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Tens of Thousands of Bangladesh Sufis Defy Attacks to Hold Mass Gathering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: DHAKA: Bangladeshi followers stand near a portrait of Sufi leader Hazrat Dewanbagi during his annual congregation on Friday.-AFP

 

This Ramzan, an Appeal from BMMA for Unbiased Islamic Divorce Laws

ISIL Warns Raqqa Residents to Avoid Speaking of Offensives against Terrorist Group

U.S. Govt. Warns of Potential Islamic State Attacks as Ramadan Begins

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South Asia

Tens of Thousands of Bangladesh Sufis Defy Attacks to Hold Mass Gathering

UNAMA Urges All Parties to the Conflict to Respect Holy Month of Ramadan

Mineral wealth of Afghanistan is fuelling war and insurgency: Watchdog

American photojournalist and his Afghan translator killed in Helmand

Ahadi: Unity government leaders must step down due to poor governance

MP and brother of Farooq Wardak killed in Kabul explosion

Ghani visits Helmand to review the security situation of the province

Muslims usher in Ramadan with lantern lighting at South Paterson park

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India

This Ramzan, an Appeal from BMMA for Unbiased Islamic Divorce Laws

After Kandahar Swap, India Offered Taliban Cash to Get Me: JeM Chief

Ramadan to begin in India on Tuesday; Obama, Modi greet Muslims worldwide

2008 Malegaon case: NIA leaves it to court to take a call on Sadhvi Pragya

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Arab World

ISIL Warns Raqqa Residents to Avoid Speaking of Offensives against Terrorist Group

Mass Grave Containing 400 Bodies Found near Fallujah

Islamic State 'Shooting Civilians As They Flee Besieged Falluja'

Foreign Ministry: Moderate Opposition Groups Involved in Terrorist Attacks in Aleppo

Syria: Al-Nusra Front Kills Civilians in Aleppo

Syrian, Russian Air Forces Pound Terrorists' Centers South of Aleppo

Iran Renews Stance on Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

Iran Calls for Broadening of Bilateral Ties with Armenia

Gov't Forces Hunting ISIL Terrorists along Int'l Highway of Homs-Deir Ezzur

Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Failed Attack in Aleppo

Assad's Advisor: S. Arabia, Turkey to Change Regional Policies Soon

Kurdish Forces Win 6 More Villages near Aleppo's Manbij

Syrian Army Forces Now Closer to al-Tabaqa Airbase in Raqqa

Basic Agreements Made to Purchase Heavy Water from Iran

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North America

U.S. Govt. Warns of Potential Islamic State Attacks as Ramadan Begins

American Muslims Remember Muhammad Ali as Hero for Their Faith

Donald Trump Doesn't Want a Muslim Judge Either

Obama Issues Ramadan Message as Muslims Approach Holy Month

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Mideast

Authoritarian Slide a Systemic Problem in Turkey

Israeli Jews March in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter on Eve of Ramadan

Air strikes, Turkish shelling kill 7 Islamic State militants in Syria - media

CHP to highlight freedoms in own draft constitution proposal

Erdoğan slams Merkel, EU over Armenian bill

Turkish army takes fight against PKK to rural areas

Turkish president says childless women are 'deficient, incomplete'

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia Reacts As Beijing Flexes Muscle

Ahok Tells Public Schools to Stop Making Headscarves Compulsory for Muslim Schoolgirls

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Pakistan

US Report Acknowledges Pakistan’s Counter-WMD Measures

Pakistan to Feature in Modi’s Talks in US

Railway track blown up in Balochistan's Bolan

Nisar inaugurates Safe Cities project in Islamabad

PM Nawaz's recovery 'on course', says Maryam

Peshawar gets back its cultural centre, as a revamped Nishtar Hall opens its doors

Jeep rally brings fun for militancy-hit Khyber people

Vigil for murdered activist moved due to security fears

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Africa

South Africa Says 'No Danger' Despite Us Terror Attacks Warning

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Europe

Ukraine Arrests Frenchman for Plotting Attacks on Euro 2016

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Tens of thousands of Bangladesh Sufis Defy Attacks to Hold Mass Gathering

Sun Jun 05 2016

DHAKA: Tens of thousands of Sufis descended on the Bangladeshi capital Friday in a defiant show of unity, following a spate of targeted killings of members of the Muslim minority by suspected Islamist militants.

Braving a scorching sun, the followers of a top Sufi leader gathered in the streets near Dhaka’s main commercial district as speakers’ exhorted tolerance for other Muslims and members of different faiths.

Sufism is an offshoot of mainstream Islam whose followers are often denounced as “infidels” in Bangladesh for their mystical traditions, including worshipping at shrines. “If anyone does good work and has faith in the God, he’ll be blessed by Him. It does not matter whether he’s a Muslim, Jew or a Christian,” Mohiuddin Khan Faruqi, one of the speakers said.

