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A young Hindu recites from a holy book in a local temple. Supplied: Amar Guriro

 

This Muslim Family from Kanpur Will Celebrate Janmashtami for the 30th Year Today

Kofi Annan to Initiate Dialogue in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

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Pakistan

Hindus Flee Muslim Extremists after Quran Burned In Pakistan

Govt Asked To Merge Fata with KP without Delay

MQM's Amir Khan distances party from newly-surfaced controversial Altaf speech

Imprisoned MQM’s leader Waseem Akhtar wins Karachi’s mayoral election

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India

Islam Does Not Talk Of Equality, It Talks Of Justice: Muslim Personal Law Board

This Muslim Family from Kanpur Will Celebrate Janmashtami for the 30th Year Today

Protester Killed in Kashmir as Indian Official Visits Region to Defuse Tensions

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Southeast Asia

Kofi Annan to Initiate Dialogue in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Ambon Teachers Promote Peace, Heal Trauma of Past Conflicts

Japan's first Muslim hotel opens to the public

Malaysian rapper accused of insulting Islam released on bail

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Arab World

155 MKO Terrorists Escape Iraq to Albania on US Passenger Plane

Over 1,000 Militants Ready to Surrender to Syrian Authorities in Darayya

Notorious Ringleader of Separatist Terrorist Group Killed in Iran

Syrian Warplanes Smash Terrorists at Idlib's Border with Aleppo

Dara'a: Senior Commander of Fatah Al-Sham Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers

Syrian Army Engages in Fierce Clashes with Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists South of Aleppo

Syrian Army Repels Terrorist Groups' Offensives in Northern Hama

One more Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army

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Mideast

Biden Praises CNN Türk for ‘Resisting’ During Coup Attempt

Ten More Turkish Tanks Cross Into Syria in Jarablus Operation

350 Turkish soldiers taking part in ‘Euphrates Shield’ op, CNN Türk reports

PYD/YPG withdrawing to east of Euphrates

Turkish military, coalition forces launch 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Jarablus

Turkish army-backed rebels advance inside Syria on ISIL

Former UK aircraft carrier en route to Turkey for scrap

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South Asia

30 Taliban Militants Killed In Nangarhar Air and Ground Raids

13 Killed, 37 Wounded In Attack on American University in Kabul

Explosion targets Afghan lawmaker in Balkh, 4 killed, 14 wounded

Top SOF commander dubbed as Greek Hero ‘Achilles’ martyred in Kabul attack

Young Afghan migrant shot dead in Serbia

Bangladesh Police Catch Suspect in Killing of Publisher

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Africa

Sheriff Threatens N10bn Suit against Borno Attorney-General for Linking Him with Boko Haram

Kerry Scolds the Africans

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Europe

France, Germany Want Encrypted App Makers to Help Stop ISIS

Czech PM says we don't want large Muslim community to form here

Fears ISIS Sympathisers Are Among Thousands of Chechen Migrants Exploiting 'Unmanned' Border between Poland and Germany

Pauline Hanson demands a halt to Muslim immigration after backpacker slaying by 'man screaming Allahu Akbar'

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North America

US Airstrike against ISIS ‘May Have’ Killed Civilians

Donald Trump is mainstreaming hate in America

Americans have a false sense of insecurity

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Australia

Australian MP: Ban Muslim Middle East, North Africa immigration

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Hindus Flee Muslim Extremists after Quran Burned In Pakistan

August 25, 2016

He's reached breaking point. Like many of his neighbours, and other Hindus in Sindh province, the small trader is fleeing to India.

"I have four daughters and I fear that one day they will be kidnapped and will be converted to Islam forcibly and will be forced to marry Muslims," he says.

"In such conditions I don't feel safe here, so I will move to India."

For many years, Muslims and Hindus lived here peacefully. They share a common culture, language and traditions. But fanaticism has taken root, and increasingly hostile acts are shattering the harmony.

