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International Favours Not Welcome if 'Against Islam': Minister of Vice and Virtue, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

25 July 2022

 

Khalid Hanafi, Minister of Vice and Virtue, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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• Killing People for Their Faith Bad, Sunni-Shia Killings in Afghanistan Sad: Dalai Lama

• In Child-Friendly Move, Mosque in Kerala Builds Football Turf on Terrace; Children Come For Prayers and Studies

• Erdogan Accuses Greece of Undermining Muslim Minority Rights

• Macron Says Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Still Possible’

 

South Asia

• Taliban team heads for Tashkent to take part in int'l summit on Afghanistan

• Turkey to Forcibly Deport Over 200 Afghan Migrants

• Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Departs for Uzbekistan

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India

• Two Men Hire Delhi Woman, Radha, To Frame Muslim Businessman, Prince Qureshi, in 'Love Jihad' Case In UP's Kasganj

• BJP’s ‘Pasmanda’ Muslims Outreach ‘Farce’; Wants ‘Muslim-Mukt’ Legislatures: BSP MP Danish Ali

• Uttar Pradesh: Muslim Brothers Arrested For Vandalising Tomb in Bijnor

• NIA puts PFI under lens after Phulwarisharif seizure

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Mideast

• Iran says it detains Israel-linked network planning ‘terrorist operations’

• Hagia Sophia Mosque Raising Interest of Bangladeshis to Visit Türkiye

• Hagia Sophia hosts 6.5M visitors in 2nd year of reopening as mosque

• Top IRGC Commander: Iran After Most Advanced Weapons

• Iranian President: Washington's Anti-Tehran Sanctions Hurting Global Economy

• Iran Arrests Mossad Agents, Foils Attacks on Sensitive Sites

• Envoy: Iran Favouring Sustainable Security for Afghanistan

• Two Palestinians killed in Israel West Bank raid: Palestinian Ministry

• Gunmen kill brother of collapsed tower’s owner in Abadan: Iran media

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Europe

• Greece missed opportunity for dialogue, says Türkiye's communications director

• Greece ‘Deliberately’ Eroding Lausanne Peace Treaty: Turkish President

• Turkey summons Swedish diplomat over Kurdish militants

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Pakistan

• Pakistan Expected To Hold Fresh Elections in October: Reports

• Pakistan: Govt to move SC requesting full court bench to hear cases related to Article 63-A

• Protest against killing of JUI-F activists in North Waziristan

• ISPR refutes report about ‘soft intervention’ by establishment amid deepening political, economic crisis

• Pakistan: PM Sharif’s ally JUI-F to become party in PML-Q’s petition against Mazari ruling case

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysians to Shop More With Significant Income Growth, Says Fitch Solutions

• Jawi, NGOs to resolve issues linked to prostitution in Chow Kit, says minister

• Dr M also received RM2.6mil in political donation, says witness

• Malaysian DJ, 7UFO is making the beat drop in the UK

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Arab World

• Kuwaiti Emir's Son, Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Sabah, Named Prime Minister

• Saudi students encouraged to learn space sciences, technology

• Prominent Iraqi politician warns country against provocations in aftermath of Duhok attack

• Mideast nations wake up to need for action to stem damage from climate change

• Attack on Syria church gathering kills two, injures 12: State media

• Iraq files complaint at UN against Turkey after deadly attack

• Saudi Arabia, Iraq come to the aid of Europe’s oil refiners amid Ukraine war

• Saudi creatives showcase sensational sounds and art at SOL festival

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Africa

• Al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility for Mali’s Attacks

• Jordan’s King Abdullah protests border attacks by Iran-tied militias

• Tunisians Vote on Constitution Expanding President’s Power

• Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

• Turkish generosity helping to reduce impact of drought in Somalia

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North America

• US to help Pakistan set up Centre for Disease Control

• US energy advisor expected in Beirut for Lebanon-Israel maritime talks

• US approves new funds to help Lebanon’s ailing security agencies

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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International Favours Not Welcome if 'Against Islam': Minister of Vice and Virtue, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

 

Khalid Hanafi, Minister of Vice and Virtue, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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July 25, 2022

Acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, Khalid Hanafi, while visiting Ghazni decried sanctions and said the Islamic Emirate is ready for engagement with the international community, but its offers, if they are against Islam, are not acceptable.

"We just follow Allah, Prophet Mohammad, the Caliph of Rashidun and Companions in implementation of our law. We don’t accept anything from anyone which is against Islam,” said Mawlawi Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, minister of Vice and Virtue.

The provincial governor, Mowlawi Mohammad Ishaq Akhundzada, called on the forces of the Islamic Emirate to respect the people.

“Those who stand in the checkpoints, or are in a district office or another department, they should address the problems of the people,” he said.

Hanafi also called on government employees to adjust their appearance based on Sharia.

"All employees that are in the provinces, districts and ministries should make their appearances according to Islamic values,” Hanafi said.

He said that after the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the women are observing hijab "100 percent."

Source: Tolo News

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Killing People for Their Faith Bad, Sunni-Shia Killings In Afghanistan Sad: Dalai Lama

 

Dalai Lama | Photo Credit: PTI

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Peerzada Ashiq

JULY 24, 2022

Dalai Lama visited the Jokhang Temple, Jamia Masjid, Shia Mosque and Moravian Church as part of an interfaith pilgrimage in Leh, Ladakh

Heart-warming scenes were witnessed in Ladakh’s Leh district on Saturday when the Dalai Lama visited a temple, a church, a Sunni Mosque and a Shia Imam Bara (a place designated for religious congregational mourning), where he joined special prayers held for peace and brotherhood in the world.

A spokesman of the Dalai Lama said he visited the Jokhang Temple, Jamia Masjid, Shia Mosque and Moravian Church as part “of an interfaith pilgrimage in Leh, Ladakh”.

This is the first visit of the Dalai Lama to Ladakh since it was carved out as a Union Territory from J&K in 2019. This visit also comes in the backdrop of a growing military confrontation between India and China in the region since 2020.

The Dalai Lama was seen wearing a skull cap and eating from the hands of Muslim women as they welcomed him in local mosques. He was seen praying along with Muslim priests for global peace. He also expressed unhappiness over violence driven by religion and referred to Afghanistan as an example. 

“One of my commitments is the promotion of religious harmony. All religions, whether theistic and non-theistic, have a message of compassion. These days and even in the past, sometimes because of different faiths, there are killings, which is sad and unbelievable. In our neighbourhood in Afghanistan, Sunnis and Shias are killing each other. It’s sad,” said the Dalai Lama.

He further said he joins prayers irrespective of the place being a mosque, church or temple “to promote religious harmony”. “I am happy to join Muslim brothers and sisters (in Leh),” the Dalai Lama said.

He said he left Tibet’s capital Lhasa many decades ago and came to India as a refugee. “With the sense of brotherhood here in India, I am very happy,” he added.

The Dalai Lama flagged the issue of global warming and termed it “serious”. “We have to live together, work together and help each other. Global warming is a real danger to human life. We can’t avoid it but need to remain with a genuine sense of brotherhood. There is no longer emphasis on my nation, my country or my political party. The entire humanity is facing the problem. We have to live with a sense of brotherhood and with universal responsibility,” he said.

Source: The Hindu

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In Child-Friendly Move, Mosque in Kerala Builds Football Turf on Terrace; Children Come For Prayers and Studies

 

The football turf set up on the terrace of Masjidul Rehma at Panur in Kannur

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25th July 2022

KOZHIKODE: In a bid to make the Masjid ul Rehma in Kannur district child-friendly, the mosque authorities have set up an artificial football turf on its terrace. The mini turf has come up on the third floor, with the 20-year-old mosque located at Panur being renovated earlier this month. “Our concept is to make the mosque child-friendly and arrange facilities for the overall development of the children who come here for prayers and studies,” said Nisthar Kizhuparamba, the Khateeb of the masjid.

He said a tuition centre and an institute for differently-abled children are functioning under the Karunya Charitable Trust at the mosque. “We also have over 150 children studying in the madrassa attached to the mosque,” Nisthar said.   He said the idea of the football turf came up as the mosque had an open terrace. “We thought of utilising the space creatively,” he added.  There are around 250 kids at the Yes Academy for the differently-abled, besides 30 staff. The inmates are given counselling, speech and physiotherapy at the academy.

But not all are happy with the setting up of a football turf at the mosque. Those who object to the decision say the turf will spoil the sanctity of the mosque.  “A mosque is a place where people pray to Allah. The setting up of a football turf inside the mosque amounts to sabotaging and damaging Islam,” said Sunni preacher Perode Abdul Rehman Saqafi.

Saqafi said in a speech that the Jama’at-e-Islami objects to many Sunni practices of remembering Allah inside the mosques but have no qualm in converting places of worship into play fields. Such practices will send a wrong signal to the young minds that mosques are places for kidding around, he said.    Sunnis say that there is a danger of gullible people following this practice. They wanted to know whether other recreational activities also can be introduced at the mosque to attract children.

Source: New Indian Express

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Erdogan Accuses Greece Of Undermining Muslim Minority Rights

 

Muslim worshipers wait in the rain for the Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the month of Ramadan at the Mosque of Athens, Greece, on May 2, 2022. (AP Photo/ Thanassis Stavrakis)

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24 July 2022

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday criticized Greece for allegedly violating a settlement that has governed relations between the rivals for nearly a century.

In a statement released on the 99th anniversary of the Lausanne Treaty, Erdogan accused Athens of undermining the rights of the Muslim minority in Greece’s Thrace region. Muslims in Thrace make up about 32 percent of the province’s population and include ethnic Turks, Roma, and Bulgarian-speaking Pomaks.

“The conditions registered in the treaty, especially the rights of the Turkish minority, have been ignored or deliberately eroded,” the nationalist leader said. “It is not possible for our country to accept this situation, which is incompatible with good neighborly relations and loyalty to the treaty.”

The 1923 treaty was signed by the new Republic of Turkey to settle disputes with the Allies, including Greece, following World War I and the Turkish War of Independence.

It outlined the rights of the remaining Muslim minority in Greece and Christians in Turkey, after a bitter conflict between the countries, which was followed by a population exchange. It also set out conditions for Greek rule of the Aegean islands that lie off Turkey’s coast.

Ankara recently complained that Greece violated the treaty by militarizing the islands. Athens said it was acting according to international law and was defending its territory in the face of constant Turkish hostility.

On Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the closure of four Muslim minority schools in Thrace, saying it demonstrated “discriminatory and oppressive policies” by the Greek government.

The Greek Foreign Ministry rejected the “unsubstantiated” allegations, saying the schools were suspended because student numbers fell below minimum requirements.

NATO members Greece and Turkey have been at loggerheads for decades over a series of issues, including disputes over undersea exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean and the sovereignty of uninhabited Aegean islets. The two neighbors have come to the brink of war three times in the past half century.

Erdogan last month broke off high-level talks with Athens.

Source: Times Of Israel

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Macron Says Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Still Possible’

 

Macron also called for the liberation of four French citizens held in Iran (Courtesy: DW)

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24 July ,2022

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday told his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi that reviving the landmark 2015 deal on Tehran’s nuclear capabilities was “still possible” but must happen “as soon as possible.”

Macron also “expressed his disappointment” at the absence of progress after the suspension of talks in Vienna and underlined the need for Iran to return to the accord and implement its nuclear commitments, according to a French presidency statement.

The French leader’s telephone call with Raisi comes as negotiations in Vienna between Iran and world powers including the US have stalled since March.

The 2015 deal aimed to prevent Iran from developing the capability to acquire an atomic bomb in exchange for lifting sanctions that have hobbled its economy.

But former president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, leading Tehran to begin rolling back on its commitments.

In June, Qatar hosted indirect talks between the US and Iran in a bid to restart the diplomatic efforts in Vienna, but discussions were interrupted after two days without a breakthrough.

The Iranian presidency said Raisi “condemned the unconstructive positions and actions of the US and European countries” during his two-hour conversation with Macron on Saturday.

