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How Are Saudi Arabia’s Beheadings Different from ISIL’s?

 

 

 

 

Maulana Abqati at a felicitation function (Source: Express photo)

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

How Are Saudi Arabia’s Beheadings Different from ISIL’s?

Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

6 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kirkuk

After arms drop, US coalition strikes Islamic State positions in Kobani

Ex-Premier: 1300 Jordanians Fight with ISIL in Iraq

ISIS besieges 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar

Saudi warns Houthi rebels against border incursions

Siege looms over Aleppo as Assad’s regime gains ground

ISIS recruited ‘former Egyptian police officer’ for suicide attack

Egyptian law graduates denounce class-based job discrimination

 

India

Shia Youth ‘Who Fought ISIS’ Gets Grand Welcome Home In Lucknow

‘Love Jihad’ Hurts Dignity of Women: RSS

 

Europe

UK Govt Set To Crack Down On Muslim Brotherhood

Moscow Hotel Goes 'Halal' In Bid to Woo Muslim Visitors

Western aid funding ISIS Fighters for letting supply trucks reach desperate families

UN warns Iraq rise in executions fuels sectarian conflict

Denmark puzzled by Turkey's release of shooting suspect

 

South Asia

Militant funding suspected as Tk20cr wired from London

18 Taliban militants killed in clearing operations, MoI says

5 killed in Afghan commandos operation in Herat province

‘Do not confuse Islam with terrorism’: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed

The Taliban toddler being trained for war who says he's 'going to shoot people'

Dhaka seeks consular access to rescued 'Bangladeshis'

Detective Branch identifies militant leader behind sleeper cells

 

Pakistan

India, US planning attacks on Islamists here: Hafiz Saeed

Qadri spells out ‘revolutionary agenda’ to pull Pakistan out of crises

‘Message of Sufism should be circulated all over the world’: Sharmila Faruqi

Historic opportunity to transform Pak-Afghan ties into partnership

Imran will have to give up demand for PM's resignation: Aitzaz

Sindh CM says prominent people arrested over terror acts

Pakistan central bank to phase in new Islamic finance

Palpable sense of achievement at Minar-i-Pakistan

 

North America

Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify ISIS fight in Syria

Imam Webb: It's 'code red' for American Muslims

From a ruined life to Islam, challenging his catholic faith

Campaign against Violent Muslim Extremism Produces Longest Hashtag Ever

US told Turkey arms drop to Syrian Kurds 'momentary' response to crisis: Kerry

 

Africa

Salafists under spotlight ahead of Tunisia poll

Nigeria: Govt Claims Talks 'Inching Closer' With Boko Haram

“Ageing grey Mufti: has no shame in issuing political edicts: Prime Minister Thinni

Vandals target another historic Tripoli mosque

 

Mideast

Twenty killed in Houthi, al-Qaeda clashes in Yemen

East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

Taksim is ‘world’s ugliest square,’ Turkish PM says

Turkish PM says Kobane offers two paths: Peace or pain

Turkey confirms helping Peshmerga cross into Kobane

ISIL foiled in attempt to kidnap Syrian rebel leader in Turkey: Report

Terrorists Using All Military Power against Iran but in Vain

 

Southeast Asia

‘I want to touch a dog’ event an attempt to insult Malaysia’s clerics

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against ISIL

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian President

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

How Are Saudi Arabia’s Beheadings Different from ISIL’s?

SHENAZ KERMALLI

20 Oct, 2014

It’s something the Canadian Foreign Minister still fails to grasp.

On Wednesday, the same day that John Baird was greeted warmly by his Saudi Arabian counterpart to discuss coordinated efforts to combat Islamic State militants (also known as ISIS or ISIL), a Saudi court judge decided to pass a death sentence against a leading opposition figure on charges of sedition and “breaking allegiance to the king.”

“We consider the Kingdom and Kuwait important allies in combating violent extremism and terrorism,” Mr. Baird said before leaving for his trip to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Tuesday.

Does Canada really see an ally in a country that has carried out twice as many beheadings over one month than the militia it now claims it wants to destroy? According to Amnesty International, 59 people have been decapitated in Saudi Arabia since January this year, and eight in the past month alone. That’s twice the number of Western hostages who have been featured in IS’s execution videos (though there have also been non-Western hostages beheaded by IS). Saudi Arabia’s track record actually makes IS look scant in comparison.

For more than a decade, Nimr Baqer Al-Nimr has been considered a revolutionary hero in the Shia Muslim world for peacefully calling for an end to corruption and discrimination against religious minorities. But in a country where political opposition and insulting the monarchy is tantamount to suicide, the reformist cleric clearly crossed all red lines.

During his sermons in 2011, Mr. Al-Nimr exposed the government’s ill-treatment of political prisoners, calling out Saudi princes and princesses by name to stop “killing our sons.”

In another sermon following Arab Spring-inspired protests the following year, he questioned the very legitimacy of the Gulf monarchies on the basis that they were inconsistent with Islamic law.

“The House of Saud and Khalifa (in Bahrain) are mere collaborators with and pawns of the British and their cohorts. It is our right, and the right of the Bahraini people, and all people everywhere, to choose our leaders and demand that rule by succession be done away with as it contradicts our religion.”

What Mr. Baird needs to grasp immediately is the horrific impact executing Mr. Al-Nimr would have in fuelling sectarian violence in the region. Carrying out the sentence also gives zero credence to Saudi Arabia’s purported claim of opposing the militant group. Saudi Arabia already shares their extremist ideological roots in Salafism with IS and their love of decapitating people who don’t agree with them - won’t the execution of a prominent Shia cleric only encourage them to continue their persecution of religious minorities?

There’s only one message Mr. Baird needs to deliver to Prince Saud Al-Faisal: Pressure Saudi Arabia to release Mr. Al-Nimr and disavow the violent and regressive ideology that lies at the heart of its state.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/mr-baird-how-are-saudi-arabias-beheadings-different-from-islamic-states/article21146919/

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Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

20 Oct, 2014

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber has targeted a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers, Iraqi officials said.

A police officer said the attacker blew up his explosives-laden vest as people were leaving the al-Khairat mosque in Baghdad's Sinak commercial area following noon prayers on Monday.

He said at least 25 people were wounded in the explosion.

