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UK-Based Tribunal Says Chinese Government’s Alleged Forced Birth Control of Muslim Uighurs Amounts to Genocide

New Age Islam News Bureau

10 December 2021

 

The tribunal does not have government backing and the power to sanction or punish China [Alberto Pezzali/AP Photo]

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• Taliban Don’t Deserve To Be Recognized: Former US National Security Advisor

• Unstable Afghanistan Will Become A Terror Safe Haven Once Again: Pakistan NSA

• No Place for Daesh/ISIS-K Terrorists in Afghanistan: Taliban Dy Minister and Spokesman

• 50-Year-Old Muslim Man the Latest Victim of Mob-Lynching for Allegedly Stealing Cattle

 

Europe

• UNHCR Urges the Islamic Emirate and the International Community to Find a 'Modus Operandi' To Tackle the Current Crisis in Afghanistan

• BBC calls on Iran to end campaign of threats against its staff

• Turkey won’t confront Russia in event of war in ally Ukraine

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North America

• US preparing for outcome where no Iran deal is reached: Senior US diplomat

• US and Israel ramp up pressure on Iran as diplomacy stalls

• Biden asks for 'other options' if talks fail on Iran's nuclear program

• US capital passes bill to rename street after Jamal Khashoggi

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Pakistan

• Pakistani Taliban declare end to month-long ceasefire with government

• Imran, Who Skipped Biden Summit, Says Pakistan Wants To Bridge US-China Gap

• Baloch leader Mir Yousuf Masti held for making ‘anti-state’ speech in Gwadar

• Talks with BJP-Led India Not Possible, Says PM Imran

• Imran urges global effort to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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South Asia

• 15 EU countries to take 40,000 Afghan refugees in

• Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis may cause one million death in winter: Crisis Group

• UN Political Chief Urges Taliban To Be Inclusive On Three-Day Visit To Afghanistan

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India

• Right-Wing Groups Double Down On Namaz Protest, Muslims Dig In Heels

• Over 100 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus Leave For India from Kabul

• IED blast at Rohini court, cops probe terror angle

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Southeast Asia

• Teachers Call for Anti-Sexual Violence Rule across Islamic Boarding Schools in Jakarta

• China guilty of Uighur genocide in Xinjiang, tribunal rules

• Non-Muslim houses of worship in Pahang can seek funding

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Arab World

• Israel’s Top Diplomat in Egypt for Talks on Gaza, Iran

• Return to 2015 Iran deal should only be first step to longer, stronger deal: Saudi FM

• US official to discuss tightening Iran sanctions compliance on UAE trip

• Our talks with Qatar show depth of ties: Saudi Crown Prince

• Iraq announces end of US-led international coalition's combat mission

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Mideast

• FM: Iran's Negotiating Team Attending Vienna Talks with Clear, Practical Initiatives for Each Stage

• Iran to Hold 4th Int'l Conference on American Human Rights

• Iranian President: Regional States Should Resolve Problems without Foreign Meddling

• Children among 5 injured in missile attack on UN-managed site in Yemen

• Hezbollah operative killed in central Yemen

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Africa

• Muslim Brotherhood Ups Campaign To Postpone Libya Elections

• One dead, 18 hurt in fire at HQ of Tunisia’s Ennahdha

• Al-Shabaab targets airport in Somalia's Jowhar city

• UN special adviser for Libya vows to help achieve peace, stability in country

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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UK-Based Tribunal Says Chinese Government’s Alleged Forced Birth Control of Muslim Uighurs Amounts to Genocide

 

The tribunal does not have government backing and the power to sanction or punish China [Alberto Pezzali/AP Photo]

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DEC 10, 2021

An independent UK tribunal has ruled that China is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.

The Uyghur Tribunal, chaired by British Barrister Sir Geoffrey Nice, found China guilty of forced sterilisation, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, and forcible transfer, all beyond reasonable doubt, they revealed on Thursday.

The tribunal – which does not have legal force – considered allegations of “the gravest human rights violations and international crimes” against China, where experts estimate over one million Muslims have been incarcerated in a crackdown against those practicing Islam in Xinjiang.

“On the basis of evidence heard in public, the Tribunal is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that [China], by the imposition of measures to prevent births intended to destroy a significant part of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang… has committed genocide,” the judgement reads.

The Uyghur Tribunal heard from over 70 witnesses – including experts and former detainees – over two sets of hearings in London in June and September 2021.

They said it would be “more appropriate” for the case to be dealt with by governments or international organisations, such as the UN, but they “have no courage to do such things… where a powerful state is involved”.

“The evidence that was put forward… shows there is enough proof beyond reasonable doubt that there was an intent to commit genocide,” Conservative MP Nus Ghani told the BBC following the “groundbreaking” tribunal’s report.

The Chinese Embassy in London said last October that the tribunal used “a handful of anti-China forces to deceive and mislead the public”.

In October, 43 countries called on China to “ensure full respect for the rule of law” for the Uyghur community, in a statement read at the United Nations.

The statement sparked outrage from Beijing, who have long denied the accusations of human rights abuses.

This comes after Canada, the UK, and Australia joined the US in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February prompted by the accusations.

Source: Libyan Express

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https://www.libyanexpress.com/uk-tribunal-china-is-guilty-of-genocide-against-uyghurs-mostly-muslims/

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Taliban Don’t Deserve To Be Recognized: Former US National Security Advisor

 

US former National Security Advisor John Boulton

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10 Dec 2021

US former National Security Advisor John Boulton said that the Taliban have breached all their pledges thus he said that their interim government must not be recognized.

In an interview with Voice of America, John Boulton accused the Taliban of lying and added that they do not intend to establish an all-inclusive government.

It comes as the Taliban’s interim set-up is yet to be recognized and the move now seems difficult and far after the UNGA delayed a seat for the Taliban and confirmed Afghanistan’s former permanent representative Ghulam Muhammad Ishaqzai PR of the country.

“There is no reason for any country in the world to recognize the Taliban at this stage. The US will talk with those who disagree Taliban’s rule on Afghanistan.” Said Boulton

The former NSA acknowledged that his country is not making trouble for the regular people in Afghanistan but what they don’t want is the rule of the Taliban.

VOA has also cited the Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid saying, Boulton was belligerent and that the two-decade war in Afghanistan was because of the ideas of this kind of people.

Mujahid denied having breached their promises and added that they are very well committed to the Doha agreement and will not allow anyone to use Afghanistan’s soil against the US and its allies.

Source: Khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/taliban-dont-deserve-to-be-recognized-boulton-87575/

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Unstable Afghanistan Will Become A Terror Safe Haven Once Again: Pakistan NSA

 

National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf

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December 9, 2021

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf Wednesday warned an unstable Afghanistan will give birth to a refugee crisis that may provide space to global terrorist organisations.

Yusuf appeared on BBC Hard Talk, which aired early Thursday, where he talked with host Stephen Sackur about Pakistan’s updating security policies, its position on Afghanistan and objectives for the much-hyped China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Objecting to the host’s opening remarks, Yusuf said: “There was a policy employed by the United States and others who were there in Afghanistan and it was a failing policy.”

He reminded Sackur that Pakistan was the only country that had repeatedly stated that there was no military solution to the issue.

“Our advice was not heeded. We kept saying to negotiate from a position of strength and we weren’t listened to. We are blamed and scapegoated. The results are in front of you. The facts should be for what they are,” he added.

He then clarified he was not defending the government of the Taliban rather stressing the world must hold a conversation with them.

“Our message to the Afghan Taliban is identical to what the world is saying more inclusivity, no terrorism from Afghan soil, human rights for all and this what we want,” he added.

He quoted the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) boss in Afghanistan as saying: “It is the worst economic crisis and humanitarian disaster we have ever witnessed.”

“There are 22.8 million people facing an acute food shortage, 70 percent apportioning food, one million children acutely malnourished. That’s the reality I have to face in Pakistan,” he told Sackur, emphasising the seriousness of the crisis.

