'Frustration' Of Pakistan: J&K BJP Chief

09 Nov 2021

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina on Tuesday said the civilian killings in the Union Territory is a conspiracy of Pakistan to disturb peace.

He said Pakistan is the “biggest enemy” of Kashmiri Muslims and Islam.

He condemned the recent killing of a salesman, Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, at Bohri Kadal locality of downtown Srinagar on Monday evening.

“Pakistani cowards have committed another grave sin by shedding the blood of an innocent who was out to earn a livelihood for his family,” he said.

"The killing of civilians shows the frustration of Pakistan which is a murderer of Kashmiri Muslims and enemy of Islam. Pakistani terrorists are frustrated by the successful counter-insurgency operations by our police, paramilitary forces and army and have hence resorted to the killings of unarmed civilians under the cover of darkness to disturb the peaceful atmosphere," Raina said.

He said the Pakistani terrorists have killed thousands of innocents over the past 30 years but “our forces are determined to finish them along with their supporters and sympathisers".

Source: Outlook India

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South Asia

 

First Hindu Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Surendra Kumar Sinha, Gets 11 Years’ Jail in Graft Case In Absentia

PTI / Nov 10, 2021

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday sentenced in absentia former top judge Surendra Kumar Sinha, the country’s first chief justice from the minority Hindu community, to 11 years in jail on two counts of graft in a case over the laundering and breach of trust.

Dhaka Special Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam sentenced the former chief justice, who currently lives in the US, to seven years in prison for money laundering and another four years for criminal breach of trust.

The prison terms will run concurrently, Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported. “(Justice) SK Sinha is the principal beneficiary of the laundered money,” the court said in its verdict. Sinha, 70, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in a case involving the laundering of Tk4 crore taken in credit from the Farmers Bank, now known as the Padma Bank, the report said. Sinha served as chief justice for two years before leaving the country in 2017, months after a Supreme Court ruling under his term stripped Bangladeshi lawmakers of their power to sack the country’s top judges.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban to investigate former MP’s torture

09 Nov 2021

The ministerial meeting of the interim cabinet of the Taliban directed investigation of the torture of the former Member of Parliament Allah Gul Mujahid.

The acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan Muhammad Hassan Akhund directed intelligence bodies to investigate the case and bring to justice the culprits.

The decision is made after a video of Allah Gul Mujahid being tortured and ill-treated went viral on social media.

The video shows, Allah Gul Mujahid is seated hand-tightened in the trunk of the truck, surrounded by a group of Taliban affiliates who are accusing him of various crimes and felonies.

The Taliban affiliates are also seen to be mildly beating and cursing him.

Source: Khaama Press

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Common Afghan impersonating journalists flown out of Afghanistan: Afghan Journalists Union

10 Nov 2021

National Union of Journalists in Afghanistan has said that there has been vast fraud inside Afghanistan as common Afghans impersonating Afghan journalists flown out of the country.

The Union has claimed that non-journalistic bodies in Afghanistan have not only enlisted their close friends and relatives in the evacuation process as Afghan journalists but have also embezzled a large amount of national and international financial aids.

Head of the Union Masroor Lutfi claimed that there are some media who are selling certificated Afghan journalists in the black market and added that the Union can substantiate the claim with documents.

“The so-called journalists’ advocates in Afghanistan have never been journalists and they have been utilizing the names of journalists to take out relatives and friends.” Claimed Lutfi.

In the meantime, Lutfi said that the National Union of Journalists has the ability and capacity to manage every international program for Afghan journalists and asked the international community to conduct their programs for Afghan journalists in coordination with the Union.

Source: Khaama Press

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Europe

 

France, EU members slam Israel’s settlement plans, terror listing of Palestinian NGOs

09 November ,2021

Several EU member states on the UN Security Council have criticized Israel’s move to proceed with settlement construction in Palestine’s West Bank and East Jerusalem while slamming the decision to dub six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations.