Many followers had travelled from remote parts of the country to join the gathering, with police saying about 30,000 people took part and organizers putting attendance at a couple of  hundred thousand. Security was tight as police vans patrolled the streets and organizers set up nearly a dozen check-posts to search people who entered the venue.

Fourteen Sufis have been murdered since December 2013 in religiously motivated attacks. “I’ve heard militants have killed Sufi leaders. But I am not afraid,” said Azizul Haq, 55, a  farmer, who travelled from a town located 150 kilometers north of Dhaka.

“By following Sufism, I’ve become a good human being. Sufism is the rightful path,” he said. The Sufi leader, Hazrat Dewanbagi, was scheduled to address and lead the congregation after the Friday prayers from his home, which was to be shown on a giant screen as part of stepped-up security measures.

Abul Kalam Azad, a spokesman for the Sufi congregation, told AFP that the extra security was due to “the recent attacks” on minorities by Islamist extremists. Islamists have claimed responsibility for around 40 killings in the last three years of foreigners, secular bloggers, gay activists, Hindus and Christians and Sufis. Many have been slaughtered with machetes.

Most have been claimed by the likes of homegrown Jamayet ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or international jihadists such as the Islamic State organization or Al-Qaeda’s South Asia wing.  Police have blamed the JMB, a banned militant group founded by Afghan-trained Islamists, for most of the attacks, but rejected the assertion that IS or the Al Qaeda have any presence in Bangladesh.

news.kuwaittimes.net/website/bangladesh-sufis-defy-attacks-hold-mass-gathering/

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This Ramzan, an Appeal from BMMA for Unbiased Islamic Divorce Laws

Manoj Nair

Jun 05, 2016

The month of Ramzan, when the faithful spend their days fasting and in prayers, begins this week. The month is also a time for charity and other good deeds. The Bharatiya Muslim

Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a group campaigning for reforms in marriage and divorce laws, is hoping to use this period of piety to get empathy for the thousands of women whose lives have been disrupted by triple Talaq, a practice where the husband can unilaterally end a marriage by repeating the word talaq, or divorce, thrice.

The group, which collected nearly 50,000 signatures in its petition to end the custom, calls the second phase of their movement as the ‘photo campaign’. From this week, on every

alternate day during Ramzan, BMMA’s Facebook page will relate the story of a woman whose life has been shattered by triple talaq. The post will feature the narrator’s photograph and

story. “We are appealing to the larger community in the holy month, drawing their attention to women who have been treated unjustly,” said Noorjehan Safia Naaz, founder of BMMA,

which had created the draft of a law that codifies Muslim marriage and divorce laws.

According to Naaz, they face two opponents in their campaign for more just divorce laws. First, it is the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which claims to be the apex

consultative body for Muslim marriage and divorce laws. It does not want any change in marital customs. Another opponent is politicians who are yet to respond to BMMA’s campaign. “We know law making is a parliamentary process, but they (politicians) are the least responsive to our demands,” said Naaz.

The campaigners wonder why the government and the media are worried about the AIMPLB’s opinion. “The group is not a representative body and has no legal standing,” said Feroze

Mithiborwala, a social activist who has supported the petition.

While most Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice, the threat of triple Talaq is a life-long fear that the Indian Muslim women endure. A survey by  the BMMA —reported by HT in March 2015 — said that a majority of women, around 90% of the 4,700 respondents across the country, want the practice to be abolished. Groups like the All

India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) do not recognise the survey’s findings or the petition as representative of the general views in the community. “They (BMMA) have said that 50,000 people have signed the petition, we do not think even 50 Muslims supported them,” said Maulana Syed Athar Ali, a member of the board.

The AIMPLB agrees that ending a marriage by using the word ‘divorce’ three times in quick succession is not a good practice – it is undesirable and wrong in the eyes of God, but once  done it is not retractable. “The divorce is final but the man is guilty,” Ali said, adding that religious laws advise a gap of three months — corresponding to three menstrual cycles —  between successive pronouncements of divorce. This, he said, is to give the couple a chance to revive their marriage. “But banning triple talaq is wrong,” said Ali.

BMMA said that thousands of men have signed the petition which has been submitted to the National Commission for Women. This week, a group of men, including Mithiborwala, are  expected to release a statement calling for a ban on triple talaq. “This is not the Shah Bano era of 1986 (when, bowing to the wishes of orthodox Muslims, Parliament passed a law  restricting a divorced woman’s right to maintenance). Though the movement for reform is being led by women, the need for change is being debated across families,” said  Mithiborwala. “The issue is no longer dependent on men and Maulanas. Muslim women are setting the agenda. Religious leaders are not at par with intellectual debate taking place in the community.”

hindustantimes.com/mumbai/this-ramzan-an-appeal-for-unbiased-islamic-divorce-laws/story-tymd8XpBnRpJ6K1TEITFWJ.html

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ISIL Warns Raqqa Residents to Avoid Speaking of Offensives against Terrorist Group

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL has reportedly been threatening to execute anyone in Raqqa who openly discusses recent offensives launched by the Syrian Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces  (SDF) against the Takfiri terrorist group in that province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group reported that ISIL's "al-Hisba" police are roaming the streets of Raqqa, warning people against spreading any rumors about these  ongoing offensives, Rudaw reported.

