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Governor New Jersey Declares January as Muslim Heritage Month to Promote Muslim Traditions And Contributions

New Age Islam News Bureau

30 April 2023

 

Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the United States

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North America

• Man sought in Minneapolis mosque arson incidents in custody, police say

• Muslims express confidence, concerns in the wake of Minneapolis mosque arsons

• CAIR-MN to Join Community Solidarity Event for Minneapolis Mosques Following Arson Attacks

• US voices support for Philippines following Beijing’s ‘infringement’ in South China Sea

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Mideast

• 'Even The Presence Of One American In Iraq Is Too Much': Iran Leader Khamenei Tells Iraqi President

• Iranian, Iraqi Leaders Pledge To Strengthen Ties, Cooperation

• Ukraine’s battlefields could supply Iran with fresh Western tech to ape, expert says

• Thousands of Iran Energy Workers to be Sacked, Replaced, Says Official

• Iran evacuates 65 nationals from Sudan with Saudi Arabia's help

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South Asia

• Pakistan-based cartel kingpin behind smuggling of Afghanistan drugs

• Russia's Shoigu: Extremist Groups in Afghanistan Pose Threat

• UN's World Food Program vows to remain in Afghanistan

• 4 ARSA operatives held with huge cache of arms in Bangladesh

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India

• Communal Parties Having Sleepless Nights As BSP Has Given Proper Representation To Muslims In UP Urban Body Polls

• BJP bets big on Muslims in Aligarh, fields 19 contenders

• 'Atiq Ahmed conspired to attack self, designated shooter Guddu Muslim to task': Police's claim

• West Bengal: STF arrests Bangladesh terror group member from Howrah station

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Europe

• King Charles III Coronation Will Feature Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Too

• Blackburn community mosque toilet block gets backdated approval

• German police under fire for forcefully removing Muslim boy from his family

• Referendum on Constitution - important political event for people of Uzbekistan, member of commission says

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Pakistan

• Audio Leak Suggests Ex-CJP’s Son Sought Bribe From PTI Aspirant

• Army Loyal To Its Constitutional Role, Says Gen Munir

• Herculean task ahead for PTI, govt negotiators

• Parvez Elahi booked in terror case after eluding overnight raids

• Incompetent people made ministers in current cabinet: Abbasi

• Dialogue Panacea For Challenges, Says Balochistan Governor

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Southeast Asia

• After Kedah Do, Anwar Crosses South China Sea To Celebrate Eid Ul Fitr With Sabahans

• Khalid Samad Sorry Umno ‘Upset’ By Call To Block Najib’s Pardon, But Not For Making It

• Mat Sabu Says Amanah Leaders Free To Express Own Views, But Party Will Abide By ‘Unity Govt’ Decision

• Puad Zarkashi says no guarantee ‘unity govt’ can stay intact because Amanah rejects Umno’s pardon bid for Najib

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Arab world

• Shoura Council Delegation, Headed by Assistant Speaker Hanan Al-Ahmadi,  Reviews Saudi-Swedish Relations

• Youth to play vital role in sustainable development, Saudi delegation tells ECOSOC forum

• Over 14 million shipments delivered to beneficiaries during Ramadan

• Saudi vegan chef Ola Kayal is out to start a food revolution — one scoop at a time

• Saudi Arabia arrests 10,606 illegals in one week

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Africa

• Days After Storming Mecca for Prayers, Cute Abiola Splashes Millions On New House For Parents

• Sudan's Islamists use AI, social media to aid in fighting

• Rayuwa A Daular Boko Haram

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Governor New Jersey Declares January as Muslim Heritage Month to Promote Muslim Traditions And Contributions

 

Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the United States

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Hannan Adely

30-04-2023

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a proclamation Saturday designating January as Muslim Heritage Month in a measure that advocates say will promote appreciation and awareness about Muslim traditions and contributions.

“As a state that has the highest percentage of Muslims in the nation, we are so overjoyed to have a month that celebrates and recognizes our community in a positive light and hope that this recognition further pushes the engagement of the Muslim community in society," said Zainab Syed, an organizer with American Muslims for Democracy, one of the organizations that advocated for the measure.

Murphy signed the proclamation at Drumthwacket, the governor's official residence in Princeton, during a celebration for the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

“I am proud to designate January of each year as Muslim Heritage Month as it will shine a light on the rich histories, cultures, and shared principles of Muslim Americans," Murphy said. "New Jersey takes great pride in its diversity and we will continue to recognize and celebrate the positive impact Muslims have made, and continue to make, to the advancement of this state.”

The governor's Eid gathering drew Muslim community leaders, clergy and elected officials from across the state. This year, they were jubilant over the news of Muslim Heritage Month.

Franklin Lakes, with the American Muslim Community of Franklin Lakes, hosted a Ramadan lighting ceremony in front of borough hall on Monday, March 27, 2023.

“For too long, we’ve seen damaging and irresponsible depictions of Muslims, said Selaedin Maksut, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "These narratives have tangible consequences, but now, we will be seeing the counter and, hopefully soon, prevailing narrative: One that highlights, celebrates, and acknowledges the American Muslim community in New Jersey."