“We reiterate our strong opposition to the expansion of settlements and will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties,” a joint statement from Estonia, Ireland, France, Norway and Albania read.

The EU members called on Israel to immediately halt the construction of settlements in the occupied territories, including E1 and Givat Hamatos. They warned Israel not to proceed with the tenders for the construction of more than 1,300 housing units and plans to construct nearly 3,000 housing units in occupied Palestinian territories.

“As stated in the Security Council Resolution 2334, settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties,” the joint statement read.

Separately, the EU member states criticized Israel’s decision to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups.

“These listings are a matter of serious concern, as they have far-reaching consequences for the organizations in political, legal and financial terms. We will be engaging Israeli authorities for more information regarding the basis for these designations, which we will study carefully,” they said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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President Macron regrets ‘misunderstandings’ over Algeria comments: Official

09 November ,2021

President Emmanuel Macron regrets the controversies and misunderstandings generated from comments he made about Algeria, a French official said on Tuesday, a sign that Paris may be seeking to calm relations with its former colony.

Ties between Paris and Algiers have been badly strained in recent weeks after Macron had questioned whether there had been an Algerian nation before French colonial rule and that Algeria’s “politico-military system” had rewritten the history of its colonization by France based on “a hatred of France.”

That promoted Algiers to close its airspace to France’s military fighting in neighboring Mali and recall its ambassador.

Algerian President Abelmadjid Tebboune said Saturday that he would not make the first step to ease tensions, telling German magazine Der Spiegel that Macron had “opened an old conflict in a completely ridiculous way.”

The relationship between the two countries is scarred by the trauma of the 1954-1962 independence war in which the North African country broke with France. Hundreds of thousands of Algerians were killed and both sides used torture.

Briefing reporters ahead of a conference on Libya on Friday, for which Tebboune has been invited, a French presidential official said Algiers was a key actor in the region and Macron wanted him to attend.

The official sought to express Macron’s regrets following the comments he had made to a group of young people who were working on the historical differences between the two countries.

“The president regrets the controversies and misunderstandings generated by the remarks reported and I will add that president Macron has the greatest respect for the Algerian nation, its history and the sovereignty of Algeria,” the official said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Bangladeshi premier visits France in bid to boost defense, trade ties

Md. Kamruzzaman  

10.11.2021

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) - Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Paris on Tuesday as part of a five-day visit to France to deepen defense and trade ties between the two countries.

Hasina will also attend the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and distribute the first-ever UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for Creative Economy.

French President Emmanuel Macron received Hasina at the Elysee Palace and the two leaders held a meeting that covered regional developments and issues of mutual interest.

Bangladesh and France are determined to bolster bilateral ties in defense, trade and adaptation to climate change, according to a joint statement following the meeting.

"Both countries reiterated their determination to enhance cooperation in all areas, including politics and diplomacy, defense and security, trade and investment, sustainable development and climate change, and education and cultural exchange,” it said.

The statement noted that Bangladesh and France have recognized the importance of sustained and substantive cooperation in relevant regional and multilateral fora.

"France and Bangladesh stated their will to further develop the defense and security component of their partnership," it said, adding the two countries also agreed to strengthen dialogue and continue their cooperation, particularly in the area of training through capacity building and potential technology transfer.

"In this regard, both parties welcomed the signing of a letter of intent on defense cooperation,” it added.

Underlining the common stance of the two leaders for a free, open, peaceful, secure and inclusive Indo-Pacific region based on international law, the statement said that both parties agreed "to work towards promoting regional peace and stability and to explore further opportunities for cooperation in maritime security and the blue economy.”

Referring to global concerns over terrorism, it said that "in all its forms and manifestations, [terrorism] is one of the most serious threats to global peace and security and all terrorist acts are criminal and unjustifiable.”

The two leaders also “reaffirmed their desire to strengthen long-term economic and industrial partnerships, including in the sectors of agriculture, infrastructure, transport, energy and digital technology,” the statement added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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'EU not paying money to Turkish gov't, but supporting refugees'

Agnes Szucs 

09.11.2021

BRUSSELS

The European Union is not paying money to the Turkish government, it is supporting the refugees in the country, a top EU official said on Tuesday.

