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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray for Sharia-Like Law to Curb Rapes



THE HINDU 21-8-2012 MUMBAI:MNS chief Raj Thackeray organised the rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday. to protest against the perpetrators of the August 11 attack on police and media. Picx by SHASHI ASHIWAL   | Photo Credit: SHASHI ASHIWAL

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India

 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray for Sharia-Like Law to Curb Rapes

 Zakir Naik's IRF’s Alleged Islamic State Connection Makes a Strong Case for Action against Preacher

 Kerala Police Confirm Islamic State Link in Missing Youth Case

 Seven Sentenced To Life in Post-Godhra Riots Case

 Four militants killed, one apprehended in Kupwara

 Jud Medical Team Applies For Indian Visa to Travel to Kashmir

 ATS Probes 800 Conversions Linked To Kerala Man Arrested On Radicalisation Charges

 54 ISIS supporters arrested: Govt

 ‘Pellet-hit’ images of leaders and stars go viral in Valley

 Bangalore Church Street blast: NIA files chargesheet against accused SIMI member

 Kashmir unrest: Feel sorry for youth but pellet guns are least lethal option, says CRPF chief

 

Mideast

 Two-Thirds of Turks Say Gülen Behind the Coup Attempt

 Suicides Might Be Assassinations to Stop Gülenists From Confessing, Turkish Minister Says

 Over 200 Saudi Troops Killed, Wounded in Yemen Missile Attack in Najran Province

 Saudi coalition bombs Houthi militia sites near Najran

 Message from Bin Laden’s son exposes ‘Iran’s revival of al-Qaeda’

 Turkish Airlines Fires 211 Staff over 'Gulen Links' After Coup

 In Glenview, Israeli, Palestinian teens get a window into one another's fractured worlds

 Former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu detained

 

South Asia

 30 Bangla Facebook Pages, Users Spreading Militant Propaganda

 Militants Shouted 'Allahu Akbar', Black Flags Found in Dhaka

 Scores of ISIS militants killed as major operation underway in Nangarhar

 11 Afghan soldiers, scores of militants killed in past 24 hours: MoD

 DMP chief: Militants were well educated

 Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

 Kabul attack aimed at sparking ethnic tensions: Abdullah

 

Pakistan

 Karachi Mohajirs' Demand 'Azadi' From Oppression by Punjabi-Dominated Pakistan Military

 Man Arrested For Holding ‘Anti-Democracy’ Referendum

 No Orphanage for Non-Muslims In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

 Govt weighs different options to decide fate of PakTurk schools

 Irani forces initiate firing across Panjgoor border in Balochistan

 Suspected terrorist confesses to killings of three persons of private TV channel

 

Arab World

 Airstrike South of Mosul Kill 28 ISIS Members

 Forces Gun Down 14 ISIS at Khalidiya In Eastern Ramadi

 ISIL Commanders Fleeing Last Headquarters in Western Iraq

 Interior Ministry: 5 Saudi Soldiers, 2 Officers Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces

 Jaafari Urges Arab Nations to Adopt Stronger Stance And Force Turkey To Withdraw Troops From Iraq

 Syria: ISIL Withdraws from more Strategic Heights in Eastern Hama

 Syria: Hezbollah Fighters Win Key Battle in Northern Aleppo Countryside

 Senior Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in Aleppo

 Syrian Soldiers Smash Al-Nusra Terrorists in Dara'a

 KSA eyes global push to stamp out terrorism

 

Africa

 Nigeria Scraps Film Village Plan after Muslim Clerics Kick Over Immorality

 Twin Suicide Bombs Kill 13 near Mogadishu Airport

 Serraj asks Arab governments call for Libyan unity against Islamic State

 Arab summit slams killings in name of Islam

 South Sudan President replaces rival with new deputy, threat of war looms large

 

Southeast Asia

 Ready to Proceed With Executions, Pending Next Instructions: Justice Minister

 Diplomatic efforts stepped up to save Pakistani on death row in Indonesia

 DOJ lawsuit: Govt not shielding anyone, says Salleh

 Manpower Ministry to Intensify Monitoring of Foreign Workers

 Lentera Indonesia Campaigns to Break the Silence Surrounding Sexual Violence

 Thai junta chief eyes Halal hub for restive south

 

North America

 UN Aid Chief Urges Security Council to Push Aleppo Aid Access

 California man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join ISIS

 Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over ISIS

 

Europe

 German Police Have 410 Leads on Possible Terrorists among Refugees

 World's Muslims Extend Support to Turkey's Fight for Democracy

 Suicide bomber in German music festival attack pledged allegiance to Islamic State

 IS group releases video that appears to show Ansbach bomb

 Priest's throat slit in French church hostage taking

 Daesh claimed France's hostage-taking attack, says Hollande

 List of terrorist attacks that have struck Europe in 2016

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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MNS chief Raj Thackeray for Sharia-like law to curb rapes

SHOUMOJIT BANERJEE

 Jul 26, 2016



Two-Thirds of Turks Say Gülen Behind the Coup Attempt

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‘Hands and legs of those who molested minors and women should be cut off’

Demanding speedy action in the case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday demanded a Sharia-like law to prevent heinous crimes against women and children.

The MNS leader is the latest among the slew of politicians to visit the kin of the victim in Kopardi village.

Mr. Thackeray said the “hands and legs of those who molested and killed minors and women should be cut off.”

“Our legal procedures are cumbersome and the final judgment is a long time in coming. This indirectly boosts the courage of criminals,” he said, adding that there was an urgent need to make the laws more stringent.

Criticising the Devendra Fadnavis government, the MNS leader said such incidents only proved the complete collapse of the law and order mechanism in Maharashtra.

“With the Kopardi crime, the present government is proving itself worse than the past Congress-NCP coalition,” said Mr. Thackeray.

He said there was a pressing need to control the misuse of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mns-chief-raj-thackeray-for-sharialike-law-to-curb-rapes/article8897883.ece

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Two-thirds of Turks say Gülen behind the coup attempt

26 July, 2016

Almost two thirds of Turks believe U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a survey conducted by pollster Andy-Ar showed on Tuesday, backing the government line.

President Tayyip Erdogan says Gülen, who has many followers in Turkey, masterminded the plot, having long accused him of infiltrating the army, police, judiciary, civil service, education and media to control the state.

Turkey wants the United States to extradite Gülen, while Washington has said it will do so only if there is clear evidence.

