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Mr Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux said he wants to see a France that is inclusive

 

We Must Embrace Muslim Population: Mr Juppé Frontrunner for France’s Presidency

Islamic State 'Connected' To Bangladesh, Says John Kerry

ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks

 

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India

Former Indian Judge Backs Decision to Classify Ahmadis as Muslims in Census

Kerala Clerics Who Influenced Islamic State Bound Youths under NIA Lens      

Hurriyat asks J&K CM to support Kashmiris

Owaisi blames Pak for Kashmir unrest

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Europe

We Must Embrace Muslim Population: Mr Juppé Frontrunner for France’s Presidency

German Army Looking For Islamist Infiltrators in Its Ranks, Report Says

EU nations must not refuse Muslim refugees, Angela Merkel says

Explosion takes place at Brussels Criminology Institute – report

Nobody in Germany Wants To Hire Merkel's Rapists and Robbers

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South Asia

Islamic State 'Connected' To Bangladesh, Says John Kerry

Taliban Leader Sentenced To Death by Afghan Court

Afghan leaders agree on key issues to resolve tensions: CEO’s Office

Pakistani politician proudly declares to be an Afghan

Protest in Bamyan as Ghani visits the province to inaugurate projects

Bangladeshi-Canadian community disavows alleged terrorist killed in raid

Expatriates pay last respects to Bangladeshi poet Shahid Qadri in New York

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North America

ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks 

Comedians to Kick Off New PEN America Series for Muslim Voices

How the Clintons Gave American Foreign Policy its Muslim Tilt

Mohamed Amin Ahmed, an average man, takes on Islamic State online

Muslims Seek New Burial Ground, and a Small Town Balks

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Arab World

Daesh-Claimed Suicide Bomb Attack Kills At Least 60 in Aden

Suicide Attack Kills At Least 23 in Iraq Central Town

Saudi Govt Launches ‘No Vaccine, No Haj’ Campaign This Year

Terrorists to Surrender Moadamiyeh City to Syrian Gov't

Senior Commander of Jund Al-Aqsa Killed in Syrian Army's Anti-Terrorism Attack

50 Turkish Tanks Deployed in Jarabulus

Iran Seeks Reinvigoration of Ties with Latin America

Notorious Terrorist Commander Killed in Syrian Army Attacks in Dara'a

Syrian Army Engages in Heavy Fighting with ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

Terrorist Centres Hit Hard in Syrian Army Assaults in Eastern Ghouta

More Commanders of Fatah Al-Sham Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army

ISIL's Oil Tankers Destroyed in Syrian Army Attacks in Sweida Province

Arab Analysts Raise Possibility of S. Arabia's Closure of Embassy in Baghdad

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Africa

The Chief Imam and Muslims Deserve Honour for Promoting Peace in Ghana

More Than 100 Turn Out To Meet Muslim Neighbours at City Church

Nigeria: Blasphemy - 'No Christian Was Killed in Zamfara' - Northern CAN

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari claims Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘fatally wounded’ in airstrike

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Mideast

Turkey to Fight ISIL, Syrian Kurdish Militia with 'Same Determination': Erdoğan

Turkish Military Strikes YPG in Syria after Soldier Killed

Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue to Hit SDF Positions in Northern Aleppo

CHP, TBB to not attend judicial year ceremony at Presidency

Two soldiers killed in clashes with PKK in Turkey’s east

Turkey’s parliament speaker criticizes youngsters for interest in ‘killer’ Che Guevara

Turkey’s battered tourism sector praises 9-day Eid al-Adha holiday

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Southeast Asia

21 Abu Sayyaf Fighters Killed Over 3 Days In Philippines' Sulu Province, 2 Hostages Rescued

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says no genocide in his bloody drug war

Islamic State-inspired attacker's bomb attempt of Indonesian church fizzles out literally

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Pakistan

Sindh CM Lauds Bohra Community’s Role in Sindh’s Uplift

Qadri warns of ‘neck or nothing’ in Pindi march

PM to nominate more envoys to highlight Kashmir issue

PM, Saudi defence minister vow to boost ties

Pakistan accuses India of using Pathankot attack to derail dialogue

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Former Indian Judge backs decision to classify Ahmadis as Muslims in census

August 29, 2016

Indian Muslim leaders have criticized the Government’s decision to class Ahmadis as Muslims during the 2011 census. Former Indian Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju defended the Government’s decision.

