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Government Affidavit on Triple Talaq Anti-Islamic: Muslim Clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi Sects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Muslim women are rarely seen wearing burqas in Norway CREDIT: AFP

 

Balochis Protest in Quetta against Chinese Intrusion in Balochistan

Rare Agreement between Saudi and Iranian Islamic Scholars

Bangladesh Kills 11 Members of Islamist Group Blamed For Cafe Attack

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India

Government Affidavit on Triple Talaq Anti-Islamic: Muslim Clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi Sects

Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba suffered maximum damage in surgical strikes, 20 militants killed: Reports

Online Search for Sex Slaves Led Parbhani Youth to Islamic State: Cops

India Braces for 'Major Terror Attack' As De-Escalation Talks with Pakistan Falter

Mahatma Gandhi's ashram's Muslim head dead; chooses cremation

Post surgical strikes Pakistan gets a tough message: Pay high cost for terror, covert ops

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Pakistan

Balochis Protest in Quetta against Chinese Intrusion in Balochistan

Now, Pakistan to demand 'Dancing Girl' from India

No role for militancy in Pakistan’s policy-making: envoys

No property or business in India: Nawaz Sharif's family

Talk of government-army friction in Pakistan may be all too true

War not an option for India and Pakistan: Pakistani envoy to US

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Arab World

Rare Agreement between Saudi and Iranian Islamic Scholars

ISIS 'Loses More Than a Quarter of Its Territory' In Syria and Iraq

More Than 140 Killed In Air Strikes on Yemen Funeral: UN

Over 80 Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers in Dara'a

Report: ISIS Issues Fatwa against Breeding Cats in Mosul, Iraq

Battle for Aleppo rages ahead of East-West showdown at UN

Russian chopper carrying aid comes under ISIS fire over Hama, Syria – military

Stop the Islamic State's Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

Syrian government, allies advance as Russia vetoes U.N. demand

Iran’s media considers German female minister a man, sparking outrage over handshake

US says no blank cheque to Saudi Arabia

Iran: US Should Account for Saudi Killing of Mourning Civilians in Yemen

Iraqi People Protest Turkish Soldiers' Presence in Nineveh Province

Fatah Al-Sham Suffers Heavy Casualties in Clashes with Syrian Army in Sweida

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South Asia

Bangladesh Kills 11 Members of Islamist Group Blamed For Cafe Attack

34 ISIS Loyalists Killed In Separate Drone Strikes in Afghanistan

Suicide attack leaves 4 civilians wounded in Nangarhar province

2 US soldiers wounded in an explosion in East of Afghanistan

140 families leave Swabi for Afghanistan

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Mideast

You Can’t Achieve Democracy through Military Coup - Islamic Scholar

Turkish military says 31 Islamic State militants killed in northern Syria

Eight Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing: report

Turkish post-coup crackdown sparks democracy fears

Shooting near police HQ in Jerusalem wounds 8

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Africa

Islamists Beat Liberals in Morocco Elections

Nigeria's Islamic Movement pledges to challenge ban through 'legal' channels

Nigerian government's ban on Islamic movement

Ondo guber: Muslims urge APC to balance ticket with Islamic faithful as running mate

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Europe

Plan To Ban Full-Face Islamic Veil in Universities in Norway

Russia vetoes UN resolution demanding Aleppo truce

Long Island Islamic centre honours Christian professor

Former Springfield Men Sentenced For Defacing Islamic Centre

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North America

Yemen Funeral Bombing: US to ‘Immediately Review’ Support For Saudi-Led Coalition

Official celebration of October Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario

CBN limits banks’ investment in govt Islamic bonds

Syria no-fly zone would mean ‘killing a lot of Syrians’ – leaked Clinton speech

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia's Only Islamic Transgender Boarding School Forced To Close By Hardliners

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Government Affidavit on Triple Talaq Anti-Islamic: Muslim Clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi Sects

Priyangi Agarwal | TNN | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

BAREILLY: A day after the Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court for abolishing triple Talaq, clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi sects said the affidavit was against Islam.

National general secretary of All India Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, Maulana Shahabbudin Razvi, said, "The Centre should have discussed with clerics before moving an affidavit in SC. The claims made in favour of women in the affidavit are wrong".

"Though it says that a few other countries have banned triple talaq, these countries are Muslim and not Islamic. The constitution of Islamic countries is entirely based on the Quran and Hadith and, at present, no country in the world is fully following them," he said.

"A delegation of renowned clerics of the Sunni Barelvi sect will soon meet PM Narendra Modi, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and minister of state (independent charge) for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to oppose the affidavit. We will give them a memorandum and inform them why triple talaq cannot be termed illegal," he added.

Maulana Asjad Raza Qadri, Bareilly,'s city qazi, said, "We will soon present our side in the apex court with the help of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Triple talaq is valid according to Islam."

Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori, spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat -- the seat of Sunni Barelvi sect which has influence over Muslims in many districts in the region -- said, "A few people who are against Islam have incited a handful of women who are demanding that triple talaq should be termed illegal. However, these few women should not be regarded as the voice of the entire Muslim community."

