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Islamic World News ( 21 Jul 2016, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Gülenists within Turkish Armed Forces defied orders from PM, HQ: Military

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Publisher ‘Sorry’ For Prophet (PBUH) Slur in Marathi Textbook

ISIS Kills 12 Women in Mosul for Daring to Stage a Protest of Their Extremist Policies

War on Terror to Continue Till End of Last Terrorist: Lt Gen Riaz

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Mideast

Gülenists within Turkish Armed Forces defied orders from PM, HQ: Military

President Erdoğan’s Chief Aide Admits 'Mistakes' But Denies Link to Coup, Gülenists

State of emergency in Turkey must not rollback human rights: Amnesty International

Erdogan to eradicate ‘separatist & terrorist’ infiltrators, inject army with ‘fresh blood’

Turkey to reshuffle army earlier than planned after coup attempt

Ruling AKP to join main opposition CHP’s anti-coup rally in Istanbul

Three police officers killed in southeastern Turkey

I tried to talk to intel chief on coup attempt night but I couldn't reach: Erdoğan

Thousands flock to Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge to protest coup attempt

Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights after coup attempt

PKK terrorists kill 3 police officers, injure 1 in southeastern Turkey

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India

Publisher ‘Sorry’ For Prophet (PBUH) Slur in Marathi Textbook

Ready To Return Whenever Govt Wants Me: Zakir Naik

Higher Education: Muslim Have Poorest Enrolment Record in India

Indian Ulema Express Solidarity with Turkey

Muslim Teen Killed over Affair, Body Found in Mill of Girl’s Kin

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Arab World

ISIS Kills 12 Women In Mosul For Daring To Stage A Protest Of Their Extremist Policies

UAE Loading Up On Paveway and Other Bombs – Almost $1 Billion Worth

Iran: More Than 12 Prisoners Scheduled for Execution in Coming Days

10 Prisoners Executed at Rajai Shahr Prison in One Day

IRGC Disbands Terrorist Group in Western Iran, Kills 1

Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in Hama

ISIL Centres Hit Hard in Syrian Air, Artillery Attacks in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Soldiers Continue to Advance against Militants in Aleppo Countryside

Syrian Army Launches Fresh Anti-Terrorism Offensive in Eastern Damascus

Syria: Several Terrorists Killed in Bomb Explosion in Northern Dara'a

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Pakistan

War on Terror To Continue Till End Of Last Terrorist: Lt Gen Riaz

Jamaat-Ud-Dawa Holds ‘Anti-India’ March from Lahore to Islamabad

Pakistani Model Qandeel’s Father Wants Son to Be ‘Shot’

No official decision sent to govt; Unesco reply on Orange Line track

PML-N wins three AJK assembly seats from twin cities

PPP wins one of two AJK seats

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Southeast Asia

Singapore Government Bans Newspaper Published By ISIS

Najib Firm on Stand That Law Will Be Enforced With No Exception, Says Aide

Malaysian activists call on Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Rohingya refugees

After long delay, religious census data proves less ‘sensitive’ than anticipated

95pc prisoners in violence, terrorism rehabilitated

Wan Saiful: Najib’s position not threatened by US action

Alliance Group ready if Indonesia opens access for more beef exports

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North America

Obama Decries Discrimination against Muslim Americans

Muslim-American Delegates to DNC Celebrated At Send-Off

Nigel Farage: Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric ‘makes even me wince a little bit’

Opposing views of Muslims in America (letters)

US election: Donald Trump promises a 'safer' America

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Europe

I'm A Muslim-Jewish-Christian Londoner. Where Do I Belong?

UK Adds Pak-Based Chinese Islamic Group to Terror List

Terrorist attacks in Europe: This is how dangerous it has become

Nice truck attack: Five suspected accomplices charged

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South Asia

Taliban Discussing China’s Military Assistance To Afghan Goverment

Afghan Army Recruits Prepare To Deploy Into An Increasingly Deadly War

Afghan brothers make drone to hunt mines in Afghanistan

Afghan Air Force receive 4 more light attack aircraft from US

Bangladesh arrests top Islamist extremist – Man held over bid to attack police station

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Africa

Following Guinea, Chad Expected To Be Next African State to Renew Ties with Israel

Namibia deports nine South African Muslims

Jammeh's anti-child marriage 'orders' passed into law by Gambian parliament

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Gülenists within Turkish Armed Forces defied orders from PM, HQ: Military

July/22/2016

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have released a new statement regarding the July 15 failed coup attempt, saying members of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) defied orders from Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and the military headquarters.

The TSK received intel from National Intelligence Service (MİT) at around 4 p.m. on July 15 regarding a planned coup attempt and asked for measures to be taken, but the orders were not carried out by followers of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic scholar said to be behind the plot, the statement said.

“As was revealed before, intel received from MİT on July 15 at around 4 p.m. was evaluated with the participation of the Chief of Staff, the Chief of the Army, and the Deputy Chief of the General Staff in the general staff headquarters,” the TSK statement released on July 21 read.

It said the TSK ordered the cancellation of military flights and the return of flights already in the air, as the halting of all military vehicles - including tanks and armored vehicles in the Armed Forces School in the Etimesgut district of Ankara and the Training Division Command.

Saying procedures to cancel military flights were completed at 19.26 p.m., the TSK added that the order was reasserted at both 19.56 p.m. and 20.31 p.m.

“Despite all of these warnings and orders, it was determined that take-offs were carried out from several places via using different introductory codes and call names, starting from 21.45 p.m. After FETÖ members tried to take control of the Air Force Operation Center, Air Force Commander Gen. Abidin Ünal, who was in Istanbul, ordered the center to be cleansed of terrorists and disconnected,” the TSK statement said.

“The center was made dysfunctional upon the order. Ünal then called [former Air Force Commander] Gen. Akın Öztürk and told him that the jets that took off from the Akıncı Airbase in Ankara were illegal. He also asked him to try to persuade those involved in the uprising,” the statement also said.

“In line with the orders of the prime minister and the defense minister, plans were made in reaction to illegal take-offs. Several F-16s took off and forced the planes in the air to land. The planes were notified that they would be shot down if they did not comply with the orders,” it added.

“The airstrips at the Akıncı Air Base were bombed with F-4 planes and control was established. In addition, in order to halt the FETÖ members and make them surrender, several points around the base were bombed,” the statement added.

The TSK also stated that all those involved in the failed coup attempt would be “punished in the harshest way.”

hurriyetdailynews.com/gulenists-within-turkish-armed-forces-defied-orders-from-pm-hq-military-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101919&NewsCatID=341

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Publisher ‘Sorry’ For Prophet (PBUH) Slur in Marathi Textbook

July 22, 2016

Nagpur (Maharashtra): A publisher tendered an unconditional apology for publishing certain blasphemous comments on Prophet Mohammed in a Class 5 CBSE approved Marathi textbook here on Wednesday.

The proprietor of Emkay & Sons, publishing books under the brand of Orange City Publishers, Parvesh M. Neb on Wednesday issued the apology for the chapter ‘Nirmal’ Part I to 8, which had hurt Muslim sentiments.

“I don’t have any motive or intention of doing it (hurting sentiments). So I and the team author, editor, illustrator, printer, composer apologise for the same,” Neb said in his apology.

The regret letter was issued to the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Students Islamic Organisation, Nanded which had brought the matter to the publisher’s notice, pointing out certain “blatantly wrong and mischievous content and erroneous photographs” of Prophet Mohammed accompanying the text material.

