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Bangladesh Closing Down Two More ‘Peace’ Colleges Tied To Indian Televangelist Zakir Naik









The billboard’s message faces commuters riding along the I-294 in Chicago. (Photo courtesy: Sound Vision)

 

US Muslim Group behind ‘ISIS YOU SUCK’ Viral Billboards: More Is Coming

Hyderabad Muslim Bodies to Boycott Lavish Weddings, Impose Fine

Sindh CM Visits Church and Temples, Vows to Protect Minority Rights

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South Asia

Bangladesh Closing Down Two More ‘Peace’ Colleges Tied To Indian Televangelist Zakir Naik

Explosion in Herat Leaves 4 Dead, 9 Others Wounded

Noor endorses Abdullah for denouncing President Ghani as unfit for office

Conflicting reports suggest release of Pakistani helicopter crew in Afghanistan

Bangladesh’s Secret Detentions: The Case of the Two Dhaka Attack Hostages

Bangladesh arrests 5 militants, identifies July 1 attack mastermind

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North America

US Muslim Group behind ‘ISIS YOU SUCK’ Viral Billboards: More Is Coming

Trump Tries to Brand Obama, Clinton with Islamic State

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting Terrorist Attack in US

Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS

US ‘welcomes’ Russian-Turkish cooperation against ISIL

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India

Hyderabad Muslim Bodies to Boycott Lavish Weddings, Impose Fine

Shah Rukh Khan Detained At Los Angeles Airport

Go to Pakistan! Justice Markandey Katju to Asaduddin Owaisi on exclusion of Ahmadiyyas from Muslim census

Ashok Parmar- The infamous face of Gujarat Riots to work for Dalit-Muslim unity

Pakistan Day celebrations plans in Valley spark worry in Delhi

Pakistan's cross-border terror plans exposed: MEA

LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali reveals points of infiltration

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Pakistan

Sindh CM Visits Church and Temples, Vows to Protect Minority Rights

Six Terrorists Nabbed In Rawalpindi Combing Operation: ISPR

Pemra bans Dr Shahid Masood show

BISP undertakes survey to filter unwarranted elements

Pakistan to speed up efforts to neutralise hostile elements

Kashmir unrest: Pak rejects arrested LeT terrorist’s confession

Pakistan government faces grilling over bogus bomb detectors

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Mideast

Another War between Israel and Hezbollah Is Inevitable

Turkey Back In Anti-ISIL Strikes after Russia Deal

Turkey seeks arrest of ex-football star over coup attempt

Turkey to support Middle East peace process: Turkey’s FM

Turkey to send humanitarian aid to Gaza in September: Turkish PM

Bosses see Turkey’s image abroad as ‘weakest link’

Military attaches, diplomats flee in Turkey’s post-coup probe

Ankara OK with Syrian leadership role

Nearly 76,000 civil servants suspended over failed coup attempt: Turkish Interior Minister

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Europe

Migrant Christians 'Are Forced To Hide Crucifixes and Bibles from Muslims or Face Death Threats at Asylum Centres'

London Muslim Mosque Hoped to Change Aaron Driver’s Views on Islam: Statement

30,000 People to Gather In Alton for Western Europe's Biggest Annual Muslim Convention

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Southeast Asia

Two Pakistanis Fined Over Mosque Sermons in Myanmar

US-Indonesia Council Aims to Tackle Intolerant Movements: Co-Chair

Bombs in Thai resort kill one, injure 10, including foreigners

Terror crackdown in three Malaysian states

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Arab World

Iraqi Forces Repel ISIL's Attacks on Beiji City

Militants Sustain Tens of Casualties in Syrian Army Ambush in Quneitra

Over 800 Civilians Fleeing ISIL in Southern Mosul

Zarif, Lavrov Discuss Bilateral Ties, Syrian Crisis over Phone

Senior Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Aleppo

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels ISIL's Attacks on Gov't Positions in Homs Province

Syrian Army Targets ISIL's Oil Tankers in Sweida Province

Syrian Army Discovers US-Made Missiles in Terrorists' Positions in Hama

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Africa

Libyan Forces in Fresh Clashes with Islamic State in Sirte

Clashes between Christian farmers and Muslim herders in Nigeria

Togo proposes hosting Israeli-African summit in its capital next year

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Bangladesh closing down two more ‘Peace’ colleges tied to Indian televangelist Zakir Naik

12-08-2016

Dhaka education board has cancelled the permission to operate of two ‘Peace’ colleges in Dhaka and ordered their immediate closure after the government decided to shut down all ‘Peace Schools’ in Bangladesh.

The board issued the order on Thursday.

The institutions are Dhaka Peace College at Bhatara and Peaceful College at Dakkhin Banasree.

The board’s Chairman Prof Mahbubur Rahman told bdnews24.com: “The education ministry wrote to the home ministry on Thursday to shut down all Peace colleges along with Peace schools.”

He said one such school and two colleges had been given approval to operate in Dhaka.

The education ministry on Aug 2 had ordered closure of all ‘Peace Schools’ after the government banned Indian televangelist Zakir Naik’s Peace TV in Bangladesh.

Dhaka education board had cancelled the temporary approval of Peace International School at the capital’s Lalmatia right after the ministry order.

The government had started looking into educational institutions with the word ‘Peace’ in their names and their academic activities after banning Peace TV.