The Andy-Ar survey showed 64.4 percent of respondents believed Gülen was behind the coup attempt, while 3.8 percent blamed the United States, 3.6 percent foreign powers and 2.2 percent President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish authorities have launched a series of operations in the armed forces, police, judiciary and education system, targeting followers of Gülen, whose network operates on a secretive structure.

The survey showed 72.6 percent of respondents thought other states supported military officers who carried out the coup, while 78.9 percent viewed the solidarity between Erdogan and opposition leaders during the coup attempt was genuine.

It also showed 83.9 percent of respondents watched Erdogan's initial comments on the night of the coup attempt and that 65.7 percent of people or a relative of theirs went out onto the streets after Erdogan's call to do so.

Asked if they wanted Gülen to be brought to Turkey, 81.5 percent of respondents said 'yes', while 77.7 percent thought Gülen and his sympathisers constitute a threat to the present order and future of Turkey.

The study was done by phone interviews with 1,496 people on July 19, Andy-Ar said.

Military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens,successfully thwarted a coup attempt, launched by a small military junta linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ).

At least 246 people were killed and over 2,100 injured during the bloody coup attempt.

http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2016/07/26/two-thirds-of-turks-say-gulen-behind-the-coup-attempt

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30 Bangla Facebook Pages, Users Spreading Militant Propaganda

Arifur Rahman Rabbi

26 July, 2016

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has asked the telecom regulators to take all necessary actions to shut down the accounts of 30 Facebook pages and users that have long been circulating extremist and militant propaganda.

A letter on this regard has been sent to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said. Police are now working to find the administrators of these pages.

The DMP chief said the social media accounts were promoting violent ideas and misleading young impressionable men.

He added that such communal provocation and incitement to militancy were criminal offences. Claiming that these activities were being carried out from foreign countries, Asaduzzaman Mia said the government would communicate with Facebook authorities to stop these.

A source in the police said 30 Facebook pages and users were identified by the DMP’s cyber crime unit after social media activities were monitored to trace the sources of extremist ideas.

Seeking anonymity, an official of the cyber crimes unit said there were far more Facebook users and pages spreading militant propaganda than just these 30 accounts, and the BTRC would move to shut them down in phases.

The official added that other blogs and websites were also being used to disseminate militant propaganda.

Some Facebook pages, users, blogs and websites had previously been closed for such reasons, but the militants keep on repeating such practices by creating new pages.

These online platforms were also being used to recruit terrorists, he said. A Home Ministry official said the BTRC has already been told to comply with the police request and take necessary steps.

A source in the BTRC, on the other hand, said the regulators have already sent the account details to Facebook authorities. Bangla user names: Salahuddiner Talwar, Banglar Shoinik, Gazwa E Hind or Hindustaner Churanto Juddho, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Jasim Uddin Rahmani, Abu Ubaidah al-mujahir, Mufti jasimauddina Rahmani haphijahullah or Esho Allah er Pothe, Rasulullah sal. Er Dekhano pothe, Ababil Media, Ami Shai, Sams Bin Sabaj, Jongir Shathe Kotopokothon, Gazi Muhammod Abdullah, Allaher Pother Thikana, Ashiddaw Alal Kuffar, Nayan Chatterjee, Jiboner Hisab, Barbi Prince, Basher Kellah, Rafi Bin Walid, Jonginews24, At-Tamkin, Kath Mollah, Orthohin Rakib, Bahuler Vhela.

English user names: Hizb-ul Islam Bangladesh, Animesh Ray Forever, Nirvik Muzahid, Sultan Salauddin Ayubi, Kaka Amur, Abu Hujaifa Hujaifa.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/26/30-facebook-pages-users-spreading-militant-propaganda#sthash.TfYNSc8z.dpuf

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'Karachi Mohajirs' demand 'azadi' from oppression by Punjabi-dominated Pakistan military

Jul 26, 2016

While Pakistan sheds crocodile tears over the recent incidents of violence in Kashmir in the aftermath of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing on one hand, the ‘Mohajirs’ of Karachi are demanding liberation from what they call state oppression by Pakistani government as well as the Army.\

Denied justice in their homeland, the Mohajirs are now trying to take the battle to the international platforms.

On Saturday, Mohajir protesters and loyalists of the Pakistani Army clashed with each other in front of the White House in Washington.

Things turned so ugly that American security personnel had to intervene and physically separate the two warring groups.

The protest in front of the White House was led by Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the group that mostly represents Pakistani migrants from India.

According to a report published in The Times of India, a large demonstration of MQM workers from all across US marched in front of the White House on Saturday.

MQM workers took out the demonstrations after their party convention was addressed via video link by MQM chief Altaf Hussain who is based out of London for the last two decades.

Altaf Hussain and his followers urged the US government to intervene and pressurise the Pakistani government to stop the rampant killing of the Mohajirs by the Punjabi-dominated Pakistan military. MQM accused Pakistani authorities of indulging in "cold-blooded murder" of thousands of party activists.

Altaf Hussain also asked Obama administration to send observers to Karachi for monitoring the large scale humnan rights violation taking place in the city. He said that if US can do it for other countries then it should do the same for Pakistan as well.

Hussain also promised to visit US in October amid speculations that he might shift his base from London.

It should be recalled that Pakistani authorities and political parties have accused Altaf Hussain and his MQM of working at the behest of Indian intelligence agencies despite the fact that the world community has started accepting the fact that the Mohajirs are being harassed indeed by Pakistani Army.

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-karachi-mohajirs-demand-azadi-from-pakistan-military-340989

 

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India

 

MNS chief Raj Thackeray for Sharia-like law to curb rapes

SHOUMOJIT BANERJEE

 Jul 26, 2016

‘Hands and legs of those who molested minors and women should be cut off’

Demanding speedy action in the case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday demanded a Sharia-like law to prevent heinous crimes against women and children.

The MNS leader is the latest among the slew of politicians to visit the kin of the victim in Kopardi village.

Mr. Thackeray said the “hands and legs of those who molested and killed minors and women should be cut off.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mns-chief-raj-thackeray-for-sharialike-law-to-curb-rapes/article8897883.ece

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Zakir Naik's IRF’s alleged Islamic State connection makes a strong case for action against preacher

Dinesh Unnikrishnan

Jul 26, 2016

Radical religious preachers who do sermons never begin their discourse saying thus. “Here I’m going to start my indoctrination session to prove that my religion is better than yours. In the next few hours, I’ll do my best to convince you of my idea and ultimately convert you to my religion.”

Instead, they typically play mind games with the enchanted listeners, often selectively quoting (rather twisting) the lines from sacred scriptures, to impose the ultimate idea of religious supremacy in the audience's psyche and ultimately establish why one should embrace that particular religion. This is arguably the trade technique of televangelists such as Zakir Naik.

