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Televangelist Zakir Naik's Aides Make Startling Revelations, It Will Shock You














Televangelist Zakir Naik

 

India

Televangelist Zakir Naik's Aides Make Startling Revelations, It Will Shock You

We Are Okay In Islamic State: Kerala Youths Contact Family

Maharashtra ISIS Recruit Arrest: ‘Recovered IED’

This Islamic Outfit Is Opposing Installation Of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's Statue - Know Why

Babri demolition affected pace of reforms: Manmohan Singh

India Should Guard Against ISIS Lone-Wolf Attacks, Says Ex-Ambassador to Saudi

India asks its diplomats in Pakistan to withdraw kids from local schools

Missing Kochi girl was ready to use a gun: Brother

No role for third power, we want to have emotional bond with Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

Pakistan inciting our kids to take up arms: Mehbooba Mufti

Talk of revoking AFSPA encourages violence in Kashmir, says activist

BI charges 1984 Indian Airlines hijacker ‘Harfan Maula’ for cheating

Afghan Army chief coming to India with revised wish list

 

Europe

WhatsApp Chat Shows Afghan Teen Met Munich Gunman Shortly Before Attack

Al Qaeda Chief Calls for Increased Kidnappings of Westerners

Blast in German Bar, Suspected Bomber Killed

Nice Massacre Exposes Fault Lines in French Society

Muslim Teacher Told To Remove 'Islam' Hoodie by Pub In UK

Muslims go on cross-country tour to thank Canadians, dispel myths

Nigel Farage says Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric makes him 'very uncomfortable'

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban: U.N.

Kashmir clashes ‘can take Pakistan, India to nuclear war’

Terror attacks a growing economic threat: G20 ministers

World's largest Yazidi temple under construction in Armenia

Muslim group accepts Guardian’s apology

Hate crime: Prosecutors told to push for tougher sentences

 

Pakistan

Premarital Blood Screening Bill to Be Tabled In Senate

Honour Killing Law Likely To Win CII Nod

Suspected Militants Kill JUI-F Leader, Son in Balochistan

Failed coup in Turkey sparks frenzied excitement in Pakistan

Altaf to visit US to highlight ‘rights violations’

Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park blast: CTD still clueless about mastermind, facilitators

18 months on, KP govt yet to enforce breastfeeding law

No talks with India under current circumstances: Defence Minister

Murad Ali Shah likely to replace Qaim Ali Shah as Sindh CM

 

Arab World

ISIL Brutally Beheads 23 Iraqi Youth over Spying Charges

Car Bomb in Eastern Iraq Kills 18, Wounds 23

ISIL Chases Iraqi Families Trying to Flee Kirkuk, Burns 3 Civilians

Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Saudi Executes Two Murder Convicts, Raises Number of Death Sentences To 107

Mortar attack kills several people in old quarter of Damascus

Shoura sticks to its definition of ‘non-Saudi’ for Makkah real estate

Muslim Brotherhood Press Statement on National, Revolutionary Unity Efforts

Syrian Soldiers Push Terrorists from More Lands Northwest of Damascus

Syria: Gov't Forces Engage in Fierce Clashes with ISIL in Eastern Hama

Al-Nusra Front Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army Offensive in Dara'a

Syrian Army Preparing for Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Operation in Western Damascus

Daesh contained, asserts coalition

 

Africa

Arab League Foreign Ministers Vow To Make Fighting Terrorism a 'Top Priority'

Fourteen Bodies Found After 'Execution' In Benghazi, Libya

Nigeria: Military Readies Major Offensive against Niger Delta Militants If Talks Fail

Arab League 2016 summit puts spotlight on isolated Mauritania

French ambassador to Libya summoned over military presence

 

Mideast

I Told Coup Plotters Not To Spill Blood: Turkish Army Chief

Gülen ‘Should Not Be Allowed To Exploit Laws’ In Extradition Case

Detention Warrant Issued For 42 Journalists in Gülen Investigation

Civilian struck, killed by PKK gunfire in eastern Turkey

Iran's Top Security Official Vows Tough Reaction to States Sponsoring Terrorist Acts at Borders

Turkey launches campaign to help coup attempt victims

EU must not make threatening statements on Turkey’s accession: FM Çavuşoğlu

Yemeni Army Launches Retaliatory Missile Attack on Saudi Base in Jizan Province

Iran warns Saudi Arabia over Hajj quota

 

South Asia

IGP Dhaka: Militants Misinterpreting Qur’an to Encourage Youths

Can Provide Addresses of Taliban Leaders in Quetta, Says Ghani

An action plan to combat extremism in Bangladesh

Haqqani network commander killed in East of Afghanistan

ISIS loyalists release photos of Kabul attack suicide bombers

Khaleda summoned for remarks on '71 martyrs

Jailed militants under strict vigilance: Additional prisons chief

China Terror Claims Bolstered by New Evidence

Islamic Foundation recommended preparing afresh common khutba

 

North America

American Muslims Stage Rally to Protest Rising Islamophobia

Muslim American Voters Could Swing Battleground States

Donald Trump on Muslim ban "expansion," possible Roger Ailes campaign role

Saying no to Muslim refugees is the best propaganda for Islamic State: Antonio Guterres

Donald Trump expands his immigrant ban to more than just Muslims

 

Southeast Asia

Taiwan Turns Up Charm to Woo Muslim Travellers

Two men with suspected links to IS plead guilty to Movida attack

Drug Convict Moved to Nusakambangan Island Ahead of Executions

Govt wants those identified in US DOJ lawsuits to clear their names, Najib says

Police Arrest Four Accomplices of Solo Suicide Bomber Nur Rohmani

Govt to Set up Integrated Data Centre for Child Sex Crimes

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Televangelist Zakir Naik's Aides Make Startling Revelations, It Will Shock You

Jul 25, 2016

Mumbai: Two aides of Zakir Naik recently arrested from Mumbai by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) have made some startling revelations.

Rizwan Khan and Arshid Qureshi, both Naik aides, had facilitated the conversion of around 800 people across the country, ATS officials said.

Both are connected to controversial televangelist Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the Times of India reported citing officials.

Officials said documents and marriage certificates seized from Khan indicate that the duo had converted over 800 Christians and Hindus to Islam.

Rizwan however denied his involvement in any forced conversion.

Citing ATS officials, the report said that the arrested accused, along with two other organizations apart from the IRF, were working to carry out conversions on a very large scale. And IRF is an umbrella organization.

"It's a very critical issue and needs to be addressed on a priority basis," the report said citing an officer monitoring the situation.

The officials also reportedly stated that the organizations involved in conversion mainly target college students and jail inmates after providing them legal and financial help.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/mumbai/does-zakir-naik-also-favour-religious-conversions-his-aides-make-shocking-revelations-to-ats-read_1911075.html

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WhatsApp chat shows Afghan teen met Munich gunman shortly before attack

Jul 25, 2016

MUNICH, July 25 — A 16-year-old Afghan youth who was arrested yesterday had been in contact via WhatsApp with an 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday and met him just before the attack, the Bavarian public prosecutor said today.

“This (WhatsApp) chat and questioning as a suspect has shown that the Afghan met the gunman directly before the gun attack at what was later the scene of the crime,” senior public prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch told a news conference in Munich.

The WhatsApp chat also showed the Afghan knew the attacker was in possession of a Glock 17 firearm, Steinkraus-Koch said, adding that the two teenagers got to know each other in the summer of last year when undergoing psychiatric care. — Reuters

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/whatsapp-chat-shows-afghan-teen-met-munich-gunman-shortly-before-attack#sthash.iDwYKYCo.dpuf

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Premarital blood screening bill to be tabled in Senate

Jul 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark move, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) will table a bill next week on the pre-marital blood screening of couples to check the spread of transmissible diseases, sources said.

PMLN Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan is expected to present an amendment bill for the family laws in the Senate in an effort to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, thalassemia, hepatitis and other communicable diseases by making pre-marital blood screening a necessity.

According to an NGO working for treatment of the disease the Fatimid Foundation, around 8,000 babies are born every year with thalassemia major in Pakistan. Public health experts have also suggested thalassemia test to be made compulsory before marriage.

Senator Tahir said, “I will move the bill on July 26. The basic objective of the bill is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases which are transmitted through genetic abnormalities and blood transmission.”

He said that under the amended family laws, which include Muslim marriage, Christian Marriage and Divorce Act and Parsi Marriage Act, a couple would be bound to get their blood screened before the marriage. “After the legislation, marriage will not be considered valid without the report of blood screening and the (couple) will be bound to get a medical certificate from the concerned doctor,” he said. The Nikah registrar would only register the marriage after getting a medical report from the doctor concerned, he added.

He claimed that being a public representative he is dealing with many people, who are facing such diseases. Therefore, he had decided to introduce the family law amendment bill so that these diseases could be prevented.

