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Islamic World News ( 14 Aug 2016, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Some Indian Clerics Do Not Want Ahmadiyyas to Be Counted As Muslims


















French Muslims bristled at the creation of a mosque-monitoring body led by a non-Muslim.

 

Nervous Pak Talks to Baloch Separatists after India Speaks Of Atrocities on Baloch

NSA Afghanistan Warns Against ISIS Expansion If Found Sanctuaries in Pakistan

To Curb Islamic Radicalism, France Is Targeting Foreign Funding For Mosques

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India

Some Indian Clerics Do Not Want Ahmadiyyas to Be Counted As Muslims

Bareilly Dargah Issues Fatwa Against KFC Outlet

Cow Vigilantism Is Criminal, Can Affect Hindu-Muslim Relations'

Terrorists attack CRPF camp in Srinagar, one jawan killed

Suspense over Arun Jaitley’s visit to Pakistan for SAARC meet

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Pakistan

Nervous Pak Talks to Baloch Separatists after India Speaks Of Atrocities on Baloch

Pak Writer Holds ‘Makeshift Moralist’, ‘Shareef’ Citizens Responsible for Qandeel’s Homicide

President confers civil awards on 109 Pakistanis, 23 foreigners

Corporate role in combating terrorism

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South Asia

NSA Afghanistan Warns Against ISIS Expansion If Found Sanctuaries in Pakistan

Taliban Takes Control of Dahana-e-Ghori in North Of Afghanistan

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Ends 2016 Spiritual Session in Bangladesh

Explosion in Kabul city leaves at least 3 people wounded

Special Forces of Taliban fighting in Helmand province

Helmand police chief targeted in roadside bomb explosion

Bangladeshi Muslims in Shock over Fatal Shooting of Queens Imam

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Europe

To Curb Islamic Radicalism, France Is Targeting Foreign Funding For Mosques

A European Turkey Could Deliver Reform To Muslim World

More Than 30,000 Muslims Converge For Britain’s Largest Annual Islamic Gathering to Reject Hate

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Arab World

Number of Liberated Villages by Kurdish Forces Hits 12

Syrian Army Repulses Terrorists' Attacks, Kills Ahrar Al-Sham's Chief Armour Commander

Syria Air Force Destroys Terrorists' Command Centres in Dara'a Province

Tens of US Troops Enter Mosul's Al-Qayara Airbase

Syrian, Russian Air Force Strike Terrorists' Military Positions in Aleppo

Iranian FM, Deputy Meet Putin's Special Envoy over Syria

Syrian Air Force Hits Hard ISIL's Military Positions in Eastern Homs Province

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Mideast

Gülen Orders Followers to ‘Unite’ Abroad: Report

FETÖ-Linked Publications at Schools to Be Seized, Destroyed

Turkish deputy PM in Twitter spat with Swedish FM over sexual abuse ruling

Turkish chief public prosecutor bound for Syria caught on border

Turkish PM suggests three-step road map for Syria

Europe is ‘humiliating’ Ankara, says Turkish FM

US nuclear bombs at Turkey base at risk of seizure

Police conduct searches at Istanbul courts over failed coup attempt

'AKP, I can no longer act like we did before coup attempt,’ Erdogan says

Tourists flocking to hotel where Erdogan escaped coup soldiers

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Africa

Nigerian Shia Condemn Calls of Supreme Council for Shari’a for Blocking Islamic Movement

Rights Group Urges Egypt to Compensate Victims of Rabaa Massacre

UN peacekeepers arrest 10 ‘ex-rebels’ in Central Africa

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North America

Donald Trump to Present Plan to Defeat ISIS and Keep Americans Safe

Even if Trump loses, his legacy will poison American politics

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Southeast Asia

Elderly Men among Four People Forced To Suffer Brutal Punishment in Indonesia

Indonesia looks to Islamic finance for infrastructure needs

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Some Indian Clerics Do Not Want Ahmadiyyas to Be Counted As Muslims

Aug 14, 2016

The data on religious affiliation from the 2011 population census was released last month. Some information from the count – like the decline in Parsi-Zoroastrians numbers by a fifth since 2001 – has been received with gloom, but the statistic on Ahmadiyyas, a sect which is persecuted in many countries because of beliefs that are seen as renegade, has evoked resentment among some Muslim clerics.

According to Ahmadiyya organisations, they number around 100,000 in India and 60 million worldwide. Their population in India is an estimate as the census has never counted them separately, but the 2011 population count has identified 119 members, including 99 in Punjab where the birthplace of the sect, Qadian, is located. This means that only one of every thousand Ahmadiyya has used the option in the census form to identify their sect; the others have marked themselves only as Muslim. Other groups like Bohras, too, have opted not to fill the question about their sect – only 33,460 did, though this group has several lakh members in India. Members of some mainstream sects have not approved of the inclusion of Ahmadiyyas as Muslims. Recent reports in Urdu newspapers that the latest census has not counted the sect separately have annoyed clerics.