The attack comes a day after a suicide bombing targeted a Shia mosque in the capital's western Harithiya neighbourhood, killing 28 worshippers.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to talk to media.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139198/suicide-attack-kills-at-least-17-in-baghdad

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6 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kirkuk

20 Oct, 2014

Six terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group were killed while planting bombs in Southwest of Kirkuk province.

"Six ISIL militants were killed while planting bombs on the side of the main road near al-Moltaqa, 35 km Southwest of Kirkuk," a security source said Sunday.

"ISIL militants have set up explosive traps and planted bombs at several main roads in Southwest of Kirkuk that link the city with Baiji oil refinery," he said.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930728000822

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After arms drop, US coalition strikes Islamic State positions in Kobani

20 Oct, 2014

Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a “large amount of weapons and ammunition” have reached the main Kurdish militia in the town, near the Syrian-Turkish border.

The activists say there were five airstrikes in Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab. The Observatory and Kobani-based activist Farhad Shami say the airstrikes began on Sunday night and continued until early Monday.

The Observatory, which has activists on the ground in Syria, says the latest round of fighting between Kurdish militiamen and extremists in Kobani killed at least eight members of the Islamic State group.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/after-arms-drop-us-coalition-strikes-islamic-state-positions-in-kobani/article6519628.ece

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Ex-Premier: 1300 Jordanians Fight with ISIL in Iraq

20 Oct, 2014

 Ex-Jordanian Premier Ma'rouf Bikheet disclosed that a Jordanian "haven" is currently present in Jordan comprising of 2000 to 4000 Takfiris, pointing out that 1300 of them are currently fighting with ISIL terrorist organization.

In a statement to Jordanian News Agency, he added that 200 of them were killed in Iraq, Iraq Tradelink reported Sunday.

He excluded ISIL attempt to repeat Mosul experiment in Jordan due to geographical typography of the area, where the main two Jordanian border cities are far by 200 kilometers.

"The division of Syria and Iraq is the main danger facing Jordan, which means a Sunni government will be the neighbor of Jordan controlled by ISIL thoughts", he added.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930728000664

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ISIS besieges 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar

20 October 2014

Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are besieging about 700 Yazidi families in Mount Sinjar west of the Iraqi province of Mosul, a security source told Al Arabiya News Channel Monday.

Local Sinjar Protection Forces holding back ISIS militants are quickly running out of supplies and ammunition and have sent out emergency appeals to U.S.-led coalition forces for help, the source said.

The source added the militants are deploying more forces in the area and are about 1 kilometer away from Sinjar.

Head of the spiritual council for Yazidis Tahsin Ali Saeed has pleaded international help to protect his people from “extermination.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/20/ISIS-besieges-700-Yazidi-families-in-Mount-Sinjar.html

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Siege looms over Aleppo as Assad’s regime gains ground

20 October 2014

The Syrian regime army has reportedly advanced in the rebel-held areas around Aleppo in a bid to fully besiege the northwestern city, opposition sources and activists reported Monday.

Sources said the army has managed to gain control over strategic posts in Aleppo suburbs with the help of Iranian, Lebanese and Afghan militias.

The town of al-Jubaila, along with a glass factory and a cement plant near Aleppo’s central prison, have fallen under the grip of Assad’s militias, sources added.

Activists said the Syrian regime’s recent gains indicate that the city of Aleppo, once the economic hub of Syria, could soon be subject to a dreadful siege.

Opposition fighters suggest the regime is gaining ground in the area by using toxic gases after failing to win over the armed opposition with conventional weapons.

Aleppo became a key battleground in the fight between Syrian rebels and government forces after the uprising against Assad erupted in 2011.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/20/Syrian-army-move-to-tighten-siege-on-Aleppo-.html

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Saudi warns Houthi rebels against border incursions

World Bulletin/News Desk

20 Oct, 2014

Saudi Arabia warned against any breach of its border after Shiite Houthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen seized a crossing point into the kingdom the National reported.

“If anyone comes into the border area, we are ready to engage them,” Gen Mohammed Al Ghamdi, spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s border guards, said on Sunday. “We are always on alert because of the situation on the border.”

The rebels grabbed the crossing along the kingdom’s southern border earlier this week as they expanded their control in impoverished Yemen. The passage is adjacent to the Saudi province of Jazan, where the kingdom’s troops were drawn into a conflict in 2009 following a cross-border incursion.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/146631/saudi-warns-houthi-rebels-against-border-incursions

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ISIS recruited ‘former Egyptian police officer’ for suicide attack

20 October 2014

Websites allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed that an ex-Egyptian police officer had died in a suicide attack in Iraq earlier this year, al-Ahram Online reported.

Another website made similar allegations claiming that Ahmed el-Darawi, “an ex-Egyptian police officer and parliamentary candidate had repented and carried out a suicide attack in Iraq,” Egypt’s al-Masry al-Youm newspaper reported.

A photo of el-Darawi clad in a beard and holding a gun emerged over the weekend, adding to claims made by media reports.

El-Darawi’s family was under the impression that he had died in Turkey where he underwent medical treatment but were unaware of his alleged association with ISIS.

The family received news of their son’s death while he was supposed to be in Turkey.

“On May 29 [2014] people called us and said he died without giving us any more information,” his brother Haitham tweeted.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/10/20/ISIS-recruited-former-Egyptian-police-officer-for-suicide-attack-reports.html

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Egyptian law graduates denounce class-based job discrimination

20 Oct, 2014

Tens of law school graduates whose parents do not hold university degrees have denounced a ruling by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (SCJ) that limits applicants for jobs at the general-prosecution to the offspring of higher education recipients. They held their second press conference at the Journalists Syndicate on Saturday, which they say will not be their last protest against the ruling.

The issue stems from June 2013, when over 600 law school graduates were appointed as prosecutors by the SCJ, the highest judicial regulatory body in Egypt.

However, in September of that year, the council added new criteria to the appointments of prosecutors stipulating that parents of candidates to the job must be university graduates – thereby denying138 new appointees.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/151/113461/Egypt/Features/Egyptian-law-graduates-denounce-classbased-job-dis.aspx

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India

 

Shia Youth ‘Who Fought ISIS’ Gets Grand Welcome Home In Lucknow

20 Oct, 2014

A PhD student in Shia theology who claims to be the only Indian to have fought against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or IS) was on Sunday given a rousing welcome by the Shia community here on his return home.

