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In A First, Islamic Seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' Issues Fatwa against Sex-Selective Abortions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: In a first, Islamic seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' issues fatwa against sex-selective abortions

 

Hindu Inmates Observe Roza with Muslims in Muzaffarnagar Prison

Islamic State Nuclear Attack in Europe a ‘Real Threat’, Say Analysts

Swedish Politicians: "Islam is Definitely Compatible with Democracy!"

Now the Archbishop of Canterbury Attacks Donald Trump Over His Muslim Comments

India

In A First, Islamic Seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' Issues Fatwa against Sex-Selective Abortions

Hindu Inmates Observe Roza with Muslims in Muzaffarnagar Prison

India Next On the Map for Islamic Finance Expansion

West Bengal CM Gifts Rs.22 Crore Ramadan Special Food Package for Muslims

It Is Time To Make India Free Of Muslims, Says Sadhvi Prachi

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Europe

Islamic State Nuclear Attack in Europe a ‘Real Threat’, Say Analysts

Swedish Politicians: "Islam is Definitely Compatible with Democracy!"

Scottish Muslim Leaders Invite 'Ignorant' Trump to Visit Mosque

Italy police catch couple hoping to join Islamic State in Syria

Muslim refugees eat and sleep at Catholic parish in Italy

Right-wing terrorist was acting against 'immigration policies and spread of Islam'

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North America

Now the Archbishop Of Canterbury Attacks Donald Trump Over His Muslim Comments

America Helped Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini Return from Exile and Lead the 1979 Revolution: Declassified Documents

Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims

Minnesota churches wish Muslim neighbours a ‘blessed Ramadan’

Lodi man who tried to join Islamic extremists sentenced

US Congress expresses concerns over rights violation in India as Modi begins visit

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South Asia

Ghani Reviews Report On Income Sources of Taliban, ISIS, and Other Terror Groups

Taliban Beats ISIS to Become World’s Top Terror Group In 2015

12 Taliban Militants Killed During Clash with Khost Residents

Fourth militant shot dead in Bangladesh in crackdown

Grenade attack on local radio station in Jalalabad city, no casualties reported

Taliban commander, al-Qaeda affiliates killed in Wardak and Paktika airstrikes

Intelligence Chief, Defense Minister Nominees introduced to parliament for voting

Taliban kidnap more passengers from Kunduz highway

Bismillah Mohammadi rejects involvement in smuggling of Lapis Lazuli

Gladiator’s screenwriter starts work on life of Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Catholics and Muslims Work To Combat Extremism

Muslim Villagers in Myanmar’s Rakhine State Refuse to Participate in Census

Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association Asks Gov’t to Block Google and YouTube Due to Porn and Violence

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, treason

Philippine militants release four Malaysian sailors: military

Sabahan Muslim moots separate legal system for Borneo if Hadi’s Bill passed

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Mideast

At Least 22 PKK Militants Killed In Air Operations in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s Erdoğan Signs Bill Lifting Lawmakers’ Immunity

Two police officers killed in car bomb attack in Turkey’s southeast

Turkey gave more martyrs to terror in 11 months than in Cyprus intervention: CHP head

World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast on weak demand, keeps Turkey forecast unchanged

Two Russian sailors found dead on ship in Turkey

Putin says Russia hasn’t cancelled Turkish Stream, South Stream gas projects

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Arab World

Russia Ready to Arm Iraq against ISIL

Senior Terrorist Commanders Killed in Failed Attacks on Army Positions in Damascus

Russian Warplanes Target ISIL Fuel Tankers in Raqqa

Terrorists' Bomb-Making Workshop in Deir Ezzur Destroyed in Syrian Air Raid

Al-Nusra Front Regroups, Exploiting Ceasefire in Syria

ISIL Pulls Forces back from more Key Villages near Tishrin Dam, Turkey's Border

Iranian Speaker Blasts US for Dishonesty, Disloyalty to N. Deal Undertakings

Joint Iran-Syria Security Workgroup Meeting Held in Tehran

Armenia Releases 10mln Euros of Iran's Frozen Assets

Car Bomb Targets Police Station in Southern Turkey

Syrian Sources Deny Terrorists' Claims about Taking Back Key Region in Raqqa

Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack in Iraq's Karbala

Iran Calls for Halt in Foreign Military Interventions in Middle East to Curb Poverty

Iran's Embassy Condemns Terrorist Attack in Istanbul

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Pakistan

Rangers Illegally Stopping Party From Peaceful Protest: MQM

Pro-Govt Elder Escapes Unhurt, Two Guards Killed In IED Blast

Russia and Pakistan combine their efforts to promote Islamic finance in the region

‘Bhutto’s nationalisation policy was not for workers’ benefit’

Balochistan moving towards prosperity, says CM

42 deported Pakistani migrants arrive in Sialkot from Turkey

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Africa

Army Steps Up Partnerships In Africa Amid Growing Terror Threat

Terrorist Attack Warnings: Here Is Why South Africans Should Be Worried

South Africa: ANC Wishes Muslim Community Well Over the Holy Month of Ramadan

‘Discredited’ Source behind Terror Alert Issued By U.S. Embassy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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In a first, Islamic seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' issues fatwa against sex-selective abortions

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Calling the ''act unlawful and against Islam'', Deoband spokesperson Maulana Ashraf Usmani said, "It's a first fatwa against sex-selective abortions.''

''The act is against Islam and there is no grace in the eye of Allah for those doing it," said Usmani.

The seminary took into account individual queries and media reports on skewed sex ratio among Muslims before issuing the decree.

As per the government figures, the number of girls up to six years old per 1,000 boys in the same age group among Indian Muslims declined from 950 in 2001 to 943 in 2011.

"We appeal to Muslims to refrain from any act which discriminates the girl child. Our vice-chancellor has termed sex-selective abortions cold-blooded murders," said Usmani.

zeenews.india.com/news/uttar-pradesh/in-a-first-islamic-seminary-darul-uloom-deoband-issues-fatwa-against-sex-selective-

abortions_1892827.html

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Hindu inmates observe roza with Muslims in Muzaffarnagar prison

Jun 08, 2016

About 60 Hindu inmates lodged in a jail in Muzaffarnagar are observing ‘roza’, the down-to-dusk fast during Ramzan along with 1,150 Muslim prisoners.

The holy month of Ramzan commenced on Tuesday.

Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal and evening meals known as ‘iftars’.Food items like seasonal fruits, dates, 500 gram milk and various other snacks are being made available to them, jail officials said.

hindustantimes.com/india-news/hindu-inmates-observe-roza-with-muslims-in-muzaffarnagar-prison/story-RdZUzOZ7Xq0oHzNnZbuhFJ.html

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Islamic State Nuclear Attack In Europe A ‘Real Threat’, Say Analysts

June 8, 2016

The threat of a terrorist attack using nuclear material is the highest since the end of the Cold War, with Isis actively trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a leading international think-tank on proliferation.

“Isis has already carried out numerous chemical weapons attacks in Syria; we know it wants to go further by carrying out a nuclear attack in the heart of Europe. This, combined with poor levels of security at a host of nuclear research centres in the former Soviet Union mean the threat of a possible ‘dirty-bomb’ attack on a Western capital is high,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the International Luxembourg Forum.

The warning from the organisation, whose members include former government ministers and senior officials from Russia and the West, comes amid deep apprehension that jihadists will attempt to carry out atrocities during the impending Euro 2016 football championship in France. The forum is not suggesting that a terrorist nuclear attack is likely tmayo take place during the tournament, but Dr Kantor pointed out that the Islamist cell which carried out the Brussels attacks two months ago were believed to be monitoring workers and security arrangements at a Belgian nuclear facility.

“Their previous documented attempts to gain access to a nuclear power station in Belgium are evidence of their intent,” he stated at an international conference in Amsterdam. “The terrorists don’t necessarily have to use a ‘dirty bomb’. We are not just talking about stolen nuclear material, using conventional explosives in a nuclear plant, such as smuggling in a bomb, would have catastrophic consequences.”