The sect was founded in the nineteenth century by a religious teacher named Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who proclaimed himself as the messiah prophesised in the Semitic religions. He also added figures from other religions, like Krishna, Zoroaster, Lao Tzu – founder of Taoism, Guru Nanak, to the list of teachers. His followers are also called Qadianis. Pakistan, which has the largest population of this sect, has declared them non-Muslims. The country does not allow members of the sect to list ‘Islam’ as their religion in their passports, thus restricting them from going on the Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

“Muslims share some fundamental beliefs: one is the belief in Allah and that Mohammad is the last prophet. There are many Muslim sects and they have a lot of differences, but all of them believe in these two fundamental principles,” said Mehmood Daryabadi, a cleric from the orthodox Tablighi sect. “But they (Ahmadiyyas) say that another prophet was born in Qadian.”

Mehmood Ahmed, an Ahmadiyya from Mumbai, said that their beliefs are not different from the mainstream sects. “We also believe in Allah and that Mohammad is the last prophet, but we interpret the Koran differently,” said Ahmed. “When we translated the Koran from Arabic we referred every ayat (sentence) with a supporting phrase. This is different from the literal translation that other sects do.”

Daryabadi said that a meeting of Islamic scholars held in Mecca in 1972 it was agreed that the sect is not Muslim. “All Muslim sects do the Haj (pilgrimage). There are no restrictions on any sect, but the Qadianis are not allowed,” said Daryabadi. “If Muslims all over the world do not consider them as Muslims why is the government of India identifying them as such?”

The Indian census enumerates six main religious groups; the others are listed in the ‘other religions and persuasions’. This category includes Parsi-Zoroastrians, Jews, Bahais, Animists and nature worshippers. About 7.9 million people out of 1210 million Indians who were counted in the last census are from this classification which includes 33,304 atheists. An official from the directorate of census operations, Maharashtra, said that citizens have the freedom to not report their sect and most have chosen not to do so. For instance, the census counts only 374 Shias though the community is estimated to form 15-20% of India’s Muslim population of 172 million.

Daryabadi suggested that Ahmadiyyas should list themselves in the ‘other religions and persuasions’ category. “India has many other religious minorities; Ahmadiyyas can be recognised as a minority.”

It is unlikely that India, where the Ahmadiyyas enjoy religious freedom, will tak

http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/some-clerics-do-not-want-ahmadiyyas-to-be-counted-as-muslims/story-XtKK3Ei85sggXilqgBb03I.html

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Nervous Pak talks to Baloch separatists after India speaks of atrocities on Baloch

August 15, 2016

Soldiers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) hold Pakistan's national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Soldiers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) hold Pakistan's national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Ziarat (Pakistan): Days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the atrocities being carried out on the people of Balochistan and Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the political and military leaderships has invited self-exiled Baloch leaders to come to the negotiating table while stating that dialogue is the only way to find a solution to all issues.

Extending the talks offer, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and Commander of Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz said that they would welcome Baloch leaders’ return to the country, reports the Dawn.

The remarks were extended at the national flag-hoisting ceremony at the Quaid-i-Azam Residency in Ziarat on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day celebrations on Sunday.

Zehri also invited the self-exiled Baloch leaders to come back to Pakistan.

“It will be their choice to join national politics or do politics on a nationalist basis. We will honour it if the people of Balochistan give you the mandate,” the Dawn quoted him as saying

He also made it clear that it would not be possible for the government to accept such leaders’ ideology at gunpoint.

“We will not allow anybody to impose his ideology by force.We have been the custodians of Balochistan for the last 500 years and became part of Pakistan at our own will,” he added.

Rejecting the statement of Indian Prime Minister Modi, Zehri said that there was a big difference between situation of Kashmir and Balochistan.

He was of the opinion the Kashmir wants freedom from India, while the people love Pakistan in Balochistan and they want to live within the jurisdiction and framework of the country.

“You cannot describe it as freedom struggle if a few misguided youth wage militancy and get involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan,” he added.

The Indian Prime Minister had earlier last week said, “The time has come to expose Pakistan’s brutalities on the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).”

Launching a fresh offensive against Islamabad for igniting the latest unrest in Kashmir, he said: “When we talk about Jammu and Kashmir, then we should talk about four regions – Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).”

Meanwhile, Zehri also launched a veiled attack on India, saying, “A handful of miscreants playing into the hands of Indian intelligence agency have been involved in anti-peace activities in Balochistan .”

Lieutenant -General Aamir Riaz on his part said that enemies could not defeat ideology of Islamabad as the countrymen were united and the entire nation supported its political and military leadership to foil nefarious designs of the enemy.

http://www.siasat.com/news/nervous-pak-talks-baloch-separatists-india-speaks-atrocities-baloch-1001636/

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NSA Afghanistan Warns Against ISIS Expansion If Found Sanctuaries in Pakistan

Mon Aug 15 2016

The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar has warned against the expansion of insurgency by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group if they managed to gain sanctuaries in Pakistan.

