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Thirty Seven Families of the "Vasava Hindu" Community Made To Change Their Faith Using Funds Collected Abroad, Claims Gujarat Police

New Age Islam News Bureau

16 November 2021

 

Representative image of police. Photo: PTI.

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• Jamaat-i-Islami Seeks Formation of Medical Board to Recommend Gender Change Instead Of 'Self-Perceived Identity'

• India Genocide Watch, a Washington DC-based NGO Organised Protest against Facebook for its Role in Anti-Muslim Violence in India

• Taliban Target Daesh Hideouts in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

• Turkey to Take Part in UN Meeting to Strengthen Help for Palestinian Refugees

 

India

• Centre Extends UAPA Ban on Zakir Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation by 5 Years

• Minority-owned shops targeted during bandh in Amravati, 60 held: Police

• Delhi riots: ‘Police did its job with utmost integrity, not on communal lines’, court pulls up lawyer

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Pakistan

• Pakistan Supreme Court Asks ETPB Chief to Explain Sale of Hindu Property in Karachi

• Saudi Arabia Unveils Prestigious Mosques in Mansehra, Muzaffarabad

• Sikh pilgrims arrives Pakistan for Guru Nanak’s 481st anniversary

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North America

• Pentagon says Iranian helicopter came close to US warship in Gulf of Oman

• US nationals in Ethiopia warned: No Afghan-style evacuation

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South Asia

• Move to stabilize Afghani, Taliban intends to auction $10 million today

• Taliban arrests 11 Daesh suspects in central Daikundi province

• Afghanistan hit with rapid surge in outbreak of measles: WHO

• One million children suffering from malnutrition in Afghanistan: officials

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Mideast

• President Rayeesi: Iran Ready to Increase Anti-Terrorism Cooperation with Turkey

• Iran: No Way for Britain but Paying Off Debt

• Iran Welcomes Resumption of Syria Ties with Other Arab States

• Iran Exports over $1bln Worth of Goods to Afghanistan in 8 Months

• Iran invites UN nuclear watchdog chief to Tehran for talks

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Africa

• Libya Elders Urge Boycott over Muammar Gaddafi’s Son Presidential Bid

• Libya’s Elections Commission Says No Decision Taken on Gaddafi’s Son Candidacy

• Gaddafi's Son Oversaw Libya’s Relations With Israel: Israeli Media

• Terrorist involved in killing 148 students, 2 others escape prison in Kenya

• Tanzania's president says peace restored along border with Mozambique

• Libyan premier vows to announce decision on seeking presidency 'at right time'

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Southeast Asia

• Just Like ‘Allah’, No Problem To Use Timah For Whisky In Sarawak, Says Chief Minister

• When are you going to declare Islamic state, Mukhriz asks Kedah govt

• Kedah's gambling ban plan stirs concerns among Malaysia's non-Muslims

• PAS claim on non-Muslim rights now exposed as a canard

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Arab World

• UAE Working To De-Escalate Tensions With Iran, No Interest in Confrontation: Gargash

• UN Condemns Attempts To Discredit Iraq's Recent Election

• Saudi defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait

• 2 civilians killed in regime attack in Syria’s de-escalation zone

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Europe

• Liverpool Mosques, Muslim Groups Praises Cabbie for Preventing Bigger Terror Attack

• Sit-in held in London to demand release of Bahraini activists

• Tributes paid to young Muslim hero who died saving old woman in UK

• UN calls for new talks on Yemen’s Hodeidah port as frontlines shift

• Turkey rescues dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

• EU adds 4 Assad regime ministers to blacklist

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Thirty Seven Families of the "Vasava Hindu" Community Made To Change Their Faith Using Funds Collected Abroad, Claims Gujarat Police

 

Representative image of police. Photo: PTI.

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November 16, 2021

Bharuch: A case was registered against nine persons, including a local man currently living in London, for allegedly luring tribals from a village in Gujarat's Bharuch district to convert them to Islam using funds collected abroad, police said on Monday.

Over 100 tribals from 37 families of the "Vasava Hindu" community, all residents of a village in Bharuch district, were made to change their faith by offering them money and through other allurements, a police station official said.

"The accused persons took advantage of the weak economic condition and illiteracy among the members of the tribal community to lure them into conversion to Islam over a long period," the official said.

Almost all the nine accused are local residents barring one who is currently residing in London, and identified as Fefdawala Haji Abdul, who collected funds from abroad for the purpose, he said.

"The illegal religious conversion activity by Muslim fundamentalists using funds collected from abroad was going on for a long time at the village. The accused persons lured the Vasava Hindu community members by offering them money and other help to convert them fraudulently to Islam by entering into a criminal conspiracy hatched to spread animosity between members of two communities and affect peace," Bharuch police said in a statement.

A native of Nabipur in the Bharuch district, who currently resides in London, Fefdawala Haji Abdul, used to collect funds from abroad for religious conversion, it said.

The nine persons were charged under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, as well as sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 153 (B)(C) (act likely to cause disharmony), and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

Source: ND TV

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Jamaat-i-Islami Seeks Formation of Medical Board to Recommend Gender Change Instead Of 'Self-Perceived Identity'

 

A file photo of transgender persons. — Dawn/File

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Nadir Guramani

November 15, 2021

The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Monday presented a bill in the Senate seeking an amendment in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018, for the creation of a medical board that would recommend whether a person's gender should change, instead of them seeking a reassignment on the basis of their personal identity.

The law, in its current state, reads: "A person recognised as transgender ... shall have [the] right to get himself or herself registered as per self-perceived gender identity with all government departments including, but not limited to, Nadra (National Database and Registration Authority)."

Opposing this provision, the amendment bill presented by Senator Mushtaq Ahmad calls for the formation of a gender reassigment board to suggest to Nadra whether a person's gender should be reassigned.

It recommends the formation of such boards at the district level after the approval of the prime minister and provincial chief ministers, with each board comprising a professor doctor, a psychologist, a male general surgeon, a female general surgeon, and a chief medical officer.

The proposed law seeks a prohibition of gender reassignment surgeries or any other treatment to change genital features on the basis of "any psychological disorder or gender dysphoria". It also states that the law in its present form could lead to the "legalisation of homosexual marriages".

Arguing that the current law violates the dignity of Muslim women, it further states that deeming gender identity a personal matter is contrary to the teachings of Islam.

As Senator Ahmad presented the bill in the upper house, he too contended that under the current law, a person could get themselves registered as a man or a woman not on the basis of their biology but their "personal thoughts".

Quoting interior ministry data that stated that around 28,000 cases of gender change were processed over the past three years, he said Nadra had been changing people's genders following a mere request by them.

This form of the law, he argued, was against the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

Opposing the bill, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the proposed amendment was aimed at "victimising" transgender persons as the current law gave them the right to identity.

"Till date, not a single complaint has been received regarding the misuse of this [existing] law," she added.

JI and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl senators protested Mazari's remarks, following which Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani sent the bill to the relevant standing committee for discussion.

Gender reassigment cases over 3 years

During last week's Senate session, Senator Ahmad had sought information about the total number of applications received for issuance of gender change certificates by Nadra from July 2018 to June 2021, with original and intended gender-wise breakup of the applicants.

In a written reply to the question, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said gender change certificates were not issued by Nadra. However, he said, gender was modified due to medical reasons or on submission of an application.

According to data shared with the house, 16,530 cases of gender change from male to female were processed, 12,154 cases of female to male, 21 cases of transgender to male, nine cases of male to transgender and as many cases of transgender to female.

Source: Dawn

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India Genocide Watch, a Washington DC-based NGO Organised Protest against Facebook for its Role in Anti-Muslim Violence in India

 

Protest against Facebook for enabling hatred against Muslims, in Los Angeles California, USA. (Photo: Twitter)

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15th November 2021

India Genocide Watch, a Washington DC-based NGO, on Sunday organized a protest against Facebook’s role in propelling anti-Muslim violence and hate speech by Hindu extremist groups in India.