Maulana Syed Abbas Nasir Saeed Abqati, 28, the son of prominent Shia cleric Maulana Agha Roohi, was studying at Najaf University in July when clashes with the ISIS broke out in Iraq. He claims to have enrolled for the force comprising civilians and others that was trained by the Iraqi forces and fought the ISIS for one month.

Felicitated at a function at Shia College on Nakhas road here, Abqati said he would go back after three months.

Thousands of Shia youths in Lucknow alone had earlier registered themselves as ‘razakars (volunteers)’, seeking to go to Iraq to fight the ISIS, but were denied permission by the government. A campaign by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad to send youths to Iraq as volunteers had been severely criticised by Sunni clerics, particularly Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid. The news of Abqati’s “feats” in Iraq though had reached home and been celebrated by Shias. Abqati claimed that Iraqi Army regulars, the Sarai Salam army of influential Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr, civilians and people from several countries had been selected to set up an “anti-terrorism squad” and guard vulnerable locations. “I was given one-month military training by Iraqi army regulars. There were people from several other countries, whose identity I cannot reveal. I was the only Indian and after the training we were sent to Samarra (around 125 km from Baghdad) to defend holy shrines during Ramzan,” Abqati told The Indian Express. “It crossed my mind that some legalities may be involved in me taking part in a military exercise involving a foreign country. But when your house is under attack, you will not run to seek permission from the government. You will first defend yourself. The fatwas by various clerics also become immaterial when your life is in peril,” Abqati said. Slamming ISIS for calling itself Muslim but killing innocent people, he said at the felicitation: “Children are being slaughtered, women captured and sold in the slave market. People who do not embrace Islam are being killed. There is even some mercy in killing, but ISIS are stone-hearted people who are against humanity.” Talking about his own experience, Abqati said: “At times there was gunfire. We defended the city too and ISIS was pushed back. We held our fort for the whole of Ramzan. Once there was replenishment, I returned.” He was hopeful of returning to the warfront, the young cleric said. “Now I am trained and there are lots of secrets which cannot be shared. If there is any need, I will again take up arms.”

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/uttar-pradesh/shia-youth-who-fought-isis-gets-grand-welcome-home-in-lucknow/#sthash.Of7njpJC.dpuf

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‘Love Jihad’ Hurts Dignity of Women: RSS

ATIQ KHAN

20 Oct, 2014

“Love jihad” may have proved to be a non-starter for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent Assembly by elections in Uttar Pradesh, but the issue refuses to die down. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that the administration should take a serious view of the incidents of “love jihad” as it hurts the dignity of women.

Describing the “love jihad” incidents as “shameful”, RSS “sarkaryavaha” Suresh “Bhaiyaji” Joshi told journalists on Monday that since the last 10 to 15 years, the “Hindu Samaj” has been facing “love jihad”. “Without taking a communal view, there is no doubt that it hurts women’s dignity and injustice is meted out to “them, Mr. Joshi said.

Mr. Joshi was replying to a query on whether, after the recent turn around by the “victim” at the centre of the “love jihad” controversy in Meerut, it was a dead issue. He said it was an issue of concern for the “Samaj”, adding that the RSS is part of the “Samaj” (society).

On the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, Mr. Joshi said the RSS feels that the temple is already there, what is needed is that it should be made bigger. The RSS “sarkaryavaha” said in its election manifesto that (the BJP) has promised to remove obstacles and it is hoped that the (Central) Government will take it seriously. Some time should be given to the Government, he added.

Mr. Joshi said that the Sangh, in its three-day national council meeting which concluded here on Sunday, reviewed the work done till now and also discussed plans for the future.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/love-jihad-hurts-dignity-of-women-says-rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh/article6519722.ece

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Europe

 

UK govt set to crack down on Muslim Brotherhood

20 Oct, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron will soon order a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in the UK, London-based newspaper The Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The UK government launched an inquiry earlier this year into the Muslim Brotherhood, due to concerns that its Islamist ideology was fanning the flames of extremism that has led to hundreds of British citizens joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

The report, which has been written but not yet published, has found an “incredibly complex web” of around 60 organizations in the UK, including charities, think tanks, and TV channels with Muslim Brotherhood ties, a source close to the probe told The Telegraph.

Former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove, who is reportedly an adviser to the review, is said to have described the Muslim Brotherhood “at heart a terrorist organization,” while the group - which has condemned extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda - insists it only wishes to instate Islamic rule through peaceful, democratic methods.

With assistance from British security agencies, the report has also examined the Muslim Brotherhood’s global network.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/19/UK-govt-set-to-crack-down-on-Muslim-Brotherhood.html

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Moscow hotel goes 'halal' in bid to woo Muslim visitors

20 Oct, 2014

MOSCOW: No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special “halal” service as Russia tries to attract visitors from the Muslim world.

“Around 70 per cent of our guests are from overseas and 13 percent of these — or some 5,000 people — come from Muslim countries, especially Iran,” said Lyubov Shiyan, marketing director at the Aerostar hotel.

“Our Muslim visitors were constantly asking for a separate prayer room or a special menu,” she said. “We wanted everyone who came here to feel at home.” To make that happen, the hotel had to go through a rigorous procedure before it could finally be certified halal by Muslim officials in Russia and launch the service this month.

But the extra work looks like it could be worth it.

These are tough times for Russia's tourism industry with the numbers of visitors — especially from the West — nosediving in recent months amid the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139181/moscow-hotel-goes-halal-in-bid-to-woo-muslim-visitors

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Western aid funding ISIS Fighters for letting supply trucks reach desperate families

20 Oct, 2014

Vehicles carrying Western aid to displaced families in Syria and Iraq are being forced to pay huge bribes to Islamic State militants, it has been claimed.

In yet another revenue stream for the terrorists, checkpoints have been set up on key roads where trucks carrying food and medical supplies are stopped and forced to pay to continue their journey.

The bribes are reportedly disguised as vague 'transportation costs' by those making the payments, in order not to raise attention to the fact huge sums of Western money are helping to fund the day-to-day running of ISIS' so-called caliphate in the Middle East.

Claims that ISIS is recouping vast sums of money from bribes paid by Western aid convoys came from an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.