“When we were informed about the contents in the Marathi textbook, we felt it prudent to directly approach the publisher and apprise them. He readily accepted the mistakes and even tendered an apology. We are satisfied by his response,” JIH state secretary (education) Zahoor Ahmed told IANS.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Publisher-sorry-for-Prophet-slur-in-Marathi-textbook/articleshow/53306227.cms

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UAE Loading Up On Paveway and Other Bombs – Almost $1 Billion Worth

July 21, 2016

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale to the UAE which is involved in fighting in Yemen. UAE are part of the bombing campaign which also includes other Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia. UAE pilots are also flying missions in Syria as part of coalition efforts to fight the Islamic State group.

Here are further details from the U.S. State Department:

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) requests approval to procure seven thousand seven hundred (7,700) GBU-10 guidance kits with seven thousand seven hundred (7,700) Mk-84/BLU-117 bombs, five thousand nine hundred forty (5,940) GBU-12 guidance kits with five thousand nine hundred forty (5,940) Mk-82/BLU-111 bombs, five hundred (500) GBU-31V1 guidance kits with five hundred (500) Mk-84/BLU- 117 bombs, five hundred (500) GBU-31V3 guidance kits with five hundred (500) BLU-109 bombs, and fourteen thousand six hundred forty (14,640) FMU-152 fuzes. This sale also includes non-MDE munitions items. The total estimated value of MDE is $740 million. The overall total estimated value is $785 million.

ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/united-arab-emirates-loading-up-on-paveway-and-other-bombs-almost-1-billion-worth

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War on terror to continue till end of last terrorist: Lt Gen Riaz

July 22, 2016

QUETTA: Commander Southern Command, Lt General Aamir Riaz has said that war on terror would continue till the end of last terrorist and called upon tribesmen to play their due role in the efforts being made to make Balochistan, a peaceful province.

The Commander said this on Thursday while addressing a tribal Jirga in Zhob which was attended by tribal chiefs and elders from Pashtoon and Baloch tribes. Garrison Commander, Maj. General Abid Lateef and senior military officials were also present on the occasion.

The Commander Southern Command was accorded a warm welcome and was presented with a turban by the elders upon his arrival in the event at Zhob.

Addressing the tribal elders, Lt General Aamir Riaz said, “In the scenario of current situation, it is need of the hour to promote harmony and brotherhood and to make joint efforts against the anti-peace elements”.

He said that tribesmen always supported security forces to strengthen the defense of the country at borders and “We are proud of tribesmen of Pashtoon and Baloch tribes who lost their lives to make the defense of Pakistan stronger”.

He said that tribesmen should also play their due role in the war on terror aimed at making Balochistan a peaceful and economically thriving province.

He said that the Army, security forces an

dailytimes.com.pk/balochistan/22-Jul-16/war-on-terror-to-continue-till-end-of-last-terrorist-lt-gen-riaz

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Mideast

Gülenists within Turkish Armed Forces defied orders from PM, HQ: Military

July/22/2016

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have released a new statement regarding the July 15 failed coup attempt, saying members of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) defied orders from Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and the military headquarters.

The TSK received intel from National Intelligence Service (MİT) at around 4 p.m. on July 15 regarding a planned coup attempt and asked for measures to be taken, but the orders were not carried out by followers of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic scholar said to be behind the plot, the statement said.

“As was revealed before, intel received from MİT on July 15 at around 4 p.m. was evaluated with the participation of the Chief of Staff, the Chief of the Army, and the Deputy Chief of the General Staff in the general staff headquarters,” the TSK statement released on July 21 read.

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/gulenists-within-turkish-armed-forces-defied-orders-from-pm-hq-military-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101919&NewsCatID=341

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President Erdoğan’s chief aide admits 'mistakes' but denies link to coup, Gülenists

July/22/2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief aide-de-camp, who was arrested as part of the wide-scale investigations into the July 15 failed coup attempt, has reportedly accepted that he made “wrong choices” on the night, but denied charges that he was involved in the coup attempt.

In his prosecutor’s testimony, Col. Ali Yazıcı was asked why he opted to go to the Aegean city of İzmir on the night of the attempt instead of Marmaris, a resort town in the Aegean province of Muğla, where Erdoğan had been on vacation.

“I don't know. I chose İzmir instead of Marmaris and made the wrong choice. I regret this. But I don't accept being [connected to] the coup attempt. I am not [a part of the] Fethullah attempt ... It was not the Fethullah Gülen community who arranged my wedding. I do not have any relation to that group,” said Yazıcı.

Yazıcı was also asked whether he had made any attempt to learn the code of the plane which Erdoğan was on as he was traveling to Istanbul on the night of July 15.

“I did not ask for the air or radar code of the plane on which the president went to Istanbul. I did not learn it nor did I give this information to anyone. I am willing to receive any punishment if this is proven,” said Yazıcı. He also stressed that he had “never met Gülen, never stayed at their community homes and never knew a community brother,” while stressing that Gülen was a “terror organization leader.”

hurriyetdailynews.com/president-erdogans-chief-aide-admits-mistakes-but-denies-link-to-coup-gulenists.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101914&NewsCatID=341

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State of emergency in Turkey must not rollback human rights: Amnesty International

July/22/2016

The three-month-long state of emergency which was declared in Turkey after the failed coup attempt should not stir a “rollback in human rights” and in protection against “arbitrary detention and torture,” Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey researcher said on July 21.

“Emergency measures must respect Turkey’s obligations under international law, should not discard hard won freedoms and human rights safeguards and must not become permanent,” AI Turkey’s Andrew Gardner said, adding taking measures for public security was “understandable.”

“In a situation where almost 10,000 people are currently in detention, amidst allegations of ill-treatment in custody and when government ministries and media institutions are being purged, the enhanced powers afforded by the state of emergency could pave the way for a further rollback on human rights” he said.

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/state-of-emergency-in-turkey-must-not-rollback-human-rights-amnesty-international.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101945&NewsCatID=339

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Erdogan to eradicate ‘separatist & terrorist’ infiltrators, inject army with ‘fresh blood’

July 22, 2016

A new coup attempt is still possible in Turkey because “separatists” and “terrorists” have potentially infiltrated the state structure, President Tayyip Erdogan has warned, claiming that the failings which led to the putsch mean a restructuring of the military is required.

The Turkish leader stressed that while the threat of another power takeover is a possibility, such an attempt would not be easy, as security forces and intelligence agencies “are more vigilant” following the failed coup.

After declaring a state of emergency late Wednesday, Erdogan in an interview with Reuters revealed that lapses in intelligence led to the previous attempt to seize control of the country.

Full report at:

rt.com/news/352587-erdogan-infiltrators-army-reform/

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Turkey to reshuffle army earlier than planned after coup attempt

July/22/2016

Turkey’s Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) is expected to meet next week to discuss the army’s restructuring in the aftermath of the failed attempted coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, hinting that a new echelon could be appointed to bring “fresh blood” to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

“They are all working together as to do what might be done and... within a very short amount of time a new structure will be emerging. With this new structure, I believe the armed forces will get fresh blood,” Erdoğan told Reuters in an interview late July 21.

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-reshuffle-army-earlier-than-planned-after-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101946&NewsCatID=338

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Ruling AKP to join main opposition CHP’s anti-coup rally in Istanbul

July/22/2016

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to join the anti-coup rally to be held by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul on July 24, a senior party official has said.

