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Malaysian Mufti Says Non-Muslims Should Cover Up To Prevent Muslims from Sinning






Afghanistan’s Natural Resources under the Sight of Islamic State





Southeast Asia

Malaysian Mufti Says Non-Muslims Should Cover Up To Prevent Muslims from Sinning

In Recurring Religious Conflicts, Muslim MPs Ask Where Malaysia Is Headed

Amid dress code furore, group to hold conference on practice of Islam

New PAS Leadership Closing Themselves from Islamic NGOs, MP Claims

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Africa

Father of Tunisian Gunman Says ISIS 'Ruined His Son's Brains with Their Ideas'

Somalia Islamist Attacks Test Goal of Al-Shabaab Defeat by 2016

Libya Warring Factions Meet Face To Face for First Time

Hotel Workers Formed 'Human Shield' To Stop Gun Maniac Shooting More Dead

Getting to the core of al-Shabaab’s conflict with Kenya

Armed Tunisian police swarm streets of tourist towns after attack

No plan to transfer Boko Haram detainees to Anambra – APC

Boko Haram Spy Nabbed In IDP Camp

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Arab World

Iraq: Anniversary of Islamic State Caliphate Declaration

Iraqi Bombers Kill 60 ISIL Terrorists in Fallujah

U.S., Allies Conduct Air Strikes in Syria, Iraq against ISIS

Saudi Attacks Kill 3 in Sa'ada

Bomb targets Egypt state prosecutor’s convoy in Cairo

Three killed in mortar attack on Damascus: state TV

Gunmen kill senior Iraqi oil official in Kirkuk

Top ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq's Mosul

Grand Mosque area cleared of beggars

Daesh executes over 3,000 in Syria in year-long ‘caliphate’

Surveillance cameras to be installed in all important mosques

Arab modern art displayed at Bisat Al-Reeh

King Salman Personality of the Year for International Prize for Serving the Qur’an

60 years of Saudi-Japan diplomacy in spotlight

Saudis hold demo in solidarity with Kuwaitis over terrorist attack

ISIS issues audio clip of ‘Kuwait bomber’

Madinah governor commends dedication of security forces

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Europe


France Attack Suspect Yassin Salhi Admits To Decapitating Boss

Rock Containing Anti-Muslim Comments Thrown At Muslim Prayer Room in Germany

British, Canadian, US Students Feared Joined IS

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India

IS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban are Un-Islamic, says Hardliner Geelani

New Proactive Group Within Unsettles AIMPLB

Of a Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian fast

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Mideast

Saudileaks 27: Docs Show Tehran's Cold-Blooded Response to US Missile Threat

Medical Sources Say Saudi King's Aid Cargo to Yemen Was HIV-Infected

Yemeni Missiles Target Military Bases in Southern Saudi Arabia

US Military Incapable of Overcoming Defences of Iran, Russia, China

Iran: Nuclear talks deadline extended past June 30

Yemeni Rockets Pound Saudi Bases in Najran

Iran Reopens Embassy in Morocco, Calls for Expansion of Bilateral Ties

Iran Renews Call for Annihilation of WMDs Worldwide

Iran sharply raises stake in Islamic body

Turkey considering military intervention in Syria: Reports

Yemen water crisis may be ‘bigger problem than war’

Palestinian hunger strike detainee ‘to be freed’

Israel bars activist flotilla from reaching Gaza

Turkish police use water cannon to disperse gay pride parade

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South Asia

Afghanistan’s Natural Resources under the Sight of Islamic State

14 Militants Killed In Military Operations in Four Provinces

11 Soldiers Martyred In Taliban Attack in Herat

Three Taliban militants apprehended in Zabul

3 Hizb-ut Tahrir men held in Chittagong

HC rejects Khaleda's plea for fresh plaintiff deposition

Afghans hold anti-US demo in Parwan

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Pakistan

23 Militants Killed In Fata Airstrikes

Four Suspected Militants Killed In Lahore Shootout

A Suicide Bomber Explodes Himself near Lahore

Zardari ignoring advice to pursue his policy of reconciliation

ATC accepts bail plea of MQM leader Amir Khan

NA-98: Lahore tribunal rejects plea challenging PML-N candidate's win

Khan of Kalat being persuaded to return home

PPP wishes to see PML-N complete term: Malik

Hafiz e Quran Student Tortured By Cleric

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North America

Canadian PM’s Ramadan Dinner Shows the Importance of the Muslim Voting Bloc

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Australia

Australian Federal Police 'not in a position' to help family of Australian Islamic State jihadist Khaled Sharrouf

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Southeast Asia

Malaysian Mufti Says Non-Muslims Should Cover Up To Prevent Muslims from Sinning

Jun 29, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR - Amid controversy over several cases of people not being allowed to enter public buildings due to clothes that did not cover their lower legs, a mufti has come out to say that non-Muslims should be "appropriately" dressed in public places, as inappropriately dressed people will cause Muslims to sin upon seeing them.

"Even when we wear properly but we see other people who show their 'Aurat', it is Haram," Perak Mufti Harussani Zakaria told the Malay Mail Online on Saturday, referring to the parts of the body required to be clothed in Islam.


"They should show respect for Muslims and dress more appropriately; they cannot be showing their thighs. It is not wrong for them to dress how they like, but they must be considerate because when we bump into them at public places and see this, it is considered Haram (forbidden) for us (Muslims)."


Tan Sri Harussani said as Malaysia is seen as an "Islamic role model country", Malaysians should be more open to appropriate dressing for non-Muslims, reported the Malay Mail Online.


Deputy Education Minister Mary Yap was also reported by news portal Malaysiakini as saying that non-Muslim students should avoid eating and drinking in front of Muslim schoolmates during Ramadan.


Last Saturday, a lawyer Katy Chan could not enter the Department of Survey and Mapping in Kuala Lumpur as she was wearing a knee-length skirt, the Sin Chew Daily News reported.


Last Thursday, it was reported that a woman in her 50s wearing a knee-length skirt was told to change before entering a Penang court complex.


Last Monday, two women were forced to wear sarongs before they were allowed to enter the Selangor State Secretariat building.


On June 16, a woman was reportedly stopped by security at the Sungai Buloh Hospital's gate for wearing shorts.


On June 8, a woman was given a sarong to cover her knees after showing up at the Gombak Road Transport Department office in a knee-length skirt.


On May 7, businessman Wilson Ng said he had to don long black pants to enter Kuala Lumpur International Airport's lost-and-found baggage office. He had shown up wearing knee-length pink shorts and sandals.


Apart from these cases, medal-winning artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was criticised for her competition outfit at the recent SEA Games.


http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/malaysian-mufti-says-non-muslims-should-cover-prevent-muslims-sinnin


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In recurring religious conflicts, Muslim MPs ask where Malaysia is headed


BY JOSEPH SIPALAN


June 27, 2015


KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 ― Muslim lawmakers from both sides of the political divide have raised concerns over the seeming trend of Muslims imposing their beliefs on others, questioning if this is reflective of a wider agenda that is backed by Putrajaya to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state.


The federal lawmakers noted that the federal government appeared either unable to stop or even condoning of incidents in which Islamic sensibilities are imposed on the larger society by religious authorities and individuals.


“This issue bothers me because as our forefathers taught us, religion should be about faith and (is) personal,” Umno's Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed told Malay Mail Online via text message.


“I suspect the longer-term objective of these groups is to usurp power through religious means and therefore avoid being legitimately elected.


“While I respect their motives and intentions, the elected government of the day must control the actions of these groups and act in the interest of all the citizens of the country,” he added.


On Wednesday, the Malaysian Bar criticised Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap for reportedly saying that non-Muslims should consume food and drink discreetly and outside the view of fasting Muslims, in response to outrage over a “joke” told by a teacher in Kedah to non-Muslim students about drinking urine.


The Kedah incident is reminiscent of a 2013 incident in which a Sungai Buloh primary school encountered controversy after non-Muslim students were pictured eating in a toilet during Ramadan.


DAP's Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari argued that such posturing over religion would ultimately lead up to ridiculous rulings that benefit no one.


“Should we ban Ramadan bazaars so Muslims don't need to look at food?


“When our Hindu friends fast for Thaipusam, do we go out of our way to accommodate them by not drinking or eating in front of them?” he said when contacted.


Zairil admitted that there is “no quick solution” to the religious polarisation the country is facing, but stressed that the first step to fixing the situation is to take governments and political parties out of the equation.


“It's not even about tolerance here. The problems are cropping up today because of the incessant politicising of ethno-religious nationalism, so much so that the state flexes hegemony, thus influencing the people.


“Why do we even have Jakim (Malaysia’s federal Department of Islamic Development) when Islam is a state issue? That's a fundamental question because the authority of Jakim appears to go against the 9th schedule of the Federal Constitution.


“I am suggesting that matters of faith should belong in the realm of civil society and not the state,” he said.


Nur Jazlan insisted that there is no place in Malaysia for state-sanctioned enforcement of Islam, claiming that the “collapse” of Islamist party PAS ― which is facing a split after delegates elected a new leadership made up entirely of the ulama or clergy class at their recent Muktamar - is proof that the public wants moderation over religious orthodoxy.


“The best way to develop Islam is to teach and encourage personal observations, and not enforce it to the whims of others, especially unelected ones,” he said, without referring to any group or individuals.


The Kedah school incident cropped up amid growing concerns of creeping Islamisation in Malaysia, in which the norms of the increasingly conservative Muslim majority are gradually being imposed on the rest of the country both directly and covertly.


Incidents that support the view include Muslim protests against Oktoberfest-themed events open only to non-Muslims, uproar over a gold-medallist Muslim gymnast over her leotard, and at least four reported cases of arbitrary dress codes at government departments and agencies that denied entry to non-Muslims over their dressing that was deemed indecent.


http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-recurring-religious-conflicts-muslim-mps-ask-where-malaysia-is-headed


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Amid dress code furore, group to hold conference on practice of Islam


29 June 2015


Muslim missionary group The Daily Reminder Network is to hold a two-day conference aimed at teaching Malaysians to distinguish between what is Islamic and what is cultural at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in August.


Conference project manager Laila Hassan said the event called "Inspired 2015" was aimed at bridging the gap and promoting understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia, in addition to clearing misconceptions on Islam such as the latest issue of regulating attire as seen in the furore over Malaysian gymnast and SEA Games gold medallist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.