In an interview with RFE’s Pakistan service, Atmar said if the terror group finds sanctuaries and financial resources in Pakistan the issue will be prolonged and expanded in the region.

Atmar further added that the leader of the terror group Hafeez Saeed Khan who was a former Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in Afghanistan and so far at least 12 leaders of the terror group have been killed.

The ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan started operations from the eastern Nangarhar province although the footprints of the terror group have been seen in other parts of the country, including the northern Balkh province.

Recent reports emerged from the southern Zabul province of Afghanistan where the local officials have said the terror group have started attracting fighters in southern Afghanistan.

The Afghan forces launched a major operation in eastern Nangarhar province nearly three weeks ago to suppress the insurgency activities of the terror group in this province.

The operations were launched amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting expand operations in Afghanistan.

The top US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson earlier said the loyalists of ISIS have managed to establish direct links with the main group in Syria and Iraq.

http://www.khaama.com/atmar-warns-against-isis-expansion-if-found-sanctuaries-in-pakistan-01697

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To curb Islamic radicalism, France is targeting foreign funding for mosques

Monday, 15 August, 2016

After three major terrorist attacks in the last year and a half, public outrage has forced the French government to respond. But one particular proposal has generated significant controversy: the shutdown of certain mosques and the foreign funding behind them.

Late last month - weeks after the Nice attack - Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for an outright ban on the foreign funding of mosques in France “for a period to be determined.” Days later, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that, in fact, more concrete measures had already been taken: Since December 2015, he said, 20 Salafist mosques were shut down altogether.

“There is no place in France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques,” Cazeneuve said, speaking to reporters after a meeting with Muslim leaders. For many French Muslims, however, the issue is the implicit association in his words - namely, that mosques are where terrorists radicalise.

“It gives the idea that mosques have something to do with terrorism,” Marwan Muhammad, the director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, said in an interview. “It’s a way of problematising Muslims once again.”

Worshippers arrive for prayer at the Yahya mosque in Sotteville-Les-Rouen near Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France. Photo: EPA

There are about 2,500 Muslim “houses of prayer” in France, not all of which are officially classified as mosques. According to France 24, only about 120 of these are associated with radical Salafism, a strict variation of Sunni Islam.

Some French media ban naming Islamic State attackers to prevent them being glorified as ‘heroes’

Despite the immense publicity the question of foreign-funded mosques has drawn throughout the summer, especially from supporters of the far-right National Front party, many question whether the practice is actually as common as is frequently presented - especially in a country that has had an established infrastructure to combat money laundering and terrorist financing since 1990.

According to a committee report released last month by the country’s Parliament, the lion’s share of the funding behind new French mosques comes from individual donations in France - not from foreign governments. The report’s findings indicated that the bulk of the foreign funding that did arrive came from Morocco and Algeria, which have sent 6 million euros and 2 million euros, respectively, this year.

But the report’s main finding highlighted what its authors considered the structural nature of the problem.

A picture taken on July 27 shows the charred construction site of a mosque being built in Muret, France, following a fire which investigators of the Toulouse Public Prosecutor's department said was believed to have been an act of arson. Photo: AFP

In staunchly secular France, mosques - like churches, synagogues and any other houses of worship - are not legally entitled to receive any state funding. As a result, the only way to fund new mosques is through private donations from individuals and charitable organisations, a framework that encourages foreign capital in the first place, the report said.

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“On the one hand, there is the intent to organise Islam in France in order to have greater control,” the report concluded. “On the other hand, [Islam] cannot be touched because of the 1905 law. The equation is unsolvable.”

The 1905 law, passed after a political crisis known as the Dreyfus Affair, officially guaranteed the separation of church and state in France.

Regardless, the report recommended that the government establish a dedicated foundation that could monitor the transmission of foreign funds to French mosques. As legislator Nathalie Goulet, one of the report’s authors, told France 24, the idea is “not to ban foreign financing but to make it transparent and conditional.”

The government listened, announcing the Foundation for Islamic Works, which, in theory, will do precisely that, in addition to overseeing the training of foreign-born imams. But then it made another announcement: The foundation will be run by a non-Muslim, former interior minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement, 77.

This, for Muhammad, represents a “double insult” to French Muslims.

“The first is that they chose someone who doesn’t represent anything to the Muslim community - it’s like they’re confiscating Muslim opinion,” he said.

“It’s also saying that of the 4 million Muslims in France, none of them is capable of holding this position. Among all this wealth of people, not one of them - man or woman - is capable.”

Four million is a conservative estimate for the number of Muslims in France, which officially keeps no statistics on race, ethnicity or religion. Others put the figure closer to 5 million for what is one of Europe’s largest Muslim communities, if not its largest.