This comes shortly after the Syrian army troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, entered Raqqa province and advanced toward Tabqa, which is 40 kilometers from Raqqa.

The SDF, which is being backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, is also advancing against that very same area. The SDF launched an operation against ISIL-held Manbij earlier this week in a  bid to cut the militants off from the Turkish border, putting further pressure on the group.

The SDF has also taken several villages from ISIL in the Northern Raqqa countryside, putting further pressure on the militants in their primary Syria stronghold.

The al-Hisba police has said that anyone who talks about these offensives will be swiftly "executed in the middle of Raqqa city."

ISIL has been in control of Raqqa since January 2014.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000489

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U.S. Govt. Warns of Potential Islamic State Attacks as Ramadan Begins

Jun. 5, 2016

The State Department is warning Americans to remain alert during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In a report from the State Department-led Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), security officials warned that “martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some.”

The council has released several alerts and travel warnings urging U.S. citizens and organizations around the world to “remain aware of the persistent threat of (ISIS) attacks, both inspired and directed.”

A spokesman for the Islamic State has called on jihadists in the United States and Europe to carry out terror attacks he promised would be “the month of conquest and jihad,” the  Washington Free Beacon reported.

Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer and religious devotion, begins Sunday, June 5, and will end July 5. It is held each year during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

OSAC said the threatened attacks were announced in a “call to arms” video released by the Islamic State May 21.

In the video, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called on jihadists to “get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers … especially for the  fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.”

“The tiniest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the biggest action by us,” Adnani told followers in the 31-minute audio message, according to the Boston Herald.  “There are no innocents in the heart of the lands of the Crusaders.”

OSAC noted in its report that the threat could be credible given the three deadly terror attacks that took place last year shortly after Adnani announced a similar call to arms.

“According to Islamic practice, sacrifice during Ramadan can be considered more valuable than that made at other times, so a call to martyrdom during the month may hold a special  allure to some,” the report said, according to the Free Beacon.

Though information regarding a specific terrorist attack has yet to surface, the threat remains high, the report said.

The Islamic State announced its so-called Islamic caliphate during Ramadan in 2014.

theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/05/u-s-govt-warns-of-potential-islamic-state-attacks-as-ramadan-begins/

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South Asia

Tens of thousands of Bangladesh Sufis Defy Attacks to Hold Mass Gathering

Sun Jun 05 2016

DHAKA: Tens of thousands of Sufis descended on the Bangladeshi capital Friday in a defiant show of unity, following a spate of targeted killings of members of the Muslim minority by suspected Islamist militants.

Braving a scorching sun, the followers of a top Sufi leader gathered in the streets near Dhaka’s main commercial district as speakers’ exhorted tolerance for other Muslims and members of different faiths.

Full report at: news.kuwaittimes.net/website/bangladesh-sufis-defy-attacks-hold-mass-gathering/

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UNAMA urges all parties to the conflict to respect holy month of Ramadan

Mon Jun 06 2016

UNAMAThe United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has urged all parties to the conflict to respect the holy month of Ramadan and seize conflict in a bid to Afghan

families to worship in peace.

“On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan I would like to present my best wishes for the Holy month of Ramadan, a time of reverence and peace,” the UN Secretary General’s  Special Representative for AFghanistan, Nicholas Haysom said.

The UN Special Envoy further added that “I sincerely hope that the people of Afghanistan will be able to use this time for reflection, patience and tolerance.”

Full report at: khaama.com/unama-urges-all-parties-to-the-conflict-to-respect-holy-month-of-ramadan-01179

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Mineral wealth of Afghanistan is fuelling war and insurgency: Watchdog

Mon Jun 06 2016

The insurgent groups in Afghanistan are receiving millions of dollars from the illegal mining of some of Afghanistan’s most important minerals, an international anti-corruption watchdog  says.

According to a report by Global Witness released on Monday, the illegal mining of the minerals also funnels millions of dollars into the hands of corrupt warlords besides fuelling the  conflict in the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/mineral-wealth-of-afghanistan-is-fuelling-war-and-insurgency-watchdog-01177

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American photojournalist and his Afghan translator killed in Helmand

Mon Jun 06 2016

An American photojournalist and his Afghan translator have been killed in an attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The two journalists were killed as they were travelling with an Afghan army unit that came under fire in southern Helmand province, their employer National Public Radio has announced.

The American photojournalist has been identified as David Gilkey and his translator has been identified as Zabiullah Tamana.

Two other journalists travelling with Mr Gilkey, named as reporter Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, were unharmed.