Last week, an Iranian official said Tehran had the technical capacity to make a nuclear bomb but clarified that it had not decided to make any.

The Iranian foreign ministry said there was “no change” in its nuclear policy, referring to an Islamic ruling that forbids “arms of mass destruction.”

Macron also “reiterated his deep concern” about four French citizens “arbitrarily held” in Iran during his call with Raisi.

They include Benjamin Briere, sentenced to more than eight years in jail for spying, and French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, who received a five-year prison term in May 2020 for endangering national security.

The two other detainees are trade unionists held since May 11 and accused of threatening Iranian security.

Source: Al Arabiya

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South Asia

 

Taliban team heads for Tashkent to take part in int'l summit on Afghanistan

July 24, 2022

A delegation led by Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi left Kabul for Tashkent to participate in an international conference on Afghanistan which is to be held Monday, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, while discussing the situation in Afghanistan and the increasing hunger crisis in the country, the EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, Andreas Von Brandt said that there is a consensus on the non-recognition of the Taliban government in the western world.

According to Brandt, the world is trying to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, not to the government which came to power by means not provided for in the country's constitution, Khaama Press reported.

"We have a very cautious approach...and I think ...if there are a few good things at the moment it is, that there is the tremendous consensus on the non-recognition in the entire western world and I actually don't see that changing in the near future," he said, as TOLOnews quoted.Meanwhile, political analysts believe the current situation in Afghanistan could get worse if the Taliban leadership do not consider an inclusive government, saying such could also pave the way for the international community to offer formal recognition to the group.

"The international community and the people of Afghanistan want the current government to include diverse layers of educated youth and representatives from different ethnic groups," another political analyst, Ahmad Monib Rasa said.

According to the publication, the Islamic Emirate government had repeatedly said that their leaders had "fulfilled all the promises it made with the United States in the Doha Agreement.""The Islamic Emirate does not allow anyone to use the territory of Afghanistan against the United States and its allies," spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid said. "In addition, IEA is also committed to providing all the Shariah rights of its citizens," he added.

Reflecting on the overall security of the country, the spokesman said a "peaceful atmosphere" has been created in the country, where women and men could rightfully take part in Afghanistan's development.

"In Afghanistan, a normal life and peaceful atmosphere has been created for women and men, and the rights of all minorities are maintained," he said. "Moreover, the system and way of life in Afghanistan are issues related to Afghans."

Source: Business Standard

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Turkey to Forcibly Deport Over 200 Afghan Migrants

By Saqalain Eqbal

24 Jul 2022

According to the Turkish state-run Anatolian Agency, 215 undocumented Afghan migrants, who have been transferred from Edirne to Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey, will be deported tomorrow.

215 Afghan migrants are reportedly waiting to be deported back to Afghanistan, on July 25th, on several flights following Turkey’s forced deportations, according to Turkish media, citing the Edirne Immigration Office.

According to the Turkish Migration Management Directorate, approximately 28,000 undocumented migrants have been deported from Turkey by Turkish authorities since the start of 2022, a 70% rise from the same period in 2021.

Since flights to Afghanistan started on January 27, Turkey has deported over 18,256 Afghan nationals to Afghanistan, according to the Turkish Interior Ministry.

The Migration Management Directorate said in a statement that Turkey deported 28,581 irregular migrants who entered the country unlawfully, broke visa and residency laws, worked without permits, engaged in fraud, and threatened public safety and security.

Nine charter flights scheduled between May 15 and May 22 carried 1,054 undocumented migrants back to Afghanistan, according to the migration office.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Departs for Uzbekistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

24 Jul 2022

A high-ranking delegation led by Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban, left for Uzbekistan to attend the Tashkent conference, according to a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Foreign Ministry of the Taliban, the delegation will attend the Tashkent conference at Uzbekistan’s invitation. This conference will be held on the next day, Monday, 25th July, in continuation of the Tashkent conference of 2018 with the theme “Security, Economic Growth, and Regional Connectivity of Afghanistan.”

The countries participating in this conference have not yet been officially reported by Uzbek and regional news agencies, but the concerns of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan will be the center of our discussions.

According to the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar News Agency, the Tashkent conference will continue for two days and begins tomorrow, Monday, July 25. Representatives from 20 international and regional countries will attend.

The main objective of the event, according to the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is to develop a set of measures and proposals for the approaches taken by the international community to promote stability, security, and post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan.

The Tashkent conference is important in ways more than one, as it discusses post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan and finding out how dangerous and active ISIS, extremist religious, and nationalist groups are in northern Afghanistan, along with the rockets that were launched onto the Tajik and Uzbek soils from Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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India

 

Two Men Hire Delhi Woman, Radha, To Frame Muslim Businessman, Prince Qureshi, in 'Love Jihad' Case In UP's Kasganj

Jul 24, 2022

AGRA: A 24-year-old Delhi-based Hindu woman has accused two people -- one of them the "district vice-president of the BJP youth wing", according to his Facebook profile -- of "hiring" her to frame a 27-year-old Muslim businessman in a rape and 'love jihad' case in UP's Kasganj.

The woman, Radha (who only uses her first name), had earlier accused the man, Prince Qureshi, of having presented himself as 'Monu Gupta', who "promised to marry her" but later "raped her". Following her complaint, Qureshi was booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 506 (criminal intimidation) on July 16.

However, the two men, Aman Chauhan, 34, and Akash Solanki, 28, had "hired her" to say this, Radha said while recording her statement in the case before a magistrate under CrPC section 164.

She is believed to have rescinded her allegations after she was told by court that a medical exam would be conducted and that she might have to go to jail if her complaint was found to be false.

Chauhan, Solanki, and Radha were later booked by cops under charges of criminal conspiracy. Earlier, Chauhan and Solanki, along with over 200 workers from right-wing organisations, had staged a protest at the Ganjdundwara police station regarding the "rape" matter.

SP of Kasganj police BBGTS Murthy said, "All details provided by the woman in support of her allegations were found to be wrong in our investigation. She was unwilling to go for a medical examination. She later confessed and said she had been asked to do this by two local residents. There seems to be an old rivalry related to financial agreements between the parties."

SHO Anoop Kumar Bharti said, "The two men were arrested but later granted interim bail by the court. We will be filing a charge sheet very soon."

Source: Times Of India

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BJP’s ‘Pasmanda’ Muslims outreach ‘farce’; wants ‘Muslim-mukt’ legislatures: BSP MP Danish Ali

24th July 2022

New Delhi: BSP MP Danish Ali on Sunday dubbed the BJP’s outreach to ‘Pasmanda’ Muslims a “farce” and alleged that the ruling party wants “Muslim-mukt” legislatures throughout the country.

He accused the BJP of indulging in “majority appeasement” and targeting minorities by allegedly getting false cases registered against them and demolishing their houses using bulldozers.

The MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha also said it is the moral responsibility of Opposition parties, particularly the ones whom the minority community used to vote for, to raise Muslims’ issues but rued that in this era of “majoritarian politics”, the issues of Muslims have been isolated.

“Political analysts have convinced all the secular parties that addressing and vehemently raising the minority issues is counterproductive for getting the votes of the majority community. That is why every political party is shying away from raising Muslims’ issues,” he told PTI in an interview.

Ali said the BJP has “created so much hatred” that attention gets diverted from real issues.

“The policies of this government are of majority appeasement. They are policies aimed at appeasement of hatred. They talk about appeasement but in reality it is the BJP government that is indulging in appeasement of the majority,” the Bahujan Samaj Party MP alleged.

The BJP keeps on harping on appeasement but the real appeasement is showing in how fact checkers are put in jail and hate mongers are provided security, Ali said in an apparent reference to the case of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair.

The BJP’s argument that Muslim appeasement took place in the past is demolished by the Sachar Committee report, Ali said.

If there was appeasement of Muslims then this would not have been their condition now, he said.

“What is happening in Sri Lanka? There also majority appeasement was taking place. The same thing is happening here. The focus in Sri Lanka was not on economic issues, the focus was not on the agricultural sector,” he said.

“There is a need to focus on economic issues, we are going down in every sphere. The government is focussing on polarisation because they think this is the best way to survive,” Ali said.

Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that party workers should reach out to downtrodden sections among minorities such Pasmanda Muslims, Ali said, “It is a farce. Had anybody stopped them from fielding Muslims in Uttar Pradesh polls?”

“The BJP said they want Congress-mukt Bharat but their real intention is Opposition-mukt Bharat, their real intention is Muslim-mukt legislatures, in states and in Parliament, and that is where they are moving forward,” he said.

They have already achieved “Muslim-mukt” BJP parliamentary party, he said.

Ali alleged that the BJP wants to “politically disenfranchise” Muslims and they are succeeding.

Ali’s remarks come in the wake of the BJP’s minority wing having prepared a blueprint to reach out to Pasmanda Muslims, among the most backwards in the community.

Asked about the near “washout” of the first week of Parliament’s Monsoon Session, Ali said the Opposition will also have to revisit its strategy on this.

“My take is that what I am observing from the last few sessions is that the important questions always come in the first week of the session. For example my question on MSP was on Tuesday, there was a disruption in the House and I could not ask that question,” he said.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Uttar Pradesh: Muslim Brothers Arrested For Vandalising Tomb In Bijnor

July 25, 2022

Bijnor (UP): Two Muslim brothers were arrested on Sunday for allegedly vandalising a 'mazaar' (tomb) here and burning curtains and 'Chaadars' offered there, police said.

One of them was wearing a saffron-coloured 'pagrhi' and a garland, a senior police officer said.

Superintendent of Police Dinesh Singh said around 4.30 pm, police got information that the 'Mazar' of Jalal Shah was vandalised.

He said when police reached there, they came to know that it was vandalised by Mohammad Kamal and Mohammad Aadib, both residents of Sherkot area here, who also burnt the curtains and 'Chaadars' offered there.

"We also came to know that both these brothers had damaged the 'Mazar' at Ghosiawala and 'Mazar' of Kutub Shah in the morning," Singh said.

Source: Firstpost

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NIA puts PFI under lens after Phulwarisharif seizure

Jul 24, 2022

By Shishir Gupta

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) FIR into busting of a PFI module in Phulwarisharif area of Bihar lists the crime as having national security ramifications based on the anti-India material seized during raids after the interception of Islamists Athar Parvej and Mohammed Jalaluddin, a day before the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 11, 2022.

After the Home Ministry order handing over the case to NIA on July 22, the FIR lists 26 persons as accused with majority of them having links with PFI, a Ahle-Hadith outfit which portrays itself to be an umbrella Muslim organization with the objective of delivering social justice for the masses. The suspected extremists were trained in Phulwari Sharif 15 days ahead of PM Modi’s visit with meetings held on July 6 and 7 with a plan to target the PM. The raid was conducted on the basis of intelligence input and a document titled—2047 India towards rule of Islamic India—was recovered along with 25 PFI pamphlets.

The NIA is also conducting investigations into the Udaipur and Amravati savage killings with some of the arrested Islamists having links with PFI front Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). All the accused appear to be radicalized during interrogation with little remorse after committing heinous murders.

After the Home Ministry order handing over the case to NIA on July 22, the FIR lists 26 persons as accused with majority of them having links with PFI, a Ahle-Hadith outfit which portrays itself to be an umbrella Muslim organization with the objective of delivering social justice for the masses. The suspected extremists were trained in Phulwari Sharif 15 days ahead of PM Modi’s visit with meetings held on July 6 and 7 with a plan to target the PM. The raid was conducted on the basis of intelligence input and a document titled—2047 India towards rule of Islamic India—was recovered along with 25 PFI pamphlets.

The NIA is also conducting investigations into the Udaipur and Amravati savage killings with some of the arrested Islamists having links with PFI front Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). All the accused appear to be radicalized during interrogation with little remorse after committing heinous murders.

The PFI is known to take pan-Islamic positions time and again with its cadre protesting outside the Egyptian Embassy in Delhi in 2015 when the death sentence was handed over to former Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi. The group has pronounced an anti-Zionist stance and has organized pro-Palestine protests all over the country earlier this decade. It has established external affiliates in West Asia for financial and political support particularly in Qatar and Kuwait so that political shelter is available to its leadership should the need arise.