The channel was banned on allegations that at least two of the Gulshan cafe attackers were inspired by Zakir Naik.

Born and living in Mumbai, 50-year-old Naik is a qualified doctor who left the medical profession to found the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which runs the Islamic International School and NGO United Islamic Aid.

The educational institutions, in Dhaka as well as in other regions of the country, are allegedly being operated in line with the controversial Islamic preacher’s ideals by adding ‘Peace’ to their names.

The government is also stopping import of ‘Peace Mobile’ phones.

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/08/12/bangladesh-closing-down-two-more-peace-colleges-tied-to-indian-televangelist-zakir-naik

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US Muslim group behind ‘ISIS YOU SUCK’ viral billboards: more is coming

Thursday, 11 August 2016

An American Muslim group galvanized international attention when they waged their ferocious campaign against ISIS after plastering the message “HEY ISIS, YOU SUCK!!!” on one billboard on US interstate highway.

The non-profit organization Sound Vision’s success also culminated in a viral hashtag #actualmuslims following their campaign, reasserting the Muslim majority stance of what some critics label as silence over ISIS crimes despite the militant group’s crimes against followers of Islam.

“We have received requests from about 10 different communities after this billboard,” Mohammad Siddiqi, Sound Vision’s executive director, told Al Arabiya English. “Muslim communities now want to have similar billboards in their areas.”

The non-profit organization is currently “contacting billboard companies” in Connecticut, Florida and Texas and other states to fulfill these requests.

It is not easy to erect another billboard in terms of legality and money for any Muslim individual in America.

“In order to go for a billboard, you need to be a legal entity,” he said, explaining why these Muslims are contacting Sound Vision to get their billboards.

Each billboard costs between $3,000 to $6,000 for four weeks, he said, requiring fundraising efforts.

Founded in 1988, Sound Vision calls itself the “first” Islamic multimedia company in North America. It has produced and distributed educational material on Islam, reaching what its website says is more than “100,000 children, women and men.” It also formed Radio Islam, an online station for those interested in the religion.

Combating ISIS propaganda, stereotypes

Sound Vision adopted the billboard to educate Muslims and non-Muslims on ISIS, which Siddiqi described as “far removed from Islam,” as well as to combat negative Muslim stereotypes in the United States, particularly amid anti-Muslim rhetoric touted by the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Siddiqi especially warned against ISIS social media campaigns to lure vulnerable Muslim youth to be their potential recruits.

“[ISIS has] a strong presence on social media,” Siddiqi said. “And the youth are the ones who are online.”

The director warned that ISIS “takes Quranic courses and statements of [Islam’s] Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, and put it, out of context, on social media, presenting a totally false narrative is Islam.”

ISIS’s attempt to bring new members to its group continues to be robust to this day.

In one of the latest ISIS bids to recruit new members, a North Carolina man was arrested last week and charged in Ohio for trying to recruit people to join the militant group, with the FBI warning that he was connected to a 2015 terrorism-related shooting in Texas.

Siddiqi also said the challenges faced by American Muslims is made worse by relentless media coverage of the war in Syria and spreading Islamophobia.

In addition to media coverage, Siddiqi also explained a myriad of complexities.

“On one hand, we have to deal with radical or extremist view of Islam. On the other hand, we want to also fight against Islamophobia and the multimillion dollar Islamophobia network. On the third front, we think that there is a connection between what’s going on here and the ongoing war going on the Middle East,” he said.

All of this “gives some strength to the [extremist] groups who want to recruit young people.”

Muslims will get manuals

Facing this “triangle” which includes “war, Islamophobia and radicalism,” Sound Vision has created its own strategy beyond its billboard bid for its fellow Muslims.

“We have developed some manuals that we will soon be launched,” he said.

Siddiqi said these programs will target Muslims, especially the youth, to further incorporate them into “mainstream” Muslim activities; and they will prep up Muslims to further their media relations.

“We are especially targeting the young generation so they may not be under any illusion that what ISIS is doing is in any way near Islam,” he said despite that “the majority of young Muslims don’t think positively of ISIS.”

But “only a very, very small percentage do, particularly young girls,” he said.

“The [girls] have less opportunity to interact with other people in [conservative] households and environments. So they turn to the internet,” he lamented.

Asked how many of the ISIS-sympathizers Siddiqi has encountered throughout his interaction with the Muslim community, he said “less than one percent.”

To further spur its drive against extremism, the organization has also developed “thinking and talking points for Muslim imams” for them to use during their Friday sermons.

“So far we have conducted workshops and PowerPoint presentations in about 20 major US cities and in Canada,” he added.

Besides Muslims, Sound Vision has also “partnered with churches, synagogues and temples,” and occasionally law enforcement.

It gave the FBI 500 copies from its anti-ISIS pamphlets for the US domestic intelligence and security service to distribute to other Muslims in remote areas.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2016/08/11/US-Muslim-group-behind-ISIS-YOU-SUCK-viral-billboards-more-is-coming.html

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Hyderabad Muslim bodies to boycott lavish weddings, impose fine

Aug 11, 2016

Muslim organisations in Hyderabad have called for a boycott of ostentatious weddings in the community and even decided to fine its members if they are found spending too much on ceremonies.