Full report at: khaama.com/american-photojournalist-and-his-afghan-translator-killed-in-helmand-01176

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Ahadi: Unity government leaders must step down due to poor governance

Mon Jun 06 2016

The Chairman of The New National Front Party Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi has said the leaders of the National Unity Government must step down, accusing the two leaders, President Mohammad  Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah of failing to establishing a strong governance.

Speaking during a gathering in Kabul, Ahadi said the leaders of Unity Government have also failed to abide by the political agreement the two signed for the formation of the Unity  Government.

Full report at: khaama.com/ahadi-unity-government-leaders-must-step-down-due-to-poor-governance-01175

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MP and brother of Farooq Wardak killed in Kabul explosion

Sun Jun 05 2016

MP Sherwali Wardak killed in KabulAn Afghan parliament member Sherwali Wardak was killed in an explosion in Kabul province later this evening, sources have confirmed.

Lawmaker Sherwali is the brother of Farooq Wardak who is an influential political figure and the former Minister of Education.

Full report at: khaama.com/mp-and-brother-of-farooq-wardak-killed-in-kabul-explosion-01173

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Ghani visits Helmand to review the security situation of the province

Mon Jun 06 2016

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited the restive southern Helmand province today to review the security situation of the province which has been witnessing heavy clashes during  the past several weeks.

Full report at: khaama.com/ghani-visits-helmand-to-review-the-security-situation-of-the-province-01180

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Muslims usher in Ramadan with lantern lighting at South Paterson park

Jun 06 2016

The city’s Muslim community ushered in the holy month of Ramadan with a lantern lighting that attracted more than 150 people in the soaking rain on Sunday evening at a small park in  South Paterson.

Local leaders and members of the Muslim community stood at the park in the corner of Main Street and Gould Avenue under tents and umbrellas as the massive lantern known in Arabic as  fanous or fanoos was lit up with the text “Ramadan Mubarak.”

Full report at: patersontimes.com/2016/06/05/muslims-usher-in-ramadan-with-lantern-lighting-at-south-paterson-park/

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India

This Ramzan, an Appeal from BMMA for Unbiased Islamic Divorce Laws

Manoj Nair

Jun 05, 2016

The month of Ramzan, when the faithful spend their days fasting and in prayers, begins this week. The month is also a time for charity and other good deeds. The Bharatiya Muslim

Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a group campaigning for reforms in marriage and divorce laws, is hoping to use this period of piety to get empathy for the thousands of women whose lives have been disrupted by triple Talaq, a practice where the husband can unilaterally end a marriage by repeating the word talaq, or divorce, thrice.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/mumbai/this-ramzan-an-appeal-for-unbiased-islamic-divorce-laws/story-tymd8XpBnRpJ6K1TEITFWJ.html

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After Kandahar Swap, India Offered Taliban Cash To Get Me: JeM Chief

Jun 6, 2016

Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar has claimed that India had offered money to the then Taliban government to arrest and hand over him and two others after they were exchanged for passengers and crew of the hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-814 at Kandahar in 1999.

Azhar claimed the alleged offer was made by the then External Affairs minister Jaswant Singh to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, the Taliban chief who was killed in a US drone strike  last month. At the time of the hijacking, Mansur was the civil aviation minister of Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/after-kandahar-hijack-indian-airlines-flight-ic-814-india-offered-taliban-cash-to-get-me-jem-chief-maulana-masood-azhar-

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Ramadan to begin in India on Tuesday; Obama, Modi greet Muslims worldwide

June 6, 2016

The holy month of fasting or Ramadan will begin in a majority of the states in India on Tuesday although the Muslims in southern state of Kerala began Ramadan (also referred to as  Ramzan) fasting on Monday. [REPRESENTAIONAL IMAGE] Pictured: Indian Muslims offering prayers at Taj Mahal in northern state of Uttar PradeshReuters

The holy month of fasting or Ramadan will begin in a majority of the states in India on Tuesday, although Muslims in southern state of Kerala began Ramadan (also referred to as Ramzan) fasting on Monday.

Full report at: ibtimes.co.in/ramadan-begin-india-tuesday-obama-modi-greet-muslims-worldwide-681483

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2008 Malegaon case: NIA leaves it to court to take a call on Sadhvi Pragya

June 6, 2016

Mumbai : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not opposed the bail plea of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, and left the decision at the discretion of the court.

This came up during the hearing in a special court in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Wahab Khan, the lawyer representing one of the blast victims, today filed an application in the court to become intervener in this case.

The court has asked the NIA and the accused to reply.