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Newly Released Photos Capture Drama At White House During Operation To Kill Osama Bin Laden

 

President Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011

(Official White House photo by Pete Souza, courtesy Barack Obama Presidential Library, through Washington Post FOIA)

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Sheila Flynn

30-04-2023

New pictures have been revealed illustrating the tense atmosphere in the White House during one of the most dramatic special operations of the century – the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The pictures were released through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Washington Post to the Obama Presidential Library. Taken by White House photographers during the administration of President Barack Obama, the photographs exhibit the near-palpable tension among America’s top leaders as they watched remotely while US soldiers located and killed the al-Qaeda terrorist.

The raid took place nine years and almost eight months after hijacked airplanes struck New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people in a terrorist attack that nearly brought the world to a standstill. The Bush administration immediately named Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist organization he co-founded, as the prime suspects. A $25m reward was offered for information leading to bin Laden’s capture or death.

It took nearly a decade, however, before the US would hunt down the terrorist and exact justice – but operations had been ramping up for months before President Obama gave the final order just days before his killing.

According to senior administration officials at the time, the president had begun working with the CIA in September 2010 “on a set of assessments that led it to believe that in fact it was possible that Osama bin Laden may be located at a compound in Pakistan.” Intelligence became more aggressive and pinpointed, and President Obama, in the middle of March, began chairing a number of National Security Council meetings. On 29 April 2011, he gave the final order ro pursue the operation.

Days later, the White House cancelled all public tours on 1 May and, as official photographers documented events, Cabinet members and others began crowding into the Situation Room complex. At 1.22p., CIA Director Leon Panetta gave the order to begin the operation; by around 3.30pm, helicopters carrying US special forces were nearing the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was believed to be.

By 4pm, “Obama’s national security team soon squeezed into the room with the president,” the Post reported on Saturday. “White House photographer Pete Souza also was in the room, taking pictures with his ‘butt up against a printer.’

“At 4:05 p.m., Souza took the now iconic photo of Obama and his advisers intensely watching the video feed of the raid. A document on the desk remains blurred in the version released by the Obama Library. The Library withheld 307 photos from the Post, describing their contents as ‘national security classified information.’”

The Obama Presidential Library withheld 307 photos from the FOIA response, describing their contents as ‘national security classified information’

Bin Laden’s body was buried at sea the same day. Hours after his killing, at 11.35pm, President Obama addressed the nation and the world from the East Room of the White House in a televised speech.

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” he said. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

He continued: “Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

“We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.”

The new images – which took more than a year to receive after filing the FOIA request, the Post reported – reveal an even more intimate glimpse of a deeply significant day of American history.

Mr Souza has spoken with similar gravity about the weight of the job of White House photographer, detailing in a 2020 interview the advice he hoped to give to the next person taking up the mantle.

“Remember what the number-one function of this job is: It’s to document for history,” he told Fast Company. “You’ve got to give access to what’s happening for the history books. You can make your own decision on whether you want to make any of those public during the administration, but, for history, we gotta make sure we have those images.”

Source: Independen

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AKP District Office Asks Imam To Convince Congregation To Participate In Erdogan’s Rally

 

Imam Yusuf Kılıç (ANKA)

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April 29 2023

A Turkish imam working in the western province of İzmir’s Buca district has stated that someone from the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Buca district office called and asked him to convince the members of the congregation of his mosque to attend President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rally.

Imam Yusuf Kılıç told ANKA News Agency that “Two days ago, I got a call from the AKP Buca district office. They said they had a rally. They wanted me to gather the congregation of the mosque to (participate in Erdoğan’s) rally. They also asked me to allocate a car.”

Kılıç said he refused the request of the AKP members. “(After saying no,) the friend on the phone said to me with a harsh tone that 'Brother, I only want one thing from you. Are you saying yes or no to us?' I thought this would not be appropriate as a moral responsibility and within my duty as a civil servant. I said, 'No.' They turned off the phone.”

Kılıç said as an imam he does “not belong to a party. I just have a duty in the mosque to convey religion to people. If I bring some of the members of the congregation to rallies, it would be against the principle and purpose of this mosque. This is a huge problem for me and for society. Do not touch my mosque, do not touch my congregation. I love my job and my mosque. Please don't touch me.”

The AKP government does not hesitate to use public resources in their favor during their election campaigns, including state media, ministries, governor’s offices, media watchdog RTÜK, creating a heavily unfair election process for the opposition parties.

Source: duvar english

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China 'Waging War' on Islam in East Turkistan, 'Committing Genocide' Against Uyghur Muslims: Report by the Centre for Uyghur Studies

 

China 'Waging War' on Islam in East Turkistan, 'Committing Genocide' Against Uyghur Muslims: Report by the Centre for Uyghur Studies

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By: Saurabh Verma

APRIL 29, 2023

China is “waging a war" on Islam in East Turkistan and “committing genocide" against Uyghur Muslims, said a report by the Centre for Uyghur Studies (CUS).

The report, titled “Islamophobia in China and Attitudes of Muslim Countries”, highlighted the state-sponsored Islamophobia by the Chinese regime with a particular focus on China’s Islamophobic policies in East Turkistan.