Laila said they also wanted to reach out to non-Muslims and that 30 free seats would be available for non-Muslims to attend the conference on August 29 and 30.


"In other countries, non-Muslims would attend a conference like this but in Malaysia, there is a kind of stigma, so to encourage non-Muslims, we are giving out free tickets to reach out to welcome them," Laila told The Malaysian Insider.


She added that their intention was not to convert anyone, but to promote better understanding on the religion which was being misconstrued, especially the way Malays in the country practised the religion.


"We want to clear the misconception of Islam. Our topics are on the basic beliefs of the religion.


"Here in Malaysia, whatever the Malay Muslims do is attributed to the religion, but actually it’s more cultural than religious, such as the issue of the gymnast's attire."


Some social media users had slammed the 21-year-old athlete for her attire, saying she had exposed her "Aurat" (parts of body to be covered according to Islam) by wearing a leotard.


But others came to her defence, hailing her success at the Games in Singapore, including Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who congratulated her and advised her not to take the negative comments to heart.


The Daily Reminder Network started in 2012 as a page that shared reminders on the religion online, said Laila. It has since become a fast-growing missionary movement with an impressive following on social networks.


The two-day conference will feature well-regarded international speakers, Quran recitations and panel discussions.


According to Laila, Inspired 2015 will feature more than 10 of the best-known Islamic speakers from across the globe, including mufti Ismail Menk, a jurist and a motivational speaker who has won the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.


Other speakers include sheikh Sajid Umar, a respected scholar and orator known for his heart-warming lectures; ustadh Majed Mahmoud, known for his high-energy talks and extensive work among the youth of his community; and sheikh Muiz Bukhary, a hafidh and imam of his community, a scholar who has spread the message of motivation and Islam far and wide.


Tickets are still available at the early-bird rate of RM149 until tomorrow. Thereafter, tickets will be available for RM179.


Tickets can be purchased at the official website of Inspired 2015,  www.tdrconference.com or through tickets' sales representatives present in all major areas of Kuala Lumpur.


Laila said those who were keen to attend but could not afford to purchase the tickets could apply to be sponsored while those who were willing to sponsor these applicants could get in touch with them directly online. – June 29, 2015.


http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/amid-dress-code-furore-group-to-hold-conference-on-practice-of-islam


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New PAS Leadership Closing Themselves from Islamic NGOs, MP Claims


June 29, 2015


KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — The newly-elected leadership in PAS risk alienating Islamic NGOs that were once their staunch supporters if they continue with their narrow-minded approach that pushed away their Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, the Islamist party’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad claimed today.


He said current trends within the party are a betrayal of the principles espoused by former president, the late Fadzil Muhammad Noor, whom he said had elevated the party from its provincial status by working together with civil society.


“I am confident that the tension between PAS and other Islamic NGOs will rise just like how it was with all parties in PR,” Khalid wrote in his blog.


“If this happens, then PAS will fail in fulfilling its responsibility and trust to bring Islam towards success.


“When this happens, then it must be replaced or assisted,” he added.


Khalid said Fadzil had used the Reformasi days in 1998 to galvanise civil society groups under the banner of Majlis Gerakan Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerak), bringing together groups such as Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) and the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim).


By being a “big brother” towards these groups, PAS had also attracted activists and leaders from those groups to join the party, the MP said.


He said the effort was continued by its former spiritual leader, the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat by working together with non-religious groups such as electoral watchdog Bersih and human rights proponent Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram).


Khalid, however, claimed that the current crop of leaders voted in at their recent Muktamar or general assembly fail to see the importance of inclusiveness with the many labels that they use in their attacks against dissenting voices.


“With such narrow thinking, PAS will never be able to achieve the position as the leader and uniter of the whole Islamic movement like Fadzil hoped,” the lawmaker said.


“His effort must be continued and strengthened. But it will never be done by those who are narrow-minded and are not able to respect differences in views among Islamic groups in Malaysia.”


Khalid was among the so-called progressive PAS leaders who were booted out of the party’s top leadership in the last party polls, and are now currently mulling to start a new Islamic party as an alternative to PAS.


http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/new-pas-leadership-closing-themselves-from-islamic-ngos-mp-claims


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Africa


 


Father of Tunisian Gunman Says ISIS 'Ruined His Son's Brains with Their Ideas'


29 June 2015


The father of the Tunisian gunman who killed at least 38 people when he opened fire on tourists has spoken of his shock and disbelief that his son was capable of carrying out such a barbaric act.


Student Seifeddine Rezgui walked on to the beach near Sousse holding an umbrella and a Kalashnikov on Friday before firing at tourists, killing at least 17 Britons - though reports suggest the number could be as many as 30. He was shot and killed by police at the scene.


“These people ruined my son’s brain with horrid thoughts and ideas, they broke him,” Rezgui’s father Hakinm told The Telegraph.


Hakim returned home on Sunday after spending two days in police custody. He said the news that the gunman was his son difficult to “comprehend”.


Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “My God, I am so shocked. I don’t know who has contacted him, influenced him or who has put these ideas in his head. He has new friends who got him into this.


The father of the Tunisian gunman who killed at least 38 people when he opened fire on tourists has spoken of his shock and disbelief that his son was capable of carrying out such a barbaric act.


Student Seifeddine Rezgui walked on to the beach near Sousse holding an umbrella and a Kalashnikov on Friday before firing at tourists, killing at least 17 Britons - though reports suggest the number could be as many as 30. He was shot and killed by police at the scene.


“These people ruined my son’s brain with horrid thoughts and ideas, they broke him,” Rezgui’s father Hakinm told The Telegraph.


Hakim returned home on Sunday after spending two days in police custody. He said the news that the gunman was his son difficult to “comprehend”.


Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “My God, I am so shocked. I don’t know who has contacted him, influenced him or who has put these ideas in his head. He has new friends who got him into this.


“My son had no problem with anyone,” he added. “But I don’t know who has changed his mind, influenced him and who has warped his mind.”


He continued: “I wish there had been no victims, no one hurt. I wish it had never happened. Because when I see the victims I think it could have been my own family.


“I had no idea and I am really sorry. I am upset to see those victims. I feel the loss of the families so strongly. I feel like I have died along with the victms.


“I am so ashamed for me, for his mother, for all our family.”


The gunman's aunt, Zara Rezgui, described him as a “blank page”, but a kind, calm, “normal boy” who spent most of the time alone, while neighbours suggested Rezgui had been brainwashed.


But the gunman's uncle said he was “just like the other young men” who liked to play football or go to a cafe after praying in the local mosque.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/father-of-tunisian-gunman-speaks-i-dont-know-who-has-contacted-him-influenced-him-or-put-these-ideas-in-his-head-10351820.html


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Somalia Islamist Attacks Test Goal of Al-Shabaab Defeat by 2016


by Mohamed Sheikh Nor


June 29, 2015


A wave of attacks by al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, including on an African Union base last week, shows the threat still posed by the al-Qaeda-linked group that the government has vowed to defeat by 2016.


Al-Shabaab said it killed at least 30 soldiers in the June 26 raid on Leego base in southern Somalia. The AU confirmed the assault, without giving a death toll. The violence, which came the same day as attacks by other extremists on a French factory, a Tunisian beach and a mosque in Kuwait, underscores the limited success of Somalia’s army and African troops in checking al-Shabaab’s seven-year-old insurgency.


While they’ve lost control of key towns, “al-Shabaab has consistently shown its ability to strike in urban areas and regroup in rural bases,” Ahmed Soliman, Horn of Africa analyst at Chatham House, the London-based research group, said by e-mail. “It will take much longer to defeat the group and require Somalia’s security services to be significantly improved.”


Regaining control of Somalia, wracked by more than two decades of civil war, is crucial to the government’s plan of inviting foreign investors to kickstart the economy. Oil and gas output may begin by 2020 after exploration work showed the potential for large offshore deposits, while companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc are in talks about returning, according to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed.


The conflict has drawn in troops from countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Burundi as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, or Amisom.


Attempted Bombing


Also last week, 10 people, including two assailants, were killed in an attempted bombing of vehicles carrying United Arab Emirates diplomats in the capital, Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the June 24 attack -- at least the third around the city in about five days -- in which the delegation itself escaped unharmed.


Full report at:


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/somalia-islamist-attacks-test-goal-of-al-shabaab-defeat-by-2016


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Libya warring factions meet face to face for first time


Jun 29, 2015


Libya’s warring factions have held their first face-to-face meeting in the latest round of UN-brokered peace talks in Morocco in a bid to reach a deal on a unity government.


“Libyan dialogue participants hold first joint working meeting in Skhirat, Morocco on Sunday,” said a tweet on the official website of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).


Members of Libya’s internationally-recognized legislature, based in the northeastern city of Tobruk, and opponents from another parliament based in the capital, Tripoli, sat at the same negotiating table for the first time since the beginning of the talks in January.


Convergence


Representatives from both sides described the meeting as positive, saying that they have overcome many differences over a draft agreement on the formation of a unity government proposed by UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon during talks in Morocco earlier this month.


“Today’s meeting was positive. There are many common points of view” regarding the draft deal, said Saleh al-Makhzoum, a delegate of the Tripoli-based parliament.


Abu Bakr Baira, a deputy from the Tobruk legislature, told journalists, “There is agreement on most of the issues.”


Earlier reports cited Baira as saying that the two sides were expected “to initial a written document that narrows down diverging views” later on Sunday.


“After the document is initialed, everyone will return to their bases in order to obtain final approval” for the draft agreement, Tawfik Chahibi of the Tripoli parliament said.


Chahibi said that the representatives would need “two to three weeks” to review everything before inking a final agreement.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/29/417962/Libya-peace-talks-Morocco-Bernardino-Leon-Fajr-Libya-


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Hotel Workers Formed 'Human Shield' To Stop Gun Maniac Shooting More Dead


'You must kill us first, but we're Muslim': Tourist reveals how hotel workers formed 'human shield' to stop gun maniac shooting more dead as Britons tell how they played dead to survive


28 June 2015


A survivor of the massacre in Tunisia has revealed local hotel staff members formed a human shield on the beach in a heroic bid to protect tourists from the rampaging gunman.


John Yeoman, 46, said Muslim staff members from the Bellevue Hotel told the gunman he would have to kill them first as they formed a human barricade between the shooter and Western tourists.