A large number of people from all walks of life gathered across eight cities in the US over Saturday and Sunday, in view of the increasing attacks on the Muslim community in India. The protest consisted of a few speakers, who demanded that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg end his company’s complicity in extreme Hindu right-wing incitement to violence, as exposed by whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Protest demonstrations, which also included women and children, were held in Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco’s Menlo Park, where Facebook is headquartered. A few of the protesters stated that they can not return to India and have their families in India who are vulnerable to state-sponsored violence.

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Speakers Condemn Facebook Inaction on Hate Speech

Condemning Facebook’s inability to curb the use of the platform for promotion of hate speeches, Rasheed Ahmed, Executive Director of the Indian American Muslim Council, stated, “We demand that Facebook be designated as dangerous for ignoring the hate spread by organizations such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, its Nazi-inspired ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh and their armed affiliates, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal.”

zavid Ali, the representative of Bay Muslims for Human Rights, said, “Facebook deliberately and knowingly refused to block Islamophobic hate enabling fascist violence against India’s Muslims. Facebook has blood on its hands.” added Karthic of Ambedkar King Study Circle, “The algorithms used in Facebook are biased against the religious minorities and the socially oppressed. We condemn Facebook for failing to fix these proven issues.”

The organizers also alleged that political parties in India were using the platform to spread hate speech, which could be understood from facebook’s ex-employee and whistleblower who raised questions over facebook’s role in the rising hate crime against minorities in India. It is to be noted that, Frances Haugen and Facebook’s own internal documents have revealed, the vast RSS-BJP network is running fake pages and deliberately spreading misinformation, hate speech, and incitement to violence, abetted by Facebook’s algorithms.

It is also be noted that India is also the largest market for Facebook, including 340 million Facebook accounts and 400 million WhatsApp users. The social media giant has increasingly prioritized business interests in India, failing to act against the tsunami of hate and violence enabled by its platforms.

According to reports from various reputed newspapers, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times among others alleged that Facebook was stalling India’s report, regarding the country’s actions against hate speech being spread on the platform.

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Source: Daily Siasat

https://www.siasat.com/india-genocide-watch-facebook-complicit-in-promoting-hindutva-2225467/

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Taliban target Daesh hideouts in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

 

The Taliban say they have killed a number of Daesh operatives  (Photo: Pars Today)

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November 16, 2021

The Taliban say they have killed a number of Daesh operatives during an operation against the Takfiri terrorist group's hideouts in southern Afghanistan.

Taliban provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Mohammadi said on Monday that at least four Takfiri terrorists were killed and 10 others arrested during the crackdown across various districts of Kandahar province over the past 24 hours.

“So far, four Daesh fighters have been killed and ten arrested... one of them blew himself up inside a house,” he added.

A Taliban official later said two civilians were also "martyred" in the crossfire.

The new operation follows a bout of terrorist attacks claimed by Daesh across Afghanistan.

In the most recent incident of violence, local media quoting a Taliban official, reported there had also been a blast in a western suburb of Kabul on Monday morning.

Daesh on Sunday claimed responsibility for a bomb that destroyed a minibus in the capital Kabul at the weekend. The bomb blast hit a vehicle near a Taliban checkpoint in a mainly Shia neighborhood, leaving an unknown number of casualties.

Media reports said a well-known local journalist and up to two others were killed in the explosion. Dasht-e Barchi is a Kabul suburb dominated by members of the mostly Shia Hazara community.

Earlier this month, Daesh terrorists raided the city's National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50 others. The group also targeted mosques in a series of bombings that killed scores of Shia Muslim worshipers.

Nangarhar is considered as the heartland of Daesh in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, took power again on August 15 as the US was in the middle of a chaotic troop withdrawal. The group announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7. No country has yet recognized their rule.

Taliban's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said on Monday that the United States and NATO failed to bring peace and security to Afghanistan despite their presence in the country for two decades.

Afghanistan is facing what the UN agencies have described as “one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.” Western countries have cut off aid to the country since the Taliban laid siege to Kabul.

Source: ABNA24

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Turkey To Take Part In UN Meeting To Strengthen Help For Palestinian Refugees

 

Deputy Turkish Foreign Minister Sedat Onal

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Beyza Binnur Donmez  

15.11.2021

Turkey will take part this week in a UN gathering to strengthen protection for Palestinian refugees and aid their human development, it announced Monday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal will participate virtually in the conference – co-convened by Jordan and Sweden – which is set to take place Tuesday in Brussels, said a Foreign Ministry statement.

The conference is meant to strengthen the mutual responsibility of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the international community “to protect the rights and enhance the human development of the Palestine refugees, by providing the Agency with the financial stability and predictability of funding it requires to fully and effectively implement its United Nations General Assembly mandate," the UN agency said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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 India

 Centre extends UAPA ban on Zakir Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation by 5 years

Nov 16, 2021

NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Monday extended the ban on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO founded by fugitive Islamic evangelist Zakir Naik, for a further five years, saying that if the activities of the "unlawful association" were not curbed, it would continue its subversive activities and reorganise its absconding activists to create communal disharmony, propagate anti-national sentiments and support militancy.

IRF was termed as an "unlawful association" under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on November 17, 2016 for a period of five years. The ban was due to expire on Tuesday.

An MHA notification extending the ban said that the Central government is of the opinion that the IRF and its members, particularly, its founder and president, Zakir Abdul Karim Naik alias Zakir Naik, has been encouraging and aiding its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities and groups which are prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country. It referred to his statements and speeches saying that they were objectionable and subversive, and added that Naik, through such speeches and statements, was inspiring youths of a particular religion in India and abroad, to commit terrorist acts.

It further noted that Naik had made radical statements and speeches to millions of people worldwide through international satellite TV, internet, print and social media.

The notification stated that if the unlawful activities of IRF were not curbed and controlled immediately, it will take the opportunity to continue its subversive activities and re-organise its activists who are still absconding; disrupt the secular fabric of the country by polluting the minds of the people by creating communal disharmony; propagate anti-national sentiments; escalate secessionism by supporting militancy; and undertake activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

Source: Times of India

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/centre-extends-uapa-ban-on-zakir-naiks-ngo-islamic-research-foundation-by-5-years/articleshow/87724254.cms

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Minority-owned shops targeted during bandh in Amravati, 60 held: Police

by Jayprakash S Naidu

November 15, 2021 

Shops owned by the minority Muslim community were targeted for arson and destruction during a bandh called by the BJP in this city, 150 km west of Nagpur in central Maharashtra, officials told The Indian Express.

In the Kotwali area, where the violence took place, police officials said they were outnumbered by a massive gathering of activists of the BJP, Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

“They gathered at Rajkamal Chowk. A section of this crowd turned violent, burnt two shops, damaged some other shops, burnt vehicles. Almost all the victims are from the minority community. It appears that the violence had been planned a day in advance in retaliation for the violence on Friday by some members of the minority community,” said a police official.

Two shops and three two-wheelers parked outside one of these shops were burnt. One other shop was damaged, and the shop owner’s vehicle also burnt. Two shrines were also damaged.

On Friday, a massive protest march called by Raza Academy, a Muslim organisation, against the anti-Muslim violence in Tripura, had passed through the Kotwali area and stones were thrown at the house of local BJP leader Pravin Pote, breaking a window. One person was injured in the stone-pelting elsewhere. By police estimates, some 25,000 people participated in this protest.

The BJP called Saturday’s bandh in response, and, according to local police estimates, around 6,000 workers of the party and other allied organisations came out to enforce the closure, which is when the violence erupted. Pote was seen in a video urging BJP workers to gather at Rajkamal Chowk. He also instructed that there should be no violence.

In all, the police have registered 26 FIRs, 15 of them for Saturday’s violence and 11 for Friday’s incidents, at various police stations across the city, and arrested 60 people.

“All those involved have been booked for both Friday’s and Saturday’s violence,” a senior police official in Amravati said.

A senior police official in Mumbai said the force was taken by surprise by the violence. “But we are sending out a strong message that this cannot happen again,” he said.