The Ahmadis which have their roots in Indian Punjab are considered heretics by some Muslims due to religious differences. The Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwat (MTKN), demanded that the Government exclude the Ahmadis from the Muslim category. Indian Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi also supported the call made by MTKN to exclude Ahmadis.

Reacting to MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement, Former Indian Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju said:

“If the Indian government does not accept the demand that Ahmadiyyas be declared as Non- Muslims; people who make such demands should consider migrating to Pakistan, where they will feel more comfortable. One is entitled to say that Ahmadiyyas are Non-Muslims, but why should the Government say this? This is not Pakistan. India is a secular country”.

“Our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and any religion or sect is allowed freedom for its beliefs. This is not Pakistan where the Constitution was amended and Ahmediyas declared as non Muslims, and treated horribly.”

Judge Katju is known for speaking out in support of minorities and against both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists in the country.

https://www.rabwah.net/former-indian-judge-backs-decision-to-include-ahmadis-as-muslims-in-census/

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We Must Embrace Muslim Population: Mr Juppé Frontrunner for France’s Presidency

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

The 71-year-old frontrunner for France’s presidency is urging France to embrace its Muslim population in an attempt to wrestle the lead from his main political rival.

France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at five million.

Mr Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux said he wants to see a France that is inclusive and supports the rights of immigrants.

In his first major speech ahead of the November primaries for the centre-right Republicans party, he said: “For me, Muslims who practise a religion that respects our laws and our values have their place in the Republic.”

Mr Juppé, an ex-prime minister, said he is “determined to fight radical Islam in the fight against terrorism” but the Muslim religion “has its place in France”.

He also waded into the Burkini ban row, an issue that has become politically charged at the start of party primaries, saying he disapproves of the controversial swimwear.

But the mayor of Bordeaux told Le Figaro that France would be “well advised to stop throwing oil on the firegiven the tension and suffering in French society.”

The frontrunner acknowledged that his appeal to Muslims was “a political risk” and pledged deep reforms "without exploiting fears", seeking to differentiate himself from hardline rival Nicolas Sarkozy.

Speaking to a rally of 1,500 people outside Paris, Mr Juppé said: "I will never exploit fears or appeal to people's baser instincts. I want to bring hope.

”France, more than ever, needs to be united, because it is in a state of shock."

France has been the victim of a string of terror attacks that have killed 236 people since January last year.

Mr Sarkozy, 61, has launched his primary campaign on a tough law-and-order platform including warnings that France's identity is "at threat" from immigration.

The former president of France who is staging a political comeback, has called for a law allowing mayors to ban the burkini, branding the swimwear “a provocation” that supports radical Islam.

Mr Sarkozy has also called for border controls in Calais, where some 9,000 migrants are living in the camp known as The Jungle, to be shifted to Britain.

Given the governing Socialists' deep unpopularity, the winner of the conservative primaries is very likely to make it to the second round of the presidential election and beat far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in that run-off to become France's next head of state.

The soft-spoken Mr Juppé has led Mr Sarkozy in opinion polls for months, with his more divisive opponent dogged by judicial woes and voter discontent with the abrasive style that marked his 2007-2012 presidency

Mr Sarkozy closed some of the gap in June as Mr Juppé's campaign lost some steam, and his ratings improved further after deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Nice and Normandy in July.

But a survey published on Saturday by Odoxa pollsters showed Mr Juppé, who was prime minister in 1995-97, has now improved his lead.

Among those who plan to vote in the first round of the primaries, 38 percent said they would go for Mr Juppé and 24 percent for Mr Sarkozy, who had polled 26 percent in June. The poll was conducted throughout July and August.

The pair’s contrasting visions highlight how attitudes towards Islam will be a critical ideological battleground ahead of the presidential election in April.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/704832/must-embrace-Muslim-population-Sarkozy-rival-Juppe-reaches-out-to-French-Muslims

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Islamic State 'connected' to Bangladesh, says John Kerry

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are connected to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to the South Asian nation that has faced a wave of attacks by Islamist militants.

Kerry also said he had agreed at talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other national leaders on additional intelligence and law-enforcement cooperation to fight security threats.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived on Monday on a day-long visit to hold talks with the top Bangladeshi leadership on key issues like security and terrorism amid a series of brutal attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. "Kerry will focus on strengthening our longstanding bilateral partnership on democracy, development, security and human rights," the US State Department had said in a statement ahead of his visit.

