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Erdogan Urges Islamic Unity against ‘Modern Lawrences’

 

 

Musicians in Syria were given 90 lashes each after they were caught by the Islamic State's religious police playing an electric keyboard

 

 

  

Mideast

Erdogan Urges Islamic Unity against ‘Modern Lawrences’

Dialogue Better Than War of Words, Turkish PM Suggests To Egypt

Burqa-Clad ‘ISIL Militants’ Turn Out To Be Lovers in Disguise in Turkey

Iran: Israel's Terrorist Attack on Golan Shows Israel-Takfiri Terrorists Cooperation

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Message to European Youth to Reveal Lies about Islam

 

Europe

A Dozen French Soldiers Joined ISIS: Ministry

UN Holds First-Ever Meeting on Anti-Semitism

Swedish envoy to Turkey: Criticizing ISIL does not equal Islamophobia

German anti-Islam leader resigns after Hitler, refugee posts

HRW says conditions in Egyptian prisons 'life-threatening'

HRW: Thai workers’ rights abused on Israeli farms

 

Arab World

Arab Lawmakers to Discuss Prophet Caricatures

ISIS ‘Police’ Lash Musicians for Playing Electronic Keyboards

Saudi Arabia deplores Charlie Hebdo continued ‘mocking of Islam’

Saudi Social Affairs Ministry admits charities raised funds illegally

Car bomb kills 5 in Syria's Homs

Syrian Army Strikes Major Blow at Militants in Hasaka, Idlib

Iraqi Army Repels ISIL's Attack on Ramadi City

Peshmerga Forces Repel ISIL Attack in Iraq's Zumar

Terrorists invest in stocks to raise funds: Sakinah officials

Bid to smuggle 4 million narcotic pills foiled in Saudi Arabia

 

Africa

Attack Me If You Dare, Boko Haram Chief Taunts 'African Kings'

Oil not religion at play in Boko Haram attacks: Expert

South Sudan rivals agree new ‘unity deal’

Cameroon says German hostage held by Boko Haram freed

 

North America

Hindutva Controversy: Fear Of Majoritarianism Not Unfounded, Says US Historian

Relations with India, Pakistan not at expense of each other: US official

Air strikes killed 6,000 ISIS fighters: U.S. ambassador

Yemen government agreeing to most militia demands: Kerry

 

India

Muslim Population Grows 24%, Slower Than Previous Decade

‘Silent Majority’ In Islam Must Speak Against Its Bad Elements: Union Minister

‘My Sin Was I Could Not Do Anything during 2002 Gujarat Riots’: Sahitya Akademi Award Winner

Lashkar group sneaked into India gives security agencies the jitters

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Relents Under US Pressure, Bans JuD, Haqqani Network

Disenchanted Taliban Militants in South Asia Eye Islamic State with Envy

Islamic State Commander Held in Lahore

No margin of error in war against terrorists: Nawaz

Conspiracy being hatched for Indian supremacy in South Asia: Altaf

Religious parties rally in Karachi against blasphemous sketches

Attack foiled in Wah: Police trying to decode suicide bomber’s note

Protesters raze seminary after cleric disallows burial of man

 ‘Islamic banking system can bring prosperity to country’

Terrorism will be rooted out from the country at any cost: Pak Punjab CM

 

South Asia

No Place for ISIS Terrorist Group in Afghanistan: Karzai

PG considers blocking pornographic websites in the Maldives

Khaleda Zia could be tried for ordering killings: Sheikh Hasina

Hundreds demonstrate in Kabul against Charlie Hebdo

Clock ticking for Japanese IS hostages

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysian IS Detainees Isolated After Preaching To Prisoners

Ban all concerts, not issue ‘guidelines for vice’, Islamic hardliners tell Jakim

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast

 

Erdogan Urges Islamic Unity against ‘Modern Lawrences’

January 22, 2015

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Muslim states to speak with one voice against terrorism and racism, positioning himself once again as a key leader of the Islamic world.

Addressing a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said Islamic states had to defeat the successors of the iconic British officer Lawrence of Arabia who were seeking to disrupt the Middle East.

His comments came ahead of a tour of Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti scheduled to begin Wednesday.

He said acts of terrorism “never bind the Muslims nor Islamic countries” and called on the Muslim world to engage in “self-criticism” to define a united route in order to address the challenges.

“When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in: Terrorists and modern Lawrences,” he said.

British officer T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, helped Arab leaders fight a guerrilla insurgency against the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the desert during World War I. Modern Turkey was built on the ruins of the empire.

Erdogan has in the past raised up the ghost of Lawrence as a symbol of Western meddling in the Middle East.

“We may be speaking different languages, we may be coming from different geographies, and we may have different ethnic roots,” he said. “(But) we must put aside all differences among us in the face of terrorism and racism,” he said.

Erdogan lashed out at the Islamic State (IS) which has captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria right up to the Turkish border which he said was “killing Muslims on the pretext of Islam.”

“We must first check and question ourselves. Foreigners are coming, bombing and killing. Why are we leaving problems to others to deal with instead of solving them among ourselves?”

Erdogan also criticized the UN Security Council for making decisions on issues that concern the Muslim world, without having a Muslim member among its permanent members.

“Is there any single Muslim country among the five” (permanent members of the UN Security Council)? Is the entire world surrendered to the five members? Can justice be there?” he asked.

“We are 56 countries. Won’t we question what our function is? Islamic countries make up almost one third of the United Nations,” he told the OIC.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/693061

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Dialogue Better Than War of Words, Turkish PM Suggests To Egypt

Jan 22 2015

Turkey and Egypt should come together and discuss ways to find a mutual understanding on their different points of view, the Turkish prime minister has said, describing the importance of the Arab country as “the backbone of the Middle East.”

“I want to underline: Egypt is the backbone of the region. The region’s stability will be resilient if Egypt is strong. There will be problems in the region if Egypt is in trouble. This is how we think; they either accept it or they don’t,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in an address to opinion-makers from various Arab countries at a meeting late Jan. 21 in Davos.  

Egypt can only find stability by acquiring legitimacy through the free will of the country’s people, Davutoğlu said.

Turkey and Egypt withdrew their ambassadors from each other’s capitals last year as part of tension following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 military coup staged by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is now the country’s president. Turkey has remained the strongest opponent to el-Sisi’s leadership, frequently directing accusations at the Egyptian leader.

