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Stark Political And Religious Polarization In India Seeps Into US Diaspora

New Age Islam News Bureau

23 October 2022

Kuljeet Kaur, left, helps arrange a potluck lunch of Indian dishes in the kitchen of Meena Natarajan in Minneapolis on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Kaur, who’s Sikh, and Natarajan, who comes from a Hindu family, gather monthly with other Indians in Minnesota in an interfaith group aimed to prevent religious tensions in India from spilling over into US diaspora communities. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)

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• Stark Political And Religious Polarization In India Seeps Into US Diaspora

• ‘US Doesn’t Need Mediators For Taliban Talks’, Says US Special Representative For Afghanistan

• Turkish President Erdogan Proposes Nationwide Vote On Right To Wear Islamic Headscarf

• Attacks On Hazaras Must Be Investigated As Genocide Crime, Says Afghan Envoy In UN

• Defining Anti-Muslim Prejudice ‘A Step In The Right Direction’: Leeds’ Council Executive BoardMuslim Councillors

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North America

• Ilhan Omar On The Critical Issues Of The Midterm Elections: ‘People Understand What’s At Stake’

• CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Vandalism Targeting North Dakota Muslim Cemetery

• US Politics’ Post-Shame Era: How Republicans Became The Party Of Hate

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Mideast

• Erdogan’s new challenge: Muslims must cooperate on Western Thrace, Kashmir and Palestine

• Medieval Islamic glass of Scottish Caerlaverock Castle reveals untold histories

• Iran’s Guards accuse cleric of ‘agitating’ youths against ‘sacred’ Islamic Republic

• US sends message to Iran, "in hurry" to reach nuke agreement: Iranian FM

• From Iran to Azerbaijan, 84 Hyderabads across the world

• Cyber group hacks Iran’s nuclear company email system, demands release of detainees

• Protest strikes in Iran reported as solidarity rallies held around world

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South Asia

• Calls to urgently save former ADF interpreters on the run from the Taliban in Afghanistan

• Taliban Claim to Have Killed 9 ISIS-K Fighters

• Farmers in Bangladesh return to 200-year-old floating farm technique to battle rising sea levels and extreme monsoon seasons

• Mortar Shell Explosion Leaves 2 Children Killed and 2 Others Injured

• Universities, Schools, Mosques, Scientific Centres & Research Institutions Damaged in Past 20 Years: Arg

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Europe

• Russell Brand was fired for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden on September 12th 2001

• Russian strikes cause blackouts in much of Ukraine

• Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ‘hold power summit to decide who becomes next PM’

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India

• With Eye On Lok Sabha Polls, BJP Reaches Out To Numerically Strong Pasmanda Muslims In UP

• As BJP’s Gaurav Yatra Ends, ‘Love Jihad’, Narmada Back In Limelight

• Owaisi Takes Jibe At Karnataka CM Over Calls To End 4% Muslim Quota

• Government Allows Use Of Loudspeakers In 10,889 Mosques In Karnataka

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Pakistan

• President Assents To Laws For Domestic Workers’ Rights, Dyslexic Children

• Mystery shrouds full Toshakhana verdict

• Intelligence Bureau chief allotted plots in accordance with rules, claims CDA

• PTI’s Hamid Zaman gets bail in ‘foreign funding’ case

• US repatriates 46 smuggled artifacts to Islamabad

• ‘Lahore gets an Orange Line, Balochistan gets checkposts’

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Southeast Asia

• Over 1,000 Islamic School Students in Indonesia Get Cybersecurity Training

• Sabah not anti-peninsula but frustrated over decades of lost rights, says Warisan leader

• Anwar hints Pakatan-GTA cooperation for GE15 a no-go

• Dr M: Malaysians' responsibility to remind GE15 voters of Umno, Najib's wickedness

• Muhyiddin: I don't mind being called a traitor

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Arab world

• Iraq Sunni Parties Compete For The Defence Ministry With No Prospects For Agreement: Source

• KSRelief sends 96 trucks with aid to Yemen with food, aid

• Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Algeria’s PM discuss bilateral ties in phone call

• Saudi heavy metal band play in large public event for the first time

• OIC conference calls on media to promote informed discourse

• Saudi Arabia arrests 17,114 illegals in one week

• Saudi Arabia condemns Houthi drone attack on Yemen’s oil port

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Africa

• Troops Kill 31 Boko Haram Suspects, Arrest 70

• 2023: Forum distances self from APC Muslim -Muslim Presidential ticket.

• Inside most toxic town in the world where children and residents poisoned by LEAD

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Stark Political And Religious Polarization In India Seeps Into US Diaspora

by The Associated Press

October 22, 2022

Kuljeet Kaur, left, helps arrange a potluck lunch of Indian dishes in the kitchen of Meena Natarajan in Minneapolis on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. Kaur, who’s Sikh, and Natarajan, who comes from a Hindu family, gather monthly with other Indians in Minnesota in an interfaith group aimed to prevent religious tensions in India from spilling over into US diaspora communities. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell’Orto)

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In Edison, New Jersey, a bulldozer, which has become a symbol of oppression of India's Muslim minority, rolled down the street during a parade marking that country's Independence Day. At an event in Anaheim, California, a shouting match erupted between people celebrating the holiday and those who showed up to protest violence against Muslims in India.

Indian Americans from diverse faith backgrounds have peacefully co-existed stateside for several decades. But these recent events in the U.S. -- and violent confrontations between some Hindus and Muslims last month in Leicester, England -- have heightened concerns that stark political and religious polarization in India is seeping into diaspora communities.

In India, Hindu nationalism has surged under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, which rose to power in 2014 and won a landslide election in 2019. The ruling party has faced fierce criticism over rising attacks against Muslims in recent years, from the Muslim community and other religious minorities as well as some Hindus who say Modi's silence emboldens right-wing groups and threatens national unity.