“Pakistan is a country that helped more than any other nation and evacuated 49,000 people of 75 countries and created a land and air bridge to Afghanistan asking the world to channel whatever they want from us free of cost,” Yusuf recalled.

He regretted that the donor agencies like the UN and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were worried since the money couldn’t be brought into Afghanistan due to embargoes on banking channels.

He said Pakistan shared a 1,600-mile-long porous border with Afghanistan and its experience of four decades depicted that four million refugees were still in Pakistan after 40 years.

“Compare this to the EU, UK and US reactions towards refugees shown up to your shores,” he asked the anchorperson.

“The moment Afghanistan is unstable my country goes unstable as we have a centuries-old porous border which will cause refugee, terrorism, drugs flow over into Pakistan,” he cautioned.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan would accept “any government in Afghanistan” but with a stable state, as any instability or collapse of Afghanistan, Pakistan will be hurt the very next day, he said.

“As NSA of Pakistan, it’s my duty to tell the world and as Prime Minister, it’s his [Khan’s] right to tell the world that the way the international community is approaching Afghanistan its heading for collapse and we are going to get hurt by it,” he noted.

He further added that Pakistan was not the one that brought war to Afghanistan rather was the principal victim of this war.

“We didn’t have suicide bombings in our country before 9/11. Since 9/11, over 80,000 causalities of Pakistanis which the West just likes to wish away. Over a $150 billion loss in the economy, 3.5 million internally displaced persons and faced millions of Afghan refugees.

Are we mad […] we would be abetting something which would bring such disaster to my country,” he said.

Yusuf said Pakistan was recognised by the UK and the US and others for facilitating the Doha peace process whose endpoint should have been a genuinely inclusive government.

“There is a government [in Kabul] that many don’t like and it’s not recognised […] it’s at war against many countries but there are 35-40 million Afghans who have nothing to do with this.

Let’s agree they need to be fed immediately and I am increasingly reaching the conclusion that the world probably does not care,” he regretted.

To another question, he said: “When I talk about Kashmir, I am talking about my people, not foreign nationals and also an illegally occupied territory recognised as a dispute by the UN and this is my right to speak about my people and not speaking about any foreign country at that point in time.”

Commenting on the Pakistan-US ties and CPEC, he said: “Pakistan is offering economic bases to the entire world for increased investment in the region under the game-changer CPEC project as per its major policy shift from geostrategic to geo-economic paradigm.”

Yusuf said Pakistan has made a major transition in its all approach and thinking from a geo-strategic to a geo-economic paradigm.

“We look at ourselves as a melting pot for global economic interests. It’s one key pillar is connectivity and the other is development partnerships,” he added.

He added Pakistan wanted the entire world to come and coexist in it in terms of economics. “We are no longer in the business of offering military bases but our economic bases are open for all,” he underscored.

The NSA while explaining about the CPEC project said Pakistan enjoyed a strategic relationship with China and the ties were going from strength to strength. “But that is not at the cost of any other country that is what our geo-economic paradigm is all about,” he underlined.

He elaborated that there were no military bases in Gwadar rather economic bases, adding: “And we offered the same to the US, the Middle East and Russia. Anybody who wants to come and invest in Pakistan, we are open.”

He mentioned the CPEC was energy and road infrastructure that anybody could benefit from and invest in Pakistan.

Replying to another query, Yusuf categorically said: “On the Xinjiang dispute, not only our ambassador in Beijing but teams from Pakistan went there as well. We have a relationship of trust with China and we are completely open [to each other].”

He rejected the western media accusations, saying: “We do not accept the Western description of Xinjiang that’s set and if the West has concerns you have every right, talk to China which is a sovereign country, raise your concerns to them”.

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2021/12/09/unstable-afghanistan-will-become-a-terror-safe-haven-once-again-yusuf/

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No Place for Daesh/ISIS-K Terrorists In Afghanistan: Taliban Dy Minister And Spokesman

 

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

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09 Dec 2021

Deputy minister of information and culture and spokesman of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid has again undermined Daesh/ISIS-K (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan branch) and added that the terrorists have no place in Afghanistan.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Zabiullah Mujahid said that 670 affiliates of ISIS-K have been arrested and 25 hideouts of the fighters were destroyed in the past three months.

Mujahid added that the safe havens were destroyed in the Afghan capital Kabul and eastern Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province.

The spokesman added that ISIS-K is not a big threat in Afghanistan and that this was a small group that has been dismantled in Kabul and Jalalabad.

“The vacuum in Afghanistan created an opportunity for the group to carry attacks immediately after August 15. There was no communication system and security system fixed by the Taliban initially.” Said Mujahid.

He accused former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani of strengthening Daesh in the north of Afghanistan in order to use them against the Taliban.

The statements come as there has been decreased in attacks by the ISIS-K in Afghanistan.

The group has carried out four major attacks in Kabul and provinces along with small-scale explosions since the Taliban takeover that killed and wounded hundreds of humans.

Source: Khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/no-place-for-isis-k-terrorists-in-afghanistan-taliban-573473/

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50-Year-Old Muslim Man the Latest Victim of Mob-Lynching for Allegedly Stealing Cattle

 

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10th December 2021

Patna: A 50-year-old man has become the latest victim of mob-lynching which took place near Bhawanipur village in Araria district, Bihar.

The man who is identified as Mohammad Siddiqui has been thrashed by the mob for allegedly stealing cattle, Telegraph India reported.

As per the police, a group of persons was allegedly stealing cows, bullocks, and buffaloes from Bhawanipur in the early hours of Wednesday.

Allegedly seeing them stealing cows and other animals, locals started chasing them. Apart from Siddiqui, others managed to escape from the spot.

Talking to the media, Forbesganj sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Ram Pukar Singh said that the locals thrashed Siddiqui at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. By the time police reached the spot, Siddiqui was dead, he added.

Although no case had been registered against Siddiqui in Araria District, Singh said that there exists a case against the lynching victim at Balua police station.

A case has been registered and the body of the victim has been sent to Araria district hospital for post-mortem.

It has been alleged that as the Araria district is located at the India-Nepal border, people are stealing cattle from the district to sell it in Nepal.

Police said that the investigation will be conducted and action will be taken accordingly.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Europe

 

UNHCR Urges the Islamic Emirate and the International Community to Find A 'Modus Operandi' To Tackle The Current Crisis In Afghanistan

Dec 10, 2021

KABUL: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed concern on rapid migration under the Taliban's rule from Afghanistan to neighboring countries such as Iran.

A senior UN official urged the Islamic Emirate and the international community to find a 'modus operandi' to tackle the current crisis in Afghanistan, according to Tolo News.

Further, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, warned that the economic collapse of the country would trigger a massive wave of migration to the neighboring and world countries.

"Ultimately, the Taliban, who are in control of the country today, and the international community and its entities need to find a modus operandi, need to co-exist with each other, need to make the necessary steps for that to happen," he told the UN Security Council.

"The Taliban of course by delivering on the all-important issues of the rights of women, women at work, rights of minorities--and the international community by supporting it as it needs to happen, the functioning of the state and all of this for the sake of the Afghan people," he added.

Source: Times of India

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/unhcr-expresses-concern-about-rapid-migration-under-taliban-rule-in-afghanistan/articleshow/88200597.cms

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BBC calls on Iran to end campaign of threats against its staff

10 December ,2021

The BBC on Friday urged Iran to end what it said was a mounting campaign of threats and intimidation against its journalists and their families at home and abroad.

The corporation said staff from its Persian-language service have endured a decade of harassment and attacks, including asset freezes and arbitrary arrest of relatives.

“In the past year, threats against BBC News Persian staff and Persian-speaking journalists outside Iran have escalated,” the broadcaster said in a statement.

“Death threats and threats of extra-territorial harm have been made towards BBC News Persian staff in London, leading to police involvement and protection.”

The campaign has extended to journalists from other organizations perceived to be critical of the regime, forced returns from overseas and imprisonment, it added.