The tensions now forcing Mr Kumar to leave his country were sparked several weeks ago, in the small village of Mehrab Samejo.

There, in late July, when Muslim worshippers arrived at the mosque for morning prayers, they were horrified to find copies of the Quran burned to ashes.

A culprit was quickly identified: a man known as Ubedullah, a Hindu who'd converted to Islam some months ago. He is reportedly a drug addict with a psychotic mental condition.

The following morning Ubedullah was arrested by police for blasphemy, but crucially, he was formally charged under his old Hindu name, Amar Lal.

It's unthinkable that a Muslim could be guilty of such a crime, and it put Hindus front and centre for blame.

Anger directed towards Hindus as news spreads

News of the desecration spread like wildfire, inflaming Muslim anger.

Loudspeakers at local mosques relayed the message that night. Shops were shut the following day, and a large, hostile mob drawn from all round the district blocked the National Highway — the country's most important transport artery — creating a chaotic traffic jam.

They decried Hindus for burning the Quran, and descended on Reharki Darbar, an important Hindu temple complex in the town of Reharki.

The unruly crowd waved religious party flags and chanted slogans against the "enemies of Islam".

Hindus hid in their homes. Contingents of police and paramilitary were rushed to protect them, and their religious centres, from attack.

The mob eventually dispersed, but the hostility wasn't over.

That night, two armed men on a motorbike opened fire on a group of young Hindu men sitting at a roadside teahouse. Sateesh Kumar, 17, was killed, while his friend Avinash was seriously injured.

Dr Sheva Ram, the local president of a Hindu community organisation, claims the Qurans were burned by accident, after a joss stick was knocked over. He's outraged police charged Lal using his Hindu name.

"It doesn't mean Hindus have torched the Holy Quran, but due to this incident, local Hindus are scared for their lives," he says.

They believe much of the tension stems from agitation at the Bharchundi shrine, a significant Islamic centre in Reharki. Shrine leaders exert a powerful influence in the district, and had seized the burned Qurans and buried them in the shrine grounds.

The shrine has previously been mired in controversy after allegations it was responsible for kidnapping Hindu girls and forcing them to convert to Islam. It's a claim shrine leaders have denied saying the girls were willing converts.

Now the shrine is being blamed for inflaming tensions, and forcing Hindus to flee. However, leaders of the shrine reject these allegations.

Mian Abdul Malik, one of the custodians of the shrine, admits the Qurans may have been burned by accident, and claims the shrine does not act against Hindus.

He blames unseen "hidden hands" for stirring tensions between the communities.

Police have assured the Hindu community it will protect them. But Hindus are scared, and many are planning to move.

There are numerous previous instances where the minority Hindu community of about seven million people, mostly living in Sindh province, has been blamed for desecrating Islam.

But this incident, where Hindus have been blamed for burning Qurans is a first, and quite incendiary.

Large numbers of Pakistani Hindus have migrated to India in recent years, seeking refuge in the mainly Hindu country. But even as he prepares to join them, Ashok Kumar says he knows they are not welcome.

"We are called Hindus when we are in Pakistan and Pakistani when we are in India," Mr Kumar says.

His decision to leave has been difficult, but given the growing threat to his family, he has little choice.

"Moving to India as a refugee is now a better option than to live as a citizen in Pakistan," he says with regret.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/hindus-flee-muslim-extremists-after-Quran-burned-in-pakistan/7782800

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This Muslim Family From Kanpur Will Celebrate Janmashtami For The 30th Year Today

25/08/2016

KANPUR -- A Muslim family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, has become an epitome of communal harmony as they have been celebrating Krishna Janmashtami for the last 29 years.

Dr S Ahmed, his wife and three children have been celebrating the festival at their home by performing all rituals related to Lord Krishna's birth.

Dr Ahmed said his family and neighbours have been backing him wholeheartedly in this journey, because he thinks "celebrating a Hindu festival is a message against religious bigotry".

