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Muslims Fear 'Awkward Coincidence' Of Eid Festival Falling On 9-11
















Maldivian jihadists continue to be lured by Islamic State and al-Nusra in Syria.

 

Pakistan Allows Hafiz Saeed’s JuD’s Charity Wing to Collect ‘Kashmir Fund’

Islamist Terror Could Sink Indian Ocean Paradise, Maldives

Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Hit by Suicide Bomb Attack

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North America

Muslims Fear 'Awkward Coincidence' Of Eid Festival Falling On 9/11

America Accepted Me – An Algerian Muslim – In a Way France Never Did

Kerry Urges Bangladesh to Step Up Efforts Against Terrorism   

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Pakistan

Pakistan Allows Hafiz Saeed’s JuD’s Charity Wing to Collect ‘Kashmir Fund’

MQM's Jailed Waseem Akhtar Takes Oath as Karachi Mayor

PTI leader writes to army chief, seeks ban on MQM

Punjab law minister criticises Rangers for demolishing MQM offices

Imran Khan’s party files petition with SC seeking Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification

US calls upon Pakistan to respect law in MQM crackdown

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Southeast Asia

Islamist Terror Could Sink Indian Ocean Paradise, Maldives

Fleeing Persecution At Home, Thousands of Rohingya Land in Malaysia

2 Bangladeshi Men Jailed For Financing Terrorism in Singapore

Philippine stops issuing hajj passports to Muslim pilgrims: FM

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Mideast

Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Hit by Suicide Bomb Attack

Turkish Army Will Be Stronger Once ‘Traitors’ Have Been Removed: Military Chief

Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue to Capture more Lands in Northern Syria

Crowd marches in central Turkey after claiming power blackout was coup attempt

Turkish parliament speaker’s remarks on Che ‘advised youth to follow their own leaders’

Former Istanbul police chief detained in coup attempt probe

US-led coalition planes hit ISIL in north Syria: Turkish military

Detention warrants issued for 35, including journalists, in coup attempt probe

US should force PYD to step back in Syria: Gov’t

Turkey expects Merkel’s support to overcome İncirlik crisis

Turkish military launches ‘61 artillery strikes in northern Syria in 24 hours’

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India

The Editor of Milli Gazette Pulls out Of Modi Govt’s Muslim Delegation

U.S., India to Discuss Business Ties, Tensions with Pakistan

Tension in Moradabad over WhatsApp video

No blanket ban on pellet guns, but to be used in rare cases

‘Gau Rakshaks’ Attack Father, Sons for Carrying Cattle In Hazaribagh

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South Asia

Bangladesh Jamaat Leader Loses Final Appeal against Execution for War Crimes

Deadly Attack Foiled In North Of Afghanistan, 5 Suicide Bombers Killed

Brother of Haqqani terrorist network leader likely sentenced to death

4 suicide bombing vests, large cache of explosives seized near Kabul

Explosion killed 6 members of a single family in South of Afghanistan

US steps up training of Afghan Air Force personnel

Shift Dr. Najibullah’s corpse to Kabul: Paktia residents

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Arab World

Rifts Widening among ISIL Terrorists over Distribution of Booties

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Advance against Terrorists Southwest of Aleppo City

Number of Arab teachers in Jewish schools rises by 40%

Senior MP Blasts Saudi Arabia for Backing Terrorists to Create Unrest in Iran

Iran Calls for Collective Efforts to Uproot Terrorism

Terrorists' Command Centre Destroyed in Syrian Army Attacks in Dara'a

ISIL Terrorists in Sweida Receive Sever Blow in Syrian Army Attacks

Security Forces Disband 2 Terrorist Groups in Southeastern Iran

Yemeni Army Kicks Off Ta'iz Liberation Operation

Syrian MP Describes Jarabulus Occupation as US, Turkey's Ridiculous Show

Yemen Missiles Hit Key Airport, Facilities of Saudi Oil Giant Aramco Again in Response to Airstrikes

Iran's First VP Blames Foreigners for Turmoil in Iraq, Syria, Yemen

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Africa

Islamists Kill Three Tunisian Soldiers near Algerian Border

Muslim NGO’s bank account closed without explanation

Somalia: We Have a Problem We Cannot Solve

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Europe

Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Day off Libya by European Vessels

I feel confident as a Muslim and as a Briton, says Harun Khan

Family of teen who plotted Australian Anzac Day terror attack flee their UK home amid security threats after he is sentenced to life in jail

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslims Fear 'Awkward Coincidence' Of Eid Festival Falling On 9/11

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Muslim leaders in America have expressed concerns over the "awkward coincidence" that this year's festival of Eid could fall on September 11.

There are fears the holiest day in the Islamic calender, which sees Muslims enjoy feasts, could be misinterpreted as a celebration of the Twin Towers terror attacks and spark a backlash.

Meetings are being held at the Council on American-Islamic Relations after concerns were raised.

This week Muslim leaders will fix a date for the festival of Eid al-Adha by looking for the first sighting of the new moon.