The UN has voiced concern about treatment of BBC Persian staff, saying the authorities in Tehran were prepared to go to illegal lengths to silence reporters.

The broadcaster’s World Service operation is part-funded by Britain’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office but is editorially independent of government.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries are strained over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and its detention of dual nationals, said to be linked to a historic unpaid debt from a military deal before the shah was deposed in 1979.

BBC World Service’s lawyers Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Jennifer Robinson said Persian service staff “receive threats of death and violence simply for doing their jobs.”

“We call on the international community to take immediate, robust action to ensure Iran is held accountable, and BBC News Persian journalists can report without fear,” they added.

The general secretary of Britain’s biggest journalists’ union the NUJ, Michelle Stanistreet, also backed the call, saying Iran’s actions were “despicable and must stop.”

“It is not only completely unacceptable for them to face such vicious personal intimidation, it is also a direct attack on press freedom,” she said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/12/10/BBC-calls-on-Iran-to-end-campaign-of-threats-against-its-staff

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Turkey won’t confront Russia in event of war in ally Ukraine

09 December ,2021

NATO-member Turkey has no interest in confronting Russia in the event it invades Ukraine, despite growing defense ties cemented by Ankara’s sales of armed drones to Kyiv, according to a senior Turkish official.

Turkey isn’t coordinating steps on Ukraine with Washington and is acting independently to safeguard its own interests, said the official, who’s familiar with the country’s foreign policy.

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The reluctance of Turkey, which has the second largest army in NATO after the U.S., to militarily oppose Russia is compatible with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s foreign policy maneuvering, the official said. He wants to preserve Turkey’s interests from Syria to Libya and the Caucasus, conflicts where Moscow is on the opposite side, according to the official.

The Kremlin has massed more than 100,000 troops on Russia’s borders with its neighbor, along with tanks, artillery and other heavy equipment, prompting fears President Vladimir Putin may order an invasion.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2021/12/09/Turkey-won-t-confront-Russia-in-event-of-war-in-ally-Ukraine

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North America

 

US preparing for outcome where no Iran deal is reached: Senior US diplomat

10 December ,2021

The US is preparing for an outcome where no deal is reached with Iran to curb its nuclear program, Washington’s lead negotiator said Thursday.

But there is still time to reach a deal, and the US is ready to get back into the 2015 nuclear deal “as soon as possible, as soon as Iran is,” US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley said.

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The US and Iran have been engaged in indirect talks over returning to the now-defunct JCPOA, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.

Iran is demanding the lifting of all US sanctions before returning to the deal in exchange for a cap on its nuclear program. The previous agreement, brokered by former President Barack Obama, failed to address Iran’s support for militias across the region and its ballistic missile program.

“We are privileging the path of diplomacy,” Malley told Al Jazeera, adding that it was the best way forward.

“We suspect it’s best for Iran, but Iran will have to decide,” he said.

While the US has repeatedly voiced its willingness to reenter the JCPOA, an acronym for the 2015 deal, it has also waited for almost one year.

The Biden administration quickly said it wanted to reenter the deal, but presidential elections in Iran resulted in a so-called hardline government that stalled talks for months.

In the meantime, Iran has continued increasing the materials and enriching the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/12/10/US-preparing-for-outcome-where-no-Iran-deal-is-reached-Senior-US-diplomat

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US and Israel ramp up pressure on Iran as diplomacy stalls

09 December ,2021

The United States and Israel increased pressure on Iran on Thursday as nuclear talks stalled, with Israel’s visiting defense chief calling for discussions on joint military readiness to be able to halt Iran’s nuclear aspirations.

Reuters exclusively reported on Wednesday, citing a senior US official, that US-Israeli discussions would include possible military exercises to prepare for a worst-case scenario to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities should diplomacy fail and if their nations’ leaders request it.

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at the start of the meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benny Gantz, that Iran had failed to offer constructive diplomatic engagement in talks that President Joe Biden had hoped would revive a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Austin said Biden was “prepared to turn to other options” if the current American policy on Iran fails.

“We are completely aligned in our commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is a national security interest of the United States and Israel and the world,” Austin said.

Gantz described Iran, Israel’s arch foe, as “the biggest threat to the global and regional peace and stability.”

Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, saying it wants to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. But sweeping demands by Iran’s new, hardline government in talks have heightening suspicions in the West that Iran is playing for time while advancing its nuclear program.

With the 2015 deal’s nuclear benefits now badly compromised, some Western officials say there is little time left before the foundation of the deal is damaged beyond repair. Under the accord, Iran curbed its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/12/09/Pentagon-says-US-Israel-to-talk-Iran-but-declines-comment-on-Reuters-report

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Biden asks for 'other options' if talks fail on Iran's nuclear program

Servet Günerigök  

10.12.2021

WASHINGTON

The White House said Thursday that President Joe Biden asked for 'other options' from his team if talks fail concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

"The President has asked his team to be prepared in the event that diplomacy fails and we must turn to other options and that requires preparations," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a news conference.

Psaki reiterated that the only path out of sanctions is through nuclear compliance.

"If diplomacy cannot get on track soon, and if Iran's nuclear program continues to accelerate, then we will have no choice but to take additional measures to further restrict Iran revenue producing sectors," she said.

Iran and world powers kicked off talks in Vienna on Nov. 29 in a last-ditch attempt to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany and the EU.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US capital passes bill to rename street after Jamal Khashoggi

Servet Günerigök  

09.12.2021

WASHINGTON

The Washington D.C. Council unanimously passed a bill this week to rename a street after slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi where the Saudi Embassy is located.

The Jamal Khashoggi Way Designation Act passed on Tuesday and seeks to designate New Hampshire Avenue NW as Jamal Khashoggi Way.

There will be a public ceremony next month for the new designation, according to NPR news.

"This name change demonstrates the values of District residents of a free and independent press," said D.C. councilmember Brooke Pinto in a statement.

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) said renaming the street in honor of Khashoggi "will be an important gesture in support of accountability for his brutal murder".

"Jamal Khashoggi Way will serve as a daily reminder for the Saudi Embassy and the Saudi government that Jamal Khashoggi and his legacy are just a powerful in death as in life," said Whitson.

Khashoggi was a co-founder of DAWN.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Pakistani Taliban declare end to month-long ceasefire with government

9 Dec 2021

Taliban militants in Pakistan have declared an end to a month-long ceasefire arranged with the aid of the Afghan Taliban, accusing the government of breaching terms including a prisoner release agreement and the formation of negotiating committees.

The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for years to overthrow the government in Islamabad and rule with their own brand of Islamic sharia law.

Last month’s ceasefire, which was always set to run until Thursday with the possibility of extending if both parties agreed, was the latest in a series of attempts to broker a settlement to end a conflict that has killed thousands.

The Afghan Taliban’s shock overthrow of the western-backed government in August gave the talks fresh impetus but the TTP accused Islamabad of failing to respect the ceasefire agreement.

It said the government had not released more than 100 prisoners as promised and had not appointed negotiating teams to conduct talks. It also said security forces had carried out raids while the ceasefire was in force.

“Now let the Pakistani people decide whether it is the TTP or the Pakistani army and establishment that is not abiding by the agreements?” the group said in a statement.

“In these circumstances, it is not possible to advance the ceasefire,” it said.

Source: The Guardian

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/09/pakistani-taliban-declare-end-to-month-long-ceasefire-with-government

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Imran, who skipped Biden summit, says Pakistan wants to bridge US-China gap

Dec 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: A day after declining to participate in President Joe Biden’s democracy summit, Pakistan PM Imran Khan said on Thursday that his country desired not to become part of any political bloc but instead wanted to play a role in bridging gaps between the US and China. “The situation is going towards a new Cold War and blocs are forming. Pakistan should try its best to stop the formation of these blocs because we should not become a part of any bloc,” Khan said while addressing the Islamabad Conclave 2021.