Hindu nationalism has split the Indian expatriate community just as Donald Trump's presidency polarized the U.S., said Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California. It has about 2,000 students from India, among the highest in the country.

Soni has not seen these tensions surface yet on campus. But he said USC received blowback for being one of more than 50 U.S. universities that co-sponsored an online conference called "Dismantling Global Hindutva."

The 2021 event aimed to spread awareness of Hindutva, Sanskrit for the essence of being Hindu, a political ideology that claims India as a predominantly Hindu nation plus some minority faiths with roots in the country such as Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. Critics say that excludes other minority religious groups such as Muslims and Christians. Hindutva is different from Hinduism, an ancient religion practiced by about 1 billion people worldwide that emphasizes the oneness and divine nature of all creation.

Soni said it's important that universities remain places where "we are able to talk about issues that are grounded in facts in a civil manner," But, as USC's head chaplain, Soni worries how polarization over Hindu nationalism will affect students' spiritual health.

"If someone is being attacked for their identity, ridiculed or scapegoated because they are Hindu or Muslim, I'm most concerned about their well-being -- not about who is right or wrong," he said.

Anantanand Rambachan, a retired college religion professor and a practicing Hindu who was born in Trinidad and Tobago to a family of Indian origin, said his opposition to Hindu nationalism and association with groups against the ideology sparked complaints from some at a Minnesota temple where he has taught religion classes. He said opposing Hindu nationalism sometimes results in charges of being "anti-Hindu," or "anti-India," labels that he rejects.

On the other hand, many Hindu Americans feel vilified and targeted for their views, said Samir Kalra, managing director of the Hindu American Foundation in Washington, D.C.

"The space to freely express themselves is shrinking for Hindus," he said, adding that even agreeing with the Indian government's policies unrelated to religion can result in being branded a Hindu nationalist.

Pushpita Prasad, a spokesperson for the Coalition of Hindus of North America, said her group has been counseling young Hindu Americans who have lost friends because they refuse "to take sides on these battles emanating from India."

"If they don't take sides or don't have an opinion, it's automatically assumed that they are Hindu nationalist," she said. "Their country of origin and their religion is held against them."

Both organizations opposed the Dismantling Global Hindutva conference criticizing it as "Hinduphobic" and failing to present diverse perspectives. Conference supporters say they reject equating calling out Hindutva with being anti-Hindu.

Some Hindu Americans like 25-year-old Sravya Tadepalli, believe it's their duty to speak up. Tadepalli, a Massachusetts resident who is a board member of Hindus for Human Rights, said her activism against Hindu nationalism is informed by her faith.

"If that is the fundamental principle of Hinduism, that God is in everyone, that everyone is divine, then I think we have a moral obligation as Hindus to speak out for the equality of all human beings," she said. "If any human is being treated less than or as having their rights infringed upon, then it is our duty to work to correct that."

Tadepalli said her organization also works to correct misinformation on social media that travels across continents fueling hate and polarization.

Tensions in India hit a high in June after police in the city of Udaipur arrested two Muslim men accused of slitting a Hindu tailor's throat and posting a video of it on social media. The slain man, 48-year-old Kanhaiya Lal, had reportedly shared an online post supporting a governing party official who was suspended for making offensive remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.

Hindu nationalist groups have attacked minority groups, particularly Muslims, over issues related to everything from food or wearing head scarves to interfaith marriage. Muslims' homes have also been demolished using heavy machinery in some states, in what critics call a growing pattern of "bulldozer justice."

Such reports have Muslim Americans afraid for the safety of family members in India. Shakeel Syed, executive director of the South Asian Network, a social justice organization based in Artesia, California, said he regularly hears from his sisters and senses a "pervasive fear, not knowing what tomorrow is going to be like."

"My Hindu friends would come to our Eid celebrations and we would go to their Diwali celebrations," he said. "When my family went on summer vacation, we would leave our house keys with our Hindu neighbor, and they would do the same when they had to leave town."

Syed believes violence against Muslims has now been mainstreamed in India. He has heard from girls in his family who are considering taking off their hijabs or headscarves out of fear.

"A conversation is still happening, but it's happening in pockets behind closed doors with people who are like-minded," he said. "It's certainly not happening between people who have opposing views."

Rajiv Varma, a Houston-based Hindu activist, holds a diametrically opposite view. Tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the West, he said, are not a reflection of events in India but rather stem from a deliberate attempt by "religious and ideological groups that are waging a war against Hindus."

Varma believes India is "a Hindu country" and the term "Hindu nationalism" merely refers to love for one's country and religion. He views India as a country ravaged by conquerors and colonists, and Hindus as a religious group that does not seek to convert or colonize.

Rasheed Ahmed, co-founder and executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Indian American Muslim Council, said he is saddened "to see even educated Hindu Americans not taking Hindu nationalism seriously." He believes Hindu Americans must make "a fundamental decision about how India and Hinduism should be seen in the U.S. and the world over."

Zafar Siddiqui, a Minnesota resident, is hoping to "reverse some of this mistrust, polarization" and build understanding through education, personal connections and interfaith assemblies. Siddiqui, a Muslim, has helped bring together a group of Minnesotans of Indian origin -- including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and atheists -- who meet for monthly potlucks.

"When people sit down, say, over lunch or dinner or over coffee, and have a direct dialogue, instead of listening to all these leaders and spreading all this hate, it changes a lot of things," Siddiqui said.

But during one recent gathering, some argued over a draft proposal to at some point seek dialogue with people who hold different views. Those who disagreed explained that they didn't support reaching out to Hindu nationalists and feared harassment.

Siddiqui said that for now, future plans include focusing on education and interfaith events spotlighting India's different traditions and religions.