Full report at:

http://www.firstpost.com/india/zakir-naiks-irfs-alleged-islamic-state-connection-makes-a-strong-case-for-action-against-preacher-2916108.html

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Kerala police confirm Islamic State link in missing youth case

26 July, 2016

Putting an end to month-long speculation, Kerala police on Monday confirmed that some of the missing Muslim youth from the state had joined the extremist outfit Islamic State (IS).

In a statement submitted in Ernakulam sessions court, seeking the remand of two people arrested from Mumbai in connection with the missing youth case, police said Arshid Qureshi and Rizwan Khan played a key role in recruiting for the IS and sending them abroad.

Khan and Qureshi were arrested in a joint operation of the Maharashtra ATS and Kerala special investigation team.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/missing-youth-kerala-police-confirm-islamic-states-link/story-BxytnUTu3zo5AGVOkw9lfJ.html

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Seven sentenced to life in post-Godhra riots case

 Jul 26, 2016

In a post-Godhra 2002 riots case in which three persons belonging to the minority community were killed in Viramgam town of Ahmedabad district, the Gujarat High Court on Monday sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment, including three accused who were earlier acquitted by the trial court in 2011.

Out of the seven who have been found guilty of murder and other offences by the High Court, three were acquitted by the trial court while four others were convicted for lesser offences but not murder.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/seven-sentenced-to-life-in-postgodhra-riots-case/article8898007.ece

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Four militants killed, one apprehended in Kupwara

 Jul 26, 2016

Four militants were on Tuesday killed and another apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir, an army official said.

“Four terrorists have been killed while one has been apprehended alive during an operation in Naugam sector,” the official said. He said all the militants were foreign nationals.

The operation was in progress when reports were last received from the encounter site. The official said as the operation was still going on, it would be premature to say whether it was an infiltration bid or not.

“We have got one of them alive and expect some vital information from him,” he added.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/four-militants-killed-one-apprehended-in-kupwara/article8901007.ece

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JuD medical team applies for Indian visa to travel to Kashmir

 Jul 26, 2016

"The applicants have taken a plea in the visa application that they want to go to Kashmir to treat the people injured in clashes with the Indian Army ‘on humanitarian ground’, Mr. Nadeem said.

Thirty members of an organisation headed by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed comprising doctors and paramedical staff on Tuesday applied for Indian visas to treat the injured in Kashmir.

The team of 30 doctors and paramedical staff of ‘Muslim Medical Mission’ (of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah) applied for visa through on-line and courier, Ahmed Nadeem, a member of the JuD media team, said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/jud-medical-team-applies-for-indian-visa-to-travel-to-kashmir/article8901642.ece

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ATS probes 800 conversions linked to Kerala man arrested on radicalisation charges

26 July, 2016

Days after the Kerala Police started a crackdown against those suspected to have been involved in the alleged radicalisation of the 21 missing Kerala youths who have allegedly joined the globally banned terrorist outfit the Islamic State (IS), the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has started analysing the paperwork related to the 800 conversions carried out by one of the accused, Rizwan Khan.

Sources claim that such an exercise was under way to find out if there were similar cases in this state too and also those related to ‘love-jihad’.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/ats-probes-800-conversions-linked-to-kerala-man-arrested-on-radicalisation-charges-2936173/

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54 ISIS supporters arrested: Govt

PTI | Jul 26, 2016

NEW DELHI: As many as 54 supporters of dreaded terror group ISIS have been arrested in the country, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the National Investigation Agency and state police have registered various cases with respect of ISIS/ISIL/IS phenomenon in the country.

"As per the information received so far, 54 ISIS supporters/ sympathisers have been arrested before they could carry out any terrorist attack in the country," he said in a reply to a written question.

The Minister said a few incidents of unfurling of flags of ISIS by some misguided youth were noticed on different occasions in Jammu and Kashmir in the recent past and the state government has been asked to take appropriate action against such elements as per law.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/54-ISIS-supporters-arrested-Govt/articleshow/53397152.cms

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 ‘Pellet-hit’ images of leaders and stars go viral in Valley

PEERZADA ASHIQ

 Jul 26, 2016

The morphed images created by a Pakistani lawyer showing leading Indian figures as hit by pellet guns have gone viral in the Valley.

The morphed images created by a Pakistani lawyer showing leading Indian figures as hit by pellet guns have gone viral in the Valley, with separatists and their supporters in Kashmir actively sharing them on social media.

The brain behind an emotional online campaign launched after the Peshawar school carnage in Pakistan, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, with artists Batool Aqeel and Murtaza Abbas, has morphed photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Aishwarya Rai and cricketer Virat Kohli.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pellethit-images-of-leaders-and-stars-go-viral-in-valley/article8898532.ece

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Bangalore Church Street blast: NIA files chargesheet against accused SIMI member

Neeraj Chauhan | TNN | Jul 25, 2016

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency on Monday filed a chargesheet against a Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) member Alamzeb Afridi for planting a bomb in Bangalore Church Street in 2014 with a motive to target Israeli tourists.

Afridi, who has earlier been found involved in blasts in other cities too, was arrested by agency in January this year.

NIA says that Alam Zeb Afridi alias Mohammed Rafiq, a resident of Doddanagamangala, Electronic City Post, Bangalore, planted bomb in front of Hotel Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar, Church Street, on December, 28, 2014, which went off around 8.30pm resulting in the death of one woman and injuries to three persons.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bangalore-Church-Street-blast-NIA-files-chargesheet-against-accused-SIMI-member/articleshow/53383731.cms

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Kashmir unrest: Feel sorry for youth but pellet guns are least lethal option, says CRPF chief

26 July, 2016

As many as 114 companies, or over 11,000 personnel, have been pulled out midway through their training so they can be deployed in Kashmir to control the unrest, CRPF DG K Durga Prasad said on Monday.

He also said “we feel very sorry” for youths injured by pellet guns, but added that there was no such thing as a “non-lethal” weapon, and pellet guns were the “least lethal” option available with the force.

Prasad said that though all his men deployed in the Valley had basic training and were instructed to fire pellet guns below the knee, the “annual training” of personnel had “suffered”.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kashmir-protetss-pellet-injuries-crpf-burhan-wani-killing-2935785/

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Mideast

 

Two-thirds of Turks say Gülen behind the coup attempt

26 July, 2016

Almost two thirds of Turks believe U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a survey conducted by pollster Andy-Ar showed on Tuesday, backing the government line.