But they are preparing for the “awkward coincidence” that the celebration could fall on Sunday, September 11.

The fears come in a climate where presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslim immigrants, the Times reported.

Imam Shamsi Ali, of the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens, New York, said: “It's generated some concern.”

"In general, I think American people are informed enough about what Islam is truly about but we are aware that there are some sensitivities now."

Islamic leaders noted the surge in suspected hate crimes after terrorism attacks in Paris and California.

"It's on the minds of every Muslim leader in the country right now," said Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We grieved like everyone else. We remember this day not because we're Muslim, but because we're American."

In 2010 Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, looked likely to fall on September 11.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/muslims-fear-awkward-coincidence-of-eid-festival-falling-on-911-a3331956.html

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Pakistan allows Hafiz Saeed’s JuD’s charity wing to collect ‘Kashmir Fund’

August 30, 2016

While Pakistan on the one hand talks about implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) to crack down on terrorism, on the other hand, it openly allows the charity wing of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) to set up a camp in Islamabad to collect donations in the name of a ‘Kashmir Fund’.

The Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a welfare wing of the JuD- led by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, has set up a camp in the Blue Area, the main business district of Islamabad, to collect cash donations in the name of a ‘Kashmir Fund’, reports the Express Tribune.

The JuD is the political wing of the banned entity listed under the United Nations’s list of terrorist organisations, Lashkar-e-Taiba. Apart from raising funds, the FIF is reportedly also playing pro-Jihad songs besides showcasing videos related to the present unrest in India’s Kashmir. The banners erected near the camp carry an appeal from JuD chief Hafiz Saeed requesting people to come forward and generously donate for the Kashmiri cause.

The appeal also says that the funds would be utilised for relief activities in Kashmir.

Volunteers of FIF are said to be present at the camp. The JuD is on a watch list in Pakistan, but reports say something else. According to the charity’s Media Coordinator, Ahmad Nadeem, there is currently no restriction on the FIF’s activities in Pakistan.

“There was a confusion over the issue last year and the FIF was forcibly stopped from collecting donations by different city administrations. But, later the Lahore High Court ruled in favour of the FIF and the charity organisation is free to carry out its relief activities and funds generation,” the Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

Nadeem added that the camp in Islamabad has been established on a temporary basis after obtaining necessary permission from the local administration and keeping in view the unrest in Kashmir. Though the Punjab Home Department in July had directed the Punjab police to be vigilant on the fundraising activists of JuD through the platform of the FIF, the Pakistan’s Government direct links with Hafiz Saeed has been exposed by Islamabad allowing him to lead an anti-India rally on the Kashmir issue.

In line with the international practice to consider FIF and JuD as proscribed, the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority in 2015 directed TV channels to stop giving coverage to activities of the FIF and JuD. But, it seems nothing is working on ground reality.

http://www.siasat.com/news/pakistan-allows-hafiz-saeeds-juds-charity-wing-collect-kashmir-fund-1010226/

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Islamist Terror Could Sink Indian Ocean Paradise, Maldives

Aug 30, 2016

“Welcome to the Maldives,” says the country’s tourism website, “where the sands are as white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms.”

It is also engulfed in something more sinister; the Maldives is teetering on the edge of a coup, with a cabal of exiled opposition leaders meeting in Sri Lanka over the weekend, attempting to work out a way to topple President Abdulla Yameen.

The President’s office issued a statement saying the strongman was aware of the coup plans and condemned them as being “a clear breach of international norms”.

Beyond the white sand, the first executions since 1953 are to be carried out in the Maldives to prove the country’s “Islamic credentials”. It is a place where a couple of hundred jihadists were raised and are now fighting for an Islamic caliphate in Syria; and where a 15-year-old girl who’d been raped was found guilty of fornication and sentenced to 100 lashes.

The Maldives’ finances are a mess, it has been radicalised by the influx of hardline Saudi preachers and while opposition to Yameen’s rule is building, he is unlikely to step aside without a fight. Things look set to get ugly in paradise.

In June, Yameen’s former deputy Ahmed Adeeb was jailed for 15 years on a charge of plotting to assassinate the President as part of a crackdown on opponents, most of whom are in jail or exile.

And no matter how dreamy the weather and how happy the fish, if there were to be a single terrorist attack on one of its 105 unprotected luxury resorts, dotted on remote islands, its billion-dollar tourism industry — the backbone, heart and lungs of its economy — would sink without a trace in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.

Welcome to the Maldives that the honeymooners and hordes of Chinese on package deals never see. According to a World Bank report, more than a million people visited the Maldives in 2014, including almost 7000 Australians.

“It makes me very, very scared to see what is happening there,” says Azra Naseem, who was born in the Maldives and now specialises in researching Islamist radicalism at Dublin University.

In the past, she says, the Maldives, which adopted Islam when Arab traders came to the islands in the 12th century, had never really distinguished between the Shia and Sunni sects of Islam; theirs had been a fairly laid-back ­interpretation, blending island traditions and Islam.