The US invitation to the virtual democracy summit had put Pakistan in a difficult situation as Washington had invited Taiwan, instead of Beijing, to represent China. Islamabad could not risk upsetting China, its closest ally.

Moving to regional challenges, Khan said the biggest problem keeping South Asia hostage was the “Kashmir issue”. He said his government had reached out to India for peace but did not get apositive response.

Source: Times of India

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Baloch leader Mir Yousuf Masti held for making ‘anti-state’ speech in Gwadar

Behram Baloch

December 10, 2021

GWADAR: Police on Thursday arrested veteran politician and Baloch Muttahida Mahaz (BMM) president Mir Yousuf Masti Khan on the charge of making a “provocative and anti-state” speech at a protest sit-in staged by the people of Gwadar.

The residents of Gwadar have been staging the sit-in for the past 22 days in support of their demands under the banner of Gwadar ko haq do movement launched by Balochistan general secretary of Jamaat-i-Islami Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman.

Police registered cases against the BMM president under sections 121, 123-A, 124-A, 153, 109 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Police arrested Yousuf Masti Khan from a hotel where he was staying and later produced him before a sessions court. The court remanded him in police custody for one day.

Protest by the residents of port city for rights has been going on for the last 22 days

The Baloch leader reached Gwadar to express solidarity with the people of Gwadar staging the protest sit-in.

The organisers of the sit-in claimed that police had also registered cases against Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman.

They said that police also attempted to arrest the leader of the movement but could not do so due to the presence of thousands of people at the sit-in.

A heavy contingent of police and other law-enforcement agencies was present in the sit-in area, but took no action against the participants of the protest.

Speaking at the sit-in, Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, while condemning the arrest of the BMM leader, declared: “We are not afraid of arrests and attitude of Gwadar police. Our peaceful sit-in is being pushed towards violence”.

He said the people of Gwadar had decided to lay siege to the police station against the arrest of Mr Yousuf, but the decision had been postponed on the appeal of the Gwadar deputy commissioner.

“What does it mean to arrest an 80-year-old man?” the Jamaat leader asked. “We are already condemning the FC and others for violating the sanctity of chador aur chardiwari, but today Gwadar police played the role of the FC.

He said that Pervez Musharraf and other generals were violating the Constitution of the country, but they were not declared rebels and traitors.

“We are demanding a ban on foreign trawlers fishing in Balochistan’s waters and opening of border trade with Iran and Afghanistan to ensure livelihood of the people of Balochistan, but we are declared rebels and traitors by the government,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the arrest of veteran Baloch leader Yusuf Masti Khan in Gwadar.

Source: Dawn

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Talks with BJP-Led India Not Possible, Says PM Imran

Baqir Sajjad Syed

December 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Kashmir dispute could only be resolved through dialogue, but meaningful engagement with the current government in India was not possible because of its religious nationalism.

Speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad’s (ISSI) ‘Islamabad Conclave-2021’, PM Khan recalled that South Asia had been held back by political differences and conflicts and listed the Kashmir dispute as the “biggest problem” holding the region back.

He said progress in relations between Pakistan and India had been halted because his government had to deal with RSS’s extremist ideology currently dominating Delhi. “Meaningful negotiations with India are impossible as long as the government there is inspired by this ideology,” he said, hoping that one day India could have a rational government with which resolution of disputes could be sought through logical and sane discussions.

The prime minister expected that once the two arch rivals resolved the core dispute of Kashmir they could then go ahead to jointly fight emerging threats like climate change. He regretted that all of his government’s peace overtures to India had so far been seen in Delhi as its sign of weakness.

Fears US-China confrontation moving ‘towards new Cold War’

PM Khan said he firmly believed that those seeking to resolve disputes through war were mistaken. “They are either unaware of history or they are too proud of their weapons,” he said, adding that they certainly had no consideration for humanity. This, he warned, led to grave miscalculations.

He underscored the need for resolving disputes till the last moment through dialogue.

The prime minister also touched upon the aggravating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the growing US-China rivalry. He feared that the US-China confrontation was moving “towards a new Cold War” and foresaw formation of blocs. “Pakistan should try its best to stop the formation of these blocs because we should not become a part of any bloc,” he maintained.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also highlighted this concern in his remarks. “There is accelerated competition between major powers, and a drift towards confrontation. This can lead to new rivalries and push the world again into ‘bloc’ politics. A new Cold War seems to be taking shape,” he observed.

Source: Dawn

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Imran urges global effort to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

December 9, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday urged the international community to help Kabul avert a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan where a socio-economic collapse is looming.

Pakistan would make every effort to help address the sufferings of the 40 million people of the neighbouring nation, he said while addressing the inaugural session of the Islamabad Conclave 2021 on “Peace and Prosperity in South Asia” at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) predicted that almost 23 million people — more than half the population — will face crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity before 2022 spring: the highest rate ever recorded.

Afghanistan’s economy shrank by 40 percent after the Taliban seized power in August, on top of the devastation wrought by long-running conflict, the coronavirus pandemic and a severe drought.

Pakistan has argued it is time for the United States to unfreeze the $9 billion in frozen foreign exchange reserves and resume Kabul’s access to International Monetary Fund (IMF) resources.

For its part, Pakistan will host a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 19 to deliberate on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

Khan said Pakistan through the platform of OIC would play its part to reach out to the Afghan people who were in dire need of food, shelter and medicines.

He mentioned the freezing of Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves by the United States as one of the major factors behind the economic and humanitarian crisis. He said that due to the crisis in Afghanistan, Iran was also facing the burden of refugees.

The premier said peace in Afghanistan was not only vital for the future of Pakistan but also for the Central Asian States which were much interested in regional trade and connectivity.

Khan in his address spoke on various issues of regional and international interests including Pakistan-India relations, Kashmir dispute and climate change.

Prime Minister Khan while highlighting the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute for peace and prosperity of the region said that the dispute had made the whole of South Asia hostage.

He recalled that after coming into power in August 2018, he contacted his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and made efforts for the resumption of dialogue to resolve the outstanding disputes in a peaceful manner but New Delhi perceived it as Islamabad’s weakness.

The prime minister said he had a considered opinion that the disputes like Jammu and Kashmir could only be resolved through dialogue and not through “bomb and guns”. If the issues could be resolved through bullets, the United States should have won the war in Afghanistan, he observed.

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South Asia

 

15 EU countries to take 40,000 Afghan refugees in

10 Dec 2021

Commissioner of home affairs of the European Union Ylva Johansson said that 15 member countries of the union have decided to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees.

Speaking on Thursday after meeting interior ministers of the countries, Ylva Johansson said that this is impressive solidarity and the more controlled way of resettling Afghans will prevent irregular immigration of these people.

As per statistics, Germany will host 25,000 Afghans, the Netherlands 3,159, Spain and France 2,500 each, and the rest of the countries in lower number.

It comes as tens of thousands of Afghans mostly youths are taking dangerous ways to get to Europe through Iran and Turkey that often leading to the deaths of these asylum seekers.

There are now an estimated 85,000 Afghans who have gotten closer to the European borders and approximately the same number are waiting to find a way to get out of the country after the Taliban’s takeover on 15 August.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis may cause one million death in winter: Crisis Group

09 Dec 2021

Crisis Group has warned that the ongoing humanitarian crisis and winter season will cause one million death if not addressed and sanctions are not lifted from Afghanistan.

The Group has called on the International community to step forward and lift its sanctions to avert mass starvation as the country is facing deadly winter ahead.

In the meantime, the group has warned that the ongoing crisis and starvation will cause more deaths than the two decades of war in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan state is falling after the world responded to the Taliban’s takeover by freezing assets, cutting aids and offering only limited sanctions relief for humanitarian purposes. Government employees lack salaries, basic services are not being delivered and the financial sector is paralyzed.” Reads the latest report of Crisis Group.