The Qatar Indian Social Forum was formed in December 2014 to raise funding and organize the cadre. The Rehab India Foundation, another front, has selected several Muslim-dominated villages in India and channels Qatar funding to them. The group has several active funding collecting fronts in Oman, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait. Last year, two officials of Qatar Embassy in New Delhi were sent back as they were routing funds from Doha to the PFI.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Mideast

 

Iran says it detains Israel-linked network planning ‘terrorist operations’

23 July ,2022

Iran said on Saturday its security forces had arrested a network of agents working for Israel before they were able to carry out sabotage and “terrorist operations,” state media reported.

The announcement by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry came amid heightening tensions with arch-enemy Israel over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“This network’s members were in contact with (Israel’s) Mossad spy agency through a neighboring country and entered Iran from (Iraq’s) Kurdistan region with advanced equipment and strong explosives,” the ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, which oversees Mossad, declined to comment.

Iran often accuses its enemies or rivals abroad, such as Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia, of trying to destabilize the country.

The Intelligence ministry did not say how many people were arrested and did not divulge their nationality.

The network planned “acts of sabotage and unprecedented terrorist operations in sensitive locations,” its statement said, without giving details.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear arms.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hagia Sophia mosque raising interest of Bangladeshis to visit Türkiye

Md. Kamruzzaman  

24.07.2022

DHAKA, Bangladesh

The desire of Bangladeshis to travel to Türkiye has risen drastically after Istanbul's iconic monument Hagia Sophia was restored as a mosque, analysts and visitors said on the second anniversary of its reopening.

“The Muslims of sub-continent have loved Türkiye for long, and during the fall of the Ottoman Empire, in early 20th century, they started the Khilafat movement (Caliphate movement) in its support. Hagia Sophia reminds us of the inspirational history of conquering Constantinople (Istanbul) by Sultan Mehmet II,” Abdullah Al Mahmud, professor of world religion and culture at Dhaka University, told Anadolu Agency.

He said the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia has always attracted a huge number of tourists from all over the world.

“We, the Muslims, in the South Asian belt, have been dreaming to see Hagia Sophia as a mosque since it was converted into a museum in 1934. As our dream has been fulfilled, we are now interested in offering prayers in this mosque,” said Mahmud.

On July 10, 2020, a Turkish court annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque.

The monument was restored to its former glory as the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque on July 24, 2020, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining hundreds of worshipers for the first Muslim prayer in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia served as a church for 916 years and 86 years as a museum. However, it was a mosque from 1453 to 1934, nearly 500 years.

In 1985, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, and is among Türkiye’s top tourist destinations.

“Many university teachers and students frequently consult with me on how to get Turkish visas as they know that I have visited the country several times. Almost all of them are mainly interested in visiting Hagia Sophia,” added the professor.

- One of the best countries to visit

Young Bangladeshi entrepreneur Faruk-e-Azam, who visited Türkiye and Hagia Sophia recently, said Istanbul is one of the best cities to visit.

“I got a different feeling when I saw Hagia Sophia and offered salat (prayer) there ... I could imagine the historic victory of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Mohammad Rakibul Islam, a university student, told the Turkish leading news agency that he has not visited any country, but has dreamed of a trip to Türkiye.

“I have a dream to visit two countries. Firstly, Saudi Arabia to visit our holiest site the Kaaba in Mecca, and the graveyard of our Prophet Muhammad in Medina. I also wish to visit Istanbul and offer salat inside the Hagia Sophia mosque,” said Islam.

- Symbol of boldness

Abul Hossain Asad, noted Bangladeshi cyclist and television anchor, who has visited 45 countries and is currently living in Portugal, told Anadolu Agency that his visit to Türkiye was different from other tours.

“Türkiye is a symbol of boldness and Hagia Sophia reminds me that Muslims have a responsibility to establish justice everywhere, and should not fear any tyrannical force,” he said.

He recalled that while Muslims in different parts of the world were oppressed and their achievements were being destroyed by Mongol forces, remote Turkish Kayi tribe incredibly stood against them.

“Thus, through enormous struggle, the Ottoman Empire established rule of law and justice across the world and this is the golden history of Muslims that all of us should know,” said Asad.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Hagia Sophia hosts 6.5M visitors in 2nd year of reopening as mosque

JUL 24, 2022

Istanbul's historical Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque welcomed over 6.5 million visitors in its second year of reopening as a mosque, according to Istanbul Deputy Mufti Ahmet Aktürkoğlu.

The iconic monument served as a church for 916 years until the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. It then served as a mosque from 1453 to 1934 – nearly 500 years – and most recently as a museum for 86 years.

One of the most visited historic buildings in Turkey by domestic and international tourists, Hagia Sophia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

On July 10, 2020, a Turkish court annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree that had turned Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a mosque after the 86-year hiatus.

The monument was restored to its former glory as the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque on July 24, 2020, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining hundreds of worshipers for the first Muslim prayer in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) on the second anniversary of the reopening, Aktürkoğlu said the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque after the conquest was one of the most important events in the history of Islam.

He added that Hagia Sophia, like many other important places of worship around the world, draws a huge number of tourists and the faithful.

"Like many other holy places in the world, Hagia Sophia is flooded with visitors. It attracts great attention from local and foreign tourists, especially after it was opened to worship again. In the second year since its opening, the mosque has hosted over 6.5 million visitors," he said.

Aktürkoğlu underlined that there was a lot of interest in Hagia Sophia, particularly during the Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha).

"The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque received over 120,000 people every day during the nine-day bayram holiday. The interest of our people and visitors from around the world on Hagia Sophia is increasing every day."

"We also see an increasing number of visitors, especially on weekends. People from all over Turkey come here to attend the morning prayer. Many social and cultural organizations also arrange various events and tours of the monument. This makes us extremely happy."

Creating memories

Hagia Sophia has also been a destination for new converts and people wanting to convert to Islam, according to Aktürkoğlu.

"We oversee many conversion events at the mosque every day. Many people who want to convert to Islam decide to do so with our help at the Hagia Sophia and make it a memorable occasion.

"On average we hold three or five such ceremonies in Hagia Sophia every day. People from all over the world come here to become Muslims. This makes us very happy."

He noted that there the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing when the mosque was reopened for worship, thus visitors were hosted as per health and social-distancing rules for COVID-19.

The authorities continue to pay a lot of attention to the health rules as they prepare to accommodate over 120,000 daily visitors.

Aktürkoğlu added that Hagia Sophia is managed by the administrative board and a scientific committee was formed to carry out research activities at the Hagia Sophia Madrassa.

"Teachers are currently teaching tafsir and hadith. The online and face-to-face lessons will resume in September after the summer break," he said.

Source: Daily Sabah

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Top IRGC Commander: Iran After Most Advanced Weapons

2022-July-24

Addressing an IRGC conference in Tehran, Major General Salami said since "weapons play an effective role in wars", the IRGC is pursuing plans to manufacture and obtain the most advanced arms.

"However, the IRGC would not rely solely on weapons or expect them to perform a miracle," he continued, adding that his forces trust in God and consider it as the key to victory.

Military officials say Iran has been able to achieve the state-of-the-art defense technologies despite sanctions and pressures.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the major general hailed the IRGC commanders for their courage, and stressed that the pious people do not give up, and get stronger as they approach danger.

Tehran says it will not hesitate to boost its military capabilities, including its missile and drone power, which are entirely meant for defense.

Iranian experts have in recent years succeeded in manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, including destroyers, hi-tech radars, missile systems as well as several types of drones and missiles.

In early July, Iranian Army Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said his forces have been supplied with different types of precision-striking and smart weapons to defend the country’s peace and stability.

He described the Ground Force’s defense and military achievements as a “thorn in the side of the sworn enemies” of Iran.

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Iranian President: Washington's Anti-Tehran Sanctions Hurting Global Economy

2022-July-24

In a 120-minute phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, President Rayeesi stated that despite the US sanctions, Iran has managed to achieve spectacular growth in its political and economic cooperation with various countries across the world.

He condemned the non-constructive measures and positions of the United States and European countries against Iran and noted, "Issuing a resolution in the [International] Atomic Energy Agency was a crisis-stirring move aimed at creating pressure against the Iranian nation, which undermined political trust."

The president underlined the need for Iran to be able to reap the economic benefits of the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), through a potential revival of the multilateral accord, which the US abandoned unilaterally three years after its conclusion.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that reaching an agreement [on the JCPOA revival] hinges on the full resolution of safeguard issues and the provision of necessary guarantees, including continued adherence of the parties to the agreement and fulfillment of the economic interests of the Iranian nation," the Iranian chief executive pointed out.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Board of Governors adopted the resolution in early June, accusing Iran of not cooperating with the agency.

Iran criticized the US and the European trio for pushing a resolution against Iran at the UN atomic body’s board of governors, calling the move irresponsible, and a Washington plot to force Tehran to make concessions in the Vienna talks. Tehran stressed that the IAEA is directly influenced by the Zionists and the measure has undermined the country's constructive cooperation with the nuclear watchdog.

The Iranian president also told his French counterpart that the Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group would declare a "caliphate" in Europe today if it were not for the Islamic Republic's role to promote security in the region, particularly its fight against terrorism and support for territorial integrity and national sovereignty of countries.

Rayeesi underscored that regional issues should be settled by nations and governments in the region, emphasizing that "foreign intervention runs counter to security and stability".

Macron, for his part, said his country would continue its role in the process of reaching a conclusion in the JCPOA revival negotiations.

The French president added that Iran plays a leading role in bringing political processes to fruition in the region.

He expressed his country's support for Iran's stance against military operations by some countries in the region against Syria.

The Iranian and French presidents also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international developments and major global challenges, including food and energy security.

Iran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, have held several rounds of negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Donald Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Joe Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Iranian officials have criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear negotiations and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement.

In a telephone conversation with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined the need for the United States to stop excessive demands in the course of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, and lifting unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Arrests Mossad Agents, Foils Attacks on Sensitive Sites

2022-July-24

The Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that members of a terrorist group affiliated with Mossad were identified and arrested by Iranian security forces before they could take any action to carry out acts of sabotage.

The ministry added that the terrorists, who were in contact with Mossad agents through one of the neighboring countries, had sneaked into the country from Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Members of the spying network intended to carry out acts of sabotage and terrorist attacks in some sensitive areas by using the most up-to-date equipment as well as powerful explosives, it said, adding that their goals were predetermined.

However, the ministry said, all of its members were captured by "multi-stage and preemptive operations" of security forces, adding that "their weapons, explosives, as well technical and communication equipment were also discovered and confiscated."

The statement also noted that further details about the operation will be announced after an investigation is complete.

The ministry, however, did not clarify how many people were arrested.

Iranian nuclear scientists and sites have been the target of the Western and Israeli spy agencies' terror and sabotage attacks in recent years, but, Iranian intelligence bodies say they have managed to thwart a large number of these plots.

Back in June, a plot by Mossad to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists was defused after security forces arrested three agents of the spy agency.

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Envoy: Iran Favoring Sustainable Security for Afghanistan

2022-July-24

Kazzemi Qomi made the remarks in a series of tweets he posted following his Friday meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad.

The senior Iranian diplomat reiterated that one of the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran is expanding relations with Afghan rulers in order to contribute to the security, stability, and economic improvement of Afghanistan.

"One year after the withdrawal of Americans, developments in Afghanistan reveal the destructive role of the US in Afghanistan's internal affairs, specially in the imposition of pressure and sanctions against the oppressed people of this country," the senior Iranian diplomat said.

He, meantime, voiced concern about the expansion of terrorism in Afghanistan, and said, "During last year, ISIL has expanded geographically, structurally and organizationally inside Afghanistan, and in return, the US seeks to prevent Afghanistan to move towards stability and security."