They say lavish expenditure, besides the huge burden of dowry, has alarmed some sections of the community as many poor families cannot even perform the marriages of their daughters.

Siasat, a leading Urdu daily known for many social campaigns, has thrown its weight behind the initiative with its editor, Zahid Ali Khan, calling for a boycott of lavish weddings, un-Islamic rituals, music and fireworks.

Khan has also urged the ‘ulema’ or religious scholars to boycott such marriages so that the community receives a clear message.

The Hyderabad chapter of All India Jamiat-ul-Quresh, a body of meat traders and exporters, has even announced that it will impose a fine of Rs 50,000 if any of its members are found arranging extravagant weddings.

The organisation, which has over one lakh members in Hyderabad, said it will constitute a ‘task force’ to monitor the implementation of the rules framed to ensure simple weddings.

The body said it will take action against those who arrange ‘song and dance programme’ or fireworks during weddings. It also asked its members to desist from unnecessary rituals and displaying household items given to the brides.

Quresh’s president Mohammed Saleem, who is also a member of Telangana legislative council, said they took the initiative so that members of the community keep weddings simple and in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.

He pointed out that the poor and middle-class families are landing in a debt trap while trying to emulate the rich by taking huge loans to pay for the expenditure.

“Muslims in Hyderabad spend Rs. 3,500 crore to Rs.4,000 crore on marriages every year. If we succeed in our campaign, this will improve the economy of the community,” Mushtaq Malik, president of Tehreek-e-Muslim Shabban, said.

The campaign was initially launched by Shabban, a city-based NGO, with the slogan ‘Ek khana, Ek meetha’ (One dish, One dessert) last year but it did not aggressively follow it through.

Hyderabad has few parallels when it comes to ostentatious weddings in the Muslim community.

Lower middle-class and middle-class families spend anywhere between Rs 5-15 lakh on weddings. The expenses on function halls and food constitute about 50% of the total expenditure. Families often compete with each other in the number of dishes served.

There are at least 25 lakh Muslims in Greater Hyderabad.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hyderabad-muslim-bodies-to-boycott-lavish-weddings-impose-fine/story-qGEAxyPo8ZgPYmKH1DxFgP.html

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Sindh CM visits church and temples, vows to protect minority rights

Aug 12, 2016

KARACHI: On National Day for Minorities, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Swami Narayan Temple and Guru Nanak Darbar and lauded the contribution of the religious minority communities to country’s progress.

At the church, the chief minister accompanied by some of his cabinet members was received by Bishop Sadiq Daniel with a warm welcome given by schoolgirls who played flute and drums on his arrival.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shah said the religious minorities had contributed a great deal to society, particularly in the education and health sectors. “I have received education from a Christian missionary school. I am proud to say that what I am today has your contribution in the shape of education,” he said.

CM Shah said the Pakistan Peoples Party and his government were committed with the cause of minorities’ rights. “The party leadership has given representation to a Christian special assistant in my cabinet,” he said, adding that he would look after the community personally.

Murad Ali Shah celebrates his 54th birthday with non-Muslim communities before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah

The chief minister said he turned 54 on Thursday. “This is also something to be proud of that I am celebrating my birthday the same day when our fellow citizens are celebrating their national day.”

Addressing the gathering, Bishop Daniel Sadiq welcomed Mr Shah and appreciated the latter’s gesture to commemorate the National Minorities Day with them.

On the occasion, however, the audience including the chief minister rose from their seats and observed a two-minute silence to mourn the victims of the recent bomb blast in Quetta.The programme concluded with the Christian community wishing birthday greetings to the chief minister. They also sang a birthday song for him with claps.

Later, Mr Shah visited the Swami Narayan Temple along Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road where he was received by the Hindu community leaders who showered rose petals on him upon his arrival.

As he arrived, the people at the temple led him to a corner where they had lit the candles to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in Quetta blast. The chief minister also lit a candle for them.

Later, they took him to the main building of the temple to participate in the proceedings they had arranged for Mr Shah. He celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake inside the temple.

The chief minister later headed to the Sikh temple, Guru Nanak Darbar, situated on the same premises. He stayed with the Sikh community for some time and witnessed their rituals.

The chief minister assured the religious minority communities that he would continue to protect their rights. “I am just a phone call away from you, whenever you need me. I assure you again that you would be equally respected and protected. This is your country and enjoy your life free of fear,” he said.

Iranian delegation

A 12-member Iranian delegation led by deputy foreign minister Dr Mohammad Kazem called on the chief minister and discussed with him avenues in the education, research and agriculture sector to work together for mutual benefit.

Mr Shah told the delegation that an Iranian doctor had operated a transplant operation at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation. “We are working together in the health sector and would further widen the scope in other sectors as well,” he said.

Tree plantation

Earlier in the morning, Mr Shah began his day by planting a coconut tree in the lawn of CM House. He said it was the beginning of a drive that he had launched by planting a tree.

The forest ministry and other Sindh government organisations are part of that campaign. “We all have to make this province lush green by not just planting the trees, but also nurturing them,” he said.

In the evening, officials said, he flew to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

They said the chief minister was expected to return by Saturday.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1277074/sindh-cm-visits-church-and-temples-vows-to-protect-minority-rights

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South Asia

Bangladesh closing down two more ‘Peace’ colleges tied to Indian televangelist Zakir Naik

12-08-2016

Dhaka education board has cancelled the permission to operate of two ‘Peace’ colleges in Dhaka and ordered their immediate closure after the government decided to shut down all ‘Peace Schools’ in Bangladesh.