“And now the only Islam that is being accepted is Saudi Salafism,” Naseem tells The Australian. “The Saudis have been funding the new Islamic University where the whole philosophy is based on something called the ‘Islamisation of knowledge’.”

Almost half the Maldivian population of 300,000 is crowded on to the tiny island capital of Male, where unemployment and drug use are high and there has been a proliferation of criminal gangs. Few Maldivians find work in the resorts, which are on islands uninhabited by locals; they are managed by Europeans and Australians and staffed mainly by tens of thousands of poorly paid Bangladeshis.

After 30 years of corrupt rule under the dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the country elected a president for the first time, in 2008.

Following the election of ­Mohamed Nasheed, a liberal former political prisoner, his opponents began portraying him as anti-Islamic and whipped-up religious fervour to unseat him. It worked and he was toppled in a coup in 2012.

Yameen, is the half-brother of Gayoom; however, the two have recently fallen out. In an article in The New York Times over the weekend, Yameen was accused of selling almost $400 million worth of oil to the dictatorship of Myanmar when it was under economic sanctions — it is alleged that $181m of that money has gone missing. “Yameen has systematically alienated, exiled, jailed and ­trashed pretty much everyone who helped him come to power,” says JJ Robinson, a British-Australian journalist who ran a newspaper in the Maldives and this year published a book on its recent political history, The Maldives: ­Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy.

“I would say that they are heading towards another coup,” says Robinson. “And I would say that with reasonable confidence.”

Exiled politicians opposed to Yameen’s rule met in Sri Lankan capital of Colombo over the weekend, including Nasheed, under the banner of the Maldives United Opposition.

“The opposition leaders are meeting in Colombo to work out strategies to legally topple Yameen,” one plotter told the news service Agence France-Presse.

To stay in power, Yameen has stoked the Islamist fire and announced he will reintroduce capital punishment as a means of proving his “Islamic credentials”.

Despite the country’s parlous finances the government budgeted $350,000 to build a “death chamber” in the Maldives’ main jail. More money was set aside to build solitary confinement cells. While howls of protest have ­erupted from the international community, Yameen is adamant he will start executing prisoners on death row.

“This is a classic case of local versus international politics,” says Robinson. “The domestic support for the death penalty is really very high. At the same time you have a completely warranted mistrust of the judiciary.”

Robinson interviewed former Victorian Supreme Court judge and Tasmanian integrity commissioner Murray Kellam QC when he was flown in to observe the Maldivian judicial system on ­behalf of the UN Development Program.

“There is a real problem when you’ve got members of both the executive and legislative body ­administering judicial affairs,” Kellam said in the interview.

“You have the Speaker, the ­attorney-general and an MP sitting in judgment on their own recommendations … ‘Rule of law’ does not mean ‘rule of judges’. Judges are not free to do as they wish.”

While the government has been diligent in cracking down on political opponents, it has done little to halt the flow of Maldivians heading off to fight for Islamic State and the former al-Nusra Front in Syria. Some estimates put the number of Maldivian jihadists at 200 (others put it higher) — which makes it the largest foreign contributor of fighters on a per-capita basis.

“There have been whole families who have gone over,” says Naseem. “There has been a Maldivian baby born in Syria.”

When Islamic State first emerged, the stories of people going off to fight would be reported in local newspapers as their families proudly talked of their bravery. Naseem says the government seems to have cracked down on the publication of such reports, but “it doesn’t mean that people aren’t still going”.

The problem, of course, is what happens if some of these Maldivian jihadists, trained and hardened on the battlefields of Syria, come home.

“You have 100 soft targets (the resorts) that are almost impossible to defend,” says Robinson. “And an economy where 90 per cent of the foreign exchange comes from tourism and 70 per cent of the economy is directly reliant on tourism.”

The Maldivian jihadists recently posted a video on a website with the pictures of the three most recent Maldivian presidents ­including Yameen. It showed a man being buried alive and depictions of the presidents being shot up with an AK-47.

The video stated this was a warning for the leadership of the Maldives to adopt strict sharia law.

It’s an ominous threat for a country that earns its living providing beaches for women in bikinis to sunbathe on, and overpriced poolside bacon sandwiches, washed down with ice-cold pina coladas.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/maldives-islamist-terror-could-sink-indian-ocean-paradise/news-story/7a80bff385fb3e27ade26a72ce43b3e6

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Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Hit by Suicide Bomb Attack

August 30, 2016

The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was hit by a suicide attack on Tuesday in a development likely to worry Beijing as it steps up investments in central Asia under its “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

The bomber rammed a car into the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, according to Zhenish Razakov, deputy prime minister. Three Kyrgyz citizens were wounded, he said. Photographs published by Kyrgyz media showed the windows of the embassy had been shattered and debris littered the compound.

A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson speaking in Beijing said three embassy employees had been injured in the blast and that no one had yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The ministry would not confirm whether it classed the attack as an act of terror but urged Kyrgyzstan to make its investigations public as soon as possible.