The matter would be heard on Wednesday.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/2008-malegaon-case-nia-leaves-court-take-call-sadhvi-pragya-967649/

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Arab World

ISIL Warns Raqqa Residents to Avoid Speaking of Offensives against Terrorist Group

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL has reportedly been threatening to execute anyone in Raqqa who openly discusses recent offensives launched by the Syrian Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces  (SDF) against the Takfiri terrorist group in that province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group reported that ISIL's "al-Hisba" police are roaming the streets of Raqqa, warning people against spreading any rumors about these  ongoing offensives, Rudaw reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000489

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Mass Grave Containing 400 Bodies Found near Fallujah

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi forces discovered a mass grave Northwest of Fallujah believed to contain the bodies of 400 soldiers and civilians.

The burial site was found in the town of Saqlawiya by security forces who were clearing mines in the area.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000433

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Islamic State 'shooting civilians as they flee besieged Falluja'

Monday 6 June 2016

The Islamic State group is shooting and killing civilians who try to flee Falluja, as Iraqi forces attempt to retake the city, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

“Reports from families that NRC has been in touch with describe that civilians trying to cross the Euphrates river in order to flee the fighting are being targeted by armed opposition 

groups,” the organisation said in a statement.

Full report at: theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/06/islamic-state-shooting-civilians-as-they-flee-besieged-falluja?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main

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Foreign Ministry: Moderate Opposition Groups Involved in Terrorist Attacks in Aleppo

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent on Sunday letters to the UN Secretary General and Head of the Security Council complaining about the continued terrorist attacks  targeting safe neighborhoods in Aleppo city since Friday.

In the letters, the Ministry affirmed that armed groups classified by some Western countries as “moderate opposition” are involved, along with the internationally listed Jabhat al-Nusra  terrorist organizations, in Aleppo attacks, which included shelling of hundreds of rockets, mortars and gas cylinder bombs that indiscriminately target neighborhoods and have so far  claimed the lives of 110 civilians, including 40 children, and left hundreds of others injured, SANA reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000518

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Syria: Al-Nusra Front Kills Civilians in Aleppo

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorist group heavily shelled the Northern parts of Aleppo city, killing and wounding civilians and destroying buildings.

The Takfiri terrorists fired mortar rounds and rockets at the Burayj ar Rih neighborhood in Northern Aleppo, killing and wounding civilians, Russia’s Syrian reconciliation center said on  Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000265

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Syrian, Russian Air Forces Pound Terrorists' Centers South of Aleppo

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian warplanes, in a fresh round of joint combat flights, targeted the terrorist groups' positions near four towns in the Southern and Southwestern parts of Aleppo province, inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants.

The Takfiri terrorists' concentration centers in Khan al-Assal and al-Zarbeh in Southwestern Aleppo and in Khan Touman and al-Eis in Southern Aleppo came under heavy bombardments of the Russian and Syrian fighter jets.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000574

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Iran Renews Stance on Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian renewed his country's stance on finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and expressed the hope that international meetings could produce concrete results for resolving the problem.

"The Syrian crisis has no military solution and the Syrian people themselves should decide their future," Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with a visiting Lebanese political and religious delegation.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000612

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Iran Calls for Broadening of Bilateral Ties with Armenia

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian voiced Tehran's readiness to further expand mutual cooperation with  Yerevan.

"Iranians are willing to boost the level of their interactions with the Armenians," President Rouhani said during the meeting in Tehran on Sunday night.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000566

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Gov't Forces Hunting ISIL Terrorists along Int'l Highway of Homs-Deir Ezzur

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and National Defense Forces continued to advance against the ISIL along the international highway of Homs-Deir Ezzur, killing several militants and  capturing more territories.

The Syrian government forces drove the ISIL back from al-Kaziyeh farms in Northern Palmyra after advancing from the recently captured hilltops overlooking the grain Silos, which not  only claimed the lives of dozens of the militants but destroyed their military equipment.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000472

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Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Failed Attack in Aleppo

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army troops repelled the Al-Nusra Front's offensives on government positions in Aleppo province, claiming the lives of Takfiri terrorists.

The Syrian army soldiers and popular forces prevented al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorists from capturing the village of al-Hamra in Aleppo Province.

According to source, Al-Nusra Front left behind scores of the dead and wounded members and fled the battlefield.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000329

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Assad's Advisor: S. Arabia, Turkey to Change Regional Policies Soon

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Political and media advisor of the Syrian president blasted the US and the UN for forgetting implementation of the 2235 resolution which calls for halting dispatch of

weapons and terrorists to Syria, and said Riyadh and Ankara will soon change their regional policies.

"We will witness developments in Saudi Arabia and Turkey's policies in the region and it’s a piece of good news for the Syrian people," Bouthaina Shaaban was quoted as saying by Russia

Today news channel on Monday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000514

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Kurdish Forces Win 6 More Villages Near Aleppo's Manbij

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their advances in the surrounding areas of the strategic town of Manbij in Aleppo province, and seized back half  a dozen more villages there.

The SDF forces are now in control of the villages of al-Rifia, Azam, Kharba Hasan, Molla Sa'ad, Safiya and Qora'a in outskirts of Manbij town. 