President Tayyip Erdogan says Gülen, who has many followers in Turkey, masterminded the plot, having long accused him of infiltrating the army, police, judiciary, civil service, education and media to control the state.

Turkey wants the United States to extradite Gülen, while Washington has said it will do so only if there is clear evidence.

The Andy-Ar survey showed 64.4 percent of respondents believed Gülen was behind the coup attempt, while 3.8 percent blamed the United States, 3.6 percent foreign powers and 2.2 percent President Tayyip Erdogan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2016/07/26/two-thirds-of-turks-say-gulen-behind-the-coup-attempt

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Suicides might be assassinations to stop Gülenists from confessing, Turkish minister says

26 July, 2016

In a televised interview, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said recent reports that some coup soldiers have committed suicide means they should be put under suicide watch."We should approach these suicides cautiously. Because they might be potential confessors," Albayrak said, adding that the environment in prisons should be assessed carefully.

Recently, a former police chief found in a tank on the night of the coup attempt reportedly committed suicide in prison. Even though authorities have not yet confirmed the report, five prisoners have committed suicide since the investigation started.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2016/07/26/suicides-might-be-assassinations-to-stop-gulenists-from-confessing-turkish-minister-says

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Over 200 Saudi Troops Killed, Wounded in Yemen Missile Attack in Najran Province

26 July, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni forces' ballistic missile attack killed and wounded tens of Saudi forces in Najran province in the Southern parts of the kingdom.

"At least 200 Saudi troops have been killed or wounded after Yemen's Zalzal 3 ballistic missile hit their military positions in Najran province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Abdollah al-Zeidi told FNA on Tuesday.

He, meantime, said that the Yemeni army and popular forces have made considerable advances in Ta'iz and al-Jawf provinces as they thwarted the Takfiri terrorists' attacks on Ma'rib.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505001040

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Saudi coalition bombs Houthi militia sites near Najran

26 July, 2016

South coalition forces have bombed Houthi militia sites close to the border city of Najran on Tuesday. Tens of Houthi militias were reportedly killed during the attack.

Tuesday's attack comes after five Saudi border guards were killed on Monday in clashes with armed groups seeking to enter from Yemen, state television al-Ekhbariya reported, citing the Saudi interior ministry.

A ministry statement added the border guards detected attempts by “hostile” armed groups to cross the border on several fronts in the southern region of Najran on Monday morning. Eight hours of clashes ensued.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/26/Saudi-coalition-bomb-Houthi-militia-sites-near-Najran.html

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Message from Bin Laden’s son exposes ‘Iran’s revival of al-Qaeda’

26 July, 2016

An audio message released recently by Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza has signaled the “continuation of Iranian sponsorship” of terrorism within al-Qaeda, a report by a US-based think tank has found.

In the message released on May 9 and titled “Jerusalem is but a bride, and her dowry is blood,” Hamza called on all Syrian militant groups to unite and “liberate Palestine.”

According to a report released this week by SAPRAC, the Saudi American Public Relations Affairs Committee, “Al-Qaeda observers believe the new message released by Hamza Bin Laden signals the continuation of Iranian sponsorship of Bin Laden’s son, which started after the tragic events of 9 / 11.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/26/Saudi-coalition-bomb-Houthi-militia-sites-near-Najran.html

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Turkish Airlines fires 211 staff over 'Gulen links' after coup

AFP | Jul 25, 2016

ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines said on Monday it had fired 211 employees over suspected links to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and behaviour "conflicting with the interest of our country" in the wake of last week's coup.

Turkey's flag carrier said their contracts were terminated due to "the non-fulfillment of performance criteria and in line with the necessary actions we are taking against the FETO structure, attitudes and behaviour conflicting with the interest of our country and company".

The authorities accuse 75-year-old Gulen of running a group it labels the Fethullah Terror Organisation (FETO) that was behind the coup, accusations he strongly denies.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Turkish-Airlines-fires-211-staff-over-Gulen-links-after-coup/articleshow/53382712.cms

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In Glenview, Israeli, Palestinian teens get a window into one another's fractured worlds

26 July, 2016

For the past two weeks, 44 teenagers from Israel, the West Bank and the Chicago area have gathered in Glenview to tell one another their stories.

It's a simple but remarkable notion, at a time when shouting and tweeting appear to have replaced dialogue. It's a balm, at a time when we're told daily to fear those who don't look like us, live like us, worship like us.

It strikes me as the only way forward.

Glenview resident Gretchen Grad helped found Hands of Peace 14 years ago, moved to action by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The program brings together high school students from the Middle East for three weeks of daily dialogue sessions, team-building activities and educational opportunities. The teens stay with host families in and around Glenview, where they often continue their conversations over mealtimes and bedtimes.

Full report at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/stevens/ct-hands-of-peace-glenview-balancing-0725-20160725-column.html

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Former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu detained

26 July, 2016

Former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu has been detained on Tuesday in connection to the failed coup attempt launched by a small military junta linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ).

As part of an ongoing investigation several police units conducted a search at Mutlu's residence in the early hours of the day. He was among 246 governors and district governors who were suspended from duty by the Ministry of Interior following the coup attempt.

Mutlu served as governor of the Istanbul province between 2010 and 2014, after which he took a post with the Interior Ministry as a civilian authority.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/07/26/former-istanbul-governor-huseyin-avni-mutlu-detained

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 South Asia

 

30 Bangla Facebook Pages, Users Spreading Militant Propaganda

Arifur Rahman Rabbi

26 July, 2016

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has asked the telecom regulators to take all necessary actions to shut down the accounts of 30 Facebook pages and users that have long been circulating extremist and militant propaganda.

A letter on this regard has been sent to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said. Police are now working to find the administrators of these pages.

The DMP chief said the social media accounts were promoting violent ideas and misleading young impressionable men.

He added that such communal provocation and incitement to militancy were criminal offences. Claiming that these activities were being carried out from foreign countries, Asaduzzaman Mia said the government would communicate with Facebook authorities to stop these.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/26/30-facebook-pages-users-spreading-militant-propaganda#sthash.TfYNSc8z.dpuf

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Militants Shouted 'Allahu Akbar', Black Flags Found in Dhaka

26 July, 2016

The militants shouted “Allahu Akbar” before they attacked the law enforcers during a special drive of the joint forces in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur today.

Police found “Allahu Akbar” inscribed black flags from the den, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said while addressing a press briefing at his office.

Nine militants were left dead during the raid and one was caught alive.