'The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: the bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,' he said, adding that the payments are made either by foreign or local non-governmental organizations, or by Turkish or Syrian transportation companies.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2800100/western-aid-funding-isis-fighters-jihadists-demanding-huge-bribes-let-trucks-carrying-supplies-reach-desperate-families-official-claims.html#ixzz3GgvCF800

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Denmark puzzled by Turkey's release of shooting suspect

20 Oct, 2014

Turkey has admitted it has released a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a right-wing writer and critic of Islam in Copenhagen in 2013 but has failed to explain why, Denmark's Minister of Justice Mette Frederiksen has said.

Frederiksen's comments came on Sunday after a delegation of high-ranking Danish officials visited Ankara on Friday to investigate reports that a 26-year old Danish man of Lebanese origin - arrested in Turkey in April for allegedly trying to shoot Danish writer Lars Hedegaard on February 5 last year - was later released.

"I find the release of this person incomprehensible," Frederiksen said, adding that the results of the visit to the Turkish capital would be discussed by the Danish Parliament’s Commission of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

The alleged assassination attempt on Hedegaard failed when the assailant's gun jammed.

'Prisoner swap' claims

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/146619/pakistan-high-court-bans-tv-anchor

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UN warns Iraq rise in executions fuels sectarian conflict

20 Oct, 2014

The UN voiced alarm Sunday over the increasing use of the death penalty in Iraq in the decade since its reintroduction, warning such punishments would only fuel deadly sectarian conflict.

In a report released on Sunday, the United Nations office in Iraq said the increase culminated with the execution of 177 individuals in 2013, including up to 34 in a single day.

It also said at least 60 had been executed since the start of 2014 and that a total of 1,724 prisoners were on death row as of August.

"The large numbers of people who are sentenced to death in Iraq is alarming, especially since many of these convictions are based on questionable evidence and systemic failures in the administration of justice," said the UN's envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113473/World/Region/UN-warns-Iraq-rise-in-executions-fuels-sectarian-c.aspx

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South Asia

 

Militant funding suspected as Tk20cr wired from London

20 Oct, 2014

A Pakistani national has recently deposited about Tk20 crore in an account of Laldighi branch of Janata Bank in Chittagong through the Barclays Bank in London, raising suspicion of funding for Islamist militants.

The account was opened in the name of Maizbhandar Sharif Shah-e-Jame Mosjid Directors and Development Committee.

However, mosque committee President Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, also lawmaker of Chittagong 2 constituency (Fatikchhari) and chairman of Bangaldesh Tariqat Federation, alleged that two members of the committee had opened the account forging his and other members’ signatures.

He also claimed that General Secretary SMS Shahjahan Maizbhndari and Chief Treasurer SM Sahidul Alam had opened the account with the Janata Bank Laldighi branch in May this year.

The account was opened with an ill motive to defame the reputation of Maizbhandar Sharif as well as his political ideology. The fund could be used for militant activities, he cautioned.

“We informed law enforcement and intelligence agencies and Janata Bank authorities about the matter soon after the deposit of a cheque of £1.5 million in Barclays Bank’s PLC branch located in Business Centre on 240 White Chapel Road in London, UK, by the unknown Pakistani citizen,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/oct/20/militant-funding-suspected-tk20cr-wired-london#sthash.dwJNr2td.dpuf

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18 Taliban militants killed in clearing operations, MoI says

Oct 20 2014

At least 18 Taliban militants were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 yours.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Monday that the operations were conducted in Laghman, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost and Paktiya provinces.

A statement released by MoI said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition, the statement added.

MoI said, during the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused 22 different types of IEDs from Ghazni, Kandahar and Laghman provinces.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

http://www.khaama.com/18-taliban-militants-killed-in-clearing-operations-moi-says-8848

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5 killed in Afghan commandos operation in Herat province

Oct 20 2014

At least five suspected kidnappers were killed following an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) commando forces in western Herat province.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the kidnappers were killed during a search operation by Afghan commando forces.

He said two local businessmen were also freed following the operation and 40 different weapons were confiscated.

In the meantime, Gen. Azimi said at least 14 militants were killed and 11 others were wounded during military operations by Afghan national army in five different provinces in the past 24 hours.

Gen. Azimi further added Afghan soldiers also confiscated 23 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during the operations.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

http://www.khaama.com/5-killed-in-afghan-commandos-operation-in-herat-province-8846

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‘Do not confuse Islam with terrorism’: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Sheikh Shahriar Zaman

October 20, 2014

She made this comment at the recently concluded Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Milan on October 16-17

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community not to confuse Islam with terrorism.

She made this comment at the recently concluded Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Milan on October 16-17.

“She made a strong statement on terrorism in ASEM summit and said it is the enemy of development,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali quoted Hasina as saying at a press briefing at the ministry yesterday.

Hasina urged the global community not to identify terrorists on the basis of religion or nation, he said.

“The prime minister said terrorism can be curbed by a great deal if global arms trade can be controlled.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/20/%E2%80%98do-not-confuse-islam-terrorism%E2%80%99#sthash.jTFu7Pk6.dpuf

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The Taliban toddler being trained for war who says he's 'going to shoot people'

20 Oct, 2014

Around three years old and holding a gun, this little boy is terrifying proof of how the Taliban is reasserting its grip on Afghanistan.

As Western troops prepare to leave the country after 13 years of war, sinister footage has emerged from one of the fanatics’ strongholds.

In the film, obtained by the BBC, the toddler declares: ‘I’m going to shoot people.’

Other clips show fighters with their faces covered, posing with guns and rocket launchers.

The Taliban has been using the Tangi Valley – just an hour’s drive from the capital Kabul – as a staging post for attacks as it tries to seize back the whole country.

Fighters are undergoing training in how to use advanced weaponry and identify targets using Google maps, while children are being indoctrinated in schools.

A BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight also shows Taliban governor Mawlawi Badri, one of the most wanted men in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2799349/the-taliban-boy-trained-war-says-s-going-shoot-people.html#ixzz3GgvRsj9P

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Dhaka seeks consular access to rescued 'Bangladeshis'

20 Oct, 2014

Dhaka has sought consular access to 118 suspected Bangladeshis who were rescued by the Thai authorities this month.

“The Thai authorities have sent us a list of 118 persons who claimed that they are Bangladeshis. We sought consular access for taking their interviews,” Secretary (bilateral) of the Foreign Ministry Mustafa Kamal said at a press briefing yesterday.

If proven, the government would bring them back, he added.

During two operations in jungle this month, the Thai authorities rescued 134 people. Of them, 118 claimed that they were Bangladeshis while 16 to be Myanmar nationals.