"During the 36th Urs-e-Noori to be observed from October 14 to 15, we will raise the issue and ask community members to tell the Centre that Indian Muslims believe in both the Constitution and their Muslim personal law. We will also appeal to the Muslim community that they should not get divorced for petty reasons," he added.

Mufti Abu Zafar Nomani Al-Qasmi, Bareilly general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind -- a leading organization of the Deobandi sect -- said, "We stand with all India Muslim Personal Law Board. The Centre has no right to interfere with Islamic law."

"According to Islamic law, triple talaq is legal. Even if a few countries have banned it, we can't do so considering the faith of the community in Islamic law," said Mufti Mohd Mian Qasmi, who runs a Deobandi madrassa in Bareilly.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Government-affidavit-on-triple-talaq-anti-Islamic-Muslim-clerics/articleshow/54759770.cms?

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Balochis Protest In Quetta Against Chinese Intrusion In Balochistan

Shailaja Neelakantan | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

NEW DELHI: Balochi activists in Quetta, Pakistan, protested today against China intruding in Balochistan using the excuse of building the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)+ , ANI reported.

"The protest demonstration was taken out by the Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) to expose before the world the plunder of their natural resources by Pakistan and China in the name of CPEC and human rights violations by Pakistan in Balochistan," one of the protesters said to ANI.

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the cause of Balochistan+ in July, members of the Baloch community in Pakistan and abroad have renewed their campaign to bring to light alleged human right violations in the Pakistani province.

Today, FBM activists burnt the flags of China and Pakistan while protesting the occupation of Balochistan and the exploitation of natural resources there for building the CPEC in Baloch territory+ . The activists also accused China of helping Pakistan commit attrocities and human rights violations+ in the province.

They burned effigies of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. They also raised slogans like "Stop War Crimes in Balochistan," "Stop Baloch Genocide," "Down with Pakistan" and "Down with China." And dozens of Baloch women and children who participated in the protest, blocked main roads in the area for several hours.

"Baloch people, women, students, youth, who gathered here, condemn the alliance partners of Pakistan, who are supporting it in the name of military and economy. In the name of development, Pakistani military and its partners are plundering Balochistan's resources and are trying to dismantle Balochistan's identity," a protestor said.

"Every day people are being killed in Balochistan," he added.

Starting tomorrow, Baloch activists will also protest outside the Chinese consulate in Canada against what they call a China-Pakistan nexus and alleged human right violations in the Balochistan province, a report on Balochnama website said last week.

"Pakistan is deploying 10,000 more Punjabi jihadist mercenaries to crush the Balochistan freedom movement, to enable Chinese to loot Baloch resources, in the pool of Baloch blood," the report said, adding that Beijing has, in return, agreed to give Islamabad as much as $46 billion by 2030.

FBM's goal is to raise international awareness+ about the plight of the Balochi people in Pakistan.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Balochis-protest-in-Quetta-against-Chinese-intrusion-in-Balochistan/articleshow/54763048.cms

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Rare agreement between Saudi and Iranian Islamic scholars

Saturday, 08 October 2016 10:04

Sunni scholars in Saudi Arabia and their Shiite counterparts in Iran may be at war over who is a Muslim, but there is one thing they agree on: soccer detracts from religious obligations.

Iran, in the latest skirmish between soccer and Islam, is debating the propriety of playing a 2018 World Cup qualifier against South Korea on October 11, the day Shiites celebrate Tasua, the 9th day of the month of Moharram, one of the holiest days in the Shiite calendar on which the faithful commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

The Iranian debate erupted six years after Saudi clerics parked flatbed trucks in front of Internet cafés to persuade fans to break away from watching matches being played in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at prayer time. Imams rolled out red carpets to entice fans to pray.

The incident highlighted the concern of conservative men of the cloth irrespective of what branch of Islam they adhere to who see soccer as competition because it is one of the few things that can evoke the kind of deep-seated passion in the Middle East and North Africa that religion does.

Saudi-Iranian tensions, the Sunni-Shiite affinity with regard to soccer notwithstanding, erupted on the pitch earlier this year when Saudi clubs refused to play Asian Football Confederation (AFC) matches in the Islamic republic because of deteriorating relations between the two countries as a result of a struggle for regional hegemony.

The Iranian debate was also being waged three years after Iran and Saudi Arabia played another crucial game day after President Hassan Rouhani was elected into office. Iranian authorities worried at the time that the match could become a venue for anti-government protests if Mr. Rouhani were to be defeated by a hardliner.

In the end, the match provided an opportunity to celebrate two victories: Mr. Rouhani’s electoral triumph and the success of the Iranian national team.

The current debate erupted when Ayatollah Mohammed Yazdi, a former head of the Iranian judiciary and ex-hard line member of the Assembly of Experts that elects and monitors Iran’s Supreme Leader, took Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Mahmoud Goudarzi to task for allowing next week’s match to go ahead on Tasua. A stark critic of Mr. Rouhani’s more liberal social and cultural policies, Ayatollah Yazdi currently heads the Society of Seminary Teachers in the holy city of Qom.