“We have received an invitation from the CHP for their Taksim meeting. We thank them very, very much. We’ll join the meeting. Because this is no longer an issue of just one political party,” Yasin Aktay, deputy leader and spokesman of the AKP told reporters late on July 21 after a party meeting.

The CHP is set to hold a massive rally on July 24 in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest the July 15 military coup attempt, which resulted in more than 246 dead and more than 1,500 injured.

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/ruling-akp-to-join-main-opposition-chps-anti-coup-rally-in-istanbul-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101944&NewsCatID=338

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Three police officers killed in southeastern Turkey

July/22/2016

Three police officers were killed and two others were wounded when gunfire opened up from a cell house used by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants early on July 22 in the Ergani district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.

Five officers were initially wounded in the exchange of gunfire between PKK militants and the police officers who had arrived at the scene after detecting the cell house. Officers Engin Yılmaz, Salih Aksu and Ahmet Can later succumbed to their wounds at Ergani Public Hospital, while the two other wounded officers were still receiving treatment.

Two PKK militants were also killed in the clashes, which lasted until the morning.

hurriyetdailynews.com/three-police-officers-killed-in-southeastern-turkey-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101943&NewsCatID=341

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I tried to talk to intel chief on coup attempt night but I couldn't reach: Erdoğan

July/22/2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he failed to contact the intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, on the coup attempt night, but he could not manage it, raising questions over an intel failure.

"I called my intel chief that night but I could not reach," Erdoğan said in an interview with Reuters late on July 21.

Erdoğan narrowly escaped an atttack on the hotel where he was staying on July 15 before the coup attempt failed. 

In his first interview since declaring a state of emergency following the abortive coup, Erdoğan said a new coup attempt was possible but would not be easy, saying "we are more vigilant".

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/i-tried-to-talk-to-intel-chief-on-coup-attempt-night-but-i-couldnt-reach-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101942&NewsCatID=338

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Thousands flock to Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge to protest coup attempt

July/21/2016

Thousands of people gathered at Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge to protest the July 15 coup attempt in the country on July 21.

Thousands of people waving flags walked toward the Boshphorus Bridge with the motto of "We are at the place where it all began" late on July 21 to protest the coup attempt at around 10 p.m.

In addition, the bridge was later closed to traffic due to march.

hurriyetdailynews.com/thousands-flock-to-istanbuls-bosphorus-bridge-to-protest-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101941&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights after coup attempt

July/22/2016

Turkey will temporarily suspend the implementation of its obligations emanating from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), in line with the declaration of a state of emergency, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said, while vowing that fundamental rights and freedoms will not be affected during this period.

“France has also recently proclaimed a state of emergency. And they suspended the ECHR, based on Article 15 of the convention,” Kurtulmuş told a group of Ankara bureau chiefs of media outlets on July 21.

Full report at:

hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-temporarily-suspend-european-convention-on-human-rights-after-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101910&NewsCatID=338

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India

 

Publisher ‘Sorry’ For Prophet (PBUH) Slur in Marathi Textbook

July 22, 2016

Nagpur (Maharashtra): A publisher tendered an unconditional apology for publishing certain blasphemous comments on Prophet Mohammed in a Class 5 CBSE approved Marathi textbook here on Wednesday.

The proprietor of Emkay & Sons, publishing books under the brand of Orange City Publishers, Parvesh M. Neb on Wednesday issued the apology for the chapter ‘Nirmal’ Part I to 8, which had hurt Muslim sentiments.

“I don’t have any motive or intention of doing it (hurting sentiments). So I and the team author, editor, illustrator, printer, composer apologise for the same,” Neb said in his apology.

The regret letter was issued to the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Students Islamic Organisation, Nanded which had brought the matter to the publisher’s notice, pointing out certain “blatantly wrong and mischievous content and erroneous photographs” of Prophet Mohammed accompanying the text material.

“When we were informed about the contents in the Marathi textbook, we felt it prudent to directly approach the publisher and apprise them. He readily accepted the mistakes and even tendered an apology. We are satisfied by his response,” JIH state secretary (education) Zahoor Ahmed told IANS.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Publisher-sorry-for-Prophet-slur-in-Marathi-textbook/articleshow/53306227.cms

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Ready to return whenever govt wants me: Zakir Naik

July 22, 2016

`Modi only Indian PM to visit so many Muslim countries in two years … I am for him if he works for Hindu-Muslim unity’

Mumbai-based Islamic tele-evangelist Zakir Naik is in the eye of a storm, after being named as the inspiration behind terrorists who attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka recently.The preacher who founded Peace TV, with an estimated viewership of close to 100 million, spoke with Ashish Chauhan from Jeddah on the controversies that dog him, his thoughts on Islam and what it means being an Indian Muslim:

How did your followers become terrorists who participated in the Dhaka attack?

This news first appeared in a Bangladeshi newspaper on July 3, and later in Indian media on July 4. It is totally wrong. The paper later clarified but the Indian media ran a trial against me.

Full report at:

siasat.com/news/toi-exclusive-ready-return-whenever-govt-wants-zakir-naik-989396/

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Higher Education: Muslim Have Poorest Enrolment Record in India

Jul 22, 2016

Despite almost trebling in the decade ending 2010 – from 5.2% to 13.8% – the rate of Muslim enrolment in higher education trailed the national figure of 23.6%, other backward classes (22.1%) and scheduled castes (18.5%). Scheduled tribes lagged Muslims by 0.5%.

The rate of enrolment is described as the percentage of actual enrolments in higher education, regardless of age, in a given academic year, to the 18-to-23-year-old population eligible for higher education in that year.

In proportion to their population, Muslims were worse-off than scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs). Muslims comprise 14% of India’s population but account for 4.4% of students enrolled in higher education, according to the 2014-15 All India Survey on Higher Education.

Full report at:

thequint.com/india/2016/07/22/higher-education-muslim-have-poorest-enrolment-record-in-india

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Indian Ulema Express Solidarity with Turkey

Jul 21, 2016

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) The All India Ulema Council (AIUC) on Thursday expressed full solidarity with Turkey and lauded the people and government of that country for foiling the recent coup attempt, an official said here.

A delegation of AIUC called on the Turkish Consul-General in Mumbai, E. Sabri Ergen and handed over a representation addressed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the letter, the AIUC expressed solidarity with democracy, secularism and values of freedom and said they stood by the people of Turkey and their elected government at this critical juncture in its history.

The delegation included Maulana Mahmood A. Khan Daryabadi, Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, Mauland Ejaz Kashmiri and Mohammed Aslam Ghazi.

Full report at:

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Indian-Ulemas-express-solidarity-with-Turkey/articleshow/53322424.cms

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Muslim teen killed over affair, body found in mill of girl’s kin

July 22, 2016

The body of a missing Muslim boy, Irshaad Alam, 16, was found buried inside the compound of an oil mill owned by a Hindu man, Chander Saini, in Kawal village of Muzaffarnagar district early Thursday morning, sparking tension in the area. Police claimed Irshaad was in a relationship with Saini’s niece.

According to police, Irshaad went missing on the night of July 18. His father, Shakeel Ahmed, went to police, but was reportedly told to wait for the boy to return.

When Irshaad did not return home the next day, members of some Muslim organisations, along with the village head, surrounded the local police station. They met the SSP, who ordered a search for the boy.