Earlier a report was released on the heels of an international Aids conference in Durban, South Africa, that started on Tuesday which said that HIV/Aids cases were on the rise in Pakistan. It said that the number of HIV infections in Pakistan grew at an average of 17.6 per cent a year from 8,360 to 45,990 during the period 2005-2015. The combination of the high number of new infections and low antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage has proven deadly in Pakistan, it added.

An official privy to the development said that the religious affairs ministry is also a stakeholder in the proposed legislation as the family laws also fall under their jurisdiction. “The religious affairs ministry is bound to give its input as without its consent an amended bill cannot move further,” he added.

Ministry of Religious Affairs Director General DG (Research) Noor Salam Shah said that the ministry had received the draft for input and a meeting between the ministry’s officials and Parliamentary Secretary Sheikh Aftab will be held on July 25 in this regard. “So far, the draft is at the initial stage and the ministry has also called its internal meeting to get input from religious scholars.

Apparently, there is nothing in the draft which could be opposed and hopefully the ministry will support the bill,” he said. Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid also said that it was a good initiative of the government. He said that however he had not received any draft and the ministry would examine the draft after consulting all stakeholders.

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/24-Jul-16/premarital-blood-screening-bill-to-be-tabled-in-senate

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ISIL Brutally Beheads 23 Iraqi Youth over Spying Charges

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi military sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorists executed nearly two dozen young residents of the city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

"At least 23 Iraqi teenagers from al-Namroud and al-Salamiyeh regions were arrested and beheaded by the ISIL on charges of cooperating with Iraqi security forces and providing them with intelligence," Iraqi Army's Colonel Abdelkarim al-Sabawi said on Monday.

He noted that the barbaric killing came after the Iraqi joint military forces voiced their readiness to recapture Mosul city.

In a relevant development earlier in July, the ISIL executed five civilians in Eastern Iraq and seven others in the Northeastern parts of the country on charges of assisting people to flee the ISIL-held regions.

The ISIL-affiliated websites released some photos about execution of five men, including Sheikh of the village of Bou Khiyal, from al-Ezzah tribe in al-Adhim region in Baqubah.

The entire five killed civilian had been kidnapped by the ISIL security forces a week ago.

In the meantime, a security source in Kirkuk province disclosed that the ISIL beheaded seven civilians in front of people in open area in the village of Sadr al-Nahr in the town of Huweija in Southwestern side of Kirkuk on charge of assisting people to flee the province towards Salahuddin province and Pishmarga-held region.

Also in June, ISIL terrorist group executed the person the group installed as the governor of Fallujah for escaping the Iraqi Western city after Baghdad's security forces attacked there.

The Iraqi media outlets reported that the ISIL’s wali of Fallujah, Abu Hajar Isawi, retreated from Fallujah to Mosul where ISIL executed him in public, charging him with evading his responsibilities. Nevertheless, he was one of the ISIL prominent leaders.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000533

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Car Bomb in Eastern Iraq Kills 18, Wounds 23

Jul 25, 2016

At least 18 people lost their lives and 23 others sustained injuries in a powerful explosion in a town in Iraq’s Eastern province of Diyala.

Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bomb attack took place in the town of al-Khalis, located roughly 9 miles Northwest of the provincial capital city of Baqubah, on Monday morning, Albawaba reported.

No individual or militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the act of violence.

The blast comes a day after another bombing killed 12 in a Northern district of Baghdad.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000807

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Arab League foreign ministers vow to make fighting terrorism a 'top priority'

Jul 25, 2016

The foreign ministers attending the Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, have vowed to defeat terrorism as they gathered for the start of the two-day regional summit, which begins on Monday 25 July.

A statement made by Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, called on all Arab states to ramp up the fight against terrorism in the region. "We must defeat terrorism, it's a priority," he said, as the meeting with Foreign Ministers commenced.

His Mauritanian counterpart, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izidbih, also called on the Arab states to coordinate more closely with African nations to achieve this goal.

Crisis in the Arab world

Aboul Gheit, the Arab League secretary-general, said that fighting terrorism is key to preserving the security of Arab states. He said that security and stability in the Arab region are prerequisites for further economic and social progress and appealed to members to defeat the destructive ideas.

The ministers also agreed to support "all [initiatives] that can help to end the crisis of the Arab world, especially the Syrian, Libyan and Yemeni conflicts. Ministers also welcomed a French and Egyptian initiative to help revive the dormant Israel-Palestine peace talks.

Aboul Gheit also stated that given the security and stability in the Middle East hinges on a solution for the on-going conflict, in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions Palestine will continue to be an issue of the highest priority on the Arab agenda.

Sudan

According to Arab News, Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Sudan's President Omar Bashir are expected to attend the 27th summit.

Bashir's presence is likely to stir some controversy as he is wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). According to AFP, Mauritania has not ratified the ICC's Rome Statute and as such, the chances that the nation will hand him over to the international body are slim.

The ICC noted that despite facing the charges over the Darfur conflict - which saw the loss of over 300,000 lives - Bashir has managed to travel freely, including to nations that have ratified the ICC treaty. South Africa failed to arrest Bashir in 2015 when the Sudanese leader attended the African Union summit in Johannesburg.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/arab-league-foreign-ministers-vow-make-fighting-terrorism-top-priority-1572268

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India

 

Televangelist Zakir Naik's Aides Make Startling Revelations, It Will Shock You

Jul 25, 2016

Mumbai: Two aides of Zakir Naik recently arrested from Mumbai by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) have made some startling revelations.

Rizwan Khan and Arshid Qureshi, both Naik aides, had facilitated the conversion of around 800 people across the country, ATS officials said.

Both are connected to controversial televangelist Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the Times of India reported citing officials.

Officials said documents and marriage certificates seized from Khan indicate that the duo had converted over 800 Christians and Hindus to Islam.

Rizwan however denied his involvement in any forced conversion.

Citing ATS officials, the report said that the arrested accused, along with two other organizations apart from the IRF, were working to carry out conversions on a very large scale. And IRF is an umbrella organization.

Full report at:

http://zeenews.india.com/news/mumbai/does-zakir-naik-also-favour-religious-conversions-his-aides-make-shocking-revelations-to-ats-read_1911075.html

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We are okay in Islamic State: Kerala youths contact family

Written by Shaju Philip

July 25, 2016

A few among Kerala’s missing youths, who recently left the state reportedly in search of “true Islamic way of life”, have got in touch with their families in Kasaragod district.

In a latest such incident last Friday, Ashfaque, a native of Padanna in the district, sent a voice message to his family via the Telegram messenger.

According to police sources, he told them that he was fine and also asked if his mother was okay. The Telegram App message, self-destructive in nature, disappeared soon. The youth’s sister, sources added, could not communicate back.

Meantime, similar messages have also reached other families, which reported missing young men over two weeks back. Where the whereabouts of these youths are not known, but there are fears that they have joined the Islamic State.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kerala-missing-youth-join-islamic-state-message-2933855/

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Maharashtra ISIS Recruit Arrest: ‘Recovered IED’

July 25, 2016

A DEADLY mix of matchstick powder, sulphur, charcoal, urea and potassium nitrate (saltpetre) with shrapnel embedded in it “to cause extra damage” was the composition of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) allegedly recovered from an suspected Islamic State (IS) recruit, Shaheed Khan, a Parbhani resident who was arrested Saturday night by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). According to sources, this IED was remote controlled and the triggering device was fitted in a “car key operating on radio waves”.

According to the sources, Khan is an associate of Nasir Chaus, a 31-year-old civil engineering dropout from the same district who was arrested by the agency earlier this month. The sources said the ‘Parbhani module’ was asked to carry out a lone wolf attack in the Marathwada region by their alleged Syria-based handler Farooque. While the state counter-terrorism agency has arrested two locals, more arrests are likely.

“The IED is similar to that prepared by the ‘Hardwar module’ of the Islamic State accused of conspiring to attack the Ardh Kumbh Mela.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/arrest-of-is-recruit-in-maharashtra-recovered-ied-2933857/

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This Islamic outfit is opposing installation of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's statue - Know why

Jul 25, 2016

Rameswaram: It may sound shocking and surprising but it's true!

An Islamic outfit has opposed the installation of former president of India  Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's statue at his burial site at Pei Karumbu near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

The Ramanathapuram District Jamaathul Ulama Council says that installation of statue is against the Muslim personal law (shariat), according to a report in The Hindu.

"Islam is against ‘idol’ worship and individual eulogy, "A Valiyulla Noori, president of the council, said.