From March until October, about 300 Bangladeshis were brought back from Thailand.

The government would also try to bring back 400 more verified Bangladeshis from Thailand by this year.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/oct/20/dhaka-seeks-consular-access-rescued-bangladeshis#sthash.5zuXWvKa.dpuf

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Detective Branch identifies militant leader behind sleeper cells

20 Oct, 2014

The Detective Branch of police has claimed that the prime suspect of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider’s murder was also one of the militant leaders who recently directed three JMB sleeper cells to kill two teachers in the capital.

Investigators said Ansarullah Bangla Team leader Redwanul Azad Rana, who hailed from Feni’s Daganbhuiyan upazila and was a charge sheet enlisted accused in blogger Rajib’s murder case, was one of the “senior leaders” who masterminded the plan on attacking the Monipur High School teachers.

“Rana, who instructed to kill blogger Rajib and attack blogger Asif Mohiuddin, also made the plan to attack two teachers of Monipur School”, Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of DB police, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

He added that two other killings were masterminded by Rana, who was inspired to become a militant after listening to Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) chief Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani’s instructions during his stay in the capital’s Mohammadpur area.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-rights/2014/oct/20/db-identifies-militant-leader-behind-sleeper-cells#sthash.4eetwSAh.dpuf

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Pakistan

 

India, US planning attacks on Islamists here: Jamaatud Dawa Emir Hafiz Saeed

20 Oct, 2014

LAHORE: India with the connivance of the US is aspiring to carry out surgical strikes against Islamists in Pakistan, Jamaatud Dawa Emir Hafiz Saeed alleged on Sunday.

“A plan regarding surgical strikes against Islamists in Pakistan was finalised in the recent meeting between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi after which India started violating Pakistan’s territorial integrity,” a press release quoted Saeed as telling his party’s central, zonal and district leadership on Sunday.

He urged the government to stop promoting trade ties with New Delhi arguing that better relations with India were impossible until resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139091/india-us-planning-attacks-on-islamists-here-jud

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Qadri spells out ‘revolutionary agenda’ to pull Pakistan out of crises

20 Oct, 2014

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri gave his election manifesto and campaigning slogan “No Asia without Pakistan” on Sunday and announced that he will end load shedding and provide electricity to every village within next three years after coming in power.

He announced to divide Punjab into seven to nine provinces under his devolution plan in which independence and authorities would be directly given to the districts, teshils and union councils, which will establish their own assemblies. Addressing a huge rally at Minar-e-Pakistan on Sunday, Qadri said that he would provide food, clothes, residence, free education, tax-free bills of electricity, gas and water to every poor according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/20-Oct-2014/qadri-spells-out-revolutionary-agenda-to-pull-pakistan-out-of-crises

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Message of Sufism should be circulated all over the world’: Sharmila Faruqi

20 Oct, 2014

KARACHI: Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Culture and Tourism Sharmila Faruqi said that Sindh is an institution of Sufism.

Sufism pleaded for peace, solidarity and fraternity among all nations, communities and individuals and respect to all the people of the world. The message of Sufism “love all and hate none” should be circulated all over the world. This she said while addressing the international Sufi conference Mast-e-Alast 2014, organized by Culture Department government of Sindh at local hotel Karachi.

She informed that the conference intends to bring together Islamic scholars, Sufi masters, Poets, Musicians and academics who, through lectures, discussions, workshops, Dhikir circles and Sema will provide the audience an understanding of Sufism and its core teachings of tolerance, love, brotherhood among the humans applicable today.

The conference called for the promotion of human rights, fundamental freedom, equality between men and women, reconciliation, tolerance, fraternity and universality.

Etsko Schuitema, Dr Sahibzada Farid udin Qadri, Dr Mohammad Usman Al Haqqani, Sahibzada Ghulam Farid Sabri, Akhter Dargahi,Qari Khalid Usman Alvi, Attiya Khan, and other local and international Philosophers, Teachers, Scholars from Turkey, Iran, Germany and other countries attend the conference.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/20-Oct-2014/message-of-sufism-should-be-circulated-all-over-the-world

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Historic opportunity to transform Pak-Afghan ties into partnership

20 Oct, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani underlined on Sunday that there was a historic opportunity to transform Pakistan-Afghanistan relations into a warm and mutually beneficial partnership.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz paid a one-day visit to Kabul as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Sunday during. He delivered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s formal invitation to President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to visit Pakistan. President Ashraf Ghani appreciated the invitation and conveyed that he would visit Pakistan in the very near future. Ghani said that he would like to share with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif his vision of the bilateral relationship over a five-year perspective.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/20-Oct-2014/historic-opportunity-to-transform-pak-afghan-ties-into-partnership

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Imran will have to give up demand for PM's resignation: Aitzaz

20 Oct, 2014

LAHORE - Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan on Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan would have to give up his demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Talking to journalists here outside the Lahore High Court building, he said that no body could forcibly take resignation of the prime minister. Assemblies could only be dissolved on the advice of prime minister, he said.

Aitzaz said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would never resign. Time had changed and there was no dictator in the country, who could seek resignation from an elected prime minister.

In the presence of a free media and an independent judiciary, the government could not be toppled at the whim of marchers, he said. Commenting on the decision of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to leave the Sindh government, he said that there was no reason for the decision as the MQM could not remain out of power for a long time.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/20-Oct-2014/imran-will-have-to-give-up-demand-for-pm-s-resignation-aitzaz

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Sindh CM says prominent people arrested over terror acts

20 Oct, 2014

KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Monday that prominent people have been arrested during the Karachi operation for their involvement in criminal activities and their party affiliations would be disclosed at appropriate time if the need arose.

Speaking in the Sindh Assembly after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) boycotted the proceedings, the chief minister said that the Sindh government played an important role in improving law and order in Karachi though he hesitated to declare the operation a complete success.

Speaking at the Sindh Assembly session, the chief minister said that the Karachi operation is indiscriminate and not directed against any particular party Our government has arrested many notorious  target killers including the members of political parties and I can name the parties and the killers if forced, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/20-Oct-2014/qaim-says-prominent-people-arrested-over-terror-acts

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Pakistan central bank to phase in new Islamic finance

20 October 2014

Pakistan’s central bank will phase in new capital adequacy rules for Islamic banking subsidiaries and trade sharia-compliant government debt in the open market, addressing a lack of liquidity management tools in the sector.