Several top police officers were despatched here from Mumbai on Saturday as the situation threatened to spin out of control. There are likely to be more arrests.

Despite the heavy police presence, there were minor clashes on Saturday night too between the two communities near the Kholapuri gate, where stone-pelting took place. The area comprises populations from both communities who live on opposite sides of the gate.

But Sunday, the first day of curfew and internet suspension in Amravati city, passed without incidents. A heavy police presence on the ground implemented the curfew strictly. The city wore a deserted look and only essential services like chemist shops were allowed to operate.

“The situation is completely under control. We took out a flag march on Sunday in the city,” said Rajender Singh, additional director general of police, law and order, Maharashtra, who was in Amravati to take stock of the situation.

The Kotwali area, where the arson and attacks on shops took place, is being heavily policed.

This is the first incident of communal violence in recent memory in Amravati. Namuna is an area where communities have lived peacefully for over two decades. Local residents said the incident has ruined this peace.

“The last time a minor violence was witnessed in Namuna was in the 1990s,” said Asif Khan, 54, who runs an automobile repair business and has been born and brought up here.

Feroze Ahmed, 37, whose two-wheeler repair shop was gutted, told The Indian Express, “I started from scratch and put in decades of efforts to take a shop on rent to run my own business two years ago. The pandemic had hurt my business, but this mindless rioting has ended everything for me. The police were watching as my shop burnt. I have lost property worth Rs 8 lakh. They also burnt three vehicles of my customers parked in front of my shop. How will I pay for all this and care of my family? I am the sole breadwinner. I blame politician Pravin Pote for it. I told police to make him an accused in the case. He was the one who organised the morcha. I want the government to pay for my losses and punish the guilty.”

Shadab Khan, 36, whose shop established in 1970 for repairing electronic items was gutted too, fought back tears as he counted his losses. “Due to Covid-19 my business was badly affected and I had to let go five workers. Now that my shop is gone, I have suffered a loss of Rs 13 lakh and lost my life’s earnings. The mob also stole electronic items from my shop.”

Arshad Khan, 49, whose snacks shops and house were damaged and his vehicle was gutted in the fire, said, “Kuch jahil galat kaam karte hai aur hume bhugadna padta hai (Some stupid people do wrong things and innocents like us are left to suffer). What happened on Friday was wrong and what happened on Saturday was wrong too. I was born and brought up here, and never imagined I would see this day. My college-going children could not sleep at night. My daughter is among the toppers in college. The mob pelted stones at our shop even though we kept our shops shut.”

Source: Indian Express

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Delhi riots: ‘Police did its job with utmost integrity, not on communal lines’, court pulls up lawyer

by Anand Mohan J

November 15, 2021

Observing that the police did its job with utmost integrity, a Delhi court has pulled up a lawyer, who had argued that only Muslims were targeted during the northeast Delhi riots of 2020.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat, in an order passed on November 11, pulled up advocate Mehmood Pracha, who was hearing the bail plea of the accused Arif. His bail was denied after the court noted that an eye witness may be threatened by the accused.

The case relates to the murder of one Alok Tiwari, who sustained several blunt and sharp injuries near Shiv Vihar Tiraha on February 25, 2020.

As per the postmortem report, the deceased had received 13 injuries by sharp edged and blunt objects. The accused is also under investigation in two seperate murder cases which took place during the riots.

Pracha argued that the northeast Delhi riots were “not actually communal riots.”

He submitted that the “riots had taken place at the instance of certain political vested interests to derail the peaceful protest which was going on against the newly promulgated CAA/NRC by the Parliament of India.”

Pracha argued that “only the persons belonging to Muslim community, like the applicant were targeted by the police in the aftermath of the riots and were arraigned in false criminal cases.”

The court said that Pracha’s arguments were “certainly not in good taste.”

“These are noted with immense disgust repugnance and strong disapproval, ” the court said, adding that Pracha had not pointed out any material on record to substantiate his claims.

The court said that it was Pracha himself who was “painting the entire Delhi Police with a communal brush by saying that the criminal cases related to the riots have been fastened upon the members of Muslim community alone.”

“The statement of counsel is not only highly irresponsible but also patently false. This court, while dealing with the cases related to the riots, has noticed that members of both the communities have been arraigned as an accused and have been chargesheeted by the police,” the court said.

Source: Indian Express

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Supreme Court Asks ETPB Chief to Explain Sale Of Hindu Property In Karachi

Nasir Iqbal

November 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has asked the chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board to appear before it on Tuesday (today) to explain the alleged sale of a Hindu property in Karachi.

“Under what law the properties belonging to the minorities are being sold,” wondered Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed during the hearing of a petition submitted by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani complaining that the apex court’s directives about the protection of properties belonging to minority communities were not being implemented. Dr Vankwani is the patron of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC).

He approached the court with a plea to ensure the implementation of a 2014 judgement which spelt out guidelines for the government to promote religious and cultural tolerance in society by developing curricula for schools and colleges.

The judgement had proposed a task force for promoting tolerance and establishing a police unit to protect the minorities’ places of worship.

The petitioner claimed an inquiry had found that the ETPB had forged documents to prove the Sindh Heritage Department issued a no objection certificate (NOC) for the demolition of a Dharamshala – a shelter for Hindu pilgrims – in Karachi. The piece of land, spread over 716 square yards, was then handed over to a builder for the construction of a shopping centre.

On June 11, the Supreme Court had ordered the Sindh government’s Heritage Department and the ETPB not to demolish any part of the Dharamshala, in Karachi’s Saddar.

The apex court had directed Karachi’s commissioner to take over the building so that no person trespassed upon the premises.

In his application, Dr Vankwani requested the apex court to transfer control of the premises to the management of the nearby Baghani Temple. He called for an inquiry by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into the alleged forging of documents and demolition of the heritage property by the ETPB.

The applicant said the Evacuee Trust Property Board had not complied with the court’s directive that the ETPB release an amount of Rs38 million to the (PHC), which it had incurred on the construction and restoration of the Samadhi (shrine) of Shri Paramhans Dayal Ji Maharaj (Teri temple) in Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The KP government had given a grant of Rs 2 million to the PHC for the restoration work, which cost a total of Rs40 million.

“But unfortunately ETPB has not paid the balance amount of Rs38 million to PHC even though eight months have elapsed since the issuance of the order (on Feb 8),” Dr Vankwani alleged.

He urged the Supreme Court to issue a fresh directive to ETPB for payment of Rs 38 million to PHC and to initiate contempt proceedings against the organisation.

The applicant informed the court that a total of 1,831 temples and Gurdwaras were under the ETPB’s jurisdiction, but only 31 of them were being used for worship these days. The remaining have either been closed down, encroached upon or given on lease to a third party.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1658351/sc-asks-etpb-chief-to-explain-sale-of-hindu-property-in-karachi

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Saudi Arabia unveils prestigious mosques in Mansehra, Muzaffarabad

November 15, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia government Monday unveiled two prestigious mosques it constructed and handed over in Mansehra and Muzaffarabad cities to Pakistani and Azad Kashmir authorities.

“The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presents the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the King Abdul Aziz Mosque and King Fahd Mosque,” says an official statement issued here by Saudi Arabian Embassy.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by its embassy in Islamabad, donated the King Abdul Aziz Mosque in the city of Manserah and the King Fahd Mosque in the city Muzaffarabad to the Pakistani government and the brotherly Pakistani people, in the presence of the Minister of Religious Affairs Mr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri,” the statement said.

The King Abdul-Aziz Mosque can accommodate more than 10,000 thousand worshipers and King Fahd Mosque in Muzaffarabad would host more than 6000 worshipers. The mosques contain spacious courtyards and distinct designs inspired by the two mosques in the Great Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque.