"Just to keep silent is not an option," Siddiqui said. "We needed a platform to bring people together who believe in peaceful co-existence of all communities."

Associated Press religion coverage receives support through the AP's collaboration with The Conversation US, with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. The AP is solely responsible for this content.

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‘US Doesn’t Need Mediators For Taliban Talks’, Says US Special Representative For Afghanistan

Anwar Iqbal

October 23, 2022

WASHINGTON: The United States does not need Pakistan or any other country to facilitate its engagement with the Afghan Taliban, says US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West.

“To be honest, I don’t think we need a third country to facilitate our engagement with the Taliban,” said Mr West when asked if Pakistan could facilitate their talks with Afghanistan’s current rulers.

“I am in very regular touch with the Taliban. There are other colleagues of mine in the US government who are also engaging. I think that dialogue needs to be direct. I don’t think we need a third country,” he added.

In an interview to the Voice of America’s Urdu broadcasting service, aired this weekend, Mr West also dismissed the suggestion that the United States needs Pakistan’s airspace to reach Afghanistan.

“We need to continue diplomacy to ensure that … the Taliban …fulfil … (their) terrorism commitments (and) uphold the rights of Afghans which they are not doing across the board,” he said. “I think we need to ensure that those other countries — that share a border … common languages, cultures and traditions — do this work in a complementary fashion.”

Instead of underlining Pakistan as the country that could persuade the Taliban militants to fulfil their commitments, the US envoy said the entire Muslim world had “an incredibly important and credible role” to play in engaging with the Afghans — “with the Afghan women, with the Ulema as well as with the Taliban” — to make this happen.

Mr West pointed out that US envoys were already engaging with Indonesia, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others to achieve this target.

Asked if the US needed over-the-horizon access through Pakistan to Afghanistan, the US official said: “As we made clear, following … our withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, we were going to, and we have reorganised our capabilities in the region to ensure that terrorists never threaten the United States or our allies ever again.”

The US drone strike that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul earlier this year “makes clear that we have a capability to protect Americans,” he added.

Mr West said he held “intensive discussions” with the officials of a key partner state during his three-day stay in Islamabad “regarding our shared interests in Afghanistan”.

Asked why US President Joe Biden, in a recent statement, questioned the safety of Pakistan’s nucl­ear weapons, he said: “I have nothing more to say on that question for you”.

Asked why the US has not denied Pakistan’s role in the drone strike against Zawahiri in Kabul, Mr West only said the Zawahiri strike, and the Taliban sheltering of Ayman al-Zawahiri, was a flagrant breach of the Doha agreement.

He confirmed that the US officials and representatives of the Tali­ban met in Doha this month for the first time since the fall of Kabul and talked about ensuring that Afghanis­tan never becomes a terrorist safe haven again. “So, we are going to continue to engage the Taliban pragmatically in that regard,” he added.

Source: Dawn

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Turkish President Erdogan Proposes Nationwide Vote on Right to Wear Islamic Headscarf

OCTOBER 22, 2022

The headscarf was at the centre of debates in the 1990s but no party today proposes a ban in Muslim-majority Turkey. (Representative image: AFP)

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday proposed a nationwide vote on guaranteeing a woman’s right to wear a headscarf in state institutions, schools and universities.

The subject is particularly important for devout Muslim Erdogan, whose Islamic-rooted ruling party lifted a long-standing ban on wearing the hijab in state institutions in 2013. The headscarf issue has dominated political debate in recent months ahead of general elections in 2023 that are set to be one of the most serious challenges to Erdogan’s two-decade control of Turkey.

Erdogan often refers to the ban’s lifting as an example of how his party represents devout Muslim Turks against secular parties that ruled Turkey before his party’s arrival in 2002. “If you have the courage, come, let’s put this issue to a referendum… Let the nation make the decision," Erdogan said in remarks aimed at main opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Kilicdaroglu leads the secular CHP, a party established by the founder of the secular modern Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The CHP leader had proposed a law to guarantee the right to wear a headscarf to alleviate any fears his party will reinstate the ban.

The headscarf was at the centre of debates in the 1990s but no party today proposes a ban in Muslim-majority Turkey. “We had made mistakes in the past regarding the headscarf," Kilicdaroglu admitted earlier this month. “It’s time to leave that issue behind us."

Kilicdaroglu seeks to show religious voters they have nothing to fear from opting for his secular party next year, experts say. In response, Erdogan proposed a constitutional change that will “soon" be sent for approval to the parliament where his party holds a small majority with his nationalist alliance partner.

But under Turkish law, changes require 400 lawmakers to pass without a need for a referendum and so the CHP will need to give its backing. Otherwise, with 360 votes, a proposal can be put to the people.

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Attacks on Hazaras Must Be Investigated as Genocide Crime, Says Afghan Envoy in UN

By Saqalain Eqbal

22 Oct 2022

Naseer Ahmad Faiq, Afghanistan’s representative to the UN, urged the organization’s member states to investigate targeted attacks against Hazaras as acts of genocide in the wake of the deadly attack on the Kaaj education center in the Afghan capital.

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Faiq expressed his concern about the ongoing attacks and the targeting of children from a particular ethnic group at the Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Affairs of the UN General Assembly. He also provided that the Taliban had not been able to establish security.

He asked the member states of the UN General Assembly to set up a committee to investigate and report on serious human rights violations, citing the most recent attack on the Kaaj education center as evidence that Hazaras are systematically targeted in these attacks.

Faiq asserted that this would be accomplished by forming a fact-finding committee to look into and report on all serious violations of human rights, such as the genocide of Hazaras, forced migration, and extrajudicial killings of people without a fair trial.