“Let’s make clear, the European Commission is not paying money to the Turkish government. We are supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey,” European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson told a hearing in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee.

After presenting the bloc’s Action Plan against migrant smuggling, Johansson responded to EU lawmakers' questions about other aspects of migration.

Asked about EU funds to Turkey, Johansson stressed that “Turkey is the country in the world that is hosting the biggest refugee community,” with as much as 4 million.

“I think it's a decent way of showing solidarity towards refugees that we are also supporting refugees in Turkey,” she noted.

Johansson also acknowledged that both the EU and Turkey had to work on dismantling smuggling networks.

In 2016, the EU and Turkey made an agreement to stop irregular refugee flows and improve the conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Paris Agreement to come into effect in Turkey on Nov. 10

Gulsen Cagatay and Nuran Erkul Kaya  

09.11.2021

GLASGOW, Scotland

The Paris Climate Agreement to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century will enter into force in Turkey on Nov. 10.

The Agreement creates the legal environment that will ensure regulation in policies and laws in line with the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. Within this framework, Turkey will update its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the means by which each country every five years shows efforts to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Under the legally binding agreement, Turkey, which had previously committed to reducing its emissions from a 21% increase by 2030, plans to update its NDCs containing emission reduction targets for energy, waste, transportation, buildings and agricultural sectors as a first step and submit it to the UN Secretariat.

It is expected that a roadmap will be created for the country’s target of achieving net zero emissions by 2053.

Turkey's process in accepting Paris Agreement

In September this year, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would become a party to the Paris Agreement at his speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. On Oct. 6, the Turkish Grand National Assembly approved the Paris Agreement.

Following the publication on the ratification of the agreement in Turkey's Official Gazette on Oct. 7, the agreement was reported to the UN Secretariat on Oct. 11.

As of Nov. 10, the 30th day after the approval notification to the UN Secretariat, the agreement comes into effect, confirming Turkey as the 192nd country to be a party to the agreement.

Commenting on Turkey's ratification of the Paris Agreement, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said exclusively that she was cautiously optimistic about Turkey's participation at a political level.

She said Turkey, with its big economy, is an important country in the international arena, and its contribution to the fight against climate change is very important in all areas covered by the Paris Agreement.

International Energy Agency (IEA) head Fatih Birol said that Turkey's ratification would lead the country towards taking stronger and faster steps on clean energy.

"We, as the International Energy Agency, support Turkey's steps to put the Paris Agreement into effect," he said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Maldives: Man who offended holy book of Quran imprisoned for 10 days

November 10, 2021

The man who offended holy Quran at Ibrahim Mosque in Male' City has been remanded in custody for ten days.

The perpetrator, a 40-year-old local male, identified as Hassan Ziyad, was previously arrested and released on two occasions for urinating inside mosques and in front of the President's Office.

The man was handed over to the police for offending the Quran by mosque attendees. When he was presented to the Criminal Court to decide on his remand, he admitted to committing the act.

The presiding judge declared the man a danger to society and further noted that he had a criminal record. He, therefore, ordered the man to be held in custody while an investigation was carried out. His detention will be reviewed after ten days.

Source: ABNA24

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London University blasted for hosting 'racist' Israeli Ambassador

November 10, 2021

Furious students have gathered outside the London School of Economics on Tuesday to condemn the University after its debate society invited Israel's UK Ambassador to speak at an evening event.

The University claims the event is meant to "encourage discourse about the Middle east" but a large number of Muslim and pro-Palestine students are having none of it.

These students are not just angry at the Israeli Ambassador's presence but their fury is also aimed at the University. They claim that by inviting the Ambassador here they are essentially hosting racism and Islamophobia".