The report also examined China’s “disinformation” campaigns in the Islamic World and the attitudes of Muslim-majority countries on China’s “war" on Islam. It analyzed the “systemic and historic Islamophobic policies" of the Chinese Communist Party that seek to “sinicize” Islam and Muslims under its rule since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

“Today, the Chinese regime is waging a war on Islam in East Turkistan and committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims. However, the Islamic World is yet to recognize the real nature of the Chinese regime due to the mass disinformation campaign the Chinese regime is carrying out among Muslim countries,” said Abdulhakim Idris, Executive Director of Center for Uyghur Studies.

The report also documents the various aspects of China’s “war on Islam” in East Turkistan throughout the last seven decades, and most recently since 2017. It also examines China’s “disinformation” campaigns in the Islamic World and various propaganda practices the Chinese regime deploys to prevent Muslims from voicing getting alarmed by China’s religious persecution of Muslims.

The report ends with a chapter on the failure of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the Uyghurs and the attitudes of Muslim-majority countries towards the Uyghur Genocide.

Source: News18

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"Rectified Wrong Done By Congress": Home Minister Amit Shah On Karnataka Muslim Quota

 

Amit Shah made the remarks while addressing a gathering in Byndoor (File)

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April 30, 2023

Udupi, Karnataka: Lashing out at the Congress in poll-bound Karnataka on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rectified wrong done by Congress by doing away with Muslim reservation quota in Karnataka.

Amit Shah said, "BJP has rectified the wrong done by Congress by doing away with the Muslim reservation quota in Karnataka. Congress wants to restore it. Ensure that it is not given this chance; it is unconstitutional as well as compromises the rights of Vokkaligas, Lingayats, SCs, STs and Dalits in the State."

"BJP scrapped the 4 per cent Muslim reservation. That reservation was not as per Constitution. Our Constitution does not permit reservation on the basis of religion. Congress says that once their reverse gear government comes, they will bring back the Muslim reservation once again. Do you want that?" questioned Amit Shah.

Alleging that Congress was incapable of the protection of coastal Karnataka, Amit Shah said, "Only BJP can do the job of securing Coastal Karnataka. Greed for a vote bank, Congress can never ensure the security of Coastal Karnataka. We worked to provide security to fishermen by building a new port in Udupi."

Earlier, Amit Shah said that Congress would put the state into "reverse gear", depriving it of the benefits of "double-engine sarkar".

Addressing a rally at the Navalgund Assembly constituency, Amit Shah said, "On one hand, there is the Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and on the other, is the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. This (Karnataka Assembly) election is an opportunity for you to decide if you want a double engine sarkar led by PM Modi, which will take Karnataka forward, or the Congress's reverse gear sarkar, which will take Karnataka backwards."

The polls for the 224-seat assembly will take place on May 10 and the counting of votes will be held on May 13.

Source: Ndtv

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North America

Man sought in Minneapolis mosque arson incidents in custody, police say

By Star Tribune staff

APRIL 30, 2023

A man sought in connection with two arsons at Minneapolis mosques has been arrested and is in custody, Police Chief Brian O'Hara said early Sunday.

"Based on our investigation, there is no other known, active threat to our Muslim neighbors," O'Hara said in a statement early Sunday, adding that the arrest came after work by the department, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI, ATF and others.

Earlier in the week, authorities had charged 36-year-old Jackie Rahm Little of Minneapolis with second-degree arson in connection with a fire Monday at Masjid Al Rahma mosque in Minneapolis, at the Mercy Islamic Center, which contains the mosque in the 2600 block of S. Bloomington Avenue.

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Muslims express confidence, concerns in the wake of Minneapolis mosque arsons

APRIL 29, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS — Days after a fire was set there, several hundred Muslims bowed in prayer Friday at the Masjid Omar Islamic Center, filling the mosque and lining the hallway outside. They united for Friday worship as they always have. They caught up with friends. They shared tea. "We're here for good," vowed Abukar Abdullahi, who owns a tax preparation business across from the south Minneapolis mosque. "I don't care what they do. We will go nowhere because we are part of this wonderful community." It was the first Friday prayer since Minneapolis police responded Sunday night to a fire set in a bathroom at the mosque. Worshipers extinguished the flames. The next day, authorities evacuated adults and children after fire broke out at another mosque nearby, Masjid Al Rahma. Authorities have charged 36-year-old Jackie Rahm Little of Minneapolis, who remains at large, accusing him of arson in that fire. Worshipers at both mosques reflected Friday on the events with a mix of fear and resolve. Suleyman Mahmud, 22, who regularly visits Masjid Al Rahma, said the fires have stunned the community. But having grown up Muslim in the United States, he said, he's used to Islamophobic behavior and that it's important not to let it hinder daily life. "It's something you're already aware of and is something you have to be conscious about," Mahmud said. "Other than that you just have to go on with your daily life because you're going to find bad anywhere there's good."

Source: Charlotte Observer

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CAIR-MN to Join Community Solidarity Event for Minneapolis Mosques Following Arson Attacks

Ibrahim Hooper

April 29, 2023

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/29/23) – Later today (Saturday, April 29), the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join leaders and members of the Muslim community for a solidarity event for Minneapolis mosques targeted by arson.