"The best way to honour Dr Kalam would be to follow his ideals and realise his vision for a stronger and developed India," he added.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/this-islamic-outfit-is-opposing-installation-of-dr-apj-abdul-kalams-statue-know-why_1911322.html

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Babri demolition affected pace of reforms: Manmohan Singh

Jul 25, 2016

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has said that social tension can affect economic reforms and the current government should use its huge mandate to push through crucial policy changes.

“Obviously, social peace is a very important pre-requisite for any meaningful reforms that will not only push up the country’s growth rate, but also promote social harmony,” Singh, who as finance minister opened up India’s economy in a famous budget in 1991, told HT in an exclusive interview.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/babri-demolition-affected-pace-of-reforms-manmohan-singh/story-7eL5sp2dDD0Qj4zWgXPtwM.html

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India should guard against ISIS lone-wolf attacks, says ex-ambassador to Saudi

Partha Maitra | TNN | Jul 25, 2016

BHOPAL: Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former director-general of foreign affairs think-tank, Indian Council of World Affairs, and an expert on West Asian conflict Talmiz Ahmad, said India should particularly guard itself from lone wolf attacks from individuals indoctrinated by ISIS social media propaganda. Speaking exclusively to TOI, he said, "Number of Indians who have joined ISIS ranks is a handful?, compared to other countries. Indian Muslims have mostly stayed away from jihad. But there's need for heightened intelligence on ISIS social media blitz which could brainwash a few individuals to trigger terror."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-should-guard-against-ISIS-lone-wolf-attacks-says-ex-ambassador-to-Saudi/articleshow/53375698.cms

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India asks its diplomats in Pakistan to withdraw kids from local schools

Sachin Parashar | TNN | Jul 25, 2016

NEW DELHI: In yet another sign of growing hostility between the two nations over recent developments in Kashmir, India has asked its diplomats and other officials to withdraw their kids from local schools in Islamabad.

Indian officials can either send their kids back to India or return themselves, official sources said.

"What it means is that no Indian official based in Pakistan can have his or her children living with them. Those who seek a posting in Pakistan will have to keep that in mind too," an official here told TOI. Spouses, however, can remain in Pakistan for now.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-asks-diplomats-in-Pakistan-to-withdraw-kids-from-local-schools/articleshow/53379701.cms

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Missing Kochi girl was ready to use a gun: Brother

TNN | Jul 25, 2016

KOCHI: Merin Jacob alias Mariam, the 22-yr-old Kochi girl who has been missing along with her husband Bestin Vincent alias Yahiya for over a month and is suspected to have joined the Islamic State, had told her brother Ebin after her conversion to Islam that she was ready to use a gun to protect her Muslim brethren. Ebin has mentioned this radical change he witnessed in his sister's character in 2014 in a statement he gave a week ago to police.

In his statement, Ebin also said that he had seen Kasaragod native Ashfaq Majeed in Mumbai along with Arshid Qureshi, a preacher with Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), in September 2014. Ashfaq is one of the 17 youths missing from Kasaragod. In an effort to convert Ebin, Bestin had taken him to Mumbai to meet Qureshi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Missing-Kochi-girl-was-ready-to-use-a-gun-Brother/articleshow/53369841.cms

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No role for third power, we want to have emotional bond with Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

July 25, 2016

RULING out any role for a “third power” and asking Pakistan to stay away from Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday set the restoration of “peace and normalcy” as the main condition to initiate talks with those “we have to talk with” in the Valley.

“There is no role for any third power to improve the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh said at the end of his two-day visit to the Valley.

“We want to tell our neighbouring country (Pakistan) that you are yourself a victim of terrorism. You enter the Lal Masjid to eradicate terrorism. And on the other hand, you ask the youth of Kashmir to pick up guns. This should end,” he said.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/no-role-for-third-power-we-want-to-have-emotional-bond-with-kashmir-rajnath-2933494/\

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Pakistan inciting our kids to take up arms: Mehbooba Mufti

Jul 25, 2016

SRINAGAR: In a sharp switch in stance, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti + described Pakistan+ as hypocritical and blamed it for instigating Kashmiri youths to take up weapons.

Unlike her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who throughout his political career never criticised Pakistan, Mehbooba for the first time went against the political line of the PDP. "Pakistan shouldn't encourage our children to take up guns and die... I think this is hypocrisy. While Pakistan tortures those who take up guns in its own territory, it teaches some other lesson to our children. This is wrong," she told reporters on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-inciting-our-kids-to-take-up-arms-Mehbooba-Mufti/articleshow/53371730.cms

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Talk of revoking AFSPA encourages violence in Kashmir, says activist

July 25, 2016

Condemning Pakistan’s intervention into the internal affairs of India and its encouragement to violence in Kashmir, activist Susheel Pandit on Sunday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should realise that any talk of revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) only goes on to encourage violence.

“It is correct that Pakistan’s intervention into the internal affairs of India and its encouragement to violence in Kashmir should be repudiated and condemned in strongest terms. But at the same time, Mehbooba Mufti should realize that any talk of revoking AFSPA only goes on to encourage this kind of tendency and violence within Kashmir as much as it demoralizes the security forces who are faced with a tough situation there,” Pandit told ANI.

Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday the process of revoking the AFSPA can be started on experimental basis.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/talk-of-revoking-afspa-encourages-violence-in-kashmir-activist-2933355/

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CBI charges 1984 Indian Airlines hijacker ‘Harfan Maula’ for cheating

July 25, 2016

A dreaded pro-Khalistan terrorist, who had hijacked Srinagar-New Delhi Indian Airlines flight in 1984 and taken it to Lahore, has now been charged by CBI with cheating and forgery in acquiring an Afghan passport under assumed identity to migrate to Canada.

In a recent charge sheet filed here, the agency has accused Parminder Singh Saini alias Harfan Maula for allegedly acquiring fake Afghan passport in the name of Balbir Singh while in Pakistan in 1995, CBI sources said.

The agency has said that Saini used this passport to migrate to Canada where he got himself issued driving and social security licenses on the basis of forged travel documents which he had acquired in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cbi-charges-1984-indian-airlines-hijacker-harfan-maula-for-cheating/article8893830.ece

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Afghan Army chief coming to India with revised wish list

SUHASINI HAIDAR

DINAKAR PERI

July 25, 2016

The two countries will discuss stepping up defence cooperation when Afghanistan’s Army chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi visits New Delhi in late August.

India and Afghanistan will discuss stepping up defence cooperation when Afghanistan’s Army chief General Qadam Shah Shahim visits New Delhi in late August, officials said, adding Afghanistan was likely to add to its wish list a request for more Mi-25 as well as Mi-35 attack helicopters.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/afghan-army-chief-coming-to-india-with-revised-wish-list/article8894326.ece

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WhatsApp chat shows Afghan teen met Munich gunman shortly before attack

Jul 25, 2016

MUNICH, July 25 — A 16-year-old Afghan youth who was arrested yesterday had been in contact via WhatsApp with an 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday and met him just before the attack, the Bavarian public prosecutor said today.

“This (WhatsApp) chat and questioning as a suspect has shown that the Afghan met the gunman directly before the gun attack at what was later the scene of the crime,” senior public prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch told a news conference in Munich.

The WhatsApp chat also showed the Afghan knew the attacker was in possession of a Glock 17 firearm, Steinkraus-Koch said, adding that the two teenagers got to know each other in the summer of last year when undergoing psychiatric care. — Reuters

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/whatsapp-chat-shows-afghan-teen-met-munich-gunman-shortly-before-attack#sthash.iDwYKYCo.dpuf

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Al Qaeda chief calls for increased kidnappings of Westerners

Jul 25, 2016

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in an audio interview calling on fighters to take Western hostages and exchange them for jailed ‘jihadists’, the monitoring service SITE Intelligence Group said on Sunday.

In recording posted online, Al-Zawahiri called on the global militant network to kidnap Westerners “until they liberate the last Muslim male prisoner and last Muslim female prisoner in the prisons of the Crusaders, apostates, and enemies of Islam,” according to SITE.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the recording. Zawahiri is believed to be seeking refuge in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area that is the Taliban’s base.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1148653/al-qaeda-chief-urges-kidnappings-westerners-prisoner-swaps/

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Blast in German bar, suspected bomber killed

AFP | Jul 25, 2016

BERLIN: The man killed by an explosion at a bar in the southern German city of Ansbach late on Sunday was the one who set off the blast, local police said.

At least 12 other people were injured in the explosion, which went off close to a bar in the city centre at around 10:00 pm (2000 GMT).

Some 2,500 people were gathered nearby for an open-air music festival, which local media reported may have been the real target.

A dozen people were injured in the explosion, three of them seriously, added a spokeswoman, without giving any more details.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Blast-in-German-bar-suspected-bomber-killed/articleshow/53372296.cms

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Nice massacre exposes fault lines in French society

Jul 25, 2016

Paris: The Bastille Day attack in Nice -- the third terrorist strike to hit France in 18 months -- has sparked anger and racism, putting further strain on an already tense political atmosphere.

