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Indian Muslim Organisations and Scholars Denounce Hate Speech of the Extreme Salafis

















Jamaat-e-Islami leader and media tycoon, Mir Quasem Ali was executed last night for war crimes committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War.

 

Bangladesh Hangs Top Jamaat Leader Mir Quasem Ali for 1971 War Crimes

Scores of ISIL Fighters Break Ties with Takfiri Group East of Syria's Homs

Muslim MP Submits First Request to Build Church after Passing of New Law in Egypt

 

India

Indian Muslim Organisations and Scholars Denounce Hate Speech of the Extreme Salafis

Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin Vows to Turn Kashmir Valley into Graveyard for Armed Forces: Report

What Does It Mean When Census Says 42.7% Muslims Illiterate in India?

Indian Union Muslim League MLA booked for provocative

Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti invites separatists for talks with all-party team

Targets for first time in Valley’s unrest, policemen walk faul-tlines in Kashmir

A Muslim man helps keep Mother Teresa alive through a unique souvenir shop

This Comic Series Features Superheroes From The Mughal Era

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South Asia

Bangladesh Hangs Top Jamaat Leader Mir Quasem Ali for 1971 War Crimes

Hekmatyar’s Party close To Final Declaration on Peace Deal with Govt: Sources

Dhaka cafe attack mastermind's deputy shot dead in Bangladesh

Taliban confirm Anas Haqqani sentenced to death by Kabul primary court

Ghani vows reforms, tackling corruption at JCMB meeting on Brussels conference

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Arab World

Scores of ISIL Fighters Break Ties with Takfiri Group East of Syria's Homs

Riyadh Training 5,000 Militants in Eritrea for War in Yemen

Four More Militant-Held Towns Join Peace Process in Damascus Province

Syrian Army, Popular Forces Win back Key Military Site in Southern Aleppo

Syrian Army Engages in Tough Battle with ISIL near Kuweires Airbase in Aleppo

US hits IS targets with 'newly deployed' mobile rocket

More Tanks, Armoured Vehicles Cross Turkish Border into Northern Syria

ISIL's Dead-Spokesman behind Assassination of over 1,800 People

Ex-Yemeni President Escapes Assassination Attempt

Syria: One More Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Army in Hama

Yemeni Forces Seize Several Military Bases in S. Arabia's Asir Province

Homs: Terrorists' Convoy, Gathering Hit Heavily in Syrian Air, Artillery Attacks

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Africa

Muslim MP Submits First Request to Build Church after Passing of New Law in Egypt

Nigeria’s Muslim Leader Announces Date for Eid el-Kabir

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Pakistan

Pakistan 'Deeply Saddened' Over Dhaka's Execution of Jamaat Leader Mir Quasem Ali

Al-Qaida Claims Ex-Pak Army Chief's Son Exchanged For Zawahiri's Daughters

Parents of APS attack victims plan protest

Free work visas luring Pakistanis to Saudi Arabia

Qadri wants COAS to fulfil justice promise

Pakistani Muslim: We should learn from Mother Teresa

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North America

The Unexpected Intersection of Islam and Sci-Fi

Khans Promote Muslim-American Inclusion at Islamic Convention

'Act to set tone of Islam' here, Muslim leaders urged

Muslims in the US Relieved Eid Al-Adha Won’t Fall on September 11

US, Russia far from deal on Syria, Obama says

Muslim gathering held in Rosemont

US Muslims slam stabbing death of Bangladeshi woman as hate crime

Muslim Chaplains Now Part Of SC Sheriff's Department

Peaceful community, jobs draw American Muslims to Topeka

US will help bring Turkey coup plotters to justice: Obama

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Mideast

More Than 100 PKK Militants ‘Neutralized’ In Security Operations in Turkey’s Southeast

Erdoğan, Obama Vow to Work Together Despite Surfaced Differences

PKK kills 18 soldiers, guard in Turkey's east, southeast

Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

Israel to Hold a Beer Festival on a Muslim Cemetery

Putin and Erdoğan seek to enhance improving Russia-Turkey ties

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Southeast Asia

Islamic Militants Blamed For Deadly Philippine Blast

Filipino Muslims condemn fatal blast in Duterte’s city

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Europe

Yorkshire Ripper turns to Islam: Muslim inmates to protect Sutcliffe behind bars

Online threats toward Jewish and Muslim students at Upstate high school prompt extra patrols, officials say

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Indian Muslim Organisations and Scholars Denounce Hate Speech of the Extreme Salafis

M P Prashanth | TNN | Sep 3, 2016, 04.12 PM IST

KOZHIKODE: More Muslim organisations and scholars have joined the chorus in denouncing the divisive attitude of a section of the extreme Salafis who propagate hatred towards non-Muslims in their religious discourses. TOI had reported that Salafi preacher Shamsudeen Fareed had exhorted Muslims not to have emotional bonding with non-Muslims.

The Hussein Madavoor faction of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) is planning a campaign in 100 locations in the state starting from Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi Day on September 16 which will conclude on Gandhi Jayanthi Day. Extreme Salafis have asked the Muslims not to celebrate the birthdays as such functions are un-Islamic.

"The speeches of a group of Muslim preachers who claim themselves as Salafis have created a division in the society and have prompted the non-Muslims to look at Muslims with suspicion and distrust. This is very unfortunate because it is done in the name of Mujahid movement which brought renaissance among the Muslim community," said B P A Gafoor, secretary of the KNM and the convener of the campaign.

"These preachers who go for a literal reading of Quran have wreaked havoc in the society and caused harm to the religion. Our campaign is aimed at controlling the damages done by these groups. We never realised that things had dipped to such a level," Gafoor said. Prominent religious personalities from all faiths will take part in the 'Manava Maithree Samghamam' to be held in different parts of the state.