Referring to the meetings held with the Pakistani Foreign Minister and the Pakistani Prime Minister's Special Representative for Afghanistan affairs, Kazzemi Qomi said, "We evaluate the points of view of the Pakistani officials as positive and the message we received from them was the need to establish stability and permanent security in Afghanistan."

In a relevant development earlier this month, Kazzemi Qomi blamed the US military deployment in Afghanistan for different crises in the war-hit country, saying that Tehran along with other regional states are in consultation to help the Afghan people.

"During a regional trip to Central Asia, I consulted with officials on various issues, especially the international summit on Afghanistan," Kazzemi Qomi wrote on his twitter page, elaborating on his recent consultations with the officials of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan.

"And I will do my best to materialize the effective results of this summit so that the people of Afghanistan can be saved from the American-created nightmare of sedition and crisis as well as instability and insecurity," he added.

In relevant remarks late last month, Kazzemi Qomi underlined the necessity for the settlement of crises and problems in the region through collective cooperation among the regional states, and underlined that the US presence is not helpful.

The US presence and plans in the West and South Asia have resulted in nothing but destruction and displacement for the people of these regions, Kazzemi Qomi wrote on his twitter page.

The US does not seem to have learned lessons from Afghanistan yet, he added.

The US seeks to return to the region by making some promises to some countries in the region, Kazzemi Qomi said.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Two Palestinians killed in Israel West Bank raid: Palestinian Ministry

24 July ,2022

Two Palestinians were killed overnight during an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said early Sunday.

The ministry said Muhamad Azizi, 25, was killed by a bullet to the chest while Abdul Rahman Jamal Suleiman Sobh, 28, was shot in the head.

Six others were wounded, including two in serious condition, it said.

The Israeli army said it was carrying out an operation in Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, without immediately commenting on the Palestinian report of casualties.

In a statement it said there were exchanges of fire between armed suspects and troops.

At least 52 Palestinians have been killed since late March, mostly in the West Bank, among them suspected militants and also non-combatants, including Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American dual national, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.

Israeli security forces have launched near-daily raids in the West Bank following a spate of attacks in Israel in recent months.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Gunmen kill brother of collapsed tower’s owner in Abadan: Iran media

23 July ,2022

A pair of gunmen opened machinegun fire on Saturday in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan, killing the brother of the owner of a tower that collapsed there earlier this year, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

The May 23 collapse at the Metropol Building, some 660 kilometers (410 miles) from the capital of Tehran, killed 41 people and dredged up painful memories of past national disasters in Iran. It also triggered street protests in Abadan over the collapse, demonstrations that saw police club protesters and fire tear gas.

The fate of the building’s owner, Hossein Abdolbaghi, has been the subject of much speculation — from initial reports that he had been arrested to rumors that left the country. Official media in Iran said he died in the collapse.

IRNA’s report said Abdolbaghi’s brother Majid was gunned down on Saturday in “an assassination” and died of severe injuries from multiple gunshots.

A video on social media shows Majid’s killing. He is seen at the parking lot outside his home in Abadan when a white car stops by the gate. A gunman gets out and opens fire from his machinegun. A second gunman shoots from inside the car.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Saturday’s slaying.

After the Metropol collapse, authorities arrested 11 suspects in a widening probe, including the city’s mayor. Over the weeks that followed, videos on social media showed protest gatherings in Abadan, with protesters often blaming the owner for the collapse.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

Greece missed opportunity for dialogue, says Türkiye's communications director

Enes Kaplan  

24.07.2022

The Greek government led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis has failed to take advantage of Türkiye's offer for dialogue, the Turkish communications director has said.

In an interview with Greek daily Kathimerini, published on Sunday, Fahrettin Altun evaluated relations between Ankara and Athens, the current tension over the Aegean Sea, and the militarization of Eastern Aegean islands.

"Our president gave the Mitsotakis government a chance and opened channels for dialogue. The Greek prime minister did not take advantage of this opportunity," Altun said.

Altun said Türkiye wishes to have "good relations with all its neighbors and ensure peace and stability in the region."

Asked about possibility of a meeting between Erdogan and Mitsotakis, Altun said: "I do not think there will be such a meeting under the current conditions."

"Despite promising not to include third countries in bilateral relations, Mitsotakis gave anti-Türkiye messages in the US," he said, adding: "Greece only harms itself by opposing Türkiye self-interestedly or relying on third-party countries."

Altun said that resolving disputes within the framework of diplomacy and international law will particularly be in the interest of the Greek people.

- Tension over Aegean Sea

Commenting on the allegations that Turkish aircraft violated Greek airspace, Altun said: "Greece has been the party responsible for escalating the tension over the Aegean Sea for months.

"You would have seen Turkish warplanes flying over the Attica peninsula if Türkiye decided to play a game as dangerous as Greece. But we don't have such a problem."

Altun underlined that Türkiye will not be the one escalating regional tension, but "we have the resources and capabilities to respond to any move."

- Militarization of Eastern Aegean islands

Speaking on violation of the non-military status of the Eastern Aegean islands and international treaties by Greece, Altun said: "By arming the islands with non-military status, Greece violates international conventions.

"It is absurd to imagine that Türkiye will not speak out against Greece's illegal actions on such an issue," he added.

Greece will only harm itself by opening the current international agreements to discussion, he said, referring to the Lausanne Peace Treaty and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty.

Türkiye has rejected the militarization of the islands by Greece since the beginning, protesting the Greek policy of violating the non-military status of the islands since the 1960s.

Ankara has issued protests through diplomatic channels and requested the violations to stop. The issue came to the UN and NATO agenda in the 1970s.

The latest Turkish diplomatic move was to send a letter of complaint to the UN in July 2021, saying the militarization of the islands posed a serious threat to Türkiye's security.

- Türkiye's new drill ship

Answering if Türkiye's drill ship Abdulhamid Han will start operations in August, Altun said: "It is up to Türkiye to decide on its own as a sovereign state where our drilling ships would conduct their operations."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Greece ‘deliberately’ eroding Lausanne Peace Treaty: Turkish president

Burak Dag  

24.07.2022

Greece has recently been deliberately eroding terms and conditions of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

In a video message on the 99th anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, he said: “The terms and conditions of Lausanne Peace Treaty, particularly rights of Turkish minority, have recently been deliberately eroded by Greece.”

“It is not possible for our country to accept this situation, which is incompatible with the principle of good neighborly relations and loyalty to the treaty,” he added.

The Lausanne treaty was signed on July 24, 1923 after the Turkish victory in the War of Independence.

Describing it as one of the founding documents of the Republic of Türkiye, Erdogan emphasized that Ankara has meticulously monitored its implementation over the past 99 years.

“With the Lausanne Peace Treaty, our land borders were drawn, capitulations were abolished, rights of the Turkish minority in Greece were secured, and the non-military status of Greek islands close to our coasts was confirmed,” he said.

Türkiye continues to strengthen its active position in regional and global issues as it takes firm step toward 2023, the 100th anniversary of Lausanne Peace Treaty and foundation of the Republic of Türkiye, he added.

“We are determined to make every effort for lasting peace and tranquility in the region and to protect the rights of our beloved nation,” the president asserted.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Turkey summons Swedish diplomat over Kurdish militants

24 July ,2022

Sweden's charge d'affaires in Turkey was summoned at the weekend to explain the use of what Ankara alleges is “terrorist propaganda” in support of Kurdish militants, a diplomatic source said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Sweden and Finland of being havens for Kurdish militants -- specifically from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which he has sought to crush -- and for promoting “terrorism”.

He has threatened to block the Nordic states' bid to join NATO unless they extradite dozens of alleged “terrorists” under a deal the three signed last month.

The Swedish foreign ministry said its diplomat had been called to a “meeting” in Ankara on Saturday, without elaborating.

Turkey's display of displeasure follows events in Sweden last week to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Kurdish uprising in northern Syria, which borders Turkey.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan expected to hold fresh elections in October: Reports

Jul 24, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's ruling coalition and rival former Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are set to hold talks over holding fresh general elections and as per local media sources the date for the same is expected to be in October 2022.

The Pakistan Muslim League-led (PML-N) government, all allied parties, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are expected to begin talking over the date of fresh general elections, ARY News reported citing sources.

The talks are to be held in a bid to contain the ongoing political and economic turmoil. The date for the next general elections is expected to be in October 2022, sources said.

As per the sources, the Pakistani establishment is also going to mediate in the talks between the government and the opposition.

After former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the Punjab bypolls, PML-N leader and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that early elections are on the cards however the decision will only be finalized post discussion with the coalition parties.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sanaullah made these remarks at a press conference in Lahore. "The decision will be made after we present the matter before the parties," said the interior minister.

Earlier, Imran Khan said that general elections must be held in the country under the supervision of a neutral chief election commissioner (CEC), reported local media.

Claiming that the "selected" government has been imposed on the masses through planning and plotting, he said that an election must be held as soon as possible, otherwise, democracy will suffer a huge blow.

Khan, however, added that the polls should be conducted under the supervision of a suitable chief election commissioner (CEC).

Dismissing the allegations of his former government being incompetent, he said, "We had been hearing those remarks for three-and-a-half years. My only demand is to conduct the election under the chairmanship of a neutral CEC. Let the people decide [the country's fate]."

Further, reiterating that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) government was toppled through a conspiracy, he said that a commission should be formed under the chairmanship of the chief justice of Pakistan to probe the matter.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan: Govt to move SC requesting full court bench to hear cases related to Article 63-A

24 July, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): The ruling coalition of Pakistan has decided to file a petition in the Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) for the formation of a full court bench to hear cases related to the interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution, Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed in a statement on Sunday.

The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court announced its verdict over Punjab’s by-election.

The official statement said that the leaders of the government alliance will also address a press conference at 10:30 am on Monday, the Dawn reported.

The leaders will then go to the Supreme court with their lawyers to request the formation of a full court bench that jointly hears cases related to the election of Punjab’s chief minister, the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) review petition of the SC’s opinion on Article 63-A and other related petitions, the Dawn reported.

The statement said the PPP, PML-N and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl will go to the SC, while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Balochistan National Party, Balochistan Awami Party and other allied parties will be among the petitioners as well.

“The lawyers of all the parties will argue in the Supreme Court on Article 63-A of the Constitution,” the statement read.

A day ago, the ruling coalition demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial to form a full bench to hear a petition from PTI candidate for CM Punjab Parvez Elahi challenging a ruling from Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly to reject votes of PML-Q during the election.

The Supreme Court must take up a review petition from Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and other petitions jointly, a handout issued by the coalition government said adding that the people are paying for the political instability through inflation, unemployment and poverty, the Dawn reported.

“This is a matter of national and political importance,” it read.

Notably, Pakistan Supreme Court allowed Hamza Shahbaz to stay as a ‘trustee’ chief minister of Punjab till the court resumes hearing on Monday.

A three-member SC bench comprising Pakistan Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhter issued the verbal order during a hearing on PML-Q leader Pervez Elahi’s petition.

In its order after the day-long hearing, the court said that it cannot leave a province without a chief executive and so, “Hamza will continue to work as a trustee chief minister till Monday.”

The court also said Hamza is not allowed to work as per the constitution and law during the time period. Supreme Court directed Hamza Shehbaz to exercise only ceremonial powers while restraining him from exercising the absolute powers of the chief minister till Monday.

“The chief minister, Hamza Shehbaz will not use his powers for political gains,” it stressed.

The apex court then adjourned the hearing of the plea filed by PML-Q’s Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a petition against Mazari’s ruling to reject 10 PML-Q votes in Punjab Chief Minister’s elections, media reports said.

Source: The Print

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Protest against killing of JUI-F activists in North Waziristan

July 25, 2022

NORTH WAZIRISTAN/LAKKI MARWAT: Workers of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl on Sunday held protest demonstrations in North Waziristan, Lakki Marwat and Bannu against the killing of its local leaders and lawlessness in the tribal district.

In North Waziristan, the workers of JUI-F and other political parties continued a sit-in protest against lawlessness in the tribal district.