The US and Bangladesh have a "longstanding partnership" with "programmes in place for many, many years that deal with counter-terrorism and security partnership," a senior US State Department official said ahead of Kerry's arrival.

In Dhaka, Kerry will call on Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina, hold talks with his counterpart A H Mahmood Ali and interact with leading civil society figures. He will also visit a garment factory and Bangabandhu National Museum. After wrapping up his visit, Kerry would leave for New Delhi in the evening.

According to analysts, the visit takes place amid the perception that the US is not happy with the incumbent government following the last parliamentary elections that Washington did not find "credible" as BNP-led opposition boycotted the vote. Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation, is reeling from a wave of murders of secular, liberal activists and religious minorities.

Victims of the attacks by suspected Islamists have included secular bloggers, gay rights activists and followers of minority religions including Hindus, Christians and Muslim Sufis and Shiites.

In July, a Bangladeshi cafe was attacked by terrorists, killing 22 people including an Indian girl. The cafe attack has prompted foreigners, including potential investors, to leave Bangladesh - sparking worries for its garment industry, the world's second largest after China.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-islamic-state-connected-to-bangladesh-says-john-kerry-2249956

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ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks 

August 29, 2016

The Canadian government is warning its citizens that it knows of at least 180 people who have traveled abroad to join terror groups and is tracking another 60 “extremist travelers who had returned to Canada,” according to a new government report that provides further evidence of the Islamic State’s migration to North America.

Terrorists returning to Canada after fighting abroad in hotspots such as Syria “raise serious security concerns,” says the report, which warns that “a violent act of terrorism could occur in Canada.”

Canadian authorities, like those in the United States, have continued to monitor a number of Western individuals who have traveled abroad to join terror groups. A number of these individuals have made their way back to North America, raising concerns that ISIS and its affiliates are planning attacks on the continent.

Canada’s finding is similar to warnings by some current and former U.S. officials, who have said that ISIS affiliates are already living in America and other Western countries.

“Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than 36,500 extremist travelers from over 100 countries, including at least 6,600 individuals from Western countries, have travelled to Syria,” according to the Canadian government.

A handful have made their way back to North America, where they pose a significant terror threat.

“Returning extremist travelers may also raise serious security concerns for their home countries,” according to the report, which notes that some of these terrorists have been tied to Iran, the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.

Through the end of 2015, the Canadian government “was aware of approximately 180 individuals with a nexus to Canada who were abroad and who were suspected of engaging in terrorism-related activities.”

Authorities are aware of “about 60 extremist travelers who had returned to Canada,” the report discloses. “The experiences and intentions of these individuals vary. They may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada.”

Individuals who have returned also could “engage in terrorist financing, helping others to travel, or even planning attacks in Canada,” according to the report. “The attacks directed by Daesh in Paris and Brussels provide examples. Most of the attackers were returnees linked to Daesh.”

Like the United States and other Western countries, Canada is primarily concerned about those ISIS-tied terrorists who might commit an attack on their soil.

“The principal terrorist threat to Canada remains that posed by violent extremists who could be inspired to carry out an attack in Canada,” the report states. “Violent extremist ideologies espoused by terrorist groups like Daesh and al-Qaida continue to appeal to certain individuals in Canada.”

The Canadian government has charged more than 40 individuals with terrorism-related offenses since 2002. Sixteen people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses since January 2015.

One of those individuals was found to have had contact with terrorists in Iran.

This individual, who was arrested in 2010 by authorities, was planning to detonate an explosive device, according to the report.

After first leaving Canada, the person “swore an oath of loyalty to al-Qaida and the Taliban and returned to Canada with the expertise and intent to train, finance and equip a terrorist cell in Ottawa,” according to the report. “He also maintained contact with terrorists in Iran and Afghanistan while working to recruit other men and raise money to finance a proposed attack.”

It remains unclear how many ISIS-tied individuals are estimated to be in the United States, as the Obama administration has yet to publicly release numbers like its Canadian counterpart.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/isis-terrorists-infiltrating-canada-suspected-plotting-attacks/

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India

Former Indian Judge backs decision to classify Ahmadis as Muslims in census

August 29, 2016

Indian Muslim leaders have criticized the Government’s decision to class Ahmadis as Muslims during the 2011 census. Former Indian Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju defended the Government’s decision.