Meanwhile, Sathar Panthalloor, general secretary of the SKSSF, has lashed out Shamsudeen Fareed, who delivered the hate speech. In his Facebook post Sathar said the ideas expressed in the speech are unheard off in the 1500-year history of Islam. "Salafism is reaping the poisonous crops which it had sowed earlier. We cannot remain silent. We need to fight and defeat it. It is the responsibility of the new generation of Muslims," Sathar said in the post.

Ashraf Kadakkal, Islamic scholar and speaker, wrote an article in an online magazine branding such hate speeches as a kind of terrorist activity. He said it is the duty of all Muslim organisations to join hands to weed out the venomous elements in the society.

Shamsudeen's speeches are more dangerous than that of Al Qaeda leadership. The number of youth who left India may not be limited to 21 considering the fact that the Salafi group had conducted their classes extensively, he said.

"These kinds of propagation of ideas are anti-human, anti-national and above all anti-Islam. If we allow to go such activities unchecked the consequences in the society will be disastrous. Our tradition and heritage will be in danger if political and religious leadership fail to intervene immediately," Ashraf said.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/Muslim-organisations-denounce-hate-speech/articleshow/53994033.cms

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Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali for 1971 war crimes

PTI | Sep 3, 2016

DHAKA: Bangladesh's fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader and media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali was hanged on Saturday night, the sixth Islamist to be executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

Ali was hanged in Kashimpur Central Jail on the outskirts of the capital.

"He was hanged at 10.35pm(local time)," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.

His execution came after 63-year-old Ali refused to seek presidential clemency on Friday.

The presidential mercy was the last resort for Ali, who was the infamous pro-Pakistan Al-Badr militia's third most important figure, to save his neck after the Supreme Court rejected his final review petition on Tuesday.

Earlier, authorities had called Ali's family to the prison to meet him.

"Twenty-two members of his family reached the jail to see him (Ali) for the last time," private TV channels reported.

Ali, who owned several business houses and media outlets including a now suspended TV channel, was a central executive council member of Jamaat-e-Islami.

He pumped billions into the Jamaat since the mid-1980s to put it on a firm financial footing in Bangladesh.

He was convicted of running Al Badr's torture cell that carried out killings of several people.

Three million people were said to have been massacred in the war by the Pakistani army and their local collaborators.

Ali's hanging comes nearly four months after Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami was executed.

With the execution, Ali became the sixth top perpetrator to be hanged for the war crimes.

Before him, five war crimes convicts had been executed since Bangladesh initiated a trial process in 2010 for the 1971 war criminals. Of the five executed war crimes convicts, two had sought presidential clemency which was rejected.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-hangs-top-Jamaat-leader-Mir-Quasem-Ali-for-1971-war-crimes/articleshow/53997937.cms

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Scores of ISIL Fighters Break Ties with Takfiri Group East of Syria's Homs

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of ISIL members along with their families have left the terrorist group and moved secretly towards Northern and Southern Syria, field sources said Saturday.

"For the fourth day in a row, the desert town of al-Sukhnah near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), witnessed several groups of ISIL terrorists who were leaving their positions due to their commanders' atrocities and harsh behaviors," the sources said.

"The ISIL security forces, meantime, have arrested the families of fled members. The fled members try to reach to Idlib and some camps at Syria-Turkey camp. Some of them also have moved to al-Rakban camp in Sothern Syria," the sources added.

"At least 30 fighters have left ISIL in al-Sukhnah," they went on to say.

Sources said earlier this week that Syrian military forces stormed ISIL’s defense lines in the Eastern territories of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and won control over several silos in the gas-rich region.

The ISIL suffered a heavy death toll and its military hardware sustained major damage in the Syrian soldiers’ offensive in Arak gas-rich region.

After hours of fierce clashes, the Syrian army pushed ISIL back from wheat silos.

Syrian warplanes for their part pounded ISIL’s centers and vehicles along Palmyra-Al- Sukhnah, ending in destruction of ISIL’s vehicles carrying fresh forces.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001091

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Muslim MP submits first request to build church after passing of new law in Egypt

Christian MPs welcomed the move, praising it as a positive step in fostering national unity

Gamal Essam El-Din, Saturday 3 Sep 2016

Egypt parliament approves new church building law

Egyptian cabinet approves church building bill following 'full consensus' with churches

Egypt's Coptic Church reaches agreement with govt on draft churches law

Less than a week after the new law facilitating the building of churches was approved by Egypt’s parliament last week, a Muslim MP has taken the initiative of submitting the first request to build a new church in his native governorate of Assiut in Upper Egypt.

"I wanted it recorded in history that a Muslim was the first to submit a request for building a church in Egypt after the passing of the new landmark law," the independent MP, El-Badri Ahmed Deif, told reporters Saturday.

"This request aims to build new bridges of confidence between Muslims and Christians and foster national unity in Egypt."

The government says the long-awaited law has made it much easier for anyone looking to build or restore a church in the country, getting rid of much of the red tape and obstacles faced by Christians who for decades have not enjoyed the same rights as Muslims in building or maintaining their places of worship.

Deif said that he has requested to build the church in the Assiut village of Salam (Peace).

"Although this village was the birthplace of [the late Coptic Orthodox] Pope Shenouda III, it has never had a church," said Deif.

Deif described Pope Shenouda as a historic leader of Coptic Christians.

"This great, moderate man was the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church for 41 years, during which he lived in the tumultuous eras of late presidents Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Anwar El-Sadat, as well as former president Hosni Mubarak."

“In spite of his central religious status over these four decades, he never used his influence to build a church in his home village.”

Deif added that more than 5,000 Christians live in the village of Salam and that they are in urgent need of a church.

"I want to build a church in Salam to help these Copts perform their religious duties as well as to immortalise the name of Pope Shenouda, the son of this village," said Deif.