“Instead of reciprocal accusations, we should come together and talk; we should try to understand each other. We, as Turkey, have no political agenda with any other country. Just like Tunisia. We feel great pride and happiness with [Tunisia]. I want to congratulate all Tunisians. It’s a success story,” Davutoğlu said. 

The prime minister underlined that Turkey would never recognize the military coup in Egypt out of “respect for its own values.”

“We have [said this] and will continue to do so. We hope that the Egyptian people and our Egyptian friends will be able bring about a more inclusive government,” he added.

Some reports have suggested that Qatar has launched a mediation process between Ankara and Cairo after Doha changed its policy toward Egypt and announced its support for the el-Sisi government.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dialogue-better-than-war-of-words-turkish-pm-suggests-to-egypt-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77277&NewsCatID=510

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Burqa-clad ‘ISIL militants’ turn out to be lovers in disguise in southeast Turkey

Jan 22 2015

Two men detained as suspected jihadists in the southeastern province of Mardin were actually wearing burqas to disguise themselves in order to visit their girlfriends secretly, police have found.

According to a Jan. 21 statement issued by the Mardin Governor’s Office, the two burqa-clad men, identified only by their initials M.D. and Z.T., were detained by police as suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

The two were “unmasked” after a motorized police team noticed that one of the burqa-clad “women” was actually wearing men’s shoes, Doğan News Agency reported. Security forces took the suspects to a nearby police station as a precaution against a possible lynch attempt after a local crowd had gathered.

“The investigation has revealed that the men were wearing burqas to hide their love affairs,” the Mardin Governor’s Office stated. Doğan News Agency reported that the men had resorted to the burqa disguise in order to clandestinely visit their girlfriends, whose families oppose their relationships.

The emergence of ISIL in Syria and Iraq has raised social tension and security concerns in Turkey’s southeast, where many are worried about locals crossing the border to join the jihadists.

Beards, which have actually been popularized throughout Turkey in recent years thanks to their adoption by a number of TV stars and footballers, are sometimes reported as a problem in the southeast of the country nowadays. It was reported in October 2014 that barbers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır had been receiving increased demands to shave off the beards of customers worried about being labelled jihadists.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/burqa-clad-isil-militants-turn-out-to-be-lovers-in-disguise-in-southeast-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77281&NewsCatID=341

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Iran: Israel's Terrorist Attack on Golan Shows Israel-Takfiri Terrorists Cooperation

Jan 22 2015

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly condemned Israel's Sunday attack on the Syrian Golan Heights that killed an Iranian military adviser and six Hezbollah members, saying that the raid showed the close cooperation between Israel and the Takfiri terrorists.

"The aggressive act of the Zionist regime in Golan (Heights) is another sign of cooperation between this regime and the Takfiri terrorists," Zarif said in a meeting with Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that Israel's terrorist attack was carried out to aid Takfiri terrorists in Syria following their repeated defeats and retreats in the battle against the Damascus army in recent months.

Jibril, for his part, condemned Israel's attack on the Hezbollah resistance movement in the Golan Heights, and said, "The experience of the resistance movement's victories, including the 22-day (Gaza) and the 33-day (Lebanon) wars, shows that resistance is the only way to fully retrieve the Palestinian nations' rights against the Zionist occupiers."

On Sunday, an Israeli helicopter struck Quneitra in Syria's Golan Heights, killing Iranian military advisor Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi as well as the son of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh and 5 other Hezbollah members.

Several state and military officials in Tehran as well as the Lebanese movement have vowed a crushing response to the Israeli attack.

On Tuesday, Commander of the IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned Tel Aviv of the devastating response of the regional resistance movements to Israel.

“The IRGC will remain steadfast on the path to the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel through its continued support for the Lebanese and Palestinian combatants, but this time it supports will be on a scale larger than its supports during the 33-day and 51-day wars against the Israeli army,” General Jafari said in a message released on the occasion of the martyrdom of Allahdadi.

The Iranian top commander said resistance groups in the region would soon give a crushing response to Israel's Sunday raid.

“The Zionists must wait for the devastating thunderbolts of the anti-Israel resistance groups in the region," the Iranian commander warned.

Also, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Logistics Major General Mostafa Izadi underlined today that the Israelis are and should be deeply worried about the crushing response that they will receive for killing several Hezbollah members and the Iranian military adviser in Syria.

"They thought that they will a get good result, but now they know that they will receive a crushing response and because fear and fright is intermingled with their nature, they make these remarks (that they weren’t aware of the veteran Iranian commander's presence among those martyred in Israeli air raid in Syria on Sunday). Muslim fighters will take a firm and powerful revenge for the blood of these martyrs," Izadi said in Tehran on Wednesday.

Izadi said that the assassination occurred in Syria which is not directly in war with Israel and their attack was carried out on purpose "and the Zionists' remarks are only desperate propaganda".

He also stressed that Iran merely plays an advisory role in Syria.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931101001548

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Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Message to European Youth to Reveal Lies about Islam

Jan 22 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei sent a highly important message to the European youth on Wednesday night to stress the Islam that the West is trying to portray is a forged concept and not the reality, demanding the younger generation in the West to do research to get firsthand information before accepting their states' propaganda.

"I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam...," the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said in a part of his message, and added, "Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam."

"... in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from," he said, and stressed, "Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?"

What follows is the full text of the message:

To the Youth in Europe and North America

Message of ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of The Islamic Republic of Iran

 In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful

 To the Youth in Europe and North America,

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.

I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.

I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.

Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which the Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.

The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.

By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past and not to the current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?

You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. Now, I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with an unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam? Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.

My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from.

I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.

Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?

Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout several centuries?

I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you within fabricated and mental borders.

Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over the gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you, the youth, is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.

Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931101001704

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Europe

 

A dozen French soldiers joined ISIS: ministry

22 January 2015

About 10 former French soldiers have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) among the hundreds of French radicals believed to be fighting for the extremist group, France’s defense sources said Wednesday.

We estimate at around a dozen the number of former troops who have joined these networks,” Agence France-Presse quoted a source as saying.

“Our concern is not former soldiers... It's preventing the phenomenon of radicalisation with our forces,” the source added.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian refused to comment directly on the affair.

“The cases of former soldiers being tempted by jihadism are extremely rare,” he told a press conference to announce new anti-terrorism measures in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris.