The reports also criticized the international community to be the real culprit as they had made a dependent government to foreign aid and then imposed sanctions on the country after they withdrew from Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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UN Political Chief Urges Taliban To Be Inclusive On Three-Day Visit To Afghanistan

10 Dec 2021

The UN political chief ended a three-day visit to Afghanistan on Thursday saying she had “frank and useful” discussions with a wide range of people, including senior Taliban officials “about what needs to be done to bring about an Afghanistan that is inclusive, abides by its human rights obligations and is a resolute partner in suppressing terrorism.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that during her discussions with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqi and senior Taliban representative Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, Rosemary DiCarlo “emphasized the paramount importance of ensuring that all Afghans — men, women, youth and religious and ethnic groups and minorities, as well — can all take part in governance and public life.”

DiCarlo said in a statement that there is serious concern about the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

“As I heard again during my visit, the women and girls of Afghanistan want to be able to go to school, work and take part in public life, free of discrimination,” she said.

“The progress that was made in this area must not be erased.”

Women's rights activists in the Afghan capital, Kabul, said earlier this month that a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not enough to address the issue of women's rights and they would continue fighting for their rights to education, employment and participation in Afghan political and social life.

The Taliban overran most of Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces were in the final stages of their chaotic withdrawal from the country after 20 years. Taljban forces entered Kabul on Aug. 15 without any resistance from the Afghan army or the country's president, Ashraf Ghani, who fled.

Thee Taliban initially promised tolerance and inclusiveness toward women and ethnic minorities. However, Taliban actions so far, such as renewed restrictions on women and the appointment of an all-male government, have been met with dismay by the international community.

Source: Outlook India

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India

 

Right-Wing Groups Double Down On Namaz Protest, Muslims Dig In Heels

Dec 10, 2021

The Gurugram Police and the district administration are on high alert as Muslim groups on Thursday reiterated that they will offer namaz on Friday at all 37 designated sites, and the Hindu outfits planned to disrupt them and hold religious functions at those places.

Yash Garg, deputy commissioner, Gurugram, said no one will be allowed to disturb peace in the city, and take law and order into their hands. Gurugram Police said at least five police stations were “on alert” and have been assigned duties for Friday.

“We have elaborate security arrangements and will ensure the safety and security of people offering namaz,” Garg said.

Rajender Kumar, assistant commissioner of police, said the police will ensure no confrontation will take place at spots where trouble is expected.

“More than 100 policemen are deployed at suspected spots, and we will ensure that no confrontation takes place,” he said.

Right-wing groups have been protesting against Friday namaz in open public spaces in Gurugram since 2018. The same year, the administration designated 37 sites for Muslims to perform the Friday prayers. However, in November, the number of sites was cut down to 20 after members of the right-wing outfits continued to protest and disrupt prayers. The Muslim groups have maintained that they were forced to use public spaces since there were not enough mosques in the city.

Hindu Sena members on Thursday said they will organise a “bhajan programme” at the Sector 37 site on Friday, and have invited people to join them. They said they were planning to park cars and trucks all over the ground.

Praveen Yadav, a member of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, said nobody will be allowed to offer namaz at the Sector 37 site. “The ground belongs to Khandsa village and no outsider will be allowed to encroach it. The majority of Muslims coming to offer prayers here are from Bangladesh and do not even have any identification card. They are being brought here to disrupt the peace in the city,” he said.

Altaf Ahmad, spokesperson for the Gurgaon Muslim Council, said the Muslims in Gurugram will offer namaz at all 37 sites, and the administration will be responsible for their safety. “If any right-wing Hindu outfit threatens us, or tries to confront us, it will be the responsibility of administration and police to ensure our safety. We will visit the sites only to offer namaz, and it is our right. If other groups want to give it a communal colour, they should be booked and action should be taken against those creating nuisance,” he said.

Members of the Hindu outfits added that they will protest at the Sector 44 site.

Meanwhile, members of the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti and the Muslim Rashtriya Manch with the deputy commissioner to chalk out a plan for Friday.

Mahavir Bhardwaj, state president of Samiti, said, “The matter has been resolved as Gurugram Imam Sanghathan has agreed not to offer namaz in the open and people who have vested interests are trying to politicise the issue. Those offering namaz in public places will be held responsible if any untoward incident is reported from that site (Sector 37),” he said.

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Over 100 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus leave for India from Kabul

Dec 10, 2021

AMRITSAR: As many as 120 persons, including 100 Sikh and Hindu Afghan nationals and 20 Indians - were set to arrive in India from Kabul on Friday.

President of Gurdwara Karte Parwan, Kabul, Gurnam Singh, informed they had left for Kabul airport to board the flight for Delhi.

He informed that they were also carrying two saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Geeta , Ramayana and other holy scriptures from Asamai Temple.

Source: Times of India

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IED blast at Rohini court, cops probe terror angle

Dec 10, 2021

NEW DELHI: An improvised explosive device (IED), assembled in a steel tiffin box and kept inside a laptop bag, exploded inside a courtroom at the Rohini district court complex on Thursday morning, causing panic. According to police, the explosion at room number 102 happened when the court was in session.

The explosion, investigators said, was being probed as an act of terror. It was of low intensity and a policeman deployed there was the only one injured in the incident. However, the steel tiffin box was blown to smithereens.

The nitrate-based device was activated with a timer, and the person who planted it may have left the courtroom just before the blast at 10.25am, sources said. The explosion couldn't happen with full intensity because of a faulty circuit, cops suspect. A white powder found at the spot was unburnt explosive powder.

With no outfit claiming responsibility for the explosion, police suspect the involvement of a lone wolf or a group of youths radicalised online.

Investigators are waiting for the final explosive analysis report of the residual matter to comment on the nature of the explosive used in the IED. Sources said that initial findings suggest it could be ammonium nitrate.

The incident comes days after a shootout inside a courtroom here in which gangster Jitender Gogi was shot dead by his rivals, who were dressed as lawyers and waiting for him. The September 24 incident had led to serious questions being asked about security at the busy complex.

Soon after the explosion, it was suspected that a laptop may have exploded, but pictures of the blast spot circulated internally amongst all units led the cops to launch a full investigation.

Fire officials said they received information about the explosion at 10.40am, following which seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The police control room was also alerted around the same time by a person in the court about a blast of unknown nature.

The spot was cordoned off by the court security staff and forensic units were alerted. Cops from Northern Range and New Delhi Range of the special cell rushed to the spot. Forensic and NSG explosive teams also reached the spot.

The white powder, which sources said was the residual matter after the explosion, was found scattered at the spot along with parts of a tiffin box and a laptop bag.

Police have filed an FIR under the Explosives Act and the special cell is investigating the case. Due to injuries to the naib court — a policeman who acts as a link between the jail, police station and court — sections of the IPC have also been added. Raids are being conducted and the information network has been activated, sources said. Footage from CCTV cameras is being scanned for leads.

Source: Times of India

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Southeast Asia

 

Teachers Call for Anti-Sexual Violence Rule across Islamic Boarding Schools in Jakarta

10 December 2021

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Education and Teachers Association (P2G) strongly urged the Religious Affairs Ministry to issue a regulation that would help prevent and countermeasure sexual violence in religious-based education institutions.

“This regulation is urgently needed considering that the number of sexual violence in religious education intitutions are considerably high,” said P2G national coordinator Satriwan Salim in a written statement on Friday, December 10.

He reffered this to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology which has issued a similar regulation for general schools.

Satriwan believes administrators of Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) and other similar education systems must be trained with the understanding and skills on how to prevent and overcome a situation involving sexual violence.

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China guilty of Uighur genocide in Xinjiang, tribunal rules

By Madeline Roache

9 Dec 2021

London, United Kingdom – The Chinese government has committed genocide, crimes against humanity and torture against Uighurs and other minorities in its western province of Xinjiang, an unofficial and independent UK-based tribunal has ruled.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the head of the Uighur Tribunal and prominent human rights lawyer, said the Chinese government has targeted the Muslim Uighur population with forced birth control and sterilisation policies in order to reduce the group’s population.