“This event will provide an opportunity for the larger community to come together and show their support for those affected by these heinous acts,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “It is a chance for us to stand together in unity and solidarity as a community.”

He said the event will include a tour of the damaged area, speeches, and prayers from community leaders. There will also be opportunities to donate to the affected mosques and support their recovery efforts.

Last week, CAIR-MN held a news conference with Minnesota Muslim leaders to respond to arson attacks targeting two mosques in Minneapolis.

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US voices support for Philippines following Beijing’s ‘infringement’ in South China Sea

Handan Kazancı

30.04.2023

The US voiced support Saturday for the Philippines following what it called Beijing’s “infringement upon freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.

“The United States stands with The Philippines in the face of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Coast Guard’s continued infringement upon freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Imagery and video recently published in the media is a stark reminder of PRC harassment and intimidation of Philippine vessels as they undertake routine patrols within their exclusive economic zone,” the State Department said in a statement.

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Mideast

'Even the presence of one American in Iraq is too much': Iran leader Khamenei tells Iraqi president

Heena Sharma

Apr 30, 202

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran told visiting Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid on Saturday that the United States is an untrustworthy ally and that Iraq should not permit any American soldiers on its soil.

Iran opposed American military presence on its borders, in Iraq and the Gulf, saying Western military intervention is the cause of the insecurity in the region.

Source: Wion News

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Iranian, Iraqi Leaders Pledge To Strengthen Ties, Cooperation

by OMMCOM NEWS

April 30, 2023

Tehran: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Iraq and the implementation of previously signed bilateral agreements serve the common interests of both sides, according to state media.

He made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, also attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, said official news agency IRNA on Saturday.

The top leader stressed that Iraq’s progress and prosperity are very important to Iran, adding that Iran will stand by Iraq and wish to see it make further progress, Xinhua news agency reported.

He added that the “unity” between the two countries cannot be affected by external political factors, calling for joint efforts to protect and further the bilateral ties.

Source: Ommcom News

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Ukraine’s battlefields could supply Iran with fresh Western tech to ape, expert says

By TOI STAFF

29 April 2023

Russia could supply Iran with Western technology it captures on the battlefields of Ukraine, which Tehran could then use to further its weapons development programs, an expert told US media on Friday, as the two countries tighten their military cooperation.

Tehran and Moscow have strengthened their ties following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with Iran supplying attack drones that have dive-bombed infrastructure and other civilian targets across Ukraine. After initially denying that it had armed Russia, in November, Iran acknowledged the drones’ transfer, while claiming it took place before the war began — an assertion Western powers reject.

Taimur Khan, a Gulf analyst at the Conflict Armament Research group, told CNN that “given the fact that Russia is capturing sophisticated Western weapons on the battlefield – such as the Javelin anti-tank missile – and that there is increasing military cooperation between the two countries, and Iran has proven capabilities in this regard, I think it’s likely that they will collaborate on copying these types of systems.”

Israel, the US and many other Western countries have sounded the alarm about the deepening cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, as they both face greater global isolation and mounting economic sanctions.

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Thousands of Iran Energy Workers to be Sacked, Replaced, Says Official

April 29, 2023

TEHRAN, IRAN — Four thousand Iranian petrochemical workers on strike over pay and conditions in an energy-producing region of the country's south will be sacked and replaced, state media reported.

The employees in Bushehr province have demanded salary increases and improved conditions for accommodation and transport, an official in charge of the Islamic republic's oil and gas sector in the region was quoted Friday by state news agency IRNA.

"In eight petrochemical projects of this region, a number of seasonal workers went on strike due to livelihood problems, and after the end of the legal deadline, 4,000 of them will be replaced by new workers," Sekhavat Assadi, CEO of the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone said.

PSEEZ extracts oil and gas from the offshore South Pars field in the Gulf, the world's largest known gas reserve which Iran shares with Qatar. About 40,000 people work at South Pars.

Source: Voa News

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Iran evacuates 65 nationals from Sudan with Saudi Arabia's help

Apr 30 2023

Tehran, Apr 30 (IANS): Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani has said that Iran had evacuated 65 nationals from Sudan with the help of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement posted on the website of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Kanaani on Saturday added that the Iranian evacuees were transferred safely from Khartoum to Port Sudan and then to the Saudi port city of Jeddah.

While praising the Saudi government for its "effective cooperation" and the Sudanese government for its assistance during the evacuation, the spokesman said necessary arrangements had been made to transfer the evacuees from Saudi Arabia to Iran.

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South Asia

Pakistan-based cartel kingpin behind smuggling of Afghanistan drugs

By Neeraj Chauhan

Apr 30, 2023

Haji Salim, a Karachi-based criminal kingpin who works with Pakistan’s spy agency and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit to facilitate the infiltration of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, also runs the main syndicate that smuggles the majority of Afghan heroin and illicit drugs to India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and some Middle East countries, investigations by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies have revealed.

Salim’s cartel operates many clandestine laboratories in Balochistan, where heroin from Afghanistan are labelled with different symbols or inscriptions, investigators said, declining to be named. Some of the packets seized by Indian agencies mid-sea had inscriptions like ‘555’, ‘999’, ‘Unicorn’ and ‘Dragon’.