The initiatives are part of an ambitious five-year plan by the regulator to promote Islamic finance through an array of proposed legislative changes, product incentives and instructions to market participants.

In April, the central bank said it was working on such tools as part of efforts to ensure a level playing field for Islamic banks in the majority-Muslim nation.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/banking-and-finance/2014/10/20/Pakistan-central-bank-to-phase-in-new-Islamic-finance.html

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Palpable sense of achievement at Minar-i-Pakistan

20 Oct, 2014

LAHORE: “It’s a chand raat (the night before Eid) for us... Our leader Tahirul Qadri Sahib is like a moon for us whom we’ll be seeing today,” said an enthusiastic Pakistan Awami Tehreek supporter present at Minar-i-Pakistan lawns, the venue for PAT’s public meeting being dubbed as “Inquilab in Lahore”.

The teenager was explaining to the media the reason behind the bangles matching the colours of the PAT flag she was wearing. Her statement represented not only her own emotions but the mood that was prevailing at the venue, where activists from within and outside the city and other adjacent districts started reaching.

Almost each of the jubilant participant was either carrying a party flag, big or small, or was wearing cap of the party colours and inscribed with slogans “Go Nawaz Go” or “Go Nizam (system) Go”.

Some of the trends set by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in its protest meetings were carried forward by the PAT activists. Music (mostly party songs) was being played from the stage. Many women had got painted party flag on their cheeks or wrists, while headscarves of many women also represented the party colours.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1139100/palpable-sense-of-achievement-at-minar-i-pakistan

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North America

 

Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify ISIS fight in Syria

20 October 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, the White House said Sunday.

Kurdish fighters have been under ISIS assault for more than a month around Kobane, which has become a key prize as it is being fought under the gaze of the world's press massed just over the border in Turkey.

U.S.-led warplanes have pounded ISIS positions around Kobane, as Ankara has come under increasing Western pressure to step up assistance for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

The two presidents discussed “Syria, particularly the situation in Kobane, and steps that could be taken to counter ISIL advances,” in a Saturday night phone call, the White House said, using an alternate acronym for ISIS.

“The two leaders pledged to continue to work closely together to strengthen cooperation against ISIL,” the White House said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/20/Obama-and-Erdogan-promise-to-intensify-ISIS-fight-in-Syria.html

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Imam Webb: It's 'code red' for American Muslims

By Daniel Burke, CNN

20 Oct, 2014

(CNN) -- The mosque in Roxbury was crowded past capacity, with about 1,200 college students, urban hipsters and East Africans lining the hallways and front stairs.

They wanted to hear Imam Suhaib Webb, resident scholar of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and widely considered one of the country's most influential Muslims, respond to Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who recently called Islam the "mother lode of bad ideas" and compared Muslims to the Mafia.

The lanky, blue-eyed imam, a convert originally from Oklahoma, is known for tackling taboo topics and spicing his sermons with pop culture references.

Before Friday's sermon, the last time the Roxbury mosque had been this crowded, Webb said, was when he preached about the finale of "Breaking Bad."

(On the Sunday after his sermon, Webb, who has extensive training in classical Islamic learning, answered religious questions on Twitter about "The Walking Dead.")

Instead of attacking Maher and Harris, though, Webb challenged his fellow Muslims.

"It's code red," he preached last Friday, pounding the minbar for emphasis. "People do not like us, and we need to get with it!"

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/16/living/muslims-code-red/

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From a ruined life to Islam, challenging his catholic faith

World Bulletin/News Desk

19 Oct, 2014

Salahuddin Decero from United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Borned into a Sicilian family in South Philadelphia, he grew up as a Roman Catholic Christian.

While he speaks about his earlier years of his “faithful” life as a Roman Catholic, he said “The only times I ever went to church were Baptism and first Holy Communion. So throughout my youth I was very innocent, but when I hit my teenage years my family was very shaky and dysfunctional.”

Following years, Salahuddin Decero said, “My mom became very sick and my dad became very sick. It was one of the hardest moments in my life. I was hanging with the wrong crowd.”

Salahuddin Decero said, when he talked about his travel along the different religious experiences,  “I started feeling great and I was devoloping deep faith. I became very religious very fast in the beginning. I started having thoughts that I wanted to be a priest and monk but I was hesitant to express it to anybody. About 10 months after I started practicing my Catholic faith I went to live in the monastery a life of a monk in Philadelphia and began studying with the intention of becoming a priest. I was moved from Philadelphia to Minnesota after about 3 years and I lived there the same life. Then my studies took me as far as Rome, Spain, France, and Italy!”

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/146360/from-a-ruined-life-to-islam-challenging-his-catholic-faith

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Campaign Against Violent Muslim Extremism Produces Longest Hashtag Ever

19 Oct, 2014

Muslim leaders across NYC are preaching simultaneously today against religious violence. The move was announced earlier this week by the Islamic Leadership Council of New York.

"There are violent extremists who are Muslims, but their acts of terrorism are not Islamic," said council president Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, at a press conference Tuesday. "Our ultimate goal is to raise the level of awareness in a way that helps to inoculate the Muslim community against cries and appeals from elsewhere calling Muslims to violent extremism."

They'll be doing that not only with their sermons, but also with an...erm, unique social-media presence, noted Huffington Post religion reporter Jaweed Kaleem:

The group also has a new Facebook page and website.

Ibrahim Hooper is a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national advocacy group based in D.C. He wasn't part of the effort, but he says the sermons point to "a continuation of the consistent rejection of terrorism and violent extremism by the American Muslim community and its leadership."

Full report at:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/10/campaign_against_violent_muslim_extremism_produces_longest_hashtag_ever.php

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US told Turkey arms drop to Syrian Kurds 'momentary' response to crisis: Kerry

20 Oct, 2014

The United States told Turkey that a U.S. military air-drop of arms to Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) near the Syrian town of Kobane was a response to a crisis situation and did not represent a change in U.S. policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Oct. 20.

"We talked with Turkish authorities - I did, the president did, to make it very very clear that this is not a shift in policy by the United States. It is crisis moment, an emergency," Kerry told reporters on a visit to Indonesia, adding that it was a "momentary effort."

The Turkish government, which views Syrian Kurds with deep suspicion because of their ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has turned down requests for it to open a land corridor so Kobane could be resupplied from other Kurdish areas of northern Syria.  