The protest in Eidek village near Mirali entered third week on Sunday. A large number of workers, including JUI-F activists, had been attending the protest camp.

The protesters demanded early arrest of the killers of JUI-F leaders Qari Samiuddin, Hafiz Nauman and others.

They also asked the government to take steps for maintenance of law and order in the district.

Rallies also held in Lakki Marwat and Bannu

General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maj-Gen Naeem Akhtar and other senior officers visited the protest camp on Sunday and assured the protesters that those involved in the targeted killing would be arrested.

He said that some elements were trying to sabotage peace in the area and the administration would take concrete measures in this regard.

In Lakki Marwat, the district chapter of JUI-F held a demonstration on Sunday to protest the killing of its leaders in North Waziristan district.

A good number of workers gathered at Qazi Ishfaq Chowk and demanded arrest of the killers.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Maulana Mohammad Anwar and other leaders condemned the killing of Qari Samiuddin and his companion in North Waziristan.

They said that unknown assailants had gunned down Qari Samiuddin and his colleague on July 15 when they were on their way home in a car.

“It was the second attack on JUI-F leadership in a week as the party’s councillor-elect Malik Murtaza had also been killed by unidentified attackers in Eidak village of the tribal district,” they said.

The JUI-F activists closed an urban road in Bannu city on Sunday to protest the killing of the party activists in North Waziristan.

The protesters gathered outside the press club building and raised slogans in favour of their demands.

Party’s district general secretary Haji Niaz Mohammad and others said on the occasion that the people had rendered sacrifices for restoration of peace in the tribal region.

Source: Dawn

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ISPR refutes report about ‘soft intervention’ by establishment amid deepening political, economic crisis

July 24, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Director-General of the ISPR Maj-General Babar Iftikhar has refuted a media report that suggested that the establishment is considering a “soft intervention” under which it may mediate between PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the coalition parties — comprising PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, and others as political and economic crises grip Pakistan.

The report by a publication said that there are chances of a “grand dialogue” between the Opposition and the government with the intervention of the establishment.

The report comes as the Pakistani rupee continues its downward trend against the US dollar and the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) also witnessing constant plunges in recent sessions — both markets recording historic lows.

Not only this, but there has also been persistent political instability since Khan’s ouster from power as political parties keep approaching courts over political problems and the Punjab government has also remained a matter of contention — given that Hamza took oath twice as chief minister in nearly four months. Hamza Shahbaz took oath twice as chief minister in this period but with his appointment challenged time and again in the courts, the matter has now gone to him being appointed a trustee chief minister until Monday.

The situation has given way to the likelihood for the next general elections to take place soon, with the sources putting the time frame at October.

‘Khan ready for negotiations’

Senior journalist Suhail Warraich told Geo News that he met the ousted prime minister and that “Khan is ready for negotiations” with the coalition government on three issues: elections and election reforms, the economic agenda and the appointment of the army chief.

The journalist said that there are chances that Khan will write a letter to President Arif Alvi and he might help in holding negotiations between the PTI and the government.

“Everyone believes that the political parties should resolve their issues amicably,” the journalist said.

Alvi urges state institutions, media to play role to bring people’s govt

Soon afterwards, President Dr Alvi emphasised that state institutions and the media should help create an environment to set up a government that truly represents the people of Pakistan.

Speaking during the fifth Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) Business Excellence Awards Ceremony, the president elaborated: “Such a government will reflect people’s aspirations and hopes to ensure political and economic stability needed for promoting business, trade, and investment in the country.”

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan: PM Sharif’s ally JUI-F to become party in PML-Q’s petition against Mazari ruling case

25 July, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 25 (ANI): Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is supporting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has now said that he is party to the petition filed by the Opposition against the ruling of Pakistan Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) leader Parvez Elahi, was the contender to Punjab Chief Minister’s post and was the joint candidate of PML-Q and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party PTI.

The petition has been filed by Parvez Elahi against the ruling of Pakistan Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari.

Pakistan Supreme Court has summoned Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari for citing Article 63A of the Constitution and not counting the votes of defecting lawmakers as well as electing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz as Punjab Chief Minister.

Addressing a press conference, the JUI-F chief said he would move a petition with the Supreme Court to become a party in the case, the Dawn reported.

The coalition government and parties in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Sunday decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) for the formation of a full court bench regarding the election of the Punjab chief minister and the interpretation of Article 63-A.

Echoing the demand of two major parties in the PDM, the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Rahman also demanded the formation of a full court bench to hear the petition.

Flanked by party leaders, including Akram Khan Durrani and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, he said the party’s chief has the final authority to decide the party policy and all other office bearers (lawmakers) have to follow it.

“A party leader directs their parliamentary party even if they are not a member of the house,” he said, adding that after the fiasco in the Punjab Assembly, a new discussion has started that only a parliamentary leader has the authority to lead the party in the assembly.

The announcement comes after the Supreme Court announced its verdict over Punjab’s by-election.

Pakistan Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the ruling coalition of Pakistan has decided to file a petition in the Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) for the formation of a full court bench to hear cases related to the interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution.

As per the official statement, the leaders of the government alliance will address a press conference at 10:30 am today.

The leaders will then go to the Supreme court with their lawyers to request the formation of a full court bench that jointly hears cases related to the election of Punjab’s chief minister, the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) review petition of the SC’s opinion on Article 63-A and other related petitions, the Dawn reported.

The statement said the PPP, PML-N and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl will go to the SC, while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Balochistan National Party, Balochistan Awami Party and other allied parties will be among the petitioners as well.

“The lawyers of all the parties will argue in the Supreme Court on Article 63-A of the Constitution,” the official statement read.

The Supreme Court must take up a review petition from Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and other petitions jointly, a handout issued by the coalition government said adding that the people are paying for the political instability through inflation, unemployment and poverty, the Dawn reported.

“This is a matter of national and political importance,” it read.

This comes amid renewed political turmoil triggered by the contentious Punjab chief minister election.

The political battle between opposition and coalition partners intensified over the controversial Punjab CM poll which saw Hamza Shahbaz retaining the chief minister’s post on technical grounds.

According to the Punjab Assembly deputy speaker, Hamza received 179 votes whereas Chaudhry Pervez Elahi garnered 176 votes, but only after 10 votes of Elahi’s own party were not counted, which turned the tables in Hamza’s favour.

Source: The Print

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysians to shop more with significant income growth, says Fitch Solutions

July 25, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian households will see significant growth in their disposable income for the rest of the year and up until 2026, says Fitch Solutions.

Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research said household disposable income had grown beyond pre-pandemic levels of RM98,300 per household in 2019.

For the medium-term from 2022 to 2026, it predicted that the average disposable income of Malaysian households will grow at an average of 5.3% a year to reach RM127,000 by 2026.

While inflation is expected to increase this year at an average of 3.3%, it said, this will be significantly below the rate of disposable income growth of 7.2%. Disposable income growth in 2023 will slow but still remain above the inflation rate.

“This will remain the case in 2024, with the trend of household disposable income outpacing inflation maintained throughout our forecast period to 2026. This means consumers in Malaysia will see their disposable incomes increasing in real terms,” it said in a statement.

Fitch said Malaysian households will be moving away from focusing on essentials, as they did in the past two years, to non-essential spending.

It said recreational and cultural spending was the fastest growing category currently, followed by restaurant and hotel.

“These growth outlooks indicate that while Malaysian consumers are spending more on discretionary spending than they did during or before the pandemic, they are focusing that spending on experiences rather than tangible products.

“We believe the continuous strong growth of the spending category in the long term is aided by a growing middle class and high-income households in Malaysia, as well as positive demographic shifts that will drive demand for recreation and cultural experiences,” it said.

It said the clothing and footwear category could be the biggest benefactor from this growth in recreational spending, pointing out that retail sales had strongly recovered over the past six months.

Clothing and footwear spending will grow at an annual average of 8.5%, with expenditures for this category set to reach RM39.1 billion in 2026, compared to RM28.4 billion this year.

Regional and international brands are looking to capitalise on this, said Fitch, pointing out that Adidas had opened its largest brand centre in Southeast Asia when it set up its store in Sunway Pyramid last year.

The opening of Japan-based Mitsui Fudosan’s Lalaport mall and Tropicana Corp’s Tropicana Gardens Mall this year further proved the retail sector’s strong recovery.

“Fashion retailers can benefit by having their stores near recreation or tourist spots in order to capitalise on the strong surge in recreation and culture spending over the medium term.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Jawi, NGOs to resolve issues linked to prostitution in Chow Kit, says minister

July 24, 2022

PETALING JAYA: The federal territories Islamic religious department (Jawi) is working with NGOs to resolve issues linked to prostitution in areas such as Chow Kit, says religious affairs minister Idris Ahmad.

He said these NGOs have been tasked with rehabilitating prostitutes as well as assisting children born out of wedlock to obtain valid birth certificates and other documentation.

“Besides the prostitution taking place, young couples living together is another common problem in the Chow Kit area.

“We also found that there are children (born out of wedlock) who do not know who their fathers are and they are also homeless,” HarakahDaily quoted him as saying.

He added that if these children did not receive help, they would face problems in society or be forced into a life of crime.

Idris said he had also ordered Jawi to continue monitoring all 4D gaming shops in areas under its jurisdiction.

“We found that only 3% of the customers at these premises were Muslims. Officers from Jawi detained them and advised them against patronising such shops,” he added.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Dr M also received RM2.6mil in political donation, says witness

V Anbalagan

July 25, 2022

SHAH ALAM: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been named as one of the individuals who received RM2.6 million as political donations from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) for his then Bersatu party after the 14th general election (GE14).

Former UKSB administrative manager David Tan told the High Court in Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial the money was passed to Mahathir’s nephew, Rahmat Abu Bakar.

However, Tan said during cross-examination by Zahid’s lawyer, Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, he was unsure if Rahmat was a director of Giromakro Sdn Bhd.

Zaidi: Why make a donation of RM2.6 million to Rahmat?

Tan: As a political fund for Mahathir and Bersatu.

The money was said to have been given to Rahmat after Pakatan Harapan (PH) was voted into power after the May 9, 2018 general election and Mahathir was appointed the prime minister for the second time.

On June 17, Tan had testified that the home minister under the PH administration, Muhyiddin Yassin, had also received RM1.3 million from UKSB.

Elaborating on the matter today, he said the money was passed to SHH Resources Bhd director Teo Wee Cheng, who was Muhyiddin’s close friend.

“The money was also given as a political donation to assist Muhyiddin,” he said.

Zaidi: Did the accused (Zahid) also receive political funds from UKSB?

Tan: Yes.

Zaidi: Do you see Mahathir and Muhyiddin sitting beside the accused (Zahid) in the dock?

Tan: No.

The 17th prosecution witness had also said the payments were made to “ministers, politicians and government servants” as he kept a ledger of payments made between 2014 and 2018 in spreadsheet files in his laptop.

Filed under code names, he had named former Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal, former foreign minister Anifah Aman and former deputy foreign minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican as among the other recipients.

However, Tan did not specify the amount of money paid to Shafie, Anifah and Reezal Merican.

UKSB was the firm that handled the foreign visa system (VLN) for Chinese tourists. It was appointed by the government in 2016.

The company was implicated in the case against Zahid, the former deputy prime minister and home minister standing trial on 33 corruption charges.

Previously, the court heard testimony from former UKSB directors Harry Tan and Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani, in which they said the company made millions in cash payments, in Singapore dollars, to Zahid from 2014 to 2018 over the VLN contract.

Wan Quoris told the court the financial assistance to Zahid was aimed at strengthening their position as a home ministry contractor.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Malaysian DJ, 7UFO is making the beat drop in the UK

July 25, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Among the many Malaysians adversely affected by the Covid-19 lockdowns, performing artistes were among the worst hit.

With venues shut down and live events postponed, many lost their rice bowls and were forced to find other means to earn a living.

However, even in the face of adversity, some of these artistes persevered and honed their craft in anticipation of better times.

Among them was DJ and music producer, Sean Leng, who goes by the stage name, 7UFO.