The motivation for the attack was not immediately clear, but the targeting of a Chinese embassy is likely to cause consternation in Beijing. Many people in Central Asia are wary of China’s growing economic role in the region; earlier this year, a wave of protests broke out across Kazakhstan on the back of fears that a new land code would allow Chinese companies to buy up Kazakh land.

The region is also home to several million Uighurs, and Beijing has long feared that it could be a staging post for attacks in its restive north-western province of Xinjiang.

Chinese citizens have increasingly become affected by terrorism and violent attacks in the Middle East and Africa in recent years as Beijing’s investment push into the region draws companies and communities into unstable regions.

The rising death toll largely involves Chinese citizens caught up in local tensions, such as with the deaths of two Chinese UN peacekeepers in South Sudan last month and a terrorist bombing in Mali that killed three Chinese businessmen in November 2015.

The embassy’s location outside Bishkek city centre and the nature of the attack suggested this was a conscious targeting of the building, according to Raffaello Pantucci, directory of international securities studies at the Royal United Services Institute.

Kyrgyzstan has, because of its porous borders, historically been a thoroughfare for Uighur militants who wish to join terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Mr Pantucci, noting that reports claimed that 11 Uighurs had been shot at the border in 2014. The Chinese government has previously blamed some violent attacks within China on the radicalisation of the country’s Muslim Uighur minority by international militant groups.

Some activists attribute some of the violence to anger in the Uighur community at state oppression of religious rights, as well as failure to provide Uighurs with the same job opportunities as the Chinese Han group, many of whom now live in Xinjiang.

Kyrgyzstan’s economy increasing relies on Chinese trade and investment: Chinese-backed infrastructure projects include a railway network linking China to Uzbekistan through the country.

Isis, the militant group, last year executed a Chinese citizen and released a recruitment video in Mandarin asking Chinese Muslims to join the global jihad movement and accusing Beijing of persecuting the Muslim Uighur population in Xinjiang.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/23243e7e-6e82-11e6-9ac1-1055824ca907.html#axzz4IoYbx51r

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North America

Muslims fear 'awkward coincidence' of Eid festival falling on 9/11

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Muslim leaders in America have expressed concerns over the "awkward coincidence" that this year's festival of Eid could fall on September 11.

There are fears the holiest day in the Islamic calender, which sees Muslims enjoy feasts, could be misinterpreted as a celebration of the Twin Towers terror attacks and spark a backlash.

Meetings are being held at the Council on American-Islamic Relations after concerns were raised.

Full report at: standard.co.uk/news/muslims-fear-awkward-coincidence-of-eid-festival-falling-on-911-a3331956.html

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America accepted me – an Algerian Muslim – in a way France never did

Tuesday 30 August 2016

I was born in Algeria in the mid-1980s in a middle-class, secular family deeply attached to democratic values. I grew up speaking French, Arabic and sometimes Berber. My childhood was filled with summers by the beach, simple pleasures like eating fresh watermelon on the sand, Friday visits to the market with my father and the weekly traditional couscous with a glass of leben, a dairy beverage. But the innocence of my childhood was soon disrupted by a civil war.

Full report at: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/30/america-acceptance-muslim-france

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Kerry Urges Bangladesh to Step Up Efforts Against Terrorism

Tuesday 30 August 2016

NEW DELHI — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Monday for Bangladesh to step up efforts to fight extremist violence, come to terms with links between local and international militants and protect and promote human rights.

Kerry made his first trip to Bangladesh as America's top diplomat amid increasing concern about terrorism in the South Asian nation after of a series of militant attacks.

Full report at: nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-terror-battle/can-isis-attacks-be-stopped-public-security-age-madness-n632571

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Pakistan

Pakistan allows Hafiz Saeed’s JuD’s charity wing to collect ‘Kashmir Fund’

August 30, 2016

While Pakistan on the one hand talks about implementing the National Action Plan (NAP) to crack down on terrorism, on the other hand, it openly allows the charity wing of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) to set up a camp in Islamabad to collect donations in the name of a ‘Kashmir Fund’.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-allows-hafiz-saeeds-juds-charity-wing-collect-kashmir-fund-1010226/

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MQM's jailed Waseem Akhtar takes oath as Karachi mayor

August 30, 2016

KARACHI: Jailed Karachi Mayor and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader (MQM) Waseem Akhtar and deputy mayor Arshad Vohra, also of the MQM, took oath at Bagh-i-Quaid-i-Azam on Tuesday.

Akhtar opened his speech with a slogan of "Long live Muttahida, long live Bhutto and long live Imran Khan."

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280937/mqms-jailed-waseem-akhtar-takes-oath-as-karachi-mayor

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PTI leader writes to army chief, seeks ban on MQM

August 30, 2016

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Ali Zaidi has written an open letter to Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, seeking a clarification about the current status of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) after its leader’s Aug 22 anti-Pakistan diatribe.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280867

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Punjab law minister criticises Rangers for demolishing MQM offices

August 30, 2016

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has criticised Rangers for demolishing MQM offices in Sindh and termed their move a counter-productive act.