The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian rebels, who for weeks have sought to stave off an onslaught by ISIL fighters that have overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq this year.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-told-turkey-arms-drop-to-syrian-kurds-momentary-response-to-crisis-kerry.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73224&NewsCatID=359

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Africa

 

Salafists under spotlight ahead of Tunisia poll

20 Oct, 2014

The candidacy of Rabeaa Elsmaaly, who would be Tunisia's first niqab-wearing MP, has brought to prominence the issue of Islamists coming from outside the country's main Islamist party, Ennahda.

Elsmaaly is on the electoral list of the Salafist party Jabhat Al-Islah in Medenine governorate. The list calls for applying Sharia law and the annulment of personal status laws, which are seen by secularists and modernists as big gains for Tunisian woman since they were first adopted in the days of Bourguiba in 1956.

Most Salafist groups in Tunisia, such as the Islamic Liberation Party, oppose elections and refuse to recognise the country's constitution.

Over the last two years, some Salafists have applied for licenses to form political parties, such as the Justice and Development Party and Al-Isalah.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/113446/World/Region/Salafists-under-spotlight-ahead-of-Tunisia-poll.aspx

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Nigeria: Govt Claims Talks 'Inching Closer' With Boko Haram

20 Oct, 2014

Nigeria's government claims it is close to securing the release of 219 school girls kidnapped in April. More talks with Boko Haram fighters are planned this week.

Despite five attacks killing dozens of people in northeastern Nigeria since Friday, the government claims that the release of 219 school girls kidnapped in April could come within a matter of days.

Government spokesman Mike Omeri said that authorities were "inching closer to the release of the Chibok girls" and that talks were to resume in Chad this week.

On Friday, French President Francois Hollande had told a news conference in Paris that the girls' release "could happen in the coming hours and days." France has been involved in negotiations that led to the release of several of its citizens kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon. Neither Hollande nor Nigerian government officials have given any details.

Reports from Cameroon's security forces have indicated that members of Boko Haram have been deserting and turning themselves in to authorities across the border from Nigeria. The former fighters said their leaders had been killed and they no longer wanted to fight, but were too afraid to go back to their communities.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201410200256.html

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 “Ageing grey Mufti: has no shame in issuing political edicts: Prime Minister Thinni

20 Oct, 2014

Asked to comment about the fatwas or religious edicts or rulings issued by Libya’s highest religious cleric, the Grand Mufti Sadik Al-Ghariani, Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni called him old, grey, shameless and politically motivated.

In a surprising, unrestrained outburst by the Prime Minister against the Grand Mufti, a position that is usually revered in Muslim society, Thinni could not hide his contempt for the controversial Grand Mufti.

“Certainly when we talk about religious edicts or rulings (fatwas) they are issued by one person in Libya: Grand Mufti Dr Sadik Al-Ghariani who, unfortunately, is a man who has passed the age of 70 and gray invades the hair of his head”, he said, implicitly referring to the accusation made by previous Prime Minister Ali Zeidan that the Grand Mufti might have lost his sanity.

Full report at:

 http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/18/aging-grey-mufti-has-no-shame-in-issuing-political-edicts-prime-minister-thinni/#ixzz3GgrqqWLk

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Vandals target another historic Tripoli mosque

20 Oct, 2014

Vandals this morning attacked yet another mosque in Tripoli ­– the Ottoman-era mosque in Shara Mizran – destroying tombs in the precincts and smashing walls and decorative marble panels.

The culprits are believed to the same militant Salfists who have desecrated Karamali, Darghouth and Shaib Al-Ain mosques and the Othman Pasha Madrassa in the Old City this month.  The Shara Mizran mosque, built in the 18th century but restored in the 1960s, originally served a small village outside the walls of Tripoli. Like many other mosques in the capital, it has a Sufist tradition – despised by Salafists. These are thought to be connected to extremist elements in Libya Dawn.

Meanwhile, a second attempt was made–possibly by the same group as before–to vandalise the Darghouth Mosque in Tripoli’s Old City.  Young men from the area, put in charge of protecting the mosque, succeeded in warding off the attackers, but only after they had done some minor damage to the structure and its grounds.

The attacks against the historic monuments have been condemned by the Council of Ulema, the Ministry of the Interior in Omar Al-Hassi’s anti-government and by UNESCO, but not so far by the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani.

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/10/19/vandals-target-another-historic-tripoli-mosque/#ixzz3GgrxaVZ2

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Mideast

 

Twenty killed in Houthi, al-Qaeda clashes in Yemen

 20 October 2014

More than 20 Houthis were killed in clashes between Shiite rebels and al-Qaeda militants in the central region of Rada in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported.

Twelve rebels had been captured following today’s clashes the correspondent said adding that a car bomb had exploded overnight near a house where Houthis gathered.

The Houthis continue to attempt to expand their control over Yemen and have clashed with both Sunni tribesman and al-Qaeda militants in the process.

“Following the explosions, al-Qaeda fighters attacked the rebels, deployed northeast of Rada and along a road” connecting the town in Baida province to neighboring Dhamar, a Shiite-populated province seized last week by the rebels, a tribal official told Agence France-Presse.

The Houthis have already overrun the capital Sanaa and the Red Sea port city of Hudeida, with almost no resistance, as they seek greater political clout in the country.

They easily captured Dhamar, where they have the support of most of the population, but have met fierce resistance from tribes in Baida and Sunni-majority Ibb.

Yemen has been dogged by political instability since an Arab Spring-inspired uprising forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/20/Twelve-killed-in-clashes-between-Houthis-and-al-Qaeda.html

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East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

World Bulletin/News Desk

20 Oct, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his government would not tolerate the eruption of yet a new wave of violence in East Jerusalem and that the government would use all necessary means to prevent it.

He said violence exclusively taking place in East Jerusalem would not be tolerated, neither would stone-throwing in what he called "our capital."

"It [East Jerusalem] is part of our city, it is our city and we will use all necessary means to prevent it [the violence]," Netanyahu said.

He said [settlement] construction would go on in East Jerusalem for both Jews and Arabs. He added that nobody could prevent his government from building homes for Jews in the ancient city.

"We are ready to fight with an iron fist anyone who seeks to divide our city," Netanyahu said assertively.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/146606/east-jerusalem-construction-to-continue-netanyahu

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Taksim is ‘world’s ugliest square,’ Turkish PM says

20 Oct, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has described Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square as “the world’s ugliest square.”