“What is clear is that it has brought to the surface the fault lines which were always there but which were not so apparent,” sociologist Michel Wieviorka said.

“When people can boo the Prime Minister and talk in an openly racist way,” norms have been shaken, he argued.

President Francois Hollande has said “anger is legitimate” in the wake of the July 14 attack in Nice, in which Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people as he rammed a truck through a crowd watching fireworks for France’s national day.

“After such a shock, anger is legitimate, because our compatriots were killed and innocent people hit,” Hollande said.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/europe/250716/nice-massacre-exposes-fault-lines-in-french-society.html

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Muslim teacher told to remove 'Islam' hoodie by pub in UK

Jul 25, 2016

London: A 32-year-old Muslim teacher in the UK was asked to remove his school jumper as it had his surname 'Islam' written on the back and was making pub customers "feel uncomfortable".

Nurul Islam, who was wearing a school sweatshirt which all have teachers' last names on them outside the Coach and Horses near Hertford last week, was told by a barman to remove his jumper and claimed it was offending people because of the Nice attack.

"A staff member came outside and asked if I could take off my jumper because it was making some customers feel uncomfortable 'after what happened last night'," said Islam, a technology teacher at the Thomas Alleyne Academy.

Full report at:

http://www.india.com/news/world/muslim-teacher-told-to-remove-islam-hoodie-by-pub-in-uk-1357208/

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Muslims go on cross-country tour to thank Canadians, dispel myths

Jul 25, 2016

A group of Muslims are on a cross-Canada tour of more than 25 cities to debunk misconceptions about their religion.

The roving band of faithful, part of the Ahmadiyya branch of Islam, are in Montreal July 24 and 25 with their campaign called #MobileMuslims.

"What we're trying to teach people is that Islam is completely removed from violence and terror," spokesperson James Sinclair told CBC News.

"People who do acts of violence or any type of terrorism or extremism are completely removed from the faith."

Some of the misconceptions they say they want to address involve the veil, jihad and the Prophet Muhammad.

Full report at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mobile-muslims-canada-1.3693256

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Nigel Farage says Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric makes him 'very uncomfortable'

Jul 25, 2016

Nigel Farage feels "very uncomfortable" about Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, the former UKIP leader has said.

And Republican supporters who have cheered a presidential candidate who wants to block Muslims from entering the United States and oppose any gun controls make Mr Farage feel "left wing" and confused.

The MEP said he liked Mr Trump's "daring" anti-establishment message, but rapidly distanced himself from the Republican nominee's inflammatory comments about Muslims when challenged by a journalist.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nigel-farage-donald-trump-republican-convention-muslims-us-election-2016-a7153206.html

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Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

Jul 25, 2016

A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days, though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism.

The incident, however, may add to public unease surrounding Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy that has seen over a million migrants enter Germany over the past year, many fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

German police said they arrested the machete-wielding Syrian asylum-seeker after he killed a woman and injured two other people in the southwestern city of Reutlingen near Stuttgart.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-germany-migrant-idUSKCN1040SF

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Civilian casualties increase as Afghan troops battle Taliban: U.N.

Jul 25, 2016

KABUL: Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, the United Nations reported on Monday, just days after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul.

Overall at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016, the United Nations reported, as insurgent groups like the Taliban try to topple the government installed in Kabul after the 2001 U.S.-led military intervention.

Anti-government groups, the largest of which is the Taliban, accounted for at least 60 percent of non-combatants killed and wounded.

Full report at:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/137504-Civilian-casualties-increase-Afghan-troops-battle-Taliban-UN

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Kashmir clashes ‘can take Pakistan, India to nuclear war’

Jul 25, 2016

MOSCOW - The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.

Tensions have re-emerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region a part of which has long been controlled by India and whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan, exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers, Russian news agency Sputnik in a report said Sunday.

Ten years ago, Pakistan and India stepped away from the abyss, after decades of warring over the territory, by deciding in principle to dissipate tensions and allowing the free movement of people and goods across the line of control.

The win-win agreement would have seen the two countries withdraw one million soldiers from Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/25-Jul-2016/kashmir-clashes-can-take-pakistan-india-to-nuclear-war

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Terror attacks a growing economic threat: G20 ministers

Jul 25, 2016

Increasingly frequent terrorist attacks are becoming a growing threat to the global economy, finance chiefs from the world’s leading economies said Sunday.

Earlier this month 84 people were killed in Nice when a Tunisian truck driver -- suspected to be inspired by the ISIS group -- ploughed a 19-tonne vehicle through a holiday crowd. That followed Paris attacks last year which left 130 dead.

Kabul mourned Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed the previous day, reigniting concern that ISIS was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan.

Last week a German-Iranian gunman -- believed not to be connected to the ISIS group but “obsessed” with mass killers -- shot dead nine people in the German city of Munich before killing himself.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/2016/07/24/Terror-attacks-a-growing-economic-threat-G20-ministers-.html

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World's largest Yazidi temple under construction in Armenia

Jul 25, 2016

A huge Yazidi temple is under construction in a small Armenian village, intended as a symbol of resilience for a persecuted religious tradition.

The temple is being built in Aknalich, about 35km from Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Seven domes will surround a central arched roof, crowned with a gold-plated sun. At 25m high, it will be built from Armenian granite and Iranian marble and house a 200-square-metre prayer hall.

The complex will also include a conference hall, seminary and museum.

Named Quba Mere Diwane, this will be the largest Yazidi temple in the world, although there are relatively few contenders. The project is being funded by Mirza Sloian, a Yazidi businessman based in Moscow, according to EurasiaNet, and is scheduled to be completed next year.

Full report at:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/25/worlds-largest-yazidi-temple-under-construction-in-armenia

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Muslim group accepts Guardian’s apology

Jul 25, 2016

A MUSLIM group has accepted the apology of the Guardian, ­following the publication of an article by ­columnist Kevin Baldeosingh, which was deemed to be offensive to Muslims.

And it is calling for other ­Muslims to accept the apology as well, and not to be misled by other leaders of the Islamic faith.

Ummah T&T Muslim Lobby Group, in a news release issued yesterday, stated it rejected calls by other Muslims and Inshan Ishmael, founder of the Islamic Broadcasting Network, to have Guardian editor-in-chief Orin Gordon and Baldeosingh fired from the ­company.

Ishmael was arrested and charged with leading an unauthorised protest on Friday in front of Guardian Media Ltd’s office in Chaguanas. He is expected to ­appear in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court today.

Ummah T&T chairman Imam Rasheed Karim stated: “Our group agrees with editor-in-chief Orin Gordon that the timing of the publication of the commentary by writer Kevin Baldeosingh was indeed inappropriate, coming as it did on the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, one of the holiest days of the Islamic calendar.

Full report at:

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160724/news/muslim-group-accepts-guardian8217s-apology

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Hate crime: Prosecutors told to push for tougher sentences

Jul 25, 2016

Prosecutors will be urged to push for tougher sentences for people committing hate crimes, following a rise in incidents after the EU referendum.

A £2.4m fund will also be set up for security measures at places of worship.

A rise in reported hate crimes following the Brexit vote has prompted concerns about a wave of xenophobic and racial abuse.

The Home Office said its action plan aimed to encourage people to report offences and boost support for victims.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36875533

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Pakistan

 

Premarital blood screening bill to be tabled in Senate

Jul 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark move, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) will table a bill next week on the pre-marital blood screening of couples to check the spread of transmissible diseases, sources said.

PMLN Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan is expected to present an amendment bill for the family laws in the Senate in an effort to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, thalassemia, hepatitis and other communicable diseases by making pre-marital blood screening a necessity.

According to an NGO working for treatment of the disease the Fatimid Foundation, around 8,000 babies are born every year with thalassemia major in Pakistan. Public health experts have also suggested thalassemia test to be made compulsory before marriage.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/24-Jul-16/premarital-blood-screening-bill-to-be-tabled-in-senate

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Honour killing law likely to win CII nod

Jul 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The constitutional body that advises the legislature on the compatibility of laws with Islamic sharia is likely to endorse a proposed law against honour killings in the country, The Express Tribune has learnt from a senior official.

A formal announcement will, however, be made by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) once the draft on the Honour Killing Bill 2016 is tabled in parliament, added the official who works at the council’s secretariat.

“Apparently, a parliamentary panel has already addressed the reservations voiced by the CII,” the official said while requesting anonymity. “I think the council’s objections have been taken care of.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1148586/honour-killing-law-likely-win-cii-nod/

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Suspected militants kill JUI-F leader, son in Balochistan

Jul 25, 2016

QUETTA: Suspected militants killed Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) leader Mufti Ehtisham-ul-Haq and his son in Balochistan’s troubled Kech district on Sunday.