The board issued the order on Thursday.

 

Full report at: bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/08/12/bangladesh-closing-down-two-more-peace-colleges-tied-to-indian-televangelist-zakir-naik

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Explosion in Herat leaves 4 dead, 9 others wounded

Thu Aug 11 2016

At least five people were killed in an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan this afternoon, local government officials said.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Jilani Farhad said the incident took place in Shindand district Bazaar, leaving at least two soldiers and three civilians dead.

He said the incident took place after a motorcycle packed with explosives was detonated close to a security post.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-in-herat-leaves-4-dead-9-others-wounded-01678

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Noor endorses Abdullah for denouncing President Ghani as unfit for office

Fri Aug 12 2016

A prominent political figure Ata Mohammad Noor has endorsed the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah’s remarks for denouncing President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as unfit for the office.

Full report at: khaama.com/noor-endorses-abdullah-for-denouncing-president-ghani-as-unfit-for-office-01681

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Conflicting reports suggest release of Pakistani helicopter crew in Afghanistan

Fri Aug 12 2016

Pakistani helicopter crash in Afghanistanconflicting reports have emerged regarding the release of the abducted crew members of a Pakistani helicopter which crash-landed in Logar province of Afghanistan last week.

According to the local media reports in Pakistan, the crew members, including 5 Pakistanis and a Russian national were relocated.

Full report at: khaama.com/conflicting-reports-suggest-release-of-pakistani-helicopter-crew-in-afghanistan-01680

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Bangladesh’s Secret Detentions: The Case of the Two Dhaka Attack Hostages

12/08/2016

Dhaka: A week ago two diners, who were at the up-market restaurant in Dhaka when it was attacked by Islamic militants, were formally arrested by the police on suspicion of being involved in the attack that killed 22 people.

The police said that the two men – 47-year-old Hasnat Reza Karim, a Bangladesh-born UK citizen working as a businessman in Bangladesh and 22-year-old Tahmid Hasib Khan, a Canadian resident studying at Toronto university – were detained that evening on the streets of Dhaka.

Full report at: thewire.in/58474/bangladeshs-secret-detentions-the-case-of-the-two-dhaka-attack-hostages/

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Bangladesh arrests 5 militants, identifies July 1 attack mastermind

Aug 12, 2016

"Our counter-terrorism unit arrested five neo-JMB operatives in a predawn raid at (Dhaka's) Darussalam area," a police spokesman told reporters.

He said over 875 grams of explosives and 25 detonators were recovered from them.

"During initial interrogations, the five admitted to their links to the July 1 Gulshan cafe attack that killed 22 people including 17 foreigners. They had entered Dhaka with bomb making raw materials to carryout fresh sabotage," Chief of the newly formed elite police unit Monirul Islam said.

Full report at: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/bangladesh-arrests-5-militants-identifies-july-1-attack-mastermind/articleshow/53669165.cms

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North America

US Muslim group behind ‘ISIS YOU SUCK’ viral billboards: more is coming

Thursday, 11 August 2016

An American Muslim group galvanized international attention when they waged their ferocious campaign against ISIS after plastering the message “HEY ISIS, YOU SUCK!!!” on one billboard on US interstate highway.

The non-profit organization Sound Vision’s success also culminated in a viral hashtag #actualmuslims following their campaign, reasserting the Muslim majority stance of what some critics label as silence over ISIS crimes despite the militant group’s crimes against followers of Islam.

Full report at: english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2016/08/11/US-Muslim-group-behind-ISIS-YOU-SUCK-viral-billboards-more-is-coming.html

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Trump Tries to Brand Obama, Clinton With Islamic State

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama “founded” the Islamic State may be just the latest controversy in a volatile election season, but those comments could have far-reaching consequences on perceptions of the U.S. internationally and on the continual media dilemma over how to cover remarks by the unconventional candidate.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/donald-trump-president-obama-hillary-clinton-islamic-state/3460956.html

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New York Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting Terrorist Attack in US

Thursday, 11 August 2016

An accused terrorist arrested last year in New York state has admitted plotting to kill Americans last New Year's Eve with knives and machetes, in an attack coordinated with the Islamic State group.

Emanuel Lutchman pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court in Rochester, New York, and admitted his involvement in the IS plot, which never was carried out, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-terrorist-attack-us/3461427.html

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Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS

Aug 11, 2016

McMullin took aim at the Republican presidential nominee on this week’s episode of the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and ABC News Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce, saying that Trump’s dangerous rhetoric is hurting U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

Full report at: abcnews.go.com/Politics/evan-mcmullin-donald-trump-dangerous-isis/story?id=41307571

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US ‘welcomes’ Russian-Turkish cooperation against ISIL

August 12, 2016

The United States has tentatively welcomed possible Turkish-Russian cooperation against jihadists in Syria that has been made possible by recent rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow.

“We remain in close contact with our Turkish allies and our partners in the fight against Daesh,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said, using another name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-welcomes-russian-turkish-cooperation-against-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102768&NewsCatID=510

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India

Hyderabad Muslim bodies to boycott lavish weddings, impose fine

Aug 11, 2016

Muslim organisations in Hyderabad have called for a boycott of ostentatious weddings in the community and even decided to fine its members if they are found spending too much on ceremonies.