"Today, it will be the 30th year of celebration. Every year, we pray to Lord Krishna not only for the happiness and prosperity to our family, but also for spreading a message of love, peace and brotherhood in the locality. Everyone helps us in the decoration for the festival," Ahmed told here.

Ahmed told ANI, "My family and I have great shraddha (faith) in Lord Krishna."

He also said, "Mandir, masjid aur gurdwara ne baant liya bhagwaan ko, nadiyaan baatein saagar baatein mat baaton insaan ko."

Dr Ahmed's house has a well-decorated pedestal dedicated to Lord Krishna, where the ceremonial prayers are performed by the entire family and neighbours.

People gather in large numbers to see Lord Krishna's tableau set up by Ahmed at his house.

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/08/25/muslim-kanpur-family-will-celebrate-30th-janmashtami/

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Kofi Annan to Initiate Dialogue in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

AUGUST 25, 2016

The government of Myanmar has appointed former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head a commission to discuss ethnic conflict and clashes in the country’s Rakhine State.

According to a statement issued on August 24 by the Kofi Annan Foundation, the commission “will initiate a dialogue with political and community leaders in Rakhine with the aim of proposing measures to improve the well-being of all the people of the State”.

More than 100 people were killed in Rakhine in 2012 and 100,000 remain in camps following clashes between the Rohingya Muslim minority and the Buddhist majority.

“The Myanmar government wants to find a sustainable solution on the complicated issues in Rakhine State; that’s why it has formed an advisory commission,” the government said in a statement released by Aung San Suu Kyi‘s office.

According to the BBC, it is the first time the government is seeking international expertise to try and solve one of the country’s most complex problems. But the problems are so deeply entrenched between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State that they will not be solved overnight.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/kofi-annan-initiate-dialogue-myanmars-rakhine-state/

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Pakistan

Hindus Flee Muslim Extremists after Quran Burned In Pakistan

August 25, 2016

He's reached breaking point. Like many of his neighbours, and other Hindus in Sindh province, the small trader is fleeing to India.

"I have four daughters and I fear that one day they will be kidnapped and will be converted to Islam forcibly and will be forced to marry Muslims," he says.

"In such conditions I don't feel safe here, so I will move to India."

Full report at: abc.net.au/news/2016-08-25/hindus-flee-muslim-extremists-after-Quran-burned-in-pakistan/7782800

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Govt asked to merge Fata with KP without delay

August 25, 2016

PESHAWAR: A tribal jirga has demanded of federal government to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and abolish Frontier Crimes Regulation without further delay.

The jirga, organised by Fata chapter of PTI at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, was attended by elders belonging to different tribal regions.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279833/govt-asked-to-merge-fata-with-kp-without-delay

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MQM's Amir Khan distances party from newly-surfaced controversial Altaf speech

August 25, 2016

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Amir Khan on Wednesday night distanced the party from statements allegedly made by party chief Altaf Hussain who was addressing workers in the United States.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1279873/mqms-amir-khan-distances-party-from-newly-surfaced-controversial-altaf-speech

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Imprisoned MQM’s leader Waseem Akhtar wins Karachi’s mayoral election

August 25, 2016

Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) imprisoned leader Waseem Akhtar on Wednesday won the Karachi’s mayoral election.

MQM leader Arshad Vohra was elected as Deputy Mayor Karachi, reports the Express Tribune.

Speaking to media after the mayoral election, Akhtar said, “I congratulate the people of Karachi for the victory today. This is Karachi’s victory given the tough times we have been facing.”

Full report at: siasat.com/news/imprisoned-mqms-leader-waseem-akhtar-wins-karachis-mayoral-election-1007165/

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India

Islam does not talk of equality, it talks of justice: Muslim Personal Law Board

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Aligarh: “Islam does not talk of equality, it talks of justice; and justice is the only way to ensure that every section of society is treated in a fair and just manner”, said Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) at Aligarh Muslim University, while delivering keynote address at a National Seminar on “Relevance of Muslim Personal Law and its Compatibility with the Law of Nature”.

