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World Leaders Vow To Fight ISIL as G-20 Seeks Common Syria Strategy














World leaders at the G-20 Summit as they pose for a photo, (Photo: DHA) November 15, 2015, Sunday/ 17:22:43/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH REUTERS / ISTANBUL

 

Mideast

World Leaders Vow To Fight ISIL as G-20 Seeks Common Syria Strategy

Military Says 13 PKK Militants Killed In Southeast Turkey Air Strikes

Turkey Says Notified France Twice About Paris Attacker, Official Says

Saudi Warplanes Target Mosque in Yemen

Yemeni Forces Intensify Retaliatory Attacks on Saudi Arabia

Iran Stresses Bashar Assad's Role in Future of Syria

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Arab World

Syrian Forces' Massive Attacks Turn Aleppo Countryside into Hell for Militant Groups

At Least 37 Terrorists Killed in Idlib

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Continues Advances in Multiple Fronts

Al-Qaeda Ringleaders Killed in Eastern, Southern Yemen

Syrian Forces Capture More Territories near Douma in Damascus Countryside

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Europe

France Bombs ISIS HQ in Raqqa, Hunts Attacker Who Got Away

Paris Suicide Bomber Used Bogus Syrian Passport to Reach France

French PM warns of more attacks on Europe as police launch pre-dawn anti-terror raids

After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped through police dragnet

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Pakistan

As CII Terms Surrogacy Un-Islamic, Man Goes To Shariat Court

Terror Attacks: Nisar Foresees Problems for Pakistanis Abroad

Pakistan Leaders Vow To Protect Hindus

Plebiscite only solution to Kashmir issue: Sharif in letter to separatist

Pakistan has failed to control its population growth: Report

Pakistan lodges protest with Iran after border violation

China's new Silk Road: boom or dust for Pakistan?

NAP progress not only reason of tension between institutions

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Southeast Asia

China Says Global War on Terror Should Also Target Uighur Militants

'Small but Active' Support For Islamic State in Indonesia: Officials

Muslims around the World Condemn Paris Attacks Claimed By ISIS

Myanmar’s Muslims win no seats in new parliament

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India

Adopt a Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism: Modi to G20

Paris Attacks a Reaction to US Actions in Syria, Iraq: UP Minister Azam Khan

Education is most critical to uplift Muslims: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan: Statement on Paris Attacks

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South Asia

Drone Strike Kills 12 Militants Including Taliban Shadow District Governor in Nangarhar

Suicide Car Bombing Leaves 1 Dead, 12 Others Wounded In Helmand

Exchange of fire erupts at Pak-Afghan border in Paktika

146,000 Afghans left to Europe this year

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North America

Syrian Refugee Policy Takes Focus In US Presidential Race

Obama Calls Paris Terrorism an 'Attack on Civilized World', Forgets Lebanon

Death Threats At Virginia Tech: How Should Muslims Respond?

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Africa

Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa Joins the World in Condemning France Massacre

SA Muslims Angry Over New Marriage Law

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Mideast

World leaders vow to fight ISIL as G-20 seeks common Syria strategy

November 15, 2015

The leaders of the world's 20 most powerful countries vowed on Sunday to make a more robust fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), agreeing to step up border controls and aviation security in the wake of the Paris attacks that killed 129 people, according to a draft statement on Sunday.

The heads of the G-20 countries meeting in Turkey condemned the ISIL attacks as "heinous" and said they remained united in fighting terrorism, according to the draft document.

US President Barack Obama also vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate ISIL and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

Speaking at the G-20 leaders summit in Turkey, Obama described the killings in Paris -- that ISIL have claimed responsibility for -- as an attack on the civilized world and said the US would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

The two-day summit brings Obama and fellow world leaders just 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Syria where a four-and-a-half-year conflict has made ISIL a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flow since World War II.

"Traditionally the G-20 has been a forum primarily to discuss economic issues facing the globe ... [but] the sky has been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day-and-a-half ago," Obama said in a statement after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

"The United States and its allies will redouble efforts to find a peaceful solution in Syria and prevent ISIL militants from perpetrating attacks like those in Paris."