The military's 1,000-strong internal intelligence unit will get 65 extra staff to help vet and track recruits more closely, the ministry announced.

One of the three gunmen in the Jan. 7-9 attacks on a kosher market and a satirical newspaper claimed allegiance to the ISIS. The other two claimed ties to al-Qaeda in Yemen.

French authorities say at least 1,200 French citizens and residents are involved in extremist fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2015/01/22/Minister-Up-to-10-former-French-soldiers-joined-ISIS.html

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UN holds first-ever meeting on anti-Semitism on Thursday

Jan 22, 2015

The U.N. General Assembly is holding its first-ever meeting devoted to anti-Semitism on Thursday in response to a global increase in violence against Jews _ a meeting scheduled even before the recent attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

The daylong informal meeting will feature a keynote address by French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy and speeches by Canadian, German and French ministers and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power in the morning. A panel discussion in the afternoon will include U.S. and Canadian lawmakers and several human rights experts including an Israeli professor.

Assembly spokesman John Victor Nkolo said the 193-member world body has discussed anti-Semitism many times in sessions dealing with intolerance, xenophobia, violence, racism and human rights violations. But he said “based on the available records we were able to check, this is indeed the first time that anti-Semitism as such is specifically the subject of an informal meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/un-holds-first-ever-meeting-on-anti-semitism-on-thursday/#sthash.H8ShA1vL.dpuf

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Swedish envoy to Turkey: Criticizing ISIL does not equal Islamophobia

Jan 22 2015

Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara urges for a balanced approach in dealing with Islamist terror attacks, saying a distinction should be made between criticizing Islamist extremists and Islamophobia

Nobody should stigmatize all Muslims for the crimes committed by fundamentalists, yet nobody should label criticism of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its methods as Islamophobia either, Sweden’s top diplomat based in Ankara has said.

“We have to strike a balance. We should really be careful in order not to stigmatize the Muslim population in Europe as a whole, collectively,” Swedish Ambassador Lars Wahlund told the Hürriyet Daily News on Jan. 20.

“On the other hand, criticizing ISIL, their methods and what they are doing, that is being seen as Islamophobia. But you cannot define a very legitimate criticism of ISIL as Islamophobia,” Wahlund added.

“There has been a tendency in the European debate [to assume that] when one criticizes ISIL, he is assumed to be criticizing Islam. But we must not stigmatize all Muslims because of what ISIL has done. And I think that we must focus on both sides of the debate: We have to be able to do our best to avoid Islamophobia, as we also have to call a spade a spade and criticize what ISIL is doing,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/swedish-envoy-to-turkey-criticizing-isil-does-not-equal-islamophobia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77269&NewsCatID=359

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German anti-Islam leader resigns after Hitler, refugee posts

Jan 22 2015

The leader of a German organization against the perceived "Islamization" of Europe stepped down Jan. 21 after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler.

Lutz Bachmann, co-founder of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, announced his departure on Facebook after German media published the comments where he called refugees "cattle" and "filthy," and a photo showing him with a Hitler mustache and hair combed over like the Nazi Fuehrer.

Bachmann didn't comment directly on the picture, but apologized for the anti-refugee comments, which he made online in September, a month before the group staged its first protest.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-anti-islam-leader-resigns-after-hitler-refugee-posts.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77274&NewsCatID=351

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HRW says conditions in Egyptian prisons 'life-threatening'

22 January 2015

Human Rights Watch has criticised "life-threatening" conditions in Egyptian prisons, saying it has independently recorded nine deaths in custody since mid-2013.

The New York-based group said in a press release published on Wednesday that detainees seem to have died "after being tortured or physically abused."

It also documented that many died due to "overcrowded cells" or lack of "adequate medical care for serious ailments."

"Yet the authorities have taken no serious steps either to improve detention conditions or to independently investigate detainees’ deaths," it said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/120877/Egypt/Politics-/HRW-says-conditions-in-Egyptian-prisons-lifethreat.aspx

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HRW: Thai workers’ rights abused on Israeli farms

January 22, 2015

JERUSALEM: Thai laborers employed on Israeli farms suffer from low pay, dangerous working conditions and very long hours, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Wednesday.

According to the 48-page report entitled: “A Raw Deal: Abuses of Thai Workers in Israel’s Agricultural Sector,” the 25,000 Thais employed in the Jewish state are working in conditions which contravene Israeli law. Workers must tolerate “low pay, excessive working hours, hazardous working conditions and poor housing,” it said.

“The success of Israel’s agricultural industry depends to a large extent on the labor of Thai migrant workers, but Israel is doing far too little to uphold their rights and protect them from exploitation,” the New York-based organization said.

“Israeli authorities need to be much more active in enforcing the law on working hours and conditions, and in clamping down on employers who abuse workers’ rights.”

The report’s authors interviewed 173 Thai workers in 10 separate farming communities across Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/693066

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Arab World

 

Arab Lawmakers To Discuss Prophet Caricatures

January 22, 2015

Manama: Kuwait’s Parliament Speaker said Arab lawmakers attending the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) talks in Istanbul have agreed to focus on the issue of the insults to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

They also intend to send a “civilised message” to the world clarifying “true Islam,” Marzouq Al Ghanim told Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) following the coordination meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group and the Arab group. Kuwait is currently the chair of the Arab Parliament Union.

Al Ghanim said that the two groups had agreed to endorse a proposal set forth by the UAE’s parliament on terrorism, Al Ghanim said, but without giving further details. However, he added that all lawmakers backed the initiative.

In their coordination meeting, members of the Arab group selected Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algeria and Morocco to its executive committee, while the UAE, Palestine, Sudan and Mauritania will be on the political and foreign relations committee.

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Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/arab-lawmakers-to-discuss-prophet-caricatures-1.1444701

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ISIS ‘police’ lash musicians for playing electronic keyboards

22 January 2015

A video purporting to show ISIS religious police in Syria lashing musicians and destroying their instruments has been reportedly released by the militants this week.

According to text posted along with the images on a file-sharing website, two musicians were punished with 90 lashes. They had been playing an electric keyboard and a lute.

The raid on the musicians is believed to have taken place in Bujaq, a few miles to the east of Aleppo, the Daily Mail reported.

The U.N. on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by ISIS, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.