“It is not the mandate of Rangers to demolish or close MQM offices. If they (Rangers) do this they will lose respect in the eyes of the people,” Mr Sanaullah said and advised them to let the political parties do the work which they were supposed to do.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280866/punjab-law-minister-criticises-rangers-for-demolishing-mqm-offices

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Imran Khan’s party files petition with SC seeking Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification

August 30, 2016

Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf (PTI) party on Monday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his office as well as the National Assembly for his alleged involvement in corruption.

PTI’s counsel Naeem Bukhari filed the petition on behalf of party chairman Imran Khan. It has been filed against 10 respondents, which include Sharif, his daughter, sons and government institutions. Imran Khan later said that his party would continue to protest against the financial wrongdoings of Sharif.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/imran-khans-party-files-petition-sc-seeking-nawaz-sharifs-disqualification-1010161/

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US calls upon Pakistan to respect law in MQM crackdown

August 30, 2016

Washington [USA]: Over Pakistan’s crackdown on Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) after its founder Altaf Hussain’s inciteful speech that led to violence in Karachi on August 22, the US State Department has said the United States continues to support Pakistan’s efforts to maintain law and order in Karachi.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/us-calls-upon-pakistan-respect-law-mqm-crackdown-1010012/

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Southeast Asia

Islamist Terror Could Sink Indian Ocean Paradise, Maldives

Aug 30, 2016

“Welcome to the Maldives,” says the country’s tourism website, “where the sands are as white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you in their arms.”

It is also engulfed in something more sinister; the Maldives is teetering on the edge of a coup, with a cabal of exiled opposition leaders meeting in Sri Lanka over the weekend, attempting to work out a way to topple President Abdulla Yameen.

Full report at: theaustralian.com.au/news/world/maldives-islamist-terror-could-sink-indian-ocean-paradise/news-story/7a80bff385fb3e27ade26a72ce43b3e6

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Fleeing persecution at home, thousands of Rohingya land in Malaysia

Aug 30, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malaysia is considering opening up its job market for thousands of refugees, who are mostly Rohingya and up until now have no legal right to work in the country.

Full report at: in.reuters.com/article/malaysia-refugees-rohingya-idINKCN11506X

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2 Bangladeshi Men Jailed For Financing Terrorism in Singapore

Aug 30, 2016

SINGAPORE - Two Bangladeshi workers detained under the Internal Security Act in April pleaded guilty today (Aug 30) to charges of financing terrorism.

They had previously denied the charges and claimed trial.

Full report at: news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/2-bangladeshi-men-jailed-financing-terrorism

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Philippine stops issuing hajj passports to Muslim pilgrims: FM

Aug 30, 2016

The Philippines has stopped issuance of hajj passports for Muslim pilgrims after detention of more than 170 Indonesians who used fake documents and saw Manila as a transit to participate in the Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the country's top diplomat said on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told a congressional hearing that the issuance of hajj passports has become a source of corruption in the Foreign Department.

Full report at: globaltimes.cn/content/1003670.shtml

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Mideast

Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan Hit by Suicide Bomb Attack

August 30, 2016

The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was hit by a suicide attack on Tuesday in a development likely to worry Beijing as it steps up investments in central Asia under its “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Full report at: ft.com/cms/s/0/23243e7e-6e82-11e6-9ac1-1055824ca907.html#axzz4IoYbx51r

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Turkish army will be stronger once ‘traitors’ have been removed: Military chief

August/29/2016

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will become stronger as the “traitors within it” are removed following the July 15 coup attempt, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has said, vowing that the struggle will continue “until there is not even one terrorist left.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-army-will-be-stronger-once-traitors-have-been-removed-military-chief.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103356&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey-Backed Terrorists Continue to Capture more Lands in Northern Syria

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and its affiliated terrorist groups, backed up by the Turkish army, air forces and artillery units, have been significantly advancing in Northern Aleppo in recent days, Turkey's General Staff said in a statement.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000815

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Crowd marches in central Turkey after claiming power blackout was coup attempt

August 30, 2016

A crowd in the Central Anatolian province of Konya has taken to the streets with Turkish flags in a move similar to the one seen across the country on the night of the July 15 failed coup attempt, after they interpreted a power blackout in the city center as the start of another attempted takeover.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/crowd-marches-in-central-turkey-after-claiming-power-blackout-was-coup-attempt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103372&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish parliament speaker’s remarks on Che ‘advised youth to follow their own leaders’

August 30, 2016

The press office of the Turkish parliament has sought to calm some of the controversy over Parliamentary Speaker İsmail Kahraman’s contentious remarks on Ernesto “Che” Guevara, saying they were only intended as “advice to the Turkish youth to follow their own heroes and leaders.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-speakers-remarks-on-che-advised-youth-to-follow-their-own-leaders.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103373&NewsCatID=338

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Former Istanbul police chief detained in coup attempt probe

August 30, 2016

A former Istanbul police chief was detained on Aug. 30 as a part of the investigation into the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which was accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Former Istanbul chief Hüseyin Çapkın was detained in the Çeşme district of the Aegean province of İzmir. He is expected to be transferred to Istanbul for his proceedings.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/former-istanbul-police-chief-detained-in-coup-attempt-probe.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103374&NewsCatID=341

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US-led coalition planes hit ISIL in north Syria: Turkish military

August 30, 2016

U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets near the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus overnight, the Turkish military said on Aug. 30, as forces backed by Ankara pushed deeper into north Syria.