Police recovered 13 handmade grenades, one sword, one pistol, seven magazines and bullets from the den, the DMP commissioner said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/militants-shouted-%E2%80%9Callahu-akbar%E2%80%9D-1259695

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Scores of ISIS militants killed as major operation underway in Nangarhar

Jul 26 2016

Scores of militants fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed amid ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province.

The Nangarhar police media office said at least 122 loyalists of the terror group were killed during the ground and air offensives.

According to a statement by Nangarhar police media office, the militants were killed in the past 24 hours in the restive Achin district.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/scores-of-isis-militants-killed-as-major-operation-underway-in-nangarhar-01571

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11 Afghan soldiers, scores of militants killed in past 24 hours: MoD

 Jul 26 2016

At least 11 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces lost their lives and scores of militants were killed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

“The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces are prepared for all kinds of devotion and with all force to maintain security and comfort for the people of Afghanistan,” a statement by MoD said, adding that 11 Afghan soldiers were martyred during counter-terrorism operations against the internal and foreign terrorists.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/11-afghan-soldiers-scores-of-militants-killed-in-past-24-hours-mod-01572

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DMP chief: Militants were well educated

Nure Alam Durjoy

26 July, 2016

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said the militants were all well educated and aged between 20 and 27.

Eight of the nine militants killed had their sneakers on while one was bare-footed.

They had gathered in Kallyanpur to execute a special attack, said the commissioner at a media briefing in DMP media centre around 2:15pm on Tuesday.

They were all in black Panjabi and denims, the commissioner continued, adding that the militants had launched attack on law enforcers with 7.62 pistol, grenades and locally made guns.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/26/dmp-chief-militants-were-well-educted#sthash.iZNnlaWo.dpuf

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Nine militants killed in police raid in Bangladesh

AFP | Jul 26, 2016

DHAKA: Bangladeshi police stormed a militant hideout in a Dhaka neighbourhood and killed nine suspected Islamist extremists after a gunbattle on Tuesday morning, officials said.

"Nine Islamist militants+ were killed after two hour-long gunfight" deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masud Ahmed said, adding another extremist was shot and arrested during the raid in Kalyanpur neighbourhood.

Police said they cordoned off an apartment building after suspects threw a small hand bomb at officers who were conducting a "block raid" in the area after midnight.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Nine-militants-killed-in-police-raid-in-Bangladesh/articleshow/53390208.cms

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Kabul attack aimed at sparking ethnic tensions: Abdullah

Jul 26 2016

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said the deadly attack on protesters in Kabul city was aimed at sparking ethnic tensions among the Afghan people.

Speaking during the meeting of the ministers council, CEO Abdullah said the people Afghanistan should remain cautioned against such conspiracies.

“Perhaps one of the biggest targets of the enemy is to further weaken the people by sparking tensions and doubts among the people,” Abdullah said.

Insisting on thorough investigation of the incident, Abdullah said “It is not important who claimed responsibility behind the attack on Saturday but what is important is that a comprehensive investigation should be conducted.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/kabul-attack-aimed-at-sparking-ethnic-tensions-abdullah-01573

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Pakistan

 

'Karachi Mohajirs' demand 'azadi' from oppression by Punjabi-dominated Pakistan military

Jul 26, 2016

While Pakistan sheds crocodile tears over the recent incidents of violence in Kashmir in the aftermath of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing on one hand, the ‘Mohajirs’ of Karachi are demanding liberation from what they call state oppression by Pakistani government as well as the Army.\

Denied justice in their homeland, the Mohajirs are now trying to take the battle to the international platforms.

On Saturday, Mohajir protesters and loyalists of the Pakistani Army clashed with each other in front of the White House in Washington.

Things turned so ugly that American security personnel had to intervene and physically separate the two warring groups.

Full report at:

http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-karachi-mohajirs-demand-azadi-from-pakistan-military-340989

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Man arrested for holding ‘anti-democracy’ referendum

26 July, 2016

BANNU: Police arrested the head of a charity organisation here on Monday for holding a referendum seeking public opinion about the democratic government’s performance and military intervention in the country.

Mohammad Aslam Khan, chairman of Al-Aslam Foundation, conducted the so-called referendum by setting up a camp outside the Bannu press club, asking the voters (public) whether they were satisfied with the performance of successive democratic governments or wanted Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to play his role in strengthening democratic institutions.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273258/man-arrested-for-holding-anti-democracy-referendum

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No orphanage for non-Muslims in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

26 July, 2016

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa does not have any orphanages or adoption agencies catering to religious minorities. The same extends to the federally and provincially administered tribal areas. This deprives many people of the joy of raising a child and several orphans of a bright future.

Rabia, a 32-year-old Christian from Peshawar, has been longing to adopt a child for years but with no success. Coping with infertility and society’s pressure, she has visited many orphanages to adopt a child. However, she is always disappointed because Muslim orphanages have rules against letting people from any other religious background adopt children.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1149048/rights-minorities-no-orphanage-non-muslims-khyber-pakhtunkhwa/

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Govt weighs different options to decide fate of PakTurk schools

26 July, 2016

LAHORE: The government seems ready to oblige the Turkish government in deciding the fate of PakTurk schools as an official of the Foreign Office says relations with the brother Islamic country demand that its concerns are addressed at all costs.

“We’re discussing various options to guide the provinces how to handle the issue,” the official told Dawn on Monday.

“Though we haven’t received a formal request yet from Ankara (regarding the educational institutions run by the PakTurk Foundation), the deep relations with Turkey demand that we don’t look out for formalities (of written requests) and remove her concerns on priority at all costs.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273241/govt-weighs-different-options-to-decide-fate-of-pakturk-schools

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Irani forces initiate firing across Panjgoor border in Balochistan

26 July, 2016

Irani forces initiated unprovoked firing at the border of Panjgoor in Balochistan today, reported Waqt News. Mortar shells were fired and firing took place. Shells fell near the residential areas but no casualties have been reported. Frontier Force (FC) of Pakistan retaliated and gave a befitting response to Irani forces.

This attack has come at a time when Lieutenant General Naseer Khan Janjua, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor is on a tour of Iran.

http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Jul-2016/irani-forces-initiate-firing-across-panjgoor-border-in-balochistan

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Suspected terrorist confesses to killings of three persons of private TV channel

26 July, 2016

KARACHI: An arrested target killer Sarfaraz who is affiliated with a banned outfit has confessed to killings of three persons of private TV channel, traffic police wardens and police personnel.

According to media reports the target killer Sarfaraz who was arrested by Federal B Industrial Area police confessed during investigation that he had father and son on the basis of sectarianism in 2013. He had also killed Ghani alias in Iqbal market in 2014.