The chain of bodies can be seen in images taken of killer Seifeddine Rezgui which emerged yesterday - about a dozen men stand side-by-side as the gunman, pictured in the foreground, marches away from them carrying his Kalashnikov.


It is just one of many incredible tales of survival to emerge in the aftermath of the deadly attack in which British survivors have described playing dead as Rezgui 'executed' wounded tourists.


He told MailOnline staff formed a shield and started yelling at the gunman: 'You must kill us first.'


The gunman, who openly declared he was targeting Western tourists during the killing spree, was also told: 'You will have to get past us, but we're Muslim.


'Basically, the staff put themselves in the way,' he said. 'The staff from the Bellevue were amazing, really good.'


Mr Yeoman said he was told what happened by another survivor at Manchester Airport after the two were among those repatriated yesterday.


Meanwhile, British survivors have described how they played dead in a desperate bid to avoid being 'finished off' by the gunman as he indiscriminately shot down dozens of tourists.


Cheryl Mellor, 55, told of how she lay motionless on the beach just moments after seeing her husband killed and having been shot herself.


Rezgui had earlier landed on the shore on a boat dressed as a tourist, before pulling out an assault rifle hidden in a parasol.


He then stormed the beach, gunning down tourists and throwing hand grenades into the crowds. In all, 38 people were killed, with the atrocity claiming the lives of 15 Britons - although that figure may yet rise.


The mother-of-two from Bodmin, Cornwall, told The Sunday Mirror she and her husband Stephen initially tried to flee but instead came face-to-face with Rezgui as he aimed his gun at them.


Full report at:


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142037/Britons-played-dead-beach-survive-horror-Tourists-caught-massacre-tell-lay-motionless-crazed-gunman-stood-them.html


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Getting to the core of al-Shabaab’s conflict with Kenya


June 28, 2015


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: It has been two months since al-Shabaab Islamic militants targeted the university in Garissa, Kenya. A nation made up of more than 80 percent Christians, it was the Christians that the Islamic militants were after, sparing the lives of students they believed to be Muslims.


Cedric Barnes is the Director of the International Crisis Group in Nairobi and an expert on al-Shabaab.


CEDRIC BARNES: They knew that the people there would be mostly the people that are a long way away from home and probably, largely, predominantly Christian. So it was very deliberate it was very cynical.


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: 147 students were killed, shot, or hacked to death. Among the dead—19 year old Bilha Gitau. This is her family’s home outside Nairobi. A simple building on a small plot of land. This is her father, Godfrey.


GODFREY GITAU: When I heard about the attack I was worried, he says. I tried calling her but there was no answer.


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: He still struggles to understand …why?


GODFREY GITAU: These people are not right he says. My daughter was killed just because she was a Christian. I don’t understand why they are doing this.


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: Al-Shabaab, ‘the youth’ in Arabic. Somalia’s version of al-Qaeda, a group to whom it has pledged allegiance. They are a hardline Islamic group preaching extremism, fighting for power in Somalia, at war with neighboring countries.


Fuad Shongale is a key al-Shabaab ideologue alleged to be responsible for a series of terror attacks inside Somalia.


FUAD SHONGALE: Only when we fight the unbelievers can we be honored, he says. If we do not fight them we will not be honored.


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: Anarchy erupted in Somalia after the fall of the government in 1991 and the Islamic Court Union, a group of autonomous courts formed along clan lines, managed to restore a fragile peace in Somalia after years of inter-clan fighting. But eventually that fragile peace broke down and al-Shabaab emerged.


Most Somalis practice a more moderate form of Islam—Sufism—and supported an initiative to form a transitional national government, completely contrary to what al-Shabaab wants— to the way al-Shabaab thinks.


CEDRIC BARNES: So they all believe that they are performing their Islamic duty by fighting and that they are going to create a better society, an Islamic society by undertaking armed jihad.


MARTIN SEEMUNGAL: In 2006 predominately Christian Ethiopia sent in its soldiers to help the Transitional Government, forcing al-Shabaab from the capital Mogadishu to its strongholds in Southern Somalia.


But al-Shabaab used the foreign intervention as a rallying point to attract supporters. It is funded by Somali individuals in the diaspora, other terrorist organizations, kidnapping and piracy.


Full report at:


http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/getting-core-al-shabaab-conflict-kenya/


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Armed Tunisian police swarm streets of tourist towns after attack


June/29/2015


TUNIS — Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia’s beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons.


Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday’s attack, which has shocked the North African country that relies heavily on tourism for jobs and foreign currency revenues.


Britain’s Foreign Office warned late on Saturday that militants may launch further attacks on tourist resorts in after a gunman opened fire on the Imperial Marhaba resort, in the worst assault of its kind in modern Tunisian history.


At least 15 Britons were among the dead and wounded along with German, Irish and Belgian nationals in Sousse, a popular resort town. It was the most significant attack on Britons since the attack on the London transport system in 2005.


“We are going to deploy 1,000 armed police to protect hotels and tourists,” Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told reporters late on Saturday night.


Since its 2011 uprising Tunisia has been praised for its peaceful transition to democracy with a new constitution and free elections seen as a model for the region.


But its young democracy has also been tested by the rise of  hardline movements, some of which have turned to violence. The army has been fighting a campaign against pockets of militants near the Algerian border.


Daesh has claimed the Sousse attack. But officials say the gunman, named as Saif Rezgui, was not any watchlist of known potential militants. One source said he appeared to have been radicalized over the last six months by recruiters.


It was the second major attack in Tunisia this year, following a militant assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March when gunmen killed a group of foreign visitors as they arrived by bus.


Full report at:


http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150629248740


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No plan to transfer Boko Haram detainees to Anambra – APC


June 28, 2015


The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress said on Sunday that there was no plan by the Federal Government to send Boko Haram detainees to any prison in Anambra state.


Some youth in Awka, the state capital as well as Onitsha, on Saturday protested against the alleged plan by the government to relocate the sect members currently serving jail terms in some prisons in the north to the state.


In a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, the APC described the news of the relocation of the prisoners as “blatant falsehood”.


“We have made contacts with the Presidency and the Nigeria Prison Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and they assured us that there is no iota of truth in the mischievous rumour,” the party said.


“In the clarification the Nigeria Prison Service stated unequivocally that, ‘Most of the terror suspects are awaiting trial and so there is no way they can be moved to another state, because they must be tried in the state where they committed the crime.’ “They went further to state that their primary and traditional duty is to move detainees from prison to trial courts and wondered how easy it is to move the detainees more than 1000 kilometers from Onitsha to Maiduguri if they are relocated.”


Full report at:


http://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-east/185803-no-plan-to-transfer-boko-haram-detainees-to-anambra-apc.html


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Boko Haram Spy Nabbed In IDP Camp


June/29/2015


A security official who spoke to the Daily Trust, said that suspect was apprehended after vigilante agents close to the camp reported seeing a unknown man loitering in the area.


The official said: “We arrested him. He claimed to be a Ghanaian who came from a nearby village. We took him to the JTF headquarters for interrogation where he confessed to be a Boko Haram member spying on the area.”


READ ALSO: After 8 Months Break, Mubi Poly Reopens Despite Boko Haram Terror


A resident added that the strange man was seen around the camp around 7am in the morning and residents decided to report him to the relevant authorities.


He said: “Nobody knew him in the area and we became suspicious of him.”  The residents then alerted the Civil Defence Service Corps guarding the IDPs camp. The corps then arrested the man and handed him over to the military.


Full report at:


http://www.naij.com/473596-boko-haram-spy-nabbed-in-idp-camp.html


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Arab World


 


Iraq: Anniversary of Islamic State Caliphate Declaration


June 29, 2015


Today is the first anniversary of the declaration of a caliphate across Syria and Iraq by the militant group known as Islamic State.


The declaration came after the group took control of Mosul, Iraq's second city, and appeared to threaten Baghdad.


Full report at:


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33310145


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Iraqi Bombers Kill 60 ISIL Terrorists in Fallujah


Jun 29, 2015


A senior Iraqi official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the country's fighter jets bombarded 14 ISIL positions in Fallujah, Anbar province, killing over 60 militants.


"The operation was based on accurate intelligence by Baghdad Security Directorate," the source added.


Earlier, the Iraqi fighter jets pounded ISIL hideouts in the town of Taza Khormato, situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) South of oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing 25 Takfiris.


The reports added that the strikes also left 10 militants injured.


In a separate incidence, a total of 28 ISIL militants lost their lives after the country's airstrikes hit the compounds of the Takfiri group in the town of al-Qa’im, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baghdad. 


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000614


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U.S., allies conduct air strikes in Syria, Iraq against ISIS


28 June 2015


The United States and its allies staged 17 air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and 10 strikes against the militant group in Iraq on Saturday, the U.S. military said.


In Syria, nine of the air strikes hit Islamic State positions near Kobane, five struck near Aleppo and three hit near Tal Abyad, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.


In Iraq, the air strikes hit Islamic State targets near Mosul, Tal Afar, Sinjar, Fallujah, Bayji, Makhmur and Habbaniyah.


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/U-S-allies-conduct-air-strikes-in-Syria-Iraq-against-ISIS.html


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Saudi Attacks Kill 3 in Sa'ada


Jun 29, 2015


According to reports, the kingdom's fighter jets pounded Fallah district in Sa'ada province and killed 3 civilians. 


There has yet been no report on the number of casualties or extent of the damage to properties, but local security officials said that scores of people had been killed or injured in the attacks.


Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 96 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.


The airstrikes have so far claimed the lives of more than 4,739 civilians, mostly women and children.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000548


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Bomb targets Egypt state prosecutor’s convoy in Cairo


29 June 2015


A bomb targeted the convoy of the Egyptian state prosecutor in the capital Cairo on Monday, security officials said.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/29/Bomb-targets-Egypt-state-prosecutor-s-convoy.html


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Three killed in mortar attack on Damascus: state TV


28 June 2015


A mortar bomb killed three people and wounded 12 more in a market place in northeast Damascus on Sunday, Syrian state television reported, after months of relative calm in the capital.


The bomb exploded in a market in Saroujah district just northeast of the city center, the report said, citing a source in the capital's police headquarters. It described it as a "terrorist attack" without giving further details.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgents based in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus have carried out rocket and mortar bomb attacks on the capital in the past.