At least 50 ISIL terrorists were killed and 100 more were injured in heavy clashes with the Kurdish fighters.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000495

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Syrian Army Forces Now Closer to al-Tabaqa Airbase in Raqqa

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to hit the ISIL strongholds in the Western part of Raqqa province hard and captured a main position of the terrorist group only 18  kilometers away from the strategic al-Tabaqa airbase.

The Syrian soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL at al-Rasafeh crossroad and Raqqa international highway's police station and forced the terrorist group to retreat from the  region which means the government forces have only 18 kilometers to reach al-Tabaqa airbase.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000678

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Basic Agreements Made to Purchase Heavy Water from Iran

Jun 6, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Jagarian announced that his country has reached preliminary agreements with Iran on the purchase of 40 tons of heavy water.

"Basic agreements have been made in this regard and the details, including the financial and technical details which are complicated, should be discussed," Jagarian told FNA in Tehran on  Sunday on the sidelines of Russia's National Day.

"Negotiations still continue," he added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950317000331

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North America

U.S. Govt. Warns of Potential Islamic State Attacks as Ramadan Begins

Jun. 5, 2016

The State Department is warning Americans to remain alert during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In a report from the State Department-led Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), security officials warned that “martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some.”

The council has released several alerts and travel warnings urging U.S. citizens and organizations around the world to “remain aware of the persistent threat of (ISIS) attacks, both inspired and directed.”

Full report at: theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/05/u-s-govt-warns-of-potential-islamic-state-attacks-as-ramadan-begins/

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American Muslims Remember Muhammad Ali As Hero For Their Faith

June 06, 2016

The death of boxing great Muhammad Ali cost American Muslims perhaps their greatest hero, a goodwill ambassador for Islam in a country where their minority faith is widely  misunderstand and mistrusted.

"We thank God for him," Talib Shareef, president and imam of the Masjid Muhammad mosque in Washington, told a gathering of Muslim leaders who honored Ali in Washington on  Saturday, a day after he died in a Phoenix hospital at age 74. "America should thank God for him. He was an American hero."

Full report at: ndtv.com/world-news/american-muslims-remember-muhammad-ali-as-hero-for-their-faith-1415841

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Donald Trump Doesn't Want a Muslim Judge Either

June 06, 2016

We already know that Donald Trump thinks Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased against him because he's "Mexican." But what about other judges with non-white backgrounds? John Dickerson asked him about this on Face the Nation today:

Later, when asked if he believed a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly because of another controversial proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the U.S., Trump replied: "It's  possible, yes. Yeah. That would be possible, absolutely."

"Isn't there sort of a tradition though in America that we don't judge people by who their parents were and where they came from?" Dickerson asked. "I'm not

talking about tradition," Trump replied. "I'm talking about common sense, okay? He's somebody, he's proud of his heritage."

Full report at: motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/06/donald-trump-doesnt-want-muslim-judge-either

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Obama Issues Ramadan Message as Muslims Approach Holy Month

June 05, 2016

President Barack Obama has issued his annual Ramadan greeting as Muslims around the world are preparing to observe the holy month, which is expected to begin late Sunday or Monday,  depending on the first sighting of the new moon.

"As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month," he said in a statement issued by the White House, "I am reminded that we are one American family. I stand firmly with Muslim American  communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights."

Full report at: voanews.com/content/muslims-prepare-to-observe-holy-month-of-ramadan/3362359.html

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Mideast

Authoritarian slide a systemic problem in Turkey

June 6 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not a problem in Turkey today due to his increasing authoritarianism but is rather the outcome of a systemic problem, according to a prominent  political scientist.

With checks and balances disappearing gradually in Turkey, “we have started to see a move toward authoritarianism. I look at it as a systemic problem. It is not a matter of  personalities,” said Üstün Ergüder, a professor emeritus at Sabancı University.

Will the recent change in the government prove to be another critical turning point in Turkey’s political life?

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/authoritarian-slide-a-systemic-problem-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100096&NewsCatID=338

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Israeli Jews march in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter on eve of Ramadan

Monday, 6 June 2016

JERUSALEM — Thousands of Israelis marched through the alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday in a controversial parade through the Muslim Quarter that marks Israel’s capture of the ancient walled metropolis in the 1967 war against Arab armies.

The Jerusalem Flag Parade can be a tense episode because revelers, many of them high school students from nationalist religious schools accompanied by their rabbis, wind their way

through the Arab section of the city, celebrating the Jews’ return to the holy city — but also shouting abuse at the few Palestinians out on the streets.