The representative of the country in the UN referred to the human rights situation as “extremely worrying.” A serious violation of human rights, according to him, includes “killings without trial, torture, harsh treatment, and arbitrary arrests of former security forces, journalists, human rights defenders, and people connected to the resistance front.”

He referred to the Taliban’s hostility toward Afghan women and girls as well as the Taliban’s suppression of women as worrying. The Taliban must be put under the necessary pressure by the international community in order to hold them responsible for their crimes, Faiq said.

This comes at a time when the international community is concerned about the growing human rights violations of the Taliban resulting in the deterioration of the human rights situation in Afghanistan.

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Defining Anti-Muslim Prejudice ‘A Step In The Right Direction’: Leeds’ Council Executive Board Muslim Councillors

By David Spereall

23-10-2022

The Labour-run local authority has followed neighbours Bradford in adopting a definition, in the hope it will aid the fight against hatred and discrimination towards Muslims in the city.

Two-thirds of those who’ve experienced Islamophobic abuse and attacks didn’t report it, with some citing fear of repercussions and a lack of faith in the police.

Speaking at a meeting of Leeds’ council executive board, the city’s two most senior Muslim councillors backed the definition being written into policy.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique said: “Given the rising hate crime against Muslims, and in particular against some of the most vulnerable members of the community, this is welcomed.

The council has used the term ‘anti-Muslim prejudice’, instead of Islamophobia, in an effort to incorporate all forms of racism towards Muslims.

The leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, Stewart Golton said: “Reading some of the statistics in the survey was worrying, because you’d like to have thought some of the problems mentioned here weren’t there anymore, but they are.”

“I suppose you would want one policy that covers all forms of racism and discrimination, but the nature of discourse in the extremes today is you can’t.

“So I guess the next stage of this is to also look at other faiths as well and look at how we can address some of the racism towards, for example, Hindu and Sikh communities in the city.”

Source: The Telegraph Andargus

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North America

Ilhan Omar on the critical issues of the midterm elections: ‘People understand what’s at stake’

22 Oct 2022

The snow is already falling in Minnesota and with less than three weeks until election day, the priority for congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the state Democrats is getting people out to vote early before enthusiasm – and the temperature – dips.

“The number one concern for a lot of people I am talking to is Roe – it’s reproductive rights,” Omar said. “There’s also concern about inflation and what that means for people. We’re seeing a lot of enthusiasm. I hope it holds … We can pay attention to the polls, but if we don’t get the people out to vote, nothing else matters.”

It’s not so long ago that polls, political analysts and even straight-talking party officials were forecasting humiliating losses for the Democrats in the November midterm elections. But then came the supreme court’s devastating and largely unpopular decision in June to strip away the constitutional right to abortion access.

Source: The Guardian

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CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Vandalism Targeting North Dakota Muslim Cemetery

Ibrahim Hooper

October 22, 2022

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/22/2022) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a Fargo, N.D., (8585 25th Street S.) Muslim cemetery.

Local Muslim community leaders told CAIR-MN that they were alerted on Friday to vandalism of the cemetery building and material inside the warehouse, including five cement vaults. Police have been notified of the vandalism.

“Given the recent incidents targeting Muslim communities in the region, we urge law enforcement authorities to consider a possible bias motive as they investigate this case. All faith communities should be able to bury their dead and carry out other aspects of their faith without fear of harassment.”

He added that earlier this month, CAIR-MN welcomed a charge of felony assault motivated by bias for an incident in Waite, Park, Minn., which included an alleged attack on a Somali man.

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US politics’ post-shame era: how Republicans became the party of hate

David Smith

23 Oct 2022

Republicans were in trouble. Mitt Romney, their US presidential nominee, had been crushed by Barack Obama. The party commissioned an “autopsy” report that proposed a radical rethink. “If we want ethnic minority voters to support Republicans,” it said, “we have to engage them and show our sincerity.”

Ten years after Romney’s loss, Republicans are fighting their first election since the presidency of Donald Trump. But far from entering next month’s midterms as the party of tolerance, diversity and sincerity, critics say, they have shown itself to be unapologetically the party of hate.

Perhaps nothing captures the charge more eloquently than a three-word post that appeared on the official Twitter account for Republicans on the House of Representatives’ judiciary committee – ranking member Jim Jordan – on 6 October. It said, simply and strangely: “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”

Source: The Guardian

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Mideast

Erdoğan's new challenge: Muslims must cooperate on Western Thrace, Kashmir and Palestine

by ATHENS BUREAU

23-10-2022

The provocations against Greece by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued in a speech he made on Friday about Islamophobia and deprivation of rights in western Thrace.

Speaking at the 12th Ministerial Briefing of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Erdoğan underlined that racist attacks and hate speech against Muslims are on the rise.

More specifically, he spoke of fascist regulations restricting the freedom of worship of Muslims and of interference with the headscarf, hijab and beard that are being attempted to become normal.

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Medieval Islamic glass of Scottish Caerlaverock Castle reveals untold histories

23 October 2022

Discovered by archaeologists at Caerlaverock Castle, eleven kilometers south of Dumfries on Scotland’s south coast, a trio of Islamic glass fragments inspired a collaborative community project to reveal the story of their origins and recreate the original object – a medieval Islamic glass drinking beaker.

The first and only glass of its kind to be found at an archaeological site in Scotland, it is believed that the original vessel would have been made in modern-day Syria, Iraq or Egypt during the 12th and 13th centuries, all of which were important centers of Islamic glassmaking.

The fragments are inscribed with part of the Arabic word for ‘eternal’, likely used as one of the 99 names of Allah, which suggests that it could be an extract from the Qur’an.

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Iran’s Guards accuse cleric of ‘agitating’ youths against ‘sacred’ Islamic Republic

22 October ,2022

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused a Sunni cleric of agitating against the Islamic Republic and warned it may cost him dearly after he said officials including the supreme leader were responsible for dozens killed in the city of Zahedan last month.