“While it is estimated that 70% of total drug trafficking in India is taking place through the maritime route, Haji Salim’s network is behind the majority of consignments,” an official said. “He sends consignments in entire IOR (Indian Ocean region) and Indian ports.”

Indian agencies have till date seized in the Indian Ocean region around 3,000 kg of heroin, 500 kg of methamphetamine and 600 kg of hasish that were sent by Salim’s cartel.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Russia's Shoigu: Extremist Groups in Afghanistan Pose Threat

By Banafsha Binesh

29-04-2023

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Defense Ministers' Meeting in New Delhi that the existence of some terrorist groups in Afghanistan are the main threat to neighboring countries, especially Central Asia.

Speaking at the meeting, Shoigu noted that the topic of Afghanistan must be kept on the agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

“At the same time, numerous radical extremist groups entrenched in the territory of Afghanistan pose the main threat, promoting their ideas and efforts in neighboring republics. To our mind, the topic of Afghanistan must be kept on the agenda of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Only comprehensive international and regional assistance can facilitate measures to overcome challenges Afghanistan faces alone,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“If a nation shelters terrorists, it not only poses a threat to others, but for itself too. Radicalization of youth is a cause of concern not only from the point of view of security, but it is also a major obstacle in the path of socio-economic progress of society. If we want to make the SCO a stronger & more credible international organization, our top-most priority should be to effectively deal with terrorism,” Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said.

Source: Tolo News

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UN's World Food Program vows to remain in Afghanistan

Aasha Khosa

30-04-2023

The UN's World Food Programme has committed to carrying out its duty in Afghanistan regardless of any political divide as the humanitarian catastrophe continues worsening under the harsh Taliban administration, reported Khaama Press on Saturday.

Hsiao-Wei Lee, the head of the UN World Food Programme in Afghanistan, stated on Thursday this week in Berlin, Germany, that the organization had no plans to leave the country, as the people of Afghanistan continue to live miserably.

Earlier, the UNICEF representative in Afghanistan remarked that the organisation supports Afghan mothers and children despite all difficulties.

Source: Awazthe Voice

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4 ARSA operatives held with huge cache of arms in Bangladesh

30 April, 2023

Dhaka [Bangladesh], April 30 (ANI): Four members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) were detained with a huge amount of arms and ammo in the Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar, according to United News of Bangladesh (UNB).

Bangladesh-based News agency reported that the Armed Police Battalion (APBN) detained four persons, who were identified as Md Jobayer (20), Nur Mohammad (25), Jamila Begum (48) and Bibi (16).

According to the police media release signed by Syed Harunur Rashid, under the commander of 14-APBN, the battalion conducted a drive at block G in camp No.7 on information that 10 to 15 ARSA members including ‘terrorist Chhamiuddin’ were staying there.

Source: The Print

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India

Communal Parties Having Sleepless Nights As BSP Has Given Proper Representation To Muslims In UP Urban Body Polls

30 APR 2023

BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday said "casteist" and "communal" political parties are having sleepless nights ahead of the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh due to her party giving a proper representation to the Muslim community in these elections. "Politics has heated up here due to the BSP giving a proper representation to the Muslim community in the elections for the mayors' posts in 17 municipal corporations. Casteist and communal parties are having sleepless nights due to this," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in a tweet in Hindi.

"The BSP is an Ambedkarwadi (Ambedkarite) party that follows the policy and principle of 'sarvajan hitay' and 'sarvajan sukhay' and has formed its government in Uttar Pradesh four times on that basis. It always gave proper representation to Muslims and other communities. Therefore, I appeal to people to pay more attention to their own interests and not to the conspiracies of our rivals," she added.

Source: Outlook India

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BJP bets big on Muslims in Aligarh, fields 19 contenders

By: Express News Service

April 30, 2023

THE BJP in Aligarh has fielded 19 Muslim candidates – the most in the state – for the coming urban local body polls. The party will be fielding around 350 Muslim contenders across the state.

Source: Indian Express

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'Atiq Ahmed conspired to attack self, designated shooter Guddu Muslim to task': Police's claim

Ashish Srivastava

Apr 30, 2023

By Ashish Srivastava: In a big claim by police in the killing of Atiq Ahmed, officials have said that the slain gangster-turned-politician had conspired to attack himself while he was in the custody of Uttar Pradesh Police. Reasoning that Atiq Ahmed was aiming at escaping an encounter with the police and that he had designated his henchman and sharpshooter Guddu Muslim to carry out the attack on himself.

Police have claimed that as part of the conspiracy, it was decided that while being brought from Sabarmati Jail, Atiq Ahmed would be attacked on his way to Prayagraj. The police also disclosed that Ahmed was supposed to be unharmed in the attack and, as per the plan, bombs were to be thrown around him.

The claims relate to the killing of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf, which was caught by lenses and the accused had identified themselves as media persons to stay in the surrounding at the time of the duo's arrival. They were shot dead at point-blank range by three men, who were nabbed shortly after, while both Atiq and Ashraf were speaking to reporters. The police were present at the site and were escorting them to the medical college then.