“The tribunal is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the People’s Republic of China, by the imposition of measures to prevent births intended to destroy a significant part of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang as such, has committed genocide,” said Nice, who also led the prosecution of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic on war crimes and genocide.

He added that “this vast apparatus of state repression could not exist if a plan was not authorised at the highest levels”.

The tribunal does not have government backing and the power to sanction or punish China. But experts say that it will help to galvanise governments around the world to hold China accountable for abuses.

The Chinese authorities have arbitrarily detained as many as one million Uighurs and other minorities in 300 to 400 facilities in Xinjiang, in the largest internment of an ethno-religious minority since WWII.

The US and several other countries have declared China’s actions as genocide. But the United Kingdom has refused to do so.

China has repeatedly denied abuses

The Chinese government has repeatedly denied that officials have committed abuses in Xinjiang, and has been unwilling to conduct investigations or allow independent international monitors to do so.

The tribunal was established in September last year with the help of the NGO Coalition for Genocide Response to investigate “ongoing atrocities and possible genocide” against the Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic Muslim populations.

Organisers say the tribunal is needed because of the various roadblocks to investigating the allegations of human rights abuses against China in court.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) announced in December 2020 it would not investigate because China is not a party to its court. While the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ top court, can only take a case that has been approved by the UN Security Council, over which China has veto power.

“Civil society had to step up and create a court – that’s what the Uighur tribunal is,” said Luke de Pulford, a co-founder of the Coalition for Genocide Response and adviser to the World Uyghur Congress.

The tribunal has conducted “the most wide-ranging and comprehensive assessment of the evidence about the Uighur crisis that any body, including governments, has got,” de Pulford added.

A platform for survivors

One of the tribunal’s “critical functions” has been providing a platform for survivors, Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

“It created a space for people to explain to the world what happened and to raise public awareness of these ongoing crimes against humanity,” she said.

More than 30 witnesses – including Uighur refugees, lawyers and academics – gave evidence in three series of hearings this past year.

Their testimonies included accounts of beatings, rape and torture detention centres in Xinjiang – home to millions of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities.

Uighur Muslims have been “subjected to acts of unconscionable cruelty, depravity and inhumanity”, Nice said during Thursday’s judgement.

“Up to 15 people are detained in a cell of 22 square metres, not possible to lie down on the concrete,” he said.

Nursiman Abdureshid, a 33-year-old Uighur refugee living in Istanbul, told the panel in June that her father was sentenced to more than 16 years for “disturbing the social order and preparing to commit terrorist activities”, and that her mother was handed a 13-year sentence for supposedly “preparing to commit terrorist activities”.

She said she learned via the Chinese embassy in Turkey that they were imprisoned on the basis that “they might have had the intention to commit a crime”.

“That means there is no crime, and my family didn’t do anything … The state randomly chooses people and transfers them from the camps to the prisons,” said Abdureshid, who has not been able to contact her family since 2017.

Abdureshid also described the pressure her sister-in-law felt to abort her twin babies, afraid of the punishment she could face as she already had two children.

Adrian Zenz, a senior, a fellow in China Studies at the US-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, told the panel in November about his peer-reviewed analysis of the effects of China’s birth control policy.

His study shows that such policies could reduce the ethnic minority population in southern Xinjiang by up to a third over the next 20 years.

According to official Chinese statistics, there was a 48.7 percent decline in birth rates in ethnic minority areas of Xinjiang between 2017 and 2019.

What’s next?

The Chinese government did not respond to the tribunal’s requests to take part in the proceedings. Even though the tribunal does not have enforcement powers, Beijing imposed sanctions against the tribunal and its organisers, including Sir Nice, for spreading what it called “lies and disinformation” about the country.

Pressure from the Chinese government led witnesses to decide not to give evidence because they were afraid of reprisals against their families.

“The CPR has tried to delegitimise the tribunal from day one,” De Pulford said.

The Uighur tribunal has urged the UK government to step up and take various measures, such as putting additional sanctions on China, placing import controls on products connected to Uighur slave labour and publicly acknowledge that genocide is taking place in Xinjiang.

De Pulford said the judgement must be turned into a “campaign instrument” to get governments to engage with their legal obligations under the Genocide Convention Act – an international legal instrument that imposes the duty on states to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.

Source: AL Jazeera

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Non-Muslim houses of worship in Pahang can seek funding

12- 09- 2021

KUANTAN: Non-Muslim houses of worship in Pahang can apply for funding for maintenance work, said state executive councillor (Exco) for Unity, Community Welfare, Women and Family Development, Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shamsuddin.

She said currently the state government together with the Ministry of National Unity were working together to update on the ownership of the sites of these houses of worship .

“Actually, we do have an allocation for non-Muslim houses of worship if there is an application ... we are cooperating with the ministry (Ministry of National Unity), because many of these houses of worship were found to be built illegally on government land, we are updating on this,“ she said.

She said this at the Pahang State Assembly sitting at Wisma Sri Pahang here today when replying to a supplementary question from Leong Yu Man (PH-Triang) who wanted to know whether the state government planned to allocate funds for the maintenance of non-Muslim houses of worship.

Replying to Leong’s original question, who wanted to know the state government’s plans to strengthen inter -racial relations in line with the Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) concept, Shahaniza said the state government was engaging with non -governmental organizations (NGOs) representing various races and religions on this, besides creating the State Unity Action Committee.

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Arab World

 

Israel’s top diplomat in Egypt for talks on Gaza, Iran

December 10, 2021 

CAIRO: Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday during a rare visit to Egypt for talks on the blockaded Gaza Strip and Iran’s nuclear programme, the two sides said.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979, after decades of enmity and conflict.

“I thank President Sisi, whose contribution to the region and the relations between us is of historic proportions,” Lapid tweeted. “I presented the president my ‘economy for security’ programme for Gaza and the steps taken by the Israeli government with regards to the Palestinian issue,” he added.

Egypt’s presidency also said the Pales­tinian issue was a key priority.

In his meeting with Sisi, Lapid noted “Iran’s attempts to become a country with a military nuclear capability as well as its continued use of terrorism, and the threat this poses to the Middle East”.

His visit comes a month to the day after both countries struck a security deal to boost Egyptian troop numbers around the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt’s Rafah crossing is the only passage to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

Militants in the Sinai have multiplied their attacks since the army’s 2013 ouster of then Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Operations have been conducted against Islamist militants across Egypt since February 2018. They have mainly focused on North Sinai and the country’s Western Desert. Around 1,073 suspected militants and dozens of security personnel have been killed in the operations, according to official figures.

Source: Dawn

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Return to 2015 Iran deal should only be first step to longer, stronger deal: Saudi FM

09 December ,2021

Saudi Arabia would welcome a return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, but that would “only be the first step” in addressing Tehran’s malign behavior, Riyadh’s top diplomat said Thursday.

“As previously announced, we continue to support a return to the deal. But we see it as incomplete; any return [to the JCPOA] should be only the first step towards a longer and stronger deal,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in televised remarks.

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The US and Iran have been engaged in indirect talks over returning to the now-defunct JCPOA, which former US President Donald Trump withdrew from.

Iran is demanding the lifting of all US sanctions before returning to the deal in exchange for a cap on its nuclear program. The previous agreement, brokered by former President Barack Obama, failed to address Iran’s support for militias across the region and its ballistic missile program.

The talks also excluded regional countries that are endangered by Iran.

“The current deal doesn’t protect us from an Iranian nuclear or military capability,” Prince Faisal said.

US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley, who is leading the US delegation in Vienna, said that he held “another constructive conversation with GCC partners” this week.

“We remain united in our call for a rapid return to mutual JCPOA compliance. This is the best avenue to strengthen regional economic ties and avoid nuclear crisis. We will remain in close consultation,” Malley tweeted on Wednesday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US official to discuss tightening Iran sanctions compliance on UAE trip

09 December ,2021

The Biden administration is moving to tighten enforcement of sanctions against Iran with the dispatch of a senior delegation to the United Arab Emirates next week, the US State Department said on Thursday.