Amnesty International has said security forces killed at least 66 people in a crackdown after Friday prayers in Zahedan, in the southeast, on September 30, some of the deadliest unrest during five weeks of protests ignited by Mahsa Amini’s death.

Molavi Abdolhamid, Zahedan’s leading Sunni cleric, said during his Friday sermon that officials including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, head of the Shia-dominated state, were “responsible before God” for the September 30 killings.

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US sends message to Iran, "in hurry" to reach nuke agreement: Iranian FM

2022-10-23

Tehran, Oct 23 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said his country has received a U.S. message expressing American hastiness to reach the nuclear deal with Iran, official IRNA news agency reported.

"Three days ago, we received a message from the United States, and told them that the (International Atomic Energy) Agency (IAEA)'s accusations against Iran's nuclear program should be resolved" before any agreement, said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Asked about U.S. officials' comments about the nuclear negotiations being off the U.S. agenda, he said "Americans are contradictory in their words and behaviour, as they are in a hurry to reach the agreement in their (recent) message."

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From Iran to Azerbaijan, 84 Hyderabads across the world

Oct 23, 2022

HYDERABAD: Quick quiz. How many Hyderabads are there? Two, most would say, one is the City of the Charminar in India's Deccan and another in Pakistan's Sindh province. What about the 82 other namesakes? Cities, towns and villages that dot a vast landscape covering Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq in the West to Bangladesh in the East.

Hyderabad and its predecessor, the fortified sultanate capital of Golconda, had inspired many people across the globe over the past 500 years. The US has two Golcondas, one in Illinois and another in Nevada, while Charminar has its replicas too, including one in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. There are Hyderabad streets in Ontario, Canada, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Heritage expert Dastagir Anwar said Iran has 71 villages, towns and cities named Heydarabad. Azerbaijan has 10 Heydarabads. India and Pakistan have one city each named Hyderabad, the preferred spelling in these parts, while Bangladesh has one too, but it's spelt Haidarabad. "You will find Heydarabad, Heider Abad or Haiderabad in Azerbaijan and Iran," he said.

Source: Times of India

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Cyber group hacks Iran’s nuclear company email system, demands release of detainees

ARAB NEWS

October 22, 2022

DUBAI: An Iranian cyber group has reportedly hacked the internal email system of Iran’s Nuclear Power Production and Development Company on Friday, demanding the release of detained activists.

Hackers from the group called “Black Reward” have threatened to leak the company’s internal data, according to the group’s Twitter account, cited by Al Arabiya news website.

The group gave the Iranian regime 24 hours to release detained political prisoners and protesters, the report cited the statement issued by the hackers.

Source: Arab News

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Protest strikes in Iran reported as solidarity rallies held around world

22 Oct 2022

Shopkeepers and factory workers reportedly went on strike in Iran on Saturday as women-led nationwide protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini entered a sixth week and solidarity rallies were held around the globe.

The death of 22-year-old Amini, after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict dress code for women, has fuelled the biggest protests seen in the Islamic Republic for years.

Young women have led the charge, removing their headscarves, chanting anti-government slogans and confronting the security forces, despite a crackdown that human rights groups say has killed at least 122 people.

Source: The Guardian

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South Asia

Calls to urgently save former ADF interpreters on the run from the Taliban in Afghanistan

By Eric Tlozek

23-10-2022

This letter from the Taliban to an Afghan father highlights the new danger facing the families of people who worked with Australian forces in Afghanistan.

"Your sons worked as interpreters with the infidels, the Australian forces and many of our Mujahideen [Taliban fighters] have been martyred due to their spying, so our Islamic Emirate has decided to take its revenge," it said.

The threat is not just to the former interpreters and other ADF staff, called "Locally Engaged Employees" or "LEEs" by the Australian government, it is to their parents and extended family.

Source: Abc.Net.Au

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Taliban Claim to Have Killed 9 ISIS-K Fighters

October 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban said Saturday their special forces had killed nine Islamic State operatives and captured two others in overnight raids in the capital, Kabul, and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban government, said that intelligence information had led security forces to an “important hideout of Daesh” in Kabul late Friday. He used a local name for the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, known as Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

Mujahid said the ensuing gunbattles killed six militants and one Taliban security force member. The raid came shortly after security forces had captured two key ISIS-K members in a separate operation in another part of Kabul, he noted without elaborating.

Source: Voa News

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Farmers in Bangladesh return to 200-year-old floating farm technique to battle rising sea levels and extreme monsoon seasons

23-10-2022

Mohammad Mostafa, a farmer in the low-lying deltas of south-western Bangladesh, is reviving his forefathers' farming practice of growing crops on floating rafts as rising seas and storm flooding threaten more and more farmland.

The rafts, woven from the stems of invasive hyacinths, provide a lifeline for families during the increasingly extreme monsoon seasons, when dry land can be especially scarce.

The 200-year-old technique was initially adopted by farmers in the region during the flooding season, which used to last about five months each year.

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Mortar Shell Explosion Leaves 2 Children Killed and 2 Others Injured

By Saqalain Eqbal

22 Oct 2022

A mortar shell struck the Zazi district of Paktia province on Saturday, October 22, killing two children and injuring two others, according to Omar Badri, the spokesperson of the Taliban police chief in Paktia.

The Taliban official stated that the incident took place after the children threw an unexploded mortar shell into the fire for fun while playing.

A young man was killed earlier last week in a mortar shell explosion in the southwest Afghan province of Farah, according to the Taliban-run media.

Source: khaama Press

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Universities, Schools, Mosques, Scientific Centers & Research Institutions Damaged in Past 20 Years: Arg

2022-10-23

KABUL (BNA) In the last 20 years, universities, schools, mosques and scientific centers and research institutions have been damaged said general director of Administration of Prime Minister office.