Full report at:

indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/muslim-teen-killed-over-affair-body-found-in-mill-of-girls-kin-2928693/

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Arab World

 

Isis Kills 12 Women in Mosul for Daring to Stage a Protest of Their Extremist Policies

JULY 21, 2016

As if the number of atrocities committed by the Islamic State (commonly referred to as ISIS) against women wasn’t already astronomical, a report out of Mosul, Iraq, adds the killing of another dozen women to the body count and another incident to the ever-growing list. The infraction committed by these women? They were part of a protest against ISIS and its general practices.

Asharq Al-Awsat, an international Arabic newspaper based in London, reported July 19 that women took to the streets of Mosul, Iraq, to demonstrate for the first time against the ISIS militants who have controlled their city since 2014. The women united to protest against the Islamic State’s extremist practices. But their organized protestations were short-lived as ISIS members attacked the crowd, shutting down the demonstration with arrests and summary executions.

According to Saeed Mamozini, who heads the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s branch 14 in Mosul, the protest was “aggressively blocked” when ISIS militants shot 12 women and arrested an undetermined number of their fellow demonstrators.

But this has often been the ISIS answer to any show of dissatisfaction, protest or rebellion against their authority, which is based on a fundamentally extreme interpretation of Salafist (or Wahhabist) Sunnism. The abuse, depredations, and killings of women have become almost routine.

Full report at:

inquisitr.com/3333417/isis-kills-12-women-in-mosul-for-daring-to-stage-a-protest-of-their-extremist-policies/

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UAE Loading Up On Paveway and Other Bombs – Almost $1 Billion Worth

July 21, 2016

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale to the UAE which is involved in fighting in Yemen. UAE are part of the bombing campaign which also includes other Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia. UAE pilots are also flying missions in Syria as part of coalition efforts to fight the Islamic State group.

Here are further details from the U.S. State Department:

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) requests approval to procure seven thousand seven hundred (7,700) GBU-10 guidance kits with seven thousand seven hundred (7,700) Mk-84/BLU-117 bombs, five thousand nine hundred forty (5,940) GBU-12 guidance kits with five thousand nine hundred forty (5,940) Mk-82/BLU-111 bombs, five hundred (500) GBU-31V1 guidance kits with five hundred (500) Mk-84/BLU- 117 bombs, five hundred (500) GBU-31V3 guidance kits with five hundred (500) BLU-109 bombs, and fourteen thousand six hundred forty (14,640) FMU-152 fuzes. This sale also includes non-MDE munitions items. The total estimated value of MDE is $740 million. The overall total estimated value is $785 million.

ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/united-arab-emirates-loading-up-on-paveway-and-other-bombs-almost-1-billion-worth

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Iran: More Than 12 Prisoners Scheduled for Execution in Coming Days

July 22, 2016

Iran Human Rights (July 11 2016): After a short break for the ocassion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, executions are set to resume in Iran.  At least 12 prisoners are scheduled for execution in three different Iranian prisons in the coming days.

According to sources close to Iran Human Rights (IHR), Between 10 and 13 prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison (Karaj, west of Tehran) have been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their execution. The prisoners, who are all convicted of murder, were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday July 10 and are scheduled to be executed on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Full report at:

iranhr.net/en/articles/2577/

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10 Prisoners Executed at Rajai Shahr Prison in One Day

July 22, 2016

The execution spree of the Iranian authorities continues with ten executions carried out on Wednesday July 20 at Rajai Shahr Prison. About 38 executions have been reported in Iran in the past week.

Iran Human Rights (July 21 2016): A group of ten prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison (Alborz province, northern Iran) on Wednesday July 20, according to sources close to Iran Human Rights (IHR). The prisoners were reportedly on death row on unrelated murder charges.

Full report at:

iranhr.net/en/articles/2584/

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IRGC Disbands Terrorist Group in Western Iran, Kills 13

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that another terrorist group has been dismantled in Kurdistan province in Western Iran.

"The IRGC forces managed to kill 13 members of a counterrevolutionary terrorist group in Sarvabad region of Kurdistan province after receiving intelligence tips from local residents," Commander of IRGC in Kurdistan Province Mohammad Hossein Rajabi told FNA on Thursday.

He said that the 13-member terrorist team had been dispatched to Iran to carry out terrorist operations, "none of them could escape and we killed all of them".

Last week, a local official said that the Iranian security and intelligence forces disbanded several terrorist groups in the Southern parts of the country.

Full report at:

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950417000343

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Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in Hama

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces continued their military operations against the terrorist groups in Hama province, and killed scores of militants over the past 24 hours.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists sustained heavy losses and casualties in Hama.

The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key province across Syria.

Hama

The Syrian army backed by the popular forces killed and drove out Takfiri terrorists from more important territories in the Central province of Hama.

In the Northern parts of Hama, the Syrian forces could liberate Petrol region in the Southeastern side of Aqareb town.

The army and Hezbollah units also managed to win back control of al-Salem and al-Waqe'a near the Petrol oil region.

The Syrian troops also made the terrorists withdraw from the countryside of Aqareb town and purged al-Tout heights of the terrorist groups.

During the operations, tens of militants were killed and injured.

The ISIL's attempts to break the army's first defense line in the Eastern parts of Salamiyah city in Hama province failed after air force warplanes entered the scene.

The Syrian air force airstrikes destroyed several military vehicles and ISIL bases in the region and the army forces could repel the terrorist group's heavy offensive against their bases in the Eastern parts of Salamiyah.

Full report at:

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000191

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ISIL Centers Hit Hard in Syrian Air, Artillery Attacks in Deir Ezzur

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army's artillery units and Air Force, in a fresh round of attacks, pounded ISIL's bases and gatherings in different parts of the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur, inflicting major losses on the militants.

Syrian tanks opened fire at ISIL's concentration centers near al-Thardah mountain that overlooks the Deir Ezzur airport, which ended in the killing of 4 terrorists and wounding of several more.

Full report at:

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000265

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Syrian Soldiers Continue to Advance against Militants in Aleppo Countryside

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops continued to push back more terrorists from more positions in al-Lairamoun industrial region in the Northern countryside of Aleppo, battlefield sources said Friday.

"The Syrian army men, after hours of non-stop battle, captured a number of sites from the terrorists of Fatah al-Halab,"the sources said, adding, "The Syrian soldiers captured several building blocks near the Sabbagh factory in al-Lairamoun."

"Clashes are still ongoing inside al-Lairamoun district, as the Syrian Armed Forces look to build a larger buffer-zone around al-Khalediyeh district’s Western sector," the sources went on to say.

In relevant developments in the province on Thursday, the Syrian army and popular forces made eye-catching advances in Ithriya-Marina road in Southern Aleppo by conducting precision operations and retook control of Syriatel communication tower and the surrounding areas. During the surprise attacks, tens of ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000243

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Syrian Army Launches Fresh Anti-Terrorism Offensive in Eastern Damascus

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian military forces struck heavily the strongholds of Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta, inflicting major losses and casualties on the terrorists, army sources said on Friday.

"The Syrian soldiers, in a new offensive on Friday, targeted defense lines of Jeish al-Islam near the village of Hawsh al-Farah in Eastern Ghouta, which has thus far claimed the lives of several militants and destroyed their military hardware," the sources said. 

Hawsh al-Farah is important to the High Command of the Syrian Armed Forces due to its proximity to the industrial town of ‘Adra, which sits just South of the Damascus-Aleppo Highway (M-5 Highway).