The jihadist group is showing a “monstrous disregard for human life” in the areas it controls in Iraq, the U.N. human rights office said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2015/01/21/ISIS-police-lash-musicians-for-playing-an-electronic-keyboard-.html

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Saudi Arabia deplores Charlie Hebdo continued ‘mocking of Islam’

No justification for abuse of Islam: KSA

January 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia denounced the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing blasphemous material about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“The Kingdom condemns the magazine for mocking Islam and the personality of Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of guidance and compassion,” a Foreign Ministry official said, adding “there is no justification for this deliberate abuse of Islam, hurting the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.”

The Kingdom emphasized that freedom of expression does not approve insulting religious faith. “We call upon everybody to keep away from creating hatred against Islam and Muslims,” the official said, while reiterating Riyadh’s condemnation of the terrorist attack on the magazine’s headquarters.

Meanwhile, a leading Islamic organization has called on the United Nations to make “contempt of religions” illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/693166

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Saudi Social Affairs Ministry admits charities raised funds illegally

January 22, 2015

The Ministry of Social Affairs has revealed that law-enforcement agencies closed down some of its charities because they had raised funds illegally from the public.

In reports sent to the Shoura Council, officials at the ministry admitted that these offices had committed the offenses, but did not specify how long they would remain closed.

Abdulaziz Al-Hadlaq, chairman of the Shoura Council’s social affairs, family and youth committee, revealed this information in a review of information supplied by the Social Affairs Ministry.

Arab News reported last week that law-enforcement agencies closed down 20 charities linked to the ministry in the Eastern Province in November for these violations. Seventy percent of these charities were raising funds through unauthorized outlets.

Government agencies also recently shuttered nine offices of the International Islamic Relief Organization, which has an agreement with the Islamic Affairs Ministry, for collecting donations illegally for social welfare projects.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/693141

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Car bomb kills 5 in Syria's Homs

Jan 22, 2015

A car bomb exploded on Wednesday in a commercial area in the central city of Homs, killing at least five people and wounding 30, the provincial governor said.

“This is a cowardly terrorist act that targeted the central commercial area in the city of Homs,” Barrazi said.

The broadcaster aired footage showing damaged cars and shops. Ambulance sirens could be heard in the background.

The blast came a week after Syrian rebels and government forces began observing a 10-day truce in the last rebel-held area of Homs, marking another setback for opposition fighters.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/car-bomb-kills-5-in-syrias-homs/article6808680.ece

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Syrian Army Strikes Major Blow at Militants in Hasaka, Idlib

Jan 22 2015

 The Syrian army stormed the hideouts of the Takfiri groups in surrounding areas of Hasaka and Idlib provinces, leaving scores of militants dead and injured.

The army soldiers struck a major blow at the rebels in al-Khansaa village, South of Tal Hamis in Hasaka province, killing and injuring a large number of them.

Also, the militants suffered major losses in across Idlib, as the Syrian army made advances in the areas of Jabal al-Zawya and Abu al-Dohour.

Syria has been the scene of insurgency since 2011 when certain western powers and their regional allies voiced loudly that Syrian protests have no diplomatic solution and they started supplying the country's opposition groups with their arms and funds.

In 2014, specially after victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the country's presidential election, the army has gained upper hand in its anti-terrorism campaign, and has been partly successful in sealing borders with Turkey and Jordan.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931101001127

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Iraqi Army Repels ISIL's Attack on Ramadi City

Jan 22 2015

The Iraqi army continued its advances in the Western Al-Anbar province, and managed to push back ISIL's heavy attack on the city of Ramadi.

"The Iraqi army and security forces backed by the popular forces repelled the heavy attack which was preceded with seven car-bomb explosions in the city," Commander of Al-Anbar Provincial Police Brigadier General Kazzem Al-Fahdavi said.

He reiterated that repulsion of the attack was a great success for Iraqi security and tribal forces, and said, "The security and police forces are now in full control over Ramadi."

Since June 2014, Northern, Western and Central provinces of Iraq have been the scene of insurgency posed by the ISIL terrorists who attacked army bases in summer and occupied vast areas in Nineveh, Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, including Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah.

Army soldiers and populace forces, form both Shiite and Sunni tribes, as well as Kurdish Pishmarga decided to grow united against the new wave of militancy in the country.

Army officials had previously announced that insurgency in the country will be eradicated by the current yearend.

 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931101001331

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Peshmarga Forces Repel ISIL Attack in Iraq's Zumar

Jan 22 2015

Kurdish Peshmarga fighters pushed back an offensive by the ISIL Takfiri group in Zumar, Nineveh province, killing several terrorists.

A Kurdish military commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the terrorist group launched a surprise attack in the village of Salihiah using Humvees and armored vehicles loaded with explosives and ammunition.

The source added that the Kurdish forces killed at least four ISIL terrorists and left all their vehicles destroyed. 

Since June 2014, Northern, Western and Central provinces of Iraq have been the scene of insurgency posed by the ISIL terrorists who attacked army bases in summer and occupied vast areas in Nineveh, Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, including Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah.

Army soldiers and populace forces, form both Shiite and Sunni tribes, as well as Kurdish Pishmarga decided to grow united against the new wave of militancy in the country.

Army officials had previously announced that insurgency in the country will be eradicated by the current yearend.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931101000361

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Terrorists invest in stocks to raise funds: Sakinah officials

January 22, 2015

Terrorist organizations are now increasingly investing in legitimate businesses on stock exchanges around the world to raise funds for their operations, a study has found.

The Sakinah Campaign in the Kingdom conducted the study, which found that the investments are mainly made in countries where there is a lack of financial controls and supervision.

These organizations use fake names as cover when making investments. They are also involved in clothes and textile trading in certain countries, the study found.

In a statement released to the media recently, Sakinah officials said that this showed a clear shift in strategy after a reliance on drug trafficking and seeking ransoms from European and American countries for kidnapped hostages.

They said these organizations have turned to e-commerce because their activities are difficult to detect, and they can operate remotely. He said there are skilled traders, with a high degree of technical and financial knowledge, operating on stock exchanges for extremist groups.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/693126

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Bid to smuggle 4 million narcotic pills foiled in Saudi Arabia

January 22, 2015

Customs officers at the Haditha checkpoint in Al-Jouf region have foiled attempts to smuggle more than 4 million narcotic pills into the Kingdom in two separate operations, burnews.com online paper reported.