The Ahmadis which have their roots in Indian Punjab are considered heretics by some Muslims due to religious differences.

Full report at: rabwah.net/former-indian-judge-backs-decision-to-include-ahmadis-as-muslims-in-census/

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Kerala clerics who influenced Islaimc State bound youths under NIA lens

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to do a background check of clerics and religious scholars in Kerala, who might have influenced 21 missing youths from the state to join the Islamic State (IS). The agency took over the case from the state police last week after the Union government issued a directive on Tuesday. The Kerala police had identified 17 of the 21 being from Kasargod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

Full report at: dnaindia.com/india/report-nia-to-put-kerala-clerics-who-might-have-influenced-is-bound-youths-under-lens-2249766

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Hurriyat asks J&K CM to support Kashmiris

Aug 29, 2016

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference asked J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday to be "on the side of her people", a day after the ruling PDP asked the separatist outfit's chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to give her a chance to address the grievances of the people.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hurriyat-asks-JK-CM-to-support-Kashmiris/articleshow/53902781.cms

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Owaisi blames Pak for Kashmir unrest

Aug 29, 2016

CHENNAI: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday blamed Pakistan for provoking violence in Kashmir, where unrest for the past 51 days has claimed 68 lives.

Speaking at a party meeting in Chennai, Owaisi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must initiate steps to end the unrest in the Valley. The Centre should hold talks with all stakeholders involved in the conflict and ensure that the situation gets back to normal.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Owaisi-blames-Pak-for-Kashmir-unrest/articleshow/53903861.cms

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Europe

We Must Embrace Muslim Population: Mr Juppé Frontrunner for France’s Presidency

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

The 71-year-old frontrunner for France’s presidency is urging France to embrace its Muslim population in an attempt to wrestle the lead from his main political rival.

France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at five million.

Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/704832/must-embrace-Muslim-population-Sarkozy-rival-Juppe-reaches-out-to-French-Muslims

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Enemy within? German army looking for Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, report says

28 Aug, 2016

German Military Intelligence (MAD) is looking into nearly 300 cases of potential extremists, including Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, and is mulling tougher screening for recruits because of the situation, Die Welt reports, citing military sources.

Full report at: rt.com/news/357492-germany-islamists-infiltrators-army/

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EU nations must not refuse Muslim refugees, Angela Merkel says

Aug 29 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "unacceptable" for European Union member states to refuse to accept Muslim refugees.

Ms Merkel called for quotas to divide refugees fairly between EU nations in a television interview.

Full report at: independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-crisis-eu-europe-angela-merkel-muslim-refugees-migrants-asylum-seekers-a7214791.html

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Explosion takes place at Brussels Criminology Institute – report

29 Aug, 2016

A bomb has exploded at Brussels Criminology Institute, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL. A car slammed through the barriers at 3 am local time, with one or several attackers exploding the bomb near the labs.

Full report at: rt.com/news/357499-brussels-bomb-criminology-institute/

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NOBODY IN GERMANY WANTS TO HIRE MERKEL'S RAPISTS AND ROBBERS

August 28, 2016

Germany's Angela Merkel opened the borders to a flood of Muslim migrants while assuring everyone that they would settle down, integrate and get jobs that would enable them to support all the Germans who took vacations in Spain instead of having children to support them in their old age.

Full report at: frontpagemag.com/point/263987/nobody-germany-wants-hire-merkels-rapists-and-daniel-greenfield

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South Asia

Islamic State 'connected' to Bangladesh, says John Kerry

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are connected to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to the South Asian nation that has faced a wave of attacks by Islamist militants.

Full report at: dnaindia.com/world/report-islamic-state-connected-to-bangladesh-says-john-kerry-2249956

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Taliban leader sentenced to death by Afghan court

August 29, 2016

Islamabad[Pakistan]: A local court in Afghanistan has sentenced Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani’s brother Anas Haqqani to death, reports said.

The Express Tribune quoted media reports as suggesting that Baseer Aziz, spokesperson for the office of attorney general has confirmed that a primary court awarded death sentence to Anas.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/taliban-leader-sentenced-death-afghan-court-1009451/

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Afghan leaders agree on key issues to resolve tensions: CEO’s Office

Mon Aug 29 2016

The leaders of the Government of National Unity met for third time to resolve tensions as the Office of the Chief Executive (CEO) said the two leaders have reached to agreements on key points.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-leaders-agree-on-key-issues-to-resolve-tensions-ceos-office-01791

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Pakistani politician proudly declares to be an Afghan

Mon Aug 29 2016

A prominent Pakistani politician Asfandyar Wali Khan has proudly declared he is an Afghan as he warned against the harassment of Afghan refugees in the country.