Levies sources said armed assailants opened fire at the former district chief of JUI-F and killed him on the spot along with his son. “Assailant drove away on their motorcycle after the attack,” security sources said.

The incident was reported from Tump tehsil area of the district.

Large number of people gathered at a nearby hospital where both the bodies were shifted to console with the family members.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1272905/suspected-militants-kill-jui-f-leader-son-in-balochistan

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Failed coup in Turkey sparks frenzied excitement in Pakistan

Sameer Arshad | TNN | Jul 25, 2016

Muhammad Ali Jinnah stumbled upon a review of Kemal Ataturk's biography when he stayed back in London following criticism he faced after the first round-table meeting for India's constitution in 1931.

He bought the book and found a role model to emulate in the Turkish leader after finishing reading the biography. Ataturk's modernisation and secularisation drive impressed Jinnah so much that he declared he would follow suit if he enjoyed the same power.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Failed-coup-in-Turkey-sparks-frenzied-excitement-in-Pakistan/articleshow/53376328.cms

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Altaf to visit US to highlight ‘rights violations’

Jul 25, 2016

WASHINGTON: MQM chief Altaf Hussain has said that he would visit the United States in October to highlight the alleged human rights violations against political workers in Pakistan.

Addressing hundreds of his supporters outside the White House on Saturday afternoon, Mr Hussain also urged the US administration to send its observers to Pakistan to monitor the alleged continued violation of human rights in the country.

“The United States does not only send its observers but also its troops to other places, they should at least send their observers to Pakistan,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273013/altaf-to-visit-us-to-highlight-rights-violations

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Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park blast: CTD still clueless about mastermind, facilitators

Jul 25, 2016

LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) is groping around in the dark for the arrest of the mastermind as well as facilitators of the suicide blast in Gulshan-i-Iqbal park even about four months after the incident. Over 70 innocent people had died and nearly 300 others sustained injuries.

The blast at the heavily crowded park was declared as the country’s most devastating tragedy in which the anti-state elements had targeted innocent kids and women.

What the CTD could so far establish in this high-profile case is that the defamed Khorasani group/Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA) was behind the terror act, an official privy to the development told Dawn.

That too, he said, had been confirmed in the first week of the incident when the Khorasani group itself owned the terror act and released a photo of the suicide-bomber to a section of media.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273045/gulshan-i-iqbal-park-blast-ctd-still-clueless-about-mastermind-facilitators

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18 months on, KP govt yet to enforce breastfeeding law

Jul 25, 2016

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to take steps for implementation of Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Act, 2015 despite lapse of 18 months.

“The law, passed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, is yet to come into action. There is no progress on the law and it has remained to papers only. The law provides for constituting KP Infant Feeding Boards to put it in enforcement mood,” sources said.

They said that the board had not been formed and as a result the manufacturers of formula milk and food supplement continued to fleece people. They said that government was required to form IFB with health minister as its chairman to receive complaints regarding violation of the Act.

Sources said that IFB would subsequently recommend investigations into cases against manufacturers, distributors and health workers found to be in contravention of the provisions of the law. After passage of 18th amendment, the provinces had to make its own law and the compressive legislation if implemented would regulate the products relating to children, mothers and general public.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1273063/18-months-on-kp-govt-yet-to-enforce-breastfeeding-law

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No talks with India under current circumstances: Defence Minister

Jul 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif said on Monday that under the current circumstances, there were no chances of talks or negotiations with India.

Asif further disclosed that Pakistan was not holding track 2 or track 3 talks with arch-rival India. Khawaja Asif further said that keeping in mind the current circumstances, there was no chance of any political developments taking place between India and Pakistan.

The Defence Minister said that Pakistan had time and again provided proofs to the international community.

Full report at:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/137517-No-talks-with-India-under-current-circumstances-Defence-Minister#

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Murad Ali Shah likely to replace Qaim Ali Shah as Sindh CM

Jul 25, 2016

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet would undergo a major overhaul with Murad Ali Shah likely replacing the octogenarian chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, as the top leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) met in the wake of a deadlock over extension in policing powers of Rangers.

The meeting was jointly chaired by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman of the party and former president Asif Ali Zardari. The reshuffle would see half of the cabinet members lose their ministries including Home Minister Anwar Sial.

The sources further disclosed that Zardari has approved extension in Rangers special powers in Sindh. Murad Ali Shah is the son of late Abdul Shah who served as chief minister of Sindh during PPP’s second stint.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/25-Jul-16/murad-ali-shah-to-replace-qaim-ali-shah-as-sindh-cm

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Arab World

 

ISIL Brutally Beheads 23 Iraqi Youth over Spying Charges

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi military sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorists executed nearly two dozen young residents of the city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

"At least 23 Iraqi teenagers from al-Namroud and al-Salamiyeh regions were arrested and beheaded by the ISIL on charges of cooperating with Iraqi security forces and providing them with intelligence," Iraqi Army's Colonel Abdelkarim al-Sabawi said on Monday.

He noted that the barbaric killing came after the Iraqi joint military forces voiced their readiness to recapture Mosul city.

In a relevant development earlier in July, the ISIL executed five civilians in Eastern Iraq and seven others in the Northeastern parts of the country on charges of assisting people to flee the ISIL-held regions.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000533

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Car Bomb in Eastern Iraq Kills 18, Wounds 23

Jul 25, 2016

At least 18 people lost their lives and 23 others sustained injuries in a powerful explosion in a town in Iraq’s Eastern province of Diyala.

Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bomb attack took place in the town of al-Khalis, located roughly 9 miles Northwest of the provincial capital city of Baqubah, on Monday morning, Albawaba reported.

No individual or militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the act of violence.

The blast comes a day after another bombing killed 12 in a Northern district of Baghdad.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000807

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ISIL Chases Iraqi Families Trying to Flee Kirkuk, Burns 3 Civilians

Jul 25, 2016

 Informed security sources disclosed that the ISIL has formed groups to chase the Iraqi families who are running away from areas under the control of the Takfiri terrorists in Kirkuk province in Northern Iraq, and it burns the civilians after capturing them.

"The ISIL captured a three-member family, including a two-year-old infant girl, while they were trying to flee al-Rashad region in Southwestern Kirkuk province and burnt them alive," the Arabic-language media quoted an informed security source as saying.  

The Iraqi family were trying to escape to the city of al-Alam in neighboring Salahuddin province through Hamreen mountainous region.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000745

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Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

AFP | Jul 25, 2016

BEIRUT: Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians had been killed in multiple air strikes on the town of rebel-held Atareb in Aleppo province.

The group said the strikes in the early hours of Monday morning were believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes, and hit several locations including a market area.

Russia is a key ally of the government and began air strikes in support of regime forces in September 2015.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Air-strikes-rebel-fire-kill-19-in-Syrias-Aleppo-Monitor/articleshow/53380154.cms

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Saudi executes two murder convicts, raises number of death sentences to 107

Jul 25, 2016

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday executed two convicted murderers, the interior ministry said, raising to 107 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year.

Fahd al-Ishan was convicted of stabbing to death another Saudi citizen, the ministry said in a statement on the official SPA news agency. He was executed in the northern Jawf region.

Saudi executes Pakistani drug smuggler

Authorities executed another Saudi citizen, Mohammed al-Shahrani, in the southwestern region of Assir after he was convicted of shooting dead another Saudi national, the ministry said in another statement.

The kingdom on Sunday carried out the death penalty against four citizens convicted of murder. Most people executed are beheaded with a sword.

Saudi Arabia’s growing use of the death penalty has prompted Amnesty International to call for an “immediate” moratorium on the practice.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1148790/saudi-executes-two-murder-convicts-raises-number-death-sentences-107/

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Mortar attack kills several people in old quarter of Damascus

Reuters | Jul 24, 2016

AMMAN: Several people were killed when a mortar bomb hit a restaurant in the government-controlled ancient quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitor and a witness said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens were also wounded in the attack. A witness told Reuters there were at least six dead in the restaurant in the Bab Touma district of Damascus.

Mortar attacks on government-controlled areas of Damascus from rebel-held areas just outside it are relatively rare.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mortar-attack-kills-several-people-in-old-quarter-of-Damascus/articleshow/53369292.cms

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Shoura sticks to its definition of ‘non-Saudi’ for Makkah real estate

Jul 25, 2016

JEDDAH: Once again, the Shoura Council debated the issue of ownership of property by non-Saudis in the border areas of Makkah and Madinah, and yet again stuck to the decision it made last year.

The council explained the meaning of "non-Saudis" as per the text of Article 5 of the law as "the person whose natural status is not to enjoy the Saudi nationality, a non-Saudi company and a Saudi company established or partnered with someone who does not hold the Saudi nationality".