Saudi-Iranian tensions, the Sunni-Shiite affinity with regard to soccer notwithstanding, erupted on the pitch earlier this year when Saudi clubs refused to play Asian Football Confederation (AFC) matches in the Islamic republic because of deteriorating relations between the two countries as a result of a struggle for regional hegemony.The date for the match was fixed long before it was clear on what days the commemoration of Imam Hussein’s death would fall. Precise dates of Muslim holy days are often determined by moon sightings.

Deputy parliament speaker Ali Motahari, scion of another prominent Shiite scholar, ridiculed the ayatollah’s criticism, according to Al Monitor, in an open letter. “Imagine that Iran scored against South Korea and some people cheered. Does that mean that the people are cheering the martyrdom of Imam Hussein? If someone after years meets his mother, father or child on the eve of Ashura, should he then not be happy and smiling to avoid violating the sanctity of the imam?” Mr. Motahari asked.

In an apparent understanding of the power of soccer, Mr. Motahari warned that Ayatollah Yazdi’s approach would ultimately mean soccer’s defeat of Islam. The ayatollah’s position, he said was comparable to “the activities of the Catholic Church in medieval times that resulted in the Europeans’ escape from religion.”

The debate has sparked a rumour mill of unconfirmed reports on how the Iranian soccer association may be trying to mediate the opposing positions. Various reports suggested that Iran had requested that Korean fans restrain their expressions of support for their team or that the Korean national team wear dark coloured shirts rather than their traditional red ones as an acknowledgement of the mourning of the death of Imam Hussein.

Ambivalence towards soccer among Saudi and Iranian scholars is deep-rooted.

Soccer’s popularity in Iran forced the mullahs shortly after their toppling of the shah in 1979 to drop their initial opposition to the game. The mullah’s hesitancy toward the sport was expressed in a pamphlet published a year after the revolution by the government’s propaganda arm that argued that money spent on soccer would be better invested in social and economic development.

Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment has similarly struggled with soccer. The official fatwa website of the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (Fatwa) has endorsed the game but banned competitions – a ruling the Saudi government has consistently ignored.               

To Saudi Arabia’s Muslim scholars Iran’s Shiites are heretics. Iran denounces Saudi Arabia’s puritan Wahhabi interpretation of Islam as the inspiration of Sunni Muslim jihadism. There seems little that the two countries and their religious establishment can agree on, which makes the meeting of the minds on soccer all the more remarkable.

Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a recently published book with the same title, and also just published Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario.

mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/61398-saudi-and-iranian-islamic-scholars.html

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Bangladesh kills 11 members of Islamist group blamed for cafe attack

Reuters | Updated: Oct 8, 2016

DHAKA: Bangladeshi security forces killed 11 members of a Islamist militant group on Saturday blamed for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 people were killed, mostly foreigners.

The 11 militants, believed to be members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were killed in three raids on militant hideouts on the outskirts of the capital, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters.

Seven militants were killed in a raid on one hideout after police were tipped off that the JMB's Dhaka unit chief and his associates were there.

"We requested them to surrender but they opened fire at our officers, which prompted them to retaliate," Khan said.

The July 1 attack in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter was claimed by Islamic State militants and was one of the most brazen in Bangladesh, which has been hit by a spate of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in the past year.

The government has blamed domestic militants but security officials say the scale and sophistication of the July attack suggested links to a trans-national Islamist network.

Police have killed more than three dozen suspected militants in shootouts since the Dhaka cafe attack, including its presumed mastermind, Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury.

The United States believes elements of Islamic State are "connected" to operatives in Bangladesh, US secretary of state John Kerry said during a visit to Dhaka in August.

The targeting of foreigners could hurt foreign investment in the poor South Asian economy, whose $28 billion garments export industry is the world's second largest. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian were among those killed in the July attack.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-kills-11-members-of-Islamist-group-blamed-for-cafe-attack/articleshow/54753232.cms

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India

Government Affidavit on Triple Talaq Anti-Islamic: Muslim Clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi Sects

Priyangi Agarwal | TNN | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

BAREILLY: A day after the Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court for abolishing triple Talaq, clerics from Barelvi and Deobandi sects said the affidavit was against Islam.

National general secretary of All India Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, Maulana Shahabbudin Razvi, said, "The Centre should have discussed with clerics before moving an affidavit in SC. The claims made in favour of women in the affidavit are wrong".

"Though it says that a few other countries have banned triple talaq, these countries are Muslim and not Islamic. The constitution of Islamic countries is entirely based on the Quran and Hadith and, at present, no country in the world is fully following them," he said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Government-affidavit-on-triple-talaq-anti-Islamic-Muslim-clerics/articleshow/54759770.cms?

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Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba suffered maximum damage in surgical strikes, 20 militants killed: Reports

PTI | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI: Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba(LeT) suffered the maximum damage in the cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads+ carried out by Indian army with assessment reports of radio intercepts indicating that around 20 of its militants were killed.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-based-Lashker-e-Taiba-suffered-maximum-damage-in-surgical-strikes-20-militants-killed-Reports/articleshow/54763818.cms

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Online search for sex slaves led Parbhani youth to Islamic State: Cops

Mohammed Akhef | TNN | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

AURANGABAD: Investigating agencies say the Parbhani-based ISIS suspect's inclination towards the terror outfit stemmed from his attraction for sex slaves.