“If anyone tells me that Taksim is a perfect square, then I would tell him that it is the world’s ugliest square,” Davutoğlu told a group of journalists aboard the prime ministerial ANA aircraft, returning to Ankara from an official trip to the northern province of Amasya on Oct. 19.

“I know about the squares in Venice and in Isfahan ... After seeing them, you feel yourself in a vacuum on Taksim Square,” he added, also labelling both Taksim’s Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) and neighboring hotel as “ugly.”

Davutoğlu referred to groups who he said “abused the Taksim problem,” while touching on to issue of urbanization in Istanbul.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/taksim-is-worlds-ugliest-square-turkish-pm-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73221&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish PM says Kobane offers two paths: Peace or pain

20 Oct, 2014

There are two paths standing in front of Turkey’s region – the integration of people or painful clashes – Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Oct. 19 during a meeting with prominent figures, the so-called Wise Persons Group, to aid the Kurdish peace process.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hailed the meeting, telling press members that “it is beneficial that the government is continuing these processes by integrating it with the representatives of the people.” The Wise Persons initiative was launched by Erdoğan during his prime ministry, with the team visiting different regions of the country to convince the public about the merits of the resolution process.

“Recent incidents have shown that it is not possible to separate Tel Abyad from Akçakale, Suruç from Kobane, Nusaybin from Qamishli and Yayladağ from Bayırbucak,” Davutoğlu said during the meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-says-kobane-offers-two-paths-peace-or-pain.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73206&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey confirms helping Peshmerga cross into Kobane

20 Oct, 2014

Turkey’s foreign minister has confirmed that the country has been providing assistance to Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Peshmerga forces to cross into the Syrian border town of Kobane in order to fight against jihadists.

“We are helping the Peshmerga cross into Kobane. Our discussions are still underway,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Oct. 20 during a joint press conference with Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi.

Although Çavuşoğlu did not elaborate on the ongoing discussions, Foreign Ministry sources confirmed that crossings of Peshmerga forces through Turkey have already begun.

Meanwhile, Turkish diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News that the U.S. military did not use Turkish air space in air-dropping arms from the KRG to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), as the YPG continues to battle the Islamic State or Iraq and the Leveant (ISIL) in Kobane.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-confirms-helping-peshmerga-cross-into-kobane.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73218&NewsCatID=338

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ISIL foiled in attempt to kidnap Syrian rebel leader in Turkey: Report

20 Oct, 2014

A top Syrian rebel commander has been shot and wounded in an apparent kidnapping attempt by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a Turkish city, The Telegraph reported Oct. 19.

Abu Issa, the leader of Thuwar Raqqa, a Syrian rebel group that has been fighting ISIL in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, was ambushed by ISIL militants in the neighboring Turkish province of Şanlıurfa on the afternoon of Oct. 17, according to the report.

The rebel commander and his son, Ammar, 20, were snatched from their car while returning home after meeting with Turkish officials in the Şanlıurfa city center, The Telegraph reported.

“ISIL cars blocked the road ahead of them and four armed men grabbed them from the vehicle,” said Ahmed Abdul Khader, a spokesman for Thuwar Raqqa.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-foiled-in-attempt-to-kidnap-syrian-rebel-leader-in-turkey-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73215&NewsCatID=352

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Terrorists Using All Military Power against Iran but in Vain

20 Oct, 2014

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined his forces' full control over the bordering areas, and said the terrorists who recently attacked the border town of Saravan in Southeastern Iran used all their military power, but failed achieve their objectives.

"They came to Saravan with all their military wealth and power but failed to resist against the Balouch people (the people who live in Iran's Sistan and Balouchestan province) and the IRGC forces and escaped after sustaining casualties," Salami told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to commemorate the IRGC Ground Force's martyrs in Tehran on Monday.

"Terrorist actions are like mosquito bites and they lack weight and effects. They (the terrorists) are the infantry units who obey the policies of the arrogant and big powers that are leading them," he added.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930728000776

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Southeast Asia

 

‘I want to touch a dog’ event an attempt to insult Malaysia’s clerics

20 Oct, 2014

Former Johor mufti Datuk Nooh Gadut said the “I want to touch a dog” programme organised by Muslims in Selangor yesterday was an attempt to insult Ulema (clerics) and religious authorities.

The adviser to the Johor Islamic Religious Council said it was haram (prohibited) for Muslims to deliberately touch dogs as they were dirty (Najis mughallazah) according to two Muslim schools of thought, Shafie and Hanbali.

"Don't try to create a culture that goes against Islam and the Shafie school of thought, especially when it has elements of insulting the ulama in this country," he was quoted as saying in Malay-language daily Berita Harian.

"This is forbidden for three reasons, which are religion, health and a culture that contradicts with Islam. It must be remembered that Malaysia adheres to the Shafie school of thought," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-want-to-touch-a-dog-event-an-attempt-to-insult-malaysias-clerics-says-for#sthash.AH9J1lm0.dpuf

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Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against ISIL

20 Oct, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia Monday to attend Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for the inauguration of Widodo, a former furniture exporter who is the first leader of the world's third-biggest democracy to come from outside the political and military elites.

During his one-day visit, the United States' top diplomat will use a series of bilateral meetings to urge Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, and other Southeast Asian leaders to take more action against the growing threat from ISIL, officials said.        

During the meetings, "I would put at the top of the list the international effort to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," said a senior state department official, using an alternative name to refer to the group.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kerry-in-southeast-asia-seeking-support-against-isil.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73212&NewsCatID=359

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Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian President

20 Oct, 2014

Joko Widodo was sworn in as Indonesia’s new President on Monday.

Mr. Widodo, the first Indonesian President not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at Parliament in Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“To the fishermen, the workers, the farmers, the merchants, the meatball soup sellers, the hawkers, the drivers, the academics, the labourers, the soldiers, the police, the entrepreneurs and the professionals, I say let us all work hard, together, shoulder to shoulder, because this is a historic moment,” said Mr. Widodo.

A former furniture salesman, Mr. Widodo rose from humble beginnings to become Jakarta’s Governor before winning July’s presidential election with 53 per cent of the vote. Polls showed most of his support came from lower-income, non-urban Indonesians attracted by his simple demeanour and record of honest, hard work.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/joko-widodo-sworn-in-as-indonesian-president/article6518570.ece

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