Appointed in 2020, Israel's Tzipi Hotovely has been condemned over past comments she made targeting Arabs and Islam. She once reportedly denied Palestine’s existence and famously said the Nakba was "a great Arab lie."

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More than 5,000 divorce cases reported in Sarawak during MCO, says deputy minister

09 Nov 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — The number of divorce cases in Sarawak exceeded 5,000 during the movement control order (MCO) from March last year until September this year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said the number of Muslim divorces recorded during that period was 3,582 cases while 2,076 cases involved non-Muslim couples.

She also said throughout 2020 until July, the ministry received 31 reports of domestic violence through its Talian Kasih line in the state while 1,017 reports were received by the police statewide.

Siti Zailah said this when replying to a question by Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (DAP-Lanang) during the question and answer session at Dewan Rakyat today.

Alice wanted to know the statistics on divorces during the MCO period.

Replying to a supplementary question from Alice who wanted to know the causes of divorce, Siti Zailah said there were many reasons and some were just trivial.

“Misunderstanding, drug addiction, financial issues were some of the reasons. Being hot-tempered and depressed are the other reasons,” she said.

Source: Malay Mail

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Don’t preach about Keluarga Malaysia only when in govt, says Khalid

Sean Augustin

November 9, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: The “Keluarga Malaysia” concept – espoused by the current administration – is good, but should not just be practised when one is in government, Khalid Samad (PH-Shah Alam) said today.

“But when one becomes the opposition, you fan racial sentiments instead,” the Amanah vice-president said in hitting out at the parties in the current administration during the debate on Budget 2022.

He also expressed regret that the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim had been politicised, with the PH government being accused of failing to protect the Malays and defending the non-Malays.

The coalition, he added, had also been accused of being controlled by non-Malays and non-Muslims.

The then opposition, he said, was prepared to manipulate a tragedy for their political interests only because “the victim was Malay”.

“Where was the Keluarga Malaysia motto or a similar desire for unity then?”

Adib died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) a month after being critically injured at the scene of a riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya in November 2018.

In 2019, a coroner’s court ruled that “more than two unidentified persons” had inflicted injuries that eventually caused the fireman’s death.

Meanwhile, speaking of the upcoming Melaka state polls, Khalid predicted that both Umno and PAS would label DAP as the enemy of Islam and the Malays in their election campaigns.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Mideast

 

Israel’s army using facial recognition surveillance in Palestinian city

09 November ,2021

Israel’s army has deployed a sweeping personal data collection program using facial recognition technology targeting Palestinians in parts of the occupied West Bank, an organization working with former soldiers said Tuesday.

The program sees Israeli troops collecting data of Palestinians in the flashpoint city of Hebron. It was first reported by The Washington Post based on soldier testimony given to the Breaking the Silence organization.

Soldiers on patrol equipped with specialized devices “take photos of every Palestinian that they see, completely arbitrarily,” Breaking the Silence advocacy director Ori Givati told AFP.

After the picture is taken, the system known as “Blue Wolf” generates four possible results, according to Givati who said the findings were based on testimony from six soldiers who participated in the surveillance effort.

A red result means the individual should be arrested, yellow means the Palestinian should be detained while an army superior is consulted, and green indicates the individual is free to go.

But no result means the Palestinian is not yet in the Blue Wolf system. That prompts the soldier to collect more data.

Asked for comment on the reports about Blue Wolf, Israel’s army said it “conducts routine security operations” in the West Bank as part of its “fight against terrorism.”

“Naturally, we cannot comment on the IDF’s operational capabilities in this context,” a spokesman said, referring to the Israeli Defense Forces.

Hebron is the only Palestinian city with Jewish settlers living inside it, making the city “the best place” to test Blue Wolf, Breaking the Silence deputy director Nadav Weiman told AFP.

He spoke in central Hebron near the holy site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The settlers are guarded by heavy military protection in an urban area, which increases contact between soldiers and Palestinian residents, and the city’s vast network of security cameras has been integrated into Blue Wolf, Weiman said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 10 missing in building collapse in eastern Turkey

09 November ,2021

A two-storey building packed with shoppers and diners collapsed in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, burying at least 10 people under heavy debris.