Former British defence secretary Des Browne, a member of the forum and vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), said the threat of nuclear terrorism was a highly significant and complex issue which needed a unified international response. “It shouldn’t be a surprise that if terrorists get hold of nuclear material they will try to use it, we also know that they are seeking such material, there were reports, for example, of Isis getting hold of uranium when they captured Mosul,” he said.

breitbart.com/london/2016/06/08/islamic-state-nuclear-attack-europe-real-threat-say-experts/

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Swedish Politicians: "Islam is Definitely Compatible with Democracy!"

June 8, 2016

With their goodhearted eagerness to be inclusive, and not to discriminate any group, and to defend freedom of religion, Swedish politicians are easy prey to Islamists with an anti-democratic agenda.

"The presumption is that Muslims want nothing more than to adapt to a Western way of life and Western values." — Jimmie Åkesson, Sweden Democrats party leader.

"Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allaah... it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being, no matter who he is." — Sheik Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, in fatwa number 07166.

Everyone knows what happens to anyone who criticizes Islam -- first, you get labeled an "Islamophobe racist," then, like the artist Lars Vilks, you might get a fatwa of death on your head.

The question is where the democratic Muslims will be when Islam has gained even more influence in Sweden -- will they stand up for Swedish democracy if that means openly going against the tenets of Islam?

It should not be a mystery whether Islam is compatible with democracy or not. All you have to do is look at the Islamic sources or call any imam and pretend to be impressed that Islam does not separate religion and politics.

Yet, when Gatestone Institute called Swedish politicians at all levels to ask if Islam and democracy were compatible, they gave assurances that there were no problems whatsoever with Islam's capacity for democracy -- or they hung up.

The two most common answers given were:

Islam is definitely compatible with democracy!

I cannot discuss this matter right now.

The question cuts through all parties; apparently no one dares to face the facts. So far, throughout history, and now in the world's 57 Muslim countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), nowhere has Islam been compatible with democracy, freedom of speech, human rights and legal certainty . These Muslim states have not signed the UN's Declaration of Human Rights, a document Swedish politicians seem to cherish. Instead, those countries have joined the Cairo Declaration, which stipulates that sharia is the only foundation for human rights. In short, human rights are all well and good so long as they do not conflict with sharia -- if they do, sharia wins. In practice, this means that in the Islamic world, there are, in the Western sense, no human rights.

Then why do Swedish politicians believe they will be able to democratize Islam? Do they know something the rest of the world does not? Or, as the alternative is so terrifying, are they just pretending?

In 1985, Sweden was still a homogenous country. There was no doubt that Sweden belonged to the Swedes. We were proud of the country that our forefathers created, and the welfare state given to us by the Social Democrats. Women in veils and men in Middle Eastern clothes did not walk the streets, and Islam was still considered exotic. It was, as the analyst Ronie Berggren recently put it, "Arabian nights, or [the children's book] Tam Sventon with his manservant, Mr. Omar, and the flying carpet. Olof Palme was still alive and Sweden thought itself a safe and functioning nation."

But in 1985, the Swedish History Museum published an anthology, "Islam: religion, culture, society," in which a diplomat, Dag Sebastian Ahlander, expressed concerns:

"Islamic immigration to Sweden can also lead to new conflicts within Swedish society. The Swedish perception is that there is freedom of religion in Sweden, but that perception is built on a private view of religion. To a Muslim, a large part of the rules regarding everyday activities is based on Islam; co-education of boys and girls, sex education, the view on the status of women, the demand that the slaughter of animals should be performed according to certain rituals, the demand that Friday should be a public holiday -- all of these things are potential sources of conflict to Muslim immigrants in Swedish society, and they are all ultimately founded on religion."

Sadly, the anthology fell into oblivion. All at once, while the Swedes were busy tending their gardens or repainting their summer houses, and feeling safe in the knowledge that our politicians surely were not lying to us, Islam was everywhere. The problems sketched out by Dag Sebastian Ahlander are now affecting all of us -- but still the politicians refuse to address the most basic question.

In calls to politicians, Gatestone also encountered an incantation: Islam is democratic because it has to be democratic, because what will happen to Sweden otherwise?

Many politicians are, evidently, frightened to death to talk about Islam. They seem to do everything in their power to avoid giving an answer. They claim they are the wrong person to talk to; they hang up the phone -- anything to skirt a discussion.

The reason may well be that no matter what they say, everyone knows what happens to anyone who criticizes Islam -- first, you get labeled an "Islamophobe racist," then, like the artist Lars Vilks, you might get a fatwa of death on your head.

Not one of the politicians or officials was able to name a single Muslim-majority country that has a decent democracy with legal certainty and freedom of speech. Not one could see any danger coming from an increasing Islamization of Sweden. Typical answers were:

"Yes, Islam is definitely compatible with democracy. At least, that is my interpretation." — Beatrice Ask, Conservative (Moderaterna), former Minister of Justice.

"Of course if you read the words in the Quran, and the movements and schools that are leading around the world, then Islam is difficult to merge with the Swedish version of democracy. But I try to avoid talking categorically about Islam as a whole. Many people have Islam as their personal faith." — Paula Bieler, Sweden Democrats.

"I have nothing against that. People can believe what they want in a democracy." — Nooshi Dadgostar, Left Party (Vänsterpartiet).

"Islam as a religion is compatible with democracy, why wouldn't it be? I don't think there is any religion not compatible with democracy. As long as you don't use religion to hurt each other, Christianity, Islam and Judaism are all democratic in their basic perspective." — Jamal Mouneimne, Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna).

"[Mehmet] Kaplan is a practicing Muslim in a democratically elected government, so of course both he and I believe Islam is compatible with democracy. He is also an anti-racist, a feminist and he stands up for human rights." — Mikaela Kotschack, Green Party (Miljöpartiet), Press Secretary for the recently resigned Mehmet Kaplan.

"I cannot answer that I'm afraid. This calls for a longer discussion, you cannot just answer yes or no to that question. ... No, the question does not make me nervous, but it demands knowledge and a longer discussion." — Larry Söder, Christian Democrats (Kristdemokraterna).

The civil servants, who are supposed to give the politicians more insight into current political issues, seem no more knowledgeable than the politicians. Deputy Assistant Göran Ternbo, the Government Offices' expert on democracy and human rights, was also asked if Islam is compatible with democracy:

"Eh, ah ... that's a controversial issue, it is. I don't know. You cannot be that categorical answering one way or the other. Why are you asking these questions? It feels ... where are you going with this?"

Gatestone: We just want to know what the government's view on Islam is. Are you aware of the Islamic agenda?

Ternbo: "We have freedom of religion in Sweden."

Gatestone: Can you say that Islam fits into democratic Sweden?

Ternbo: "Yes, if they follow our laws."

Gatestone: But many say they want sharia?

Ternbo: "I have never heard that."

Gatestone: Can you mention one democratic Muslim country?

Ternbo: "I do not understand where this is going. If you want to discuss Islam, I advise you to contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, they have experts on Islam."

Gatestone: But the politicians are filling the country with Islam right now, how does that affect Sweden's future?

Ternbo: "My job is to deal with completely different issues, so I cannot answer that. Right now, I'm working on the Nordic Sami Convention."

Gatestone: You work with human rights, have the Muslim countries accepted the UN Declaration on Human Rights?

Ternbo: "Yes, they've accepted a number of declarations, including the Cairo Declaration."

Gatestone: Does the Cairo Declaration view human rights the same way we do?

Ternbo: "I don't want to continue this discussion, it feels like an interrogation. We have freedom of religion in Sweden."

Gatestone: Is it possible to use Swedish democracy to abolish democracy?

Ternbo: "This is going too far. I have a meeting now. Goodbye."

The Swedes are highly secularized. They have never asked to be invaded by fierce religious rules. However, the huge immigration of asylum seekers, mainly from Muslim-majority countries, has turned everything the Swedes take for granted upside down -- such as the idea that people mind their religious business in private, and that you can trust what other people tell you.