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/959231/saudi-arabia

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Muslim Brotherhood Press Statement on National, Revolutionary Unity Efforts

Jul 25, 2016

 Egypt and its January 2011 Revolution are going through a critical and very dangerous phase for the present and future of the people and the entire nation. The Muslim Brotherhood reaffirms the following constants:

First: The group solemnly salutes and appreciates all parties, groups, factions and national figures working to support the January 2011 Revolution, and are eager to serve their homeland and its people. The group's approach, throughout its history, is to respect all personalities, parties, groups and bodies, and to trust all.

Second: The group has always been and will continue to be - God willing - part of the non-violent national patriotic action, seeking revolutionary unity. The group invites everyone to cooperate for the good of Egypt and its people, avoiding everything that breaks or weakens revolutionary ranks or reduces the effect of anti-coup endeavors.

Full report at:

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=32605

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Syrian Soldiers Push Terrorists from More Lands Northwest of Damascus

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops continued to advance against Jeish al-Islam terrorist group in the mountainous regions Northeast of Damascus province, and captured more territories.

The Syrian soldiers' anti-terrorism offensives against Jeish al-Islam's positions in the farms along the road connecting Madhaya and Tal Sawan to Rayhan and Tal Kurdi, ended in the killing or at least 15 militants and wounding of several more.

In the meantime, the army men captured several farm near Madhaya.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000309

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Syria: Gov't Forces Engage in Fierce Clashes with ISIL in Eastern Hama

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces, backed up by the country's fighter jets, repelled ISIL's offensive on government forces' positions in Eastern Hama and killed at least 14 militants in a rapid counter-attack.

The Syrian government forces fended off ISIL's attacks on their strongholds near Aqarib and petrol lines region, and then carried out a rapid but heavy counter-attack against their defense lines in the battlefield, which ended in the killing of at least 14 terrorists. 

In relevant developments in the province on Sunday, the Syrian Army troops continued to beat the ISIL terrorists back from more territories Southeast of the small town of Aqarib, taking full control of three more strategic heights.

The Syrian soldiers inflicted major losses and casualties on the ISIL militants and in a hours long battle forced them to retreat from three key heights near Petrol Line region in Eastern Hama.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000372

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Al-Nusra Front Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army Offensive in Dara'a

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its military operations against the Takfiri terrorist groups in Dara'a province, and killed a large number of militants over the past 24 hours.

The Syrian army killed and wounded scores of the Al-Nusra Front militants in Dara'a province.

The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key province across Syria.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000338

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yrian Army Preparing for Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Operation in Western Damascus

Jul 25, 2016

 Units of the Syrian army that captured the strategic village of Harira in Wadi Bardi on Friday are getting ready for another massive operation in the Western and Northwestern parts of Damascus province to reinvigorate security along borders with Lebanon, military sources said on Monday.

"The Syrian army and its popular allies' next operation will hit militant groups' positions in the villages of Kafr al-Awamid, Kafr al-Zeit, Deir Qanoun, Deir Moqren, Ein al-Fijeh, Basimeh and Afrah to trap the terrorist groups in a long circle of government forces, which finally will guarantee the security of Damarcus-Beirut highway and water supply lines to Damascus city," the sources said.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000613

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Daesh contained, asserts coalition

Jul 25, 2016

MARYLAND, USA: The participants in the joint ministerial meeting of foreign and defense ministers of the international coalition to fight Daesh welcomed the progress achieved by the Iraqi forces and the moderate opposition forces in Syria in preventing the Daesh terrorist group from acquiring territory and resources and having access to supply routes.

They confirmed in a joint statement, following the conclusion of their meeting on Thursday, their commitment to follow a comprehensive approach to the campaign against Daesh to ensure that these military victories of the coalition will lead to the permanent defeat of the terrorist group.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/959236/saudi-arabia

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Africa

 

Arab League foreign ministers vow to make fighting terrorism a 'top priority'

Jul 25, 2016

The foreign ministers attending the Arab League Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, have vowed to defeat terrorism as they gathered for the start of the two-day regional summit, which begins on Monday 25 July.

A statement made by Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, called on all Arab states to ramp up the fight against terrorism in the region. "We must defeat terrorism, it's a priority," he said, as the meeting with Foreign Ministers commenced.

His Mauritanian counterpart, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izidbih, also called on the Arab states to coordinate more closely with African nations to achieve this goal.

Full report at:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/arab-league-foreign-ministers-vow-make-fighting-terrorism-top-priority-1572268

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Fourteen bodies found after 'execution' in Benghazi, Libya

Jul 25, 2016

BENGHAZI: Fourteen unidentified bodies with shot wounds to the head have been found in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Friday.

U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler said he was "shocked and dismayed by the summary execution," labelling it a war crime and calling for those responsible to be brought to justice.

The bodies were recovered from Laithi, a neighbourhood that forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar captured this year from a loose alliance of Islamists and other opponents.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/25-Jul-2016/fourteen-bodies-found-after-execution-in-benghazi-libya

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Nigeria: Military Readies Major Offensive Against Niger Delta Militants If Talks Fail

Jul 25, 2016

Abuja, Warri and Yenagoa — Barring any major progress in the ongoing dialogue between the federal government and stakeholders in the Niger Delta to end the attacks on oil and gas installations, the Nigerian military is in process of wrapping up plans to launch a major offensive against the militants sabotaging facilities in the oil-rich region.

However, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) confirmed yesterday that the federal government was in dialogue with militants, not criminals in the region, through oil companies and the law enforcement agencies.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607250224.html

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Arab League 2016 summit puts spotlight on isolated Mauritania

Jul 25, 2016

Mauritania is so adamant to hold this year’s Arab League summit, set to begin on Tuesday, so much so that it has said it is willing to host it in a “tent” if need be. And it has stuck to its promise.

Long gone will be the grandeur optics of massive ballrooms that usually host Arab leaders.

Instead, Mauritania will hold the 27th summit meeting in a specially erected tent after President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had pledged that his country was ready to host the event.

On a map, Mauritania is one of the farthest located Arab countries from the rest of its Middle Eastern neighbors. Its official language is Arabic with French and Zenaga Berber recognized as other languages.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2016/07/25/Arab-League-2016-summit-puts-spotlight-on-isolated-Mauritania-.html

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French ambassador to Libya summoned over military presence

Jul 25, 2016

Libya’s government has summoned the French ambassador amid concern over the French military presence in the country.

Three French officers were killed last week in eastern Libya, and the French government acknowledged that special forces are operating there as part of Western efforts to support the unity government.

Ambassador Antoine Sivan, who is based in neighboring Tunisia for security reasons, is expected to go to Libya in the coming days to answer the summons, according to a French diplomatic official.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2016/07/25/French-ambassador-to-Libya-summoned-over-military-presence.html

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Mideast

 

I told coup plotters not to spill blood: Turkish army chief

Jul 25, 2016

Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has said he tried to convince the coup plotters not to spill blood after he was abducted by soldiers during the July 15 failed coup attempt.

“I tried to convince the coup plotters not to spill blood but I wasn’t successful,” Akar said while giving his testimony as part of the investigation into the failed coup attempt, adding that Maj. Gen. Mehmet Dişli, a key figure among the coup plotters, told him they “would take everyone.”

“Dişli told me, ‘The action has already begun; the battalions and brigades are on the way and there is no turning back.’ I couldn’t make sense of it at first, maybe he mentioned planes, but then I understood that it was an operation that can be called an ‘uprising.’ I got angry and said, ‘What are you talking about? What operation? Are you crazy? Don’t do it… I will have nothing to do with those who are involved in such things,’” Akar said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/i-told-coup-plotters-not-to-spill-blood-turkish-army-chief-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102039&NewsCatID=341

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Gülen ‘should not be allowed to exploit laws’ in extradition case

Jul 25, 2016

The United States should not allow Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who is believed to have orchestrated the July 15 failed coup attempt, to exploit its laws in the case regarding his extradition to Turkey, a spokesperson for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in an opinion piece published in The New York Times.

Gülen should not be permitted to “exploit its [U.S.] laws to avoid facing a fair and legitimate accounting in Turkey,” İbrahim Kalın laid out in an article on July 24.

Kalın wrote there was mounting evidence pointing to Gülen’s role as leader of the attempt, noting that the coup “was planned and staged by his followers within the army.”     

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gulen-should-not-be-allowed-to-exploit-laws-in-extradition-case.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102038&NewsCatID=510

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Detention warrant issued for 42 journalists in Gülen investigation

Jul 25, 2016

A detention warrant was issued for 42 journalists on July 25 as a part of the investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PYD) following July 15 failed coup attempt.

Journalist Nazlı Ilıcak is among the 42 people that Istanbul anti-terror deputy chief prosecutor İrfan Fidan demanded a detention warrant.