Dr. Abdul Wasea, the General Director of Administration of Prime Minister’s Office, met with representatives of universities and private higher education institutions in Arg in Saturday, according to Arg statement.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan deputy spokesperson Balil Karimi stressed more scientific meetings and coordination between the Islamic Emirate and higher education institutions.

Source: khaama Press

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Europe

Russell Brand was fired for dressing up as Osama Bin Laden on September 12th 2001

Poppy Bilderbeck

22 October 2022

Resurfaced footage has offered an insight into why Russell Brand went into work dressed up as Osama Bin Laden on the day after 9/11.

Russell Brand has gained a reputation as a controversial enough comedian as it is - having recently even been viewed as on par with podcast host Joe Rogan.

Resurfaced footage has shown Brand opening up in an interview with talk show host Chelsea Handler - on Chelsea Lately - about how he ended up dressing up as the founder of extremist network Al-Qaeda.

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Russian strikes cause blackouts in much of Ukraine

23-10-2022

Russian missiles pounded Ukrainian energy and other facilities on Saturday, causing blackouts in various regions, Kyiv said, while Russian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson urged civilians to evacuate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian attacks had struck on a "very wide" scale. He pledged his military would improve on an already good record of downing missiles with help from its partners.

With the war about to start its ninth month and winter approaching, the potential for freezing misery loomed as Russia continued to attack Ukraine's power grid.

Source: Gulf Today

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Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ‘hold power summit to decide who becomes next PM’

Harrison Jones

23 Oct 2022

The two men dramatically fell out over Johnson’s previous implosion, with the ex PM blaming his former chancellor for his downfall.

Now Johnson is significantly lagging behind Sunak in the latest race for No 10 – following Liz Truss’ dramatic resignation earlier this week.

Reports suggest the power summit lasted three hours, but details about its nature were scarce after it was delayed twice – an issue both sides blamed on the other.

Source: Metro.Co.Uk

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India

With Eye On Lok Sabha Polls, BJP Reaches Out To Numerically Strong Pasmanda Muslims In UP

23rd October 2022

By PTI

LUCKNOW: Aiming to win all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is sharpening its outreach among numerically strong Pasmanda Muslims, which have benefitted from government schemes like free ration and housing.

The BJP, which following a state-level Pasmanda Muslim meet is planning to hold similar functions in all civic body areas, claims after social and economic empowerment of this section, it's working for their political uplift.

In Pasmanda Muslim meets, the BJP leaders are highlighting that the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress always used Muslims as a "vote bank" and did not give them their due.

Source: New Indian Express

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As BJP’s Gaurav Yatra Ends, ‘Love Jihad’, Narmada Back In Limelight

by PARIMAL DABH

October 23, 2022

As the Gujarat BJP’s Gaurav Yatra ended last week, covering 144 of the 182 assembly constituencies, over a dozen union ministers were among those participating, their targets largely being the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress.

Source: Indian Express

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Owaisi takes jibe at Karnataka CM over calls to end 4% Muslim quota

Abdul Basheer

Oct 23, 2022

By Abdul Basheer: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday hit out at Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over calls for scrapping reservations for Muslims in the state and urged the chief minister to end the "commission" culture in his government first.

Addressing a public gathering at Karnataka's Humnabad, Owaisi said, "I would like to tell Karnataka CM, you leave the thought about removing reservation for Muslims. First remove the commission that your party is getting."

The statement comes as calls to remove the four per cent reservation given to Muslims under the OBC category gain momentum in Karnataka. Some BJP leaders have openly called for ending the Muslim quota and accommodating the Lingayat community instead, a move that could help the BJP during the state elections.

Source: India Today

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Government allows use of loudspeakers in 10,889 mosques in Karnataka

23-10-2022

The ruling BJP government in Karnataka has granted permission to 10,889 mosques in the state to use loudspeakers on Saturday. The police department has issued licence as per guidelines in this regard on the directions of the state government.

A total of 17,850 applications were submitted from mosques, temples and churches for the use of loudspeakers. Three thousand Hindu temples and 1,400 churches have also been given permission for the same.

The ruling BJP government took the decision on licensing after Hindu activists raised the banner of revolt against mosques using loudspeakers while performing Azaan violating the Supreme Court guidelines. Hindu organisations had given call to play the chants of Hindu gods and goddesses from 5am.

Source: India Today

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Pakistan

President assents to laws for domestic workers’ rights, dyslexic children

Ikram Junaidi

October 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi signed the Islamabad Domestic Workers Bill 2022 and Dyslexia Special Measures Bill 2022 which were approved by parliament on Oct 11 in a joint sitting to protect the rights of domestic workers and take special measures regarding dyslexia, respectively.

The Islamabad Domestic Workers Bill was tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Zahra Wadood Fatemi. It stated that a substantial number of domestic workers were regularly engaged by the residents of Islamabad and so far no mechanism for the regulation of their employment and protection of their rights had been instituted in the city.

“A number of cases of abuse and inappropriate treatment meted out to the domestic workers in Islamabad Capital Territory have been reported,” the newly-approved law said, adding that it aimed to provide legal cover to domestic helpers. It also aimed to improve working conditions and terms of employment for domestic workers through social welfare measures, such as working hours, minimum wages, and entitlement to leaves among others.

Source: Dawn

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Mystery shrouds full Toshakhana verdict

Iftikhar A. Khan

October 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Mystery continues to surround the verdict announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday disqualifying Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for making false declarations.

Announcing the verdict in the absence of ECP member from Punjab, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja had called it a unanimous verdict. However, the full text of the 36-page order — an unsigned copy of which is available with Dawn — was not officially released till late evening on Saturday, raising questions whether it was really a unanimous decision and providing fodder to rumour mills to go into overdrive over the possibility of a dissenting note.