Full report at: washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-jews-march-in-jerusalems-muslim-quarter-on-eve-of-ramadan/2016/06/05/2989b100-2b2e-11e6-b9d5-

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Air strikes, Turkish shelling kill 7 Islamic State militants in Syria - media

Monday, 6 June 2016

ISTANBUL, June 6 (Reuters) - Shelling by Turkey's military and attacks by U.S.-led coalition aircraft killed seven Islamic State militants in Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

Full report at: news.trust.org/item/20160606084707-b627l/?source=hpMostPopularTheWire

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CHP to highlight freedoms in own draft constitution proposal

June 6 2016

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will draft its own constitution proposal that foresees enhancing the existing parliamentary system, in a bid to oppose the new charter draft to be submitted to parliament by the government in the coming weeks.

A team composed of CHP Deputy Chair Bülent Tezcan and party assembly member Sera Kadıgil, as well as three academics, has been assigned to work on the draft constitution proposal. The draft will take 60 articles from the work carried out by an interparty commission tasked with re-writing the new constitution between 2012 and 2014.  The remaining articles will be  written by the CHP’s team but will require a final evaluation with the participation of constitutional experts.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-to-highlight-freedoms-in-own-draft-constitution-proposal.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100108&NewsCatID=338

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Erdoğan slams Merkel, EU over Armenian bill

June 6 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshened his tone against German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union over their stance on a vote by the German parliament to  recognize the 1915 Armenian killings as “genocide.”

Referring to Germany’s guilt over the Holocaust, Erdoğan scoffed that it was the “last country” to make such accusations.

He added Germany would also be better advised to re-examine the slaughter of indigenous Namibians under the German Empire over a century ago, which Berlin has yet to officially  term a genocide.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-slams-merkel-eu-over-armenian-bill.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100094&NewsCatID=510

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Turkish army takes fight against PKK to rural areas

June 5, 2016

The Turkish military has shifted the direction of anti-terror operations from urban centers to rural areas in the country’s southeastern and eastern parts with jets bombing outlawed  Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions inside the country.

The Turkish General Staff announced on June 5 that Turkish warplanes conducted air operations in rural areas of the Lice district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır and northern Iraq on June 4, killing five or six PKK militants following intelligence assessments. Authorities were working to determine damage and losses in the two regions after the operations.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-army-takes-fight-against-pkk-to-rural-areas-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100093&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish president says childless women are 'deficient, incomplete'

Monday 6 June 2016

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged women to have at least three children, saying a woman’s life was “incomplete” if she failed to reproduce.

His comments were the latest in a series of controversial remarks aimed at encouraging women to help boost Turkey’s population, which had already risen exponentially in the last years.

The president emphasised he was a strong supporter of women having careers but emphasised that this should not be an “obstacle” to having children.

Full report at: theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/06/turkish-president-erdogan-childless-women-deficient-incomplete?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today

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Southeast Asia

Malaysia reacts as Beijing flexes muscle

June 6, 2016

Spotting a large vessel off the coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol boat were shocked when it steamed towards them at high speed, blaring its horn before  veering off to reveal "Chinese Coast Guard" emblazoned on its side.

According to an officer from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Chinese Coast Guard vessels have been sighted several times before around the South Luconia Shoals,  off the oil-rich town of Miri. But such an aggressive encounter was a first.

Full report at: themercury.com.au/news/breaking-news/malaysia-reacts-as-beijing-flexes-muscle/news-story/9f44141916b91246e858c668706b82b2

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Ahok Tells Public Schools to Stop Making Headscarves Compulsory for Muslim Schoolgirlsi

Jun 06 2016

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has banned public schools across the capital from forcing their female students to wear Islamic headscarves.

Speaking in front of 1,700 principles from elementary to senior high schools across the city on Saturday (04/06), Ahok said it is not right to force public school students to wear  headscarves—known as "jilbab" or "hijab", despite the fact that Muslims are the majority in most public schools in Indonesia—the country with the world's largest Muslim population.

Ahok said he issued the same ban during his time as head of the district of Belitung in the Bangka Belitung province in 2006. In Belitung, “93 percent of the students are Muslim.

Full report at: jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/ahok-tells-public-schools-stop-making-headscarves-compulsory-muslim-students/

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Pakistan

US report acknowledges Pakistan’s counter-WMD measures

Jun 6, 2016

WASHINGTON: Pakistan continues to work towards harmonising its control mechanism for weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems with the standards set by the Nuclear  Suppliers Group, says an official US report.

“Overall, Pakistan was a committed partner that undertook great efforts to build its export control capabilities,” said the report the US State Department sent to Congress this week.

“Pakistan is a constructive and active participant in the Nuclear Security Summit process and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, and has worked to strengthen its strategic  trade controls, including updating its national export control list,” the report added.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263080/us-report-acknowledges-pakistans-counter-wmd-measures

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Pakistan to feature in Modi’s talks in US

Jun 6, 2016

WASHINGTON: The United States and India will also talk about Pakistan during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US capital this week, says a senior US lawmaker.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Monday on a three-day visit, his fourth since coming to power two years ago.

Mr Modi begins his engagements in the US capital with a visit to the Tomb of Unknown soldier on Monday. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will accompany him.