Can you trust what Muslim politicians are saying? In the Nordic culture, telling the truth is a virtue. The Aesir clan of the gods in Norse mythology listed nine noble virtues: courage, love of the truth, honorable living, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, confidence, diligence and endurance. In Islam, however, love of the truth does not seem to be a prominent virtue -- in some circumstances, not only is lying allowed, it is compulsory to lie if it benefits Islam.

The question of whether Islam and democracy are compatible is probably the most important one that Sweden has faced in modern times. If Islam is not compatible with democracy, while the number of Muslims in Sweden grows week by week, then Sweden as a democratic country may soon be but a memory.

With their goodhearted eagerness to be inclusive, to defend freedom of religion, and not to discriminate against any group, Swedish politicians are easy prey to Islamists with an anti-democratic agenda.

Islam has its own system of justice, built on divine law (sharia); a ban on any and all criticism of Islam, and laws regulating virtually everything in everyone's life. Moreover, there seems to be no interest on the part of the newcomers in abandoning these traditions in favor of the traditions of the West.

The fact that all political parties apart from the Sweden Democrats (who are critical of immigration) have Muslim representatives might lead people to think that if there are Muslims working within our democratic system, they must be democrats.

Yet Swedish imams make no secret that in Islam, politics and religion are branches on the same tree. If you phone an imam, and say you are a Swede who has grown tired of the Swedish Church's compliance on political issues, and that you have thought about converting to Islam, you might hear, as imam Ali at the Islamic Cultural Center in Lund, said, "No, you can not take politics out of Islam, it is a part of our religion. Islam is a complete system, which people need."

Of course, if you are critical of Islam mixing politics and religion, you will not get answers like that -- the imams evidently know that such answers are not popular in Sweden -- anyway, not yet.

Anyone who thinks that these candid imams might be mistaken can study the official pronouncements on the subject. In fatwa number 07166, for instance, entitled, "Ruling on democracy and elections and participating in that system," Sheik Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, one of the most respected scholars in Sunni Islam, writes:

"Praise be to Allaah. Firstly: Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allaah, the Most High, the Almighty, and it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being, no matter who he is."

His Fatwa number 98134, "Concept of democracy in Islam," states:

"Democracy is a system that is contrary to Islam, because it gives the power of legislation to the people or to those who represent them (such as members of Parliament). Based on that, in democracy legislative authority is given to someone other than Allah, may He be exalted; rather it is given to the people and their deputies, and what matters is not their consensus but the majority. Thus what the majority agree upon becomes laws that are binding on the nation, even if it is contrary to common sense, religious teaching or reason. In these systems legislation has been promulgated allowing abortion, same-sex marriage and usurious interest (riba); the rulings of sharee'ah have been abolished; and fornication/adultery and the drinking of alcohol are permitted. In fact this system is at war with Islam and its followers."

In fatwa number 111898, he answers a question on whether it is permissible to participate in non-Muslim, democratic elections:

"The Muslim participants should intend thereby to serve the interests of the Muslims and ward off evil and harm from them. The Muslim participants should think it most likely that their participation will have positive effects that will benefit the Muslims in that country, such as supporting their position, conveying their requests to the decision makers and those who are in charge of the country, and protecting their religious and worldly interests. The Muslim's participation in these elections should not lead to him neglecting his religious duties."

In fatwa number 178354, the Sheik is asked, "What is the ruling on one who reviles the Muslims and praises the kuffaar [infidels], and even wishes to be one of them?" He replies:

"Allah, may He be exalted, has instructed His believing slaves to love one another and to take one other as friends, and He has instructed them to hate His enemies and regard them with enmity for the sake of Allah. He has stated that friendship can only be among the believers and enmity is to be between them and the kaafirs; disavowing them is one of the basic principles of their faith and is part of perfecting their religious commitment. There are very many verses, hadeeths and comments of the early generation to that effect."

That Islam combines religion and politics, with a view to using politics to advance the religion, and further these views, which are clearly stated, appears a totally foreign concept to Swedish politicians. Perhaps this is the reason that a Turkish-born Muslim, Mehmet Kaplan, could become Minister for Housing and Urban Development, all the while rubbing shoulders with the Islamists of Turkish groups Milli Görüs and the neo-fascists of the Grey Wolves -- he was convinced no one would ever question him or his agenda, as questioning him about such alliances would be considered "Islamophobic."

When pictures of him consorting with these groups were leaked to the media, a video clip also emerged in which Kaplan compared Israel's actions with the Palestinians to Nazi Germany's treatment of the Jews. That remark, in 2016, crossed the line for what an Islamist may say and do in Sweden. In Sweden, it is incredibly important not to question the Holocaust. Disapproval may possibly have come as a surprise to many, who perceive Sweden's Israel policy under Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström as extremely critical of Israel. Wallström and the government's criticism of Israel stems mainly from a view of Israel as the stronger party in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, and one that does not recognize that the Muslims and Arabs in the larger conflict perpetually threaten genocide against Israel and the Jews.

Mehmet Kaplan's remark forced him to resign. Alas, anyone thinking that the Kaplan affair would lead to a discussion of the role of Muslims in Swedish politics, is mistaken. Nothing in the public debate so far suggests that Swedish politicians will seriously start looking into a possible underlying agenda among Muslim politicians, such as that they might in fact be working to spread Islam in Sweden, as Sheik Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid encourages. Such fatwas can be found in his IslamQA.info, one of the world's most popular websites on Islam.

Mehmet Kaplan had only just resigned, when, within the Green Party, the next scandal broke. Yasri Khan, chairman of Swedish Muslims for Peace and Justice (Svenska muslimer för fred och rättvisa), was also a would-be member of the Green Party executive committee. In a news report on Sweden's TV4, viewers watched in amazement as Khan refused to shake the female reporter's hand. Was a man who did this really a good representative for the "feminist" Green Party?

When the Green Party's spokesman, Gustav Fridolin, tried to explain Khan's actions and why he had been recommended for the party's executive, he only made matters worse. On a morning television show, Fridolin said that he "did not understand that women could feel so offended by someone refusing to shake hands." The same evening, Fridolin apologized for the apology.

The Green Party may be the easiest party in which Islamists can act as entryists. The party appears particularly fond of physical diversity and seems willing to accept just about anybody who appears to be not an ethnic Swede. Possibly the Green Party never counted on the Swedish people, including their own constituents, having a completely different view of religion, politics, gender equality and handshakes.

After these scandals, the scholar Lars Nicander of the Swedish Defense University warned in Aftonbladet that the Green Party might have been infiltrated by Islamists: "I see a resemblance with how the Soviet Union acted during the Cold War, when it tried to infiltrate various democratic parties, and these methods are similar to what we see today, when people close to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party, apparently have gotten a strong foothold within the Green Party."

A few days later, the Social Democratic politician Nalin Pekgul, a Kurdish Muslim, told the public service, Sveriges Television that she believes the Green Party is rife with Islamists: "The Green Party has for a long time become an arena for many Islamists to involve themselves in. That is the party where they have been strongest and most successful."

She also said that while other parties have been exposed to Islamists, the Green Party has been affected the most: "The Islamists in the Green Party are members of the party executive, they are in City Halls around the country, in the District Councils, and they have friends in the Government Offices who push their issues and make sure their organizations get lots of money."

The key issue is what, if any, lesson Swedish politicians have learned from the Islamist revelations this spring. If Sweden is to survive as a secular democracy, then all politicians need to understand what Islam actually is. That there are democratic Muslims does not mean that Islam itself is compatible with democracy. Individual Muslims may have made the distinction between politics and religion, but this does not mean that Islam accepts this division. The question is where the democratic Muslims will be when Islam has gained even more influence in Sweden: Will they stand up for Swedish democracy if that means openly going against the tenets of Islam?

In 2009, the year before the party entered parliament, party leader Jimmie Åkesson published in Aftonbladet an opinion piece headlined: "The Muslims are our greatest foreign threat."