Two A-10 planes hit and destroyed two ISIL targets, the military said in a statement, without Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-led-coalition-planes-hit-isil-in-north-syria-turkish-military.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103368&NewsCatID=352

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Detention warrants issued for 35, including journalists, in coup attempt probe

August 30, 2016

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 35 suspects, including journalists, as a part of the investigation into the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which was accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/detention-warrants-issued-for-35-including-journalists-in-coup-attempt-probe.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103366&NewsCatID=341

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US should force PYD to step back in Syria: Gov’t

August 30, 2016

The United States “should keep its word” and force the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said, responding to U.S. President Barack Obama’s special representative Brett McGurk’s remarks on Turkey hitting PYD targets.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-should-force-pyd-to-step-back-in-syria-govt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103339&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey expects Merkel’s support to overcome İncirlik crisis

August 30, 2016

The Turkish government expects support and solidarity from its German counterpart in the aftermath of the July 15 failed coup attempt through high-level visits and contacts in order to end the ongoing İncirlik Air Base crisis by easing conditions for a German parliamentary visit to the base.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-expects-merkels-support-to-overcome-incirlik-crisis.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103346&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish military launches ‘61 artillery strikes in northern Syria in 24 hours’

August 30, 2016

The Turkish Armed Forces have carried out 61 artillery strikes around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus over the past 24 hours, hitting 20 targets, Turkey’s military announced on Aug. 29.

The military said in a statement that it was “taking all measures and showing maximum sensitivity” to prevent harm to civilians, while adding that it had also hit Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-military-launches-61-artillery-strikes-in-northern-syria-in-24-hours-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103355&NewsCatID=352

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India

The Editor of Milli Gazette Pulls out Of Modi Govt’s Muslim Delegation

Aug 30, 2016

The Modi government’s plan to send a Muslim-majority delegation to Kashmir is yet to take off, but a prominent Muslim figure said he has refused to be a part of the team.

Zafarul Islam Khan, the editor of Milli Gazette and former chief of the All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, said he was pulling out of the delegation because the government appeared to be more focused on putting an end to stone pelting than coming up with bridge-building measures.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/india-news/kashmir-unrest-senior-journalist-pulls-out-of-pm-modi-s-muslim-delegation/story-WjXriOmq9rWECKNO36okOJ.html

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U.S., India to discuss business ties, tensions with Pakistan

Aug 30, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker began two days of talks on Tuesday with the Indian government to boost business ties, and to encourage dialogue with Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Monday night for the annual U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue after a one-day stop in Bangladesh where he discussed increased militant attacks.

Full report at: in.reuters.com/article/india-usa-kerry-pritzker-delhi-idINKCN1150C9

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Tension in Moradabad over WhatsApp video

August 30, 2016

TENSION PREVAILED in Moradabad city’s Nagphani area as members of the Muslim community took to the streets late Sunday to protest against a video circulated on social media platform WhatsApp, purportedly showing two youths being beaten up and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Suspecting that the video was shot somewhere in the district, the mob marched to the Shahi Imam’s residence to seek instructions over the matter. Soon, senior district officials and police rushed to the spot to inform the mob that the video was shot in Gujarat’s Surat district earlier this month and the accused had already been arrested.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/whatsapp-video-sparks-tension-in-moradabad-3003218/

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No blanket ban on pellet guns, but to be used in rare cases

August 30, 2016

New Delhi: Pellet guns, which are being used by security forces for crowd control in Jammu and Kashmir, will not be completely banned but will be fired in “rarest of rare cases”, a top government official said today.

Senior government functionaries have arrived at this conclusion after extensive consultations with security forces and examining the ground realities in Kashmir Valley.

The option of firing pellet guns will remain but it will be used only in rarest of rare cases, the official said.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/no-blanket-ban-pellet-guns-used-rare-cases-1010164/

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‘Gau Rakshaks’ Attack Father, Sons For Carrying Cattle In Hazaribagh

August 30, 2016

Hazaribagh: Wasim, Aftab and Sahbaz Ali – suffered serious injuries after being severely attacked by “gau rakshaks” in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand on Saturday.