After a discreet operation for about three months, the state Anti-Terrorism Squad sleuths arrested 31-year-old Naser, alias Qadir Bin Abu-bakr Yafai Chaush, from Parbhani, nearly 187km from Aurangabad, on July 14, for his suspected ISIS connections.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Online-search-for-sex-slaves-led-Parbhani-youth-to-Islamic-State-Cops/articleshow/54758755.cms

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India braces for 'major terror attack' as de-escalation talks with Pakistan falter

Indrani Bagchi | TNN | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

Pakistan may retaliate against India's surgical strikes with a big terror attack in the coming weeks

India is also wary if the powerful Gen Raheel Sharif stays beyond his retirement in November

Pakistan has carried outa stream of infiltration attempts and cover fire by the army post the surgical strikes

Army soldiers patrol outside their base camp in Langate. (PTI photo)Army soldiers patrol outside their base camp in Langate. (PTI photo)

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India-braces-for-major-terror-attack-as-de-escalation-talks-with-Pakistan-falter/articleshow/54759554.cms?

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Mahatma Gandhi's ashram's Muslim head dead; chooses cremation

TNN | Oct 9, 2016

AHMEDABAD: "My life is my message", said Mahatma Gandhi. And one of Bapu's original disciples, Abdul Hamid Kureshi, 89 -the chair man of the Sabarmati Ashram - has enclosed a message in his death. Kureshi, who was also an eminent lawyer, chose to be cremated and not buried.

Kureshi breathed his last at the breakfast table in his residence in Swastik Society, Navrangpura, on Saturday morning. Sabarmati Ashram was the cradle of Bapu's revolutionary ideas to win freedom from the British.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Mahatma-Gandhis-ashrams-Muslim-head-dead-chooses-cremation/articleshow/54760938.cms

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Post surgical strikes Pakistan gets a tough message: Pay high cost for terror, covert ops

October 9, 2016

Ten days after the surgical strikes along the Line of Control, the government is confident it has made the point to Pakistan that any covert operation will be at a high cost. Islamabad’s international isolation on cross-border terrorism after the Uri attack has also given New Delhi diplomatic conviction to launch a similar counter-offensive in case of a repeat misadventure by Pakistan.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/post-surgical-strikes-pakistan-gets-a-tough-message-pay-high-cost-for-terror-covert-ops-3073024/

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Pakistan

Balochis Protest In Quetta Against Chinese Intrusion In Balochistan

Shailaja Neelakantan | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

NEW DELHI: Balochi activists in Quetta, Pakistan, protested today against China intruding in Balochistan using the excuse of building the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)+ , ANI reported.

"The protest demonstration was taken out by the Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) to expose before the world the plunder of their natural resources by Pakistan and China in the name of CPEC and human rights violations by Pakistan in Balochistan," one of the protesters said to ANI.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Balochis-protest-in-Quetta-against-Chinese-intrusion-in-Balochistan/articleshow/54763048.cms

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Now, Pakistan to demand 'Dancing Girl' from India

Shailaja Neelakantan | Oct 9, 2016

NEW DELHI: Now, Pakistan is going on the offensive on the cultural front, with plans to "get back from India" a bronze Mohenjodaro statuette called 'Dancing Girl', a 4500-year-old artefact of which British archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler said, "There's nothing like her, I think, in the world."

The 10.5 centimetres (4.1 in) high statuette, dating around 2500 BC, was discovered in 1926 from the ancient city Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilisation in Sindh, by British archaeologist Ernest Mackay. It's housed in New Delhi's National Museum, Pakistani media reported today.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/-Now-Pakistan-to-demand-Dancing-Girl-from-India/articleshow/54764651.cms

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No role for militancy in Pakistan’s policy-making: envoys

October 9th, 2016

WASHINGTON: There’s no role for militancy in policy-making and non-state actors cannot be allowed to operate from the Pakistani territory, says a parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, which completed its five-day visit to the US capital on Saturday.

In a briefing to Pakistani, and later an Indian, journalists at the end of their visit, the prime minister’s special envoys on Kashmir also said that the United States was doing “positive pushing and prodding” for reducing tensions between India and Pakistan.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1289021/no-role-for-militancy-in-pakistans-policy-making-envoys

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No property or business in India: Nawaz Sharif's family

PTI | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

LAHORE: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's family has refuted allegations by opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's chief Imran Khan that they own property and businesses in India.

"Imran Khan should not misguide the nation by propaganda," the family's spokesman said, adding that the cricketer should be "ashamed" that he was "spreading baseless allegations and lies".

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-property-or-business-in-India-Nawaz-Sharifs-family/articleshow/54758806.cms

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Talk of government-army friction in Pakistan may be all too true

TNN | Oct 9, 2016

NEW DELHI: India's successful "surgical strikes" against Pakistan appear to have aggravated tensions between the civilian leadership and the military-intelligence alliance in Islamabad, encouraging the Nawaz Sharif government to try to resist its marginalisation by the army brass, feel official sources here.