Source: India Today

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West Bengal: STF arrests Bangladesh terror group member from Howrah station

By: Hritika Mitra

April 29, 2023

The West Bengal Special Task Force arrested a suspected member of a Bangladesh-based terror group from Howrah station on Saturday, official said. This comes barely a week after they took an alleged AQIS member into custody.

The 40-year-old terror suspect, a resident of Dinhata in Coochbehar, was apprehended in the busy railway station following a complaint lodged at Sashan police station in North 24 Parganas in August last year, the official of the special task force said.

Source: Indiatv News

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Europe

King Charles III Coronation Will Feature Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Too

By William Booth

April 29, 2023

LONDON — The upcoming coronation of Charles III, which will attract a global audience, will not be the “woke” mash-up some conservatives feared but will be unprecedented in its inclusivity.

The new king wants to present himself not only as the “Defender of the Faith,” meaning the Church of England, but all faiths, here and across the realm.

In a remarkable twist, at the urging of Charles, the coronation will acknowledge that Britain is no longer an exclusively Christian country, but is in fact a multifaith nation, including many who believe in no deity at all.

Source: Washington Post

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Blackburn community mosque toilet block gets backdated approval

By Bill Jacobs

30-04-2023

The addition is to the 19th Century former home of St. Chad’s Church and Day School in Pleckgate Road.

In January last year Pleckgate Community Centre was given approval to use the building, previously been used as a workshop, as a place of Islamic worship and religious instruction.

A report recommending approval by town hall officer Nick Blackledge says: "The application site relates to the former St. Chad’s Church and Day School.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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German police under fire for forcefully removing Muslim boy from his family

30-04-2023

German authorities have been facing heavy criticism since a viral video showed a Muslim immigrant child forcefully being removed from his family in the city of Bremerhaven.

The video, widely shared on social media, showed police and child protection agency officers entering a house, and forcefully taking a little boy from his family, while the frightened child was crying for help and trying to resist the officers.

Family members could be seen shouting at the officers, telling them that the little boy had some health issues, he was distressed, and that he should not be taken away from them.

But one of the police officers was heard telling the family that it was a decision by the court and the youth welfare office, and that they were there to carry out the court order.

Source: Trt World

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Referendum on Constitution - important political event for people of Uzbekistan, member of commission says

30 April 2023

URGENCH, Uzbekistan, April 30. The referendum on the Constitution is an important political event for the people of Uzbekistan, Firuza Adambayeva, member of the referendum commission at the polling station No. 49 of the city of Urgench of the Khorezm region, told Azerbaijani reporters, Trend reports from the scene.

"We have a total of 1,276 voters. Some 40 percent of them have already taken part in the voting. The process started at 8:00 in the morning. Our people are in a great mood. Everyone is very happy to attend this event. This is a great holiday for us," she said.

According to her, 40 observers from different countries, such as the UK, Iran, Tajikistan, as well as local observers are also present at the polling station.

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Pakistan

Audio leak suggests ex-CJP’s son sought bribe from PTI aspirant

Mansoor Malik

April 30, 2023

LAHORE: The audio-leak saga on Saturday took an interesting turn as a fresh clip emerged, purportedly featuring the voice of the son of former chief justice

In the audio, a voice purported To be that of Najam Saqib can be heard saying to the person on the other end that his father had worked very hard to get the job done and the caller on the other side, said to be PTI ticket hopeful Abuzar Chaddhar, can be heard saying he would come to meet Najam’s father after submitting the ticket.

In the clip, the voice said to be Najam’s can also be heard asking Mr Chaddhar to meet his father the same day and, in conversation with another caller — identified as Mian Uzair — asking for “not only delivery of the goods, don’t take less than 120”.

Mr Chaddhar was granted a PTI ticket in the second phase when party chairman Imran Khan reviewed and changed his earlier decision for 22 seats.

Source: Dawn

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Army loyal to its constitutional role, says Gen Munir

Malik Asad

April 30, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff Gen Syed Asim Munir has said the army’s first and foremost loyalty is to the state of Pakistan and commitment to the role that has been assigned to it under the Constitution.

He also stressed the need to identify the exposed and hidden enemies who were hell-bent upon driving a wedge between the people and the armed forces.

He was addressing the passing-out parade of cadets of 147th PMA long, 13th Mujahid, 66th integrated, 6th basic military training and 21st lady cadet courses at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul, on Saturday.

Speaking as chief guest at the event, Gen Munir said stability, security and peace in Afghanistan was fundamental to Pakistan’s security.

He said peace in Afghanistan is linked with the security of Pakistan, reaffirmed support for the self-determination of Kashmiri people and warned the spoilers against sabotaging the hard-earned peace.

Source: Dawn

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Herculean task ahead for PTI, govt negotiators

Mansoor Malik

April 30, 2023

LAHORE: Unless something dramatic happens, it seems Tuesday will be a tough day for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and government negotiators, with the former seeking the dissolution of assemblies before May 14 and the latter appearing in no mood to entertain this demand.

The bonhomie on display throughout this week between the two sides was jolted by the late-night raids on former Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi’s home.