Earlier this week, the Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in Eastern Ghouta, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The Syrian soldiers repelled al-Nusra offensive on the government forces' positions in Beit Saber, al-Khazrajiyeh and Hassno near Saasaa town, which ended in the killing or wounding of several militants.

Al-Nusra machinegun-equipped vehicles also sustained major damage in the failed attacks.

In the meantime, the Syrian military forces and National Defense Forces fended off al-Nusra's attacks from directions of Beit Jinn and al-Tuloul al-Homr on the government positions near the village of Harfa, which not only claimed the lives of several terrorists but destroyed their military hardware.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000218

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Syria: Several Terrorists Killed in Bomb Explosion in Northern Dara'a

July 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army's engineering units detonated several bombs on the way of a long convoy of terrorist groups' vehicles on a road in Northern Dara'a, leaving several militants dead and several more wounded.

The Syrian army’s 5th Armored Division, in an ambush, detonated a roadside bomb as soon as the convoy of terrorists approached the targeted site in Northern Dara’a, which ended in the killing 6 militants and wounding several more.

Terrorists' vehicles also sustained major damage in the attack.

In relevant developments in the province on Thursday, the Syrian army units targeted gathering centers of al-Nusra Front terrorists East of Khazan al-Karak in Dara'a al-Balad area in Dara'a city, killing a dozen of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

An army unit killed members of al-Nusra terrorist group as they were involved in monitoring operations, while 20 more terrorists were killed or injured in army operations in al-Nazehin camp and al-Matahen in Dara'a al-Balad.

Full report at:

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000169

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Pakistan

 

War on terror to continue till end of last terrorist: Lt Gen Riaz

July 22, 2016

QUETTA: Commander Southern Command, Lt General Aamir Riaz has said that war on terror would continue till the end of last terrorist and called upon tribesmen to play their due role in the efforts being made to make Balochistan, a peaceful province.

The Commander said this on Thursday while addressing a tribal Jirga in Zhob which was attended by tribal chiefs and elders from Pashtoon and Baloch tribes. Garrison Commander, Maj. General Abid Lateef and senior military officials were also present on the occasion.

The Commander Southern Command was accorded a warm welcome and was presented with a turban by the elders upon his arrival in the event at Zhob.

Addressing the tribal elders, Lt General Aamir Riaz said, “In the scenario of current situation, it is need of the hour to promote harmony and brotherhood and to make joint efforts against the anti-peace elements”.

He said that tribesmen always supported security forces to strengthen the defense of the country at borders and “We are proud of tribesmen of Pashtoon and Baloch tribes who lost their lives to make the defense of Pakistan stronger”.

He said that tribesmen should also play their due role in the war on terror aimed at making Balochistan a peaceful and economically thriving province.

He said that the Army, security forces an

dailytimes.com.pk/balochistan/22-Jul-16/war-on-terror-to-continue-till-end-of-last-terrorist-lt-gen-riaz

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Jamaat-ud-Dawa holds ‘anti-India’ march from Lahore to Islamabad

July 21, 2016

Lahore : Banned militant outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) held an ‘anti-India’ march from Lahore to Islamabad over the Kashmir issue on Wednesday.

A prominent banner at the rally accused both India and United States of ‘occupying’ Kashmir. “US India together in occupation and genocide – Kashmir wants freedom,” the banner read.

According to reports, the march for Islamabad started from Lahore’s Mall Road amid cheers from workers of Jamaat-ud-Dawah and other outfits in Pakistan.

Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties are expected to join the rally at places such as Muridke and Gujranwala in Punjab province.

Full report at:

siasat.com/news/jamaat-ud-dawa-holds-anti-india-march-lahore-islamabad-989114/

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Pakistani model Qandeel’s father wants son to be ‘shot’

July 22, 2016

Islamabad : Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch’s father said his son, who killed the model-cum-actress for honour, should be “shot on sight”.

“I say he should be shot on sight. He suffocated my little one,” Baloch’s father Anwar Azeem said.

According to the News Interntional report on Friday, Baloch’s parents voiced their pain at the murder of their daughter by their younger son Waseem, who killed her for bold posts and pictures on social media sites.

“We were drugged, asleep upstairs. She must have called out to us,” Azeem said.

Azeem said that his daughter was his “best friend” but claimed that his son Waseem had been “crazed”.

Baloch’s mother said she used to share all her secrets with her.

“We were mother and daughter, sharing all our sorrows and secrets. She used to tell me ‘Your daughter is working hard, she’ll go far’,” she said.

Qandeel’s mother said she and Azeem were also drugged the night Baloch was first sedated and then strangled to death.

Full report at:

siasat.com/news/pakistani-model-qandeels-father-wants-son-shot-989499/

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No official decision sent to govt; Unesco reply on Orange Line track

Jul 22, 2016

LAHORE: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) says it has not yet officially sent the decision of its World Heritage Committee (WHC) to the state party and the Punjab government officials’ claim of getting a go-ahead for the Orange Line track in front of the Shalamar Gardens during the WHC’s 40th session in Istanbul (Turkey) doesn’t convey an accurate idea of the committee’s decisions.

“It (the claim/information) does not convey an accurate idea of the decision of the committee,” Junhi Han, programme specialist (World Heritage Centre, Unesco, Paris, France), said in a reply on Thursday to Dawn’s email of July 11 sent to Unesco for its stance on Orange Line track in front of the Shalamar Gardens.

Full report at:

dawn.com/news/1272436/no-official-decision-sent-to-govt-unesco-reply-on-orange-line-track

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PML-N wins three AJK assembly seats from twin cities

Jul 22, 2016

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) won three seats of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Thursday.

After five years, the PML-N managed to get back the three seats from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

In the AJK legislative assembly, three constituencies of the Valley and Jammu fall in Islamabad and Rawalpindi division and six in different districts of the province including Lahore.

After the partition of the subcontinent, Kashmiris mostly migrated to Pakistan and settled in different cities of Punjab and other provinces. They have been given the right to vote in the AJK elections.

The AJK legislative assembly constituency of Jammu-VI falls in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 3,400 votes, Kashmir Valley-IV, comprising the areas of Rawalpindi city union council 15 to 50, has 3,600 votes while Kashmir Valley-V consists of the Rawalpindi city areas from UC 1 to 14, the Islamabad capital territory, Rawalpindi Cantonment and Attock district with 6,200 votes.

Full report at:

dawn.com/news/1272396/pml-n-wins-three-ajk-assembly-seats-from-twin-cities

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PPP wins one of two AJK seats

Jul 22, 2016

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party’s candidate won one of the two seats of Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislature, carved out for Kashmiris living in Sindh and other provinces, with a ‘comfortable margin’, according to unofficial results announced late Thursday evening.

The results as gathered from various polling stations showed PPP’s Amir Ghaffar Lone victory on LA-36 Valley with the margin of more than 500 votes to the runner-up said to be belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The contest on LA-30 Jammu was close to call for all the candidates belonging to the leading parties and an independent candidate Zafar Iqbal. However, officials said the seat was divided almost equally between Sindh and Punjab with Balochistan contributing hundreds of votes, the winner could only be declared when all figures were put together.With Pakistan Army spearheading the security task, peaceful polling was witnessed in the city and elsewhere in the province on the election for the two seats of AJK assembly.