However, police could not find Ilıcak at her residence in Istanbul and contacted police units in the Aegean province of Muğla, assuming that she might be in Bodrum.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/detention-warrant-issued-for-42-journalists-in-gulen-investigation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102033&NewsCatID=341

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Civilian struck, killed by PKK gunfire in eastern Turkey

Jul 25, 2016

An armed clash between police officers and outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the İpekyolu district of the eastern province of Van has killed a civilian and wounded two others caught in the exchange of fire on July 24. 

The civilian was killed when the PKK militants fired at officers with long-barreled weapons after they carried out a rocket projectile attack on an armored police vehicle as it was advancing toward a PKK barricade formed by municipality construction machines.

The police launched a wide-scale operation in the area to capture the militants.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/civilian-struck-killed-by-pkk-gunfire-in-eastern-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102037&NewsCatID=341

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Iran's Top Security Official Vows Tough Reaction to States Sponsoring Terrorist Acts at Borders

Jul 25, 2016

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned that Tehran will not allow certain countries to support and supply terrorists with arms to foment insecurity at borders and inside Iran.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with National Security Advisor of Pakistan Nasser Khan Janjua in Tehran on Monday, alluding to Saudi Arabia which has blatantly showed its support for terrorist activities against Iran and other regional countries.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000924

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Turkey launches campaign to help coup attempt victims

Jul 25, 2016

An official initiative has been launched by Turkey’s Prime Ministry in order to raise funds to help the families of civilians who fell victim to the failed coup attempt on July 15.

The government marshalled all of its resources to help the victims but there was also an enormous outpouring from Turks who wanted to personally provide assistance, the ministry said in an announcement late July 24 that was also published in the Official Gazette a day later.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-launches-campaign-to-help-coup-attempt-victims-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102042&NewsCatID=338

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EU must not make threatening statements on Turkey’s accession: FM Çavuşoğlu

Jul 25, 2016

The EU must not make “threatening statements” on Turkey’s accession process, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, responding to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s suggestion that Ankara is “in no position to become a member any time soon.”

“EU officials must not make threatening statements on Turkey not joining the bloc. We won’t be discouraged by their threats,” Çavuşoğlu told private broadcaster Habertürk on July 25.

He added that the EU is free to express its opinion on the capital punishment debate that emerged after the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey, but this “will backfire if they make threatening statements.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-must-not-make-threatening-statements-on-turkeys-accession-fm-cavusoglu-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102036&NewsCatID=351

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Yemeni Army Launches Retaliatory Missile Attack on Saudi Base in Jizan Province

Jul 25, 2016

The Yemeni army, backed by popular forces, fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in the kingdom's Jizan province in retaliation for Riyadh’s relentless attacks on Yemen's civilians.

The Yemeni Tochka missile precisely hit the Saudi military base in the kingdom’s Ahad al-Mosareheh region in Jizan province on Monday.

The Saudi forces sustained heavy losses and casualties in the Yemen missile strike.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Yemeni army hit a Saudi military base in the kingdom's Najran province.

Full report at:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950504000682

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Iran warns Saudi Arabia over Hajj quota

Jul 25, 2016

TEHRAN: Saudi Arabia does not have the right to reallocate Iran’s Hajj quota to other countries, the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi says.

“The Organization of Islamic Cooperation determines the Hajj quota of Muslim countries. So, Saudi Arabia has no right at all to reallocate this quota, as a legitimate right of the Iranian people of which they have been deprived due to the negligence of the Saudi government, to other countries,” Ohadi said on Sunday.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely demand this legitimate right from Saudi Arabia during next year's Hajj season,” he added.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/25-Jul-2016/iran-warns-saudi-arabia-over-hajj-quota

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South Asia

 

IGP Dhaka: Militants Misinterpreting Qur’an to Encourage Youths

Jul 25, 2016

Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said the militants were encouraging youths through misinterpreting the Qur’an.

“Militants first encourage young people talking about Jihad, bring them out of their houses in the name of Hijrat and persuade them to get involved in militancy in the name of heaven,” he said.

The IGP was speaking at a view-exchange meeting titled “Preventing terrorism and militancy” at a local restaurant in the beach town of Cox’s Bazar.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/25/igp-militants-misinterpreting-quran-encourage-youths#sthash.FGgjtXSK.dpuf

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Can provide addresses of Taliban leaders in Quetta, says Ghani

 Jul 25 2016

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said he can provide the addresses of the Taliban leaders in Quetta city of Pakistan.

During an interview with Geo News, President Ghani said Pakistan provides sanctuaries to terrorists and trains them, making relations with Pakistan, the bigger challenge for his country.

“We cannot understand when Pakistan says it will not allow a group of terrorists to amend its constitution, army act and prepares a National Action Plan (NAP) against them. Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/can-provide-addresses-of-taliban-leaders-in-quetta-says-ghani-01563

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An action plan to combat extremism in Bangladesh

Jul 25, 2016

The major lesson to learn from the history of extremism and modern terrorism is that countries often wait until the problem takes on unmanageable proportions

While the Bangladesh government has, in the past few years, achieved considerable success at disrupting extremist groups and keeping them on the run, the reality is that these groups have spent the past few years regrouping and have continued their activities unabated, constantly finding new ways and means to thrive and survive.

The factors that enable these groups to function revolve around a local network of supporters and trainers, their particular brand of ideology, religious and political, and sources of funding.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/25/action-plan-combat-extremism-bangladesh#sthash.0tENk7Lw.dpuf

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Haqqani network commander killed in East of Afghanistan

Jul 25 2016

A commander of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network was killed during a clash in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the commander was identified as Kernel and was involved in insurgency activities for the Haqqani terrorist network.

Provincial police chief Faizulllah Ghairat confirmed that Kernel was killed during a clash with the Afghan forces in Sapera district.

He said Kernel was originally a resident of Khost province and was involved in major destructive activities as he was fighting for the Haqqani network.

Ghairat further added that two companions of Kernel were wounded and another was arrested by the Afghan forces.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/haqqani-network-commander-killed-in-east-of-afghanistan-01564

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ISIS loyalists release photos of Kabul attack suicide bombers

Jul 25 2016

The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have released photographs which purportedly shows the two suicide bombers who attacked a mass demonstration in Kabul.

The photographs were released by the sympathizers of the terror group on Twitter social media a day after the attack left at least 80 people dead.

The two suicide bombers have been identified as Najibullah Al-Afghani and Talhat Al-Afghan, according to the caption of the photographs.

The incident in Deh Mazang area took place on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators had gathered in the area to protest against a power project.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) released the casualties toll late on Saturday night hours after the incident took place.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/isis-loyalists-release-photos-of-kabul-attack-suicide-bombers-01561

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Khaleda summoned for remarks on '71 martyrs

Jul 25, 2016

A Narail court has ordered BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on August 23 in a case filed following her controversial remark on Martyrs of 1971 liberation war.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Jahidul Azad of Narail Cognizance Court passed the order on Monday afternoon.

the summon in the case filed following her remark on questioning the number of martyrs.

On December 21, 2015, Khaleda raised questions over the accuracy of the number of the 1971 Liberation War martyrs, claiming the official figure of 3 million was disputed.

During the nine-month war, about 3 million people were killed and 250,000 women were raped and tortured by the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators.

Raihan Farooqi of Chapail village filed the case against Khaleda Zia on December 24 that year.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/25/khaleda-summoned-remarks-71-martyrs#sthash.5ay4oyaw.dpuf

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Jailed militants under strict vigilance: Additional prisons chief

Jul 25, 2016

Additional Inspector General of Prisons Col Iqbal Hassan today said militants currently held in jail are under strict vigilance.

They are not being allowed to hold meetings or communicate within prison, the additional prisons chief said.

The family members of detained militants can meet them inside the jail as the jail is treated as a correction centre, the IG Prisons said. Police remain present while the family members meet them inside the jail.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/jailed-militants-under-strict-vigilance-1259116

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China Terror Claims Bolstered by New Evidence

July 25, 2016

BEIJING—Leaked Islamic State records provide the first solid evidence that more than 100 Chinese nationals have joined the jihadist movement in Syria, according to two recent studies, findings that come as Beijing is seeking closer cooperation from Western governments to counter terrorism.

The studies by two U.S. think tanks found that almost all Chinese fighters in the records said that they came from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, where some members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic group have been resisting rule from Beijing for decades.

Some Chinese recruits didn’t specify their origin, but gave names, noms de guerre or other details suggesting they were Uighur.

Full report at:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-terror-claims-bolstered-by-new-evidence-1469435872

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Islamic Foundation recommended preparing afresh common khutba

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

Jul 25, 2016

The parliamentary standing committee on the religious affairs ministry has recommended Bangladesh Islamic Foundation to prepare afresh a common khutba (sermon) for Jummah prayer after consultation with the committee members.