Deif said his request for a permit will be submitted to governor of Assiut Yasser El-Dessouki in line with the new law.

The law states that local governors are required to respond to such requests within four months, and, if they deny the request, must give a clear explanation for their decision.

Deif's initiative was warmly welcomed by Christian MPs, particularly Coptic Orthodox members.

Egypt’s parliament, elected late last year, has a record 39 (6.5 percent) Christian members.

Coptic MP Margaret Azer, deputy chairwoman of parliament's human rights committee, told reporters that “Deif's request is a very good initiative from a Muslim MP who belongs to a governorate that includes a large number of Coptic Christians.”

"This initiative also reflects a high sense of national unity and this is what we hope for after the passing of the new church building law," said Azer.

Azer also argued that the move by Deif should send a message to Islamist MPs – members of the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party – who rejected the law on religious grounds.

“The Salafist Nour MPs claimed that the law would weaken, rather than foster, national unity,” Azer said. “But MP Deif's request now comes to refute this claim and send a different message that this law can build new bridges of confidence between Muslims and Christians and contain sectarian tension, particularly in Upper Egypt.”

Azer told Ahram Online that “the new church building law represents a very progressive step.”

“Some media outlets have claimed that Christian MPs rejected this law, but this is not correct,” said Azer, stating that she is personally happy with the new law, especially after Article 2 of the draft bill was amended by the government to meet the demands of Christian leaders.

"The new law states that the size of a new church and its annexes should conform to the needs of the Christian locals rather than their numbers in local populations as the now-amended Article two stipulated; and that a church can also include more than one altar, forum, baptising hall, and minaret."

Azer said that this last-minute amendment was wholeheartedly welcomed by all Christian MPs.

“When this law was passed on 30 August, the day was like a national festival where Muslim and Christian MPs were one hand,” said Azer.

"I highly appreciate the role of Muslim MPs who said this law reflects the principle of citizenship."

The law was, however, critisised by two prominent Christian MPs, political analyst Emad Gad and rights activist Nadia Henry, who criticised the provision giving provincial governors the final say on church building requests.

Henry, who voted in favor of the bill, said in a Facebook post that she "strongly believes that there are loopholes in the law [that still make it difficult to build churches] .”

She explained to media outlets "I initially opposed the law but voted for as I realised it would be approved by the majority of MPs."

“The real enemy among us remains the existence of discrimination; the enemy that we are fighting together will sooner or later threaten the country’s social chesion and fabric," she added.

On the other hand, Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, sent a message of thanks to President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on the first of September.

"This law comes to correct a 160-year-old mistake and to heal the wounds suffered in this long period for the sake of strengthening stability and citizenship," Pope Tawadros said.

Magdi Malak, a Coptic MP from the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya, also highly welcomed Deif's initiative.

"I know fellow MP El-Badri Deif as an enlightened MP who strongly believes in national unity and citizenship and I really thank him for his great step," said Malak, adding that "I think MP Deif's initiative should encourage all Christian leaders to submit church building requests as long as they reflect real needs."

Deif told reporters that he is sorry about the state of churches in the governorate of Assiut.

"Most of the churches there are in urgent need for restoration, as the buildings are dilapidated, and Christians, especially in Assiut, had never been able to obtain the permits necessary to restore them," said Deif.

Deif also talked about the impact of the arson attacks on churches in Upper Egypt that followed the 2013 dispersal of sit-ins protesting the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

"This caused a lot fear and havoc among Christians, and it became quite impossible to build or even renovate a church," said Deif, who lauded the role of the Egyptian army in footing the bill of restoring most of the churches attacked after Morsi's ouster.

english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/242296/Egypt/Politics-/Muslim-MP-submits-first-request-to-build-church-af.aspx

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India

Indian Muslim Organisations and Scholars Denounce Hate Speech of the Extreme Salafis

M P Prashanth | TNN | Sep 3, 2016, 04.12 PM IST

KOZHIKODE: More Muslim organisations and scholars have joined the chorus in denouncing the divisive attitude of a section of the extreme Salafis who propagate hatred towards non-Muslims in their religious discourses. TOI had reported that Salafi preacher Shamsudeen Fareed had exhorted Muslims not to have emotional bonding with non-Muslims.

The Hussein Madavoor faction of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) is planning a campaign in 100 locations in the state starting from Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi Day on September 16 which will conclude on Gandhi Jayanthi Day. Extreme Salafis have asked the Muslims not to celebrate the birthdays as such functions are un-Islamic.

Full report at:

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/Muslim-organisations-denounce-hate-speech/articleshow/53994033.cms

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Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin vows to turn Kashmir Valley into graveyard for armed forces: report

September 4, 2016

Ahead of the all-party meet in Kashmir headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has said he will turn entire Kashmir into a “graveyard” for Indian armed forces. In an interview with the Times of India, Salahuddin, disregarding the all-party meet, said talks would be futile and the only answer to the issue of Kashmir was militancy.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/Hizbul-mujahideen-chief-syed-salahuddin-threatens-to-turn-valley-graveyard-for-armed-forces-report-3012696/

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What does it mean when Census says 42.7% Muslims illiterate in India

It is hard to believe that prejudice is the main reason that the community is so underrepresented.

POLITICS |  6-minute read |   03-09-2016

Newly released data from the 2011 Census reveals that 42.7 per cent of Indian Muslims are illiterate. This is the highest proportion of people mapped by religion who are illiterate by any specific religion, and substantially higher than the Indian average of 36.9 per cent. The women are the most illiterate at 48 per cent (not that much higher than the average 44 per cent), while the men get along at 37.6 per cent (with the Indian average being 30.2 per cent).