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2021/11/15/saudi-arabia-unveils-prestigious-mosques-in-mansehra-muzaffarabad/

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Sikh pilgrims arrives Pakistan for Guru Nanak’s 481st anniversary

November 15, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Over 8,000 Sikh yatrees (pilgrims) from across the world are visiting Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

Pakistan has given special permission to the Sikh pilgrims from India, US, UK, Afghanistan and Canada among other counties to attend the celebrations from November 17 to 26.

It has been reported that Sikhs from Afghanistan have arrived through the Torkham border while Indian yatrees will be arriving on November 17 through the Wagah border. During the celebrations, Sikh pilgrims will also visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.

Last week, Pakistan issued around 3,000 visas to the Indian Sikh pilgrims on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, a statement from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi said.

During their stay in Pakistan, the statement added, the Sikh pilgrims would pay obeisance at different Gurdwaras including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

“Visas to the Sikh pilgrims have been issued under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, which provides for the visit of 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India for the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak. Thousands of Sikh pilgrims residing in countries other than India would also be visiting Pakistan to attend the event,” it added.

Source: Pakistan Today

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North America

 

Pentagon says Iranian helicopter came close to US warship in Gulf of Oman

16 November ,2021

An Iranian navy helicopter came close to a US Navy warship in the Gulf of Oman and circled it three times without impacting US operations, the Pentagon said on Monday.

“An Iranian helicopter approached the USS Essex in the Gulf of Oman. It operated in an unsafe and unprofessional manner, flying approximately 25 yards (22.9 meters) off the port side of the Essex. At one point, as low as about 10 feet (3 meters) off the surface of the ocean,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.

“It circled the ship three times… The crew of the Essex took the appropriate protection measures, and they acted their course in accordance with international law. There was no impact ultimately to the Essex transit or their operations,” he added.

“Tehran needs to be pressed on why they thought this was a prudent use of their pilots and their aircraft to fly so dangerously close to a US warship… The questions really should be asked of Tehran and the Iranian navy,” Kirby said.

Incidents between the US and Iran in the Gulf have been reported over the past few years as tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated.

The Iranian regime considers US military presence in the Middle East a threat to Iran’s security.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US nationals in Ethiopia warned: No Afghan-style evacuation

16 November ,2021

The US urged its nationals once again Monday to leave war-torn Ethiopia immediately on their own, warning that there will be no Afghanistan-style military evacuation from the country.

The US embassy has been calling on US citizens for several days to take commercial flights to leave the country, where rebel groups no longer rule out marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The embassy offers loans to those who are unable to purchase a ticket immediately.

“We are doing that not because we are pessimistic about the prospects for peace, but because we are practical,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

He said he feared a “misperception” among the public “that what we saw in Afghanistan is something that the US government can undertake anywhere and everywhere in the world.”

In mid-August, when the Taliban captured Kabul before the US military had completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington sent thousands of soldiers back to the capital's airport to improvise an unprecedented evacuation operation.

In just over two weeks, with the help of its allies, the US military set up an airlift and evacuated more than 123,000 people - Americans and other foreigners, but also thousands of Afghans who feared reprisals from the country's new Islamist masters, especially those who had worked with Westerners in the past.

However, the government of President Joe Biden was criticized for failing to plan ahead more for the operation, and for leaving some Americans behind after the withdrawal of foreign forces.

Source: Al Arabiya

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South Asia

 

Move to stabilize Afghani, Taliban intends to auction $10 million today

16 Nov 2021

As Afghanistan has been dealing with western sanctions and no foreign aid, the local currency-Afghani- hit the lowest level against US dollar in the past twenty years, with 1$ trading for 95 Afghani.

To prevent the plummeting move of the local currency, ten central banks of Afghanistan-De Afghanistan Bank- announced to be auctioning $10 million on Tuesday, November 16.

In a statement released by the bank, private banks and forex traders were asked to participate in the bidding.

The bidders will be paying Afghani for the amount of dollars they buy in the auction.

In the meantime, economic analysts suspect that the auction will not be beneficial as the dollars will be trafficked abroad and will have less impact on the value of the local currency.

It is worth mentioning that the previous Afghan government would auction this amount of dollars every week but did not impact the local currency due to vast corruption.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban arrests 11 Daesh suspects in central Daikundi province

16 Nov 2021

Provincial officials in central Daikundi province said that their intelligence personnel arrested 11 people who are suspected to be ISIS-K affiliates.

The officials said that the suspects are from Helmand, Ghazni, and Urozgan provinces but added that further investigations have been started.

The Taliban have also seized weapons with the suspects.

It comes a day after the Taliban fighters in large-scale operations in four districts of Kandahar province arrested ten ISIS-K affiliates and killed three more.

Provincial officials of Kandahar province said that four hideouts of the terror group have been eliminated in the province.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghanistan hit with rapid surge in outbreak of measles: WHO

Nov 15, 2021

KABUL: The World Health Organization (WHO) said that due to lack of vaccine, Afghanistan has been hit with a rapid surge in the outbreak of measles.

A spokesperson for the WHO, Margaret Harris, told the journalists in Geneva via zoom that at least 87 children have died due to measles this year and the problem is getting worse in absence of vaccines, reported Tolo News.

"Sadly, we've had 87 deaths reported," Harris said. "We will see so many more if we don't move on this quickly."

"For malnourished children, measles is a death sentence," the WHO spokesperson said.

She emphasized the urgent need to ramp up testing for the outbreak of the disease in the country, adding that despite sufficient monitoring the outbreak is still raging.

Officials at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital said that the number of measles deaths will rise if the WHO cannot provide the vaccine as quickly as possible, reported Tolo News.

"The outbreak is rising day by day. Lack of vaccine is the main reason for the rise of the outbreak," said Abdulsamad Tasal, a doctor at the hospital.

According to health officials, measles is a highly contagious disease that infects children aged one to five. The disease is only prevented with vaccination.

"Measles has surged compared to the previous years and due to the challenges in the health sector, access to vaccines, for different diseases, have decreased," said Soheil Meherzad.

Fahim, whose two-and-a-half-year-old child has been infected with measles, said that he has taken his child to medical centers several times for vaccination, but due to the lack of vaccine, he has not been able to vaccinate his child.

Fahim, the patient's father, said: "At the beginning, my child had a fever. We did not know what has was suffering from. Then we brought him to this hospital and the doctors after an examination said he is infected with measles."

Source: Times of India

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One million children suffering from malnutrition in Afghanistan: officials

15 Nov 2021

Officials of the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan said that there are three million Afghan children suffering from different diseases among them one million who are malnourished.

The officials also said that there are still 700,000 Afghan women who are suffering from malnutrition along with the children.

Deputy Minister of Public Health doctor Abdul Bari Omar who was briefing journalists about the ministry’s three-month achievements said that all the hospitals and clinics have been reopened and female health workers are back to their jobs.

“All big and small clinics have been reactivated and male and female health workers are asked to return to their jobs so that they raise international aids.” Said Omar.

The Deputy Minister further said that they will soon launch capacity-building programs for male and female doctors across the country.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

President Rayeesi: Iran Ready to Increase Anti-Terrorism Cooperation with Turkey

2021-November-15

During the meeting in Tehran on Monday, President Rayeesi stressed that development of relations between the two countries, specially in trade and economic fields, is in the interest of the two nations, and added, “Iran and Turkey should be ready to improve relations from the current level to all-out cooperation by finalizing the roadmap for improving cooperation.”

He called close relations between the two neighbors beneficial to peace and stability in the region, and said, "Regional cooperation between the two countries should be turned into international cooperation, and this type of interaction can be effective in global equations, given the important position of the two countries."

Elsewhere, Rayeesi referred to the Islamic Republic's view on the ability of the countries in the region to resolve their problems without foreign interference, and said, "The presence of foreigners brings nothing but insecurity and tension among the regional nations and governments; as the twenty-year-long US presence in Afghanistan resulted in nothing but murder, bloodshed and destruction, and it became clear that Afghanistan's problems could be solved by its people and with the help of its neighbors.”

Rayeesi also described ISIL's acts as detrimental to all countries in the region, saying, "The ISIL was made by the US officials and, naturally, it moves upon the Americans’ order and kills and sheds blood as a proxy for the US in various countries."