"This" Åkesson wrote, "is the reason today's multicultural Swedish power elite is so totally blind to the dangers of Islam and Islamization. The presumption is that Muslims want nothing more than to adapt to a Western way of life and Western values, and that Islam is essentially the same as Christianity, the only difference being that Muslims have another name for God. Thus, the presumption is also that Islam can be tamed, the same way secular forces have tamed European Christianity and relegated it to the private sphere."

Åkesson further wrote that Islam has affected the Swedish society to a much higher degree than Swedish society has affected Islam. He listed several areas where Islam has made an impact. People who have made fun of Islam are forced to live under constant police protection; Muslim terrorist organizations are growing stronger; Muslim representatives are demanding sharia laws; tax money is being spent on circumcising baby boys; public swimming pools separate men and women; halal meat should be at the supermarket while schools should no longer serve pork, and so on.

Not even the Sweden Democrats seem to have focused on Islam's demands for political influence.

The party leader asked what things are going to look like in another few decades, when the Muslim population has increased several times over, and cities such as Malmö most likely have a Muslim majority. He concluded the article with a promise:

"The multicultural societal elites may see this future as a colorful, interesting change for a Sweden and a Europe one usually denies has ever been 'Swedish' or 'European'. As a Sweden Democrat, I see this as our greatest foreign threat since World War II, and I promise to do everything in my power to reverse this trend when we go to the polls next year."

The article ignited a firestorm. The Establishment swore they had never read anything so vile, and the article was reported to the Chancellor of Justice as suspected hate speech. However, the Chancellor at the time, Göran Lambertz, did not open an investigation into the case. He noted that the law allows for "criticism of ethnic groups or circumstances pertaining to those groups."

"There is no doubt whatsoever," Lambertz stated, "that this does not cross the line for criminal behavior. You are allowed to say a lot of things that can be considered offensive and annoying and in many ways unpopular. That goes with freedom of speech."

Seven years have passed. The Muslim population of Sweden is approaching one million, but even the Sweden Democrats do not mention a threat from Islam.

But whether the politicians' unwillingness to discuss a threat stems from ignorance or fear, to answer a question by hanging up the phone is simply not good enough. It is the politicians who have filled the country with Islam, and the Swedish people have a right to know the result. Above all, they have a right to demand that the politicians know the consequences of their decisions for the Swedes who are secular and who love their democracy.

gatestoneinstitute.org/8190/sweden-islamization-democracy

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Now the Archbishop of Canterbury attacks Donald Trump over his Muslim comments

Wed, Jun 8, 2016

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has launched an attack on Donald Trump, claiming the presumptive Republican nominee’s plans to ban Muslims from entering the US are un-Christian.

Justin Welby told MPs he supports Pope Francis’ high-profile criticism of the brazen hotelier earlier this year, condemning Trump’s plans to build a wall on the Mexican border.

The archbishop opened his attack at a parliamentary hearing when Labour MP Chuka Umunna asked him whether he agreed with his fellow “global faith leader” Pope Francis when he claimed “a person who thinks only about building walls wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not a Christian”.

Welby said: “Yes I do agree with Pope Francis.

Mr Umunna pressed the Anglican leader further, asking whether he believed “that treating a whole faith group as suspect and banning them from entry into your country is a Christian thing to do?”

The archbishop said: “It’s certainly not a Christian thing to do, nor is it a rational thing to do.”

It’s certainly not a Christian thing to do, nor is it a rational thing to do

Archbishop of Canterbury

Trump recently refused to back down on his promise to ban Muslims from the US after first proposing the idea in the wake of the horrific California shootings in December, which left 14 dead.

The shooters were believed to be radicalised Muslims inspired by evil terror group Islamic State.

He said: “They're destroying Europe, I'm not going to let that happen to the United States."

"I don't care if it hurts me. I'm doing the right thing. I've been guided by common sense, by what's right.

"We have to be careful. We're allowing thousands of people to come into our country.

"Thousands and thousands of people being placed all over the country that, frankly, nobody knows who they are. We don't know what we're doing."

express.co.uk/news/world/677860/Archbishop-of-Canterbury-launches-attack-Donald-Trump-Muslim-comments

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India

In a first, Islamic seminary 'Darul Uloom Deoband' issues fatwa against sex-selective abortions

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Calling the ''act unlawful and against Islam'', Deoband spokesperson Maulana Ashraf Usmani said, "It's a first fatwa against sex-selective abortions.''

''The act is against Islam and there is no grace in the eye of Allah for those doing it," said Usmani.

The seminary took into account individual queries and media reports on skewed sex ratio among Muslims before issuing the decree.

As per the government figures, the number of girls up to six years old per 1,000 boys in the same age group among Indian Muslims declined from 950 in 2001 to 943 in 2011.

"We appeal to Muslims to refrain from any act which discriminates the girl child. Our vice-chancellor has termed sex-selective abortions cold-blooded murders," said Usmani.

zeenews.india.com/news/uttar-pradesh/in-a-first-islamic-seminary-darul-uloom-deoband-issues-fatwa-against-sex-selective-

abortions_1892827.html

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Hindu inmates observe roza with Muslims in Muzaffarnagar prison

Jun 08, 2016

About 60 Hindu inmates lodged in a jail in Muzaffarnagar are observing ‘roza’, the down-to-dusk fast during Ramzan along with 1,150 Muslim prisoners.

The holy month of Ramzan commenced on Tuesday.

Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal and evening meals known as ‘iftars’.Food items like seasonal fruits, dates, 500 gram milk and various other snacks are being made available to them, jail officials said.

hindustantimes.com/india-news/hindu-inmates-observe-roza-with-muslims-in-muzaffarnagar-prison/story-RdZUzOZ7Xq0oHzNnZbuhFJ.html

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India next on the map for Islamic finance expansion

June 07 2016

India is getting ready to become the next non-Muslim country where Islamic finance could set foot through a number of first-time initiatives in a nation with an estimated 180mn-strong Muslim population. As per latest news, Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank, or IDB, will launch its first Indian operation in the country’s western state of Gujarat. The plan follows an agreement between India’s state-owned Export-Import Bank and the Islamic Corp for the Development of the Private Sector, the private-sector arm of the IDB group, and was signed as part of deals during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Saudi Arabia this April.

Full report at: gulf-times.com/story/497243/India-next-on-the-map-for-Islamic-finance-expansion

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West Bengal CM gifts Rs.22 crore Ramadan special food package for Muslims

June 8, 2016

New Delhi: In a move to woo the Muslim community during Ramzan, Mamata Banerjee’s second term is set to be laced with freebies. She has  clearly indicated her road map that reveals minority appeasement would continue.

In a first of its kind in the country, the West Bengal government will spend Rs 22 crore for distributing a special food packet named as‘Ramzan package’ in a subsidised rate through its public distribution system.

The Ramzan package will include ingredients sugar, flour and chick peas which are commonly used to prepare the recipes for Iftar.

Speaking to the EconomicTimes, Jyotipriya Mallik, state food minister said, this is the first time that they have come up with such a scheme for Muslim brothers and sisters.

She said that,”But we are not restricting these food packets to our minority brothers only. Anybody with a card can avail these. The ration 

card will bear a stamp of Ramzan food package after availing the scheme.”

siasat.com/news/west-bengal-government-spend-rs-22-crore-distributing-special-ramzan-food-package-968595/

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It is time to make India free of Muslims, says Sadhvi Prachi

Jun 7, 2016

Touching off a controversy, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday said it is time to make India free of Muslims.

Known for courting controversies, the Sadhvi claimed the mission of a Congress-free India has already been “accomplished” and it is now time to rid the country of Muslims.

“Now that we have achieved the mission of making a Congress-free India, it is time to make India Muslim-free. We are working on that,” she said in Roorkee where at least 32 people were injured last week in a clash between two communities over forcible evacuation of a scrap dealer’s shop.

Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion’s house was attacked by members of a community alleging their sacred book was also desecrated by  his supporters. The Sadhvi claimed that the attack on Champion’s house was part of a premeditated conspiracy.

Champion, one of the nine Congress MLAs who revolted against Chief Minister Harish Rawat, recently joined BJP.

indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/sadhvi-prachi-make-india-muslim-free-2839903/

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Europe

Islamic State Nuclear Attack In Europe A ‘Real Threat’, Say Analysts

June 8, 2016

The threat of a terrorist attack using nuclear material is the highest since the end of the Cold War, with Isis actively trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a leading international think-tank on proliferation.

“Isis has already carried out numerous chemical weapons attacks in Syria; we know it wants to go further by carrying out a nuclear attack in the heart of Europe. This, combined with poor levels of security at a host of nuclear research centres in the former Soviet Union mean the threat of a possible ‘dirty-bomb’ attack on a Western capital is high,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the International Luxembourg Forum.

Full report at: breitbart.com/london/2016/06/08/islamic-state-nuclear-attack-europe-real-threat-say-experts/

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Swedish Politicians: "Islam is Definitely Compatible with Democracy!"

June 8, 2016

With their goodhearted eagerness to be inclusive, and not to discriminate any group, and to defend freedom of religion, Swedish politicians are easy prey to Islamists with an anti-democratic agenda.

"The presumption is that Muslims want nothing more than to adapt to a Western way of life and Western values." — Jimmie Åkesson, Sweden Democrats party leader.

"Democracy is a man-made system, meaning rule by the people for the people. Thus it is contrary to Islam, because rule is for Allaah... it is not permissible to give legislative rights to any human being, no matter who he is." — Sheik Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid, in fatwa number 07166.

Full report at: gatestoneinstitute.org/8190/sweden-islamization-democracy

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Scottish Muslim leaders invite 'ignorant' Trump to visit mosque

June 8, 2016

GLASGOW — Leading figures from the Muslim community have invited Donald Trump to visit a mosque when he comes to Scotland at the end of this month.

The controversial presumptive Republican presidential nominee should "learn more about the Muslims that he offends almost every time he opens his mouth," they said in a joint statement.

Full report at: usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/06/08/scottish-muslim-leaders-invite-ignorant-trump-to-visit-mosque/85587828/

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Italy police catch couple hoping to join Islamic State in Syria

June 8, 2016

Rome (dpa) - An Italo-Tunisian couple spreading jihadist propaganda on social networks and planning to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State extremist group has been caught in northern Italy, police said Tuesday.

Full report at: en.europeonline-magazine.eu/italy-police-catch-couple-hoping-to-join-islamic-state-in-syria_459824.html

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Muslim refugees eat and sleep at Catholic parish in Italy

June 8, 2016

A Catholic diocese in northern Italy on the border with France has opened the doors of one its parishes to refugees and asylum seekers, mostly Muslims including 50 new arrivals who were blocked on Monday trying to enter France by train.

In an effort to cope with the tidal wave of migrants and refugees pouring through the region, Bishop Antonio Suetta of Ventimiglia-San Remo had already welcomed several hundred people to the local parish of Sant’Antonio, where they’re sleeping in meeting rooms, outside on parish grounds, and even inside the church itself.

Full report at: cruxnow.com/global-church/2016/06/08/italian-diocese-refugees-welcomed-sleep-church/

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Right-wing terrorist was acting against 'immigration policies and spread of Islam'

June 8, 2016 -

A Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons and a grudge against his government's immigration policies was detained as he tried to leave Ukraine and launch an assault on the Euro 2016 football tournament, Ukrainian officials have said.

They described it as a thwarted plot for a "series of 15 terrorist attacks".

The announcement came as France promised unprecedented security for the tournament's crowds and stadiums, which includes the French national stadium that was attacked by suicide bombers on November 13.

Full report at: asianimage.co.uk/news/14540750.Right_wing_terrorist_was_acting_against__immigration_policies_and_spread_of_Islam_/?ref=ebln

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North America

Now the Archbishop of Canterbury attacks Donald Trump over his Muslim comments

Wed, Jun 8, 2016

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has launched an attack on Donald Trump, claiming the presumptive Republican nominee’s plans to ban Muslims from entering the US are un-Christian.

Justin Welby told MPs he supports Pope Francis’ high-profile criticism of the brazen hotelier earlier this year, condemning Trump’s plans to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Full report at: express.co.uk/news/world/677860/Archbishop-of-Canterbury-launches-attack-Donald-Trump-Muslim-comments

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America helped Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini return from exile and lead the 1979 Revolution: declassified documents

Tuesday, June 7 2016

TEHRAN (Web Desk) – In the official Iranian narrative of its Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic – bravely defied the United States and defeated “the Great Satan” in its desperate efforts to keep the Shah in power.

But a trove of declassified US government documents reveals that Khomeini was far more engaged with the US than either government has ever admitted.

Far from defying America, the ayatollah courted the Carter administration, sending quiet signals that he wanted a dialogue and then portraying a potential Islamic Republic as amenable to US interests.

Full report at: en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/america-helped-irans-ayatollah-khomeini-return-from-exile-and-lead-the-1979-revolution-declassified-documents/

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Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims

June 8, 2016

Bob Silverman, a Jew who spent most of his diplomatic career in Muslim-majority nations, is reaching out to Muslims in his own country. The American Jewish Committee recently hired him as its first U.S. director of Muslim-Jewish relations.

As a U.S. Foreign Service officer for 27 years, the Des Moines, Iowa, native served in Israel, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Sweden, and retired from the government last year. Now 58, he works at the New York headquarters of the 110-year-old AJC, founded to combat discrimination against Jews but which has historically defended other minority groups as well.

Full report at: theoaklandpress.com/lifestyle/20160607/meet-jewish-americas-first-ambassador-to-muslims

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Minnesota churches wish Muslim neighbors a ‘blessed Ramadan’

Tuesday, June 7 2016

The sign in front of the building reads “Blessed Ramadan.”

But the building isn’t a mosque or Islamic center — it’s Pilgrim Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ congregation in Duluth, Minn.

And Pilgrim isn’t the only Christian congregation in Minnesota wishing its Muslim neighbors well during Islam’s holy month, when believers fast from sunup to sundown.

The Blessed Ramadan campaign was organized by the Minnesota Council of Churches, which has 25 members representing a number of denominations and synods across the state, including the Church of God in Christ, the National Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Full report at: deseretnews.com/article/865655765/Minnesota-churches-wish-Muslim-neighbors-a-6blessed-Ramadan7.html?pg=all

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Lodi man who tried to join Islamic extremists sentenced

Tuesday, June 7, 2016       

A San Joaquin County man who was arrested while trying to travel to Syria to aid Islamic State terrorists was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison.

Nicholas Teausant, 22, of Acampo had pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He had been arrested by federal agents in Washington state in March 2014 as he prepared to enter Canada on his way to Syria. The trip had been arranged by an undercover FBI informant.

Full report at: sfgate.com/crime/article/Lodi-man-who-tried-to-join-Islamic-extremists-7969250.php

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South Asia

Ghani reviews report on income sources of Taliban, ISIS, and other terror groups

Tue Jun 07 2016

Ashraf Ghani on NDS and DM nomineesPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has instructed the relevant security institutions to eliminate the income sources of the Taliban group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group and other terror networks in the country.

The Office of the President said the issue of income sources of the terror groups was discussed during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani today.

The NSC presented their report regarding the income sources of the Taliban group, ISIS loyalists and other terror networks to President Ghani.

The meeting also focused on the security situation of Helmand, Uruzgan, Laghman, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan, Faryab, Paktia, Paktiak, and Kunar provinces.

The Afghan security forces were hailed for their bravey in fighting the militants and instructed the security organs to take necessary steps in a bid to prevent security threats in the mentioned provinces.

Instructions by President Ghani to eliminate the financial sources of the terror groups comes as reports emerged on Monday regarding the illegal mining by insurgent groups and warlords which fuels insurgency and war in the country.