Full report at: dailyo.in/politics/indian-muslims-illiteracy-marginalisation-jobs-sachar-commission-azam-khan-/story/1/12730.html

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Indian Union Muslim League MLA booked for provocative speech

September 4, 2016

Kozhikode: A case was registered against Indian Union Muslim League MLA Parakkal Abdulla for his recent speech allegedly calling for a retaliatory attack against party worker Muhammad Aslam's murder, police said.

Kuttiyadi MLA Abdulla was booked under IPC section 505 (1)(b) (...whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or the public tranquility), Nadapuram Sub-inspector Abhilash said.

Full report at: ummid.com/news/2016/September/04.09.2016/iuml-mla-booked-for-provocative-speech.html

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Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti invites separatists for talks with all-party team

M Saleem Pandit | TNN | Sep 4, 2016

SRINAGAR: A day ahead of the all-party delegation+ visit to Jammu & Kashmir, CM Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday invited separatists for talks+ to resolve the Kashmir conflict.

Reaching out formally to the separatists through a letter, Mehbooba asked JKLF, the three Hurriyat factions, National Front and Jamaat-e-Islami to engage with the 30 member all-party delegation, who she said represented both the government and the people of India.

"Cutting across party lines... the country's political leadership has reached out and it is for us to collectively lend it credence and credibility," she wrote in her letter of invitation, copies of which were sent to Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Mohd Yasin Malik, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Hassan, Naeem Ahmad Khan and others. Mehbooba, however, underlined that she was inviting them for talks as the president of PDP.

"My party has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference is a stakeholder in the peace... and prosperity of the state," she wrote, hoping that the separatists would accept her offer and "indicate a time and place" of their "convenience for an exchange of ideas with the delegation."

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Jammu-Kashmir-CM-Mehbooba-Mufti-invites-separatists-for-talks-with-all-party-team/articleshow/53999658.cms

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Targets for first time in Valley’s unrest, policemen walk faultlines in Kashmir

Militants see them as traitors, protesters as stooges, while many allege they are not nationalist enough. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi

Bashaarat Masood

Updated: September 4, 2016

Outside the police control room in Srinagar, stands a long queue. Over a hundred policemen are waiting to get new “identity cards”.

“What skills do you have?” an official asks a policeman in his late 30s, at the head of the queue. “I know electrical work quite well,” answers the constable.

In 10 minutes, the constable has a new identity — of an ‘electrician’ in the state Electrical Department. Soon, he is joined by other ‘electricians’, as well as ‘plumbers’, ‘motor mechanics’ and ‘health workers’.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kashmir-unrest-valley-curfew-police-clashes-protests-3012133/

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A Muslim man helps keep Mother Teresa alive through a unique souvenir shop

While Mother Teresa lives on in people’s hearts through her work, Islam helps Saint Teresa live on in their homes and lives.

September 3, 2016

mother teresa, mother teresa canonization, kolkata, kolkata mother teresa, mother teresa sainthood, mother teresa gift shop, mother teresa souvenir shop, mother house, mother teresa gift shop, kolkata news, mother teresa news, india news, latest news The souvenir shop owner Narul Islam with Mother Teresa’s statues in his shop, just a few steps away from Mother House in Kolkata.(Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

A Spanish lady, possibly in her mid-20s, smiled as she walked into a souvenir shop in Kolkata’s AJC Bose Road. She looked around, glanced at a few items displayed, and as she mulled things over, asked for a bottle of water. As the shopkeeper fetched a bottle from the freezer, she walked across and lifted a stack of cards. All of them had quotes by Mother Teresa on them.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/mother-teresa-canonization-kolkata-mother-teresa-souvenir-shop-near-her-house-muslim-owner-3011419/

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This comic series features superheroes from the Mughal era

MONEEZA BURNEY

We want to revive tales of heroism and superior moral character associated with our community, shares creator Omar Mirza

In a world where superheroes are famously identified as fictional characters with supernatural powers in red capes, spider suits and bat masks among others, comic series Zindan: The Last Ansaars has enriched this traditional variety of comic book figures by introducing a new set of superheroes belonging to the Mughal era.

And so far, the overwhelming response to the US-based comic series, particularly after its recent launch in Pakistan, is the proof of its anticipated success and promising future.

Zindan was first launched in the US back in 2014. Since then, the comic series have been a hit among comic book enthusiasts of all ages.

Full report at: images.dawn.com/news/1176176/this-comic-series-features-superheroes-from-the-mughal-era?preview

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South Asia

Bangladesh hangs top Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali for 1971 war crimes

PTI | Sep 3, 2016

DHAKA: Bangladesh's fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader and media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali was hanged on Saturday night, the sixth Islamist to be executed for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

Ali was hanged in Kashimpur Central Jail on the outskirts of the capital.

"He was hanged at 10.35pm(local time)," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.

His execution came after 63-year-old Ali refused to seek presidential clemency on Friday.

The presidential mercy was the last resort for Ali, who was the infamous pro-Pakistan Al-Badr militia's third most important figure, to save his neck after the Supreme Court rejected his final review petition on Tuesday.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-hangs-top-Jamaat-leader-Mir-Quasem-Ali-for-1971-war-crimes/articleshow/53997937.cms

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Hekmatyar’s party close to final declaration on peace deal with govt: Sources

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Sep 04 2016

Sources close to Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar have said the party is close to a final declaration on peace deal with the Afghan government.

The sources have told RFE that the negotiations regarding the peace deal have concluded and preparations are underway for a final declaration.

A spokesman for the High Peace Council of Afghanistan Mohammad Amin Muzafari has also said they expect to conclude the peace deal with Hezb-e-Islami.

Full report at: khaama.com/hekmatyars-party-close-to-final-declaration-on-peace-deal-with-govt-sources-01832

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Dhaka cafe attack mastermind's deputy shot dead in Bangladesh

PTI | Sep 3, 2016

DHAKA: The 'second-in-command' of Bangladesh's homegrown extremist outfit who trained the militants for carrying out the cafe siege, the country's worst terror attack, was killed in a raid on their hideout, police said.