He noted that presence of the terrorist group anywhere in the region is to the detriment of nations, and said, "The fight against terrorism and organized crimes can be one of the pillars of cooperation between Tehran and Ankara, and Iran is ready to enhance the level of cooperation in this field."

Rayeesi referred to the Turkish foreign minister’s comments on joint cooperation with Iran to create stability and develop trade relations in the South Caucasus, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has a deep and long-standing religious and cultural bond with the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkey and we should not allow certain foreign moves to damage relations."

Çavuşoğlu, for his part, stressed that his country seeks to enhance the level of relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said, "Turkey considers the new Iranian government to be a result-oriented government and is determined to increase the level of cooperation with Tehran as much as possible."

He referred to the importance of Iran's cooperation and participation in the development of stability and trade in the South Caucasus, and said, "We seek to establish and strengthen joint cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran to increase stability and trade relations in the South Caucasus."

Çavuşoğlu also pointed to the developments in the region, and called for cooperation with Iran in the fight against terrorism and the establishment of stability and tranquility in the region.

The Turkish foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Monday to meet and hold talks with the Iranian officials.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a joint press conference with Çavuşoğlu  in Tehran on Monday stressed good relations between Tehran and Ankara, saying that Iran does not see any major obstacle to the further expansion of ties and cooperation with Turkey.

He expressed the hope that the two countries would finalize the roadmap for long-term mutual cooperation during the future visit of Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan to Iran.

"We agreed to start our diplomatic talks on the provisions of the roadmap for long-term cooperation between the two countries, and we hope that this document will be signed in the presence of the two presidents during the forthcoming visit of Turkish President Erdogan to Tehran," Amir Abdollahian said.

He noted that the two sides had useful discussions on a variety of regional and international issues in the meeting, adding, "Latest developments in Afghanistan, the need for expansion of stability, security and peace in the West Asian region and neighborhood policy of the two countries of Iran and Turkey were among the topics discussed during the meeting."

The two administrations based in Tehran and Ankara are pragmatic, the Iranian top diplomat said, adding that they should quickly remove any possible obstacles to the two countries' relations.

Amir Abdollahian also pointed to the age-old and friendly relation between Iran and Turkey, saying, "Development of economic and trade cooperation, increase in cooperation in the field of energy, facilitation of transit traffic, strengthening of cross-border trade and consular issues were discussed in the meeting, and we do not see any serious obstacles to accelerate the cooperation."

Çavuşoğlu, for his part, said that the two sides discussed the preparation of the 7th High Cooperation Council meeting between Iran and Turkey, adding that based on the proposal of the Iranian side, a long-term roadmap between the two countries will be prepared and signed on the sidelines of this meeting.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran: No Way for Britain but Paying Off Debt

2021-November-15

The issue of paying off Iran’s debt by the British government is one of the permanent topics of negotiations between Iran and the UK, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.

Several times this issue has been postponed under any pretexts, however, it must be paid off by the British government, he underlined.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a phone conversation with his British counterpart Liz Truss last Monday also called on London to pay its debt to Tehran which has been delayed for over 40 years.

Britain owes Iran roughly 400 million pounds for Chieftain tanks, which it sold to Tehran in the 1970s but never delivered.

The debt is related to the purchase contract of tanks in 1971 signed by the British Ministry of Defense and the Pahlavi regime according to which the Britain was supposed to deliver 1,500 tanks and armored vehicles to Iran.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Welcomes Resumption of Syria Ties with Other Arab States

2021-November-15

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh underlined Syria’s role as one of the important actors in the Arab world, saying that today, certain countries have accepted the fact that normalization of relations with Syria are in the interest of all nations in the region.

Iran not only welcomes this process but also makes every effort to accelerate the resumption of relations between Syria and other Arab countries in the region, he added.

His comments came after the UAE foreign minister met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus last Tuesday.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan is the most senior Emirati dignitary to visit Syria in the decade since the eruption of a war in which several Arab states backed terrorist groups against Damascus.

"President Assad received UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan" and an accompanying delegation, Syrian state news agency SANA said.

"They discussed bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to develop cooperation in different sectors that are of common interest," it added.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Exports over $1bln Worth of Goods to Afghanistan in 8 Months

2021-November-15

"Afghan merchants have imported more than $1 billion worth of goods from Iran since Norouz," Deputy head of Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Investment Younis Momand said.

He, meantime, said that Afghanistan has exported $800 million worth of goods to Iran in the same period.

Momand said that Afghan businessmen mostly export precious stones, dried fruits, hides, cotton, apricots and some other fresh fruits to Iran.

The Afghan economic official added that the Afghan merchants mostly import electrical appliances, raw materials for production, petroleum products and foodstuffs from Iran.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran invites UN nuclear watchdog chief to Tehran for talks

15 November ,2021

Iran has invited the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency for talks after the UN official expressed concern over a lack of contact with Iranian authorities, Tehran said Monday.

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UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi “has been invited” to Tehran and a visit date has been put forward, foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, without providing specifics on the possible timing of the trip.

Grossi is expected to meet with Iran’s foreign minister and the country’s atomic energy chief, Khatibzadeh told journalists, adding, “we await his response”.

Grossi had been hoping to visit Iran before the next meeting of the IAEA’s Board of Governors starts on November 22, but on Friday described a lack of contact with the Iranian government as “astonishing”.

“There’s a long list of things we need to discuss,” he said.

Grossi last visited Tehran in September, where he clinched a deal over access to surveillance equipment at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Days after that visit, the IAEA complained that it had been denied “indispensable” access to a centrifuge component manufacturing workshop where it needed to service equipment.

The invitation comes as talks are expected to resume on November 29 in Vienna aiming to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The deal, which offered Tehran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, was torpedoed when the US unilaterally pulled out in 2018.

Talks have been on hold since June following the election of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Libya Elders Urge Boycott over Muammar Gaddafi’s Son Presidential Bid

15 November ,2021

Elders from several cities called for a boycott of presidential elections and protesters shut voting stations in western Libya on Monday after former president Muammar Gaddafi’s son registered to run.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, whose whereabouts have been secret for years, on Sunday became the first heavyweight candidate to sign up for the December 24 poll.

But an influential council of elders from Misrata, a city which played a key role in the 2011 uprising that toppled his father, called for an election boycott.

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The council rejects “the candidacy of those who used excessive force against the Libyan people’s uprising and who are the target of arrest warrants from Libyan courts and the International Criminal Court,” it said in a statement.

It urged “free patriots” to protest against the election taking place before a constitutional basis was agreed.

A member of the electoral commission, the HNEC, told AFP that “residents protesting at the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi in presidential elections closed down several polling stations” in the west.

The official, who asked not to be named, said there had been no violence and voting stations had not been damaged.

Libya first ever direct presidential poll comes as the United Nations seeks to end a decade of violence since a revolt that toppled his father in 2011.

Seif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the NATO-backed uprising.

But the HNEC said he had “completed all the required legal conditions” to run.

On Sunday, prominent figures in the western city of Zawiya “categorically rejected” presidential runs by both Gaddafi and eastern military general Khalifa Haftar, who is also widely expected to announce a bid.

A key part of a United Nations-led political process building on a ceasefire in October last year, the elections are opposed by some who argue there has been no agreement on their legal basis and the powers the winner would take.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libya’s Elections Commission Says No Decision Taken on Gaddafi’s Son Candidacy

Mucahit Aydemir 

15.11.2021

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libya’s elections commission on Monday denied reports about rejecting the candidacy application of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Commission spokesman Khaled el-Mennai told Anadolu Agency that the official website and social media accounts of the electoral commission were hit by “cyberattacks”.

He explained that websites that published reports about rejecting the candidate application of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi removed them shortly afterwards.

“There was no decision (taken by the commission) regarding Saif al-Islam’s candidacy,” el-Mennai said.

On Sunday, Saif al-Islam submitted his application to run in Libya’s upcoming presidential election.