The report by Global Witness released on Monday stated that the illegal mining of the minerals funnels millions of dollars into the hands of corrupt warlords and the militant groups besides fuelling the conflict in the country.

khaama.com/ghani-reviews-report-on-income-sources-of-taliban-isis-and-other-terror-groups-01195

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Taliban beats ISIS to become world’s top terror group in 2015

Tue Jun 07 2016

The Taliban group in Afghanistan has beaten the world’s most dangerous terror group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to secure first place in the list of the world’s top terrorist group.

According to the annual terrorism survey by the State Department, the Taliban group conducted 1093 attacks in 2015 while the ISIS terrorist group conducted 931 attacks.

The number is relatively more higher as compared to ISIS terrorist group as the Taliban group conducts operations in Afghanistan only while the ISIS terror group is actively conducting operations in Syria, Iraq and some other countries, including Afghanistan.

The Boko Haram group has secured 3rd place in the list by conducting 491 attacks, while Maoists/Communist Party of India-Maoist has secured 4th place by conducting 342 attacks.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) mainly conducting attacks in Turkey has secured the 5th place by carrying out 238 attacks, according to the survey report.

The number of terrorist attacks across the world dropped last year, the first dip since 2012, the report said, adding that the drop, which translated to 14 percent fewer terrorism-related deaths, was attributed to fewer attacks and deaths in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Underlying the positive news, though, were some still-disturbing trends. ISIS continues to be a significant threat. Iran remains the “foremost state sponsor” of terrorism. And several countries saw increases in attacks and deaths, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Syria and Turkey.

khaama.com/taliban-beats-isis-to-become-worlds-top-terror-group-in-2015-01196

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12 Taliban militants killed during clash with Khost residents

Tue Jun 07 2016

At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed during a gun battle with the local residents in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the Taliban insurgents were killed after attacking the residential houses in Zazai Maidan district.

The district security chief General Azizullah said the local residents responded to the Taliban attack in Deri Mila area with the support of the Afghan security forces.

He said a local resident was killed and two others were wounded during the gun battle with the militants.

Gen. Azizullah further added that the Taliban insurgents have fled on the other side of Durand Line from where they are targeting the residential houses with rockets.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Khost is among the relatively peaceful provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the insurgent groups are often carrying out insurance activities in a number of its districts.

khaama.com/12-taliban-militants-killed-during-clash-with-khost-residents-01193

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Fourth militant shot dead in Bangladesh in crackdown

Tue Jun 07 2016

DHAKA: Bangladesh police shot dead a militant on Wednesday, the fourth killed since a crackdown was launched against suspected militants blamed for a wave of gruesome killings, an officer said.

The 25-year-old militant was killed during a gun battle with police in northern Bogra district, where he was suspected of bombing a minority Shia shrine last year, the officer said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263533/fourth-militant-shot-dead-in-bangladesh-in-crackdown

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Grenade attack on local radio station in Jalalabad city, no casualties reported

Wed Jun 08 2016

A relatively heavy explosion rocked Jalalabad city the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

A security official confirmed that the incident took place after unknown gunmen hurled hand grenade on the local radio station.

The official further added that incident did not incur any casualties to the civilians or media workers.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Militants belonging to the Taliban group and the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are among the insurgents conducting attacks in this province.

khaama.com/explosion-rocks-jalalabad-city-in-eastern-afghanistan-01202

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Grenade attack on local radio station in Jalalabad city, no casualties reported

Wed Jun 08 2016

A relatively heavy explosion rocked Jalalabad city the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

A security official confirmed that the incident took place after unknown gunmen hurled hand grenade on the local radio station.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-rocks-jalalabad-city-in-eastern-afghanistan-01202

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Taliban commander, al-Qaeda affiliates killed in Wardak and Paktika airstrikes

Wed Jun 08 2016

A commander of the Taliban group was killed in an airstrike in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, the defense officials said Wednesday.

The airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force in the vicinity of Shashgaw area targeting the Taliban militants.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-commander-al-qaeda-affiliates-killed-in-wardak-and-paktika-airstrikes-01201

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Intelligence Chief, Defense Minister nominees introduced to parliament for voting

Wed Jun 08 2016

The Intelligence Chief and Minister of Defense nominees were introduced to the parliament for confidence voting by Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish.

The introduction of Masoom Stanikzai as National Directorate of Security Chief nominee and General Abdullah Khan as Defense Minister nominee was made during the general session of the Lower House of Parliament, Wolesi Jirga.

Full report at: khaama.com/intelligence-chief-defense-minister-nominees-introduced-to-parliament-for-voting-01200

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Taliban kidnap more passengers from Kunduz highway

Wed Jun 08 2016

The Taliban militants have once again kidnapped scores of passengers from a highway in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place earlier today after the Taliban insurgents stopped a vehicle from Kunduz-Takhar highway.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-kidnap-more-passengers-from-kunduz-highway-01199

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Bismillah Mohammadi rejects involvement in smuggling of Lapis Lazuli

Wed Jun 08 2016

The former Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Mohammadi has rejected his involvement in the smuggling of Lapis Lazuli in eastern Badakhshan province.

He was speaking during a press conference to react towards the latest report released by Global Witness regarding the illegal smuggling of Afghan mines which the group said fuels insurgency in the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/bismillah-mohammadi-rejects-involvement-in-smuggling-of-lapis-lazuli-01198

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Gladiator’s screenwriter starts work on life of Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi

Tue Jun 07 2016

A top American film producer and screenwriter has started a new project about the life of Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi, it has been reported.

The screenwriter, David Franzoni, who wrote the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator has said his new project will be about the life and times of the 13th century Sufi poet Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi.

Franzoni’s idea – to create a counter to stereotypical depictions of Muslims in Hollywood – is a noble one.

Full report at: khaama.com/gladiators-screenwriter-starts-work-on-life-of-mawlana-jalaluddin-balkhi-01197

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Southeast Asia

Indonesian Catholics and Muslims work to combat extremis

07/06/2016

The Catholic Church in Indonesia is calling on the government to combat Islamic radical groups and to preserve the country’s multi-cultural and multi-religious identity.

Indonesia is preparing to host two major Catholic youth events during 2016-2017. The first event is Indonesian Youth Day, which takes place from 1 - 6 October, 2016, in Manado.  The next year, Indonesia will host Asian Youth Day from 30 July – 6 August, 2017, in Yogyakarta.

Full report at: en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/06/07/indonesian_catholics_and_muslims_work_to_combat_extremism/1235422

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Muslim Villagers in Myanmar’s Rakhine State Refuse to Participate in Census

2016-06-07

Authorities conducting a census of Muslim residents in three townships in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state have encountered opposition from the inhabitants of one village who refuse to provide information because they are not allowed to mention their race and religion in order to qualify for national identification cards, a local official said.

Colonel Htein Lin, Rakhine’s border affairs and security minister, and a state immigration officer told the Muslim residents of Kadi village in Ponenakyune township about the census, but the residents refused to provide the necessary information unless the cards listed their race and religion, said village administrator Maung Ni.

Full report at: rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/muslim-villagers-in-myanmars-rakhine-state-refuse-to-participate-in-census-06072016154906.html

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Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association asks gov’t to block Google and Youtube due to porn and violence

June 8, 2016

The Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI) yesterday made a request to the government to block search engine Google and video streaming service Youtube in Indonesia.

ICMI argued that pornography and violence are easily accessible on or through the two websites.

Full report at: jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/06/08/indonesian-muslim-intellectuals-association-asks-govt-block-google-and-youtube-due-porn

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Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, treason

Wed, June 8 2016

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said Tuesday, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.

The leaders of the controversial Light of Nusantara Movement -- or Gafatar -- are facing lengthy jail terms after being detained last month, police detective Agus Andrianto told AFP.

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/08/indonesian-sect-leaders-detained-for-blasphemy-treason.html

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Philippine militants release four Malaysian sailors: military

June 8, 2016

Manila (AFP) - Four Malaysian sailors held for more than two months by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines were released on Wednesday, the Philippine military said.