Full report at: ummid.com/news/2016/August/24.08.2016/equality-and-justice-in-islam-aimplb.html

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This Muslim Family From Kanpur Will Celebrate Janmashtami For The 30th Year Today

25/08/2016

KANPUR -- A Muslim family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, has become an epitome of communal harmony as they have been celebrating Krishna Janmashtami for the last 29 years.

Dr S Ahmed, his wife and three children have been celebrating the festival at their home by performing all rituals related to Lord Krishna's birth.

Full report at: huffingtonpost.in/2016/08/25/muslim-kanpur-family-will-celebrate-30th-janmashtami/

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Protester Killed in Kashmir as Indian Official Visits Region to Defuse Tensions

August 24, 2016

NEW DELHI — A young protester was killed Wednesday in an anti-India demonstration in Kashmir as India's home minister began a two-day visit to the Himalayan valley to try to defuse deadly protests that have engulfed the region for more than six weeks.

The protester died as troops fired shotguns and tear gas to disperse thousands of people defying a curfew on the streets in Pulwama district. At least 20 civilians and troops were injured.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/protester-killed-kashmir-indian-official-visits-region-defuse-tensions/3479507.html

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Southeast Asia

Kofi Annan to Initiate Dialogue in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

AUGUST 25, 2016

The government of Myanmar has appointed former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head a commission to discuss ethnic conflict and clashes in the country’s Rakhine State.

According to a statement issued on August 24 by the Kofi Annan Foundation, the commission “will initiate a dialogue with political and community leaders in Rakhine with the aim of proposing measures to improve the well-being of all the people of the State”.

Full report at: neweurope.eu/article/kofi-annan-initiate-dialogue-myanmars-rakhine-state/

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Ambon teachers promote peace, heal trauma of past conflicts

Thu, August 25 2016

Life in the inter-religious program for Muslims and Christians teachers and students has helped heal trauma that still exists in Ambon, Maluku, after religious and communal conflicts that claimed thousands of lives from 1999 to 2004.

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/08/25/ambon-teachers-promote-peace-heal-trauma-of-past-conflicts.html

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Japan's first Muslim hotel opens to the public

Wednesday, 24th August 2016

A hotel aimed at attracting Muslim visitors has opened at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan.

The accommodation takes the specific needs of the followers of Islam into consideration, providing a prayer room and an entirely halal menu.

Sitting at the bottom of Japan’s most famous mountain at the beauty spot near Lake Kawaguchi, it offers stunning views, as well as a tailored experience.

Full report at: insidejapantours.com/japan-news/4047/japans-first-muslim-hotel-opens-to-the-public/

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Malaysian rapper accused of insulting Islam released on bail

AUGUST 25, 2016

A Malaysian rapper, who had been held in police custody for four days over a music video he produced that allegedly insulted Islam, was released on bail on Thursday, while the country's attorney-general decides whether to press charges.

Wee Meng Chee, an ethnic Chinese and non-Muslim, is alleged to have shot part of the video in a mosque in the state of Penang and to have used the words "Allah" and "Mecca".

Full report at: reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-rapper-idUSKCN110136

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Arab World

155 MKO Terrorists Escape Iraq to Albania on US Passenger Plane

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US passenger plane transferred 155 members of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) terrorist group, including ringleaders, from Iraq to Albania on Thursday morning.

According to Neday-e Haghighat Website, a sum of 676 terrorists were transferred of Camp Liberty (TTL) to Albania in August.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000522

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Over 1,000 Militants Ready to Surrender to Syrian Authorities in Darayya

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Informed sources in Western Ghouta announced on Thursday that over 1,000 fighters of militant groups are to turn themselves in to the government forces in Darayya in Southeastern Damascus and many others have called for evacuatio from the town.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000678

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Notorious Ringleader of Separatist Terrorist Group Killed in Iran

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Abu Hafs al-Baloushi, the ringleader of the separatist terrorist group Ansar al-Forqan, was killed by the Iranian security forces, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Thursday.