But with both major parties refusing to budge from their respective stances, cha­nces that the dialogue will yield positive results are starting to look “very slim”.

Speaking to party workers on Satur­day, Imran Khan said his party would be ready to discuss the election date only after the dissolution of the NA before May 14 — the cut-off date for elections in Punjab.

Source: Dawn

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Parvez Elahi booked in terror case after eluding overnight raids

Imran Gabol

April 30, 2023

LAHORE: Following a dramatic late-night raid on his residence, Punjab pol­ice on Saturday registered a case against former chief minister Parvez Elahi and others on terrorism cha­rges for allegedly atta­cking officials of the Anti-Corruption Estab­lish­ment (ACE) officials on Friday.

A police and ACE raiding team had conducted a raid at Mr Elahi’s Gulberg residence, late on Friday night and arrested 12 people. The raiding party used an armoured vehicle to break open the main gate of the residence after facing resistance. However, the ACE team could not find Mr Elahi, even after thoroughly searching the house.

Separately on Saturday, Rasikh Elahi petitioned the Lahore High Court (LHC) to restrain authorities from arresting Mr Elahi until the expiry of his protective bail on May 6.

In his plea, the son of the former CM contended that his father was granted protective bail till May 6 by the high court on April 28 in a corruption case registered by the ACE.

Source: Dawn

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Incompetent people made ministers in current cabinet: Abbasi

Staff Reporter

April 30, 2023

LAHORE: Former prime minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says all the political parties in the current government have failed to give a better and competent cabinet.

“We could not form a 10-member competent people’s cabinet to run the affairs of the country smoothly,” he lamented and added that the people who did not have any ability were made ministers in the cabinet.

Abbasi said the institutions were not working within their constitutional limits and all the systems of the country had failed due to failure of the leadership. He bemoaned the lack of vision in the leadership to bring about changes to the system to solve problems of the country facing existential crisis.

The former prime minister was addressing a seminar on ‘Reimagining Pakistan’ at the Government College University (GCU) on Saturday. The seminar was a part of ‘The Great Debate 2023’ to discuss the problems of the country and their solutions.

Former federal finance minister and PML-N leader Miftah Ismail was the other speaker who predicted that the country, facing economic problems, would take years to address its issues.

Source: Dawn

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Dialogue Panacea For Challenges, Says Balochistan Governor

Staff Correspondent

April 30, 2023

QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Malik Abdul Wali Khan Kakar has said that the solution to economic and political challenges lies in negotiations and mutual understanding.

In a meeting with a National Party delegation at his official residence on Saturday, the governor said political parties have an important role in creating awareness among people.

The NP delegation, led by the former chief minister and party’s Central President Dr Abdul Malik Baloch discussed matters of mutual interests, overall political and economic situation and relief operations in areas affected by the rains.

Source: Dawn

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Southeast Asia

After Kedah do, Anwar crosses South China Sea to celebrate Eid ul Fitr with Sabahans

By Julia Chan

30 Apr 2023

KOTA KINABALU, April 26 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must have shaken hands with thousands of Sabahans here today when he turned up at the state Eid ul Fitr celebration organised by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor’s government.

Tens of thousands of people thronged the Sabah International Convention Centre for the state celebration that started at 8am to enjoy the buffet spread of local delicacies at some 50 food stalls set up in the open plaza while being entertained by performers on stage.

Despite the heat, many people crowded around for a chance to greet the PM and take pictures when Hajiji and other Sabah Cabinet members stepped up to welcome Anwar as the latter moved under the marquees to enter the main convention hall where other state dignitaries were seated.

Source: Malay Mail

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Khalid Samad sorry Umno ‘upset’ by call to block Najib’s pardon, but not for making it

By Keertan Ayamany

Sunday, 30 Apr 2023 5:06 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 — Amanah communications director Khalid Samad has apologised for “upsetting” Umno with his statement urging the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to deny its plea for former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s pardon.

Malaysiakini today quoted Khalid as saying that his previous remark was not an attack on or criticism of Umno, but was rather a difference of opinion.

Najib has been convicted of misappropriating RM42 million from a former 1MDB unit and subsequently sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment; the ex-PM has applied for a royal pardon after exhausting all other legal avenues to appeal.

Source: Malay Mail

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Mat Sabu says Amanah leaders free to express own views, but party will abide by ‘unity govt’ decision

By R. Loheswar

30 Apr 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 — Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) members have the freedom to express their personal views, president Mat Sabu said today amid a growing row over Umno’s pardon bid for convicted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

But Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, stressed that the personal views of his colleagues do not officially represent those of the party.

He added that Amanah as a component member of Pakatan Harapan (PH), will comply with whatever official decision the ruling coalition makes.

Source: Malay Mail

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Puad Zarkashi says no guarantee ‘unity govt’ can stay intact because Amanah rejects Umno’s pardon bid for Najib

By Shahrin Aizat Noorshahrizam

30 Apr 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 — The tenuous alliance between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) propping up the Anwar administration may not last for long because of Parti Amanah Negara, Umno supreme council member Datuk Puad Zarkashi said today.