Full report at:

dawn.com/news/1272324/ppp-wins-one-of-two-ajk-seats

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Southeast Asia

 

Singapore Government Bans Newspaper Published By ISIS

JULY 22, 2016

SINGAPORE - The Government has banned a hard-line newspaper published by a media agency affiliated to terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim on Friday (July 22) gazetted Al Fatihin, which is produced by Furat Media, as a prohibited publication under the Undesirable Publications Act.

This makes it an offence to distribute the newspaper, which is produced in Bahasa Indonesia, by any means. It will also be an offence for any person to possess the newspaper, or to have a copy but fail to deliver it to the Police, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said in a statement.

"ISIS is a terrorist group which poses a serious threat to the security of Singapore. Al Fatihin is yet another step by ISIS to spread its propaganda abroad, with a clear intention to radicalise and recruit Southeast Asians to join ISIS," the statement added.

"The Singapore Government has zero tolerance for terrorist propaganda and has therefore decided to prohibit Al Fatihin in Singapore."

Al Fatihin was launched online last month, and no physical copies are known to have been distributed in Singapore. Its title, Al Fatihin, means "The Conqueror" in Arabic.

The 20-page newsletter was deliberately launched in Ramadan, but distorts Islamic teachings to call on readers to commit violence, seek martyrdom and kill disbelievers and Muslims who oppose ISIS.

Full report at:

straitstimes.com/singapore/government-bans-newspaper-published-by-isis

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Najib firm on stand that law will be enforced with no exception, says aide

July 22, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The law will be enforced without exception if any wrongdoing is proven with regard to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), says Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad.

The Prime Minister's press secretary said this was the firm stand maintained by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak all along.

Tengku Sariffuddin said the government investment fund had been the subject of multiple investigations within Malaysia, including by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor-General and the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.

“Malaysian authorities have led the way in investigations into 1MDB and after a comprehensive review, the Attorney-General found that no crime was committed.

“1MDB is still the subject of an investigation by the police.

“We note the United States Department of Justice’s civil lawsuits brought against various assets,” he said in a statement.

Full report at:

thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/22/action-if-any-wrongdoing-is-proven-najib-firm-on-stand-that-law-will-be-enforced-with-no-exception-s/

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Malaysian activists call on Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Rohingya refugees

Jul 22, 2016

This priest encourages drivers to 'be merciful on the road'Pope Francis’ program for Poland Myanmar delegation leaves for World Youth Day eventSocial Media at World Youth DayPope also accompanying those going to WYD ‘virtually’KUALA LUMPUR: Aung San Suu Kyi is set to visit Malaysia in August and a local activist group, the Tenaganita movement is calling on her as the Burmese Foreign Minister to meet with a group of Rohingya refugees, the  Muslim minority persecuted in Myanmar.Reached by Free Malaysia Today Aegile Fernandez, co-director of Tenaganita, points out that the NGO is available to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the Nobel Peace Laureate and a group of Rohingya refugees. "It would be wonderful - she added - because they could tell their side of the story".In the past, Aung San Suu Kyi, icon of human rights and democracy in Myanmar, has been heavily criticized for failing to come to the defense of the Muslim minority. Recently, during a meeting with the UN special representative on human rights, the NLD leaders said they did not want to even use the term "Rohingya" because it is considered a source of controversy in the Asian country.The Malaysian activist says a meeting between the Foreign Minister and a group of refugees - in addition to the one already on the calendar with some Burmese migrant workers - would be "the best opportunity" to "clear positions" in the dispute between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority."For a long time the international community - adds Fernandez – has been waiting for her to act". It is important, concludes the co-director of Tenaganita, to clarify the matter because even the Rohingya "are part of Myanmar" in spite of the lack of recognition of their status and "the government has no right to expel them".Meanwhile, government spokesman U Zaw Htay announced the forthcoming signing of two bilateral agreements on migrant workers in the context of the visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Malaysia. To date in the Asian country with a Muslim majority there are between 500 thousand and the 700 thousand migrant workers from Myanmar, most of them without proper documents.Official estimates indicate that in 2015, there were 371 members of the Myanmar Muslim minority given assylum in Malaysia, of which only 36 were transferred to the United States at a later date. All others still live in refugee camps.According to data of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there are more 53 thousand Rohingya registered as refugees in Malaysia.

heraldmalaysia.com/news/malaysian-activists-call-on-aung-san-suu-kyi-to-meet-rohingya-refugees/30561/1

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After long delay, religious census data proves less ‘sensitive’ than anticipated

Friday, 22 July 2016

The tally of religious communities ran counter to fears invoked by nationalists that the majority Buddhist country is under siege by an influx of Muslims.

In fact, the enumerated Muslim community makes up just 2.3 percent of the population, a drop from 3.9pc in the 1973 census, as well as the 1983 census, which is widely believed to have undercounted Muslim citizens. Assuming the entirety of the more than 1 million non-enumerated residents of Rakhine State is Muslim, the national percentage would be 4.3pc, and not double or triple the 1983 figure as the widely broadcast concern suggested.

Nationwide, the percentage of Buddhists also barely fluctuated. At 87.9pc of the 2014 population, Buddhists made up 1.5 percentage points less of the population than in 1983, and 0.9 percent percentage points less than in 1973.

The most dramatic shift among the slight ripples in otherwise nearly static countrywide demographics was in the growth of the Christian population. Christians made up 4.6pc of the country in 1973, but grew to encompass 6.2pc of the total in 2014, a 1.6pc increase.

Muslim leaders yesterday expressed relief that the demographic shifts were not nearly as tectonic as anticipated.

Full report at:

mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/21542-after-long-delay-religious-census-data-proves-less-sensitive-than-anticipated.html

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95pc prisoners in violence, terrorism rehabilitated

July 22, 2016

Sandakan: About 95 per cent of prison inmates involved in violence and terrorism have been fully rehabilitated by the prison authorities in the country.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the inmates who underwent a rehabilitation and de-radicalisation programme were convicted under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) and Crime Prevention Act 1959 (Poca), among others.

"The prison is carrying out a rehabilitation programme that has four phases where the inmates would be treated well and given orientation for serving time in jail, secondly in the form of instilling positive values to change their mindset; thirdly providing them with living and vocational skills so that they could contribute to the society; and fourthly, social integration to make them closer with their families in the hope that they will not repeat their offences.

"We are using this method so that they would be able to return to their families and society compared to the methods used in western countries that are more towards sentencing and torture.

Full report at:

dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=111495

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Wan Saiful: Najib’s position not threatened by US action

July 22, 2016

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s (pic) political position is not threatened despite the US Justice Department’s civil action over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds, said a political analyst.

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan said Najib’s future can only be determined by Umno members and leaders, and not by outsiders.

“So far there is no sign that Umno is sensitive to the damage inflicted to our country by this saga,” Wan Saiful said in a statement Friday.

He said Najib’s position as Prime Minister is secure as long as his position as Umno president is safe.

“Umno members generally decide based on local considerations, and just like any other political party they will prioritise their own political survival. That is the bottom line,” he said.

Full report at:

thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/22/wan-saiful-najibs-position-not-threatened-by-us-action/

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Alliance Group ready if Indonesia opens access for more beef exports

JULY 22, 2016

Alliance Group leaders are confident access to beef markets in Indonesia will open up after a successful trade trip.

Chairman of the meat processor and exporter, Murray Taggart, has returned from a three-day trade trip with New Zealand officials, including Prime Minister John Key, to the Southeast Asian country with high hopes for the future of red meat exports.