The suspect also confessed to gun down three persons of a private TV channel in connivance with his accomplices near Board Office in January 2014.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Jul-2016/suspected-terrorist-confesses-to-killings-of-three-persons-of-private-tv-channel

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Arab World

 

Airstrike south of Mosul kill 28 ISIS members

26 July, 2016

(IraqiNews.com) NINEVEH – Nineveh Operations Command announced on Monday informed that 28 ISIS members were killed and 13 vehicles destroyed in an airstrike south of Mosul.

Nineveh Operations commander, Major General Najim al-Jubouri, in a press statement, said, “Warplanes of the international coalition, this morning, launched a raid at a gathering of ISIS members in Arkaba village south of Qayyarah city, killing 28 militants and destroying 13 vehicles.”

“The bombing was based on accurate intelligence about gathering of gunmen at south of Qayyarah,” Al-Jubouri added.

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/airstrike-south-of-mosul-kill-28-isis-members/

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Forces gun down 14 ISIS at Khalidiya in eastern Ramadi

26 July, 2016

(IraqiNews.com) Anbar – A source in Anbar Operations Command informed that 14 ISIS members were killed in the liberation battles of Khalidiya Island in eastern Ramadi.

According to information shared by the source, it was stated, “Today the security forces launched an extensive military operation and targeted ISIS strongholds and headquarters in Khalidiya Island and subsequently killed 14 ISIS fighters.”

The source added, “The security forces also destroyed four vehicles and a mortar detachment at Kartan area in Khalidiya Island.”

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/forces-gun-down-14-isis-at-khalidiya-eastern-ramadi/

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ISIL Commanders Fleeing Last Headquarters in Western Iraq

26 July, 2016

 Commanders of the ISIL terrorist group have ordered their forces and family members to leave their last bases and strongholds in Western Iraq as Iraq's military forces are preparing to launch massive military operations in the region, local sources said Tuesday.

"The Iraqi military forces are preparing to capture the last ISIL strongholds in Western Iraq and the military equipment for these operations have been fully supplied and transferred, and we are waiting for the final order by the joint operations command center to attack al-Khalediya island and Heet town in the Western parts of al-Anbar province," Head of the Security Committee of al-Anbar province's Council Rajeh al-Issawi said on Tuesday.

Full report at:

The targeted command center was one of the main financial centers of the ISIL in the region.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505000471

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Interior Ministry: 5 Saudi Soldiers, 2 Officers Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces

26 July, 2016

Saudi interior ministry in a statement announced that nearly half a dozen of the kingdom's soldiers and senior officers were killed in clashes with the Yemeni army and popular forces near the border with Yemen.

"Five Saudi soldiers have been killed in battle with the Yemeni forces in Najran province as two senior Saudi officers were also killed in tough battle in Jizan province," the Saudi interior ministry's statement said on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505001000

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Jaafari urges Arab nations to adopt stronger stance and force Turkey to withdraw troops from Iraq

26 July, 2016

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has called upon the Arab countries to adopt a stronger stance for forcing Turkey to withdraw its troops from the Iraqi territories and added that Ankara didn’t respect the Arab decisions and the local demands regarding this issue.

Jaafari in his speech at the 27th Arab League Summit at Nouakchott said, “Iraq’s policy of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and its commitment to good relations with Turkey does not mean it is prepared to neglect its sovereignty, which is still violated by the Turkish forces.”

Full report at:

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/jaafari-urges-arab-nations-to-adopt-stronger-stance-and-force-turkey-to-withdraw-troops-from-iraq/

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Syria: ISIL Withdraws from more Strategic Heights in Eastern Hama

26 July, 2016

Syrian Army troops continued to hit ISIL's strongholds on the Eastern side of al-Salamiyah and captured two more key heights in the region to reinvigorate security of oil pipelines.

The Syrian soldiers inflicted tens of casualties on the ISIL terrorists and pushed them back from the heights Rami 1 and 2 and Salim 1 and 2.

The Syrian army also targeted four bomb-laden suicide vehicles of the ISIL before reaching government forces' positions along al-Mofaker-Aqarib road near the newly-liberated oil pipelines in the province.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505001049

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Syria: Hezbollah Fighters Win Key Battle in Northern Aleppo Countryside

26 July, 2016

The Lebanese Hezbollah fighters beat back terrorist groups from more strongholds in al-Lairamoun industrial zone and Castillo, military sources announced minutes ago.

"The Hezbollah fighters engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists of al-Nusra Front, Nouralddeen al-Zinki and Ahrar al-Sham in al-Lairamoun and captured Marketna Business Center and Castillo pool building, inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorists," the sources said.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505000645

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Senior Terrorist Commander Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in Aleppo

26 July, 2016

 Scores of terrorists, including a notorious commander, have thus far been killed in clashes with the Syrian Army troops and Hezbollah fighters in al-Lairamoun and Castello region, informed sources said Tuesday.

"Abu Ahmad known as Yasin Najjar, the commander of Abu Amarah Special Forces alongside ten of his comrades have been killed and many more have been wounded in the Syrian government forces' anti-terrorism offensives in al-Lairamoun and along Castillo highway," the sources said.

"The Syrian pro-government force are advancing against the terrorists of al-Nusra Front, Nouralddeen al-Zinki and Ahrar al-Sham, and are capturing more buildings and firms in the region," they added.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505000704

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Syrian Soldiers Smash Al-Nusra Terrorists in Dara'a

26 July, 2016

 Syrian military forces hit the strongholds of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front hard in Dara'a neighborhoods and near a town in the Western countryside of Dara'a, leaving scores of the militants dead or wounded.

The Syrian army men's anti-terrorism attacks on al-Nusra positions near the town of al-Yadouda, ended in the killing or wounding of dozens of terrorists and meantime destroyed their military hardware.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950505000321

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KSA eyes global push to stamp out terrorism

26 July, 2016

JEDDAH: The Cabinet during its weekly meeting on Monday called for concerted global efforts to fight the plague of terrorism, which is categorically rejected by all religions and international norms.

Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif, who chaired the meeting at Al-Salam Palace, briefed the Cabinet on the outcome of the talks Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information, said the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on regional and international developments, as well as the international efforts in several fields, foremost among them the fight against terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/959856/saudi-arabia

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Africa

 

Nigeria scraps film village plan after Muslim clerics kick over immorality

By BBC

26 July, 2016

Nigeria's government has cancelled plans to build a "film village" in the northern state of Kano after opposition from Muslim clerics and social media.