Damascus, the seat of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, came under heavy bombardment in late 2014 and early 2015.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Three-killed-in-mortar-attack-on-Damascus-state-TV.html


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Gunmen kill senior Iraqi oil official in Kirkuk


28 June 2015


Gunmen shot dead a senior oil official working for Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) on Sunday, police and company officials said.


NOC’s chief of operations, Saad al-Karbalaie, was killed in the northern oil city of Kirkuk after gunmen forced him to stop his vehicle as he was leaving his office and then shot him, police sources said.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on Karbalaie, who was supervising production and export facilities in Kirkuk.


Major oil producer and OPEC member Iraq faces security challenges from the ultra-hardline Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which controls a third of the country, and a sectarian conflict exacerbated by the group’s presence.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Gunmen-kill-senior-Iraqi-oil-official-in-Kirkuk.html


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Top ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq's Mosul


Jun 29, 2015


Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jubouri said in a statement on Sunday that one of the commanders of the terrorist group, identified as Abdullah Mohammad al-Horan, was killed after ISIL military bases in the al-Islah al-Zera’ie area of Western Mosul were pounded. 


The aerial operation, the statement added, further killed 10 other ISIL terrorists who served as operational commanders.


“Horan was in charge of all executions, beheadings and cruel punishments that the group has carried out in Mosul and nearby areas,” he added.


Earlier, a senior commander of ISIL was killed in heavy clashes with a rival terrorist group in Damascus countryside in Southern Syria.


Amer Qazaleh Abu Amro al-Homsi was killed in clashes with Ahrar al-Sham terrorists in Eastern Qalamoun.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000700


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Grand Mosque area cleared of beggars


29 June 2015


MAKKAH: A total of 324 people have been arrested within a month and improper activities, including begging and illegal trades, have been contained in Makkah.


According to a report submitted to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal by the committee concerned, of the 324 arrested people, 180 are cart pushers and 144 are street vendors of various nationalities.


Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, vice president of the Field Committee to Combat Negative Practices in the central region, has been quoted by local media as saying that the committee works throughout the year to monitor negative practices.


He said necessary measures are taken to eliminate the illegal practices, as per the directives of the prince, with intensified efforts during Haj and Umrah seasons.


Al-Ghamdi said these negative practices, especially begging, have significantly decreased compared to the previous years.


During the month of Ramadan, he said, work is focused on the central areas around the Grand Mosque. The central zone has been divided into sections with field teams assigned to each area to monitor and address issues.


Full report at:


http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/769011


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Daesh executes over 3,000 in Syria in year-long ‘caliphate’


29 June 2015


BEIRUT: Daesh has executed over 3,000 people in Syria, including hundreds of civilians, in the year since it declared its self-described “caliphate.”


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group monitoring Syria’s conflict, said it had documented 3,027 executions by Daesh since June 29, 2014.


Among those executed are 1,787 civilians, including 74 children, said the Observatory. Members of Sunni Shaitat tribe account for around half of the civilians murdered.


Daesh killed 930 members of the clan in Deir Ez Zor last year after they rose up against the extremist group.


The toll also includes recent mass killings by Daesh in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, which the terror group re-entered briefly this week after being expelled in January.


The monitor said it had counted at least 223 executions in the border town this week. The Observatory also documented 216 Daesh executions of rival rebel factions and Kurdish fighters, as well as the executions of nearly 900 regime forces.


Full report at:


http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/768956


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Surveillance cameras to be installed in all important mosques


29 June 2015


Sattam Al-Jumaiah


Okaz/Saudi Gazette


HAIL – The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has completed security arrangements to ensure the safety of important mosques in all governorates and regions of the Kingdom.


The ministry is providing surveillance cameras to be installed inside and outside important mosques in every region.


All important mosques are being enumerated as a first step for safety requirements.


The move follows the recent terrorist blasts that targeted innocent worshipers in the Eastern Province.


http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150629248821


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Arab modern art displayed at Bisat Al-Reeh


June 28, 2015


JEDDAH — One of the landmark bazaars of the year, Bisat Al-Reeh, concluded in Jeddah showcasing in the newest products of local designers and artists.


Held between June 22 and 27 at Jeddah International Exhibition Center, Bisat Al-Reeh was awaited by visitors every Ramadan for the latest goods made by locals from all over the Middle East.


In the midst of traditional clothing and crafts, one particular booth stood out in the exhibition hall. Arriving from Kuwait, Artsharks presented a gallery of modern art with an Arab style.


Participating in Bisat Al-Reeh for the second year in a row, founder Manayer AlSharekh said she designed collages that were either custom-made or ready-made.


“We hand draw it then input it in the computer and add pictures and collages,” she explained.


Full report at:


http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150629248728


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King Salman Personality of the Year for International Prize for Serving the Qur’an


Jun 29 2015


JEDDAH – In its eighth year, the International Prize for Serving the Holy Qur’an has selected Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman as the Personality of the Year for Serving the Holy Qur’an.


This prize is awarded every year by the International Commission for Memorization of the Holy Qur’an, an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL), to winners in 10 branches.


A ceremony for honoring the winners will be held in Jeddah today (Monday) under the auspices of King Salman.


Full report at:


http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150629248820


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60 years of Saudi-Japan diplomacy in spotlight


Jun 29 2015


JEDDAH — Japan's Consul General Matahiro Yamaguchi has highlighted the strategic relations that bind together his country and Saudi Arabia.


He made the remarks in a statement to Saudi Gazette on the occasion of commemorating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 1955.


“This year the anniversary falls in the holy month of Ramadan. I would like to congratulate the Saudi leadership and people and all Muslims on this occasion,” Yamaguchi said.


He pointed out that the strategic Japanese-Saudi relations are based on the mutual respect and common interests.


The deep friendship between the Japanese Imperial Family and Saudi Royal Family has played a great role in the progress of the relations between the two countries, he added.


Yamaguchi said Japan is the third largest trading partner for the Kingdom, while the Kingdom is Japan's biggest source of oil supplies.


Full report at:


http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150629248729


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Saudis hold demo in solidarity with Kuwaitis over terrorist attack


Jun 29, 2015


People in Saudi Arabia have taken to the streets to express solidarity with the people of Kuwait over a recent terrorist attack targeting Shia worshippers in a Kuwaiti mosque.


On Sunday, the demonstrators in the Qatif region of Eastern Province slammed the deadly bombing at Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City, which was carried out on Friday during weekly prayers.


Waving black flags in mourning, the Saudi ralliers denounced the terrorist act. The participants also raised Kuwait’s national flag, and held banners with writing that said their sorrow and suffering is the same as those of the Kuwaitis and that they both have common enemies.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/29/417976/Saudi-Arabia-Qatif-Kuwait-Shia-worshipers


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ISIS issues audio clip of ‘Kuwait bomber’


29 June 2015


ISIS released an audio clip purporting to be a posthumous statement by a militant who killed 27 people in a suicide bombing attack on a Kuwait mosque on Friday.


Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa flew into Kuwait's airport hours before he detonated explosives at the mosque. (KUNA)


The statement consisted largely of Quranic verses and was released on social media channels used by ISIS. The speaker criticizes Shi'ite Muslims and says they can expect revenge for what he terms insulting Islam.


Kuwaiti authorities have identified the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa, a Saudi.


The Saudi interior ministry said al-Qabaa flew into Kuwait through Bahrain, adding that he has no previous known links to terrorism, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Sunday.


On Saturday, Kuwaiti police arrested the driver who transported a suicide bomber to the mosque where he blew himself up, the official KUNA news agency said.


The driver, who was named as Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan Saud, was described as an "illegal resident" born in 1989, who took the bomber to the Al-Imam Al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City on Friday.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/29/ISIS-issues-audio-clip-of-Kuwait-bomber.html


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Madinah governor commends dedication of security forces


29 June 2015


RIYADH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has lauded the security forces for maintaining law and order in the region and their dedication to duty, especially during the month of Ramadan.


Prince Faisal made this statement when he took part in the iftar program of the security forces in the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque recently. He appreciated the gesture of the security men who have opted to break their Ramadan fast in the field while on duty.


Appreciating their services in the discharge of duty to the nation, the prince said their contributions go a long way in maintaining peace and security in their areas of operation.


The informal event was attended by Madinah police chief Abdul Hadi bin Shahrani, commander of the emergency force in the Madinah region Maj. Gen. Hamid Al-Tuwaiqri and Director of Madinah Traffic Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ajlan Al-Shanbari.


In a brief statement, Abdul Hadi said that the presence of the governor at the iftar boosted the morale of the security men working. “We were all encouraged and energized by his valued presence at the iftar.”


Full report at:


http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/769041


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Europe


 


France Attack Suspect Yassin Salhi Admits To Decapitating Boss


June 29, 2015


Islamist extremist Yassin Salhi who carried out an attack on a U.S. gas plant in France has reportedly admitted to killing his manager beforehand, a source said.


Yassin Salhi, who has been linked to a militant in Syria, told detectives that he had killed Herve Cornara in a parking area before arriving at the factory Saint Quentin-Fallavier, 30 kilometres south of Lyon, reported ABC News.


One of Salhi’s work colleagues said that he had argued with Conara days earlier after he dropped a pallet of fragile equipment.


The police had found the victim’s decapitated body and head, covered with Islamic inscriptions, at the plant.


Investigators revealed that the 35-year-old attacker had taken a selfie with the severed head before his arrest and sent the photo to a Canadian number.


The phone number was registered in the name of a French national, known by his first name Sebastien-Younes, who has been in Syria since last year. He was last located in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold of Raqqa.


Full report at:


http://www.financialexpress.com/article/miscellaneous/france-attack-suspect-yassin-salhi-admits-to-decapitating-boss-2/91541/


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Rock containing anti-Muslim comments thrown at Muslim prayer room in Germany


29 June 2015


Vandals hurled a rock through a window at a Muslim prayer room in the northern German city of Wismar early Sunday, police said.


A note that had been wrapped around the rock contained anti-Muslim comments.


Police in the Baltic coast city said the identity and number of vandals were unknown and that their investigation was ongoing.


http://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2015/06/28/rock-containing-anti-muslim-comments-thrown-at-muslim-prayer-room-in-germany


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British, Canadian, US students feared joined IS


June 29, 2015


KHARTOUM - Twelve students including British, Canadian, Sudanese and US citizens are feared to have travelled from Khartoum to Turkey to try to join the Islamic State (IS) group, their university’s dean told AFP Sunday.