While the Pakistan government has dismissed as "fabrication" a report in the Pakistani daily 'Dawn' on the widening divide between the civilian leadership and the army-ISI nexus in the wake of India's strikes, sources said the report may not be without a basis.

India's effective retaliation against the Uri terror attack has given an opening to Sharif to seek to reclaim the space he lost to the assertive and popular army chief General Raheel Sharif, and to question Islamabad's use of terrorism as a "low-cost option" to hurt India and pursue its other strategic objectives.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Talk-of-government-army-friction-in-Pakistan-may-be-all-too-true/articleshow/54760395.cms

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War not an option for India and Pakistan: Pakistani envoy to US

PTI | Updated: Oct 9, 2016

WASHINGTON: Asserting that war is not an option for India and Pakistan, a top Pakistani diplomat has said Islamabad believes there is a need to resolve all bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue+ .

"Going to war is not an option at all. The reason is both the countries need economic development, have to work for the welfare of the people," Pakistan ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani+ told a group of reporters here at an award ceremony held on the sidelines of the annual fall meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/War-not-an-option-for-India-and-Pakistan-Pakistani-envoy-to-US/articleshow/54761649.cms

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Arab World

Rare agreement between Saudi and Iranian Islamic scholars

Saturday, 08 October 2016 10:04

Sunni scholars in Saudi Arabia and their Shiite counterparts in Iran may be at war over who is a Muslim, but there is one thing they agree on: soccer detracts from religious obligations.

Iran, in the latest skirmish between soccer and Islam, is debating the propriety of playing a 2018 World Cup qualifier against South Korea on October 11, the day Shiites celebrate Tasua, the 9th day of the month of Moharram, one of the holiest days in the Shiite calendar on which the faithful commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

Full report at: mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/61398-saudi-and-iranian-islamic-scholars.html

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ISIS 'Loses More Than A Quarter Of Its Territory' In Syria And Iraq

October 9, 2016

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters overlooking a town from the top of Mount Zardak, about 25km east of MosulImage copyrightAFP

So-called Islamic State has come under attack from an array of forces in Syria and Iraq

Why so-called Islamic State chooses to bomb during Ramadan

Islamic State: An invincible force?

Who is Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37588882

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More than 140 killed in air strikes on Yemen funeral: UN

AFP | Oct 9, 2016

United Nations: More than 140 people were killed and more than 525 injured on Saturday when air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a funeral ceremony in Yemen, a United Nations official said.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said aid workers were "shocked and outraged" by the attacks that hit a community hall in the capital Sanaa where mourners had gathered.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/More-than-140-killed-in-air-strikes-on-Yemen-funeral-UN/articleshow/54759616.cms

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Over 80 Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers in Dara'a

Oct 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops fended off an offensive of Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) on their positions in Northern Dara'a, killing at least 20 and wounding over 60 militants.

Fatah al-Sham launched attacks on government positions from the villages of Ibta'a and Da'el to prevail over army's defense lines near a desert battalion in Northern Dara'a, but their assault was repelled by the army men.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950718000331

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Report: ISIS Issues Fatwa Against Breeding Cats in Mosul, Iraq

Oct 08, 2016

According to news reports attributed to the Iraqi news agency Alsumaria and widely repeated elsewhere, chief clerics of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) issued a fatwa (religious decree) on 4 October 2016 forbidding the breeding of cats inside homes in the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul.

Very few details of the fatwa were provided — indeed, it has yet to be independently verified that it was issued. The Arab news service Al-Masdar News provided these direct quotes from the original Alsumaria report:

Full report at: snopes.com/2016/10/08/isis-issues-fatwa-against-cats/

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Battle for Aleppo rages ahead of East-West showdown at UN

Saturday October 8, 2016

ALEPPO (Syria), Oct 8 — The Syrian regime pressed its assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo today ahead of a showdown at the United Nations between Western governments and its ally Russia.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the mounting tensions between Washington and Moscow over the conflict had created a situation “more dangerous” than the Cold War.

US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his anger at the Syrian army’s Russian-backed onslaught in the battleground second city, saying that its bombing of civilians could amount to a war crime.

Full report at: themalaymailonline.com/world/article/battle-for-aleppo-rages-ahead-of-east-west-showdown-at-un

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Russian chopper carrying aid comes under ISIS fire over Hama, Syria – military

Published time: 8 Oct, 2016

The crew noticed a missile fired from a man-portable air defense system from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIIS/ISIL) positions and managed to avoid it.

“None of the soldiers aboard the helicopter were hurt. Thanks to the flight altitude, well-timed detection of missile’s launching and the crew’s skillfulness, it was possible to dodge the missile strike,” the center said in a statement on Saturday.

Full report at: rt.com/news/362035-russian-chopper-syria-aid/

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Stop the Islamic State's Genocide of Christians in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2016

US News & World Report Sunday 9th October, 2016

As during the worldwide convulsions of World War II, death rains down on Syria indiscriminately - 500,000 souls lost in five years by some estimates. This is horror enough. But on top of that tragedy is the conscious and systematic attempt by the Islamic State group to cleanse the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities and their suffering people. The Islamic State group is not bashful about what it intends to do. Its members tell us in their magazine Dabiq: "We will conquer Rome, break your crosses and enslave your women." And it "will continue to wage war against the Christians ....