More than $10m (£7.6m) had been budgeted to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Hausa language film industry, known as Kannywood.

The government said the project would create thousands of job opportunities and promote cultural activities.

Muslims clerics have said that the project would promote immorality.

People on social media also called on the government to stop the plan.

Locals have said the project is not a priority - they say the government should instead focus on the revival of dams for agricultural development in the area.

Full report at:

http://www.modernghana.com/music/37967/nigeria-scraps-film-village-plan-after-muslim-clerics-kick-o.html

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Twin suicide bombs kill 13 near Mogadishu airport

26 July, 2016

At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the militants' Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack.

The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group is blamed for a string of bloody assaults in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, and is fighting to overthrow Mogadishu's internationally-backed government.

"At least 13 people were confirmed to have died in two explosions, one of the vehicles went off near a security checkpoint and another close to a UN compound," said Bishaar Abdi Gedi, a police official.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/235013/World/International/UPDATED-Twin-suicide-bombs-kill--near-Mogadishu-ai.aspx

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Serraj asks Arab governments call for Libyan unity against Islamic State

26 July, 2016

Arab leaders meeting in Nouakchott have called on all Libyan factions to unite in the fight against “terrorists” and work together to rebuild the state.

The call, part of the final declaration from this year’ regular Arab summit, followed an appeal to Arab state by the head of the Presidency Council, Faiez Serraj, not to abandon Libya in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Despite the absence of international supplies, it was making major gains against the terrorists in Sirte with the Bunyan Marsous operation, he said, but it was at a very high cost in terms of lives lost.

Full report at:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/07/25/serraj-asks-arab-governments-call-for-libyan-unity-against-islamic-state/

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Arab summit slams killings in name of Islam

26 July, 2016

NOUAKCHOTT: A 22-nation Arab summit tackling the region’s crises, despite splits over Iran and Turkey, was cut back to a single day Monday due to the absence of the heavyweight leaders.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stayed at home because of “a busy domestic schedule,” an Arab League source said.

Opening the talks, Egypt’s premier Sherif Ismail called in the name of El-Sisi for “an Arab strategy of struggle against terrorism.”

“We must recast the religious language that terrorist elements exploit to their own ends to sow terror, death and destruction,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/959841/middle-east

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South Sudan President replaces rival with new deputy, threat of war looms large

26 July, 2016

South Sudan President Salva Kiir replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar on Monday, a move that could potentially undermine last year’s peace deal and reignite war in Africa’s youngest nation.

Machar was sworn in as first vice president only last April, eight months after a peace agreement that ended two years of fighting that broke out the last time that Kiir sacked him as his deputy in 2013.

But the rivalry between the two men led to violence in the capital Juba early this month as forces from both sides battled each other with tanks, helicopters and other heavy weapons.

Machar, from the minority Nuer ethnic group, left Juba with his troops, saying he would only return when an international body had to set up a buffer force between his fighters and those supporting Kiir, leader of the dominant Dinka group.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/south-sudan-president-vice-president-rival-south-sudan-rebel-civil-war-vice-president-machar-africa-2935543/

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Southeast Asia

 

Ready to Proceed With Executions, Pending Next Instructions: Justice Ministeri

26 July, 2016

Jakarta. All prisons in the notorious Nusakambangan Island are reportedly safe and ready to stage its third round of executions as several inmates on death-row have been moved there, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Monday (25/07).

“The prisons are highly safe. We are ready to proceed with the executions pending Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo's instructions,” Yasonna said at his office in Jakarta, as reported by Antara news agency.

The minister declined to announce the date of the executions as he noted that the Attorney General's Office and Central Java Prosecutors' Office will do so when ready.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/ready-proceed-executions-pending-next-instructions-justice-minister/

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Diplomatic efforts stepped up to save Pakistani on death row in Indonesia

26 July, 2016

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The government has intensified its diplomatic efforts for saving a Pakistani national, Zulfiqar Ali, who is facing imminent execution in Indonesia after being convicted of drug-related charges in a controversial trial.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who is in Laos for an Asean (Association of Sou­theast Asian Nations) Regional Forum meeting, has sought a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the issue, according to a diplomat.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri was summoned to the Foreign Office over the expected execution.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273257/diplomatic-efforts-stepped-up-to-save-pakistani-on-death-row-in-indonesia

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DOJ lawsuit: Govt not shielding anyone, says Salleh

26 July, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The government is not protecting anyone or hiding information relating to the civil suit filed by the United States Department of Justice to seize assets alleged to have been bought with money siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the government was transparent in any investigation such as conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We are not hiding anything. In fact, we will ensure that anyone who breaks the law will face appropriate action. This shows the government’s transparency.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/doj-lawsuit-govt-not-shielding-anyone-says-salleh#sthash.td2j2ejz.dpuf

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Manpower Ministry to Intensify Monitoring of Foreign Workersi

26 July, 2016

Jakarta. Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said his ministry will intensify the monitoring of foreign workers to prevent tourists who enter Indonesia on the visa-free policy from illegally working in the country.

"We will continue to coordinate with the Immigration Office to prevent blue-collar foreign workers from entering the country. This will involve efforts to monitor the delinquent foreign workers," Hanif said in Jakarta on Sunday (24/07).

He identified two main types of violations committed by foreign workers taking advantage of the 30-day free-visa policy program, which allows them to enter the country relatively easily and to manipulate work permits.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/manpower-ministry-intensify-monitoring-foreign-workers/

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Lentera Indonesia Campaigns to Break the Silence Surrounding Sexual Violencei

26 July, 2016

Jakarta. Lentera Sintas Indonesia, a support group for victims of sexual violence, is fighting the decades-long silence surrounding the sensitive issue with its Mulai Bicara (Start Talking) campaign to encourage victims to talk and seek support from the authorities and their communities.

In many parts of the world, including Indonesia, where sex is still considered a taboo, cases of sexual assault and rape easily fall under the radar. Few victims are willing to talk, let alone report such cases to the authorities.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/lentera-indonesia-campaigns-break-silence-surrounding-sexual-violence/

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Thai junta chief eyes halal hub for restive south

26 July, 2016

NARATHIWAT, Thailand (AFP) - Thailand's junta chief vowed Monday (July 25) to reboot the flagging economy of the kingdom's poor and rebel-hit south, including by making the Muslim-majority region a hub for halal produce.

Thailand's southernmost provinces have been wracked by violence since 2004 that has left over 6,500 people dead and eviscerated the economy which depends heavily on agriculture.

But the near-daily shootings and bombings make few international headlines, while Bangkok is accused of ignoring the region's plight.