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia on Nov. 15, 2020.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Gaddafi's son oversaw Libya’s relations with Israel: Israeli media

15.11.2021

JERUSALEM

Israeli media said Monday Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, oversaw relations between his father's regime and Israel.

Haaretz newspaper said while his father was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and factions, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi had publicly met with Israelis in favor of his father's regime.

The daily said although there were no official ties between the two countries, the Gaddafi regime and Israel were in contact over "diplomatic and humanitarian issues."

It claimed that such ties and contacts were managed via Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Jewish businessmen of Libyan origin, including Walter Arbib whose business is run from Canada.

The newspaper said Israel showed interest in Libya due to its strategic location near the borders with Egypt and the big Jewish community of Libyan origin in Israel.

On Sunday, Saif al-Islam submitted his application to run in Libya’s upcoming presidential election.

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia on Nov. 15, 2020.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Terrorist involved in killing 148 students, 2 others escape prison in Kenya

Andrew Wasike 

16.11.2021

NAIROBI, Kenya

A terrorist involved in the one of the worst terror attacks in Kenyan history was among three al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab terrorists who on Monday escaped from prison in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

“A reward of 60 Million shillings ($535,236) will be offered to anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the following three terror suspects, who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison today at 1 am,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a statement late Monday.

A bounty of 20 million Kenya shillings ($178,000) has been offered for information aiding in the capture of Mohamed Ali Abikar, who was serving a 41-year sentence for his involvement in the April 2015 terror attack at Garissa University, which claimed the lives of over 148 students.

Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga, alias Zarkawi, another escapee, was arrested in 2012 for his participation in a failed terrorist attack on parliament buildings in Nairobi, and was arrested with explosives, ammunition, and firearms.

Joseph Juma Odhiambo, alias Yusuf, was arrested in November 2019 in Somalia while attempting to enlist with the al-Shabaab terror group.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Tanzania's president says peace restored along border with Mozambique

Kizito Makoye 

15.11.2021

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania

Tanzania’s president Monday said peace has been restored along Tanzania’s border with Mozambique, and militants from Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province, who have been wreaking havoc in the southern Mtwara villages, have been neutralized.

This is the first time Samia Suluhu Hassan publicly talked about the threat posed by terror groups from Mozambique and a protracted military operation on the southern border.

According to a statement from the presidency, the president also urged the top military commanders to include terrorism in their agenda.

Addressing the military commanders at the Lugalo military base in Dar es Salaam, President Hassan, dressed in military fatigues, said: “In the recent months, peace and security on our borders, especially in the southern parts of the country, were threatened by a terrorist group from Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique. This group has been attempting to carry out attacks in our villages of Mtwara, causing deaths, injuries, and destruction of property. But our special forces deployed along the border have helped strengthen security and restore tranquility in the troubled region.”

More than 300 heavily-armed terrorists believed to be affiliated with Daesh/ISIS group, raided Kitaya village on the bank of Ruvuma River in October 2020, razing homes, and killing people.

The terrorists sneaked into the country by sea and launched attacks after crossing the Ruvuma River on the border of Tanzania and Mozambique, police had said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Libyan premier vows to announce decision on seeking presidency 'at right time'

Walid Abdullah  

15.11.2021

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libya’s prime minister said Monday that he will announce his position on running for the presidential elections at the "appropriate moment."

Speaking to students at the new National Youth Council in the capital Tripoli, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh said his decision to run for the country’s top office will be determined by the will of young people.

He also rejected electoral laws passed last month by the eastern-based House of Representatives, saying they are meant to suit some people.

Critics say the new election laws would allow warlord Khalifa Haftar, the putschist retired general who controls the majority of Libya’s east, to seek the presidency.

The self-proclaimed "commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army” has contributed greatly to the decade-long turmoil in Libya after leading an unsuccessful military offensive, with the support of foreign powers, to topple the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the west.

“We want a fair parliament that serves all Libyans, and a fair election law that Libyans agree on,” Dbeibeh said.

On March 16, Dbeibeh became the oil-rich country’s premier following a breakthrough in February in which rival Libyan sides agreed to a new executive authority which also saw Mohammad Menfi chosen as the head of a three-member Presidential Council.

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings last November in Tunisia.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Just like ‘Allah’, no problem to use Timah for whisky in Sarawak, says chief minister

15 Nov 2021

BY SULOK TAWIE

MIRI, Nov 15 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg maintained that his state government does not have an issue with naming a made-in-Malaysia whisky Timah.

The name has drawn deep lines in the peninsula, with ruling Islamist party PAS asserting its objection to the use of the Malay word despite the Cabinet’s approval.

“We don’t want to fight over trivial and petty issues,” Abang Johari said at the opening of the Miri City Hall here today.

He said he does not know why the name of the liquor has become sensitive.

“You know Timah... just because the name is Timah, it has become a problem. Timah is the name of a lady, but it is also the Malay word for tin,” he said.

He said it is also the same when the state government has no issue with the Sarawakian Christians using the word “Allah” to call their God.

“It is between you and your God. Why worry? What for you create unnecessary problems?” he asked.

The chief minister suggested that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s choice of the Sarawak capital, Kuching, as the platform to launch his Keluarga Malaysia initiative was not by accident.

“Why? Sarawak is indeed a Keluarga Malaysia platform,” he said.

Abang Johari has repeatedly upheld the hornbill state as an exemplary model of religious, racial harmony.

He added that it would be a major problem for the state if religious and racial extremists were allowed to gain a foothold in Sarawak through the coming state election.

“So I told the federal leaders to let the Sarawak election be confined among Sarawakians.

“I told them because Sarawak problems can only be handled by Sarawakians,” he said.

PAS leaders continued to voice its Opposition today to naming the local whisky Timah even though its lawmakers are members of federal government.

Source: Malay Mail

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When are you going to declare Islamic state, Mukhriz asks Kedah govt

Predeep Nambiar

November 15, 2021

ALOR SETAR: Mukhriz Mahathir (Pejuang-Jitra) today sarcastically asked the Kedah government if it was planning to declare an Islamic state, following its announcement that it will not renew the business licences of four-digit lottery outlets.

The former menteri besar raised the question after a backbencher hailed the state government’s decision to effectively ban gaming oulets and to restrict alcohol sales.

Mohd Azam Abdul Samad (PAS-Sungai Limau) had earlier said “any right-thinking Muslim” in the Kedah assembly would support such a move “as Allah had decreed it”.

He then recited a Quranic verse and asked Muslims in the assembly to rise in support of the ban.

All on the government benches rose from their seats, and were joined by two opposition assemblymen – Ismail Salleh (PH-Pengkalan Kundor) and Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris (PH-Kubang Rotan). They are both from Amanah.

Mukhriz then interjected and “congratulated” the PAS backbencher and the state government for coming up with the ban.

“I would like to ask, is the state government planning to announce that Kedah is now an Islamic state and it’s exclusively for Muslims?” he asked.

Azam responded by saying a multiracial society was the “basis” of the Kedah and federal constitutions.

“I’m not sure if gambling is allowed by other religions or if the non-Muslim community feels that gambling is good for them (but) we all know that it leads to social ills,” he said.

Tan Kok Yew (PH-Derga) then asked Azam if statistics showed that gaming outlets had led to social ills in the state, to which he said the latter should wait for the relevant state executive councillor’s response.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Kedah's gambling ban plan stirs concerns among Malaysia's non-Muslims

Ram Anand

NOV 15, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's northern Kedah state is set to effectively ban all licensed gambling operators in the state, raising concern among critics that non-Muslim activities are being subjected to moral policing.

The state, which is governed by Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) said it would not renew licences for gambling operators there, just a week after the authorities in the capital Kuala Lumpur imposed a limited ban on liquor sales in stores in the territory.

Kedah Menteri Besar Sanusi Md Nor made the announcement on Sunday (Nov 14), saying he wanted Kedah to be "free of gambling" and that gamblers who would like to purchase lottery tickets should instead head to neighbouring state Penang.