In the first attempt, some 1,308,000 pills of captagon were uncovered while hidden in a consignment of wooden holders of the Holy Qur’an. The holders were emptied and the narcotics were carefully placed inside, according to the head of the customs at Haditha checkpoint, Ibrahim Al-Inizi.

In the second operation, 2,970,688 narcotic pills were uncovered, wrapped in silicon-coated plastic packs. The packs were pressed and silicon was put on the edge of the packs to conceal the content, he said.

Smugglers have adopted new methods to bring narcotics into the Kingdom, but alert customs officers at all ports of entry have foiled their attempts, he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/693131

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Africa

 

Attack me if you dare, Boko Haram chief taunts 'African kings'

Jan 22 2015

The head of Boko Haram -- the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau -- has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group as they call for a united effort to crush it.

In a video claiming responsibility for the bloody attack on the Nigerian town of Baga in early January, Shekau poured contempt on the presidents of Chad, Cameroon and Niger, goading Chad's Idriss Deby Itno with the message: "African kings... I challenge you to attack me now. I am ready."       

The Baga attack on January 3 in which hundreds are feared to have been killed has been called a crime against humanity by Washington and Paris.

In the video that has just emerged on YouTube, Shekau also accused Cameroon President Paul Biya of being too afraid to ask for help in the face of group's ever-increasing belligerence.

Cameroon has also seen repeated recent attacks, including the kidnapping of dozens of people, mostly women and children, during a deadly attack on Sunday.        

To Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, who Shekau noted had commiserated with France after the recent Islamist attacks in Paris, he said: "Muhammad Yusuf (Mahamadou Issoufou), is that your job? Ah, ah, ah! Muhammad Yusuf, you will see. President of Niger, you will see," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/attack-me-if-you-dare-boko-haram-chief-taunts-african-kings-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77242&NewsCatID=357

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Oil not religion at play in Boko Haram attacks: Expert

World Bulletin / News Desk

 January 22, 2015

The recent upsurge of attacks by Boko Haram militants across Nigeria's northeastern Borno State has little to do with religion; rather, it is motivated by oil greed, according to a South African expert on Islam and militancy.

"The motivation here has little if anything to do with religion," Andrea Brigaglia, a lecturer of Islamic studies at the University of Cape Town and director of the Center for Contemporary Islam, told The Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

"The town of Baga, where the last killings occurred, as well as Kawuri, Menari and Gamboru-Ngala, where other such massacres occurred in earlier months, are inhabited almost entirely by Muslims," said the expert.

Boko Haram militants staged a daring attack on the Multinational Joint Task Force stationed in Baga, a densely populated town located some 160km from Maiduguri, provincial capital of Borno State, earlier this month.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/153498/oil-not-religion-at-play-in-boko-haram-attacks-expert

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South Sudan rivals agree new ‘unity deal’

January 22, 2015

Arusha, Tanzania: The leaders of South Sudan’s warring factions on Wednesday agreed to a political deal designed to boost efforts to end their year-old civil war, diplomats said.

President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a pact in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha to bring together the rival camps of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Fighting broke out in newly-independent South Sudan in December 2013, when Kiir accused his sacked deputy Machar of attempting a coup.

The escalating war split the SPLM along ethnic lines and set off a cycle of retaliatory battles and massacres across the country that have left tens of thousands dead and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/sudan/south-sudan-rivals-agree-new-unity-deal-1.1445092

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Cameroon says German hostage held by Boko Haram freed

22 January 2015

A German hostage kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria six months ago has been freed after a military raid led by Cameroonian forces and their allies, Cameroon said Wednesday.

“A special operation led by Cameroonian armed forces along with security services of friendly nations succeeded this night in freeing Nitsch Eberhard Robert, a German citizen abducted in Nigeria in July 2014 by the Boko Haram sect,” the presidency said in a statement.

A spokesman for the German foreign minstry confirmed the man's release, adding that he was now in Cameroon's capital Yaounde.

The announcement came as Nigeria and its neighbours were holding talks in Niamey on how to combat the militants, whose insurgency has left 13,000 dead and forced 1.5 million from their homes since 2009.

Boko Haram is stepping up attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, prompting Chad to send a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles Saturday into Cameroon to battle the insurgents.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2015/01/21/Cameroon-says-German-hostage-held-by-Boko-Haram-freed.html

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North America

 

Hindutva Controversy: Fear Of Majoritarianism Not Unfounded, Says US Historian

January 22, 2015

Events unfolding in India in the past six months, including the “rise of Hindutva politics”, are a stark reminder that the fears of rise of majoritarianism were not entirely unfounded, according to noted US historian and author David Lelyveld.

The scholar, who delivered a lecture at Aligarh Muslim University, today said it would be a mistake “to indulge in euphoria” regarding any major dividends from US President Barack Obama’s visit to India.

He also felt a large section of opinion in the US “does not agree with the haste with which President Obama has revoked the denial of a US visa to Prime Minister Narendra Modi” and said his decision to visit India would have damaged President Obama’s image “as a champion of human rights in the world.”

Full report at:

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/miscellaneous/hindutva-controversy-fear-of-majoritarianism-not-unfounded-says-us-historian/33074/

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Relations with India, Pakistan not at expense of each other: US official

Jan 22 2015

Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House Ben Rhodes has said that the United States does not view its relationships with India and Pakistan at the expense of each other, the IBNLive reported.

"It's important that we make clear, and the [US] President did last time when he went to India [in 2010], that we don't view these relationships as taking place at the expense of the other. That we can have a good relationship with India and we can have a good relationship with Pakistan," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes was quoted in the Press Trust of India report.

"Frankly, that's in the interest of all the three countries," he added.

President Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend for an unprecedented second visit by a serving US president, the honoured guest of his new friend Narendra Modi who was a Washington outcast before winning the elections in India only a year ago

After Jimmy Carter, Obama is the only US president who has not visited Pakistan while on a trip to India.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1158684/relations-with-india-pakistan-not-at-expense-of-each-other-us-official

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Air strikes killed 6,000 ISIS fighters: U.S. ambassador

22 January 2015

The U.S.-led airstrikes have “taken more than half” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group’s leadership, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones told Al Arabiya News Channel in an interview aired Thursday.

Jones described the airstrikes as having a “devastating” effect on ISIS after Baghdad criticized Washington for not doing “enough” to eliminate the Islamist group.