In his address during a rally in Swabi, Khan criticized the Interior Ministry for ordering steps that led to harassment of the Afghan refugees.

Full report at: khaama.com/pakistani-politician-proudly-declares-to-be-an-afghan-01790

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Protest in Bamyan as Ghani visits the province to inaugurate projects

Mon Aug 29 2016

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited the central Bamyan province earlier to inaugurate the Bamyan airport and Bamyan-Kabul road as scores of people staged demonstrations against the government in the city.

Full report at: khaama.com/protest-in-bamyan-as-ghani-visits-the-province-to-inaugurate-projects-01792

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Bangladeshi-Canadian community disavows alleged terrorist killed in raid

Sunday, August 28, 2016

OTTAWA -- Members of Canada's Bangladeshi community disavowed an Ontario resident killed over the weekend who Bangladesh police say masterminded a terrorist attack last month.

Tamim Chowdhury was among three suspected militants killed by police near Bangladesh's capital on Saturday. Bangladeshi police allege Chowdhury, who lived in Windsor, Ont., was one of two masterminds of the July 1 attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka that left 20 people dead.

Full report at: cp24.com/news/bangladeshi-canadian-community-disavows-alleged-terrorist-killed-in-raid-1.3048045

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Expatriates pay last respects to Bangladeshi poet Shahid Qadri in New York

Mon, 29 Aug 2016

Qadri, one of the leading contemporary Bengali poets, died there at the age of 74 at 7am on Sunday local time.

He breathed his last in North Shore University Hospital where he was admitted with high blood pressure and fever a week ago.

Full report at: bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/08/29/expatriates-pay-last-respects-to-bangladeshi-poet-shahid-qadri-in-new-york

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North America

ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, Suspected of Plotting Attacks 

August 29, 2016

The Canadian government is warning its citizens that it knows of at least 180 people who have traveled abroad to join terror groups and is tracking another 60 “extremist travelers who had returned to Canada,” according to a new government report that provides further evidence of the Islamic State’s migration to North America.

Terrorists returning to Canada after fighting abroad in hotspots such as Syria “raise serious security concerns,” says the report, which warns that “a violent act of terrorism could occur in Canada.”

Full report at: freebeacon.com/national-security/isis-terrorists-infiltrating-canada-suspected-plotting-attacks/

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Comedians to Kick Off New PEN America Series for Muslim Voices

AUG. 28, 2016

Where Khizr Khan led with his impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention, a group of Muslim comedians, writers and other cultural figures will now follow, as part of a two-year series organized by PEN America aimed at broadening what PEN calls the “narrow representations” of America’s three million Muslims.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/08/29/arts/comedians-to-kick-off-new-pen-america-series-for-muslim-voices.html

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How the Clintons Gave American Foreign Policy its Muslim Tilt

AUG. 28, 2016

The Clinton role in the rise of Islamic irredentism has now come full circle.  Bill Clinton might get the credit for the original Muslim tilt. Bosnia (1992-95) set the table for a series of interventions that gave birth to the so-called Arab Spring and any subsequent triumphs of Islamofascism. Ironically, Bill Clinton could be both righteous about civil wars in the Balkans and oblivious to genocide in Rwanda simultaneously.

Full report at: americanthinker.com/articles/2016/08/how_the_clintons_gave_american_foreign_policy_its_muslim_tilt_.html

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Mohamed Amin Ahmed, an average man, takes on Islamic State online

August 29, 2016

Mohamed Amin Ahmed manages a gas station in Minneapolis. He is a father to four children, all under the age of 8. And in his spare time, he fights back against Islamic State propaganda he believes is poisoning his local community.