Abu Hafs al-Baloushi whose ID card name was Hosham Azizi was killed and his comrades were arrested in different parts of Iran, Alavi said, addressing a meeting in the Central city of Qom today.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000676

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Syrian Warplanes Smash Terrorists at Idlib's Border with Aleppo

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Air Force traced and targeted Jeish al-Fatah's positions and convoy of vehicles in Eastern Idlib neighboring Aleppo province, slowing militants' movements down in the region.

Jeish al-Fatah's centers in the village of Shalakh and Saraqib were bombed heavily by the Syrian fighter jets, which not only claimed the lives of several militants but destroyed their vehicles carrying arms and fresh forces to their comrades in Aleppo.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000692

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Dara'a: Senior Commander of Fatah Al-Sham Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) was killed in Syrian military forces' attacks in the Southern province of Dara'a.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000635

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Syrian Army Engages in Fierce Clashes with Jeish Al-Fatah Terrorists South of Aleppo

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army soldiers and popular fighters clashed fiercely with Jeish al-Fatah terrorists and did not allow them to advance near the strategic hilltop of Um al-Qara'a South of Aleppo city.

Syrian government forces inflicted major losses on Jeish al-Fatah and destroyed at least three tanks and five machinegun-equipped vehicles of them in the battlefields.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000609

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Syrian Army Repels Terrorist Groups' Offensives in Northern Hama

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops fended off joint offensives of Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Jund al-Aqsa to break thorough the government's positions in Northern Hama, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000588

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One more Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army

August 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A notorious field commander of Jeish al-Fatah coalition was killed in attacks carried out by Syrian Army troops and their popular allies in the Southern and Southwestern parts of Aleppo city, terrorists groups confirmed Thursday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950604000496

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Mideast

Biden praises CNN Türk for ‘resisting’ during coup attempt

August 25, 2016

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised Turkish broadcaster CNN Türk for “resisting” the July 15 failed coup attempt, upon being briefed during a meeting with the Turkish prime minister and an executive of Doğan Media Group, CNN Türk’s parent company, on the channel’s role in stopping the plotters and a raid on its headquarters.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/biden-praises-cnn-turk-for-resisting-during-coup-attempt-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103211&NewsCatID=341

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Ten more Turkish tanks cross into Syria in Jarablus operation

August 25, 2016

At least 10 more Turkish tanks crossed the border into Syria on Aug. 25, on the second day of the broadening Jarablus operation by the Turkish military and U.S.-led coalition forces to sweep the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group from the border.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/ten-more-turkish-tanks-cross-into-syria-in-jarablus-operation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103208&NewsCatID=352

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350 Turkish soldiers taking part in ‘Euphrates Shield’ op, CNN Türk reports

August 25, 2016

A total of 350 soldiers from the Turkish Armed Forces are taking part in the “Euphrates Shield” operation launched on Aug. 24 to back Syrian rebels’ bid to clear the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from territories bordering Turkey, CNN Türk reported on Aug. 25.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/350-turkish-soldiers-taking-part-in-euphrates-shield-op-cnn-turk-reports-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103212&NewsCatID=352

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PYD/YPG withdrawing to east of Euphrates

August 25, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has notified his Turkish counterpart that Syrian Kurdish forces were withdrawing to the east side of the Euphrates River.

Kerry held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in the morning hours upon the former’s request, Turkish diplomatic sources told Hürriyet Daily News on Aug. 25.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/kerry-to-cavusoglu-pydypg-withdrawing-to-east-of-euphrates.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103207&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish military, coalition forces launch 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Jarablus

August 25, 2016

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has begun its cross-border “Euphrates Shield” operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) early on Aug. 24 with aerial strikes and ground forces backed by strikes from rocket launchers, howitzers and tanks.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/as-it-happened-turkish-military-coalition-forces-launch-euphrates-shield-operation-in-jarablus.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103175&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish army-backed rebels advance inside Syria on ISIL

August 25, 2016

Syrian rebels captured villages inside Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of a Turkey-backed operation as the group advanced toward Jarablus, a key town that Ankara wants to cleanse of jihadists.