Another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the same private University of Medical Sciences and Technology travelled to Turkey in March and it is believed they crossed into Syria.


“We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday,” dean Dr Ahmed Babikir told AFP.


Khartoum airport authorities confirmed the group had travelled to Turkey and the students’ families said they had not seen them since Friday and were unable to find their passports, Babikir added.


It was likely they were trying to reach Syria to join IS because they were still sitting their final exams and had not warned their families they were leaving.


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Babikir said.


“Logic says that they travelled to join the Daesh organisation,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.


Seven of the missing students are British, two Canadian, one American and two are Sudanese nationals, Babikir said, although all are understood to be of Sudanese origin.


Three of the twelve students were women, Babikir added, declining to name any of the students.


Full report at:


http://nation.com.pk/international/29-Jun-2015/british-canadian-us-students-feared-joined-is


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India


 


IS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban are Un-Islamic, says Hardliner Geelani


Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar| Updated: Jun 29, 2015


Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday described Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Islamic State and Boko Haram-like organisations as un-Islamic.


“The actions and course of action of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, IS and Boko Haram like organisations as totally un-Islamic. The best character and moral principles of Islam has conquered the hearts and minds of the people in the past and even today this message of guidance can reach to the people of the world with extreme love and affection,” Geelani said in Srinagar.


Full report at:


http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/is-boko-haram-tehreek-e-taliban-are-un-islamic-says-geelani/article1-1363871.aspx


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New Proactive Group Within Unsettles AIMPLB


by Seema Chishti | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 201


There is growing disquiet in the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) over the emergence of a “proactive” group which wants to “act”, along with members of the majority community, to “safeguard” Muslim interests.


The announcement of the Majlis-e-Amal or implementation committee has been described as routine but there are several in the board — it positions itself as a spokesperson of Muslim opinion in India and the chief custodian of Muslim personal law and the Shariat — who believe it is being formed to open a channel with the Prime Minister.


At a meeting of its executive in Lucknow on June 6-7, the Majlis-e-Amal, headed by Wali Rahmani, a cleric based in Munger in Bihar who is also the board’s working general secretary, took a call to “act” with members of the majority community to “safeguard” Muslim interests.


The last time a committee was tasked with protecting the constitutional rights of Muslims was in 2010 — it was asked to deal with specific grievances with the Waqf Act and some judgments seen as intruding into Muslim personal law. Rahmani has emerged as the face of the new “active” board — Rabey Nadwi, the board chairman, is in his 90s and age has also caught up with Maulana Nizamuddin of Biharsharif, the general secretary. Earlier this month, Rahmani reached out directly to Muslim organisations, institutions and imams of mosques, asking them to maintain vigil against attacks on Islam’s teachings. He also alleged that the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by the government on June 21 was part of a conspiracy to link the exercise to the RSS. Within the board, there is suspicion about the agenda of the Majlis-e-Amal. Because in March, the usually sedate meeting of the board was disrupted in Jaipur over the presence of “non-members” — Zafar Sareshwala, a businessman who is also chancellor of the Hyderabad-based Maulana Azad National Urdu University and is considered close to the Prime Minister, could not enter the meeting because several members protested. There are some who believe the actions of the committee will find place in the run-up to the Bihar assembly elections. Qasim Sayyed, editor-in-chief of Rozanama Khabrein, said: “By appearing to be very active and pro-Muslim, the board actually wants to polarise the Bihar polls and is being used as fuel for that purpose. What is the sense in raising these things? Is this the time to raise the temperature and be hot-headed? They want to do this and also cosy up to Modi by demonstrating that they are the true Muslim representatives.” Such has been the debate that board spokesman A R Qureshi had to issue a statement, widely quoted in Urdu papers, saying “there is no proposal to meet the Prime Minister”. Rahmani, on his part, said: “Meeting the PM is not an issue, we will not go to just have tea with him. But when and if we need to, we will meet him like we do, and have always done, with all PMs and government representatives… we are open to the idea of meeting anyone, including the PM. Though this is not the right time, we may meet the PM either before the Bihar elections or even after it. I cannot say for sure. The meeting won’t happen without wider consultation.” Kamal Farooqui, formerly with the SP who is expected to be part of the Majlis-e-Amal, said: “If and when it is time to meet Mr Modi, we will. We don’t think that time has come now. Full report at:


http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/new-proactive-group-within-unsettles-muslim-law-board/99/


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Of A Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian Fast


June 28, 2015


Like all other festivals, the holy month of Ramzan calls for amity and brotherhood of humankind.


Delhi has always been a cosmopolitan city where, despite discord at times, communal harmony was a remarkable feature. With the month of Ramzan having set in one is reminded of the time when Hindus did not eat, smoke or chew paan in the presence of Muslim friends and acquaintances. Incidentally, Jews and Armenians at Akbar’s court, and also some Francisis (French) merchants kept the fast on the first and last day of Ramzan. R.K. Mathur, a Kahishta, used to recall that once when he went to Bara Hindu Rao and tried to make a telephone call from a public booth, the young man manning it asked him why he was not fasting and instead eating a Paan. The youngster had mistaken his identity because he was wearing a starched Kurta and pyjamas with a cap on his head and had a beard. Rather than hurt his feelings, he diplomatically replied that he had a tummy upset because of which roza was not possible. The boy relented and allowed him to make a call only after Mathur Sahib greeted the call receiver with “Om Namo Shivai”.


The same thing happened when Denny went from Christian Colony in Karol Bagh to Ballimaran to buy Biryani at the erstwhile Bismillah Hotel and tasted a mouthful from the packet that had been handed over to him. “Wah Mian aftari ka waqt aya nahin hai aur aap ne biryani chaakh bhi li” (the time to end the fast has still not come and you have already tasted the biryani) Denny replied that it was just a lapse of memory and, in any case, the smell was so appetizing that he couldn’t resist the temptation of sampling some as per his habit. Just then a friend of his, Munne Mian, who was passing by greeted him with “Good evening Denny Sahib, how is your father, the Padri Sahib of Baptist Church?” The shopkeeper’s eyes widened as it dawned on him that he had made a faux pa. Denny accepted his apology with a smile.


It is a well known fact, that in earlier times, both high caste Hindu women and those from the sweeper community would congregate on the steps of the Jama Masjid so that the namazis coming out after Maqrib (sunset) prayers during Ramzan could bless their children by breathing on them. Some Brahmin and Khatri women went so far as to kiss the old namazis’ hands and place them on the heads of their kids. After that they would visit the shrine of Hare-Bhare Sahib to light diyas.


Raphael, a news agency operator, who lived in Kutcha Mir Ashiq, would stop the office car in front of the Jama Masjid while returning from night duty in Ramzan days and enjoy nahari at Karim Hotel before going home. Once when he sat down to eat just before dawn a waiter told him that he had come late. “There’s still 15 minutes for sehri time to end,” replied Raphael, looking at his watch. The waiter nodded and he finished his breakfast and strolled to a corner shop, where the paanwallah asked him to hurry up as it would soon be time for aazan. Raphael quickly put the proffered Paan in his mouth and made his way home. A group of singers returning after rousing the faithful for the last meal before the roza embraced him as one of their own who never missed sehri at Karim’s.


Full report at:


http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/of-a-hindu-a-muslim-and-a-christian-fast/article7364006.ece


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Mideast


 


Saudileaks 27: Docs Show Tehran's Cold-Blooded Response to US Missile Threat


Jun 28, 2015


The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.


One of the documents released by the YCA is a letter from the Saudi embassy in Tehran to the former Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud al-Faisal, in which the envoy informs Riyadh that the now former Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, Babaker Zebari, has traveled to Iran to deliver a message of threat from the US.


According to the cable, the Unites State had invited the now former Iraqi foreign minister, Hushyar Zebari, to visit a US Army Base in Qatar.


The letter says that the US army had even sent a plane to Baghdad to make sure that the Iraqi delegation would pay the visit.


The document says Zebari realizes the real intention behind the US invitation as soon as he arrives at the base, where the top US military commanders have given him a tour of their missiles all aimed at Iran and ready to launch, and then asked him to warn Tehran not to mess with their plans in the region following their complete pull-out from Iraq in December 2011.


The Iraqi foreign minister has apparently asked the country's Army Chief of Staff Babaker Zebari to take the message to Iran.


"But, Zebari has been given a cold-blooded response in Tehran," adds the letter.


"We already knew the direction of their missiles," the Tehran officials have told the Iraqi top commander, according to the letter.


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Late in May, the Yemen Cyber Army released a portion of the information and documents that it had gained in its recent cyber attack on Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense Ministries.


The Yemen Cyber Army announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and would release thousands of these top secret documents.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407000463


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Medical Sources Say Saudi King's Aid Cargo to Yemen Was HIV-Infected


Jun 28, 2015


"Tens of Yemeni citizens have been infected with deadly HIV and hepatitis viruses after using the drugs aid cargo sent by the king of the enemy state, Saudi Arabia," Yemeni Medical source Dr. Hassan Karim told FNA on Sunday.


Asked if independent international bodies have confirmed the test results, the renowned specialist lamented that the World Health Organization has also confirmed the drugs were infected with AIDS virus.


Dr. Karim said that he and Yemeni physicians have found out all the drugs had come from Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 95 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407001514


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Yemeni Missiles Target Military Bases in Southern Saudi Arabia


Jun 28, 2015


The Yemeni forces hit the Saudi military bases in Dhahran with Scud and Najm al-Saqeb (Striking Star) missiles on Sunday.


Local sources informed that the Yemeni forces have also attacked several Saudi military bases in Jizan.


Saudi warplanes repeatedly pounded residential areas in the Northern Yemeni province of Sa'ada on Sunday, killing and injuring large groups of people.


According to local sources, the kingdom's military planes hit Razeh district in Sa'ada province with more than 15 rockets targeting and destroying civilian buildings early on Sunday, leaving scores of people dead and injured.


There has yet been no report on the number of casualties or extent of the damage to properties, but local security officials said that scores of people had been killed or injured in the attacks.


Elsewhere, three civilians sustained serious injures after the Saudi airstrikes bombed Hajjah province.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407001528


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US Military Incapable of Overcoming Defences of Iran, Russia, China


Jun 28, 2015


The US military has invested a lot in purchasing short-range direct attack bombs and has under-invested in the long-range, stealth and precision-guided weapons, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments reported.