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2003973/curb-islamic-radicalism-france-targeting-foreign-funding-mosques

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India

Some Indian Clerics Do Not Want Ahmadiyyas to Be Counted As Muslims

Aug 14, 2016

The data on religious affiliation from the 2011 population census was released last month. Some information from the count – like the decline in Parsi-Zoroastrians numbers by a fifth since 2001 – has been received with gloom, but the statistic on Ahmadiyyas, a sect which is persecuted in many countries because of beliefs that are seen as renegade, has evoked resentment among some Muslim clerics.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/some-clerics-do-not-want-ahmadiyyas-to-be-counted-as-muslims/story-XtKK3Ei85sggXilqgBb03I.html

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Bareilly dargah issues fatwa against KFC outlet

August 15, 2016

A prominent dargah in Bareilly has issued a fatwa, an Islamic decree, against popular food outlet KFC alleging that the meat served there was not ‘halal’ and asked all Muslims to abstain from eating there as it would be a ‘sin’.

Mufti Saleem Noori, spokesperson of the influential Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, said while the fatwa issued on Saturday is particularly for the KFC outlet at Bareilly, it also targets other non-vegetarian food selling outlets across India who do not follow the ‘halal’ norms.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/bareilly-dargah-issues-fatwa-against-kfc-outlet-2976012/

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Cow Vigilantism Is Criminal, Can Affect Hindu-Muslim Relations'

By Aishik Chanda:15th August 2016

HYDERABAD: In the Kashmir insurgency, do you think Islamiyat has become more powerful than Kashmiriyat or was Islamiyat always more powerful than Kashmiriyat since the beginning of the insurgency?

What we see in Kashmir is a Pakistan state-backed Jihadism. Many Pakistani terrorists who were captured or killed in the valley were trained by Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammad. The protests we see in Kashmir are because India is a democracy that allows dissent, unlike authoritarian state of Pakistan where Balochs can’t protest. And, the protests of Kashmiris are welcome. We should understand them. This kind of Islamism backed by Pakistan will not survive for long.

Full report at: newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/Cow-vigilantism-is-criminal-can-affect-Hindu-Muslim-relations/2016/08/15/article3580444.ece

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Terrorists attack CRPF camp in Srinagar, one jawan killed

Aug 15, 2016

SRINAGAR: One jawan was killed and nine others were injured on Monday when terrorists opened fired at a CRPF camp in Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

An unspecified number of terrorists fired at the security forces in the area which is close to the historic Jama Masjid, triggering an encounter.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terrorists-attack-CRPF-camp-in-Srinagar-one-jawan-killed/articleshow/53705057.cms?

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Suspense over Arun Jaitley’s visit to Pakistan for SAARC meet

August 15, 2016

New Delhi/Islamabad: Despite reports from Pakistan that he would be accorded a “warm welcome” if he participates in the SAARC ministerial conference in Islamabad later this month, sources said on Sunday that it was not yet clear whether Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would be attending.

The sources in New Delhi said it was far from certain whether Jaitley would travel to Islamabad for the meeting to be hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad on August 25 and 26.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/suspense-arun-jaitleys-visit-pakistan-saarc-meet-1001699/

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Pakistan

Nervous Pak talks to Baloch separatists after India speaks of atrocities on Baloch

August 15, 2016

Ziarat (Pakistan): Days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the atrocities being carried out on the people of Balochistan and Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the political and military leaderships has invited self-exiled Baloch leaders to come to the negotiating table while stating that dialogue is the only way to find a solution to all issues.

Extending the talks offer, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and Commander of Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz said that they would welcome Baloch leaders’ return to the country, reports the Dawn.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/nervous-pak-talks-baloch-separatists-india-speaks-atrocities-baloch-1001636/

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Pak writer holds ‘makeshift moralist’, ‘shareef’ citizens responsible for Qandeel’s homicide

August 15, 2016

Islamabad: Ridiculing “makeshift moralist” and “shareef” citizens of Pakistan, who were “saddened” by social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch’s homicide by her brother, writer Faraz Talat has in an open letter to ‘honourable’ Pakistanis said they knew the man, who murdered his ‘dishonourable’ sister, but who foisted that label upon her and warranted her elimination in the first place?

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pak-writer-holds-makeshift-moralist-shareef-citizens-responsible-qandeels-homicide-1001638/

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President confers civil awards on 109 Pakistanis, 23 foreigners

15th August 2016

ISLAMABAD: On the occasion of Indepen­dence Day, President Mamnoon Hussain has conferred civil awards on 109 citizens of Pakistan and 23 foreign nationals for showing excellence and courage in their respective fields.

The awards will be given to the recipients at an investiture ceremony to be held on the Pakistan Day, March 23, 2017.

Following are the titles of the awards and names of their recipients.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277646/president-confers-civil-awards-on-109-pakistanis-23-foreigners

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Corporate role in combating terrorism

15th August 2016

Corporate Pakistan has once again been jolted owing to the recent Quetta blast. Apart from limiting their response to the anxiety of parents, companies and their overseas trading partners they seem little inclined to reconsider their own passive approach towards the issue thus far: waiting for the administration to restore peace and stability.

Many leading lights of the community were relatively open to the suggestion of initiating a discussion in their ranks about the tricky subject of financing and supporting questionable causes and outfits, without properly screening their business links.