“We estimate that the airstrikes have now killed more than 6,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq,” Jones said.

The U.S. ambassador added that the airstrikes have “destroyed more than a thousand of ISIS vehicle inside Iraq.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/22/Air-strikes-killed-6-000-ISIS-fighters-U-S-ambassador.html

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Yemen government agreeing to most militia demands: Kerry

Jan 22 2015

The Yemen government is accepting some of the demands put forward by a rebel Shiite militia in a deal to end a political crisis, top US diplomat John Kerry said Wednesday.

Kerry told reporters it was his understanding that the government of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is "going to accept if not all, most of, the objections that the Huthis had," as news of the deal emerged in Sanaa.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/120936/World/International/Yemen-government-agreeing-to-most-militia-demands-.aspx

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India

 

Muslim population grows 24%, slower than previous decade

Bharti Jain,TNN | Jan 22, 2015

NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community's share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period.

While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed from around 29% between 1991 and 2001, it is still higher than the national average of 18% for the decade.

The data accessed by TOI showed that the most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam. Muslims constituted 30.9% of the state's population in 2001, but accounted for a 34.2% share a decade later. The state has had a persisting problem of the illegal influx of Bangladeshi immigrants.

West Bengal, another state where illegal immigration from Bangladesh has been an old phenomenon, has also registered a rise in the share of Muslims in total population from 25.2% in 2001 to 27% in 2011, a growth of 1.9 percentage points over the 10 years, more than double the national average.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Muslim-population-grows-24-slower-than-previous-decade/articleshow/45972687.cms

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‘Silent Majority’ In Islam Must Speak Against Its Bad Elements: Union Minister

Jan 22, 2015

Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said for countering bad elements in Islam – a vocal minority supported by a few regional parties – the “silent majority” in the community should express their views.

Rathore, while speaking at the launch of the Republic Day edition of RSS mouthpieces Organiser and Panchajanya, listed India’s concerns that need to be addressed in its defence strategy. The special issues of the weeklies focus on India’s strategic culture and its security challenges.

“There are bad elements in Islam and they are promoted by some regional parties in the hinterland. There is a vocal minority and a silent majority. The silent majority will have to at least express their opinion to counter the others,” said the MoS for Information and Broadcasting.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/silent-majority-in-islam-must-speak-against-its-bad-elements-rathore/#sthash.OblomEPN.dpuf

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‘My Sin Was I Could Not Do Anything during 2002 Gujarat Riots’: Sahitya Akademi Award Winner

AARTI DHAR

Jan 22, 2015

“My sin was I could not do anything during the 2002 riots,” Sahitya Akademi Award winner Esther David said at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival which began here on Wednesday.

Participating in a discussion on “Seven Deadly Sins in Our Time,” Ms. David said Ahmedabad became divided between Hindus and Muslims then and it still continues to be so under the cover of Vibrant Gujarat.

“What I see now is a strange change in communities. They are becoming more religious and I am not comfortable with it.”

She said communal riots were not new to Gujarat. Recalling her association with Ahmedabad, Ms. David said that between 1955 and 1995, people lived together but now there are ‘identified’ areas.

Esther David’s forthcoming book is A City with A Past: Ahmedabad.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/my-sin-was-i-could-not-do-anything-during-2002-riots/article6809065.ece

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Lashkar group sneaked into India gives security agencies the jitters

Bharti Jain,TNN | Jan 22, 2015

NEW DELHI: A group of 5-6 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants that crossed over from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district last week has emerged as a major worry for the security agencies ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit.

The infiltrating group was tracked with the help of wireless intercepts picked up from across Pakistan, and is currently lying low in Jammu and Kashmir, possibly waiting for an opportunity to sneak outside the state. Agencies fear that the terrorists may be headed for Delhi with a specific mission to stage a spectacular strike coinciding with Obama's visit.

Sources in the security establishment said around half a dozen LeT men, who were waiting at a launch pad in PoK, crossed over to Kathua some time last week. This was confirmed from intercepts of their wireless conversations in Pakistani territory, tracked in real time by Indian intelligence agencies. However, after the group crossed over into Indian territory, there has been radio silence. Though the agencies have tracked the area from where the terrorists sneaked in, they have not been able to pinpoint their current location, thus hampering a possible counter-action to neutralise the group.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Lashkar-group-which-sneaked-into-India-from-Pakistan-gives-security-agencies-the-jitters/articleshow/45973493.cms

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan relents under US pressure, bans JuD, Haqqani network

Jan 22, 2015

In a paradigm shift in its policy against terrorism, Pakistan has included Jamaat-ud-Dawa led by the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and the dreaded Haqqani network in the list of proscribed organisations after the US mounted pressure on the country.

The step was taken after pressure heaped on the country to stop making a distinction between good and bad militants following a deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed 150 people, mostly children. A government official said that the decision to ban JuD and several other groups was taken by the government several days ago and tasked the Interior Ministry to decide the modality to implement it.

The ministry followed by including the name of JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), the two groups led by Saeed, in the list of banned organisation for their involvement in extremism and militancy. An official told Dawn newspaper that it was the demand of the United States to ban the Haqqani Network and JuD but the Pakistan government was using “delay tactics”.

The decision comes days ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade on January 26. Other groups added to the notorious list of banned entities are Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/pakistan-bans-jud-haqqani-network-amid-mounting-us-pressure/

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Disenchanted Taliban militants in South Asia eye Islamic State with envy

Jan 22 2015

PESHAWAR: Splits within the Taliban, and doubts over whether its elusive leader is even alive, are driving a growing number of militant commanders in Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Islamic State (IS) for inspiration.

Security and intelligence sources believe there are no operational links yet between IS and South Asia, and that the region is not a priority for a group that occupies areas of Syria and Iraq and is focused on the Arab world.

But regional leaders worry that a new ultra-violent movement bent on toppling governments and establishing strict Islamic rule could be born from the stubborn Taliban insurgency that carries out frequent attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, one militant commander said many have turned to IS, or Daish as it is also known, because they are frustrated at the lack of leadership by Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban chief who has not been seen in public for years.

“Look, we have been fighting for years but we don't have an inch of land in our possession in Afghanistan,” said the senior commander, who spoke from the Afghan province of Kunar.