According to Times of India, the trio was carrying cattle from Dumraon village in Ichak police station to Pelawal in a Minitruck was chased by group of Gau Rakshak on two-wheelers and severely thrashed them. The injured were referred to RIMS for treatment. The victims claimed that they were attacked simply they were carrying cattle.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/gau-rakshaks-attack-father-sons-carrying-cattle-hazaribagh-1010033/

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South Asia

Bangladesh Jamaat leader loses final appeal against execution for war crimes

Mon Aug 29 2016

DHAKA: Bangladesh's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by a leader of religious Jamaat-i-Islami party against a death sentence for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, lawyers said, meaning he could be hanged at any time.

The verdict comes as the Muslim-majority nation suffers a series of militant attacks, the most serious on July 1, when gunmen stormed a cafe in the capital, Dhaka, and killed 20 hostages, most of them foreigners.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1280930/bangladesh-jamaat-leader-loses-final-appeal-against-execution-for-war-crimes

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Deadly attack foiled in North of Afghanistan, 5 suicide bombers killed

Mon Aug 29 2016

A deadly attack plot by the anti-government armed militants was foiled by the Afghan security forces in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said at least 5 suicide bombers were killed in connection to the attack plot by the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.

Full report at: khaama.com/deadly-attack-foiled-in-north-of-afghanistan-5-suicide-bombers-killed-01796

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Brother of Haqqani terrorist network leader likely sentenced to death

Tue Aug 30 2016

The brother of Haqqani terrorist network leader has likely been sentenced to death by a primary court in Afghanistan.

The Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) arrested Anas Haqqani along with another key Haqqani network leader late in 2014.

Full report at: khaama.com/brother-of-haqqani-terrorist-network-leader-likely-sentenced-to-death-01799

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4 suicide bombing vests, large cache of explosives seized near Kabul

Tue Aug 30 2016

A large cache of explosives and weapons was seized in Kapisa province close to capital Kabul by the operatives of the Afghan intelligence.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the cache was discovered during an operation conducted in the vicinity of Kapisa province but no further details were given.

Full report at: khaama.com/4-suicide-bombing-vests-large-cache-of-explosives-seized-near-kabul-01802

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Explosion killed 6 members of a single family in South of Afghanistan

Tue Aug 30 2016

At least six civilians were killed in an explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident took place late on Monday evening in Nawa district.

He said the civilians belonged to a single family and at least five others also sustained injuries in the explosion which triggered due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-6-members-of-a-single-family-in-south-of-afghanistan-01801

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US steps up training of Afghan Air Force personnel

Mon Aug 29 2016

The United states has stepped up training of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) personnel to help boost the air power of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) amid deteriorating security situation across the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/us-steps-up-training-of-afghan-air-force-personnel-01797

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Shift Dr. Najibullah’s corpse to Kabul: Paktia residents

Tue Aug 30 2016

Scores of the residents of southeastern Paktia province wants to shift the corpse of the former Afghan President Dr. Najibullah to Kabul province.

The demand was made during a gathering attended by tribal elders, members of the provincial council, and Afghan clerics.

Provincial council secretary Mohammad Rahman Qaderi quoted in a report by RFE said the tomb of Dr. Najibullah must be shifted to Kabul province from Paktia.

Full report at: khaama.com/shift-dr-najibullahs-corpse-to-kabul-paktia-residents-01803

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Arab World

Rifts Widening among ISIL Terrorists over Distribution of Booties

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA) - ISIL terrorists clashed with each other after wild disputes over the distribution of the valuable things they have looted from civilian houses in the towns of al-Tabni and Ma'adan in Eastern Syria, local sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000789

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Syrian Army, Hezbollah Advance against Terrorists Southwest of Aleppo City

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters launched a joint offensive on the positions of Jeish al-Fatah in aviation technical collage, pushing back terrorists from more positions in several hours of non-stop battle.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000690

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Number of Arab teachers in Jewish schools rises by 40%

August 30, 2016

The number of Israeli Arab teachers working in Jewish state schools has increased by 40% in recent years to reach 588 in the last school year, up from 420 just three years ago, the Walla news website reported Monday.

The jump is the result of an Education Ministry program to integrate Arab teachers of English, mathematics and science, among other subjects, into Jewish schools, reducing the surplus of teachers in the Arab sector and promoting coexistence.

Full report at: israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36021

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Senior MP Blasts Saudi Arabia for Backing Terrorists to Create Unrest in Iran

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi blasted Saudi Arabia for sponsoring the terrorists recently arrested in Iran.

"Al Saud (the Saudi ruling family) resorts to all means in the world and the region against the Islamic Republic of Iran and towards that end helps terrorist groups target the Iranian nation,” Boroujerdi said while saying that the confessions made by the terrorists revealed that they were sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000730

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Iran Calls for Collective Efforts to Uproot Terrorism

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani called on the need for global efforts to fight the terrorist groups.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000593

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Terrorists' Command Center Destroyed in Syrian Army Attacks in Dara'a

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian military forces stormed the terrorist groups' sites in the Southern districts of Dara'a city, inflicting major damage on the militants' command center.