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Syrian government, allies advance as Russia vetoes U.N. demand

Oct 9, 2016

Russia vetoed a French-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria's Aleppo city and called for a truce and humanitarian aid access throughout Syria.

Meanwhile, a rival Russian-drafted resolution that aimed to revive a failed Sept. 9 U.S. and Russia ceasefire deal on Syria did not garner the minimum nine votes.

Fighting continued in the almost six-year conflict with Syrian government forces recapturing territory from insurgents in several western areas.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN1280JS

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Iran’s media considers German female minister a man, sparking outrage over handshake

Oct 9, 2016

German minister welcomes anti-Israel and anti-US Iranian minister.

Iran’s press and social media users blasted a handshake between Germany’s Minister for the Environment Barbara Hendricks and Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar on Thursday.

Full report at: jpost.com/Middle-East/Female-Iranian-minister-causes-uproar-after-shaking-German-officials-hand-469697

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US says no blank cheque to Saudi Arabia

PTI | Oct 9, 2016

WASHINGTON: The US on Sunday said its security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a "blank cheque" as the Obama Administartion strongly condemned its key ally's air strikes on a funeral in Yemen which killed over 140 people.

"US security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank cheque," said Ned Price, Spokesman of the National Security Council, the White House.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-says-no-blank-cheque-to-Saudi-Arabia/articleshow/54765638.cms

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Iran: US Should Account for Saudi Killing of Mourning Civilians in Yemen

Oct 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blasted Saudi Arabia for pounding a mourning ceremony in Sana'a, and said the US which supplies Riyadh with weapons should account for the death of the Yemeni civilians.

"Saudi Arabia's bombing of the mourning ceremony in Yemen has been carried out by the weapons sent and supplied by the US to the aggressive Saudi army and the US is an accomplice to this crime and should account for it," Shamkhani said on Sunday.

Stressing that the public opinion in the West should be aware of their governments' role in the Yemen war, he said, "Selling arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE plays a pivotal role in the military aggression against Yemen and the massacre of the innocent Yemeni people, which should be stopped."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950718000357

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Iraqi People Protest Turkish Soldiers' Presence in Nineveh Province

Oct 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of people gathered in front of the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad in protest at the presence of Turkish troops in their country.

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters called for withdrawal of the Turkish army from Baishqa region in Nineveh province.

The protesters chanted slogans against the Turkish government and blasted Ankara for violating their territorial integrity.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950718000682

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Fatah Al-Sham Suffers Heavy Casualties in Clashes with Syrian Army in Sweida

Oct 9, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army soldiers carried out fresh rounds of attacks on concentration centers of Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in the Northwestern countryside of Sweida city, leaving tens of militants dead or injured.

Areas surrounding the villages of Arika and al-Lajat were the scene of fierce clashes between the Syrian army men and Fatah al-Sham terrorists, where scores of anti-government fighters lost their lives.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950718000437

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South Asia

Bangladesh kills 11 members of Islamist group blamed for cafe attack

Reuters | Updated: Oct 8, 2016

DHAKA: Bangladeshi security forces killed 11 members of a Islamist militant group on Saturday blamed for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 people were killed, mostly foreigners.

The 11 militants, believed to be members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were killed in three raids on militant hideouts on the outskirts of the capital, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters.

Seven militants were killed in a raid on one hideout after police were tipped off that the JMB's Dhaka unit chief and his associates were there.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-kills-11-members-of-Islamist-group-blamed-for-cafe-attack/articleshow/54753232.cms

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34 ISIS loyalists killed in separate drone strikes in Afghanistan

By GHANIZADA - Sun Oct 09 2016

At least 34 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in separate airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the security authorities, the airstrikes were conducted in different parts of the province, including Nazian and Haska Mina districts.

The officials further added that the loyalists of the terror group were targeted in the airstrikes on Saturday night.

Full report at: khaama.com/34-isis-loyalists-killed-in-separate-drone-strikes-in-afghanistan-02037

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Suicide attack leaves 4 civilians wounded in Nangarhar province

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Oct 08 2016

At least four civilians were wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon, local officials said.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Behsud district around 3:00 pm local time after a suicide bomber targeted the Afghan special forces.

Full report at: khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-4-civilians-wounded-in-nangarhar-province-02033

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2 US soldiers wounded in an explosion in East of Afghanistan

By GHANIZADA - Sat Oct 08 2016

At least two US soldiers were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan today, the US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said.

The incident took place after a vehicle of the US forces struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the militants.

Full report at: khaama.com/2-us-soldiers-wounded-in-an-explosion-in-east-of-afghanistan-02031

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140 families leave Swabi for Afghanistan

October 9th, 2016

SWABI: About 140 Afghan families have left the Gohati and Gandaf refugee camps here for their motherland since the start of voluntarily repatriation of Afghan refugees in the country, sources told Dawn here on Friday.