'Murad', or 'Major Murad' as referred to by the members of his outfit, was identified as the deceased during a raid on a house in Dhaka's Rupnagar area late last night, Detective Branch Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanwar Hossain said.

Police said he was the deputy of top Neo-Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the mastermind of the July 1 attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic area that claimed 22 lives, mostly of foreigners.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Dhaka-cafe-attack-masterminds-deputy-shot-dead-in-Bangladesh/articleshow/53995027.cms

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Taliban confirm Anas Haqqani sentenced to death by Kabul primary court

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Sep 03 2016

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan confirmed Anas Haqqani has been sentenced to death by primary court of Kabul on Monday.

Insisting on Anas’s innocence and lack of accountability, the group claimed the “American government and the Afghan government both do not have any proof or material etc to keep him in detention.”

The group further added that the death penalty of Anas Haqqani is politically imposed. “There are no legal grounds on which the death sentence could ever be awarded to Anas Haqqani.”

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-confirm-anas-haqqani-sentenced-to-death-by-kabul-primary-court-01830

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Ghani vows reforms, tackling corruption at JCMB meeting on Brussels conference

By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Sep 04 2016

The Special Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) on ‘The Brussels Conference on Afghanistan’ kicked off in Kabul today.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered a keynote speech at the start of the conference mainly focusing on reforms and fight against corruption.

Reaffirming the government’s stance to defy terrorism in a bid to bring reforms in the country, President Ghani said ‘Terrorism must not be a reason to stop reforms.’

President Ghani further added that “We promised that we would end the corruption that violates our deepest spiritual values & pollutes the soul of our nation.”

Full report at: khaama.com/ghani-vows-reforms-tackling-corruption-at-jcmb-meeting-on-brussels-conference-01833

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Arab World

Scores of ISIL Fighters Break Ties with Takfiri Group East of Syria's Homs

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of ISIL members along with their families have left the terrorist group and moved secretly towards Northern and Southern Syria, field sources said Saturday.

"For the fourth day in a row, the desert town of al-Sukhnah near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), witnessed several groups of ISIL terrorists who were leaving their positions due to their commanders' atrocities and harsh behaviors," the sources said.

"The ISIL security forces, meantime, have arrested the families of fled members. The fled members try to reach to Idlib and some camps at Syria-Turkey camp. Some of them also have moved to al-Rakban camp in Sothern Syria," the sources added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001091

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Riyadh Training 5,000 Militants in Eritrea for War in Yemen

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Riyadh has transferred nearly 5,000 militants from a number of terrorist groups from Aden port to Eritrea's Assab port to go under military trainings and then be sent to the Saudi provinces bordering Yemen, sources said.

"The terrorists, some of whom are from the Al-Qaeda, will be dispatched to Najran, Jizzan and Asir provinces to fight against the Yemeni army and popular forces and prevent their further advances in Southern Saudi Arabia," the sources stated on Sunday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000572

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Four More Militant-Held Towns Join Peace Process in Damascus Province

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Governor-General of Damascus province Ala Monir announced that after Darayya and Mo'adhamiyeh, four other towns have also joined the peace talks with the Syrian government.

"Successful performance of the Syrian government and army men in Darayya have encouraged the towns of al-Tal, Elhameh, Qodsiya and Wadi Bardi to join peace agreement," Monir said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613000373

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Syrian Army, Popular Forces Win back Key Military Site in Southern Aleppo

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian government forces beat Jeish al-Fatah terrorists back from the entire buildings of Taslih academy, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.

Jeish al-Fatah terrorists, mainly from Turkey-backed al-Turkistani, retreated from Taslih academy buildings under the heavy attacks of the Syrian army men and their popular allies.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000715

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Syrian Army Engages in Tough Battle with ISIL near Kuweires Airbase in Aleppo

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops clashed fiercely with ISIL terrorists in the Southern side of Kuweires airbase in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo city and inflicted major damage on their military equipment.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000825

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US hits IS targets with 'newly deployed' mobile rocket

Sep 04 2016

WASHINGTON: US forces have hit the militant Islamic State (IS) group targets along Syria's border with Turkey using a “newly deployed” mobile rocket system, American officials said Saturday.

A US Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) carried out a successful strike on Friday on a tactical unit and building belonging to the IS group, Major Josh Jacques, a spokesman for US Central Command, told AFP.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1282010/us-hits-is-targets-with-newly-deployed-mobile-rocket

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More Tanks, Armored Vehicles Cross Turkish Border into Northern Syria

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed that the Turkish Army has dispatched at least 20 Tanks and five armored vehicles to a border town in Northern Aleppo to back the Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists in the region.

"The Turkish Tanks and armored vehicles are now in the FSA-held town of al-Rai," the Turkish Daily Sabah reported, adding, "The tanks column left the Turkish border town of Kilis and entered Aleppo's territories."

Meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed on Saturday that he has long been seeking to establish a so-called 'safe zone' in Syria, the idea of which had been ignored or rejected by other world powers.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001258

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ISIL's Dead-Spokesman behind Assassination of over 1,800 People

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Syrian ex-officer disclosed that Abu Mohammad al-Adnani had been the mastermind of many bomb attacks against innocent people in different countries.

"Al-Adnani played the key role in several terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Bangladesh, explosion of the Russian planes over Egypt and Ankara suicide attacks," Brigadier General Mar'ei Hamdan said.

"Frankly speaking, Al-Adnani was not a simple spokesmen for the ISIL. He had worked with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, so his death was a great strike on the Takfiri group," he further added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001318

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Ex-Yemeni President Escapes Assassination Attempt

Sep 04 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media outlets reported that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has escaped attempted assassination by the Saudi-backed forces.