Prayut Chan-o-cha's military government, which came to power in a 2014 coup, has failed to revive peace talks with the rebels.

Full report at:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-junta-chief-eyes-halal-hub-for-restive-south

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North America

 

UN aid chief urges Security Council to push Aleppo aid access

26 July, 2016

The United Nations aid chief asked the Security Council on Monday to push for a weekly 48-hour humanitarian pause in fighting to allow food and other aid to be delivered to eastern areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Around 250,000 to 275,000 people in rebel-held eastern Aleppo have been cut off since fighting closed the last supply route, the Castello Road, on July 7. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien said the United Nations and partners had pre-positioned stocks in “sad but all too real anticipation of such developments.”

“But food in east Aleppo is expected to run out by the middle of next month,” O’Brien told the 15-member council. “The international community simply cannot let eastern Aleppo city become yet another, and by far the largest, besieged area.”

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/26/UN-aid-chief-urges-Security-Council-to-push-Aleppo-aid-access.html

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California man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join ISIS

26 July, 2016

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a California man to 15 years in prison for trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria, calling his conduct a serious threat to the U.S. and saying it was influenced by his abusive childhood and history of mental problems.

Orange County native Adam Dandach, 22, was also ordered to undergo supervised release for the rest of his life after he pleaded guilty last year to trying to provide material support to a terror group and lying on his passport application.

The case against Dandach is one in a series involving young men in states ranging from California to Georgia who have been charged with trying to assist Islamic State and other groups.

Full report at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/california-man-sentenced-15-years-prison-join-article-1.2725824

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Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over ISIS

26 July 2016

Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected US president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against ISIS militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win.

Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed any suggestion that Putin’s intelligence services might have had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s email system.

Emails leaked last week disclosed that some party officials had been in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination over US Senator Bernie Sanders and sought ways to thwart Sanders.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/07/26/Trump-says-he-would-consider-alliance-with-Russia-over-ISIS.html

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Europe

 

German police have 410 leads on possible terrorists among refugees

26 July, 2016

Germany’s federal criminal police have 410 leads on possible terrorists among refugees in the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

The Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper said that compared with 369 leads in mid-May since the beginning of the migrant crisis last year.

Investigations have been launched in 60 cases, the newspaper said. It cited federal BKA police as saying they did not currently have any concrete indications of attack plans.

“In view of continuing migration to Germany we must assume that there could be active and former members, supporters and sympathizers of terrorist organizations or Islamist-motivated war criminals among the refugees,” the newspaper quoted federal police as saying.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2016/07/25/German-police-have-410-leads-on-possible-terrorists-among-refugees-.html

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World's Muslims extend support to Turkey's fight for democracy

26 July, 2016

The coup attempt by the Gülenist junta has drawn reactions from heads of state and government, who have decried the attempt. In many countries with close links to Turkey, from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Azerbaijan, people joined Turkish expatriates to rally in support of Turkish democracy and the Turkish public who braved coup troops to foil a Gülenist junta on July 15.

Messages of support from Muslim community leaders have poured in to authorities in the aftermath of the coup attempt while a rally was held in Afghanistan yesterday for Turkey's coup fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2016/07/26/worlds-muslims-extend-support-to-turkeys-fight-for-democracy

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Suicide bomber in German music festival attack pledged allegiance to Islamic State

26 July, 2016

ANSBACH, Germany — The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people Sunday in Ansbach, Germany, left behind a video pledging allegiance to Islamic State leader, officials said Monday.

The Islamic State-affiliated media group Amaq also claimed the attacker was an IS “soldier” in a statement the group’s supporters posted online Monday, but there is no evidence he was in contact with the terrorist group or was directed to carry out an attack.

In the video left on a mobile phone, the 27-year-old Syrian announced his threat to carry out an attack “as an act of revenge against Germans, because they obstruct Islam,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said at a news conference.

Full report at:

http://pix11.com/2016/07/25/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-most-recent-germany-attack/

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IS group releases video that appears to show Ansbach bombe

26 July, 2016

The extremist Islamic State group has published a video in which a man pledges allegiance to IS group and vows Germany's people "won't be able to sleep peacefully anymore." It appears to be the same as the one found by German investigators on the phone of man who blew himself, killing himself and wounding 15 people.

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency released the video early Tuesday. The man on the video, his face covered with a black scarf, threatens to make life intolerable and that "we will blow up your homes."

German authorities could not immediately be reached to confirm whether the video was the same as the one found on the cell phone of a 27-year-old Syrian who blew himself Sunday night in the Bavarian town of Ansbach.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/235015/World/International/IS-group-releases-video-that-appears-to-show-Ansba.aspx

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Priest's throat slit in French church hostage taking

26 July, 2016                       

Two assailants slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest at a church in northern France on Tuesday in a hostage-taking drama that has shocked the country.

The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still reeling from a massacre in the French Riviera city of Nice claimed by the Islamic State group.

The motivations for the hostage-taking were not yet clear, but the Paris prosecutor's office said the case was being handled by anti-terrorism prosecutors.

Five people were inside the church when it came under attack, interior ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/235037/World/International/UPDATE--Priests-throat-slit-in-French-church-hosta.aspx

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Daesh claimed France's hostage-taking attack, says Hollande

26 July, 2016

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France: French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that two men who attacked a church and slit the throat of a priest had "claimed to be from Daesh", using the Arabic name for the Islamic State group.

Hollande, visiting the scene of the attack in the northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, earlier condemned the "vile terrorist attack" in a statement.

The attack took place during morning mass at the Saint-Etienne parish church, south of Rouen in Normandy. Five people were initially taken hostage.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/959881/world

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List of terrorist attacks that have struck Europe in 2016

26 July, 2016

A record number of terrorist attacks were planned, foiled or carried out in European Union countries this year including Nice attack in France, Brussels attack in Belgium, an explosion at an airport in Istanbul and several others.

After a deadly attack in Paris in November last year, once again France was struck by suspected Islamic terrorists in July this year. Time after time, France bears the brunt of terrorism with more people leaving to join the ISIS and other jihadi ranks in Iraq and Syria. According to data released by The International Centre of Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (based on data from second half of 2014) as published in the Wall Street Journal, nearly 1200 people had joined jihadist ranks from France alone in Iraq and Syria, followed by Germany and Britain. Sunday’s late night blast at a restaurant in Ansbach near the German city of Nuremberg is the latest in a string of attacks in Europe.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/list-of-terrorist-attacks-that-have-struck-europe-in-2016/

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