PTI’s Senior Vice President Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while talking to reporters outside the ECP secretariat wondered, “What the chief election commissioner (CEC) had read on Friday if there is no judgement to release despite the passage of over 24 hours”.

Source: Dawn

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Intelligence Bureau chief allotted plots in accordance with rules, claims CDA

Malik Asad

October 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has sought settlement of the audit para related to the allotment of two plots to Director General of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Faud Asadullah claiming that the allotments had been made in accordance with rules.

As per the audit para, CDA allotted two plots to him in February 2020 and September 2020 measuring 50x90 in upcoming Sector C-15 through one pooling and multiple pooling respectively under Land Sharing Policy of 2007.

The auditors were of the view that the multiple pooling where the land acquired by the CDA was in joint ownership was a violation of the said policy.

Source: Dawn

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PTI’s Hamid Zaman gets bail in ‘foreign funding’ case

Staff Reporter

October 23, 2022

LAHORE: A special court (Offence in Banks-II) on Saturday granted post-arrest bail to PTI’s former leader Hamid Zaman in a ‘foreign funding’ case registered by the FIA.

In the bail granting order, Judge Aslam Gondal observed that the record was sufficient to conclude that the case against the petitioner needed further probe. He noted that the prosecution’s case was not free of doubts and the petitioner was entitled to the concession of benefit of doubt even at bail stage.

The judge said, “A careful perusal of section 464 of the PPC while keeping in view the content of the FIR and material collected during the investigation leads me to conclude that the attraction of section 468 and 471 [of the] PPC needs further inquiry.”

Source: Dawn

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US repatriates 46 smuggled artifacts to Islamabad

Jamal Shahid

October 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The US government has repatriated 46 artifacts back to Pakistan, including the most notable $1.1 million Buddhapadha, that now fill the central space at the Islamabad Museum.

The Kushan period footprints of Buddha (Buddhapadha) were stolen from an unknown archaeological site in the Gandhara region of Pakistan in the 1980s, and smuggled to the United States.

“The footprints of the Buddha were recovered by the Manhattan district attorney’s office in New York during the investigation and prosecution of a criminal case involving international smuggling and sale of stolen antiquities,” said Assistant Director Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) Dr Mehmoodul Hassan. He elaborated that the artifact was detected at an auction where it was put up for sale for an estimated $1.1 million.

Source: Dawn

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‘Lahore gets an Orange Line, Balochistan gets checkposts’

Sheharyar Rizwan

October 23, 2022

LAHORE: A charged panel discussion about the problems plaguing Balochistan and the need for dialogue to solve them at the Asma Jahangir Conference on Saturday saw political leaders and activists raising their voices for the rights of locals, amid loud sloganeering from an audience that largely consisted of Baloch and Pakhtun youths.

The panel, composed of politicians and political activists from the province, stressed the need to treat Balochistan on a par with other provinces, as one Jamaat-i-Islami leader summed up the situation thus: “We don’t have water, power or education, but Lahore gets the Orange Line and we get army officials and checkposts.”

Former provincial chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch kicked off the discussion by saying that while a specific group in Islamabad, including politicians, generals, the judiciary and media, loved Balochistan for its strategic importance and resources, the province was not fully empowered to use these abundant resources to better its future.

Source: Dawn

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Southeast Asia

Over 1,000 Islamic School Students in Indonesia Get Cybersecurity Training

23-10-2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Communication and Informatics Ministry and the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) organized a basic training on cybersecurity for 1,100 Islamic boarding school students (santri) to commemorate the 2022 National Santri Day.

"We expect that by increasing Indonesian digital talents, especially the Islamic boarding school students, we can have great potentials to strengthen (our) defense in the cyberspace and (improve) the national economy," Head of the Research and Human Resources Development Agency of the ministry Hary Budiarto said here on Saturday.

"Globally, this digital society is known as Society 5.0. They carry out their activities digitally, (and) their data is maintained on the cloud server,” he noted.

Source: Antara News

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Sabah not anti-peninsula but frustrated over decades of lost rights, says Warisan leader

By Yiswaree Palansamy

23 Oct 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Sabahans do not really bear ill will towards their countrymen in peninsular Malaysia but are just furious at having their rights being denied for decades ever since Malaysia’s founding, a Parti Warisan (Warisan) leader said.

Dr Rajiv Bhanot, the party’s chief coordinator for peninsular Malaysia, added that the frustrations were centred on the lack of developments and lower quality of living in the north Borneo territory compared to west Malaysia.

“Being a Malaysian, if you take a look at the resources that Sabah and Sarawak are contributing to the country, and then you look at the quality of living of these Sabahans and the Sarawakians, I don't think there is an anti-peninsula or a hatred towards anyone from the peninsula coming from there.

Source: Malay Mail

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Anwar hints Pakatan-GTA cooperation for GE15 a no-go

23 Oct 2022

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 23 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given his clearest hint yet that there will be no cooperation between the coalition and Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) in the 15th general election (GE15).

“What cooperation? When did I say that? (open to cooperation with GTA). All I said was that ‘talks’ can be held with anyone. If (discussions) are needed, I am in Penang today, and Sarawak tomorrow.

“To me, given the current circumstances, it’s better to meet the people. It’s not that we have not had meetings before (with GTA protem chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad),” he told reporters at a Penang PKR leadership dinner here.

Source: Malay Mail

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Dr M: Malaysians' responsibility to remind GE15 voters of Umno, Najib's wickedness

By Shahrin Aizat Noorshahrizam

23 Oct 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad responded today against Umno’s accusation that its critics were trying to cover up the weakness of the Opposition, with the former prime minister saying any attacks were born out of worry that the party may win the 15th general election (GE15).