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Leng struggled to adapt but chose to continue his passion of deejaying despite the unfavourable circumstances.

Fast forward to 2022 and Leng has certainly bounced back from his troubles to achieve new heights that even he could not have imagined.

Just this year alone, he signed a song of his to a London music label; no small feat for a self-taught artiste.

His newest song, “Everyday”, is thus likely to reach the ears of audiences around the globe and hopefully, it will be Leng’s first of many successes.

Leng is currently based in the UK, having been there since August last year for “performance, work and studies.”

Speaking to FMT, Leng shared how his life and music has changed in the past two years and what direction he hopes his life will take next.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve been working on perfecting my craft and focusing on the tech house and house genres. I’ve also been working on collaborations with different artistes from Europe and America,” he shared, adding that he already has songs awaiting signing.

According to him, he has moved on from his hip-hop origins to try something new. “I’ve been trying to find my sound as a music producer and to make something that I really want.”

While Leng continued to make music to please his audience, he felt that he wanted to make something that he himself was proud of.

“So, I eventually found my sound in house and tech house and since then, I’ve been enjoying myself,” he said.

For the uninitiated, the tech house genre has its origins in techno, with an emphasis on rhythms and drops. “It’s a trending genre among Western audiences.”

He admitted however, that the transition was no bed of roses, as many of his fans had followed him because of his hip-hop work.

Hence, it was a challenge to create something new without leaving behind everything that he was known for. However, by blending his old and new genres, he created “Everyday”, which has gone over well with old and new fans.

“I’m currently in Leicester and the music scene here is very wide. There are lots of genres you can find here. Prior to making this song, I attended many music events that inspired me to mix these genres together,” he said. “That’s how ‘Everyday’ was made.”

As to how he got his music signed on, he said that the label, Exigo Records, had long earned his respect for supporting young, fledgling artistes like himself.

Once Leng approached them and understood what music it was they were looking for, it was only a matter of time before his music got signed on June 17.

Spending time in the UK has also allowed Leng to get a glimpse into how the music scene there differs from that in Malaysia.

“There are a lot of people here who are open-minded to different genres. In Malaysia, the only music you can sell for a club to profit is commercial electronic dance music,” he said.

“That is quite sad as there are only a few places playing house music in Malaysia.”

So, what’s next for Leng? In addition to creating more music, he is still pursuing his studies in business and management. “It’s been actually quite easy to balance. In the night, I produce my music. And during the day, I study.”

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Arab World

 

Kuwaiti Emir's Son, Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Sabah, Named Prime Minister

24 July, 2022

Kuwait named the emir's son as prime minister on Sunday, replacing caretaker premier Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid who faced a combative parliament amid a feud between the government and elected assembly that has hindered fiscal reform.

Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who took over most of the ruling emir's duties late last year, named Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah to the post in an Emiri decree.

Last month the crown prince said he was dissolving parliament and would issue a decree for early elections, a move welcomed by opposition lawmakers who had staged a sit-in to press the prince to name a new prime minister.

Sheikh Ahmad was deputy prime minister and interior minister in the outgoing government, which had submitted its resignation in April ahead of a non-cooperation motion in parliament against

Sheikh Sabah, who had been premier since late 2019.

Sheikh Ahmad, in his late 60s, began his career with the police force and then entered the interior ministry. After his father Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad took power in 2020 he was appointed deputy head of the National Guard.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi students encouraged to learn space sciences, technology

HEBSHI ALSHAMMARI

July 24, 2022

RIYADH: The Saudi Space Commission on Saturday opened registration for the second virtual “Go to Space” training camp. Registration will remain open until Aug. 6.

The commission is organizing the camp in collaboration with Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. The program aims to increase students’ expertise in scientific subjects related to space by increasing awareness, knowledge and curiosity.

“Go to Space” is aimed at intermediate third-grade students as well as secondary students.

Admission to the camp requires that the applicant be a Saudi national currently enrolled in the third intermediate or secondary level, where he/she will be dedicated to the natural sciences course for both the second and third secondary grades, as well as having proficiency in speaking and writing in English and also passing the camp’s entrance exam.

The camp will run from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18 and will contain two parallel tracks: The first, “Space exploration: An introduction to space science,” is aimed at students in the third intermediate and first secondary grades.

The second track, “Space Recognition: An Introduction to Astronautics and Space Systems,” is designed for students in the second and third grades in the natural sciences specialization “Scientific.”

The registration link is https://s.ssc.gov.sa/787

“The purpose of this step is to increase scientific knowledge and the importance of specializing in space sciences and technology. It also identifies and highlights its significance in order to inspire and encourage future generations,” according to the commission’s statement.

The camp’s goal is to expand students’ understanding and enthusiasm for space science and technology, as well as to inspire them to pursue careers in the space industry.

Through training sessions led by space scientific professionals, the program provides hands-on learning experience.

The Saudi Space Commission launched the first edition of the “Go to Space” summer training camp in July 2021 with the goal of qualifying secondary students in space science and technology in 14 days. The camp included courses and applied projects to prepare astronauts and engineers for the future and attract the talent to join various space applications through dedicated training programs.

Natural sciences, according to Faisal Al-Ahmari, a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers, study the living and non-living parts of the natural world via experience, observation and inference. The primary goals of this large field of research are to broaden scientific knowledge and develop a better understanding of how the universe operates.

“Through space exploration, we can validate or refute scientific theories developed on Earth,” Al-Ahmari told Arab News. “Our understanding of the solar system, for example, has helped us better comprehend phenomena such as gravity, magnetosphere, atmosphere, fluid dynamics and planet geological evolution.”

“Natural sciences help to understand, interpret and establish laws and theories in many subjects such as space science and astronomy, and it is difficult without it to innovate tools, equipment and systems that help to develop and advance in many areas,” he said.

“Advances in natural science and related disciplines of medical research, technology, and engineering have helped humanity in a number of ways,” he said. “Natural science is the cornerstone of knowledge required to encourage technical advancement that will continue to sustain the global economy.”

Al-Ahmari said that a training camp such as “Go to Space” allowed participants to develop solid and soft skills such as critical and innovative thinking, team-building and constructive collaboration, as well as programming and rhetoric skills.

Source: Arab News

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Prominent Iraqi politician warns country against provocations in aftermath of Duhok attack

Mehmet Nuri Uçar, Zeynep Tüfekçi Gülay  

23.07.2022

BAGHDAD, Iraq

A prominent Iraqi politician warned his country Friday against provocations in the aftermath of the Duhok attack that killed nine people earlier this week

Stressing that Türkiye had expressed a willingness to cooperate in uncovering the truth about the attack, former governor of Ninevah Governate, Atheel al-Nujaifi, said attacking Turkish interests would harm Iraq’s interests.

If Türkiye was not sure about the results of an investigation, it would not have taken such a step, he said.

Against that backdrop, the Iraqi government should initiate an objective investigation to clear any confusion, said Nujaifi.

He drew attention to the fact that some local media outlets and those on social media have been keenly trying to manipulate Iraqis and mislead the public.

-Attack in Duhok

Nine people were killed and 23 injured Wednesday in the attack in Zakho district.

Turkish security sources have rejected reports "in support of" the PKK terror group that claimed civilians were killed due to "shelling" by Turkish forces.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry released a statement after the attack and asked Iraqi officials not to make statements about the deadly assault "under the influence of rhetoric and propaganda" of the PKK terror organization.

"We invite Iraqi government officials ... to cooperate in bringing the real perpetrators of this tragic incident into light," it said.

Noting that Türkiye is against all attacks targeting civilians, it said: "Türkiye carries out its fight against terrorism in accordance with international law, with utmost sensitivity to the protection of civilians, civilian infrastructure, historical and cultural property and the environment."

The foreign minister also said that Ankara had no role in the strike.

"According to the information we received from the Turkish Armed Forces, we did not carry out any attack against civilians," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a live interview Thursday with public news broadcaster TRT Haber.

"We have announced that we can cooperate with the Iraqi authorities after the treacherous attack that we think was carried out by terrorist organizations. We reject both authorized and unauthorized statements regarding Türkiye," he said.

Cavusoglu added that PKK propaganda in Iraq came as Türkiye is soon to launch a new anti-terror operation in northern Syria, saying that Iraqi authorities must not fall into the trap of terror groups.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mideast nations wake up to need for action to stem damage from climate change

25 July ,2022

Temperatures in the Middle East have risen far faster than the world’s average in the past three decades. Precipitation has been decreasing, and experts predict droughts will come with greater frequency and severity.

The Middle East is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impact of climate change — and already the effects are being seen.

In Iraq, intensified sandstorms have repeatedly smothered cities this year, shutting down commerce and sending thousands to hospitals. Rising soil salinity in Egypt’s Nile Delta is eating away at crucial farmland. In Afghanistan, drought has helped fuel the migration of young people from their villages, searching for jobs. In recent weeks, temperatures in some parts of the region have topped 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).

This year’s annual UN climate change conference, known as COP27, is being held in Egypt in November, throwing a spotlight on the region. Governments across the Middle East have awakened to the dangers of climate change, particularly to the damage it is already inflicting on their economies.

“We’re literally seeing the effects right in front of us. ... These impacts are not something that will hit us nine or 10 years down the line,” said Lama El Hatow, an environmental climate change consultant who has worked with the World Bank and specializes on the Middle East and North Africa.

“More and more states are starting to understand that it’s necessary” to act, she said.

Egypt, Morocco, and other countries in the region have been stepping up initiatives for clean energy. But a top priority for them at COP27 is to push for more international funding to help them deal with the dangers they are already facing from climate change.

One reason for the Middle East’s vulnerability is that there is simply no margin to cushion the blow on millions of people as the rise in temperatures accelerates: The region already has high temperatures and limited water resources even in normal circumstances.

Middle East governments also have a limited ability to adapt, the International Monetary Fund noted in a report earlier this year. Economies and infrastructure are weak, and regulations are often unenforced. Poverty is widespread, making job creation a priority over climate protection.

At the same time, developing nations are pressuring countries in the Mideast and elsewhere to make emissions cuts, even as they themselves backslide on promises.

The threats are dire.

As the region grows hotter and drier, the United Nations has warned that the Mideast’s crop production could drop 30 percent by 2025. The region is expected to lose 6 percent to14 percent of its GDP by 2050 because of water scarcity, according to the World Bank. In Egypt, precipitation has fallen 22 percent in the past 30 years, according to the World Bank.

Droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe. The Eastern Mediterranean recently saw its worst drought in 900 years, according to NASA, a heavy blow to countries like Syria and Lebanon where agriculture relies on rainfall. Demand for water in Jordan and the Gulf countries is putting unsustainable pressure on underground water aquifers. In Iraq, the increased aridity has caused an increase in sandstorms.

At the same time, warming waters and air make extreme and often destructive weather events more frequent, like deadly floods that have repeatedly hit Sudan and Afghanistan.

The climate damage has potentially dangerous social repercussions.

Many of those who lose the livelihoods they once made in agriculture or tourism will move to the cities in search of jobs, said Karim Elgendy, an associate fellow at Chatham House. That will likely increase urban unemployment, strain social services, and could raise social tensions and affect security, said Elgendy, who is also a non-resident scholar with the Middle East Institute.

Adapting infrastructure and economies to weather the damage will be enormously expensive: the equivalent of 3.3 percent of the region’s GDP every year for the next 10 years, the IMF estimates. The spending needs to go toward everything from creating more efficient water use systems and new agricultural methods to building coastal protections, beefing up social safety nets, and improving awareness campaigns.

So one of top priorities for Mideast and other developing nations at this year’s COP is to press the United States, Europe, and other wealthier nations to follow through on long-time promises to provide them with billions in climate financing.

So far, developed nations have fallen short on those promises. Also, most of the money they have provided has gone to helping poorer countries pay for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — for “mitigation,” in UN terminology, as opposed to “adaptation.”