Sada Aden news website claimed that similar to the 2011 assassination attempt, Saleh survived again after he was attacked in al-Saleh mosque in Sana'a.

A source close to Saleh told the website that the former president's bodyguards could foil the attack.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001244

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Syria: One More Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Army in Hama

Sep 04, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several members of Fajr al-Sham terrorist group, including one of its notorious commanders, were killed in battle with Syrian government forces in Northern Hama.

Nayef al-Jar Abu Ahmad was killed in a battle with Syrian Army troops in Northern territories of Hama near Taybat al-Imam and Ma’ardes.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000641

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Yemeni Forces Seize Several Military Bases in S. Arabia's Asir Province

Sep 04, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army, backed by popular forces, took control of several military bases in Saudi Arabia's Asir province.

The military bases which are located in the Western part of al-Rabou'a city were taken after intense clashes between the Yemeni and Saudi forces.

The images released after the operation showed the Saudi military men leaving their armored vehicles and fleeing the battlefield.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000329

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Homs: Terrorists' Convoy, Gathering Hit Heavily in Syrian Air, Artillery Attacks

Sep 04, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Air Force and artillery units pounded a convoy of terrorists' vehicles and their gathering in Northern Homs, inflicting major losses and casualties on the militants.

Syrian warplanes and artillery units targeted a 25-vehicle convoy of terrorists and the position of a15-member group of them in Talbiseh region, ending in destruction of several vehicles, mainly equipped with heavy machineguns and canons.

Terrorist groups also suffered a heavy death toll in the attacks.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950614000374

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Africa

Muslim MP submits first request to build church after passing of new law in Egypt

Christian MPs welcomed the move, praising it as a positive step in fostering national unity

Gamal Essam El-Din, Saturday 3 Sep 2016

Egypt parliament approves new church building law

Egyptian cabinet approves church building bill following 'full consensus' with churches

Egypt's Coptic Church reaches agreement with govt on draft churches law

Less than a week after the new law facilitating the building of churches was approved by Egypt’s parliament last week, a Muslim MP has taken the initiative of submitting the first request to build a new church in his native governorate of Assiut in Upper Egypt.

"I wanted it recorded in history that a Muslim was the first to submit a request for building a church in Egypt after the passing of the new landmark law," the independent MP, El-Badri Ahmed Deif, told reporters Saturday.

Full report at: english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/242296/Egypt/Politics-/Muslim-MP-submits-first-request-to-build-church-af.aspx

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Nigeria’s Muslim Leader Announces Date for Eid el-Kabir

By Babatunde Akinsola

– The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has announced the date for 2016 Eid el-Kabir

– Sultan’s announcement comes after he received reports from the moon sighting committee and some other committees across Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III on Friday, September 2, announced that Muslims will observe the Eid el-Kabir on Monday, September 12.

In a statement signed by the chairman advisory committee on religious Affairs at the Sultanate council in Sokoto Sambo Junaidu, the committee together with the moon sighting committee received reports from various committees in Nigeria over the Eid el-Kabir.

Full report at: naija247news.com/2016/09/nigerias-muslim-leader-announces-date-eid-el-kabir/

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Pakistan

Pakistan 'deeply saddened' over Dhaka's execution of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali

Sep 4, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is "deeply saddened" over Bangladesh's execution of wealthy tycoon and top Jamaat-e-Islami financier Mir Quasem Ali for "alleged crimes committed before December 1971 through a flawed judicial process", Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Sunday.

Bangladesh hanged Ali on Saturday for alleged war crimes. The key Jamaat-e-Islami leader was convicted in November 2014 of a series of crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict, including the abduction and murder of a young fighter.

"The act of suppressing the Opposition through flawed trials is completely against the spirit of democracy," Zakaria said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1282018/pakistan-deeply-saddened-over-dhakas-execution-of-jamaat-leader-mir-quasem-ali

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Al-Qaida claims ex-Pak Army chief's son exchanged for Zawahiri's daughters

Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN | Sep 4, 2016

WASHINGTON: The terrorist group al-Qaida has said it extracted the release of two daughters of its chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and the widow of slain 9/11 planner in exchange for the kidnapped son of former Pakistan army chief Pervez Ashfaq Kayani.

The claim was made late August on the front page of the al-Qaida online magazine Al Masra and reported in the US-based Long War Journal on Friday. The magazine said it had also beheaded a Pakistani spy who had led its "apostate" army to the three women, who it said have been sent back to Egypt after the prisoner exchange.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Al-Qaida-claims-ex-Pak-Army-chiefs-son-exchanged-for-Zawahiris-daughters/articleshow/53996755.cms

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Parents of APS attack victims plan protest

September 4th, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Ajoon Khan Advocate, the father of a student who was killed in the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack, is again planning to visit Islamabad along with other parents seeking justice for his son.

The parents visited the federal capital on September 1 and wanted to meet the prime minister but had to return disappointed.

Gunmen affiliated with outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed around 150 people, including 132 students, in the APS attack in December 2014.

Say they were promised a meeting with the prime minister during their earlier visit which was not granted

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281914/parents-of-aps-attack-victims-plan-protest

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Free work visas luring Pakistanis to Saudi Arabia

September 4th, 2016

KARACHI: Saudi Arabian companies are offering free work visa to attract Pakistani workers, reflecting a slump in the kingdom’s economy.

Meanwhile, local recruiting agents say Pakistanis — mostly labour class — are still going for Saudi jobs despite the fact that thousands of workers — mostly labourers working in the Saudi construction industry — from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal are stuck in the kingdom and have not received their salaries for months.