Kedah would also ban the sale of alcohol in its rural parts, he said.

Kedah is one of three Malaysian states governed by Islamist party PAS, but unlike the other two states of Kelantan and Terengganu, it has a sizeable non-Muslim community comprising more than 20 per cent of the two million population. Malay Muslims form the majority community in Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Sanusi has sparked controversy before. Earlier this year, he cancelled the Thaipusam public holiday for ethnic Indians in Kedah, citing the ongoing national lockdown for Covid-19.

Mr Sanusi's latest announcement comes just over a week after Kuala Lumpur City Hall imposed a ban on liquor sales in grocery shops, Chinese medicine shops and convenience stores in the federal territory.

Beer is also allowed to be sold only until 9pm according to the new guidelines.

Both the Malaysian Indian Congress and the Malaysian Chinese Association - the Indian and Chinese-based parties that partner PAS in the federal administration - have criticised Mr Sanusi's move as "illogical".

The opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) has questioned the validity of Mr Sanusi's declaration.

Mr Sanusi has ordered all Kedah local councils not to renew the licences of Kedah gaming shops, however DAP legal bureau chief Ramkarpal Singh on Sunday said that such refusals should be issued only when businesses fail to comply with operating regulations, and not used to impose arbitrary blanket bans.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng on Monday labelled the move as an "extremist" policy by PAS.

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday said that a government led by his party, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air will guarantee the privileges that non-Malays enjoy.

"A Pejuang dominated government will uphold democratic principles and the rule of law," Tun Dr Mahathir said in a blog post on Monday. Pejuang is a Malay-based party that currently serves as part of the opposition bloc in Parliament.

Source: Straits Times

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PAS claim on non-Muslim rights now exposed as a canard

November 16, 2021

All these years, while pushing their agenda of Islamisation of the laws of the country, PAS took care to tell non-Muslims that they had no cause to fear for their rights as citizens.

Non-Muslims were leery of these assurances.

Proponents of the PAS agenda would at times look genuinely offended when their earnest disclaimers of intent to infringe the rights of non-Muslims were met with scepticism.

Whatever PAS was selling via the rhetoric of their shariah exponents, their non-Muslim listeners were not buying.

It appeared PAS rhetoricians had not heard of the saying that the road to a religious hell in Malaysia for non-Muslims is paved with the good intentions of exponents of shariah law touting its inapplicability to the Nons.

In recent days, two moves by the authorities in Kuala Lumpur and Kedah confirmed the fears of non-Muslims that despite protestations to the contrary, Muslim enforcers don’t care a fig for the rights of others when applying their bans on alcohol and gambling.

On Nov 1, Kuala Lumpur City Hall banned all sales of beer and alcohol in grocery stores, convenience stores and Chinese medical halls within the city. These premises have long had a policy of not selling beer and alcohol to Muslims. Their sales of the stuff were confined to non-Muslims.

But under new rules that came into effect on Nov 1, grocery stores, convenience stores and medical halls are barred from stocking beer and alcohol for sale to non-Muslims, thus forfeiting some RM50 million worth of business a year.

This potential forfeiture comes on the heels of a slump in sales caused by a just-ended span of 20 months of Covid-19 induced lockdowns and slowdowns.

A double whammy is about the worst thing that these newly resurgent businesses would want at this time.

It was as if a thump on the solar plexus of these business outlets caused by the restrictions brought on by the pandemic was followed up by a punch in their stomachs by the KL City Hall ban on beer and alcohol sales.

Business owners and non-Muslim consumers were irate at this infringement of their right to conduct a legitimate business and enjoy their tipples, as beer and alcohol are not under any strictures to adherents of non-Muslim systems of belief.

Barely had non-Muslims in KL recovered from this frustrating constraint on their rights when Kedah menteri besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor announced that 4-digit gaming outlets in the state will not have their licences renewed by local district councils.

A KL ban on the grog has been followed up by a Kedah severance of gambling.

Political observers would not be surprised by the action of the Kedah menteri besar. A stormy petrel of Malaysian politics, PAS politician Sanusi has been picking fights with Penang over the latter’s rights to draw water from the Muda River for its needs.

In recent weeks, Sanusi shifted from being a thorn in Penang’s flesh to an ulcer in its mouth by demanding a higher annual payment from Penang for the alleged lease of the territory from Kedah.

Now, to add insult to injury, Sanusi has advised aggrieved 4-digit punters in Kedah, soon to be deprived of their weekly fix, to buy their gaming tickets in neighbouring Penang.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Arab World

 

UAE working to de-escalate tensions with Iran, no interest in confrontation: Gargash

16 November ,2021

The UAE is working to de-escalate tensions with Iran in a move towards diplomacy and a step away from confrontation, Anwar Gargash, diplomatic advisor to the UAE President, said on Monday.

“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s behavior in the region, including its ongoing interference in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon,” he told the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate conference.

“Despite this, we have taken steps to deescalate tensions, as we have no interest in a confrontation. The whole region would pay the price of such a confrontation for decades to come,” Gargash added.

The UAE, along with other Gulf countries, have long said Iran needed to stop its malign activities in the region through providing financial and military support to its network of proxy militias across the Middle East.

The Gulf countries have also condemned Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in September that Tehran and Abu Dhabi could take “big steps” in cooperation and diplomacy after meeting with UAE's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on the sidelines of a summit in Baghdad.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN condemns attempts to discredit Iraq's recent election

16 November ,2021

The UN Security Council on Monday condemned attempts to discredit Iraq’s election and deplored the use of violence to settle election-related grievances.

The UN’s most powerful body congratulated the Iraqi government and the Independent High Electoral Commission for conducting “a technically well-managed and generally peaceful election” on Oct. 10. It welcomed the findings of the commission and the UN political mission in Iraq that partial manual recounts of votes in polling stations matched the reported electronic results.

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In the press statement approved by all 15 members, the Security Council reiterated its condemnation of the Nov. 7 assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and “the persistent threats of violence” against the UN mission, the electoral commission and others.

Al-Kadhimi was lightly injured and seven of his security guards were wounded in the attack on his Baghdad home using at least two armed drones.

There was no claim of responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on Iran-backed militias that were the biggest losers in last month’s parliamentary elections. Supporters of the militias have protested to demand a vote recount, and at least one was killed in clashes with security forces. Many of the faction leaders blame the prime minister for the violence.

Some analysts said the attack aimed to cut off the path to a second term for al-Kadhimi. Iranian militias had been blamed for previous attacks on the Green Zone where the prime minister lives and which also houses foreign embassies.

The Security Council reiterated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call to all political parties, candidates and other stakeholders “to exercise patience and address any outstanding concerns through established legal channels, and to create a post-electoral environment that fosters mutual understanding and national unity through peaceful and constructive dialogue.”

Council members called for “a peaceful and independent judicial review of electoral appeals,” saying UN personnel “will continue to monitor any unlawful attempts to undermine the election process.”

Members said they “look forward to the peaceful formation of an inclusive government which would deliver meaningful reforms to address the needs and aspiration of all Iraqis, including women, youth and marginalized communities.”

In the election, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who set himself apart from the Iran-backed militias by taking a more nationalistic approach, picked up to 20 additional seats, consolidating its status as the single largest bloc in the 329-member parliament. A Sunni faction headed by Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi came in second — a spot the Iranian-backed militias gained in 2018.

Months of negotiations are expected before a coalition representing at least 165 members of parliament can be formed and elect a prime minister.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi defenses intercept Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait

15 November ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have intercepted an explosive drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Khamis Mushait in the Kingdom, according to an Arab Coalition statement.

The Iran-backed Houthis have continued their attempts to target civilians and economic infrastructures in the Kingdom in efforts that drew condemnation from several Arab and Western countries.

The latest attack comes after the Arab Coalition carried out 26 separate operations targeting of Houthi militias in Marib and al-Bayda within the past 24 hours.