They also saw the value of being more discreet in their marketing practices. Currently the marketing drive, particularly on the electronic media, is guided solely by the commercial angle: sponsoring programmes that command the highest viewership, irrespective of their content.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1277645/corporate-role-in-combating-terrorism

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South Asia

 

NSA Afghanistan Warns Against ISIS Expansion If Found Sanctuaries in Pakistan

Mon Aug 15 2016

The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar has warned against the expansion of insurgency by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group if they managed to gain sanctuaries in Pakistan.

In an interview with RFE’s Pakistan service, Atmar said if the terror group finds sanctuaries and financial resources in Pakistan the issue will be prolonged and expanded in the region.

Atmar further added that the leader of the terror group Hafeez Saeed Khan who was a former Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in Afghanistan and so far at least 12 leaders of the terror group have been killed.

Full report at: khaama.com/atmar-warns-against-isis-expansion-if-found-sanctuaries-in-pakistan-01697

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Taliban takes control of Dahana-e-Ghori in North of Afghanistan

Sun Aug 14 2016

The Taliban militants have taken control of Dahana-e-Ghori district in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan earlier tonight.

A provincial council member speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed the fall of the district.

The government security officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on Dahana-e-Ghori district four days ago that led to heavy clashes in the area until the control of the district was fully taken earlier tonight.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-takes-control-of-dahana-e-ghori-in-north-of-afghanistan-01694

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community ends 2016 spiritual session in Bangladesh

Aug 15 2016

After three days of the  2016  Ahmadiyya Islamic Association’s Jalsa Salana, the highly spiritual session has finally come to an end.

TVC’s Habibah Basanya reports they all came together for three days from various countries of the world regardless of colour ,creed or even religion, with a binding pledge of LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE.

Indeed that pledge remained a source of successful interaction during the Jalsa and for the Nigerian delegates, the experience does not stop at the Jalsa.

Awards of excellence were also given to members with outstanding dedication. The official closing of this year’s Jalsa left many delegates emotional.

Full report at: ul revival of Islam for over a hundred years.

http://africa.tvcnews.tv/2016/08/15/ahmadiyya-muslim-community-ends-2016-spiritual-session-bangladesh/#.V7GsAlt97IU

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Explosion in Kabul city leaves at least 3 people wounded

Mon Aug 15 2016

Kabul explosionAn explosion rocked Kabul city earlier today targeting a civilian vehicle that left at least 3 people wounded.

The incident took place in Makroryan area of the city after a magentic bomb planted in the vehicle was detonated, leaving at least three people wounded.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed three people, all civilians, were wounded in the explosion.

No group has yet claimed responsibility behind the incident.

There has been a considerable rise in the use of magnetic bombs in Kabul city during the recent months.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-in-kabul-city-targets-army-vehicle-1-soldier-wounded-01696

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Special forces of Taliban fighting in Helmand province

Mon Aug 15 2016

The special forces of the Taliban group are fighting in southern Helmand province which has been witnessing growing violence during the recent weeks.

Equipped with modern and sophisticated weapons, the Taliban special forces belong to the ‘Red Unit’ which have been deployed to Helmand with an aim to capture large swathes of Helmand, including the provincial capital, Lashkargah.

A special forces commander, Sayed Murad, has told Reuters “The Taliban have heavily armed, uniformed units that are equipped with night vision and modern weapons.”

Full report at: khaama.com/special-forces-of-taliban-fighting-in-helmand-province-01695

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Helmand police chief targeted in roadside bomb explosion

Sun Aug 14 2016

The provincial police chief of the southern Helmand province was targeted in an explosion earlier this evening, the security officials said.

Preliminary reports suggested the police chief of Helmand province Aqa Noor Kentoz sustained injuries in the attack.

However, Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least three policemen were wounded in the explosion but the police chief was not harmed seriously.

Full report at: khaama.com/helmand-police-chief-targeted-in-roadside-bomb-explosion-01692

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Bangladeshi Muslims in Shock Over Fatal Shooting of Queens Imam

Aug 14, 2016

Imam Maulama Akonjee's wife had just made her husband lunch when he was shot in the back of the head at close range on Saturday afternoon. He had just finished leading a prayer service at his mosque in Ozone Park, Queens.

"The food and the rice on the plate, and his wife [were] waiting for him," said Badrul Khan, the founder of Al-Furqan mosque, where Akonjee was the imam.

Thara Uddin, the imam's assistant, was also fatally shot as the two men were walking just blocks away from the mosque.

Full report at: wnyc.org/story/bagladeshi-muslims-shock-over-fatal-shooting-queens-imam/

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Europe

To curb Islamic radicalism, France is targeting foreign funding for mosques

Monday, 15 August, 2016

After three major terrorist attacks in the last year and a half, public outrage has forced the French government to respond. But one particular proposal has generated significant controversy: the shutdown of certain mosques and the foreign funding behind them.