Indonesia was previously Alliance Group's third largest export market for beef, but product restrictions introduced in 2010/11 significantly dropped sales and continue to hamper business into the market.

Full report at:

stuff.co.nz/business/farming/82370187/alliance-group-ready-if-indonesia-opens-access-for-more-beef-exports

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North America

 

Obama Decries Discrimination Against Muslim Americans

July 21, 2016

President Barack Obama has lauded Muslim Americans as patriots and heroes, and decried discrimination and violence against Muslims in the U.S.

“This is a difficult time for Muslim Americans,” Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, in which observers fast from sunrise to sunset.

The president said Muslim Americans "are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other members of the American family," and he extolled the contributions of Muslim doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, athletes, police officers, firefighters and soldiers.

In a pointed jab at the anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Obama said, "Singling out Muslim Americans feeds the lie of terrorists like ISIL that the West is somehow at war with a religion that includes over a billion adherents. That’s not smart national security."

Full report at:

voanews.com/content/obama-decries-discrimination-against-muslim-americans/3430027.html

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Muslim-American delegates to DNC celebrated at send-off

JULY 22, 2016

WORCESTER— More than two dozen Muslims and local politicians gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the state’s three Muslim delegates to the Democratic National Convention and encourage others in their faith to participate in the political process.

The Second Congressional District is sending two Muslim-American delegates to next week’s convention in Philadelphia: Noman Khanani, 24, of Worcester and Homaira Naseem, 59, of Boylston — both of whom are Bernie Sanders delegates.

The Fifth Congressional District is sending one delegate, Nazda Alam, of Weston.

“For us it really is a milestone, for our capacity,” said Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, which hosted the event.

Bhatti emphasized that the society does not endorse any political positions or parties, but that it encourages Muslims to get involved in politics, a field within which he thinks they are under-represented.

Full report at:

bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/21/muslim-american-delegates-dnc-celebrated-send-off/cLdROvc2Jj0SY1lm1rgDJP/story.html

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Nigel Farage: Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric ‘makes even me wince a little bit’

Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The former Ukip leader is currently in attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, US.

Trump was confirmed as the Republican candidate for the White House this week and the hotelier is expected to accept the candidacy today.

But Mr Farage said the 70-year-old billionaire’s anti-Muslim speeches can make “even me wince a little bit”.

He said: “To say that you would ban all Muslims coming into America … I can see what he’s trying to do.”

Full report at:

express.co.uk/news/world/692073/Nigel-Farage-Donald-Trump-anti-Muslim-rhetoric-wince-Republican-National-Convention

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Opposing views of Muslims in America (letters)

July 22, 2016

Listening to the news about this disaster in Nice, France. Ever stop and think how many Muslims are in that country? Same thing in England. Here we sit, like a bunch of idiots, allowing Mrs. Clinton and Obama to bring in thousands more.

Our news media even announces where, when and how they can do things to harm our country. It is soon time to forget political correctness and worrying about hurt feelings, and think about our safety.

I, for one, am sick of Obama saying what a powerful country we are. (Correction: How powerful we used to be.) How many people must be killed before we say “enough is enough”?

I heard a Muslim man on TV say there were 70 mosques in America. Ever think what would happen if we were to build just one Christian church over there? They have no idea how to accept our way of life or laws.

Full report at:

ydr.com/story/opinion/2016/07/22/opposing-views-muslims-america-letters/87379068/

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US election: Donald Trump promises a 'safer' America

July 22, 2016

"The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he told the party convention.

The businessman promised his presidency would usher in a new era putting America and ordinary people first.

Mr Trump's nomination has been clouded by the refusal of major party figures like Senator Ted Cruz to endorse him.

Mr Cruz, who was his bitter rival during the primary contests, was booed off the stage by Trump supporters.

Other Trump opponents such as members of the Bush family stayed away from the convention altogether.

Mr Trump, a New York businessman who was written off when he launched his campaign a year ago, said he hoped his speech would ease tensions and unite the party.

Despite all the darkness of the opening and the rawness of Mr Trump's tone, his speech made a determined effort to expand his appeal beyond the angry white, working-class voters who make up the core of his support.

Full report at:

bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36862733

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Europe

 

I'm a Muslim-Jewish-Christian Londoner. Where do I belong?

July 22, 2016

On the first day of my Master's degree in terrorism here in London, my course director asked each of us to say something interesting about ourselves to break the ice.

This was going to be a year studying Muslims, Jews, and Christians, and being a descendant of Muhammad (via Iran), the grandson of a Holocaust-fleeing Jew (via Germany), and the great grandson of a Protestant vicar (via England), I obviously had to reference my heritage.

It worked and broke the ice. People laughed and remembered it, while old classmates still bring it up in conversation. And every time a week like this happens – the week after a mass casualty terrorist attack on a Western city, the French city of Nice this time – I can't help but think of my heritage and my identity.

Full report at:

ibtimes.co.uk/im-muslim-jewish-christian-londoner-where-do-i-belong-1571884

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UK adds Pak-based Chinese Islamic group to terror list

Friday, July 22, 2016

London: Britain has listed the Pakistan-based East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organisation, a move likely to please China, which has demanded Western support for its fight against a group it says seeks to split off its western region of Xinjiang.

In London, the Home Office on Friday designated ETIM, which it also called the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), as an "Islamic terrorist and separatist organisation" trying to create an "independent caliphate" in Xinjiang, reports The Nation.

The United States and the United Nations have listed ETIM as a terrorist group, though there is some discrepancy internationally over whether ETIM and TIP are the same entity as China claims, and experts have questioned their cohesiveness.

The addition of ETIM to the list of proscribed organisations comes as leaders from China and Britain have proclaimed the countries are enjoying a "golden age" in relations.

Full report at:

zeenews.india.com/news/europe/uk-adds-pak-based-chinese-islamic-group-to-terror-list_1910327.html

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Terrorist attacks in Europe: This is how dangerous it has become

JULY 22, 2016

An eye-opening report reveals just how dangerous Europe has really become with terror attacks on the rise and arrests of suspects doubling in the space of just two years.

Europol’s EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2016 reveals the biggest threat Europe faces are those attacks carried out on home soil by foreign fighters and lone wolves.

According to the report, 1077 people were arrested in the EU for terrorism-related offences last year alone, almost half of which took place in France (424).

The 2015 arrests double those made in 2013, when only 535 were taken into custody.

Almost all of those arrested last year, 94 per cent, were convicted.

The numbers of terror attacks and attempts also increased but not at the same rate as arrests, suggesting more are being foiled than carried out.

In 2013, 152 attacks took place compared to 211 last year, an increase of 38 per cent. This Full report at:

news.com.au/world/europe/terrorist-attacks-in-europe-this-is-how-dangerous-it-has-become/news-story/6698f619b28445b9da4ebd763b27e115

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Nice truck attack: Five suspected accomplices charged

22 July 2016

The four men and one woman, aged between 22 and 40, are accused of helping driver Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel prepare the terror attack.

One of the suspects returned to the scene of the attack the following day to film the aftermath, French prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Lahouaiej-Bouhle killed 84 people when he drove into a crowd on Bastille Day.

He received logistical support for the attack from the five suspects, Mr Molins said, and had planned the attack for several months.

Three of the suspects, identified as Franco-Tunisians Ramzi A and Mohamed Oualid G, and a Tunisian named Chokri C, were charged as accomplices in "murder by a group with terror links".