The Johor state lawmaker claimed that the ties were being tested by the PH component party’s rejection of Umno’s calls for a royal pardon for convicted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“That’s why it’s hard to be good friends with PAN,” the Rengit assemblyman wrote on his Facebook account, referring to Amanah by its Malay acronym.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Shoura Council Delegation, Headed by Assistant Speaker Hanan Al-Ahmadi,  Reviews Saudi-Swedish Relations

ARAB NEWS

April 29, 2023

STOCKHOLM: A delegation from the Shoura Council, headed by Assistant Speaker Hanan Al-Ahmadi, met with the president of Stockholm City Council, Olle Burell, at the historic City Hall building in Sweden.

During the meeting, they reviewed Saudi-Swedish bilateral relations in various fields and ways to enhance them. The meeting also discussed Saudi efforts related to the environment, climate change, urbanization and the adoption of smart city technology, as well as quality of life, one of the most important targets of Saudi Vision 2030.

The delegation also visited Uppsala University, where they were received by Vice Chancellor Anders Hagfeldt. The delegation discussed various topics related to scientific and educational research and cooperation between the Kingdom and Sweden in the field of higher education, as well as ways to enhance and develop it.

Source: Arab News

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Youth to play vital role in sustainable development, Saudi delegation tells ECOSOC forum

ARAB NEWS

April 29, 2023

RIYADH: Youth will play a pivotal role in sustainable development, Saudi Arabia’s delegation told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum 2023, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The event, which took place at the UN Headquarters in New York City this week, was organized under the theme of “Accelerating the COVID-19 Recovery and Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda with and for Youth.”

It offered a unique opportunity for the next generation to engage directly with United Nations member states, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and other key international actors.

The Saudi delegation, led by Othman Almoamar, advisor at the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) and chair of Youth 20 Saudi Arabia, was accompanied by youth representatives from Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (Misk) and Salam for Cultural Communication.

Source: Arab News

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Over 14 million shipments delivered to beneficiaries during Ramadan

April 29, 2023

RIYADH — The Transport General Authority (TGA) has announced that more than 14 million shipments were delivered to beneficiaries during Ramadan via the approved companies in delivering shipments.

The Authority said the shipping operations during the holy month of Ramadan 1444 AH has recorded an increase by 56% compared to the previous year.

It also revealed that it has received 40,000 reports and complaints that were dealt with, in addition to receiving 12,000 calls through the unified call center.

Source: Saudigazette

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Saudi vegan chef Ola Kayal is out to start a food revolution — one scoop at a time

JASMINE BAGER

April 29, 2023

JEDDAH: Vegan chef Ola Kayal, a trilingual Saudi national with two degrees, has trained at a three Michelin star restaurant in Europe and successfully launched a plant-based ice cream business in the US — all before the age of 30.

Now, she is bringing her knowledge and passion for sustainability back to her hometown of Jeddah, with dreams of starting a food revolution and creating a healthy-eating haven.

Kayal opened her first shop, Nabati, in Miami, Florida, six months before the pandemic hit and managed to stay in operation amid the restrictions. She is launching her second outlet in Jeddah.

“I chose the name Nabati because I wanted the name to really be a representation of my roots. I decided to start this brand not in Saudi Arabia, so I really wanted to have that Arabic connection and a name that would represent where I’m from and what I’m bringing to the world,” she told Arab News.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia arrests 10,606 illegals in one week

ARAB NEWS

April 29, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 10,606 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From April 20-26, a total of 5,620 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 3,825 were held over illegal border crossing attempts and a further 1,161 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 1,087 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 25 percent were Yemeni, 74 percent Ethiopian, and 1 percent were of other nationalities.

Source: Arab News

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Africa

Days After Storming Mecca for Prayers, Cute Abiola Splashes Millions On New House For Parents

By Gist Lovers

April 29, 2023

Nigerian comedian and content creator popularly known as Cute Abiola, recently spent a substantial amount of money on a newly-acquired house for his parents, just days after returning from Mecca where he went for prayers.

The comedian’s gesture of gratitude towards his parents was showcased through the purchase of a beautifully furnished house, as he took to his social media page to share images of the house’s interior and exterior.

Source: Gistl Over

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Sudan's Islamists use AI, social media to aid in fighting

30-04-203

Though Sudan's Islamists have been bumped out of power in Africa’s third-largest country, it appears that they are attempting to crawl back into political relevance by using highly sophisticated AI and social media networks. The development comes after diplomats from other countries have left the area, per the Daily Mail.

Islamist groups are reportedly using images to suggest that the West is on the verge of retreating, meaning victory for the Islamist groups is close. Some of these online networks have also disseminated fake audio clips that purport the US is actively attempting to mitigate the influence of Islam on the country.

One example of technological manipulation that these groups have carried out is an AI-generated photo of US Ambassador John Godfrey, suggesting that the ambassador is strategizing about how to intervene in the country.

Source: Humanevents.Com

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Rayuwa A Daular Boko Haram

Rukayya Saeed

April 29, 2023

Yaya rayuwa take a matsayin macen da aka sace a yankin Boko Haram? Yaya ya bambanta da rayuwa a cikin yankuna da ke ƙarƙashin ikon gwamnati?

Saurari labarin Amina a cikin shiri na wannan mako.

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