The former prime minister said in a statement that if Umno’s wickedness is not publicly exposed, then voters may wish to irrationally vote for it again due to the party’s propaganda.

“That is why it is the responsibility of those who love the nation and the country to remind voters of the wickedness of the Umno government under the leadership of Najib and his allies,” the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air chairman said, referring to the incarcerated Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Source: Malay Mail

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Muhyiddin: I don't mind being called a traitor

By Shahrin Aizat Noorshahrizam

23 Oct 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today he does not mind being labelled a “traitor”, claiming the decisions he made were for the sake of religion, race and country.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman who left Umno to form Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and later took his party out of Pakatan Harapan (PH) to collude with Umno, said he did so as the situations did not align with his political beliefs.

“I was ‘kicked out’ as deputy prime minister and Umno just for making a remark about the 1MDB scandal, which is the biggest ‘robbery’ in the country’s history, thus tarnishing Malaysia’s good name in the eyes of the world. Nevermind. Maybe God didn’t want me to be with evil people.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Iraq Sunni Parties Compete For The Defence Ministry With No Prospects For Agreement: Source

Mohammad Shiyaa al-Sudani

2022-10-22

Shafaq News/ Sunni parties are wrangling over the defence portfolio in Mohammad Shiyaa al-Sudani's cabinet with three front-runners vying for the post, a parliamentary source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The sovereign Ministry in al-Sudani's cabinet has pit the Sunni al-Siyada and al-Azm blocs in a tense competition, the source said.

"Beside lawmaker Khaled al-Obaidi, the front-runners are Major-General Naser Ghannam who is backed by al-Siyada, and Major-General Hamad Names al-Jubouri who is backed by al-Azm," the source added.

Source: Shafaq

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KSRelief sends 96 trucks with aid to Yemen with food, aid

ARAB NEWS

October 23, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has sent a convoy of 96 trucks, carrying food and aid to Yemen from September 19 to October 16, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

The relief trucks were loaded with 1,000 tons and 861 kilograms of food baskets, 15 tons and 330 kilograms of shelter materials, and nine tons and 16 kilograms of medical aid, as well as 16,200 cartons of dates, according to SPA.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Algeria’s PM discuss bilateral ties in phone call

ARAB NEWS

October 23, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Prime Minister of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune held a phone call, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi heavy metal band play in large public event for the first time

DEEMA AL-KHUDAIR

October 22, 2022

JEDDAH: Saudi melodic death metal band Immortal Pain have been a pioneer in the Saudi metal scene since 2005 and are the first to perform heavy metal at a large public event.

The band, who sing original songs in English, performed in a concert on the second day of Comic Con Arabia at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.

The band members include Emad Ashoor, rhythm guitarist and vocalist; Rasheed Attar, lead guitarist; Moayad Al-Shammari, drummer; and Anan Al-Sabban, bassist.

Source: Arab News

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OIC conference calls on media to promote informed discourse

ARAB NEWS

October 23, 2022

RIYADH: The 12th session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation began in Istanbul on Saturday.

Saudi Media Minister Majid Al-Qasabi highlighted the challenges that the world is facing, and the need to coordinate efforts among OIC member states to confront them. He called for developing a trust-based road map with clear mechanisms to advance joint Islamic action.

OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha addressed the opening session of the conference, held under the theme of “Combating Disinformation and Islamophobia in the Post-Truth Era.”

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Saudi Arabia arrests 17,114 illegals in one week

SPA

October 23, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 17,114 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations.

A total of 9,346 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,980 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,788 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 600 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia condemns Houthi drone attack on Yemen’s oil port

ARAB NEWS

October 22, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned the Houthi’s “terrorist attack” on Al-Dhabba oil port in Hadramout, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Saudi foreign ministry called the attack “an escalation after the expiration of the UN-brokered truce in Yemen, which the Iran-backed militia refused to extend despite all the efforts that have been made.”

“The attack reaffirms the militia’s consistent targeting of civilian and economic facilities, as well as global energy supplies,” the statement read.

Source: Arab News

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Africa

Troops kill 31 Boko Haram suspects, arrest 70

OCTOBER 22, 2022

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have killed 31 Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-General Musa Danmadami, disclosed this during the bi-weekly briefing on the operations of armed forces in the last two weeks.

He said that out of those arrested in the Northeast, 60 were logistics suppliers conveying grains, ammunition and fuel, among others.

Source: Authorityngr

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2023: Forum distances self from APC Muslim -Muslim Presidential ticket.

By Editor

Oct 22, 2022

Ahead of 2023 general elections taking place a few months from now, The Christian Elders and Fathers Forum of Nigeria in Akwa Ibom state has distanced itself from All Progressive Congress Muslim -Muslim presidential ticket.

The chairman, Rev. Dr. Effiong Isangedighi made the position of the forum with regards to the matter known at the 2022 annual conference of the forum which took place on Friday last week.

Speaking further, the former national treasurer of Assemblies of God, said those Christians who endorse the arrangement have done so in error because the ticket has negated the concept of religious tolerance which this administration at the federal has been preaching but not doing, adding if allowed to sustain will relegate Christianity to the background as a second class religion in Nigeria, may God forbid.

Source: Champion News

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Inside most toxic town in the world where children and residents poisoned by LEAD

By Jeremy Armstrong

22 Oct 2022

The most toxic town on earth is at the centre of one of the biggest class actions in legal history.

Thirteen women and children are seeking compensation for lead poisoning against an arm of British-based mining giant Anglo American.

They represent at least 100,000 victims in Kabwe, Central Zambia. Until the area is decontaminated, that figure will continue to rise as more children are born and exposed to the toxic lead.

Source: Mirror.Co

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