“On the other hand, Daish, within limited time, captured vast areas in Iraq and Syria and established Sharia. This is what is being discussed all the time in our circles.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1158690/disenchanted-taliban-militants-in-south-asia-eye-islamic-state-with-envy

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Islamic State commander held in Lahore

Jan 22 2015

LAHORE: Security forces have arrested a man they believe is the commander of the Islamic State group in the country as well as two accomplices involved in recruiting and sending fighters to Syria, intelligence sources said on Wednesday.

Three intelligence sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the man, Yousaf al-Salafi, was arrested in Lahore and confessed during interrogation that he represented IS in Pakistan. “Al-Salafi is a Pakistani Syrian who reached Pakistan through Turkey five months ago,” said one source. “He crossed into Turkey from Syria and was caught there. Somehow he managed to escape and reached Pakistan to establish ISIS (IS).” The account could not be independently verified.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/22-Jan-2015/islamic-state-commander-held-in-lahore

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No margin of error in war against terrorists: Nawaz

Jan 22 2015

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the nation has to succeed in the war of terror at any cost, as there is no margin of error.

He directed the law enforcement agencies’ chiefs to improve mutual coordination in their ongoing counterterrorism drive in line with the National Plan of Action (NAP) The PM has also observed that steps are being taken for the effective implementation of NAP for complete elimination of terrorism. He was chairing a meeting on reviewing progress on the NAP implementation at the PM’s House here on Wednesday.The high profile meeting reviewed security situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan. The issues relating to registration of Afghan refugees also came under discussion. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehtab Khan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, and Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also briefed the participants about establishment of military courts and other measures being taken to implement NAP.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Jan-2015/no-margin-of-error-in-war-against-terrorists-nawaz

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Conspiracy being hatched for Indian supremacy in South Asia: Altaf

Jan 22 2015

LONDON - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that a conspiracy is being hatched to establish India’s monopoly in South Asia and use of sectarianism to destabilise Pakistan is part of that conspiracy.

He also said that the Pakistan Army should take over the reigns of the government in the interest of Pakistan and his party would support them in the war against urban terrorism. According to a statement from London, Altaf told his party workers in Rawalpindi during a telephonic address that the balance of power in the region is being disturbed by creating unrest in Pakistan through an international conspiracy.

He further said that in the current situation the whole nation should unite and support Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism and demand that the Army chief General Raheel Sharif should step forward and takeover the government.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Jan-2015/conspiracy-being-hatched-for-indian-supremacy-in-south-asia-altaf

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Religious parties rally in Karachi against blasphemous sketches

Jan 22 2015

KARACHI: Several religious parties belonging to the Sunni sect staged a large rally on Thursday in Karachi against the publication of anti-Islam sketches and demanded that the OIC and UN take action against countries republishing the material.

The rally, lead by Sunni Tehreek (ST) chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, commenced from Numaish Chowrangi on M.A. Jinnah road from where it headed to Tibet centre. Religious party leaders including Mufti Mubarak and Syed Muzaffar Husaain Shah were also present.

A large number of supporters attended the rally who were chanting slogans and carrying placards and banners carrying slogans protesting the publication of anti-Islam sketches by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Strict security measures were in place for the rally and Karachi's M.A Jinnah was blocked.

The provincial capital city's traffic police issued an advisory asking commuters to travel on the Sadar Corridor-3 and Shahrae Faisal alternatively.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1158694/religious-parties-rally-in-karachi-against-blasphemous-sketches

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Attack foiled in Wah: Police trying to decode suicide bomber’s note

Jan 22 2015

TAXILA: Officials of law enforcement agencies and police are trying to unscramble a code which was found scribbled on a piece of paper recovered from the pocket of a suicide bomber.

The man got off a bus and blew himself up with a hand grenade when the bus was stopped at a police picket on Grand Trunk (GT) Road near Mughal Garden, Wah, on Monday. The piece of paper with the number 21110 written on it was recovered from him along with Rs7,000 in cash, a pair of sunglasses and two pieces of clothing.

A police investigator told Dawn that officials from different agencies have joined hands with police to crack this code.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1158656/attack-foiled-in-wah-police-trying-to-decode-suicide-bombers-note

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Protesters raze seminary after cleric disallows burial of man

Jan 22 2015

CHARSADDA: Enraged people demolished a religious seminary and adjacent fishing hut built on a graveyard here after a man was killed when the madrasa administrator and his men opened fire on the protesters on Wednesday.

Police said that the people were protesting against the cleric after he disallowed funeral prayers and burial of a man in the graveyard of Turangzai area the other day. They said that the cleric had set up a seminary, Afzal Darul Uloom, and a fishing hut on the graveyard.

Police said that the local people and the seminary administrator, Peer Ashfaq, exchanged harsh words after which the cleric and his men opened fire which resulted into the death of one person named Khial Mohammad, resident of Khat Koruna.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1158674/protesters-raze-seminary-after-mans-killing

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‘Islamic banking system can bring prosperity to country’

Jan 22 2015

KARACHI: Islamic Banking & Finance system can bring prosperity to Pakistani society if people seriously practise Islamic way of life, especially in their financial matters.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Muzaffar Said stated this while addressing the “Business Gathering” organised by The Bank of Khyber (BOK) on Tuesday at a local hotel.

BOK Managing Director Shamsul Qayyum, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Finance Syed Said Badshah Bukhari, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Islamic Banking Director Yavar Moini and BOK Shariah Supervisory Board Member Prof Syed Muhammad Abbas also spoke on the occasion. Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi senior leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnati offered Dua for the promotion of Islamic banking and financial system in Pakistan on this occasion.

The KP finance minister mentioned that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offers excellent opportunities for investment in various sectors like Tourism, Minerals, Hydal Power, Forests and other natural resources etc. He invited the business community from Karachi to invest in KP. Said lauded the role of people of Karachi for hosting peoples from all over the country & KP and providing them opportunity to make a good living. He prayed that Karachi may become again city of lights.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/business/22-Jan-2015/islamic-banking-system-can-bring-prosperity-to-country

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Terrorism will be rooted out from the country at any cost: Pak Punjab CM

Jan 22 2015

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that National Action Plan is a joint strategy for the elimination of terrorism and extremism.