Due to that, the United States cannot overcome the defenses of such countries as Russia, China and Iran, said experts of the center.


The report points out that from 2001 to 2014 the US Department of Defense bought 304,750 weapons for direct action with a radius of up to 50 lesions nautical miles (80.47 km), which accounted for 96% of all weapons purchase.


During the same period only 7109 long-range weapons were purchased. They can blast the radius of 400 nautical miles (643.74 kilometers).


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940407001499


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Iran: Nuclear talks deadline extended past June 30


28 June 2015


The Iran nuclear deal deadline has been extended past June 30, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Sunday as the Islamic republic joined world powers in Vienna this week for a fresh round of nuclear talks.


“Because there is still lots of work to do the delegations will remain beyond... (July 1) to continue the negotiations and reach a good overall deal,” a spokesman for the Iranian delegation in Vienna said.


Earlier on Sunday, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will return to Tehran for one day to consult with the country’s leadership over the ongoing nuclear talks with major powers, according to Reuters news agency.


“Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow,” Tasnim said, citing an unnamed Iranian official.


Iran’s IRNA and ISNA news agencies said that “after a one-day stay in Tehran,” Zarif would return to Vienna but “in case more time is needed to work on the text of the agreement negotiations can continue after the June 30 deadline.”


The Iranian statement comes after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday there were still major differences between the powers and Iran and there would need to be concessions to reach an agreement.


“There a number of different areas where we still have major differences of interpretation in detailing what was agreed in (the) Lausanne (framework agreement),” Hammond told reporters on arrival in Vienna. He was referring to a framework deal agreed on April 2.


“There is going to have to be some give or take if we are to get this done in the next few days,” he said, adding that there were red lines that could not be crossed. “No deal is better than a bad deal.”


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Disputes-remain-as-Iran-nuke-deal-deadline-approaches-.html


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Yemeni Rockets Pound Saudi Bases in Najran


Jun 29, 2015


According to reports, Yemen's artillery units fired several rockets into three Saudi military bases in the Southwestern province of Najran early on Monday, leaving scores of Saudi troops dead and injured.


The missile attack came in retaliation for Riyadh's ongoing aggression against the residential areas of the Arab country.


Earlier, Saudi warplanes pounded a construction company in the Harad district in the Northwestern Hajjah province. Air raids were also carried on the Dar Sa’d and Khur Maksar towns in the Aden province.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000515


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Iran Reopens Embassy in Morocco, Calls for Expansion of Bilateral Ties


Jun 29, 2015


Afkham said on Sunday that the reopening of Iran’s embassy in Morocco and the appointment of a new ambassador to the North African country show Tehran’s determination to improve ties with Rabat in all fields.


She added that Iran and Morocco also have plans to boost political and economic cooperation, and exchange commercial delegations.


Diplomatic relations between Iran and Morocco were severed in 2009 following a series of differences over the regional issues.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000387


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Iran Renews Call for Annihilation of WMDs Worldwide


Jun 29, 2015


On the occasion of the 28th anniversary of 1987 chemical bombardment of Iran's Northwestern city of Sardasht by the Iraqi Ba'ath regime of Saddam, Zarif called on the international community to carry out their “legal and moral responsibility” towards the victims and their families and pave the ground for the punishment of the perpetrators and supporters of such inhumane acts.


As an active member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Islamic Republic of Iran, along with other member states, will keep on trying for the “total annihilation” of all chemical weapons in the world, Zarif said.


He added that Iran is one of the main victims of chemical weapons.


Iran has always stressed the urgent need to the dismantlement of the WMDs, including chemical weapons, as it has been a victim of such weapons.


Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed and wounded by chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran. Around 100,000 Iranians are still living with the effects, which include long-term respiratory problems, eye and skin problems as well as immune system disorders, psychological disorders, genetic disorders, and probably cancers.


Sardasht is a city in Northwestern Iran. According to the 2006 census, its population was 37,000. It lies in the West Azarbaijan province. It was the first city in which civilians where attacked with chemical weapons by former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein during the imposed Iraqi war on Iran.


Full report at:


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940408000470


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Iran sharply raises stake in Islamic body


Jun 29, 2015


The International Islamic Trade Finance Corp (ITFC) has approved raising Iran’s stake in the financial entity, making the country the third largest shareholder, its annual report says.


Iran is getting 8,500 new shares worth $85 million under the new arrangement, sharply up from just $1.92 million for the country at the end of 2013, the report said.


ITFC has financed $594 million worth of projects in Iran since its establishment in 2008. The financial entity, promoting Sharia-compliant interest- or riba-free transactions, is growing in size and becoming a force to be reckoned with.


In 2014, ITFC oversaw transactions worth $5.2 billion mostly in the energy sector, up from $3.4 billion in 2013.


Currently, as many as 31 countries with 56 shareholders are members of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corp.


ITFC, headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah, promotes trade among Muslim countries. On its website, IFTC says its award-winning innovative Shariah-compliant trade finance has proven its effectiveness in providing solutions to clients' needs during difficult economic environments.


The Islamic Development Bank is currently the biggest shareholder in the ITFC, worth $266 million, followed by Saudi Arabia at $120 million.


Iran is expanding its trade links with independent financial institutions amid US-led sanctions.


Meanwhile, Islamic finance is expanding around the world. Last year, Britain became the first country outside the Muslim world to issue an Islamic bond, known as Sukuk.


British government officials have said London was bidding to become the center for the Islamic finance industry.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/29/417975/iran-islamic-banking-itfc-


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Turkey considering military intervention in Syria: Reports


Jun 29, 2015


Reports coming out of Turkey suggest that Ankara is preparing for a military intervention in neighboring Syria.


Several Turkish media outlets reported Sunday that the Ankara government is gearing up for a ground incursion into Syria.


They said that the government has ordered the army to deploy forces to border areas in a bid to prevent significant gains by Kurdish forces fighting against ISIL militants.


According to the newspapers, the Turkish government has ordered the military to increase support for Syrian militants in border regions. The Turkish military has, however, reportedly advised the government to explore all diplomatic avenues before launching any incursion.


The reports also said that up to 18,000 ground forces, air support and artillery would reportedly cross the border into Syria on a stretch of land spanning from the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani in the east to the town of Mare.


The strip of land is currently a battleground between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/29/418001/Turkey-Syria-ground-incursion


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Yemen water crisis may be ‘bigger problem than war’


 29 June 2015


The price of water is rising steeply in Yemen, which may run out of water for its 25 million people, experts say, adding to the misery caused by Arab air strikes and the civil war ravaging one of the world's poorest and driest countries.


An Arab military coalition has since late March been bombing the Iran-backed Houthi militia that has taken over much of the country.


The bombing is aimed at restoring Yemen's exiled president to power, and the alliance's virtual blockade of Yemen's airspace and ports has cut off supplies of food and fuel to the impoverished country.


Most of the gas-powered pumps providing water are now inoperable, and water from those that still work doesn't come cheap.


"Ordinary Yemenis now pay more than 30 percent of their income just to get water in their houses, the highest rate in the world," said Abdulkhaleq Alwan, a senior expert at Yemen's water and environment ministry.


Prices have more than tripled since March, reaching 10,000 Yemen rials ($47) for a four cubic metre tank of water, Alwan told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Sanaa.


The price of water has risen so steeply because the price of diesel used to pump water from the wells, and that of petrol to run the trucks, has gone through the roof, Alwan said.


"The well owners can barely afford to buy diesel on the black market because of the crazy prices, sometimes around $100 for 20 litres of diesel," while petrol costs around $40 for 20 litres on the black market, he said.


The only alternative for water truck owners is to queue for three to four days to buy fuel more cheaply from petrol stations, he said.


In a country where more than half the population lives on less than $2 a day, some simply can't afford to buy water at all.


"Poor families in both urban and rural areas are absolutely unable to purchase clean and safe water at such prices and therefore started to fetch water in cans on their heads," Alwan said.


In some cities and suburban areas, including the capital Sanaa with its two million people, wealthy residents pay water well owners and drivers to deliver water for free to poor areas, where women and children, who are usually responsible for fetching water, can fill their containers.


But as prices keep rising, Yemenis may before long have to accept that their water supply is running out - though no one knows exactly when the wells will dry up.


Ghost city


According to a report by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), Yemen is withdrawing almost 169 percent of its renewable water resources, meaning that it is using water far faster than it can replenish its supplies.


The gap between the country's demand for and supply of water has widened to 1.4 billion cubic metres per year as a result of one of the highest population growth rates in the world and people's extensive use of water, Alwan said.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/29/Yemen-water-crisis-may-be-bigger-problem-than-war-.html


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Palestinian hunger strike detainee ‘to be freed’


29 June 2015


Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 56-day hunger strike on Sunday after Israel agreed to release him, his lawyer and the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced.


Adnan, 37, has been in prison for a year under administrative detention, which allows imprisonment without charge for renewable periods of six months indefinitely, and his case had been at the heart of concerns in the occupied Palestinian territories.


Officials and activists had recently sounded the alarm, warning that he could die "at any moment".


"Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike last night, after an agreement was reached to release him on July 12," his lawyer Jawad Boulos said, adding that doctors at the Israeli hospital he was transferred to were considered ways to start feeding him.


In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners Club also confirmed that Adnan had broken his hunger strike.


An Israeli official confirmed that Adnan would be set free on July 12, telling AFP the deal was made possible after Adnan withdrew his demand that Israel never hold him in administrative detention in the future.


The official noted Adnan's deteriorating health and the requests of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Authority to release him as contributing to the decision to free him.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/29/Palestinian-hunger-strike-detainee-to-be-freed-.html


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Israel bars activist flotilla from reaching Gaza


29 June 2015


Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the vessel to sail to an Israeli port.


An Israeli military statement said there was no violence in the incident, in which troops boarded, searched and then forced the boat to sail to an Israeli port.


Activists said the boat had a few dozen Europeans, including politicians, on board and had been headed for Gaza, the blockaded Palestinian territory.


The Israeli statement early on Monday said that "after exhausting all diplomatic channels the Israeli government ordered the Israeli Navy to redirect the vessel in order to prevent breach of the naval blockade" of Gaza.


It said troops searched the vessel in international waters and then escorted it to Israel's southern port of Ashdod.