An Albanian man named as Artan and a women who is a French-Albanian dual national, identified as Enkeldja, are suspected of providing Lahouaiej-Bouhlel with a pistol and were charged with "breaking the law on weapons in relation to a terrorist group".

All five will be held in custody, Mr Molins said.

Like Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, none of those detained were known to French intelligence prior to the attack, although Ramzi A had previous convictions for drugs and petty crime, Mr Molins said.

Full report at:

bbc.com/news/world-europe-36859312

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South Asia

 

Taliban discussing China’s military assistance to Afghan government

July 22, 2016

PESHAWAR: Though the Taliban haven’t commented on the recent decision by China to extend for the first time military assistance to the Afghan government, they are privately discussing it and reviewing their relations with the Chinese government.

China has maintained steady contacts with the Taliban even after the fall of the Taliban regime. It has also maintained friendly relations with the Afghan government. This policy enabled China to become acceptable as a mediator and peacemaker in Afghanistan and its membership of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was welcomed. However, its move to supply military hardware to the Afghan government could upset that balance.

According to Afghan officials, Chinese transport aircraft brought weapons to Kabul recently to be welcomed by Afghan President’s National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar and the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan.

Full report at:

thenews.com.pk/print/136781-Taliban-discussing-Chinas-military-assistance-to-Afghan-goverment

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Afghan army recruits prepare to deploy into an increasingly deadly war

Fri Jul 22 2016

It took two months for Zia-ul Haq, 23, to persuade his family to let him join the Afghan National Army.

Like hundreds of recruits at an army training center outside Kabul, he said he was driven by patriotism and a desire to defend his country. But his family, which hails from Logar province, a hotbed of fighters claiming allegiance to the Taliban, Islamic State and other militant groups, was reluctant for him to enter a war now in its 15th year.

“They didn’t want me to join,” he said. “They were against it from the beginning.”

That is because Afghan soldiers and police, who took over responsibility for leading the war from U.S.-led coalition forces a year and a half ago, face ever-greater dangers.

As Taliban fighters increase their attacks and target urban centers, Afghan forces have struggled to defend themselves and hold onto territory with diminished support from coalition combat soldiers and aircraft.

Full report at:

latimes.com/world/la-fg-afghanistan-army-recruits-snap-story.html

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Afghan brothers make drone to hunt mines in Afghanistan

Fri Jul 22 2016

With Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) remaining the weapon of the choice of the militant groups in Afghanistan which is the major contributor to civilian casualties, two Afghan youths have launched a new device to hunt such explosives.

The two youths and brothers, Massoud and Mahmud Hussaini, have created the device in the southern Dutch city fo Eindhoven, according to a report by AFP.

The device, a low-cost drone, will detect and destroy the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), combining drone technology, 3D printing and robotics with a metal detector.

Weighing 4.5 kilo and hinging on six arms with rotors that creates lift, the drone cosists of a blue hard plastic casing that contains batteries, computer hardware and software, and a global positioning system.

A robotic arm slung underneath is fitted with pincers that can remotely be opened and closed. The pincers can carry a metal detector or a small explosive charge, which the brothers say can be used to destroy a landmine.

Full report at:

khaama.com/afghan-brothers-make-drone-to-hunt-mines-in-afghanistan-01535

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Afghan Air Force receive 4 more light attack aircraft from US

Fri Jul 22 2016

The Afghan Air Force has received 4 more light attack aircraft from coalition partners and were handed over to the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army in northern Afghanistan.

The commander of the Afghan Air Force Abdul Wahab Wardak told reporters in Mazar-e-Sharif city that the planes will be used to suppress the militants in northern and northeastern provinces.

He said the planes, A-29 Super Tucanos, were handed over to the Afghan Air Force by the US forces and called it an important step to further reduce the gap in close-air support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Full report at:

khaama.com/afghan-air-force-receive-4-more-light-attack-aircraft-from-us-01533

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Bangladesh arrests top Islamist extremist – Man held over bid to attack police station

July 22, 2016

DHAKA, July 21, (Agencies): Bangladesh’s elite security force said Thursday it had arrested a top regional head of the homegrown Islamist extremist group blamed for an attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 20 hostages were murdered.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officers stormed a fl at in an apartment building in the industrial town of Tongi, just north of the capital Dhaka, and arrested four members of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). “Among them was Mahmudul Hasan, the southern regional head of the JMB. He is a top militant trainer,” RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters.

Police recovered hand-made bombs and bomb-making materials from the house, indicating the militants “were planning to carry out an act of sabotage,” he said. Bangladesh’s government has blamed JMB for the July 1 attack on an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s Gulshan neighbourhood in which 20 hostages, including 18 foreigners, were shot and slaughtered.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Gulshan attack, releasing photos of the carnage and of the five men who carried out the deadly assault. Bangladeshi authorities rejected the claim, saying international jihadist networks have no presence in the world’s third largest Muslim majority nation. But national police chief Shahidul Hoque said recently that authorities were investigating whether the Gulshan attackers had any international connections.

Full report at:

arabtimesonline.com/news/bangladesh-arrests-top-islamist-extremist-man-held-bid-attack-police-station/

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Africa

 

Following Guinea, Chad expected to be next African state to renew ties with Israel

Friday, 22 July 2016

a continues, as Chad – which has suddenly found itself on the front lines in the battle against Islamic extremists – is expected to be the next majority-Muslim African state to re-establish ties with Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Guinea and Israel announced the re-establishment of ties on Wednesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who visited four east African countries earlier this month – said that another African country would soon follow suit.

Chad severed ties with Israel in 1972 after coming under intense pressure from its Arab neighbors, Libya and Sudan.  The Post reported earlier this month that delegations from Chad and Mali, both countries in northern Africa, were in Israel recently. Chad, like Guinea, is a member of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Full report at:

jpost.com/International/Following-Guinea-Chad-expected-to-be-next-African-state-to-renew-ties-with-Israel-462066

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Namibia deports nine South African Muslims

Thursday 21 July 2016

CAPE TOWN - Nine South African Muslims were deported back home to Cape Town from southern Namibia on Tuesday for allegedly breaching the conditions of their stay by engaging in "religious work" after entering the country on visitors permits.

Namibian Islamic Judicial Council (NIJC) head Sheikh Desmond Dawid Tjipanga told the "The Namibian" newspaper that he believed the group was placed under surveillance by police and officials from the Department of Immigration upon entering the country through the Ariamsvlei/Nakop border post.

Tjipanga said the group members were first stopped and questioned by the police who photocopied their passports and released them. Shortly after the police encounter, the Muslims were arrested by a team of immigration officials while performing daily prayers at a mosque in the Keetmanshoop area.

Full report at:

enca.com/africa/nine-south-african-muslims-deported-from-namibia

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Jammeh's anti-child marriage 'orders' passed into law by Gambian parliament

Thursday 21 July 2016

The Gambian Parliament has passed a law against child marriage two weeks after President Yahya Jammeh verbally prohibited the practice. Child marriage is now punishable by twenty years imprisonment.

“An adult who voluntarily enters into marriage on behalf of a child or who pushes a child into a marriage, helps, encourages or participates in the celebration of any wedding of a child, commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment not exceeding twenty years,” according to a text adopted by the National Assembly on Thursday.

The same document stated that, “an adult who learns about such a marriage proposal and willfully fails to report it commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for ten years,” AFP reports.

Full report at:

africanews.com/2016/07/22/jammeh-s-anti-child-marriage-orders-passed-into-law-by-gambian-parliament/

 

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