Late last month - weeks after the Nice attack - Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for an outright ban on the foreign funding of mosques in France “for a period to be determined.” Days later, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that, in fact, more concrete measures had already been taken: Since December 2015, he said, 20 Salafist mosques were shut down altogether.

Full report at: scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2003973/curb-islamic-radicalism-france-targeting-foreign-funding-mosques

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A European Turkey could deliver reform to Muslim world

Monday, August 15, 2016

ISTANBUL, in western Turkey, is one of Europe’s great cities. As Constantinople, it was the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and after its capture and renaming by Mehmed II in 1453, it served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire for nearly another 500 years.

Throughout its history, the city on the western side of the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia has been an epicentre of the relationship between the geopolitical West and East. And Istanbul will most likely continue to play that role, given the current importance of mostly Christian Europe’s relationship with the wider Muslim world.

Full report at: irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/a-european-turkey-could-deliver-reform-to-muslim-world-415826.html

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More Than 30,000 Muslims Converge For Britain’s Largest Annual Islamic Gathering to Reject Hate

August 14, 2016

MORE than 30,000 Muslims joined together in the Hampshire countryside to raise the Union Flag and reject violence and extremism.

The Worldwide Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community led the thousands in a vow of peace at Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Oakland Farm), Alton, on the last day of their three-day convention.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke to delegates during the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony in which those present confirm their loyalty to the UK.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has led a peaceful revival of Islam from the time it was founded in India in 1889.

Full report at: thesun.co.uk/news/1611300/more-than-30000-muslims-converge-for-britains-largest-annual-islamic-gathering-to-reject-hate/

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Arab World

Number of Liberated Villages by Kurdish Forces Hits 12

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish Peshmerga forces continued their rapid advance against the ISIL near Mosul on Monday, forcing the terrorists to retreat from more regions in Nineveh province.

The Peshmerga forces liberated 3 more villages, including al-Hassoudiyeh, near Mosul today.

The new advances come one day after the Kurdish Peshmerga forces had liberated 9 villages on Sunday, including Keneshi Saqira, Keneshi Kabira, Satih and Homayrah after heavy battle with the ISIL terrorists.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000926

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Syrian Army Repulses Terrorists' Attacks, Kills Ahrar Al-Sham's Chief Armor Commander

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces fended off the terrorists' attacks on their military positions in the Northwestern and Western parts of Aleppo, killing tens of terrorists, including commander of Ahrar al-Sham's tanks convoy commander.

Seifollah, commander of Ahrar al-Sham's convoy of tanks and armored vehicles, was killed in the army's counteroffensive in Northwestern and Western Aleppo. 

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000798

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Syria Air Force Destroys Terrorists' Command Centers in Dara'a Province

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets precisely hit the military positions and two command centers of the terrorist groups to the South of Dara'a dam on Monday, battlefield sources disclosed.

The Syrian warplanes hit the terrorists' military positions East of Saida Carpets building, al-Sad road and al-Nakhleh farms South of Dara'a dam, the sources said.

Two command centers of the terrorists and their military vehicles were destroyed in the Syrian airstrikes.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000751

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Tens of US Troops Enter Mosul's Al-Qayara Airbase

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of US soldiers arrived in the recently-liberated al-Qayara airbase in Southern Mosul, Iraqi sources said on Monday.

Al-Ma'louma news website quoted informed sources as saying that the military men entered al-Qayara in Nineveh province at midnight. The exact number of the US forces deployed at the airbase has remained confidential.

No official source has yet confirmed the report but the US media had reported earlier this month that 400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy to Iraq as part of the military's effort to set up a logistics base at an airfield South of Mosul.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000695

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Syrian, Russian Air Force Strike Terrorists' Military Positions in Aleppo

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian fighter jets raided the military positions and gathering centers of the terrorists in al-Ramousiyeh, al-Ameriyeh and Khan Touman regions Southwest of Aleppo province, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Several armored military vehicles of the terrorists, some bomb-laden, were destroyed in the Syrian and Russian airstrikes in al-Ramousiyeh, al-Ameriyeh and Khan Touman regions of Aleppo province.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000659

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Iranian FM, Deputy Meet Putin's Special Envoy over Syria

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputy for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari held separate meetings with Russian President's Special Envoy to the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Tehran on Monday.

Regional developments, specially in Syria, were among the most important issues discussed during the meetings.

Full report at: /en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000922

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Syrian Air Force Hits Hard ISIL's Military Positions in Eastern Homs Province

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets precisely pounded the military positions of the ISIL terrorist group in the Eastern part of Homs province.

A convoy of vehicles of the ISIL terrorists came under Syrian airstrikes near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in the Eastern part of Homs province that killed scores of terrorists.

Battlefield sources disclosed that the Syrian air force carried out airstrikes on the gathering centers of the ISIL terrorists in al-Sukhneh and also on al-Sukhneh-Palmyra axis in Eastern Homs.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000852

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Mideast

Gülen orders followers to ‘unite’ abroad: Report

August 15, 2016

The U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has reportedly ordered his followers who have fled Turkey to unite in the countries in which they have settled.