The four-vessel flotilla was the latest in a series of protest voyages across the Mediterranean against Israel's nine-year blockade of Islamist Hamas-dominated Gaza, a Palestinian territory.


One of those incidents turned deadly in 2010 when 10 Turkish activists were killed aboard a ship commandeered by Israel in the Mediterranean Sea.


Full report at:


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/29/Israel-bars-activist-flotilla-from-reaching-Gaza.html


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Turkish police use water cannon to disperse gay pride parade


28 June 2015


Turkish police fired water cannon and rubber pellets to disperse a crowd gathered in central Istanbul for the city's annual gay pride parade, a Reuters cameraman at the scene said.


The police appeared intent on stopping the crowd gathering near Taksim Square, the cameraman said. Taksim is a traditional rallying ground for demonstrators and saw weeks of unrest in 2013.


https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/28/Turkish-police-use-water-cannon-to-disperse-gay-pride-parade.html


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South Asia


 


Afghanistan’s Natural Resources under the sight of Islamic State


Jun 29 2015


Pentagon in a new report says that Islamic State group is eyeing on the Natural Resources of Afghanistan.


Citing the Pentagon report, The Diplomat an online international news magazine that also writes analysis says that even though it is unknown if Islamic State would be able to hold swaths of land in Afghanistan but it is obviously possible that the group will seek to beat the country’s poorly monitored mining industry to fund their operations in Iraq and Syria.


The Diplomat further states that the majorities of the estimated $3 trillion worth of mineral resources of Afghanistan are undeveloped, abandoned, awaiting new contracts or excavated by local community members (Especially warlords).


According to the Diplomat the Islamic State is attempting to gain a toehold in Afghanistan and the worsening security situation could pave way for the group to enhance operations.


The Diplomat further states that due to the widespread corruption and lack of coordination between various Afghan ministries and security agencies Afghanistan’s Natural Resources remain open to illegal extractions.


Full report at:


http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-natural-resources-under-the-sight-of-islamic-state-3567


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14 militants killed in military operations in four provinces


By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 29 2015


14 insurgents have been killed in newest military operations in four provinces of the country, the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday.


According to a statement issued by the ministry the operations were carried out in Khost, Helmand, Oruzgan and Kandahar provinces in past 24 hours. Over a dozen militants also sustained injuries in these operations.


Security forces have confiscated heavy and light weapons in their newest actions but the statement does not contain a specific number of them.


Full report at:


http://www.khaama.com/14-militants-killed-in-military-operations-in-four-provinces-3566


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11 soldiers martyred in Taliban attack in Herat


By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 29 2015


Over a dozen Afghan National Army soldiers lost lives or sustained injuries in a Taliban attack in western Herat province.


An official who did not want to be named said that a convoy of the military came under Taliban attack in Masjid-i-Chobi area of Kurkh District late yesterday.


He said 11 soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack and nine others sustained injuries.


Asiluddin Jami, the deputy governor of Herat province confirmed that 11 soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack.


Full report at:


http://www.khaama.com/over-a-dozen-soldiers-martyred-wounded-in-taliban-attack-in-herat-3566


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Three Taliban militants apprehended in Zabul


Jun 29 2015


The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has apprehended three insurgents belong to Taliban group in southern Zabul province.


A statement issued by the NDS on Monday states that the group was involved in attacks on security check posts, planting landmines and other destructive activities in Shahr-i-Safa District.


Full report at:


http://www.khaama.com/three-taliban-militants-apprehended-in-zabul-3567


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3 Hizb-ut Tahrir men held in Chittagong


june 29, 2015


Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members have detained three members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir in Muradpur area of Chittagong city early Monday.


The detainees are Muntasir Alam, a teacher of an English medium school; Nur Mohammad, an advocate of a judge court; and AKM Salahuddin.


RAB 7 media wing Deputy Director Sohel Mahmud told the Dhaka Tribune that the three Hizb-ut Tahrir men were held during a drive around 1:30am.


Full report at:


http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2015/jun/29/3-hizb-ut-tahrir-men-held-chittagong


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HC rejects Khaleda's plea for fresh plaintiff deposition


june 29, 2015


The High Court has rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking the court's directives on the lower court to take fresh deposition of the plaintiff in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.


The bench of Justices Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and JBM Hassan set the date after hearing on the petition on Monday afternoon, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said.


Khaleda submitted the petition through her lawyer on June 14. In the petition she prayed to expunge the deposition and sought a rule on the matter and pleads for freezing the case proceedings until it is resolved.


Dhaka’s Third Special Judge’s Court has been holding the trial of the graft cases against Khaleda.


The court has already recorded the testimony of the plaintiff Harun-or-Rashid, also director of the Anti-Corruption Commission, in one of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).


The court heard the plaintiff’s testimony in absence of Khaleda Zia as she had skipped several hearings.


Full report at:


http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/jun/29/hc-rejects-khaledas-plea-fresh-plaintiff-deposition


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Afghans hold anti-US demo in Parwan


Jun 29, 2015


Afghans have staged a rally in the eastern province of Parwan to protest against the recent night-time raids carried out by US forces in the war-torn country, Press TV reports.


Angry protesters, who gathered in the provincial capital, Charikar, on Monday, chanted anti-US slogans and called for the quick withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan.


The demonstration comes after US forces attacked the home of an Afghan commander and exploded an arms depot inside his home in Parwan Province, north of the capital Kabul, on Sunday.


The details of the night-time raid, which caused panic among local residents, are still sketchy.


Soldiers, militants casualties


Meanwhile, at least 14 militants have been killed in four provinces of the country, Afghan officials said.


According to a statement issued by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior on Monday, the militants were killed during fresh military operations in Khost, Helmand, Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces in the past 24 hours.


The file photo shows militants in Afghanistan (© AFP)


Over a dozen militants also sustained injuries in these operations, the statement said.


Local sources also quoted an Afghan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that 11 Afghan soldiers were killed and nine others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a military convoy in the western province of Herat late Sunday.


The unnamed official said that the Afghan army convoy was heading towards Badghis Province when it came under attack in Masjid-i-Chobi area of Kurkh District.


In the meantime, General Zahir Azimi, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense, confirmed in a tweet on Monday that seven Afghan soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/29/417994/Afghanistan-Parwan-Charikar-USled-forces-rally


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Pakistan


 


23 militants killed in Fata airstrikes


June 29, 2015


Islamabad - Security forces in airstrikes killed 23 terrorists including foreigners in areas close to Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency and North Waziristan on Sunday.


According to ISPR, huge ammunition dumps blown up and hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed in aerial strikes in Khyber Agency. The security forces are first time targeting the terrorists and their hideouts in areas close to Pak- Afghan border after successful gains in other parts of Fata in the ongoing Zar-e-Azb operation launched last year. Chief of Army staff General Raheel Shrif recently visited front formations in the Khyber Agency and spent first Ramazan with the officers and soldiers with the pledge to make Pakistan free of terrorism. The government under the National Action Plan (NAP) has also tasked the security forces to track down terrorist, their abettors and handlers in the urban areas across the country.


The attacks took place in areas close to the border with Afghanistan in Khyber and North Waziristan tribal districts.


The areas of Khyber Agency targeted by security forces include Rajgal, Pak Darra, Ghakhai and Kandaw of Tirah Valley in tehsil Bara.


The forces sources said the jet fighters pounded suspected hideouts of militants and scores of militant sanctuaries were also demolished in air offense. However due to remote areas and lack of communication contacts the casualties could not be confirmed.


After clearing the plane areas in Bara, the forces have launched Zarb-e-Azab and Khyber -Two operations in upper Tirah Valley and have claimed of clearing vast area. The troops will continue chasing militants till elimination of the last terrorist, forces official vowed.


Following clearing Bara, life is returning to normalcy there. Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their homes, educational institutions have started functioning and after remaining closed for seven years the silk factories are open now.


Khyber is a known stronghold for militants belonging to the Taliban and its Lashkar-e-Islam faction. The area is remote and off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the army’s claims.


Meanwhile, one soldier was killed and three wounded when a checkpoint near the Shawal area of North Waziristan came under rocket attack on Sunday, security officials said, taking the Pakistani military’s death toll during the operation to 348.


US AIRSTRIKES TARGET MILITANTS IN EAST AFGHANISTAN


Reuters adds: US military airstrikes have targeted militants who were threatening international coalition forces near the border in eastern Afghanistan, a US forces spokesman said on Sunday.


Full report at:


http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Jun-2015/23-militants-killed-in-fata-airstrikes


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Four suspected militants killed in Lahore shootout


June 29th, 2015


LAHORE: The Counter-terrorism Department, Lahore police and intelligence agencies killed four suspected militants in an early-morning raid on a house in Sheikhupura district on Monday, officials said.


Intelligence agencies had earlier alerted security forces to the possibility of militants from Waziristan crossing into Lahore with the intent to carry out attacks on the provincial capital and Raiwind.


Acting on the tip-off, security forces raided on the Ferozewala house situated on Kala Shah Kaku Road.


Three suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces, while one suicide bomber blew himself up during the confrontation. Four, including a policeman, were injured. Two of the wounded are believed to be terrorists.


“We had intelligence information about presence of suspected militants in a house and when a police party was sent there, the suspects opened fire at them,” provincial home minister Shuja Khanzada told AFP.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191170/four-suspected-militants-killed-in-lahore-shootout


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A Suicide Bomber Explodes Himself near Lahore


June 29, 2015


LAHORE - A suicide bomber exploded himself during a search operation of the security forces in Kala Shah Kaku near Lahore late on Sunday, reported a private TV channel.


Being tipped off, the security personnel launched a search operation in Ferozwala area.


As they reached near the suspected house, they were fired at from inside.


To which, the security forces retaliated.


After a short crossfire, the suspect exploded himself.


http://nation.com.pk/lahore/29-Jun-2015/bomber-explodes-himself-near-lahore


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Zardari ignoring advice to pursue his policy of reconciliation


SYED IRFAN RAZA


June 29th, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari seems to have ignored the advice of opposition politicians to continue his policy of reconciliation following his outburst against the military a couple of weeks ago.


Leaders of a number of parties said that although the PPP’s second-tier leadership had tried to undo the damage that was reportedly caused by Mr Zardari’s fiery speech during a party convention held on June 16, he had continued in the same vein in a subsequent speech on the occasion of the late Benazir Bhutto’s birth anniversary on June 21.


PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who was one of the first leaders to arrive at the PPP Iftar-dinner at Zardari House on June 19 and held an extended one-to-one meeting with the PPP chief, said, “I advised Mr Zardari to actively engage in damage control, but he did not respond to me at that time.”


He said that the PPP co-chairman should not have repeated his ‘thorny remarks’ at Ms Bhutto’s birth anniversary at Garhi Khuda Baksh.


The PML-Q chief said that Bilawal Bhutto was present at their meeting but remained expressionless and did not talk to his father throughout the meeting.


Speaking to Dawn after the Iftar-dinner at Zardari House earlier this month, Qamar Zaman Kaira had said that Mr Zardari was asked by political leaders to stick to a reconciliatory stance.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191062/zardari-ignoring-advice-to-pursue-his-policy-of-reconciliation


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ATC accepts bail plea of MQM leader Amir Khan


ISHAQ TANOLI


June 29th, 2015


KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC-2) on Monday granted bail to senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) Rabita Committee member Amir Khan in a case pertaining to instigating terrorism and harbouring criminals.


The ATC-2 ordered Khan to pay Rs1 million in surety bonds. The court also ordered that Khan cannot leave the country without permission. Earlier the court had reserved its decision after hearing arguments from both sides.


The MQM leader and several others were booked for allegedly providing shelter to 26 wanted suspects arrested by Rangers during a pre-dawn raid on and around the party’s Nine Zero headquarters in Azizabad on March 11, and using them for terrorist activities.


Take a look: Rangers raid MQM HQ in Karachi, detain member of Rabita Committee


While placing them under 90-day preventive detention, the paramilitary force had informed the court that they had credible information about their alleged involvement in crimes related to targeted killing and terrorism.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191165/atc-accepts-bail-plea-of-mqm-leader-amir-khan


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NA-98: Lahore tribunal rejects plea challenging PML-N candidate's win


IMRAN GABOL


June 29th, 2015


LAHORE: An election tribunal in Lahore on Monday rejected the application of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stalwart Imtiaz Safdar Warriach challenging the results of NA-98 constituency.


In his application, former PPP Punjab President Warriach had alleged that Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Tariq Mahmood, who had emerged victorious in the said constituency during the May 2013 general elections, possesses a fake degree and had won the seat through rigging and malpractices.


He requested the tribunal to disqualify Mahmood and order a re-election in the constituency.


The tribunal declared that the petitioner could not present substantial proof before the court with regards to Mahmood's fake degree and allegations of poll rigging.


Meanwhile, Warraich's counsel Salman Mansoor said that they rejected the tribunal's decision and would challenge it in the Supreme Court.


NA-98 is Warraich's home constituency from where he had been elected twice as an MNA in 2002 and 2008.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191169/na-98-lahore-tribunal-rejects-plea-challenging-pml-n-candidates-win


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Khan of Kalat being persuaded to return home


SALEEM SHAHID


June 29th, 2015


QUETTA: The self-exiled Baloch leader, Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Dawood Jan, has agreed to meet a delegation of Balochistan government despite having reservations about its mandate and prevailing situation in the province.


However, before meeting the delegation he would consult with the members of the Grand Baloch Jirga who had sent him aboard in connection with restoration of Kalat State.


Prince Mohyuddin Baloch, the son of late Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmed Yar Khan, confirmed while talking to Dawn from London that Khan of Kalat had given his consent for meeting the proposed delegation.


Meanwhile, there are reports about looting of historical items from the Khan of Kalat’s palace in Kalat town. Reports suggest that a group of armed men entered the palace between the night of Thursday and Friday after breaking its main gate and took away armours, swords, a throne used by late Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmed Yar Khan Ahmedzai as head of Kalat State, gems and ornaments of great historical value, two carpets and other items with them after loading them on their vehicles.


Official sources did not confirm it but local people said the incident did take place. “Yes, the historical and very precious items were taken away by armed men from Kalat Palace,” a senior member of the royal family told Dawn.


The chief of Jhalawan, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, who is senior minister in the provincial government, also confirmed the incident and termed it a violation of Balochi traditions. He talked by telephone to Mir Suleman Dawood Jan in London and discussed the issue with him.


“I talked to Khan of Kalat and expressed my dismay over the looting of historical and valuables items from the Kalat Palace,” he said. “Khan of Kalat said that you are successor to us,” Nawab Zehri said.


Armed men take away historic items from Kalat Palace; Prince Mohammad says armours, throne, etc., preserved with his parents’ consent


Prince Mohammad, the son of Khan of Kalat, issued a statement on Sunday which suggested that the historical items were taken from Kalat Palace with the consent of his parents. “No incident of theft took place in royal Kalat Palace and there is no truth in rumours in this regard,” he said. “With the consent of my parents, I preserved some precious items of Kalat Palace,” he added.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191121/khan-of-kalat-being-persuaded-to-return-home


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PPP wishes to see PML-N complete term: Malik


June 29, 2015


ISLAMABAD - Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik says that despite reservations against the poor performance, his party prays for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led government to complete its five-year term as it will strengthen democracy.


“Let us pray that this government completes its tenure.


We have reservations against the bad governance.


They have not been able to deliver but the PPP thinks the system must keep running,” Senator Malik said in an exclusive interview with The Nation at his residence here.


Asked if democracy could be derailed, he said, “Why should there be a coup at all.


If everything is running smoothly, where is the reason for a coup?” He continued, “The army has been doing a good job.


The militants have almost been defeated across the country.


I think (Army Chief) General Raheel Sharif is a thorough professional”.


The former interior minister said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari does not have any differences with his father, Asif Ali Zardari, and will stay in Pakistan to lead the party.


“He (Bilawal) is the chairman of a big party; if he goes for a tour.


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it should not be taken as if he had quit the workers.


His position demands of him to hold foreign trips and interact with the world leaders.


Even I (as PPP overseas president) can request him to address rallies here and there around the world”, he elaborated.


Questioned, if Zardari and Faryal Talpur were coming back anytime soon, the PPP leader said, “Yes very soon.


I am not sure about their engagements right now but they have obviously not quit the PPP or the country.


Full report at:


http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Jun-2015/ppp-wishes-to-see-pml-n-complete-term-malik


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Hafiz e Quran Student Tortured By Cleric


June 29th, 2015


SAHIWAL: A 10-year-old seminary student was allegedly tortured by his teacher on Sunday at Noorpur village in Pakpattan.


The boy was shifted to Malikan Rural Health Centre for treatment.


Reports said Rozi Khan got his son Tayyab admitted to a seminary “Jamia Irshadul Quran” located at Sandey Khan Road. The boy was learning the Holy Quran by heart.


Rozi Khan said on Sunday (weekly off) two of Tayyab’s class fellows came and said the cleric had called his son. He said he came to know that Tayyab’s teacher had severely beaten him for refusing to work as a labourer in the construction of the mosque.


“I rushed to the seminary and found my son beaten with sticks. Tayyab fainted due to torture and I shifted him to the rural health centre,” he said.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1191111/student-tortured-by-cleric


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North America


 


Canadian PM’s Ramadan Dinner Shows the Importance of the Muslim Voting Bloc


Jun 28 2015


OTTAWA—Twenty-one Toronto-area imams used a Friday sermon this spring for a singular message: the need for Muslims to vote in the federal election this fall.


The decision to make the unprecedented political pitch — imams generally shy away from politics — was spurred by new research showing a record half-million Muslims are now eligible to cast a ballot.


So the prime minister’s decision last week to host an Iftar, the meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast, was seen as an acknowledgment the potential heft of the community isn’t going unnoticed by politicians either.


That the acknowledgment came as part of Ramadan was significant, said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.


“Ramadan is a time to renew our commitment to our shared values, principles like respect, tolerance and unity, by reaching out to our friends and neighbours and other communities,” he said. “Nonetheless, the Iftar event certainly came as a surprise, given the track record of rhetoric and action that has alienated and marginalized Canadian Muslim communities.”


A perceived failure to reach out to Muslims in the wake of the jihadi-linked October 2014 attacks — including one on Parliament Hill — as well as the debate over wearing face coverings at citizenship ceremonies are two issues casting a pall on the relationship between the Conservatives and the Muslim community.


But while voter turnout among Muslims is believed to be lower than the rest of Canadians, if the numbers increase this October, Muslims could influence the results in 23 ridings, most in the highly coveted Greater Toronto Area.


Conservatives managed to capture many of those ridings in 2011 to nab their majority victory. Some now privately acknowledge that their relationship with Muslims may need to be repaired before this fall’s vote.


Polls suggest most Muslim voters haven’t historically been onside with the Conservatives anyway. A 2011 online poll by Ipsos Reid suggested 46 per cent of Muslims who cast a ballot in that year’s election voted for the Liberals, while 38 per cent voted NDP.


Two recent decisions by the Liberals might prompt a shift this time, said Alia Hogben, of the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. That body is a non-partisan group working to ensure more Muslims vote this fall.


The first was the party’s support for Bill C-51, the government’s anti-terror legislation, which critics say hampers civil liberties. The second was that party’s support for a bill dealing with polygamy, underage and forced marriage, called the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act.


Full report at:


http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/28/pms-ramadan-dinner-shows-the-importance-of-the-muslim-voting-bloc.html


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Australia


 


Australian Federal Police 'not in a position' to help family of Australian Islamic State jihadist Khaled Sharrouf


June 29, 2015


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has defended its position on assisting Australians who travel abroad to fight in terrorist sects after allegations they refused to help the wife and children of notorious militant Khaled Sharrouf.


Karen Nettleton, the mother-in-law of the convicted terrorist, told the ABC she approached the AFP last year to help get her daughter and five grandchildren out of Syria, but they ultimately refused to help.


In a statement, an AFP spokeswoman said she could not comment on individual cases, but said the agency had no power to help Australians who travelled to Syria to fight for Islamic State.


"However, it should be noted that the AFP does not operate in Syria as it is an active and dangerous conflict zone, in which Australia has no consular presence," the statement read.


"As such, the AFP is not in a position to provide assistance to Australians who choose to enter this area and seek assistance with their travel from Syria to a safer location."


She said the AFP and the Government had repeatedly warned Australians against travelling to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.


"Those who do so are fully aware of the risks and simply put themselves and others in danger," she said.


Full report at:


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/afp-defend-actions-in-sharrouf-case/6582082


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