They say lavish expenditure, besides the huge burden of dowry, has alarmed some sections of the community as many poor families cannot even perform the marriages of their daughters.

Siasat, a leading Urdu daily known for many social campaigns, has thrown its weight behind the initiative with its editor, Zahid Ali Khan, calling for a boycott of lavish weddings, un-Islamic rituals, music and fireworks.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/india-news/hyderabad-muslim-bodies-to-boycott-lavish-weddings-impose-fine/story-qGEAxyPo8ZgPYmKH1DxFgP.html

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Shah Rukh Khan detained at Los Angeles airport

August 12, 2016

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained at the Los Angeles airport for questioning by the US immigration department. “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” Khan tweeted.

Khan in another tweet said, “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.”

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/shah-rukh-khan-detained-at-los-angeles-airport/article8977775.ece

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Go to Pakistan! Justice Markandey Katju’s advise to Asaduddin Owaisi on exclusion of Ahmadiyyas from Muslim census

August 12, 2016

New Delhi, Aug 12: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju is known for criticising both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists. Justice Katju has embroiled himself in another controversy, as he chose to speak out against the majoritarian view of Muslims regarding Ahmadiyya community. Katju, known for his aggressive social media posts, blasted all those Muslims who have demanded the exclusion of Ahmadiyyas from the Muslim census Full report at: india.com/news/india/go-to-pakistan-justice-markandey-katjus-advise-to-asaduddin-owaisi-on-exclusion-of-ahmadiyyas-from-muslim-census-1402466/

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Ashok Parmar- The infamous face of Gujarat Riots to work for Dalit-Muslim unity

August 12, 2016

Ahmedabad: In 2002, Ashok Bhavabhai Parmar who become the face of Gujarat’s anti-Muslim riots is planing to  work for Hindu-Muslim unity in future.

Parmar got notriority during Gujarat riots after his photograph clicked by Sebastian D’souza had splashed across newspapers and magazines across the globe.

In the iconic photograph Parmar with an aggressive expression on his face is wearing a saffron head band and holding an iron rod in his hand.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/ashok-parmar-infamous-face-gujarat-riots-work-dalit-muslim-unity-1000391/

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Pakistan Day celebrations plans in Valley spark worry in Delhi

August 12, 2016

Intelligence services have alerted the Home Ministry that scores of platforms have been erected across rural Kashmir for unprecedented Pakistan Day flag-ceremonies. These, sources told The Indian Express, are to be led by local-level militant commanders and secessionist politicians.

Key officials met here Thursday to discuss plans to stop these Pakistan Day celebrations. They have been told by security agencies that any attempt to intervene to stop crowds from gathering is fraught with the risk of hurting civilians.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kashmir-unrest-pakistan-day-celebration-burhan-wani-death-2969587/

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Pakistan's cross-border terror plans exposed: MEA

August 12, 2016

India on Thursday hit back at Pakistan, saying the developments in Jammu and Kashmir did not provide an opportunity for intervention.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the confession by the captured Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Bahadur Ali proved that the Pakistan-based terror outfit was responsible for fanning trouble in the Kashmir valley.

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/pakistans-crossborder-terror-plans-exposed-mea/article8975973.ece

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LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali reveals points of infiltration

Aug 12, 2016

NEW DELHI: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali's interrogation has revealed how Pakistan-based terrorists, after infiltrating into India through the line of control, manage to dodge Indian security forces for days, sometimes months without any problem.

Based on Ali's interrogation,+ Indian agencies -NIA and intelligence bureau-have identified several `infiltration routes' used by LeT, Jaish-eMohammad and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen cadres in north Kashmir and mapped out a strategy for intercepting them. Besides, Ali's interrogation has thrown light on the modus operandi used by the terrorists as they hide in jungles for months and how they continuously receive assistance in the form of food, shelter and logistics by locals.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LeT-terrorist-Bahadur-Ali-reveals-points-of-infiltration/articleshow/53661873.cms

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Pakistan

Sindh CM visits church and temples, vows to protect minority rights

Aug 12, 2016

KARACHI: On National Day for Minorities, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Swami Narayan Temple and Guru Nanak Darbar and lauded the contribution of the religious minority communities to country’s progress.

At the church, the chief minister accompanied by some of his cabinet members was received by Bishop Sadiq Daniel with a warm welcome given by schoolgirls who played flute and drums on his arrival.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277074/sindh-cm-visits-church-and-temples-vows-to-protect-minority-rights

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Six terrorists nabbed in Rawalpindi combing operation: ISPR

Aug 12, 2016

RAWALPINDI: Six suspected terrorists were apprehended along with a cache of arms and ammunition during a combing operation in Kallar Syedan and Gujar Khan areas of Rawalpindi district on Thursday, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

Amongst the persons arrested are two "important" militant commanders. Prepared improvised explosive devices (IED) were also recovered from their possession, said the statement.

Combing operations, which are underway across the country, are the latest initiative undertaken by the army against hiding 'terrorists' and terrorist sleeper cells.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277124/six-terrorists-nabbed-in-rawalpindi-combing-operation-ispr

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Pemra bans Dr Shahid Masood show

Aug 12, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed a 45-day ban on the ARY News programme ‘Live with Dr Shahid Masood’.