The Turkish Armed Forces began its cross-border “Euphrates Shield” operation early on Aug. 24 with aerial strikes and ground forces backed by strikes from rocket launchers, howitzers and tanks.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-army-backed-rebels-advance-inside-syria-on-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103174&NewsCatID=352

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Former UK aircraft carrier en route to Turkey for scrap

August 25, 2016

The Queen Elizabeth HMS Illustrious, formerly Britain’s flagship aircraft carrier, will soon sail out of its home port to be scrapped and recycled in Turkey’s west.

The ship, which served in the British Naval Forces for 31 years before its retirement, was recently bought by Leval, a Turkish firm which is active in the ship recycling business in the Aegean district of Aliağa in İzmir, for 2.1 million pounds ($2.7 million).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/former-uk-aircraft-carrier-en-route-to-turkey-for-scrap.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103210&NewsCatID=345

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South Asia

30 Taliban militants killed in Nangarhar air and ground raids

Thu Aug 25 2016

At least 30 Taliban insurgents were killed in a series of air and ground raids in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement said Thursday that the operations were conducted in the restive Haska Meena district jointly by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

Full report at: khaama.com/30-taliban-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-air-and-ground-raids-01773

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13 killed, 37 wounded in attack on American University in Kabul

Wed Aug 24 2016

At least thirteen people were killed and thirty seven others were wounded after a group of militants launched a coordinated attack on the American University in Kabul this evening.

At least seven students, 3 policemen, and 3 others including university personnel were killed in the attack.

Full report at: khaama.com/1-killed-14-wounded-in-attack-on-american-university-in-kabul-01772

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Explosion targets Afghan lawmaker in Balkh, 4 killed, 14 wounded

Thu Aug 25 2016

At least four people were killed and fourteen others were wounded in an explosion in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan earlier today.

Provincial police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi said the incident took place after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated on a roadside in Khulm district.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-targets-afghan-lawmaker-in-balkh-4-killed-14-wounded-01774

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Top SOF commander dubbed as Greek Hero ‘Achilles’ martyred in Kabul attack

Thu Aug 25 2016

A top commander of the Afghan Special Forces 1st Lieutenant Mohamed Akbar lost his life during the attack on the American University in Kabul on Wednesday night.

Born in 1983 in Adarabi district of northern Baghlan province, Lt. Akbar lost his life as he was conducting clearance operation inside the university compound.

Full report at: khaama.com/top-sof-commander-dubbed-as-greek-hero-achilles-martyred-in-kabul-attack-01775

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Young Afghan migrant shot dead in Serbia

Wed Aug 24 2016

Afghan migrant SerbiaA young Afghan migrant was shot dead by unknown gunmen as he was trying to cross into Western Europe from Bulgaria, it has been reported.

The migrant was believed to be in his 20s and was looking to illegally cross from Bulgaria when he was shot dead, apparently by hunters.

Full report at: khaama.com/young-afghan-migrant-shot-dead-in-serbia-01771

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Bangladesh Police Catch Suspect in Killing of Publisher

Wed Aug 24 2016

Police in Bangladesh said Wednesday they had arrested a prime suspect in the October 2015 killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, who printed the secular works of slain U.S.-Bangladeshi writer Avijit Roy.

Full report at: benarnews.org/english/news/bengali/dipan-arrest-08242016154918.html

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Africa

Sheriff threatens N10bn suit against Borno Attorney-General for linking him with Boko Haram

August 25, 2016

Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has threatened to institute a N10bn lawsuit against the Borno State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, for alleging that he is the mastermind of the Boko Haram sect.