Full report at: theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/mohamed-amin-ahmed-an-average-man-takes-on-islamic-state-online/news-story/00666950b3eb9ef731dceab77295d54b

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Muslims Seek New Burial Ground, and a Small Town Balks

AUG. 28, 2016

DUDLEY, Mass. — When Dr. Amjad Bahnassi, a psychiatrist who lives in the central Massachusetts city of Worcester, wants to visit his son’s grave, he braces for the drive to the Muslim burial ground in Enfield, Conn., about 60 miles away. It is the nearest cemetery devoted solely to Islamic burials — and, he said, it is filling up.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/08/29/us/muslims-seek-new-burial-ground-and-a-small-town-balks.html

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Arab World

Daesh-claimed suicide bomb attack kills at least 60 in Aden

Monday 29 August 2016

ADEN, Yemen: A Daesh-claimed suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen’s second city of Aden killed at least 60 people on Monday, medical officials said.

The medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said 45 of those brought to its medical facility were killed and dozens more were wounded.

Full report at: arabnews.com/node/977081/middle-east

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Suicide Attack Kills At Least 23 in Iraq Central Town

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed at least 23 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, Southwest of Baghdad, local officials said Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000911

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Saudi Govt Launches ‘No Vaccine, No Haj’ Campaign This Year

Monday 29 August 2016

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has embarked on its new campaign titled, “No vaccine, no Haj,” aimed at eradicating all infectious diseases that spread with the end of the Haj season.

The ministry is implementing this campaign for the first time, and has put in place a condition that all those wishing to perform Haj rituals this season should receive the seasonal flu vaccine, in addition to other preventive treatments against polio and meningitis for pilgrims coming from countries affected by these diseases.

Full report at: arabnews.com/node/977021/saudi-arabia

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Terrorists to Surrender Moadamiyeh City to Syrian Gov't

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants in the city of al-Moadamiyeh in Damascus province said they are ready to surrender the city to the Syrian government in lieu of a safe corridor to move to Idlib in the next two days.

Reports said on Monday a thick smoke is spiraling over Moadamiyeh city while informed sources said that the terrorists are destroying their command centers, heavy weapons and arms caches inside the city to prepare for surrendering the city.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000691

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Senior Commander of Jund Al-Aqsa Killed in Syrian Army's Anti-Terrorism Attack

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of Jund al-Aqsa was killed in the Syrian Army troops' offensive in the Eastern side of al-Latamina in Hama province.

Abdul Rahim al-Jazzar was killed alongside his comrade in the Syrian soldiers' attacks in Northern Hama.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000872

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50 Turkish Tanks Deployed in Jarabulus

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Co-President of Syria Democratic Council (MSD) Ilham Ahmad announced that 50 Turkish tanks have been stationed in Jarabulus city in Northern Aleppo province and are being supported by Turkish air force.

Ahmad said that the Turkish fighter jets' attacks have killed tens of civilians, including the children, women and the elderly.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000538

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Iran Seeks Reinvigoration of Ties with Latin America

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined his country's enthusiasm for the further broadening of relations and cooperation with the Latin American states.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000382

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Notorious Terrorist Commander Killed in Syrian Army Attacks in Dara'a

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the terrorists of Golan Battalion was killed in clashes with Syrian army men in the Southern city of Dara'a.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000822

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Syrian Army Engages in Heavy Fighting with ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian soldiers targeted ISIL's strongholds in the Eastern and Western countryside of the city of Deir Ezzur, slowing down ISIL's movement in the region.

Syrian military forces stormed ISIL's positions in al-Orfi neighborhood and the villages of Huweija Saker and al-Baqaliyeh, killing at least 15 terrorists and destroying their vehicles and mortar positions.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000769

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Terrorist Centers Hit Hard in Syrian Army Assaults in Eastern Ghouta

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian military forces stormed the concentration centers and gatherings of terrorist groups in Eastern Damascus, killing at least 12 terrorists and wounding several more.

Militants' strongholds in the Western side of Rajm al-Baqer near the town of Harran al-Awamid came under the heavy attacks of the Syrian government forces.

The terrorist groups left behind at least 12 members dead and a major part of their equipment, including rocket launchpad, were destroyed in the attacks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000693

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More Commanders of Fatah Al-Sham Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Three senior commanders of Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) were killed in Syrian army attacks on the Takfiri group's positions Southwest of Aleppo city.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000631

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ISIL's Oil Tankers Destroyed in Syrian Army Attacks in Sweida Province

August 29, 2016

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

Several oil tankers of the ISIL terrorist group came under attack and were destroyed by the Syrian Army troops in the Eastern countryside of Sweida province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000594

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Arab Analysts Raise Possibility of S. Arabia's Closure of Embassy in Baghdad

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia is likely to recall its ambassador and close its embassy in Baghdad in a move to cut off relations with Iraq, Arab analysts said on Monday.