According to a statement issued by Pemra on Thursday, Dr Shahid Masood alleged — in a programme aired on June 22 — that the son of the Sindh High Court chief justice was kidnapped because the chief justice took a bribe and then did not make good on his promises.

According to Pemra, a show-cause notice was issued on July 19 and the channel was given seven days to respond, but the reply received on July 23 was “unprofessional” and no apology was tendered.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277038/pemra-bans-dr-shahid-masood-show

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BISP undertakes survey to filter unwarranted elements

Aug 12, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The government has initiated a nationwide survey to verify beneficiaries and include those eligible for financial assistance in the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

Surveyors had started the pilot project phase in Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where fresh data of those receiving support was being prepared, names being deleted of those whose financial position had improved and names of those pushed below the poverty line being included in data bank. The survey will complete by 2018.

BISP chairperson MNA Marvi Memon chaired a meeting held on Thursday to review last year’s progress and discuss modus operandi of the new survey. Participants were informed that the first-ever survey on such a large scale was being undertaken through tablets to avoid inclusion and exclusion errors while deleting fake beneficiaries.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277036/bisp-undertakes-survey-to-filter-unwarranted-elements

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Pakistan to speed up efforts to neutralise hostile elements

August 12, 2016

Pakistan today decided to speed up its efforts to neutralise hostile elements and set up a high-level task force to monitor the progress on implementation of National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism from the country.

The decision was taken at a meeting of civil and military officials on the national security chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It was the second such meeting in as many days.

The meeting took a strategic review of regional and internal security situation and also focused on the latest trends of activities of hostile intelligence agencies to destabilise Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-speed-efforts-neutralise-hostile-elements-1000332/

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Kashmir unrest: Pak rejects arrested LeT terrorist’s confession

August 12, 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan has outrightly rejected arrested terrorist Bahadur Ali’s confession that the LeT and Army are involved behind the unrest in Kashmir.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Islamabad rejects any such claims.

He said Pakistan’s stance against fighting terrorism remains very clear, adding it does not allows its soil to be used for terrorist activities against any nation.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/kashmir-unrest-pak-rejects-arrested-let-terrorists-confession-1000114/

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Pakistan government faces grilling over bogus bomb detectors

August 12, 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan’s government will face a grilling in the senate over its continued use of bogus bomb-detectors to secure high-value facilities, a lawmaker said today, claiming the devices “endangered the lives of millions”.

A Pakistani government agency has built and sold more than 15,000 of the so-called “Khojis” bomb detectors, earning millions in revenue. But the technology they use was exposed as a sham years ago in a global scandal.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-government-faces-grilling-bogus-bomb-detectors-1000045/

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Mideast

ANOTHER WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HEZBOLLAH IS INEVITABLE

8/12/16

On July 12, 2006, a Hezbollah unit crossed into Israel from Lebanon and ambushed two Israeli Humvees, killing three soldiers, injuring two and capturing two. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Hezbollah’s raid “an act of war.”

When Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000, the Lebanese government refused to take responsibility for its own territory and instead ceded ­de facto control to Hezbollah. 

Full report at: newsweek.com/another-war-between-israel-and-hezbollah-inevitable-489451

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Turkey back in anti-ISIL strikes after Russia deal

August 12, 2016

Turkish warplanes will actively participate in operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Aug. 11, after Turkey and Russia began to restore strained relations due to the downing of a Russian plane.

“If we do not terminate the terror organization right at the beginning, then they attack all the cells like an epidemic. Therefore, at this stage, we will once again actively join the operations against Daesh with our planes,” Çavuşoğlu told private broadcaster NTV in a televised interview on Aug. 11, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-back-in-anti-isil-strikes-after-russia-deal.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102731&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey seeks arrest of ex-football star over coup attempt

August 12, 2016

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for former international football star striker Hakan Şükür in the probe over the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), state media said on Aug. 12.

Şükür is accused by prosecutors in Sakarya province east of Istanbul of being a member of the organization of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-seeks-arrest-of-ex-football-star-over-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102764&NewsCatID=509

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Turkey to support Middle East peace process: Turkey’s FM

August 12, 2016

Turkey is eager to contribute to the Palestinian issue and Middle East peace process, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Aug. 11. Çavuşoğlu spoke at a joint news conference after meeting Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Ankara.       

The Turkish minister said Ankara had always advocated a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue and was going to contribute to permanent peace in the region.       

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-support-middle-east-peace-process-turkeys-fm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102767&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey to send humanitarian aid to Gaza in September: Turkish PM

August 12, 2016

Turkey to send humanitarian aid to Gaza in September: Turkish PMTurkey has plans to send humanitarian aid to Gaza in September, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who added that Turkey’s support for the Palestinian people would continue “increasingly” in the future.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-send-humanitarian-aid-to-gaza-in-september-turkish-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102766&NewsCatID=510

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Bosses see Turkey’s image abroad as ‘weakest link’

August 12, 2016

The Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) has prepared a detailed action plan to improve the country’s worsening perception abroad as well as accelerating business activities at home after the failed July 15 coup attempt, said the head of the association, Nail Olpak.