For this year’s COP, the top theme repeated by UN officials, the Egyptian hosts and climate activists is the implementation of commitments. The gathering aims to push countries to spell out how they will reach promised emission reduction targets — and to come up with even deeper cuts, since experts say the targets as they are now will still lead to disastrous levels of warming.

Developing nations will also want richer countries to show how they will carry out a promise from the last COP to provide $500 billion in climate financing over the next five years — and to ensure at least half that funding is for adaptation, not mitigation.

World events, however, threaten to undercut the momentum from COP26. On emissions cuts, the spike in world energy prices and the war in Ukraine have prompted some European countries to turn back to coal for power generation — though they insist it’s only a temporary step. The Middle East also has several countries whose economies rely on their fossil fuel resources — Saudi Arabia and the Gulf most obviously, but also Egypt, with its increasing natural gas production.

Persistent inflation and the possibility of recession could make top nations hesitant on making climate financing commitments.

With international officials often emphasizing emission reduction, El Hatow said it should be remembered the countries of Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere in the developing world have not contributed substantially to climate change, yet are bearing the brunt of it.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Attack on Syria church gathering kills two, injures 12: State media

24 July ,2022

Two people were killed and 12 injured Sunday by bombardment of a church as it was being inaugurated in Syria's central province of Hama, the official SANA news agency reported.

“A rocket fired by terrorist organizations targeted a religious gathering in the town of al-Suqaylabiyah near Hama, killing two people and wounding 12,” it said.

SANA said the attack came during a ceremony to inaugurate the Ayia Sofia church.

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a vast network of sources on the ground, confirmed the attack.

Giving a toll of one civilian killed and several wounded, the Observatory said shelling or a drone attack by nearby rebel groups could be to blame.

Sunday’s attack came two days after bombardment killed seven people including four children in the rebel-held Idlib region.

The Observatory said Friday’s fatalities in the Jisr al-Shughur countryside of northern Syria were caused by Russian air strikes.

Around half of Idlib province as well as parts of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces are controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the former franchise in Syria of al-Qaeda.

Other rebel groups in the last pocket of armed opposition to the Damascus regime also remain active, with varying degrees of Turkish backing.

In March 2020, Russia and Turkey brokered a truce in Idlib and neighboring areas that still holds, despite sporadic attacks from both sides, including Russian air strikes.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraq files complaint at UN against Turkey after deadly attack

23 July ,2022

Iraq has filed a complaint to the UN Security Council, requesting an urgent session to discuss a deadly artillery attack this week that Baghdad blames on Turkey, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Wednesday’s attack on the district of Zakho in Iraq’s northern, Kurdish region killed nine Iraqi tourists, including a child, and wounded 20.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad al-Sahaf said the ministry also recalled Iraq’s chargé d’affaires from Ankara. Iraq’s parliament held a session Saturday on the attack, with lawmakers deciding to form a committee to investigate further.

Turkey, which has several bases in northern Iraq and often conducts cross-border military operations there, says it’s targeting militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

The group, declared a terrorist organization by Turkey and the West, has for decades waged a fight against the government in Ankara and maintains hideouts in Iraq’s mountainous north.

And though Iraqi civilians, mostly local villagers, have been killed in past Turkish attacks, Wednesday marked the first time that tourists visiting the north from elsewhere in Iraq were killed.

Ankara has denied it was behind Wednesday’s attack. Iraqi media reported that the Security Council session was due next Tuesday.

The recent escalation threatens to further erode ties between the two neighboring countries at a time when Iraq relies heavily on Turkish trade and negotiations are underway on water-sharing of the Tigris and Euphrates river basin.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq come to the aid of Europe’s oil refiners amid Ukraine war

23 July ,2022

Saudi Arabia and Iraq are diverting more and more of their crude oil toward Europe, helping the continent’s oil refineries to overcome a pivot away from Russia.

More than 1 million barrels a day of crude has made its way to Europe from the Middle East in the first three weeks of July via a pipeline that crosses Egypt, according to vessel-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Volumes have roughly doubled from a year ago.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a backlash among European companies, with many of them electing to stop dealing with Moscow. The so-called self-sanctioning nevertheless created a question about where they would find alternative supplies.

The piped flows are dominated by shipments from Saudi Arabia but Iraq is also ramping up deliveries too. Companies can either deliver into a pipeline called the SuMed that crosses Egypt or, if their ships are small enough, go straight through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea. Iraq’s cargoes are doing the latter.

Piped volumes have increased from about 800,000 barrels a day a month earlier to the highest since a brief surge during a production free-for-all in April 2020.

In addition to those flows, about 1.2 million barrels a day have been shipped toward the canal from the Arabian Gulf in the first three weeks of July, mostly from Iraq.

That could take total flows from the Middle East to Europe to 2.2 million barrels a day, up by nearly 90 percent since January, the last full month before the war began.

The shift comes as increasing volumes of Russian crude head in the opposite direction, from its Baltic and Black Sea ports to buyers in India and China. That’s given the two Asian countries bountiful cheap barrels at a time when fuel prices have been soaring.

“We now see a re-routing of some of those barrels away from Asia to Europe,” Giovanni Staunovo, commodity analyst at UBS Group AG said of Middle Eastern crude. That comes “with Europe scaling back their purchases of Russian barrels and Russia sending their oil instead to a key market of the Middle East, Asia.”

Whether the Middle East-to-Europe flows are sustainable is less certain. At the end of this year a European Union embargo on the Russian crude set to come into effect.

Part of the sanctions package includes a ban on insuring shipments of Russian supplies to any buyers.

If the insurance ban hits overall exports -- something the US Treasury fears -- then it could intensify competition for supplies from the Middle East again.

Saudi Arabia’s tanker company, Bahri, this week chartered a supertanker to transport crude from the Mediterranean to Rotterdam, a rare charter for the Kingdom’s tanker company that underscores the shift in flows.

The adjustment in where barrels are moving is also a reminder of logistical challenges that may emerge as buyers wean themselves off of Russian crude.

Shipments are having to sail longer distances, boosting employment of the world’s oil tanker fleet.

Benchmark earnings for giant supertankers that can carry 2 million barrels of crude oil climbed to their highest since April this week, though were still relatively weak by historical standards.

Europe’s appetite for Middle Eastern crude is boosting so-called ton-miles, a demand measure that multiplies the amount of cargo by how far it gets shipped, according to said Lars Barstad, chief executive officer of Frontline Management AS.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi creatives showcase sensational sounds and art at SOL festival

AFSHAN AZIZ

July 24, 2022

JEDDAH: The three-day SOL music festival, which ended on Saturday, featured an eclectic lineup of local, regional, and global DJs and artists, that had the crowds rocking on Jeddah’s beachfront.

Held at Buhairat Beach for the first time, the event also featured a fashion fete of contemporary clothing brands, art installations, craft from local artisans, and food trucks.  

SOL is an exclusive community that aims to bring together local fans of music, fashion and art. Their goal is to shine a light on local artists and talent.

Managed by ENTX and EGO talents, an event management company, SOL delivered pure ecstasy for Jeddah’s music lovers.

Ibtisam Al-Somali, CEO of ENTX, said: “We created a festival that is a whole experience of art, fashion, food, and performances including acting shows on (the) ground and on stage.”

“We collaborated with pioneers Karaz and Neo Nomad Digital in Jeddah to create and produce a rare experience for the audience by finding new artists and talents,” Al-Somali added.

“As this is the first edition, we are still learning the musical market and their interests in new … talents. It was not easy to create an event with emerging artists or those that are not A-list stars.”

Al-Somali said it was not easy trying to convince the industry that there was a great deal of talent to be tapped in the country. They partnered with musical enterprises including EGO talents, HRMNY, Karaz, Neo Nomad Digital, and BRIJ Entertainments.

Fahad Al-Saud, CEO of Karaz and co-partner of SOL Jeddah, said: “Karaz is so excited to have provided our consultancy services to ENTX and the role we played in advising and supporting them in this event. As a team of local and international professionals, it is our mission to bring a sense of community and collaboration to the Kingdom and are honored to have been a part of this developing industry in the Kingdom.”

Nezar Tashkandi, aerial director and producer of Glider Aerial Solutions, and a leading drone pilot, handled all the media production including livestreaming and drone filming. “The event was very special as it gathered all the new generation of Saudi artists in one spot to be exposed to the world. It’s a great experience to be surrounded by talented people.”

Misha Saied, director for the media production team of the festival, and the main driver behind the photography and videography, said: “I enjoyed documenting SOL. The team worked very hard to set up a proper stage with a (crisp) sound system and visually pleasing lighting. It was special because the team was heavily invested in the artists they book, especially the local heroes. It’s beautiful to see local, talented artists get the recognition they deserve.”

Several artists told Arab News that SOL has helped them get attention.

Saud Al-Turki, a Saudi music producer, curator, and owner of BRIJ Entertainment, said: “There’s nothing like performing at home and being able to use my music to bring the right energy to my people; (it) is a feeling that’s unmatched. Such an initiative like SOL is a beautiful thing. Bringing artists together from across the world is the very essence of what music is all about and that’s also the actual mission of BRIJ Entertainment.”

Jeme, born and based in Riyadh is another Saudi music producer, DJ, and founder of KNZ Record Label, and music lab. “To be a part of this new experience formed by local brands and to connect with local and international artists was amazing. I personally believe that it is always exciting to connect and meet new and familiar faces on stage. We even had a chance to interact with the audience after the performance. This intimate experience of getting to talk with the crowd was incredible.”

DJ Zii performed for the first time on a stage for a huge audience, and called the experience “magical.”

Source: Arab News

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Africa

 

Al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS affiliate claims responsibility for Mali’s attacks

James Tasamba  

23.07.2022

KIGALI, Rwanda

A group affiliated with the al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS terror organizations claimed responsibility Saturday for two recent separate attacks in Mali, purportedly in response to Mali’s collaboration with mercenaries from Russia's Wagner Group.

A terrorist attack on a military base near Mali’s capital Bamako left a soldier dead on Friday.

Seven terrorists were shot dead as Malian forces “vigorously repelled” the attackers.

The attack on the Kati military barracks, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Bamako, began early in the morning with two vehicles packed with explosives, the army said.

Six people were wounded in the assault while eight more were arrested.

The government blamed the attack on Katiba Macina, a group affiliated with the al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS terror organizations.

Friday’s attack came a day after coordinated assaults on army bases in central Mali left one soldier dead and 15 wounded.

In separate statements on Saturday, the so-called media unit for al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS local affiliate, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), acknowledged the government’s claim that Katiba Macina had carried out the two attacks.

A Malian fighter had “detonated a car bomb at the barrack’s gate while a fighter from Burkina Faso detonated another inside the barracks, thereby allowing additional fighters to enter,” according to the JNIM statement.

“We say to the Bamako government that if you have the right to hire mercenaries to kill the defenseless innocent people, then we have the right to destroy and target you,” it said.

Last year, Mali indicated that deals with Wagner were motivated by the French drawdown of its troops in the country.

Western leaders and rights groups have expressed concerns about the actions of Wagner in Mali, and in particular about its alleged crimes against certain communities such as the Fulani.

But the Malian government has referred to Wagner personnel as instructors from the Russian military.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Jordan’s King Abdullah protests border attacks by Iran-tied militias

24 July ,2022

King Abdullah II protested in an interview published Sunday over attacks on Jordan’s borders by “militias linked to Iran,” following deadly clashes with drug smugglers on the frontier with Syria.

Jordan faces “regular attacks on its borders by militias linked to Iran,” he told al-Rai newspaper.

Abdullah called for “a change of behavior by Iran” and said that Jordan “does not want tensions in the region.”

“Jordan, like the rest of the Arab countries, seeks good relations with Iran, with mutual respect, good neighborliness, respect for the sovereignty of other states and non-interference in their affairs,” the king said.

Abdullah said that Jordan, like other Arab nations, was being targeted by smugglers of drugs and arms that he said were in transit to Europe.

“Jordan is coordinating with its brothers (Arab countries) to confront this and protect its borders,” he said.