The incident occurred on a busy street in the eastern plains city of Malatya during evening rush hour, as residents packed shops on their way home from work.

Witnesses and media reports said the building crumbled during planned repairs that resulted in damage to one of the supporting columns.

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“I heard a crack first and then the building collapsed. A cloud of dust emerged. It was like judgement day,” witness Turhan Cobanoglu told HaberTurk television.

Turkey’s AFAD emergencies service said 13 people had been rushed to hospital as rescuers searched for signs of life under piles of debris spilling across one of Malatya’s main thoroughfares.

Officials issued contradictory reports about how many people were believed to be inside the various restaurants and shops when the building crumbled at 4:50 pm.

Local mayor Osman Guder told HaberTurk television that between 20 and 25 were believed to still be trapped inside.

Malatya’s main opposition CHP party chairman Enver Kiraz put the number trapped at up to 30.

“On the first floor, there was a chicken restaurant, a dried nuts seller and bakery. And on the second floor there was a coffee house,” Kiraz told AFP by telephone.

“It is a very busy street. As far as I know, some of the people were injured while passing by the building.”

But HaberTurk later reported that only 10 people remained unaccounted for.

Media reports said two of those rescued had suffered serious injuries.

Television images showed rescuers using construction diggers to remove large blocks of debris and trying to listen for signs of any survivors as the evening set in.

Turkey has been rocked by a series of disasters – including a wave of wildfires and two flash floods – that claimed some 100 lives this year.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came under fierce political pressure when it emerged in August that Turkey no longer had functioning fire fighting planes.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hamas sentences three to death for working with Israel, drug trade

09 November ,2021

The Islamist movement Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip said Tuesday it had sentenced three people to death, two of them for collaborating with its enemy Israel.

The Hamas military court said recent rulings “included three death sentences, two of them against collaborators with the occupation, and the third against a drug dealer.”

The court also ruled on 11 other cases involving the same charges. All were handed jail terms ranging from four years to life, except for one suspect whose drug trafficking charge was dropped.

Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007 and has ruled it since, while Israel has imposed a blockade on the territory.

Since then, Hamas and Israel have fought four wars, in 2008, 2012, 2014 and this year.

Previously, Hamas announced in late October it had sentenced six Palestinian “informants” to death for collaborating with Israel.

The Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has called for a moratorium on capital punishment in the enclave, saying it was “gravely concerned about the incessant issuance of death sentences by the military judiciary.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran sends humanitarian aid to victims of Daesh attack on Kabul military hospital

November 10, 2021

An Iranian plane carrying humanitarian aid has landed in Kabul airport. The plane carries humanitarian supplies to the families of victims of a recent Daesh attack on a military hospital in the Afghan capital.

As Afghans witness their most difficult days, the 12th round of Iranian aid to Afghanistan arrived in Kabul. These batches, including five tons of medicines and five tons of food are meant to treat injuries and be distributed to the families of victims of Deash terrorist group attack on Sardar Mohammad Dawod Khan hospital in Kabul.

Taliban officials welcome emergency aid to the country and thank those who stay by the Afghan's side in the darkest days. People suffering from poverty and difficulties await more help from world countries.

At least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when Daesh terrorist gunmen attacked the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital after two heavy explosions at the site in central Kabul. Daesh attacks come as hunger crises are looming in the country.

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Iran Reiterates Continued Support for Palestinian People

2021-November-10

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that support for the Palestinian people must continue until the realization of their fundamental rights, in particular the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state of Palestine with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital," Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN on Palestine Mohammad Reza Sahrayee said, addressing the General Assembly’s 4th Committee.

Lauding the vote on Palestine Resolutions, he said, “My delegation welcomes the adoption by overwhelming majority of the all resolutions under agenda items 54 and 55. By adopting these resolutions, the Members of the Committee once again expressed their strong support for the cause of Palestine, in particular the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and also holding the occupying regime accountable for its crimes against the “Palestinian people, specifically women and children.”