“We have not seen any problems with economic activities, as all banks and bourses were open on the first Monday after the coup attempt on July 15. This is a huge success. Our worsening perception abroad constitutes our weakest link now and we are about to start a comprehensive image-building campaign along with other business organizations,” he said in a meeting with a group of journalists on Aug. 10.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/bosses-see-turkeys-image-abroad-as-weakest-link.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102753&NewsCatID=345

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Military attaches, diplomats flee in Turkey’s post-coup probe

August 12, 2016

Two Turkish military attaches in Greece fled to Italy, others were caught overseas and several diplomats were on the run after being recalled as part of an inquiry into last month’s failed military coup, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Aug 11.

These added to several other fleeing military attaches, high-ranking soldiers and diplomats who fled after the bloody July 15 attempt as operations in the country against the followers of U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen were ongoing inside the country.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/military-attaches-diplomats-flee-in-turkeys-post-coup-probe-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102732&NewsCatID=510

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Ankara OK with Syrian leadership role

August 12, 2016

The Turkish government believes that the current Syrian leadership could potentially take part in talks aimed at resolving the Syria crisis, the RIA news agency quoted Ümit Yardım, Turkey’s ambassador to Russia, as saying on Aug. 11.

“We want the existing political leadership of the country to take part in the negotiation process,” it cited Yardım as telling a news conference in Moscow, according to Reuters.

Yardım also said Ankara was not opposed to the current Syrian leadership playing some kind of a role in a possible political transition, the TASS news agency reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-ok-with-syrian-leadership-role-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102735&NewsCatID=510

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Nearly 76,000 civil servants suspended over failed coup attempt: Turkish Interior Minister

August 12, 2016

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has said that some 76,000 civil servants have been suspended since the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ). A total of 5,171 had been detained and some 16,899 had been arrested, Ala added.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/nearly-76000-civil-servants-suspended-over-failed-coup-attempt-turkish-interior-minister-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102733&NewsCatID=341

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Europe

Migrant Christians 'Are Forced To Hide Crucifixes and Bibles from Muslims or Face Death Threats at Asylum Centres'

12th August 2016

An Iranian-born German politician has claimed Christians living in asylum centres in the country are being forced to hide crucifixes and Bibles or face death threats from Muslims.

Mahin Mousapour, a pastor in the Evangelic Free Church, who converted Christianity more than 20 years ago, told a press conference that Christians living in migrant accommodation are being constantly persecuted.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3734796/Migrant-Christians-forced-hide-crucifixes-Bibles-Muslims-face-death-threats-asylum-centres-claims-German-politician.html

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London Muslim Mosque Hoped To Change Aaron Driver’s Views On Islam: Statement

August 11, 2016

A spokesperson with the London Muslim Mosque says they tried to put Aaron Driver in contact with people who could teach him that Islam was a religion of peace and change his views.

The London Muslim Mosque issued a statement on Thursday in response to the incident in Strathroy.

Full report at: am980.ca/2016/08/11/aaron-driver-london/

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30,000 people to gather in Alton for Western Europe's biggest annual Muslim convention

12th August 2016

It is expected that around 30,000 people will gather in Alton over the next few days to celebrate Western Europe's biggest annual Muslim convention.

2016 is the 50th year of 'Jalsa Salana' which has the aim of bringing Muslims together through a range of talks and breakout sessions.

International speakers including Government Ministers and multi-faith speakers will be in attendance as well as an Exhibition of the Turin Shroud.

Full report at: 964eagle.co.uk/news/local-news/2064986/30000-people-to-gather-in-alton-for-western-europes-biggest-annual-muslim-convention/

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Southeast Asia

Two Pakistanis fined over mosque sermons in Myanmar

12.08.2016

A Myanmar court has fined two Pakistani nationals and ordered them to leave the country after finding them guilty of breaching their visa conditions by preaching at mosques.

Amed Zulfiqar, 63 and his 29-year-old son were arrested and charged for giving sermons at three mosques in the commercial capital Yangon. They were fined 100,000 kyat (85 dollars) each.

Full report at: en.qantara.de/content/two-pakistanis-fined-over-mosque-sermons-in-myanmar

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US-Indonesia council aims to tackle intolerant movements: co-chair

Fri, August 12 2016

The US-Indonesia Council on Religion and Pluralism will tackle intolerant movements within Indonesia, the council’s co-chair has said.

Yenny Wahid said it was hoped the council could develop new initiatives to boost relations between the two countries and help create a culture of tolerance.

"We will involve members of intolerant groups in all activities initiated by this council," said Yenny in Yogyakarta on Thursday.

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/08/12/us-indonesia-council-aims-to-tackle-intolerant-movements-co-chair.html

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Bombs in Thai resort kill one, injure 10, including foreigners

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Two bombs exploded in the Thai seaside resort of Hua Hin on Thursday, killing one woman and injuring 10 people, Thai police said.

The explosions happened ahead of a public holiday on Friday to mark the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Hua Hin is a popular upscale Thai resort south of Bangkok and many people will have gone there for the holiday weekend.

Full report at: english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2016/08/11/Bomb-attack-in-Thai-resort-kills-one-wounds-10.html

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Terror crackdown in three Malaysian states

Thursday, 11 August 2016

PETALING JAYA - A former security guard, two self-employed men, a jobless youth, a zookeeper and a taxi driver are all facing charges for supporting terrorism activities in three states.