Work visas for KSA were once hot cakes and extremely costly; sometime the visa buyer had to pay his entire salaries of 6 to 12 months to meet the cost.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281884/free-work-visas-luring-pakistanis-to-saudi-arabia

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Qadri wants COAS to fulfil justice promise

September 4th, 2016

RAWALPINDI: In a late-night address to a rally in the garrison city, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri reminded Gen Raheel Sharif of his promise of securing justice for the victims of the Model Town tragedy and urged the army chief to fulfil it.

Arriving in the city on Saturday night for his party’s planned Qisas Rally in Rawalpindi’s Rehmanabad area, which coincided with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) rally in Lahore, the PAT leader told reporters that the people who had gathered there would not go back without securing justice for the innocent people killed in Model Town two years ago.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281973/qadri-wants-coas-to-fulfil-justice-promise

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Pakistani Muslim: We should learn from Mother Teresa

By Elise Harris

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2016 / 11:21 am (CNA).- As the canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Caluctta draws near, the son of a leading Muslim philanthropist in Pakistan praised the nun’s example, recalling how his late father had admired her and believed in learning from her example.

“We should learn from her. Muslims should adopt the concept of missionary spirit. We have been negligent on many levels, not many people are involved in humanitarian mission.”

Full report at: catholicnewsagency.com/news/pakistani-muslim-we-should-learn-from-mother-teresa-39500/

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North America

The Unexpected Intersection of Islam And Sci-Fi

Sep 04, 2016

A new anthology is working to give geeky Muslims a bigger voice in science fiction with a collection of short stories both based on and inspired by Islamic culture.

Islam and Science Fiction founder Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad has released Islamicates Volume I, a free collection of 12 short stories. Ahmad said he started the anthology (and the website 10 years prior) because he didn’t see enough Muslim representation in science fiction. At least any that he could find.

Full report at: gizmodo.com.au/2016/09/the-unexpected-intersection-of-islam-and-scifi/

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Khans promote Muslim-American inclusion at Islamic convention

Sep 4, 2016

“Do not be silent against the menace of this smear of terrorism against Islam — today we reject the violence … and are silent no more,” Khan said.

“There are Muslims in this audience from all corners of the U.S., and when you get back, be a part of democracy,” he said to the crowd of a few thousand people. “Do justice to your religion in this generation and participate, regardless of where you stand on issues. Vote and be involved for future generations.”

Full report at: chicago.suntimes.com/politics/khans-promote-muslim-inclusion-at-islamic-convention/

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'Act to set tone of Islam' here, Muslim leaders urged

Sep 4, 2016

Community efforts are vital in the fight against terrorism, and the Muslim community has taken the lead on this front by countering extremist ideology and narrow views, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.

He called on Muslim leaders to "act to set the tone of Islam" here, so that all Singaporeans are clear about the community's stand.

When they see that the community and its leaders clearly reject extremism, "they will understand that the actions of a few terrorists or radicals who claim to follow Islam, do not reflect our Muslim community as a whole", Mr Teo said at a lunch to thank community volunteers.

Full report at: straitstimes.com/politics/act-to-set-tone-of-islam-here-muslim-leaders-urged

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Muslims in the US Relieved Eid Al-Adha Won’t Fall on September 11

September 3, 2016

New York – For Muslims in America, especially New Yorkers, the announcement that Eid ul Adha will fall on September 12 was a welcome relief.

Many imams and Muslim community leaders were concerned that the Eid would fall on the 15th anniversary of the downing of four buildings of the World Trade Center complex on September 11, 2001.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed  and 6,000 injured in what is noted as the worst terrorist attack in modern history.

Full report at: moroccoworldnews.com/2016/09/195950/muslims-in-the-us-relieved-eid-al-adha-wont-fall-on-september-11/

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US, Russia far from deal on Syria, Obama says

AP | Sep 4, 2016

HANGZHOU: The United States and Russia are working ``around the clock'' to try to strike a deal to reduce violence and improve access to humanitarian help in Syria, President Barack Obama said Sunday, but added that the U.S. was skeptical it would work.

Obama, speaking on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit in China, said the U.S. and Russia still have ``grave differences'' about what's needed to end Syria's civil war and which opposition groups are legitimate targets for the U.S. and Russian militaries. But he said ``it is worth trying'' to secure an agreement nonetheless.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/US-Russia-far-from-deal-on-Syria-Obama-says/articleshow/54001604.cms

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Muslim gathering held in Rosemont

Saturday, September 03, 2016

ROSEMONT, Ill. (WLS) -- The largest Muslim gathering in the U.S. will be held this weekend in northwest suburban Rosemont.

The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America features several guest speakers, including Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who made national headlines by criticizing Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention.

The Khans are Gold Star parents who lost their son while he was serving in Iraq and got into a heated exchange with Donald Trump when Khizr Khan spoke against Trump's Muslim immigration policy.

Full report at: abc7chicago.com/religion/largest-muslim-gathering-in-us-taking-place-in--rosemont-this-weekend/1497057/

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US Muslims slam stabbing death of Bangladeshi woman as hate crime

Sat Sep 3, 2016

Hundreds of people have gathered at a New York mosque to hold a funeral for a Bangladeshi woman, who was stabbed to death in what they denounced as a hate crime.

The crowd gathered at the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens on Friday to mourn 60-year old Nazma Khanam, who was killed on Wednesday night.

Khanam was wearing a headscarf, when she was stabbed several times by an unidentified assailant.

Full report at: presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/03/483041/US-hate-crime-Islamophobia-Bangladeshi-imam

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Muslim Chaplains Now Part Of SC Sheriff's Department

Sep 04, 2016

Richland County, SC (WLTX) -  For the first time ever, Muslim chaplains are now a part of the Richland County Sheriff Department.

“There is a definitely a concern especially with everything that’s shown on the media about all the recent acts of terror, and all that and definitely as a minority, they will feel a little bit of discomfort,” Richland County Deputy Mohanad Gabr explained. “I mean those members they work everyday, they just want to have a good life.”