From the beginning of the tragedy of Palestine, numerous initiatives have been taken by different concerned countries, the United Nations as well as other international and regional organizations in order to address this crisis and reduce the miseries of the Palestinian people. The adoption of numerous resolutions condemning the occupying regime, presenting different plans and initiatives for peace as well as establishing fact-finding missions have all been in line with efforts to achieve this goal. Despite this fact, the non-compliance of the Israeli regime backed by certain powers, with relevant international law and regulations, has prevented the international community from finding a just solution to the crisis,” he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that support for the Palestinian people must continue until the realization of their fundamental rights, in particular the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state of Palestine with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. The historical experiences and developments of recent years have demonstrated that Palestinians have no choice but to continue their resistance against occupation, aggression and the violations of their rights,” Sahrayee said.

“We are of the view that the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland and holding a referendum for self-determination are the most effective solutions for the Palestinian Question. Through this referendum, the Palestinian Muslims, Jews and Christians will be able to choose their own political system and enjoy their rights freely and equally,” the Iranian diplomat concluded.

In a statement in May, the Iranian foreign ministry had also underlined the need for Israel to stop occupation of the Palestinian lands, and calling on Muslim nations to exert pressure on the international bodies and world powers to this end.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Yemeni Journalists Syndicate condemns attack on Al Arabiya reporter, his wife

10 November ,2021

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate condemned the attack that injured Al Arabiya reporter Mahmoud al-Atmi and left his pregnant wife Rasha Khalid dead in Yemen’s Aden on Tuesday.

The syndicate called on local and international organizations to show solidarity with Yemeni journalists and to continue efforts to provide a safe environment for them, according to reports.

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Al-Atmi is a reporter working for Al Arabiya and Al Hadath news channels. He is currently receiving medical care following his injuries from the attack.

An explosive device was planted on al-Atmi's car, security officials said. The explosion claimed the life of al-Atmi’s wife, who was also a journalist working in Al Ain channel.

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate is a Yemen-based organization whose main goal is to defend the rights of journalists.

The syndicate condemned in the strongest terms this “horrific crime,” and called on the security authorities in Aden to investigate the incident and arrest those responsible.

The organization said the attack on al-Atmi is a dangerous indication of a new and violent phase targeting journalists in Yemen.

“The syndicate renewed its demand to provide a safe environment for journalistic work in Yemen, declaring that the current journalistic work environment is very dangerous,” media reports said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Morocco airline to launch direct Israel flights a year after normalization

09 November ,2021

Morocco's national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) said Tuesday it would start regular direct flights to Israel, taking off a year after the kingdom normalized ties with Tel Aviv.

The service linking the countries' respective commercial capitals Casablanca and Tel Aviv will take off on December 12, two days after the first anniversary of Morocco's “resumption of relations” with Israel under a deal brokered by the former US administration.

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The service aims to “respond to the needs of the Moroccan community in Israel which has strong links with its country of origin”, the airline said in a statement carried by the official MAP news agency.

“It also aims to allow tourists and businesspeople to travel between Morocco and Israel,” it said.

The airline said it would offer three flights per week, later moving to five.

The decision comes after the first direct commercial flight between the countries, by Israeli airline Israir, landed in Marrakesh in July.

That was soon followed by a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Morocco's normalization of ties with Israel followed similar announcements by a string of other Arab countries starting with the United Arab Emirates, in deals brokered by former US president Donald Trump's administration.

In return, Washington recognized the kingdom's sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Morocco's ancient Jewish community is the biggest in North Africa, with some 3,000 still living in the kingdom.

A further 700,000 Israelis are descended from Moroccans and have kept strong links with the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sudan court orders end to internet cut but country remains largely offline

09 November ,2021

A Sudanese court ruled Tuesday that internet services cut during a military coup more than two weeks ago must be restored, a lawyer said.