The Abu Sayyaf, a loose network of Islamic militants that has earned millions of dollars from kidnappings in recent years, released the sailors just after midnight on Jolo island, one of its strongholds, according to regional military spokesman Filemon Tan.

The sailors were then taken by speedboat about 300 kilometres (200 miles) back to Malaysia, Tan said.

Full report at: au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/31797762/philippine-militants-release-four-malaysian-sailors-military/#page1

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Sabahan Muslim moots separate legal system for Borneo if Hadi’s Bill passed

Wednesday June 8, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — A Sabahan Muslim proposed today a separate judicial system for Sabah and Sarawak if Parliament passes PAS’s Bill to enhance the Shariah courts’ punitive powers.

Amde Sidek, a researcher and writer from Kota Kinabalu, started an online petition last Sunday to “renegotiate” the Federal Constitution or to create a new one entirely so that all states and territories of the Malaysian federation comprising the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, will be given the autonomy to pursue their own aspirations and “preferred lifestyles”.

Full report at: themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/sabahan-muslim-moots-separate-legal-system-for-borneo-if-hadis-bill-passed

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Mideast

At least 22 PKK militants killed in air operations in northern Iraq

Wed Jun 08, 2016

At least 22 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in an air operation conducted in the Kandil region in northern Iraq on June 5.

Turkish warplanes conducted an air operation in the Kandil region in northern Iraq on June 5 upon received intelligence. At least 22 PKK militants were killed in the operation.

In addition, Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in Kandil and a rural area of the Lice district in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 7.

Turkish warplanes hit nine PKK targets, including shelters and sanctuaries, in the Kandil region in northern Iraq on June 7 between 11:59 p.m. and 12:20 a.m., according to security sources.

Meanwhile, another four PKK targets were also destroyed in a separate air operation conducted in a rural area of Lice on June 7 between 11:41 a.m. and 12:27 a.m.

The warplanes safely returned to their bases following the operations.

hurriyetdailynews.com/at-least-22-pkk-militants-killed-in-air-operations-in-northern-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100227&NewsCatID=352

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Turkey’s Erdoğan signs bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity

Wed Jun 08, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved a bill on June 7 that will lift lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution, his office said, paving the way for the removal of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) from parliament.

Erdoğan has accused the HDP, parliament’s third-biggest party, of being the political wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-erdogan-signs-bill-lifting-lawmakers-immunity.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100218&NewsCatID=338

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Two police officers killed in car bomb attack in Turkey’s southeast

Wed Jun 08, 2016

Two police officers were killed and more than 20 were wounded in a large car bomb attack that hit the police headquarters of the Midyat district in the southeastern province of Mardin on the morning of June 8.

A number of ambulances and security reinforcements were sent to the scene after the attack, which took place at around 11 a.m.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-police-officers-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100224&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey gave more martyrs to terror in 11 months than in Cyprus intervention: CHP head

Wed Jun 08, 2016

Turkey’s main opposition leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has stressed Turkey has given 539 martyrs in the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since last July, more than the number of fallen soldiers in Turkey’s military intervention into Cyprus in 1974.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-gave-more-martyrs-to-terror-in-11-months-than-in-cyprus-intervention-chp-head---.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100221&NewsCatID=338

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World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast on weak demand, keeps Turkey forecast unchanged

Wed Jun 08, 2016

The World Bank has said that it was downgrading its 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4 percent from the 2.9 percent pace projected in January, in a written statement on June 7.

“The move is due to sluggish growth in advanced economies, stubbornly low commodity prices, weak global trade and diminishing capital flows,” it said.

The bank did not make any revision on its forecast about Turkey’s 2016 economic growth, keeping it at 3.5 percent. While the World Bank also kept its forecast at 3.5 percent for 2017, it revised its forecast by 0.2 percentage points for 2018 to 3.6 percent, although it mentioned concerns over terror attacks and regional risks.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/world-bank-cuts-2016-global-growth-forecast-on-weak-demand-keeps-turkey-forecast-unchanged.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100225&NewsCatID=344

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Two Russian sailors found dead on ship in Turkey

Wed Jun 08, 2016

Two Russians were found dead on a Russian ship that was brought to a shipyard in Istanbul’s Tuzla district for maintenance on June 8. The workers at the shipyard found the bodies of the Russian sailors on the ship called the “Amapoa” and notified the police, Anadolu Agency reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-russian-sailors-found-dead-on-ship-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100222&NewsCatID=509

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Putin says Russia hasn’t canceled Turkish Stream, South Stream gas projects

Wed Jun 08, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 7 that Russia had not “definitively” canceled either the South Stream or Turkish Stream European gas export pipeline projects but needed a clear position on them from Europe.

Putin made the comments after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said there were no legislative restrictions preventing Russian firms from taking part in the development of Israel’s new offshore gas fields.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/putin-says-russia-hasnt-canceled-turkish-stream-south-stream-gas-projects.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100219&NewsCatID=348

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Arab World

Russia Ready to Arm Iraq against ISIL

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow is ready to supply Iraq with any military equipment necessary to fight against the ISIL terrorist group, Russian Ambassador to Baghdad Ilya Morgunov said.

"Anything they ask for we can deliver whatever they need," Morgunov told Sputnik Arabic, adding that the Iraqi government is interested in acquiring Russian military equipment as it is easier to use and safer than Western analogues.

"Talks (on arms supplies) never end. Unfortunately, Iraq is in a situation where it simply will not survive the battle with terrorist groups without constant replenishment of its armed forces with new types of weapons and equipment," the diplomat stated.

Morgunov also said Iraq's government is satisfied with the work of the counterterrorism information center in Baghdad.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000275

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Senior Terrorist Commanders Killed in Failed Attacks on Army Positions in Damascus

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of the terrorists of Liwa Shohada al-Islam, including two senior commanders, were killed in the group's unsuccessful offensives in Western Ghouta.

The Syrian army troops repelled heavy attacks of the Liwa Shohada al-Islam on their strongholds in the Southwestern side of the town of Darayya, which ended in the killing of dozens of the militants, including Spokesman of the group Hasaan Abu Moslem and the official in charge of engineering units of the terrorist group.

Reports said on Tuesday that Abu Shadi, the notorious field commander of Liwa Shohada al-Islam terrorist group, was killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian military forces near the town of Darayya in Western Ghouta to the Southwest of Damascus.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000538

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Russian Warplanes Target ISIL Fuel Tankers in Raqqa

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A long convoy of ISIL fuel tankers moving in the Southwestern roads of Raqqa province was targeted by the Russian fighter jets.

The Russian air fleets tracked and targeted the ISIL several-tanker convoy on a road near the town of al-Mansoureh, in which most of the tankers were set ablaze.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000499

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Terrorists' Bomb-Making Workshop in Deir Ezzur Destroyed in Syrian Air Raid

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets tracked and targeted a bomb-making workshop of the terrorist groups in the Southwest of Deir Ezzur city, inflicting major losses on the militants and the site.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000376

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Al-Nusra Front Regroups, Exploiting Ceasefire in Syria

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Nusra Front terrorist group took the advantage of ceasefire in Syria to regroup and resumed attacks against Syrian government forces, a spokesman for the Russian center for the Syria reconciliation said.

"Using the ceasefire and the close proximity to areas controlled by the moderate opposition, the al-Nusra Front has regrouped, restocked its weapons and arms supplies an began carrying out attacks," said the representative, Sputnik reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000225

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ISIL Pulls Forces back from more Key Villages near Tishrin Dam, Turkey's Border

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued to drive the ISIL back from more lands in the Western bank of Tishrin Dam and Aleppo province's border with Turkey, killing at least 33 ISIL terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000585

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Iranian Speaker Blasts US for Dishonesty, Disloyalty to N. Deal Undertakings

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani rapped Washington for not remaining loyal to its undertakings based on the July nuclear deal, but meantime, said Tehran will continue the path of negotiations to resolve problems.