The move comes as the UAE, a US ally, works to improve ties with Iran in a bid to contain regional tensions and amid Western doubts about Tehran’s determination to salvage a 2015 nuclear agreement.

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The US delegation, which will include the head of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Andrea Gacki, will warn banks in the UAE that have business with Iran and are not in compliance with the sanctions.

A State Department spokesperson said the United States had evidence of non-compliance, and that the banks could later be sanctioned or penalized over their dealings.

UAE authorities did not respond to a request for comment.

While the UAE shares the concerns of Gulf power Saudi Arabia over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, missiles program and regional proxies, Abu Dhabi has intensified its outreach to Tehran and sent a senior official to Iran last Monday.

The UAE, which has business ties to Iran stretching back over a century, had in 2018 said it was fully complying with sanctions reimposed on Iran after then-US president Donald Trump quit the nuclear agreement.

Under the pact, Iran agreed with major powers that it would curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

About a year after Washington reimposed sanctions, Iran started violating the nuclear restrictions. Tehran denies seeking nuclear weapons.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Our talks with Qatar show depth of ties: Saudi Crown Prince

09 December ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Thursday that the discussions held with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha showed the depth of ties between their two countries.

The Saudi Crown Prince added that both countries stressed joint keenness to further expand cooperation in all fields “under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz,” according to a cable sent to Sheikh Tamim, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

The Saudi Prince's cable came after concluding talks in Doha, part of his tour of Gulf states ahead of a Gulf summit which will be held in Riyadh in mid-December.

Earlier on Thursday, the Crown Prince and Qatar’s Emir visited the Lusail Stadium in Doha, one of the many stadiums set to host the FIFA World Cup, according to a statement carried by the SPA.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraq announces end of US-led international coalition's combat mission

Ali Jawad  

09.12.2021

BAGHDAD

Iraq on Thursday announced the end of the combat mission of the US-led international coalition forces against Daesh/ISIS.

"Today we ended the last round of dialogue with the international coalition, which we started last year, to officially announce the end of the combat missions of the coalition forces and their withdrawal from Iraq," Iraq's National Security Adviser Qassem al-Araji said in a tweet.

"The relation with the international coalition will continue in the field of training, advice, and empowerment," he added.

On July 26, Baghdad and Washington agreed in the fourth and final round of the strategic dialogue to withdraw US forces from Iraq by the end of 2021.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mideast

 

FM: Iran's Negotiating Team Attending Vienna Talks with Clear, Practical Initiatives for Each Stage

2021-December-9 

During the talks, Amir Abdollahian thanked the EU foreign policy chief and his colleagues for their efforts, and described the process of talks as good though slow.

He added that the Iranian delegation is participating in the negotiations actively and in good faith as well as with necessary powers and achievable and progressing initiatives.

Amir Abdollahian stressed that Iran’s participation in any talks and action is aimed at removing the sanctions that violated the Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA.

He reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to continue technical cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), adding that in addition to the negotiations and meetings by Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani, Iranian experts are also engaged in technical and expert discussions with the G4+1 group of countries (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in the form of sanctions removal and nuclear committees.

The Iranian foreign minister further referred to some issues raised during the latest talks, saying despite the violations by the US and inaction on the part of the European troika, we are attending the Vienna talks in good faith.

Amir Abdollahian added that Iran’s negotiating team has clear, tangible and practical initiatives for each stage.

He said the West must also offer its own initiative to end the sanctions and end its previous slogans that violated the rights and interests of the Iranian people.

“We believe that a good deal is at hand but it requires a shift by some parties away from the language of threat to the language of cooperation and mutual respect that would be also result-based," Amir Abdollahian said.

Both Amir Abdollahian and Borrel described the current atmosphere of the Vienna talks as positive.

Borrel who is also the Vienna talks coordinator, for his part, described as important the serious efforts of all negotiating teams from Germany, China, Russia, France, Britain, and particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran to reach an agreement in Vienna.

He added that he instructed his deputy Enrique Mora to make an effort to help reach a deal in constructive and active communication with the top Iranian negotiator and all delegations. He called on all parties to show flexibility during the talks.

Borrel expressed pleasure with the start of the talks and said he and his colleagues in the EU are ready to help solve the problem.

Former US president Donald Trump unilaterally left the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.

Baqeri Kani announced on Tuesday that Iran and the five other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal are set to start a new round of negotiations on December 9.

Baqeri Kani, who also serves as Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, stressed that Tehran’s two proposed drafts in the seventh round of talks last week can seriously advance the negotiation process.

The senior Iranian diplomat said the two proposed drafts were nothing new and were in compliance with the texts that had earlier been agreed upon by both sides during the previous six rounds of the talks, but with some amendments and additions meant to make up for the shortcomings.

Following a year of strategic patience, Iran decided to let go of some of the restrictions on its nuclear energy program, resorting to its legal rights under the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of a non-performance by the other side.

The administration of US President Joe Biden had voiced willingness to compensate for Trump’s mistake and rejoin the deal, but it has retained the sanctions as leverage.

After a five-month hiatus, envoys from Iran and the G4+1 group of countries, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany, began on November 29 the seventh round of talks in Vienna to resurrect the JCPOA.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran to Hold 4th Int'l Conference on American Human Rights

2021-December-9

Secretary-General of the International Human Rights Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the International Human Rights Day Amin Ansari said in a press conference declared holding the Fourth International Conference on American Human Rights from the perspective of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran, and said that the American human rights is a novel word that Ayatollah Khamenei used purposefully, and inspired by this word.

He added that the 7-12 of July was named as American Human Rights Week.

"At the present time, addressing American human rights and human rights violations by the United States, which was recently emphasized by Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, is doubly important and should be on the agenda of the Islamic Revolutionary Front and other free countries," Ansari said.

He said that in this regard, the call for articles will be sent to all parts of the world and researchers can send their articles until June 3, 2022 through the site or the organization's email.

"The conference has been registered in the Islamic World Science Citation Database with a special code 01210-45254," Ansari said.

The Secretary General of the Youth Organization of Iran further announced that the main points of the

articles are as follows:

A. American human rights and the right to freedom of opinion and expression

1- In the field of freedom of opinion

2- In the field of freedom of expression

B. American Human Rights and Family Rights

1- America and Women's Rights

2- America and children's rights

C. American human rights and the right to life and security

1- American state terrorism and assassination of personalities of the Islamic world

2- US sanctions against human rights, especially in humanitarian data-x-items

3- In the field of ownership

4- In the field of equality

5- Threat against individual and social security in the world and West Asia

6-The role of the American media in the spread of violence against humanity

7- The role of the United States in creating and supporting terrorist groups

8- The role of the US government in inciting war and killing civilians in the world

9- Violation of the rules of international law and human rights in the assassination of Martyr Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes and his companions

10- American human rights measures against prisoners. Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons

D. American human rights and the right to self-determination

1- American human rights actions worldwide in the United States and against the Iranian nation

2- American anti-human rights actions in support of the Zionist regime and the occupation of Palestine

3- Involvement in elections and political destiny of countries

E. American Human Rights Behavior

1- From the point of view of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader

2- From the point of view of Imam Khomeini Quds

3- From the point of view of Western thinkers

4- From the point of view of Islamic thinkers

5- The Basics of American Human Rights

Recognizing the role of the United States in Islamophobia

7- US breach of international treaties

8- The role of American human rights in the decline of America

Ansari added that a scientific policy council as well as a scientific committee have been formed to judge the articles.

He added that talks have been held with members of the Scientific Council and the dignitaries are asked to hold meetings for scientific decision-making, which was welcomed by the dignitaries.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iranian President: Regional States Should Resolve Problems without Foreign Meddling

2021-December-9

"We insist that the region's problems should be resolved among the regional countries themselves and through active participation of the countries [of the region]," Rayeesi said during the phone talks on Wednesday.