Full report at: dailypost.ng/2016/08/25/sheriff-threatens-n10bn-suit-borno-attorney-general-linking-boko-haram/

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Kerry Scolds the Africans

Aug. 24, 2016

John Kerry used his visit to Nigeria on Tuesday to lecture the government about how “extremism can’t be defeated through repression or fear.” The U.S. Secretary of State was trying to tell Abuja how to win its war against Boko Haram, but he would have done better to deliver arms instead of sanctimony.

Full report at : wsj.com/articles/kerry-scolds-the-africans-1472079065

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Europe

France, Germany Want Encrypted App Makers to Help Stop ISIS

August 25, 2016

France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe-wide rules requiring the makers of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists.

Privacy advocates argue that encryption is essential to online security, notably for banking transactions. But security experts say encrypted apps are increasingly used by extremists to hide their location, coordinate operations and trade weapons and sex slaves.

Full report at: myrepublica.com/news/4450

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Czech PM says we don't want large Muslim community to form here

August 25, 2016

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he does not want a "large Muslim community" and that each EU member should be able to choose how many migrants to accept.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he does not want a "large Muslim community" and that each EU member should be able to choose how many migrants to accept.

Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/europe/archive/2016/08/25/774302/story.html

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Fears ISIS sympathisers are among thousands of Chechen migrants exploiting 'unmanned' border between Poland and Germany

August 25, 2016

Thousands of Chechen migrants are exploiting a virtually unmanned border crossing between Poland and Germany, raising fears ISIS sympathisers could find a new route to Europe.

With the established route through Greece and the Balkans taken by thousands of refugees shut off following a deal between Turkey and the EU, migrants are looking for new ways into Europe.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3757925/Europe-s-new-frontier-Fears-ISIS-sympathisers-thousands-Chechen-migrants-exploiting-unmanned-border-Poland-Germany.html

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Pauline Hanson demands a halt to Muslim immigration after backpacker slaying by 'man screaming Allahu Akbar'

August 25, 2016

Senator Pauline Hanson has demanded a halt on Muslim immigration after a man allegedly screamed 'Allahu Akbar' when he fatally stabbed a British backpacker.

The One Nation leader weighed in on the latest attack after Smail Ayad allegedly killed Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, in a bloody rampage at a backpacker hostel.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3757335/Pauline-Hanson-demands-halt-Muslim-immigration-death-Britsh-backpacker.html

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North America

US airstrike against ISIS ‘may have’ killed civilians

24 Aug, 2016

American jets targeting Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria may have killed an unknown number of civilians during an airstrike Tuesday, the US Central Command has said.

Full report at: rt.com/usa/357062-centcom-civilian-casualties-raqqa/

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Donald Trump is mainstreaming hate in America

August 25, 2016

I was riding the New York City subway on a hot summer day with a friend last week when a man in a traditional shalwar qameez and topi perched himself on the seat across us. After exchanging cursory glances with the gentleman, my friend whispered in my ear, “I don’t understand how people can still dress like that.

Full report at: tribune.com.pk/story/1169783/donald-trump-mainstreaming-hate-america/

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Americans have a false sense of insecurity

August 25, 2016

Anxiety must be strangely addictive, because Americans can't seem to get enough of it. We enjoy a measure of national security and personal safety that is the envy of people around the world — from Ukraine to Syria to Nigeria. But many of us manage to feel perpetually endangered, in good times and bad.

Full report at: chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/ct-terrorism-security-america-dangerous-perspec-0825-md-20160824-column.html

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Australia

Australian MP: Ban Muslim Middle East, North Africa immigration

August 25, 2016

Independent MP Bob Katter, the grandson of a Lebanese migrant, has urged the Coalition government to impose a ban on Muslim immigration from the Middle East and North Africa.

The North Queensland MP last night said the “time has come” to block migrants from the volatile region, saying Australia should follow the “extremist” migration policy of Saudi Arabia.

Full report at: theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/bob-katter-ban-muslim-middle-east-north-africa-immigration/news-story/8a2c42e092ac2bfc19d2adce7b72ec56

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