Al-Rai al-Yom news website quoted analysts as saying that following Iraq's demand from Saudi Arabia to change its Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan, Riyadh is now more likely than ever to close its embassy in Baghdad and will severe ties with Iraq like what it did to Iran several months ago.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000602

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Africa

The Chief Imam and Muslims deserve honor for promoting peace in Ghana « PrevNext »Comments (0)

AUGUST 29 2016

Since Islam came into being, more than 1,400 years ago on the vastly desert land of Saudi Arabia, the religion has been growing in large numbers rubbing shoulders with Christianity in most parts of the world.

Independent research bodies have indicated that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world especially in Europe and the United States of America where many people are converting to Islam and turning many buildings into mosques.

Full report at: ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/The-Chief-Imam-and-Muslims-deserve-honor-for-promoting-peace-in-Ghana-465863

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More than 100 turn out to meet Muslim neighbors at city church

Aug 28, 2016

ROCKLAND — Asked if it was hard to be a Muslim in America, Omar Conteh said Aug. 27, "It's not that bad. It's a lot harder to be a Muslim in Syria."

Conteh spoke to an audience of about 130 people at the Congregational Church on Limerock Street to explain his basic beliefs and clear up any misconceptions people may have. The presentation was provided by the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono.

Full report at: knox.villagesoup.com/p/more-than-100-turn-out-to-meet-muslim-neighbors-at-city-church/1566112

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Nigeria: Blasphemy - 'No Christian Was Killed in Zamfara' - Northern CAN

Aug 28, 2016

The Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Northern CAN, said on Saturday that none of its members were among the eight persons widely reported to have been killed in a home in Talata Maraf, Zamfara by a Muslim mob after an alleged blasphemy of the Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, penultimate week.

Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201608280171.html

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari claims Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau ‘fatally wounded’ in airstrike

Sunday, August 28, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday the military wounded the leader of Boko Haram, his country's homegrown Islamic extremist group.

Nigeria's military said last week it had "fatally wounded" Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in an airstrike, but it stopped short of saying that he was dead.

Full report at: nydailynews.com/news/world/nigerian-president-claims-boko-haram-leader-fatally-wounded-article-1.2769115

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Mideast

Turkey to fight ISIL, Syrian Kurdish militia with 'same determination': Erdoğan

August 29, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Aug. 28 to devote equal energy to combatting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters, on the fifth day of a major offensive that has left dozens dead.

"We will make any kind of contribution to the work to clear Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) from Syria," Erdoğan told a rally in the southern city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. 

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-fight-isil-syrian-kurdish-militia-with-same-determination-erdogan-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103325&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish military strikes YPG in Syria after soldier killed

August 29, 2016

The Turkish military hit positions of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) with jets and artillery on Aug. 28, one day after a Turkish soldier was killed in attack on Turkish tanks in northern Syria.

In a written statement, the Turkish Armed Forces said the strikes were carried out against terrorist groups that had attacked Turkish soldiers supporting a Free Syrian Army (FSA) operation in Jarablus.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-military-strikes-ypg-in-syria-after-soldier-killed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103296&NewsCatID=352 

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Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue to Hit SDF Positions in Northern Aleppo

August 29, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed up by Turkish army troops, has engaged in an intense battle with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Jarabulus at the border with Turkey, sources said, adding that both side have suffered heavy death toll.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950608000927

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CHP, TBB to not attend judicial year ceremony at Presidency

August 29, 2016

The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have decided not to attend the judicial year opening day ceremony on Sept. 1 because it will be held at the presidential palace in Ankara under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

It will be first time that the ceremony has been held at the Presidency and Erdoğan will deliver a speech at the gathering.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-tbb-to-not-attend-judicial-year-ceremony-at-presidency.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103314&NewsCatID=338

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Two soldiers killed in clashes with PKK in Turkey’s east

August 29, 2016

Two specialized sergeants were killed in clashes with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the Samanlı neighborhood of the Şemdinli district of the eastern province of Hakkari on Aug. 29.  