On Tuesday, the Indian prime minister meets President Barack Obama at the White House where the two will have a working lunch.

On Wednesday, Mr Modi will address a joint session of the US Congress, the fifth Indian prime minister to do so.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263086/pakistan-to-feature-in-modis-talks-in-us

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Railway track blown up in Balochistan's Bolan

SYED ALI SHAH

Jun 6, 2016

QUETTA: Suspected terrorists on Saturday morning blew up a portion of the railway track in the Bakhtiarabad area of Balochistan's Bolan district.

Levies' sources told Dawn that a two-feet portion of the track was damaged when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in Kolpur area of district Bolan. The IED was  planted close to the railway track which was damaged when the explosion occurred.

Train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country were suspended after the blast and passenger trains were stopped at different locations owing to security reasons.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1262921/railway-track-blown-up-in-balochistans-bolan

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Nisar inaugurates Safe Cities project in Islamabad

Jun 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar formally inaugurated the Safe Cities project in Islamabad on Monday.

The first-of-its-kind project has a price tag of Rs126 million, according to the interior minister.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263107/nisar-inaugurates-safe-cities-project-in-islamabad

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PM Nawaz's recovery 'on course', says Maryam

Jun 6, 2016

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recovery is on track, the premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz said on Sunday, nearly a week after the premier underwent surgery.

"PM's recovery on course. Was made to walk several times in the corridor during the day, and up and down a flight of stairs twice," Maryam tweeted.

Since Nawaz was hospitalised, Maryam has taken charge of media management in the Sharif camp, feeding the press updates on her father's medical condition.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263101/pm-nawazs-recovery-on-course-says-maryam

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Peshawar gets back its cultural centre, as a revamped Nishtar Hall opens its doors

Jun 6, 2016

If anyone, who had seen the government owned only playhouse -- Nishtar Hall -- during the rule of Mutahidda Majlis-i-Amal or later during the coalition government of Pakistan People’s  Party and Awami National Party, there is a fair chance one would be stunned to see its new look.

For the first time in almost three decades the sole playhouse in the province has been renovated into an ornate colourful, well-equipped, air-conditioned purpose-built hall. The red  curtains and gold-coloured carpeted flooring has completely changed the look. It almost looked like a French playhouse or any theatre one sees in Europe.

Full report at: images.dawn.com/news/1175514/peshawar-gets-back-its-cultural-centre-as-a-revamped-nishtar-hall-opens-its-doors

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Jeep rally brings fun for militancy-hit Khyber people

Jun 6, 2016

LANDI KOTAL: The entertainment-starved and militancy-affected people of Khyber Agency were provided with a rare opportunity on Sunday when the political administration arranged  for the first time a jeep rally.

At least 80 drivers took part in the rally. Frontier 4x4 Jeep Association also collaborated with the administration in holding the event.

Participants of the rally first gathered at Torkham border in the morning for a ‘show run’ up to the historic Bab-i-Khyber in Jamrud. The border crossing remained closed for an hour prior  to the start of the rally.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263065/jeep-rally-brings-fun-for-militancy-hit-khyber-people

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Vigil for murdered activist moved due to security fears

Jun 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Though vigils in memory of rights activist Syed Khurram Zaki were held around the world on Sunday, the venue for the vigil in Islamabad had to be changed after it was  learnt that the Difa-i-Pakistan rally might pass by.

Fearing an “untoward situation” the vigil’s venue was moved from F-6 to F-7 Markaz.

A few participants could be seen looking around nervously and keeping an eye on passersby, presumably fearing an attack.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1263038/vigil-for-murdered-activist-moved-due-to-security-fears

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Africa

South Africa says 'no danger' despite US terror attacks warning

Jun 6, 2016

Johannesburg: South Africa on Monday sought to allay fears after Washington warned Americans of a possibly imminent terror attack by Islamic extremists in the country's major cities.

"We remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger," State Security Minister David Mahlobo said in a statement.

The United States on Saturday said it had received information that terrorist groups were planning to carry out attacks in South Africa during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Full report at: deccanchronicle.com/world/africa/060616/south-africa-says-no-danger-despite-us-terror-attacks-warning.html

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Europe

Ukraine Arrests Frenchman for Plotting Attacks on Euro 2016

JUNE 6, 2016

MOSCOW — Ukraine's intelligence agency SBU said on Monday it has thwarted a plot to attack soccer's European Championships in France by arresting a Frenchman who wanted to cross  from Ukraine into the European Union armed to the teeth.

"The Ukrainian Security Service has managed to foil a series of 15 terrorist attacks which were planned to target France before and during the European football championships," Vasyl  Hrytsak, the security agency's chief, told national television.

The SBU said it had followed the man since December and allowed him to purchase five machine guns, two rocket propelled grenades and other weapons before he was arrested on the border between Ukraine and Poland last month.

Full report at: nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/06/world/europe/ap-soc-france-euro-2016-security.html

 

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