However, the country remained largely offline early Tuesday, despite the court’s directive to internet service providers.

“The ruling by Khartoum district court ordered internet services to be resumed immediately,” lawyer Abdelazim Hassan told AFP.

The case was brought by a group of lawyers and the Sudanese consumers protection society, he said, adding that the court had also ruled services should run during a possible appeals process.

Online access in Sudan has largely been blocked since October 25, the day of a widely condemned military coup, and phone lines have also been intermittently disrupted.

Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the government, declared a state of emergency and detained the civilian leadership.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was detained, then placed under effective house arrest.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisia’s UGTT union calls for a strike in southern town

09 November ,2021

Tunisia’s powerful UGTT union called for a general strike in the public and private sectors in the small town of Agareb on Wednesday, where a man died following protests over government plans to reopen a landfill site.

Protesters set fire to a police station on Tuesday as part of the continued protests, witnesses said.

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On Monday, a man died asphyxiated by tear gas fired by police to break up the protests, his family and witnesses said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Fugitive Moroccans from diverted Air Arabia Maroc flight ‘fled to Barcelona’

09 November ,2021

At least two of the 12 Moroccan passengers hunted by police following an emergency landing on the Spanish island of Mallorca escaped by ferry to Barcelona, police sources said on Tuesday.

An Air Arabia Maroc flight from Casablanca to Istanbul diverted to Palma de Mallorca airport on Friday after a passenger falsely claimed to be ill, police said.

Twenty-four passengers fled the plane, closing the airport for more than three hours, in what media believe to have been an elaborate ploy to enter Spain illegally.

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Authorities arrested 12 people and were looking for 12 others.

The passenger who triggered the emergency was released from hospital and arrested after staff determined he was not ill.

Officials are investigating whether the whole incident was the result of a Facebook group’s plan to enter Spain illegally, El Pais newspaper said.

At least two of those who fled took a ferry from Mallorca to Barcelona and were still at large, police sources told Reuters.

Spain’s National Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Protesters set fire to police station in southern Tunisia amid a growing waste crisis

09 November ,2021

Tunisian protesters angered by an authority’s decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb set fire to a police station on Tuesday, witnesses said.

The escalation of the protest came a day after the death of a man caused by asphyxiation from gas fired by the police, according to his family and witnesses. The interior ministry said the man was not involved in the protests and had died at his home, six kilometers away.

Violent confrontations took place on the town’s streets as police fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to block roads and throw stones at them.

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The incident is the first serious test facing Najla Boden’s government, appointed by president Kais Saied last month, in how to respond to protests over poor public services and fragile social and environmental conditions.

The Agareb landfill, 20km from Sfax, was closed this year after residents complained about the spread of diseases in what they described as an environmental disaster.

The closure caused thousands of tons of household waste to accumulate for about a month in the streets, markets and hospitals of Sfax, the second largest Tunisian city, prompting thousands to protest.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Somali premier orders start of parliamentary elections

Mohammed Dhaysane  

10.11.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble instructed the federal and state electoral commissions Tuesday to immediately begin the process of electing members of parliament.

Roble ordered the commissions to conclude the Lower House elections by the end of December as Senate elections are almost completed.

The directive came after Roble held an online video conference with representatives of the commissions.

"PM @MohamedHRoble holds virtual meeting with Electoral Commissions of FEIT & SEIT levels and urged to begin the elections of House of the People [Lower House of parliament] so soon in all states & #Mogadishu to conclude before the end of Dec," Somali government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said on Twitter after the meeting.

Roble has announced that the federal government of Somalia will provide technical and financial security facilitation, according to the office of the prime minister.

He also urged the commissions to implement a quota under which 30% of parliament seats would be reserved for women in order to safeguard women's participation in the country's politics.

On Friday, the international community urged stakeholders in Somalia to accelerate and conduct inclusive and credible elections and expressed deep concern over the ongoing delays in the electoral process.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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