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-soldiers-killed-in-clashes-with-pkk-in-turkeys-east.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103328&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey’s parliament speaker criticizes youngsters for interest in ‘killer’ Che Guevara

August 29, 2016

Turkish Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman has called Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara a “killer” and a “bandit,” while criticizing the Turkish youth’s interest in him by wearing his image on shirts and badges.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-parliament-speaker-criticizes-youngsters-for-interest-in-killer-che-guevara.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103326&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey’s battered tourism sector praises 9-day Eid al-Adha holiday

August 29, 2016

Turkey’s tourism sector, which has been struggling over this season due to several factors, has praised the extension of the public holiday for Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) to nine days as well as the resumption of charter flights from the Russian market, noting that hotel occupancy rates in some resorts may hit 100 percent.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-battered-tourism-sector-praises-9-day-eid-al-adha-holiday-russian-charter-flights-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103327&NewsCatID=349

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Southeast Asia

21 Abu Sayyaf fighters killed over 3 days in Philippines' Sulu province, 2 hostages rescued

August 29, 2016  

Security personnel in the Philippines have killed at least 21 Abu Sayyaf fighters over the past three days in Sulu, including three leaders of the militant group. The military said on Sunday (28 August) that 17 of its soldiers were wounded in the operation that began on Friday (26 August), but they suffered no casualties.

Full report at: ibtimes.co.uk/21-abu-sayyaf-fighters-killed-over-3-days-philippines-sulu-province-2-hostages-rescued-1578532

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says no genocide in his bloody drug war

August 29, 2016      

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says no genocide in his bloody drug war Rodrigo DutertePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that his bloody anti-drug campaign that has left nearly 1,800 people dead does not amount to genocide, but that he's ready to go to jail to defend his men from lawsuits.

Full report at: business-standard.com/article/international/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-says-no-genocide-in-his-bloody-drug-war-116082900449_1.html

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Islamic State-inspired attacker's bomb attempt of Indonesian church fizzles out -- literally

AUGUST 29 2016

A man armed with a bomb and an ax intended to wreak havoc during a packed Sunday Mass celebration in Indonesia, but his bomb burst into flames rather than explode. Police told local media that the man was carrying items marked with an Islamic State insignia.

The attacker did manage to swing his axe at the church's 60-year-old priest, slightly injuring his hand. Congregants were able to subdue the attacker until police arrived.

Full report at: smh.com.au/world/islamic-stateinspired-attackers-bomb-attempt-of-indonesian-church-fizzles-out--literally-20160828-gr38gl.html

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Pakistan

Sindh CM Lauds Bohra Community’s Role in Sindh’s Uplift

August 29, 2016

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday said that the Bohra community had played a laudable role in the development and prosperity of Sindh, particularly the city of Hyderabad.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280595/cm-lauds-bohra-communitys-role-in-sindhs-uplift

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Qadri warns of ‘neck or nothing’ in Pindi march

August 29, 2016

LAHORE: Dr Tahirul Qadri has predicted that the Sept 3 ‘Qisas march’ in Rawalpindi will be decisive and “neck or nothing” phase against the government.

“The Sept 3 Qisas and solidarity of Pakistan march to be held in Rawalpindi will be decisive and neck or nothing phase, which will not be prolonged much,” the Pakistan Awami Tehreek chairman told a press conference here on Sunday.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280651/qadri-warns-of-neck-or-nothing-in-pindi-march

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PM to nominate more envoys to highlight Kashmir issue

August 29, 2016

ISLAMABAD: After facing criticism from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and some political circles over the prime minister’s act of ignoring opposition parties in the nomination of parliamentarians as special envoys on the Kashmir cause, the government has now decided to nominate more envoys, giving representation to other parties as well.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280680/pm-to-nominate-more-envoys-to-highlight-kashmir-issue

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PM, Saudi defence minister vow to boost ties

August 29, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday pledged to strengthen bilateral cooperation in different fields.

Prince Mohammed, who is also his country’s defence minister, called on Mr Sharif here at the PM House after he made a stopover in Islamabad on his way to China for a three day-visit beginning on Monday.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280633/pm-saudi-defence-minister-vow-to-boost-ties

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Pakistan accuses India of using Pathankot attack to derail dialogue

August 29, 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday accused India of using the Pathankot terror attack as an “excuse” to derail the bilateral dialogue process and said that talks are the best way forward to resolve outstanding issues, including “mutual concerns” related to terrorism.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-accuses-india-using-pathankot-attack-derail-dialogue-1009511/

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