The committee at its meeting on Sunday also asked the foundation to cancel the existing khutba supplied to all mosques across the country.

The committee also expressed disappointment on Islamic Foundation over preparing the common khutba without consulting the religious affairs ministry.  

The foundation authorities on July 14 issued a circular requesting Imams of all mosques across the country to recite a common khutba during the Jummah prayer from July 15 in a bid to create awareness among people against terrorism and militancy.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/jul/24/islamic-foundation-recommended-preparing-afresh-common-khutba#sthash.iGzCKLTx.dpuf

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North America

 

American Muslims Stage Rally to Protest Rising Islamophobia

Jul 25, 2016

 Hundreds of American Muslims and members of inter-faith organizations have staged a rally in the US capital to condemn terrorist attacks attributed to Muslims, as well as rising Islamophobia in the country.

The protesters gathered on Saturday at the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC, as part of 'The American Muslim March on Washington'.

The participants held banners and chanted slogans, denouncing the mainstream media's discriminatory attitude towards Muslims.

The protesters rejected hate and intolerance, and condemned terrorist attacks in all forms.

The mainstream media in the US often portrays Muslims in a negative context and constantly accuses them of staying silent after terror attacks are carried out falsely in the name of Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2016/07/25/1139219/american-muslims-stage-rally-to-protest-rising-islamophobia

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Muslim American Voters Could Swing Battleground States

Jul 25, 2016

At an estimated 3.3 million, Muslim Americans represent a small portion of the American population. But the community could play an important role in so-called swing states during the upcoming presidential elections.

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based rights organization, launched its 2016 Muslims Vote campaign, the goal was to lead 1 million Muslim constituents to the voting booths.

Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at CAIR, said campaign organizers across the nation would work within communities to make sure Islamic community centers have the tools they need to register voters.

According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims represent just 1 to 2 percent of the country’s population, but they tend to live in strategic places — swing states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

Full report at:

http://www.newdelhitimes.com/muslim-american-voters-could-swing-battleground-states123/

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Donald Trump on Muslim ban "expansion," possible Roger Ailes campaign role

Jul 25, 2016

Donald Trump denied in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was rolling back his Muslim ban proposal, even suggesting that he is adopting an "expansion" of the policy that would suspend immigration to the U.S. from any countries compromised by terrorism -- including, possibly, Western European allies like France and Germany.

In an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press," Trump was asked about his Thursday night speech at the Republican convention, where he had said he would "immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time it's proven that vetting mechanisms have been put in place."

When NBC host Chuck Todd noted that it "feels like a slight rollback" in policy, Trump replied: "I don't think so.'

Full report at:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-on-muslim-ban-expansion-possible-roger-ailes-campaign-role/

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Saying no to Muslim refugees is the best propaganda for Islamic State: Antonio Guterres

Jul 25, 2016

ANTONIO GUTERRES has emerged as the front-runner to become the next United Nations Secretary-General. The 67-year-old former United Nations high commissioner for refugees and former prime minister of Portugal got 12 votes in a straw poll conducted by the 15-member UN Security Council in New York on Thursday. In an exclusive interview to Ramesh Ramachandran in New Delhi, Guterres says some political leaders in Europe and North America are not helping the fight against Daesh or the so-called Islamic State by alienating or discriminating against the Muslim communities. He says "xenophobic populist leaders are the best allies of terrorist groups."

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-saying-no-to-muslim-refugees-is-the-best-propaganda-for-islamic-state-antonio-guterres-2237755

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Donald Trump expands his immigrant ban to more than just Muslims

Jul 25, 2016

Donald Trump said Sunday that his proposal to suspend immigration from countries “compromised by terrorism” is actually an expansion of his plan to ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

The GOP nominee didn’t mention the Muslim ban during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention speech on Thursday, instead saying that immigration from countries undermined by terrorism.

Asked if the change in phrasing meant he’d stepped back from the plan, Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” it was just the opposite.

Full report at:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/donald-trump-expands-his-immigrant-ban-to-more-than-just-muslims-2016-07-24

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Southeast Asia

 

Taiwan turns up charm to woo Muslim travellers

Jul 25, 2016

Taiwan is going the extra mile to woo Muslim travellers from South-east Asia and the Middle East to boost tourist arrivals even as the number of mainland Chinese tourists, two-fifths of arrivals, is expected to fall.

Besides waiving visa requirements, the island is also planning prayer rooms in hotels and more halal restaurants, among other things, to cater to Muslim practices.

The island's tourism authorities are also fanning out across the region to sell Taiwan as an attractive destination for Muslims.

Taipei city's tourism department has launched a new marketing campaign in Kuala Lumpur, which includes linking up with Muslim tour agencies in the Malaysian capital.

Full report at:

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/taiwan-turns-up-charm-to-woo-muslim-travellers

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Two men with suspected links to IS plead guilty to Movida attack

Jul 25, 2016

PETALING JAYA, July 25 — A factory worker and an unemployed man pleaded guilty to throwing a hand grenade at a club in Puchong last month and injuring eight people.

Imam Mahyudin Karjono, 20 and Jonius Ondrie @ Jahili, 24, who are reported to have links with the Islamic State terror group, pleaded guilty to throwing a hand grenade at Movida on June 28 at 2am at the Sessions Court here.

Judge Azhaniz Azman Teh fixed September 21 for sentencing and denied the duo bail.

Earlier, Imam Mahyudin and Jonius were charged at the magistrates’ court with one count of supporting terror activities by hurling the grenade and injuring eight people.

Unemployed Imam, in the same court, was separately charged for spreading terror ideology via the Telegram mobile app between March 23 and June 28 at his flat in Puchong Indah.

No plea was recorded and no bail was offered.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/two-men-with-suspected-links-to-is-plead-guilty-to-movida-attack#sthash.22AYnBFV.dpuf

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Drug Convict Moved to Nusakambangan Island Ahead of Executions

Jul 25, 2016

Jakarta. Convicted drug smuggler Merry Utami was moved from the Tangerang Women's Prison in Banten to Nusakambangan Island in Cilacap, Central Java, on Sunday morning (24/07), pointing to the likelihood that her execution may be imminent.

"According to reports I received, she was moved to an isolation cell at Besi Prison on Nusakambangan Island for some introduction," said Abdul Aris, coordinator for prisons in the Cilacap area, as reported by Antara news agency.

He was unable to explain, however, why the death-row inmate was moved to the notorious prison island, where executions are routinely carried out.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/drug-convict-moved-nusakambangan-island-ahead-executions/

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Govt wants those identified in US DOJ lawsuits to clear their names, Najib says

Jul 25, 2016

PUTRAJAYA, July 25 — The government wants those named in the United States Department of Justice civil lawsuits to clear their names to show that there was no misuse of public funds as reported, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The prime minister said the government took a serious view of the DOJ report and was prepared to extend full cooperation to all quarters in the investigation.

“Let’s not get carried away with the matter. Leave it to the judicial process for we believe that sooner or later the truth will prevail,” he said at the presentation of offer letters for the performance of the Haj at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque here, today.

A total of 1,100 people comprising imams, village chiefs and chairmen of village development and security committees, received the letters from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad Foundation.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/govt-wants-those-identified-in-us-doj-lawsuits-to-clear-their-names-najib-s#sthash.y2rpqT4z.dpuf

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Police Arrest Four Accomplices of Solo Suicide Bomber Nur Rohmani

Jul 25, 2016

Jakarta. An unnamed source said the National Police's antiterrorism unit Densus 88 has detained four alleged accomplices of suicide bomber Nur Rohman, who attacked the police headquarters in Solo, Central Java, earlier this month.

"There were four people arrested this morning. Previously, [two other suspects] Hariyanto and Thoyib have been detained in relation to Nur Rohman's escape before his action [in Solo]. The motorcycle [used by Rohman] belongs to Hamzah, who we have taken into custody," the source said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta on Saturday (23/07).

The four alleged terrorists' identities were not disclosed.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/police-arrest-four-accomplices-solo-suicide-bomber-nur-rohman/

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Govt to Set Up Integrated Data Center for Child Sex Crimes

Jul 25, 2016

Jakarta. The government will establish an integrated data center on child sex crimes to support a regulation seeking tougher penalties for perpetrators, which would most likely be enacted in the near future, a minister said.

Lawmakers agreed earlier this week to hold further deliberation on the regulation, which will allow chemical castration as an additional punishment for child sex offenders. It will likely be approved next week, around two months after it was proposed by the government.

"As the leading sector in dealing with sexual violence against children, we need comprehensive data to implement the regulation," Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise said recently.

Full report at:

http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/govt-set-integrated-data-center-child-sex-crimes/

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