The Jordanian army conducts regular anti-smuggling operations on the border with Syria, where Iran-backed fighters support the Damascus regime in a civil war that erupted in 2011.

On January 27, Amman said its forces killed 27 drug traffickers supported by armed groups, seizing a large quantity of drugs. An officer and a border guard were killed in a similar clash earlier the same month.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisians Vote on Constitution Expanding President’s Power

25 July ,2022

Tunisians vote on Monday in a referendum on a new constitution that critics of President Kais Saied fear will maul the democracy that emerged from a 2011 revolution by handing him nearly total power.

The vote is being held on the anniversary of Saied’s sudden move against the elected parliament when he ousted the government, established emergency rule, and began governing by fiat.

It is not clear when the results will be announced after polls close at 2100 GMT, but with little apparent enthusiasm for the vote among most Tunisians and a boycott by major parties, analysts expect a ‘yes’ vote with low turnout.

Under Saied’s own rules for the referendum, no minimum level of participation is needed to approve the new constitution. They only stipulate it will come into effect once the final results are published, and do not say what happens if voters reject it.

Saied has hailed his moves as the foundation of a new Tunisian republic to put the revolution back on course and end years of political sclerosis and economic stagnation.

His foes accuse him of a coup.

Disunity

However, while nearly all major political parties and civil society organizations have denounced his unilateral approach to rewriting the constitution and the legitimacy of the referendum, they have failed to build a united front.

Disunity was visible in protests against Saied in recent days. The Islamist Ennahda, the biggest party in parliament, took part in a protest on Saturday. Civil society organizations and smaller parties held one on Friday. A party that backed the pre-revolution autocracy held its own on both days.

The protests attracted only small numbers, but rallies organized by Saied supporters have also had only modest attendance and there has been little sign of excitement around the campaign.

Most Tunisians remain focused on the dire economy and rising prices.

However, the economic decline since 2011 has left many people angry at the parties that have governed since the revolution and disillusioned with the political system they ran.

“I don’t support Saied, but I will vote ‘yes’ in the referendum because those protesting against it are the main cause of our problems for the past decade,” said Mohammed, a Tripoli resident.

Of the three parliamentary elections and two presidential elections since the revolution, the lowest turnout, of 41 percent, was in 2019 for the chamber that Saied has dissolved.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

23 July ,2022

Clashes erupted between rival groups on the outskirts of the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday, before being halted by the intervention of another armed force.

The cause of the clashes near the junction of the main coastal highway leading to Tripoli was not immediately clear.

It was also not clear if there was any connection to the mobilization in recent days of Misrata-based forces aligned with the two main sides in a wider political standoff over control of the Libyan government.

The fighting lasted less than an hour, two residents of the area said. A fighter with another force that later moved in to stop the clashes said the two sides had stopped shooting, though there were also reports of fresh mobilizations in the area.

Motorists trying to reach the main road towards Tripoli were turned back because of the security problems there, another city resident said.

Western Libya has been tense this year due to a political standoff between the government of Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah in Tripoli, and a rival administration under Fathi Bashagha that was appointed by the parliament.

Both men are originally from Misrata, a coastal city whose armed groups have played a key role throughout Libya’s conflict.

One of the two groups involved in Saturday’s clashes is the Joint Operations Force linked to Dbeibah, city residents said. The other is a local group that has not declared an affiliation in the political crisis.

Bashagha has not been able to enter Tripoli because factions linked to Dbeibah have repeatedly stopped him. However, last week amid reports of a realignment of armed groups over the political situation, Bashagha entered Misrata for the first time since his appointment.

Armed forces aligned with each man have since been mobilized around the city, residents have said.

On Friday, armed factions in Tripoli engaged in the worst clashes there for two years, with 16 people killed including several civilians, authorities said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkish generosity helping to reduce impact of drought in Somalia

Hassan Isilow

25.07.2022

JOHANNESBURG

The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) is helping ease the impact of a severe drought in parts of Somalia by distributing food aid and hot meals.

“We provide 3,195 hot meals daily from our soup kitchen in Mogadishu which are distributed to 20 different locations in the city,” Rusen Cetinkaya, head of the Turkish Red Crescent delegation in Somalia, told Anadolu Agency in a phone interview over the weekend.

Cetinkaya said some of the cooked meals are sent to internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and prisons around the city.

Somalia has had several failed rainy seasons which have pushed the country into its worst drought in 40 years edging towards a famine.

Pastoralist communities have been forced to leave their homes in search of pasture and water.

“In the past, we have supported the people of Somalia in the fight against drought. And now we are ready to support them again and we are trying to get donations from the Turkish community and the international community,” Cetinkaya said.

He said that last year, they built a deep tube well in the Sool area of Somalia which is currently benefiting around 40,000 people.

Cetinkaya noted, however, that the drought has pushed a disturbingly high number of children out of school.

“An additional 1.1 million children are at risk of dropping out, with thousands of schools already lacking access to water.”

He said children are losing their homes, their education, and their right to grow up safe from harm.

Cetinkaya said incidents of malnutrition have been recorded, which he said contributes to the further spread of diseases such as malaria and diarrhea, which have a significant share in child mortality.

The Turkish Red crescent also gives cash handouts to assist families in distress.

Millions in need of urgent assistance

Somalia, which has undergone decades of conflict, is facing its worst drought in many years due to failed rainy seasons.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in Somalia has risen from 5.9 million in 2021 to 7.7 million in 2022.

“As of January 2022, Somalia is the most severely drought-affected country in the Horn of Africa, with about 4.3 million people affected, of whom 271,000 have been forced to leave their homes in search of water, food, and pasture,” the UN agency said on its website.

OCHA says Somalia has one of the highest numbers of IDPs in the world, estimated at 2.9 million people in 2022, of whom 2.2 million require urgent humanitarian assistance.

“In many parts of the country, conflict and insecurity have aggravated vulnerabilities and displacement, with nearly 900,000 people living in inaccessible areas due to the presence of non-state armed actors,” it said.

It added that another 2 million people live in areas that have high access constraints where principled humanitarian operations face serious challenges.

The UN agency said the combined impact of recurring stress factors and shocks has deepened poverty in the country.

“At least 71 percent of Somalis are living below the poverty line, especially in areas where humanitarian access remains a challenge. Preventable diseases such as acute watery diarrhea and measles are endemic amid severe water shortages, poor sanitation, especially in IDP settlements, and limitations in the healthcare system,” it added.

Kizilay offers capacity building

The Turkish Red Crescent has been offering vocational training courses like sewing, which is already benefiting 18 women at Central Mogadishu Prison.

“We also distribute stationery for school projects and also bring in shipments of school materials such as desks,” Cetinkaya said.

He said the Turkish Red Crescent also distributes food hampers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

US to help Pakistan set up Centre for Disease Control

Anwar Iqbal

July 25, 2022

WASHINGTON: The United States and Pakistan will discuss setting up a Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Pakistan when they hold their first-ever health dialogue in Washington on Monday.

A four-member Pakistani delegation, led by federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel, reached Washington on Saturday for the talks. Earlier this week, Pakistan also sought US support for its efforts to stabilise the economy.

Last week, Director of the Pakistan Desk at the US State Department Neil W. Hop said at a gathering of Pakistani physicians that the July 25 dialogue would be the largest-ever health talks between the two countries.

Although the Pakistani delegation has only four members, a large number of Pakistani health officials and experts will participate in the talks virtually. Ambassador Masood Khan and other officials of the Pakistan Embassy will also join the delegation.

Experts from the US Center of Disease Control (CDC) will also participate in these talks at the State Department. Other participants would include officials from the State and Health departments.

The US CDC is a federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, which played a key role in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and in making antiviral vaccines to bring it under control.

The agency’s main goal is the protection of public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and worldwide. The CDC focuses on curbing infectious disease, environmental health, occupational safety, and educational activities designed to improve the health of US citizens. The CDC also conducts research and provides information on non-infectious diseases, such as obesity and diabetes.

Both sides have prepared a comprehensive agenda for the July 25 talks, aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in the health sector.

The dialogue will have seven sessions on: establishing a CDC in Pakistan, global health security, childhood immunisations, Covid-19 engagement, regulatory engagements, maternal and child health, and non-communicable diseases. “The health dialogue is an example of the close ties between the United States and Pakistan and a befitting way to celebrate the important milestone of the 75th anniversary of their diplomatic relations,” said a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy. “Solid progress is expected.”

On Thursday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi met US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Washington and told her that Pakistan views the United States as an “important partner in its efforts to revive” the country’s ailing economy. Later State Department spokesperson Ned Price told journalists that Deputy Secretary Sherman “reaffirmed our shared goals for enhancing the US-Pakistan relationship by advancing our economic and commercial ties and health cooperation”. A Pakistan Embassy press release said Mr Fatemi told the US official that “Pakistan seeks close and cordial relations with the US on the basis of equality, mutual cooperation and mutual benefit”.

Source: Dawn

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US energy advisor expected in Beirut for Lebanon-Israel maritime talks

23 July ,2022

A senior US diplomat tasked with mediating a maritime border deal between Lebanon and Israel is expected in Beirut at the end of this month, sources familiar with his trip said.

Amos Hochstein, the US senior advisor for Energy Security, met with Israeli officials earlier this month when he accompanied President Joe Biden on his first trip to the region.

Israeli officials told Hochstein that they want a deal as soon as possible, two Israeli officials told Axios after the US diplomat met with them.

Sources told Al Arabiya English that Hochstein is expected in Beirut on July 31. Depending on his meetings, he may shuttle back and forth between Lebanon and Israel with the hopes of reaching a deal that would allow both countries to explore potential natural gas reserves in their respective waters.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US approves new funds to help Lebanon’s ailing security agencies

22 July ,2022

The US has greenlighted two separate funds to help prop up Lebanon’s army and its Internal Security Forces (ISF), officials and sources familiar with the matter said, after months of being held up by the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The State Department first notified Congress at the start of this year that it wanted to reroute $67 million of American military aid earmarked for Lebanon to include “livelihood support.”

Washington’s move comes as Lebanon faces an unprecedented economic, financial and social collapse, one of the worst the world has ever seen, according to the World Bank. In 2020, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) stopped serving meat in all of its meals for soldiers on duty due to the economic crisis.

The support is for six months and will help Lebanese soldiers “put food on the table,” an official said.

A separate fund has also been approved for the ISF, which will be less than $67 million. The ISF has around 50,000 servicemembers compared to the LAF’s estimated 80,00 troops.

Congressman Michael McCaul was initially opposed to rerouting the funds, originally marked as Foreign Military Financing (FMF). But earlier this week, McCaul moved to allow the US taxpayer funds to be sent.

Al Arabiya English reached out to McCaul for comment.

But after the State Department answered questions from McCaul and other lawmakers, it was agreed that the funds would be marked under US Peacekeeping Operations (PKO), sources said.

PKO funding helps “diminish and resolve conflict; enhance the ability of states to participate in stability operations and address counter-terrorism and maritime security threats; and reform military establishments, in the aftermath of conflict, into professional military forces,” according to the State Department.

The US is expected to release a statement announcing the decision within the next few days.

US lawmakers were also concerned that the PKO funds would go through the UN agency, which was recently caught up in a massive corruption scandal. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was alleged to have been working as an investment bank and went as far as giving over $60 million in loans and grants to a single British family, the New York Times reported in May.

Following the scandal, the US, which publicly criticized UNOPS for not taking action earlier to resolve the signs of corruption, decided against distributing the money to the LAF through the UN agency.

Senator Chris Murphy said the LAF was an important source of stability in a country facing dual political and economic crises. “It’s in our best interest to ensure its members can continue to fulfill their roles,” he told Al Arabiya English.

“I was glad to see the administration put additional security assistance dollars toward that goal and am hopeful that support will be delivered soon,” Murphy added.

Gulf countries have also stepped in to help prop up the LAF. Qatar announced $60 million for the LAF at the end of May.

And the final statement from the Jeddah Security and Development Summit singled out praise for the LAF and ISF while thanking Doha for its announcement of “direct support for LAF salaries.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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