He also asked the movement’s followers to continue the group’s activities under the roof of the diaspora of Hizmet, the Turkish name for his movement, which translates as “service,” daily Hürriyet reported Aug. 15.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/gulen-orders-followers-to-unite-abroad-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102852&NewsCatID=341

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FETÖ-linked publications at schools to be seized, destroyed

August 15, 2016

Turkey’s Education Ministry has asked educational institutions throughout the country to collect and destroy any books published by groups linked to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which has been blamed for the failed July 15 coup, Turkish news website Duvar reported Aug. 14.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/feto-linked-publications-at-schools-to-be-seized-destroyed-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102860&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish deputy PM in Twitter spat with Swedish FM over sexual abuse ruling

August 15, 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has slammed Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström after the latter took to Twitter to criticize a recent court ruling in Turkey that failed to identify as abuse all sexual intercourse with children aged 15 or under.

“Turkish decision to allow sex with children under 15 must be reversed. Children need more protection, not less, against violence, sex abuse,” tweeted Wallström on Aug. 14.

In response, Simsek tweeted: “You are clearly misinformed. There is no such stupid thing in Turkey. Please get your facts right.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-deputy-pm-in-twitter-spat-with-swedish-fm-over-sexual-abuse-ruling.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102856&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish chief public prosecutor bound for Syria caught on border

August 15, 2016

A chief public prosecutor who illegally attempted to cross into Syria after a detention warrant was issued against him as part of an investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) was detained on the border province of Kilis late on Aug. 14.

Erzurum Chief Public Prosecutor Ekrem Beyaztas was caught after he disobeyed warnings by soldiers to stop on the border of the Afrin border post in the Duruca village.

The Kilis Governor’s Office said in a statement that judicial and administrative proceedings against the prosecutor had begun.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-chief-public-prosecutor-bound-for-syria-caught-on-border.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102855&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish PM suggests three-step road map for Syria

August 15, 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has suggested a three-pronged road map for a solution to the five-year-old war in Syria, which has not only affected neighboring countries but also many parts of the world with the flight of more than 4 million refugees.

Stating that he was optimistic that a solution was at hand due to the changing nature of Turkish foreign policy, in which Ankara aims to make more friends and decrease its number of enemies, Yildirim said the time had come for Turkey to mend relations with Syria after taking steps for rapprochement with Israel and Russia, adding that they would overcome the Syrian problem together with regional actors.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-suggests-three-step-road-map-for-syria-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102851&NewsCatID=510

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Europe is ‘humiliating’ Ankara, says Turkish FM

August 15, 2016

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu accused the European Union of “humiliating” Ankara, and reiterated his government’s demand for visa-free travel in exchange for stemming the migrant flow, in an interview with a German daily.

“The Turkish people are traumatized” by the failed coup attempt of July 15, Çavusoglu told Bild newspaper, in remarks that were published on Aug. 15.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/europe-is-humiliating-ankara-says-turkish-fm-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102853&NewsCatID=510

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US nuclear bombs at Turkey base at risk of seizure: Report

August 15, 2016

Dozens of U.S. nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by “terrorists or other hostile forces,” a Washington think tank claimed on Aug. 15.

Critics have long been alarmed by the United States’ estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in the southern province of Adana, just 110 kilometers from the border with war-torn Syria.

The issue took on fresh urgency last month following the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, in which the base’s Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of being a member of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), believed to have masterminded the failed takeover.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/us-nuclear-bombs-at-turkey-base-at-risk-of-seizure-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102854&NewsCatID=358

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Police conduct searches at Istanbul courts over failed coup attempt

August 15, 2016

Police have carried out searches at three courthouses in Istanbul in order to apprehend suspected Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY) members who are believed to have been behind the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Police were seeking a total of 173 personnel who are subject to detention warrants issued by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office’s Terrorism and Organized Crime Bureau, at Istanbul’s Çaglayan, Bakirköy and Gaziosmanpasa courthouses.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/police-conduct-searches-at-istanbul-courts-over-failed-coup-attempt-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102846&NewsCatID=509

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'AKP, I can no longer act like we did before coup attempt,’ Erdogan says

August 15, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said nobody, including himself and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), can act as they did before the failed July 15 coup attempt, the day Turkey faced the “most despicable threat in its history.”

“We can no longer act like we did before July 15. None of us can, including me as the president,” he said in a video message aired at an event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the AKP’s foundation at the party headquarters in Ankara on Aug. 14.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-i-can-no-longer-act-like-we-did-before-coup-attempt-erdogan-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102845&NewsCatID=338

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Tourists flocking to hotel where Erdogan escaped coup soldiers

August 15, 2016

The hotel complex where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly escaped an attack by coup plotters on July 15 has become a popular of attraction among local tourists, as hopes rise for a recovery in the sector after months of strife.