Source: Al Arabiya

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2 civilians killed in regime attack in Syria’s de-escalation zone

Ahmed Kara Ahmed  

15.11.2021

DAMASCUS, Syria

Two civilians were killed in artillery shelling by Syrian regime forces and Iranian-allied forces in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, according to Syria Civil Defense (White Helmets) on Monday.

Four civilians were also injured in the attack on the Kafr Noran village in the countryside of Aleppo, sources with the civil defense group told Anadolu Agency.

The latest attack was in breach of a truce reached in May 2017 between Turkey, Russia, and Iran when the trio agreed to establish a de-escalation zone in Idlib, as part of the Astana meetings on the Syrian crisis.

Syrian regime forces and their supporters, however, continue sporadic attacks, in violation of a cease-fire agreement signed in March 2020.

In a previous report, the Syrian Human Rights Network, which documents human rights violations against Syrians, stated that the attacks by the Syrian regime and Russia on the de-escalation zone had killed at least 843 civilians during the period from April 26 to August 19, 2021.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

Liverpool mosques, Muslim groups praises cabbie for preventing bigger terror attack

November 16, 2021

Britain’s biggest Muslim umbrella group has praised David Perry, the Liverpool taxi driver “whose swift response” to a terror attack this Sunday “may have prevented a wider atrocity in the city.”

“Nothing justifies this reprehensible act, and we praise the quick action of David Perry who prevented a terrorist attack,” said Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, in a statement Monday.

She said Sunday’s attack took the form of an explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, “which holds a special place for the people of Liverpool.”

“Many Muslims work at the hospital and the institution is a neighbour to one of the city’s largest mosques,” Muhammed added.

“This is an attack on all of us and the values we all hold dear. We thank the emergency services for their swift and ongoing response to the attack.”

Muhammed said that the city “has a special place in the history of the British Muslims, being home to one of the earliest Muslim communities in Victorian England.”

“We join Liverpool’s mosques and Islamic centres as they pray for peace and calm in the city.”

In a separate statement, mosques and Muslim organizations in Liverpool said the attack “has shocked all of us.”

Describing the attack as “cowardly and heinous,” they condemned it with “strongest possible terms.”

According to police, Perry’s taxi burned down outside the hospital after a device brought into the taxi by a passenger exploded.

Suspicious of the passenger, Perry reportedly locked him in before he could get inside the hospital with the explosive device.

The passenger died in the incident.

“Remarkably, the taxi driver escaped from the cab, he’s being treated for injuries he sustained and is now released from hospital,” police said.

Source: ABNA24

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Sit-in held in London to demand release of Bahraini activists

November 16, 2021

A sit-in has been held in front of the Bahraini embassy in London, Britain, to demand the release of political activists and revolution leaders from the Manama regime’s prisons.

Ali Mushaima, son of jailed secretary-general of Bahrain’s opposition Haq Movement, Hasan Mushaima, is among those taking part in the sit-in, which began on Monday morning.

Ali said he would also begin a hunger strike to draw attention to the conditions of political prisoners in Bahrain and demand their release.

Hasan Mushaima, 73, is suffering from cancer and a number of other chronic diseases.

His family has frequently condemned the prison officials of neglecting his health conditions, saying they hold the Al Khalifa regime responsible for his health.

Mushaima has been jailed for life on charge of trying to overthrow the regime and for his role in the 2011 anti-regime protests.

The Persian Gulf kingdom has seen anti-regime protests over the past ten years.

Source: ABNA24

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Tributes paid to young Muslim hero who died saving old woman in UK

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal  

15.11.2021

LONDON

A young Somali man who died trying to prevent the “attempted murder” of an 82-year-old British woman in London has been hailed as a hero.

Ali Abucar Ali, 20, was stabbed by the attacker last Friday in Brentford as he tried to stop him from attacking Betty Walsh, who was also stabbed during the incident and taken to hospital.

Walsh remains in hospital with a serious but not life-threatening condition, according to a police statement.

“We send our deepest, sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Ali Abucar Ali,” Tell Mama, a group registering hate crime in the UK, said in a statement on Monday.

“His heroism and kindness are truly, truly remarkable. It’s a deep, tragic loss.”

Marie and James Walsh wrote on a GoFundMe page for Ali that he was a “hero – he died trying to save our mum/mother-in-law.”

Norris Henry, 37, was arrested following the incident on suspicion of the murder of Ali and attempted murder of Walsh and later charged with both.

Reaction to lack of coverage

Meanwhile, the coverage of the incident by the British mainstream media, especially ignoring the Somalian origin of the hero victim, has been criticized mainly on social media.

“When the killing of (MP) David Amess took place, the word Somali was heavily emphasized in all news reports,” Kareem Dennis, better known by his stage name Lowkey, wrote on Twitter.

“Less than a month later, Ali Abucar Ali saves an 84-year-old woman and is killed in the process. The word Somali is not being mentioned at all let alone emphasized anywhere,” the London-based musician and peace activist wrote.

Khaled Beydoun, a prominent academic whose researches include Islamophobia also joined the criticism of the lack of coverage by the mainstream media.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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UN calls for new talks on Yemen’s Hodeidah port as frontlines shift

15 November ,2021

A UN monitoring mission on Monday called on Yemen’s warring parties to hold new talks over Hodeidah as the Arab Coalition strafed areas south of the port city, where Iran-backed Houthi fighters advanced in the wake of withdrawing coalition forces.

The airstrikes, which began on Sunday, were the first since late 2018 when the internationally recognized government and the Houthis agreed a UN-sponsored pact for a truce in Hodeidah and a troop redeployment by both sides that never materialized.

The coalition said on Monday it carried out 11 operations “outside the areas covered under the Stockholm pact” to support west coast forces, Saudi state media reported.

Houthi fighters clashed with Yemeni coalition forces in Hays district, south of Houthi-held Hodeidah city, two military sources said, following fighting in Al Faza on Sunday.

The UN mission overseeing the pact, UNMHA, said the withdrawal of joint Yemeni forces from Hodeidah city, al-Durayhimi, Bayt al Faqih and parts of al-Tahita and subsequent Houthi takeover was “a major shift” in frontlines that warranted discussions between parties to the agreement.

The United Nations said the shifting frontlines led some 700 families to leave for Al-Khokhah and some 180 families further south to Al-Mokha, both under coalition control.

The Red Sea coast Tihama fighters condemned the withdrawal as “unjustified.”

It was not clear if the pullback was linked to what the Arab Coalition had described as a redeployment in south Yemen, where sources said the Saudi military had left a main base in Aden, the interim seat of government.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkey rescues dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Miraç Kaya  

16.11.2021

BALIKESIR, Turkey

Turkish coast guard units rescued dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greek forces late Monday.

A total of 45 asylum seekers were rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Ayvalik district in Turkey's northwestern province of Balikesir, the Turkish Coast Guard said in a statement.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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EU adds 4 Assad regime ministers to blacklist

Agnes Szucs  

15.11.2021

BRUSSELS

The European Union on Monday added four Assad regime ministers to its blacklist targeting those responsible for the repression of the Syrian people.

EU foreign ministers updated the bloc’s sanctions list against the regime with four recently appointed ministers, the Council of the EU announced.

Amr Salem, minister of internal trade, Boutros al-Hallaq, minister of information, Mohammed Seifeddine, minister of labor, and Diala Barakat, minister of state, were all added to the blacklist for sharing “responsibility for the Syrian regime’s violent repression of the civilian population,” according to a decision published in the EU Official Journal.

With the additions, the EU targets 287 people in total, including government officials and businessmen profiting from the war economy, with travel bans and asset freezes.

The blacklist also forbids EU operators from making funds available for 70 entities, including the Syrian central bank.

The sanctions regime also includes a ban on oil imports and restrictions on investments and exports of equipment and technology.

The EU introduced its sanctions regime fully a decade ago, in 2011, to pressure the Assad regime to stop the repression of its own people and to enter negotiations about a political solution for the civil war.

“There will be no end to sanctions, no normalizations, no support for reconstruction until a political transition is underway,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said this April, on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the war.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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