No pleas were recorded but all six accused nodded to indicate that they understood the charges against them.

Escorted by three policemen, Zilah Tajudin, 43, showed no emotions at the Ipoh magistrate's court where she was accused of uploading activities of Islamic State (IS) militants into a Telegram messaging group called Tauhid State at house No. 79602, Jalan Cendera­wasih, Kg Dato Ahmad Said, Tambahan 2, Ipoh.

Full report at: news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/terror-crackdown-three-malaysian-states

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Arab World

Iraqi Forces Repel ISIL's Attacks on Beiji City

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's joint military forces repelled ISIL's attacks on their military positions in the Suburban areas of the city of Beiji in Salahuddin province.

A group of the ISIL terrorists tried to  penetrate into Beiji countryside by attacking the Iraqi forces' positions in Refractory Products Region in Beiji countryside, but Iraq's joint military forces pushed them back.

Scores of the ISIL terrorists were killed and injured in the Iraqi forces' counterattacks while dozens of them fled towards Hamreen region.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000366

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Militants Sustain Tens of Casualties in Syrian Army Ambush in Quneitra

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army soldiers launched an ambush operation against a group of Takfiri terrorists in the Southwestern province of Quneitra, killing and wounding a number of militants.

The army soldiers ambushed a group of terrorists in the village of al-Samadaniyeh al-Gharbiyeh, killing and injuring tens of the terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000343

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Over 800 Civilians Fleeing ISIL in Southern Mosul

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish Peshmerga forces announced that hundreds of Iraqi civilians have fled from the ISIL terrorist group in Southern Mosul.

"At least 800 civilians have escaped from al-Makhmur region to the South of Mosul," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed Kurdish Peshmerga officer as saying on Thursday.

Most of the civilians fleeing the ISIL comprised of women, old people and children.

The officer noted that the civilians are fleeing the ISIL-controlled regions everyday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000320

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Zarif, Lavrov Discuss Bilateral Ties, Syrian Crisis over Phone

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation discussed bilateral ties and the latest developments in Syria.

In the phone talks on Thursday, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, specially Syria.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000341

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Senior Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Aleppo

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious field commander of Ahrar al-Sham was killed in heavy fighting with the Syrian Army troops and their popular allies in the Southern districts of Aleppo city.

Abu Ayesha al-Homsi was killed in a battle with the Syrian government forces in the Southern districts of Aleppo city.   

Also on Thursday, military Commander of the Jeish al-Mujahideen terrorist group was killed by Syrian Army forces as fighting in Southwestern Aleppo intensified.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000281

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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels ISIL's Attacks on Gov't Positions in Homs Province

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army soldiers beat a number of ISIL terrorists back from their positions in Homs after hours of non-stop clashes, inflicting also major losses on them.

The terrorists' attacks to capture the government forces' positions near the village of al-Rayhania in Homs province were fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Aleppo and Deir Ezzur, over the past 24 hours.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000268

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Syrian Army Targets ISIL's Oil Tankers in Sweida Province

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops traced and targeted ISIL's fuel convoys in Eastern Sweida and destroyed most of the tankers, military sources said.

"At least four fuel tankers of the ISIL were destroyed in the Syrian soldiers' attacks on the terrorists' convoy near the village of Barik," the sources said.

"In the meantime, three oil tankers of ISIL were targeted by the army forces near al-Rashida wells, killing also several terrorists."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000266

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Syrian Army Discovers US-Made Missiles in Terrorists' Positions in Hama

August 12, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces ambushed Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Southeastern Hama and found a number of US-made anti-tank missiles.

Dozens of Fatah al-Sham terrorists were killed and injured in an ambush conducted by the Syrian government forces in Western side of al-Salamiyah city, 33 km southwest of Hama, where the army and its popular allies seized considerable volume of arms, including US-made TOW anti-tank missiles.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950522000240

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Africa

Libyan forces in fresh clashes with Islamic State in Sirte

08/12/2016

Libyan forces engaged in renewed clashes with Islamic State militants in Sirte on Thursday, a day after capturing a convention complex that had been a symbol of the militant group's authority in the city.

Forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government seized the Ouagadougou convention center and several other key sites on Wednesday, advancing into areas that had been fought over for weeks.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-idUSKCN10M1EE

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Clashes between Christian farmers and Muslim herders in Nigeria

11-8-16

Residents and rights activists say the clashes are over land use and have killed more than 350 people, mostly Christian farmers.

Recent months have seen escalating violence following growing desertification and the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency that led the Muslim Fulani cattle owners move deep into the Christian south.

In April, about 50 people were killed when Fulanis attacked a village in Nimbo in the southeastern state of Biafra. According to lawmakers, rights activists and residents, the attackers opened fire on villagers.

Full report at: africanews.com/2016/08/11/clashes-between-christian-farmers-and-muslim-herders-in-nigeria/

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Togo proposes hosting Israeli-African summit in its capital next year

08/12/2016

Visiting Togo President Faure Gnassingbe will take the lead in organizing the first African-Israeli “security and development” summit in his nation’s capital of Lomé next year, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to participate in the conference, expected to convene in March or April, some 60 years after Israel established formal ties with Ghana, the first African country with which it did so, in 1956.

Full report at: jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Togo-proposes-hosting-Israeli-African-summit-in-its-capital-next-year-463949

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