Gabr says being Muslim can be tough with ISIS and negative stereotypes surrounding Islam ,he says the Muslim community can sometimes feel excluded.

Full report at: wfmynews2.com/news/community/muslim-chaplains-now-part-of-sc-sheriffs-department/313324673

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Peaceful community, jobs draw American Muslims to Topeka

Sep 04, 2016

There is one stoplight in Topeka. It blinks red at the downtown crossroads, an indication that the 1,200 town residents are in no hurry to get from here to there.

Other than when workers are traveling to or from work at the recreational vehicle and auto parts factories in the industrial parks at the west edge of town, there’s rarely a need to pause long at the light unless an Amish buggy horse balks at continuing through the intersection.

Full report at: goshennews.com/news/local_news/peaceful-community-jobs-draw-american-muslims-to-topeka/article_07557d6c-4c94-577b-8919-1d2937bdb3ec.html

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US will help bring Turkey coup plotters to justice: Obama

Sep 04, 2016

HANGZHOU: The United States is committed to bringing the perpetrators of the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justice, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1282016/us-will-help-bring-turkey-coup-plotters-to-justice-obama

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Mideast

More than 100 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ in security operations in Turkey’s southeast

September/04/2016

More than 100 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have been “neutralized” in the southeastern province of Hakkari, as clashes between militants and Turkish security forces have intensified in recent days in the province. A total of 104 militants were killed or wounded in Hakkari, according to a statement released by the Hakkari Governor’s Office.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/more-than-100-pkk-militants-neutralized-in-security-operations-in-turkeys-southeast-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103546&NewsCatID=341

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Erdoğan, Obama vow to work together despite surfaced differences

September/04/2016

While meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China, Turkish and U.S. delegations headed by the presidents of the two countries have signaled that despite ongoing tensions over issues including the extradition of the leader of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and the rift over Syria, the two NATO allies were in solidarity to iron out their differences and provide assistance to each other.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-obama-vow-to-work-together-despite-surfaced-differences----.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103544&NewsCatID=510

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PKK kills 18 soldiers, guard in Turkey's east, southeast

September/03/2016

A sum of 18 Turkish soldiers and a guardsman were killed in three separate clashes and an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country's east and southeast on Sept. 3 late on Sept. 2.

Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and eight others injured during an operation against PKK militants in Turkey's eastern province of Van, the governor’s office confirmed on Sept 3.

The Van governor’s office said in a statement that at least 11 PKK militants were killed during the clash that erupted on Sept 2. The statement added that the injured soldiers were taken to nearby hospitals and their lives were not in danger.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/pkk-kills-18-soldiers-guard-in-turkeys-east-southeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103535&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

September 4th, 2016

ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday sent more tanks into the northern Syrian village of al-Rai to fight extremists of the militant Islamic State group, opening a new front after its intervention last month against the group, state media reported.

The tanks crossed into the village from Elbeyli in the Turkish province of Kilis to provide military support to Syrian opposition fighters after ridding northern villages of extremists in its “Euphrates Shield” operation launched on August 24, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1281904/turkish-tanks-roll-into-syria-opening-new-line-of-attack

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Israel to Hold a Beer Festival on a Muslim Cemetery

September 3, 2016

Casablanca – Israel approved a plan to hold a beer festival on the grounds of an ancient Muslim cemetery in West Jerusalem.

The decision has sparked outrage in the Muslim world and has been considered an insult to Muslims worldwide.

Full report at: moroccoworldnews.com/2016/09/195887/israel-hold-beer-festival-muslim-cemetery/

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Putin and Erdoğan seek to enhance improving Russia-Turkey ties

September/04/2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan backed on Sept. 3 the healing of relations between their nations, damaged by Ankara’s shooting down of a Russian war plane last year.

“There is still a lot to do in order to completely re-establish cooperation in all areas,” said Putin, after the bilateral meeting in Hangzhou on the eve of a G-20 summit in the eastern Chinese city on Sept. 3.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/putin-and-erdogan-seek-to-enhance-improving-russia-turkey-ties-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103545&NewsCatID=510

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Southeast Asia

Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast

PTI | Sep 3, 2016

DAVAO: Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte's home town that killed at least 14 people.

An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top hotels just before 11:00pm (local time) on Friday.

Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, most likely carried out the attack in response to a military offensive launched against it last week.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Islamic-militants-blamed-for-deadly-Philippine-blast/articleshow/53993123.cms

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Filipino Muslims condemn fatal blast in Duterte’s city

03.09.2016

By Hader Glang

Filipino Muslim leaders have condemned an explosion claimed by a Daesh-linked militant group that killed 14 people and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a “state of lawlessness” Saturday.

A bomb exploded at a night market late Friday in southern Davao City -- where Duterte served 22 years as mayor -- leaving 14 people dead and 71 others injured.

Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao released a statement Saturday calling the Abu Sayyaf militant group the "biggest traitor of Islam".

Full report at: aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/filipino-muslims-condemn-fatal-blast-in-duterte-s-city/640481

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Europe

Yorkshire Ripper turns to Islam: Muslim inmates to protect Sutcliffe behind bars

4th September 2016

Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has already had death threats since he moved to HMP Frankland.

And now Muslim gang members have offered to take him under their wing – but only if he converts to Islam.

They told the 70-year-old monster that changing faith will also allow him access to a special diet.

Full report at: dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/543061/Yorkshire-Ripper-Islam-Muslim-inmates-protect-Sutcliffe-behind-bars

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Online threats toward Jewish and Muslim students at Upstate high school prompt extra patrols, officials say

Sep 04, 2016

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office has ordered extra patrols at District Five schools because of threats made on social media towards students, district officials said.

Full report at: wyff4.com/news/online-threats-target-jewish-and-muslim-students-at-upstate-high-school-sheriff-says/41502546

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