He said that a decisive war is being fought against the brutal elements, which have killed innocent Pakistanis and victory in this war is essential for the survival and progress of the country besides ensuring a safe future for the coming generations. He said that Pakistan will be rid of the enemies of peace and humanity and the whole nation is united and determined to root out terrorists who will find no place in the country. He said that terrorists have given grief and sorrow to the nation by shedding the blood of innocent children and their teachers in Army Public School Peshawar and they will be held accountable for every drop of blood of the martyrs. He said that time has come to root out the menace of terrorism from the country.

He expressed these views while talking to assembly members of various districts. The chief minister said that terrorism is a big hurdle in the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. He said that terrorism and lawlessness have caused loss of billions of rupees to national economy. He said that the menace of terrorism will be rooted out from the country and Pakistan will be transformed into a peaceful and prosperous welfare state in accordance with the vision of founders of the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/22-Jan-2015/terrorism-will-be-rooted-out-from-the-country-at-any-cost-cm

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South Asia

 

No place for ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan: Karzai

Jan 22 2015

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has not place and supporters among the Afghans.

In an interview with the BBC Farsi, Karzai blamed the foreign intelligence agencies for spreading propaganda regarding the growing presence of ISIS militants in parts of Afghanistan.

Karzai said the foreigners are looking to enforce new phase of instability and misery in Afghanistan by encouraging the militants to raise the ISIS flags in a bid to spread the group’s ideology in Afghanistan.

Comparing the rumours with the rise of Taliban militants in Afghanistan Karzai said the regional security institutions specifically the Pakistani forces should be on high alert and cautious in this regard.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/no-place-for-isis-daesh-terrorist-group-in-afghanistan-karzai-9274

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PG considers blocking pornographic websites in the Maldives

Jan 22 2015

Prosecutor General (PG) Muhthaz Muhsin has said that the office is considering demanding that internet service providers in the Maldives block pornographic websites.

Speaking to Avas, Muhsin said pornographic websites are blocked in most Islamic countries and that the Maldives should follow suit.

“This is how it is in the lot of Muslim countries. We are thinking of doing the same in the Maldives,” Muhsin told Avas.

According to current laws and regulations, possessing and distributing pictures or videos with pornographic content is illegal in the Maldives.

Last year, nine underage students were arrested in Feydhoo School in Addu City for the possession of pornographic pictures and videos while a man was sentenced to six years of imprisonment for possessing pornographic material.

http://minivannews.com/news-in-brief/pg-considers-blocking-pornographic-websites-in-the-maldives-92287

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Khaleda Zia could be tried for ordering killings: Sheikh Hasina

Jan 22, 2015

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said opposition leader Khaleda Zia could be tried for ordering the killings during the political unrest as authorities announced a bounty on people involved in street violence that has claimed 30 lives.

“It will be logical to bring her (Zia) under the purview of law…for giving order of the killings,” Hasina told parliament last night.

“Law-enforcing agencies are examining the possibility of putting her (Zia) on trial… law will take its own course and it is up to agencies enforcing the law to check this out and take necessary action. I will leave it at that.”

The premier’s comments came as law enforcement agencies detained 2,500 suspected anarchists in 24 hours until late night and announced Taka 100,000 (USD 1,286) bounty on each person involved in violence.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/khaleda-zia-could-be-tried-for-ordering-killings-sheikh-hasina/#sthash.Aw4vN0m3.dpuf

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Hundreds demonstrate in Kabul against Charlie Hebdo

Jan 22 2015

Hundreds of residents of Kabul have gathered to demonstrate the publication of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.aw) by a French Magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Demonstrators demand closure of French embassy in Kabul over the disrespect made to Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) by its Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Demonstrators blamed French government for negligence after the magazine announced in advance that they are going to publish the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

A demonstrator said “French government knew in advance but they did not do anything to stop them (Charlie Hebdo)”.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/hundreds-demonstrate-in-kabul-against-charlie-hebdo-28049

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Clock ticking for Japanese IS hostages

Jan 22 2015

The clock was ticking Thursday towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom.

The Japanese government said it was working to secure the release of freelance journalist Kenji Goto and self-employed contractor Haruna Yukawa, but with only 24 hours to go, admitted it had still not spoken to the Islamic State group.

"We have not been able to confirm their safety," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Jihadist footage posted online Tuesday showed a knife-wielding militant looming over two kneeling Japanese men, apparently in a desert in Syria or Iraq.

In a chilling echo of the group's videotaped beheadings of five western hostages last year, the man, who speaks English with a British accent, says the two captives' fate hangs in the balance.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/120956/World/International/Clock-ticking-for-Japanese-IS-hostages.aspx

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Malaysian IS detainees isolated after preaching to prisoners

Jan 22 2015

Malaysian authorities have removed detainees suspected of supporting the Islamic State group (IS) from the general jail population after some were found preaching the extremist IS ideology to fellow inmates, the home minister said Thursday.

"They have been found to influence other criminals in joining the ideology," Zahid Hamidi told reporters, saying the IS suspects were being housed in dedicated cell blocks.

"These are hardcore people who want to go and fight in Iraq and Syria. We want to neutralise them."

Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have expressed increasing alarm as scores of the country's citizens have either gone abroad to join the IS jihad or been arrested for supporting the group or seeking to travel to Syria.

Zahid said 67 Malaysians are known to have gone to Syria and Iraq and that five had been killed fighting for the cause.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/120965/World/International/Malaysian-IS-detainees-isolated-after-preaching-to.aspx

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Ban all concerts, not issue ‘guidelines for vice’, Islamic hardliners tell Jakim

January 22, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — Federal Islamic authorities should push for concerts to be banned in Malaysia for promoting vice rather than issuing guidelines on how these are organised, according to the local chapter of international hardline Islamists Hizbut Tahrir.

After a controversial Korean pop concert where three Muslim girls were hugged and kissed, the group said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) should prohibit such events completely and not set rules on how to avoid such activity.

“It is weird and saddening, how can Jakim provide guidelines for committing vice?” the Islamist group wrote on its website.

“Jakim should urge the government to not commit what is prohibited, not to give guidelines towards those who want to commit it.”

Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia claimed that concerts are eroding the identity of young Muslims, since there are allegedly free mingling between men and women as well as the consumption of drugs and alcohol.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/ban-all-concerts-not-issue-guidelines-for-vice-islamic-hardliners-tell-jaki#sthash.yxOyqkEm.dpuf

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/erdogan-urges-islamic-unity-against-‘modern-lawrences’/d/101158

 

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