"[Therefore] there is no need for foreigners' interference," he added.

Elsewhere, the Iranian president referred to bilateral ties, saying that Iran and Turkey were to hold a joint meeting in Tehran in the near future, and that their cooperation was to enter a "new stage".

He also underlined the importance of the states' mutual cooperation in the area of fighting terrorism, saying, "The chief way of fighting terrorism consists in [according] respect to [various] countries' sovereignty."

Erdogan, for his part, laid emphasis on the importance of the countries' economic and security cooperation.

"Currently, the idea of joint cooperation has come to the fore among the regional countries," he said, citing the recent shuttling visits among the regional officials as cases in point.

In relevant remarks in September, President Rayeesi said that the US sanctions cannot impede his country’s efforts to develop economic relations and cooperation with the world states.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Children among 5 injured in missile attack on UN-managed site in Yemen

Peter Kenny  

09.12.2021

GENEVA

Four children and a woman were injured in a dawn attack on a camp for internally displaced persons managed by the UN in Yemen’s Ma’rib Al Wadi district, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday.

The IOM urgently called on all parties to the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law and protect civilian lives.

“Families have fled for their lives and come to this site to seek safety from ongoing hostilities. Civilians should never be a target,” said IOM Yemen’s chief of mission Christa Rottensteiner.

The injured, one of whom was critical, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

IOM said its teams are ensuring that the affected family receives the medical care and other urgent assistance.

Al Hamma displacement site hosts nearly 250 households made up of around 1,500 people.

IOM said it had provided shelter, essential relief items, water, sanitation, and hygiene services since 2019.

No IOM staff were injured in the attack.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sanaa.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation, causing one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crises.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Hezbollah operative killed in central Yemen

Ahmed Asmar 

09.12.2021

SANAA, Yemen

The Yemeni government said on Thursday that a senior operative from the Lebanese Hezbollah group was killed in clashes in central Marib province of Yemen.

The Hezbollah senior operative, identified as Akram al-Sayyed, was killed in artillery fire by the Yemeni army near the Um Reesh front in Marib province, Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al Eryani told the country's official SABA news agency.

He added that al-Sayyed entered Yemen with a group of other Hezbollah's men in August 2017 and took command of the Houthis fighting in the southern areas of Marib.

There were no comments from both the Houthi group and Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Observatory for Mines, a Yemeni rights organization, reported that two Yemeni civilians were killed when a landmine laid by the Houthis exploded in Taiz province, southwest Yemen.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sanaa.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Africa

 

Muslim Brotherhood ups campaign to postpone Libya elections

09/12/2021

TRIPOLI –

A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, to demand elections be postponed until a referendum on the country’s constitution is held.

The sit-in signals an escalation by the Muslim Brotherhood to postpone the presidential elections set for December 24. This escalation comes after reports, very much doubted by one close Libya watcher, that Islamists had reached a deal with parliamentarians affiliated with the former Libyan National Army commander and presidential candidate Khalifa Haftar, regarding the postponement of polls. Haftar stepped back from his LNA role in order to be able to run.

The opposition of Libya’s Islamists to the presidential elections does not come as a surprise. For years, the Muslim Brotherhood has been pushing against polls, justifying its position by the need to hold a referendum on the constitution first.

Videos posted on social media showed the moment when protesters arrived at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission and set up tents in front of the building to carry out a sit-in, raising slogans "No to elections without a constitution."

Libyan media confirmed on Tuesday evening that the demonstrators belong to the Ghenewa militia led by Abdel Ghani al-Kikli and militias from Zawiya and Misrata which are also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Observers believe that the Muslim Brotherhood's escalation, which comes after  Islamist leaders called for a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, reflects the group’s lack of confidence that the caretaker Prime Minister Abdelhamid al-Dbeibah, who is close to the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey, will win the presidency.

The Brotherhood's concerns over a Dbeibah's possible electoral defeat rose after a Libyan court ruled that Seif al-Islam, a son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by the country’s top electoral body to disqualify him.

Observers believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is currently manoeuvring to postpone the votes for fear of losing its political clout, especially in the light of the decline of Islamists’ popularity in the North African country.

Parliament member Saleh Fahima called on political actors to stop tampering with the elections, saying in a Facebook post, “When you confiscate the judgment of the majority and impede the realisation of their wishes in exercising their democratic right, that means that you have abandoned the peaceful expression of your opinion and entered the process of trying to subject the opinions of others to yours.”

Fahima stressed that the elections are not a goal in themselves, but rather a means to reach political stability, adding, "Whoever accepts democracy as a way to rule and a way to reach power, must accept its results."

This comes at a time when attitudes are changing regarding holding the presidential elections on time, with a radical shift in the position of Libya’s parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR).

In fact, the HoR, which had earlier been pressing for the vote to be held on time, is now moving toward postponement. During a closed session on Tuesday, members reportedly discussed the developments of the electoral process.

Informed sources told The Arab Weekly that the meeting’s goal was to postpone the elections and block the release of the final list of presidential candidates.

The candidacies of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah have confused the calculations of the House of Representatives, which is close to Haftar, who is also running for the presidency.

Over the past few days, Libya has seen court battles, with appeals against Dbeibah’s candidacy and a challenge by Gadhafi’s son of the Electoral Commission’s rejection of his candidacy.

On Wednesday, MP Ziad Daghim, who is known for his support for Haftar and the Libyan National Army, called for the postponement of the elections, echoing the Muslim Brotherhood's stance against holding the polls on time.

Source: The Arab Weekly

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One dead, 18 hurt in fire at HQ of Tunisia’s Ennahdha

09 December ,2021

One person died and 18 others were injured including two leading figures from Tunisia’s Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party in a fire at its headquarters Thursday, authorities and party members said.

Ennahdha said on Facebook that one of its “activists,” a former receptionist born in 1970, had died in the blaze.

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The interior ministry said his “charred” body had been found in the building.

Tunisian media cited judiciary sources as saying the person had “set himself ablaze on the ground floor” of the building.

Former prime minister and Ennahdha Vice President Ali Laaryadh was hospitalized after jumping from the second floor of the building to escape the flames, as was advisory board head Abdelkarim Harouni, party members said.

An AFP correspondent saw smoke pouring out of the windows of the building in central Tunis as people clambered out.

The party’s president Rached Ghannouchi, speaker of Tunisia’s suspended parliament, was not in the building at the time, party official Mondher Lounisi said.

Ennahdha, a banned opposition movement under dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has been the largest force in Tunisia’s parliament since shortly after the country’s 2011 revolution.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Al-Shabaab targets airport in Somalia's Jowhar city

Mohammed Dhaysane  

09.12.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabaab Thursday targeted the Jowhar city airport with mortars, a local official confirmed.

Jowhar is the provincial capital of Middle Shabelle located 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency over the phone, Abdi Ahmed, a local administrator in the region, confirmed the mortar attack but declined to say if there were casualties.

“The AMISOM (African Union Mission to Somalia) soldiers in the facility told me the attack caused some destruction,” he said, without giving further details.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted Burundian peacekeepers serving under the AMISOM and “white” soldiers based at the airport.

Last month, al-Shabaab attacked a Buloburde airport, leaving one person dead and five injured.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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UN special adviser for Libya vows to help achieve peace, stability in country

Jeyhun Aliyev 

10.12.2021

The special adviser for Libya to the UN secretary general pledged Thursday to help bring peace and stability to the country.

"I am very happy to be back in this dear country and I hope to be able to contribute to helping the Libyans to consolidate ways of stability, consolidation of peace and progress towards a bright future," Stephanie Williams said on Twitter.

She also thanked UN chief Antonio Guterres "for the confidence he has placed" in her as his special adviser on Libya.

Before her assignment to the post, the US diplomat served as an acting UN special envoy for Libya.

Slovak diplomat Jan Kubis, the previous UN special envoy for Libya, resigned from his post on Nov. 23.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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