Several terrorists were killed and their command center was destroyed in the Syrian soldiers' attacks on their positions in Dara'a al-Balad.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000556

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ISIL Terrorists in Sweida Receive Sever Blow in Syrian Army Attacks

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian military forces launched a fresh round of attacks on ISIL's concentration centers and gatherings in the Southern province of Sweida, claiming the lives of several militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000506

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Security Forces Disband 2 Terrorist Groups in Southeastern Iran

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian security forces have dismantled two terrorist groups, killing 9 militants, in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, police announced on Tuesday.

"Killing 9 members of a terrorist team and arresting 23 others were among the police's effective measures" against the anti-revolutionary and terrorist groups in the current (Iranian) year (started on March 20), Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi told FNA on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000887

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Yemeni Army Kicks Off Ta'iz Liberation Operation

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces started military operations to win back Ta'iz province.

"The Yemeni forces started their military operations from three different directions to win back Ta'iz province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Hossein al-Houthi told FNA on Tuesday.

Al-Houthi said that the pro-Saudi forces backed by Saudi fighter jets are trying hard to break the siege of Ta'iz laid by Yemeni forces, but to no avail.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000852

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Syrian MP Describes Jarabulus Occupation as US, Turkey's Ridiculous Show

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian legislator underlined that the Turkish army's deployment in Jarabulus city in Aleppo is a ridiculous theatrical show directed by Washington.

"Occupation of Jarabulus by the Turkish army is a ridiculous play and Hollywood movie and the Americans are skilled in producing such movies," Omar Owsi was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000776

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Yemen Missiles Hit Key Airport, Facilities of Saudi Oil Giant Aramco Again in Response to Airstrikes

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni forces fired ballistic missiles at the facilities of the Saudi state oil giant, Aramco, in the kingdom’s Southwest and Abha airport in Assir province in a retaliatory attack launched after Saudi fighter jets targeted civilians.

The retaliatory attack took place on Tuesday morning, hitting targets in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region and causing considerable damage to the Aramco facilities there, the Arabic-language news website Al Masirah reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000777

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Iran's First VP Blames Foreigners for Turmoil in Iraq, Syria, Yemen

August 30, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri took certain foreign states responsible for the current chaotic situation in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, calling for cooperation among the regional states to settle their problems.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950609000655

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Africa

Islamists kill three Tunisian soldiers near Algerian border

August 30, 2016

Islamist militants killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded seven others on Monday, opening fire on them with rifles and rocket propelled grenades after their patrol hit anti-tank landmines, an army spokesman said.

Full report at: africa.tvcnews.tv/2016/08/30/islamists-kill-three-tunisian-soldiers-near-algerian-border/#.V8Vuq1t97IU

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Muslim NGO’s bank account closed without explanation

August 30, 2016

MATW Project (Muslims Around The World) Project, is non profit and community based. A project aimed at providing financial assistance and outreach to those in need.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/muslim-ngos-bank-account-closed-without-explanation-1010160/

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Somalia: We Have A Problem We Cannot Solve

August 29, 2016

MOGADISHU (HAN) August 29.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. Peacekeeper and Somali military commanders agree that the biggest problem facing Somali security forces is logistics (keeping soldiers and police supplied with working vehicles, weapons and other gear) and corruption (most commonly seen in commanders or government officials stealing money and equipment meant for the security forces).

Full report at: geeskaafrika.com/23892/somalia-problem-cannot-solve/

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Europe

Thousands of migrants rescued in day off Libya by European vessels

AUG 30, 2016

OFF, THE LIBYAN COAST – Italian naval ships and vessels from nongovernment groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by war, poverty, and human traffickers.

The dramatic operation took place just 21 km (13 miles) north of the town of Sabratha in Libya. Groups such as Proactiva Open Arms and Doctors Without Borders helped take on some 3,000 people who had been traveling in some 20 small wooden boats.

Full report at: japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/30/world/social-issues-world/thousands-migrants-rescued-day-off-libya-european-vessels/#.V8VxyFt97IU

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I feel confident as a Muslim and as a Briton, says Harun Khan

August 29, 2016

London: Life for Muslims in the UK may often be difficult, with Islamaphobic attacks on the street becoming more common and with reports of more deeply-rooted, day-to-day discrimination in the workplace, but one man refusing to be downcast is Harun Khan, the new secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

Full report at: gulfnews.com/news/europe/uk/i-feel-confident-as-a-muslim-and-as-a-briton-says-harun-khan-1.1887171

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Family of teen who plotted Australian Anzac Day terror attack flee their UK home amid security threats after he is sentenced to life in jail

29 August 2016

The family of a teenager who planned a terror attack on Anzac Day in Australia have been forced to flee their home in the UK, amid security fears.

Despite the court preventing the publication of the 15-year-old's identity, his family were identified and forced to leave their home in the Lancashire area in north-west England. 

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3763679/Family-teen-plotted-Australian-Anzac-Day-terror-attack-flee-UK-home-amid-security-threats-sentenced-life-jail.html

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