However, they added the departing families were saddened with a number of their members weeping. They said emotional scenes were witnessed as the departing Afghans waved to locals who gathered to say adieu to them.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1288965/140-families-leave-swabi-for-afghanistan

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Mideast

You can’t achieve democracy through military coup - Islamic scholar

By Chukwu Eze Romeo | Publish Date: Oct 9 2016

You can’t achieve democracy through military coup  - Islamic scholar

U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, speaks to journalists at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on July 16, 2016. Greg Savoy / REUTERS TV / Reuters, file

A prominent Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gülen, has said that no country can achieve democracy through military interventions.  He spoke in reaction to another coup attempt in Turkey, saying he was a victim of four military coups in the past.

The Turkish government had alleged that Gülen, who is in self-imposed exile in the United States, was behind a failed military coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July.

Full report at: ng/news/general/you-can-t-achieve-democracy-through-military-coup-islamic-scholar/165846.html#ikV5e9YgdMjWiLRz.99

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Turkish military says 31 Islamic State militants killed in northern Syria

Oct 9, 2016

Thirty one Islamic State militants have been killed in clashes and U.S.-led coalition air strikes in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Sunday, marking an escalation in violence in the area.

Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and air strikes, have been pushing towards the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Dabiq, a village with symbolic importance to the jihadists, in an operation launched in late August.

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKCN12905N

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Eight Turkish soldiers killed in car bombing: report

Oct 9, 2016

ANKARA: Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack on a security post on Sunday blamed on Kurdish militants in the restive southeast, local media reported, quoting the armed forces.

Five soldiers were also injured in the attack in the southeastern province of Hakkari close to the border with Iraq and Iran, CNN-Turk broadcaster reported.

Dogan news agency said militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were responsible for the attack on the security post in Semdinli district.

Security forces had been conducting vehicle searches when the bomb exploded, Dogan reported.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1289054/eight-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-car-bombing-report

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Turkish post-coup crackdown sparks democracy fears

AP | Oct 8, 2016

ANKARA, TURKEY: A dozen police officers, joined by officials from Turkey's treasury and the county's broadcasting watchdog, marched into the pro-Kurdish IMC-TV television station, sealed off its control rooms and forced the channel off the air during a live program on democracy.

The station had anticipated the raid ever since the government, using powers it acquired by declaring a state of emergency in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt, last week ordered IMC-TV and 22 other broadcasters to shut down.

The bold act of censorship nonetheless stunned staff members on Tuesday in the channel's studio.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Turkish-post-coup-crackdown-sparks-democracy-fears/articleshow/54754861.cms

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Shooting near police HQ in Jerusalem wounds 8

AP | Oct 9, 2016

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian motorist launched a shooting spree near the Israeli police headquarters in Jerusalem on Sunday, wounding eight people, two of them seriously, before being shot dead, Israeli police and emergency services said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker sped toward a busy stop of the city's light rail and opened fire, seriously wounding a woman waiting there.

He then continued driving and shot another woman who was seated in her car before speeding off toward an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

Samri said police officers on motorcycles chased the assailant, who eventually stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire at them. A police officer was critically wounded in the shootout.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Shooting-near-police-HQ-in-Jerusalem-wounds-8/articleshow/54763861.cms

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Africa

Islamists beat liberals in Morocco elections

AFP | Oct 8, 2016

RABAT: The Islamist party which has headed Morocco's coalition government since Arab Spring-inspired protests five years ago has beaten liberal rivals in parliamentary elections, results showed on Saturday.

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 125 seats out of 395, the interior ministry said after all ballots were counted.

Its main rival, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), which had campaigned against the "Islamisation" of Moroccan society, won 102 seats, the ministry said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Islamists-beat-liberals-in-Morocco-elections/articleshow/54753345.cms

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Nigeria's Islamic Movement pledges to challenge ban through 'legal' channels

Sat Oct 8, 2016

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has vowed to challenge a state ban declaring the group's activity as unlawful.

"Very soon, we shall challenge this ban," a spokesman for the group, Ibraheem Musa, said on Saturday.

On Friday, the Nigerian state of Kaduna banned the movement led by Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky as illegal, as a state crackdown against the Muslim community continues.

Musa said members of the movement were not going to be intimidated by the ban, adding, however, that they would resort to "legal and peaceful means."

Full report at: presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/08/488167/Africa-Nigeria-IMN-Zakzaky

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Nigerian government's ban on Islamic movement

Sat Oct 8, 2016

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has interviewed Abdul Alim Musa, the Imam of Masjid al-Islam from Washington, and Ayo Johnson, an African affairs expert from London, to discuss the Nigerian government's ban on the country's Islamic Movement a year after the army's massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria.

presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/08/488228/Nigerian-government-ban-Islamic-movement-Ibrahim-Zakzaky

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Ondo guber: Muslims urge APC to balance ticket with Islamic faithful as running mate

Muslims in Ondo State, under the aegis of All Progressives Congress Muslim Council, have urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider an Islamic faithful as running mate to the party’s governorship candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in the forthcoming election.

Full report at: today.ng/politics/193919/ondo-guber-muslims-urge-apc-balance-ticket-islamic-faithful-running-mate

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Europe

Plan to ban full-face Islamic veil in universities in Norway

8 October 2016 Issue No:431

Norway's right-wing government recently announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls, reports AFP.

Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, quoted in the Vart Land newspaper, said the government was seeking “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities”.

Muslim women are rarely seen wearing such veils in Norway, let alone in schools. But the issue has come up recently in political debates, with less than a year to go before parliamentary elections. Several political parties including the opposition Labour Party had expressed support for such a ban.

universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161008123149383

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Russia vetoes UN resolution demanding Aleppo truce

AFP | Oct 9, 2016

UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Saturday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding an end to the bombing of Syria's war-battered city of Aleppo.

The draft text presented by France won 11 votes in favor, but there were two votes against -- including Russia -- and two abstentions, notably from veto-holder China.

It was the fifth time that Moscow used its veto to block UN action to end the five-year war in Syria, which has claimed 300,000 lives.

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had urged the Security Council to take immediate action to save Aleppo from being destroyed by the Russia-backed Syrian bombing campaign.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Russia-vetoes-UN-resolution-demanding-Aleppo-truce/articleshow/54758983.cms

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Long Island Islamic center honors Christian professor

October 8, 2016

Christian professor Larycia Hawkins was honored at the first awards event at the Interfaith Institute of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Hawkins was a tenured political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois when, in December 2015, she announced that she would wear a hijab in what she said was an act of solidarity with Muslim women. (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A Christian professor who donned an Islamic headscarf in a show of solidarity with Muslim women was honored Saturday by a Long Island interfaith organization.

The Interfaith Institute of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury chose Larycia Hawkins as the honoree for its first awards event. The institute opened last October as part of one of Long Island’s largest mosques, with the goals...

newsday.com/long-island/long-island-islamic-center-honors-christian-professor-1.12426135

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Former Springfield Men Sentenced For Defacing Islamic Center

Oct 8, 2016

A former Springfield man was arrested in federal court today for defacing the Islamic Center of Springfield with graffiti and burn two copies of the Qur’an.

Adam David Smock, 24, of Edgewater, California, was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to five years’ probation and 14 days in jail.

Smock’s sentence also includes paying $10,440 in restitution and 40 hours of community service.

Full report at: ktts.com/news/former-springfield-men-sentenced-for-defacing-islamic-center

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North America

Yemen funeral bombing: US to ‘immediately review’ support for Saudi-led coalition

9 Oct, 2016

The White House has announced an “immediate” review of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in wake of a funeral hall bombing in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, that left over 150 dead and hundreds injured.

Washington, which has been a major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, appears to have distanced itself from Saturday’s devastating bombing that took place amid Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying it was “deeply disturbed” and promising to review its military support for Riyadh.

 UN Spokesperson ? @UN_Spokesperson

Full report at: rt.com/news/362069-yemen-bombing-saudi-us-support/

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Official celebration of October Islamic Heritage Month in Ontario

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Toronto, Oct 8 (IBNS): The legislature of Ontario had unanimously passed an act for the official recognition of the month of October to celebrate Islamic Heritage in Ontario, reports said.

Full report at: indiablooms.com/ibns_new/world-details/USN/8696/official-celebration-of-october-islamic-heritage-month-in-ontario.html

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CBN limits banks’ investment in govt Islamic bonds

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CBN limits banks’ investment in govt Islamic bonds

The Central Bank of Nigeria has set commercial banks’ investment in Islamic bonds issued by state governments to 10 per cent of the total amount on offer, and fixed a maximum tenor of 10 years for the bonds.

The apex bank said, in a circular on its website, that it considered the need to issue the guidelines to enhance the quality of Sukuk instruments and to grant liquidity status at its discount window as well as for banks’ liquidity ratio.

In 2013, Nigeria’s cocoa producing state of Osun was the first to raise N10bn; but no other transactions have followed.

Full report at: today.ng/business/193722/cbn-limits-banks-investment-govt-islamic-bonds

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Syria no-fly zone would mean ‘killing a lot of Syrians’ – leaked Clinton speech

9 Oct, 2016 04:09

Amid the increasingly hawkish approach the US government has taken towards the Syrian government, it has been clear for its strategists that a no-fly zone over Syria would mean mass civilian casualties, leaked quotes from a 2013 Hillary Clinton speech have shown.

One of the problems with the no-fly zone, which Western hawks have long insisted should be imposed over Syria, would be the need to “take out” the country’s “very sophisticated” air defenses, Hillary Clinton noted in a Wall Street speech posted by WikiLeaks in the latest trove of classified emails.

Full report at: rt.com/usa/362070-clinton-syria-wikileaks-speeches/

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Southeast Asia

Indonesia's only Islamic transgender boarding school forced to close by hardliners

By Coconuts Jakarta October 9, 2016

A handful of Muslim transgender women wash their faces, put on white robes and begin to pray, an act of quiet defiance after their study centre in Indonesia was shut by hardliners.

Al Fatah, which claimed to be the world's only Islamic boarding school for transgender students, was long regarded as a symbol of the tolerant brand of Islam widely practised in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

But several months ago, amid a sudden backlash against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a local hardline group called Islamic Jihad Front forced the school to close.

Full report at: jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/10/09/feature-indonesias-only-islamic-transgender-boarding-school-forced-close-hardliners

 

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