Ismail Kuru, the general manager of Grand Yazici Turban in the Aegean resort of Marmaris, which Erdogan left just minutes before it was attacked with guns and helicopter fire by soldiers during the coup attempt, said the facility had seen a spike in bookings since July 15.

As the failed coup bid was still underway on the night of July 15, Erdogan sent his first live message to broadcaster CNN Türk from the hotel in a FaceTime interview, calling on citizens to hit the streets and resist the coup attempt.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/tourists-flocking-to-hotel-where-erdogan-escaped-coup-soldiers-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102861&NewsCatID=341

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Africa

Nigerian Shia Condemn Calls of Supreme Council for Shari’a for Blocking Islamic Movement

August 15, 2016

The Rasulul A’azam Foundation (RAAF), a Shi’a-based Muslim organization in Nigeria, has condemned recent calls by the Kaduna State chapter of (SCSN) for the banning of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria ( IMN).

AhlulBayt News Agency - The Rasulul A’azam Foundation (RAAF), a Shi’a-based Muslim organization in Nigeria, has condemned recent calls by the Kaduna State chapter of the Supreme Council for Shari’a in Nigeria (SCSN) for the banning of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/08/15/772043/story.html

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Rights Group Urges Egypt to Compensate Victims of Rabaa Massacre

August 15, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Human Rights Watch called for Egyptian authorities to investigate the mass killings of protesters in August 2013 and offer fair compensation to the victims' families.

"Egypt's parliament should pass a transitional justice law establishing a new, impartial investigation into the mass killings of protesters in 2013 that will lead to accountability and fair compensation for victims' families," the rights watchdog said in a statement, New Arab reported.

"Compensation for the mass killings of 2013, though far from a complete solution, is an essential part of an effective remedy for a gross human rights violation under international law."

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950525000911

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UN peacekeepers arrest 10 ‘ex-rebels’ in Central Africa

15.08.2016

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic said it has arrested 10 heavily armed men, including two former warlords from the majority-Muslim Seleka rebellion (AFP)

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The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said on Sunday it arrested 10 heavily armed men, who a minister identified as former rebels.

Two of the men, Abdoulaye Hissene and Haroun Gaye, were warlords from the majority-Muslim Seleka rebellion, whose ouster in 2013 of longtime president Francois Bozize triggered a brutal sectarian war, according to Security Minister Jean-Serge Bokassa.

Full report at: english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2016/08/15/UN-peacekeepers-arrest-10-ex-rebels-in-C-Africa.html

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North America

Donald Trump to present plan to defeat ISIS and keep Americans safe

August 15, 2016

Even as the prospects of Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States is getting bleak day-by-day, the republican presidential candidate is set to lay down a strategy to defeat ISIS and other terror groups, which he had earlier said was founded by Obama.

According to reports, Trump is set to lay out his anti-ISIS strategy on Monday as he believes the attempts made by the Obama administration to counter the ISIS failed miserably.

Full report at: americanbazaaronline.com/2016/08/15/donald-trumps-to-present-plan-to-defeat-isis-and-keep-americans-safe416241/

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Even if Trump loses, his legacy will poison American politics

August 14, 2016

This United States presidential election is exposing deep fault lines in society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of democracy. If America doesn’t change direction, it’s on its way to hell in a handbasket.

I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans find themselves as they watch their out-of-control nominee, Donald Trump. wreaking havoc. The party of Lincoln was, as recently as a generation ago, led by George H W Bush and James Baker, in whose steady hands it emerged from the Cold War, and Congressional leaders like Howard Baker and Bob Michel who worked to forge consensus on critical issues of national concern. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

Full report at: thenational.ae/opinion/comment/even-if-trump-loses-his-legacy-will-poison-american-politics

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Southeast Asia

Elderly men among four people forced to suffer brutal punishment in Indonesia

15 August 2016

Standing with their heads bowed as they await their punishment, these are the men who have been brutally whipped for violating Sharia law.

The public ceremony in the province of Banda Aceh in Indonesia saw four men led out on to a stage, one by one, in front of a mosque.

All of the men, with two appearing to be elderly, had been accused of violating Sharia law, the legal system of Islam which is derived from both the Koran and the rulings of the religion's scholars.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741155/Whipped-beaten-breaking-sharia-law-Elderly-men-four-people-forced-suffer-brutal-punishment-Indonesia.html

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Indonesia looks to Islamic finance for infrastructure needs

15 August 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo awaits heads of government at the World Islamic Economic Forum in Jakarta on Aug. 2. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

JAKARTA -- Measures to boost Indonesia's relatively small Islamic finance sector could help the government implement an ambitious infrastructure modernization program across the 13,000-island archipelago, according to the country's recently appointed finance minister.

A week after she was appointed finance minister by President Joko Widodo in a cabinet shake-up, Sri Mulyani Indrawati described Indonesia's infrastructure development needs as "huge." Indrawati was speaking at the World Islamic Economic Forum in Jakarta.

Full report at: asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Indonesia-looks-to-Islamic-finance-for-infrastructure-needs

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