"The fact that the US is paving a wrong path in acting upon its responsibilities is no good reason for us not to continue the path of negotiations," Larijani said in an interview with the state-run TV on Tuesday night.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000241

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Joint Iran-Syria Security Workgroup Meeting Held in Tehran

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- High-ranking Iranian and Syrian officials held the first meeting of the two countries' joint security workgroup in Tehran.

During the meeting held in the presence of Syrian Deputy Interior Minister Khalid Abdullah Kheder and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Zolfaqari, the two officials held talks on ways to enhance security and law enforcement cooperation between Tehran and Damascus and exchange intelligence and experience by holding specialized meetings.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000176

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Armenia Releases 10mln Euros of Iran's Frozen Assets

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian banking official announced that Armenia has released Iran's frozen assets in that country after the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany).

"Our branch has managed to attract 10 million euros of Iran's assets that were frozen in Armenia," Director of the Yerevan Branch of Iran's Bank Mellat Seyed Gholamreza Moussavi said on Wednesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000704

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Car Bomb Targets Police Station in Southern Turkey

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A police station at a town near the border with Syria was hit by a car bomb on Wednesday, a day after a car bomb hit a police vehicle in Turkey’s most-populated city, Istanbul.

Several ambulances have been sent to the scene in the town of Midyat, in Southern Mardin province, Anadolu News Agency reported.

There was no immediate report on any casualties.

The attack comes a day after a car bomb hit a police vehicle in Istanbul, killing 11 people during the morning rush hour.

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Syrian Sources Deny Terrorists' Claims about Taking Back Key Region in Raqqa

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Battlefield sources in Syria refuted terrorists' claims about winning back a newly-liberated region in Raqqa province, and underlined the government forces' full control over the army-held territories in the province.

"The Syrian Army troops have fended off the ISIL offensives on the village of Khirbek Zeidan and forced the Takfiri group to leave behind scores of dead and wounded and pull back the remaining pockets of its forces from the battlefield," the sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000482

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Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack in Iraq's Karbala

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari strongly condemned the Tuesday's terrorist attack in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala.

"Countering the threat posed by terrorism and extremism requires the national solidarity of the Iraqi nation and firm support by the international community," Jaberi Ansari said on Tuesday night.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000214

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Iran Calls for Halt in Foreign Military Interventions in Middle East to Curb Poverty

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei called for an end in the big powers' interferences and military interventions in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa region.

"The world could fight poverty by putting in place the mechanisms for stopping foreign interventions and harnessing hegemonic powers in the region as well as through building trust among countries," Rabiei said, addressing the 105th International Labor Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000370

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Iran's Embassy Condemns Terrorist Attack in Istanbul

Wed Jun 08, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Embassy in Ankara condemned the Tuesday morning terrorist attack in Istanbul which killed nearly a dozen of people.

At least 11 people were killed and 36 others injured after a bomb attack on a police vehicle, Istanbul's governor said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000321

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Pakistan

Rangers illegally stopping party from peaceful protest: MQM

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

KARACHIl: Hitting back at a Rangers statement denouncing its call for a 'peaceful strike', the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday  said that protesting peacefully was a legal and constitutional right of every political party.

TV reports on Wednesday quoted Director General (DG) Rangers Major Geeral Bilal Akbar as asking citizens to not follow MQM's strike call and vowing to take action against businesses which chose to shut down.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263531/rangers-illegally-stopping-party-from-peaceful-protest-mqm

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Pro-govt elder escapes unhurt, two guards killed in IED blast

ednesday, June 8, 2016

GHALANAI: A pro-government tribal elder narrowly escaped while his two security guards were killed and another was injured after an  improvised explosives device (IED), planted by suspected Taliban terrorists, exploded at the Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency on Tuesday morning.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263518/pro-govt-elder-escapes-unhurt-two-guards-killed-in-ied-blast

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Russia and Pakistan combine their efforts to promote Islamic finance in the region

08 June,2016

ISLAMABAD (APP): During the recent visit of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) delegation to Russia, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Islamic business and finance development Fund (IBFD) and TAWUN, an emerging Shariah consulting company of Pakistan, was signed.

The delegation was led by Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan S.M Muneer, says a statement issued by TDAP on Tuesday.

Full report at: dunyanews.tv/en/Business/340208-Russia-and-Pakistan-combine-their-efforts-to-promo

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‘Bhutto’s nationalisation policy was not for workers’ benefit’

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

KARACHI: Rich tributes were paid to the martyred workers of the labour movement of the early 1970s as the Pakistan Institute of Labour  Education and Research (Piler) observed its anniversary by organising a seminar at PMA House on Tuesday.

The movement that took place in the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) area here saw at least six workers losing lives while upholding their rights.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263410/bhuttos-nationalisation-policy-was-not-for-workers-benefit

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Balochistan moving towards prosperity, says CM

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

QUETTA: Balochistan is moving towards progress and prosperity and its people are hopeful about a bright future, says Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri.

Speaking at a seminar here on Monday, he said the provincial government was serious about development of the youth and all possible measures were being taken for the purpose.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263514/balochistan-moving-towards-prosperity-says-cm

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42 deported Pakistani migrants arrive in Sialkot from Turkey

08 June, 2016

SIALKOT (Dunya News/AFP) – As many as 42 Pakistanis deported by Turkish government have reached Sialkot today (Wednesday).

Dunya News efforts have started to pay-off as 42 stranded Pakistanis who were detained by security forces while crossing border illegally to reach Jordan with the help of human traffickers have arrived in Sialkot.

Full report at: dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/340197-42-deported-Pakistani-migrants-arrive-in-Sialkot-f

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Africa

Army steps up partnerships in Africa amid growing terror threat

June 7, 2016

The Army has built critical partnerships across the African continent, but there is still work to be done especially as armies across the region continue to fight threats such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, the outgoing commander of U.S. Army Africa told Army Times.

“Africa matters,” said Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams. “We’ve learned a lot, and we continue to learn. The enemy knows no boundaries, so it’s important to have good partners on the African continent.”

It’s more important than ever to continue working with partners, not just in Africa but around the world, Williams said.

Full report at: armytimes.com/story/military/2016/06/07/army-steps-up-partnerships-africa-amid-growing-terror-threat/85315158/

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TERRORIST ATTACK WARNINGS: HERE IS WHY SOUTH AFRICANS SHOULD BE WORRIED

June 7, 2016

e South African government, through its State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, has downplayed the warnings of a possible terrorist attack in the country. This ‘assurance of no impending danger’ is coming at a time when terrorism across the globe, especially in Africa, remains a major concern.

Three days ago, the United States of America, United Kingdom and Australia issued separate security warnings to their citizens residing or planning to travel to South Africa to be vigilant. The warnings were necessitated as a result of information reaching them stating that terrorist groups are planning to attack certain areas in South Africa.

“The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town,” wrote the US Embassy.

Full report at: venturesafrica.com/terrorist-attack-warnings-here-is-why-south-africans-should-be-worried/

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South Africa: ANC Wishes Muslim Community Well Over the Holy Month of Ramadaam

2016-06-07

The African National Congress (ANC) wishes members of the Muslim community well as they prepare to observe the holy month of Ramadaan.

Ramadaan is regarded as the most sacred month on the Muslim calendar, and is marked by fasting and abstinence.

Full report at: allafrica.com/stories/201606071232.html

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‘DISCREDITED’ SOURCE BEHIND TERROR ALERT ISSUED BY U.S. EMBASSY

JUNE 7, 2016

Intelligence received by the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, relating to a terror threat may have come from a “discredited” informer who was only in it for the money.

The terror alert issued by the U.S. embassy in Pretoria over the weekend and reported on the Inquisitr may be based on information given to the embassy by an east African businessman living in South Africa.

Full report at: inquisitr.com/3179687/south-africa-discredited-source-behind-terror-alert-issued-by-u-s-embassy/

 

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