Obama and his Western allies now face the question of how the West should respond after ISIL demonstrated its threat again that reach far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Washington already expects France to retaliate by taking on a larger role in the US-led coalition's bombing campaign against ISIL.

But European Council President Donald Tusk said Russia too should focus its military operations on ISIL, rather than on the Syrian opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad, urging cooperation between Washington and Moscow.

"It should be our common aim to coordinate our actions against Daesh [ISIL] and for sure the cooperation between the United States and Russia is a crucial one," Tusk said.

"We have no doubt that from actions against the Syrian opposition the only result will be a new wave of refugees and we have started seeing that, in fact it has started," he continued.

"This is why the cooperation between Russia and other countries, especially the United States, is so important also in this context of the refugee crisis," Tusk added.

US President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held informal talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on Sunday, live footage from the meeting showed.

It was not immediately clear how long the two leaders spoke for, or what they discussed.

Russia joined the conflict a month-and-a-half ago with air strikes in Syria, but has been mainly targeting areas controlled by the moderate Syrian opposition fighting Assad, its ally, rather than ISIL, its critics say.

Turkey and Western allies, by contrast, want Assad out.

Tusk said that after the attacks in Paris, the G-20 had to step up efforts to cut off the financing of terrorists.

"Terror networks cannot plan or operate without the money that moves through the financial systems of many countries. Only if we fully cooperate on exchange of information about suspicious transactions, will we be able to stop this threat effectively," Tusk said.

Obama is seeking to coax other European and Middle Eastern countries into more tangible steps to show their military commitment and was set to hold a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, US officials said. In a call late last month, the two leaders affirmed the need to cooperate in fighting ISIL.

Obama said he had also discussed in his meeting with Erdoğan the progress made by foreign ministers in Vienna, who on Saturday outlined a plan for a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years, although differences of opinion over Assad's fate still remained.

The coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris on Friday puts Obama and other leaders of the world's major economies under increased pressure to find a common cause.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Washington itself has an appetite for a much deeper involvement after already stepping up air strikes and committing small numbers of special operations troops to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in the fight against ISIL.

http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_world-leaders-vow-to-fight-isil-as-g-20-seeks-common-syria-strategy_404358.html

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Military says 13 PKK militants killed in southeast Turkey air strikes

November 16, 2015

A missile-loaded Turkish Air Force warplane rises in the sky after taking off from İncirlik Air Base, in Adana, southern Turkey, on July 29. (Photo: AP)

November 16, 2015, Monday/ 13:50:56/ REUTERS WITH TODAYSZAMAN.COM / ANKARA

Turkish security forces killed 13 terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in air strikes close to the country's southeastern Iraq border, the army said, as a surge in violence showed no signs of abating.

Bloodshed has swept the predominantly Kurdish region since a two-year PKK ceasefire broke down in July, leaving hundreds dead and tearing apart a peace process launched by Ankara with the PKK's jailed leader Abdullah Öcalan in late 2012.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to fight the PKK until all of its militants are "liquidated".

The PKK militants were killed in air strikes on the Çukurca district of Hakkari province on Sunday, the army said in a statement on Monday. Four militants were detained in two other eastern provinces, Ağrı and Siirt, the army added.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the United States and European Union.

World leaders are currently gathered in the Turkish coastal province of Antalya for the G20, with tackling terrorism seen as a key priority.

http://www.todayszaman.com/anasayfa_military-says-13-pkk-militants-killed-in-southeast-turkey-air-strikes_404408.html

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Turkey says notified France twice about Paris attacker: senior official

Reuters By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk

By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey notified France twice in December 2014 and June 2015 about one of the attackers in suicide bombings and shootings in Paris that killed more than 130 people, a senior Turkish government official said on Monday.

Turkey only received an information request from France about Ismael Omar Mostefai after Friday's attacks, the Turkish official said. Mostefai entered Turkey in 2013 but there was no record of him leaving again, the official said.

Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, is the only attacker to have formally been named by police in France. He was identified by the print from one of his fingers that was severed when his suicide vest exploded.

Turkey received an information request from France on Oct. 10, 2014, regarding four terror suspects but during its investigation identified a fifth individual, Mostefai, the official said. It twice notified France of its findings but only heard back after Friday's attacks.

The senior government official said Mostefai entered Turkey in 2013 but there was no record of him exiting.

Under pressure from Western allies to ramp up its fight against Islamic State, Ankara opened up its air bases to the U.S.-led coalition in July and has tightened border controls to try to stop the flow of foreign jihadists.

But it has complained about a lack of robust intelligence sharing between allies and urged the West to provide more information about potential suspects.

"This is not a time to play the blame game, but we are compelled to share (this) information to shed light on (Mostefai's) travel history," the Turkish official said.

"(His) case clearly establishes that intelligence sharing and effective communication are crucial to counter-terrorism efforts," the official said.

http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-notified-france-twice-paris-attacker-senior-101246291--business.html

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Saudi Warplanes Target Mosque in Yemen

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi airstrikes hit a mosque in the Yemeni Province of Sa'ada, killing at least a civilian.

The Saudi fighter jets pounded a mosque in a residential neighborhood in Kitaf district in Sa'ada on Sunday, killing at least one civilian.

Earlier on Sunday, several people were killed and some others injured in Saudi air raids on a market in the province of Ta'iz.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 236 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,922 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000690

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Yemeni Forces Intensify Retaliatory Attacks on Saudi Arabia

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular committees fired rockets and artillery shells at Saudi military bases in the kingdom's border regions of Jizan, Asir and Najran.

On Sunday, the Yemeni forces fired rockets at the military base of Rajla in Najran.

The Yemeni forces also fired rockets and artillery shells at the Ain al-Harra military base. The military base of al-Ramla in Jizan was also targeted in the retaliatory attack.

Several military vehicles were destroyed and a number of Saudi soldiers were killed in an artillery attack on al-Rabuah government building in Asir.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Army Spokesman Sharaf Luqman on Sunday vowed to continue retaliatory attacks against the Saudi border regions of Asir, Jizan and Najran until Saudi Arabia halts its unrelenting military campaign against its impoverished Arab neighbor.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 236 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,922 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000848

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Iran Stresses Bashar Assad's Role in Future of Syria

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian renewed Iran's support for the Syrian government and nation, and said President Bashar al-Assad should remain in power and be included in the upcoming presidential elections in the Muslim country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran did not allow a clause on the ouster of  President Assad to be included in the final statement of the Vienna-III talks; we emphasized that only the Syrian people enjoy the right to decide about this matter," Amir Abdollahian told reporters on Monday.

Amir Abdollahian said that that some foreign ministers attending the Vienna-III talks insisted that the Syrian president should be removed from his position.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister said that some participants insisted that if the envisaged trend goes well in a six-month period, "Bashar Assad should not compete in the upcoming elections".

"In response, we stressed unequivocally that only Assad himself can decide on his participation or non-participation in the elections and that it is only the people of Syria who can say whether they will vote for him or not," Amir Abdollahian added.

The Vienna talks were a continuation of October 30 negotiations in the Austrian capital, which had been attended by representatives from 17 countries, including Iran, as well as envoys from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU).

The second round of the Vienna talks was joined by senior representatives from 17 countries, the UN, the EU and the Arab League.

According to the joint statement released by the UN following the second round, the participants agreed that Syria should have a transitional government in six months and hold elections in 18 months.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000380

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Arab World

Syrian Forces' Massive Attacks Turn Aleppo Countryside into Hell for Militant Groups

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Battlefield reports from Western and Southwestern Aleppo province said terrorists have sustained heavy casualties in the Syrian army and popular forces' continued operations against the al-Nusra Front's concentration centers on Monday.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued pounding Nusra positions near al-Mansoura village in West of Aleppo and al-Nairab region in Southeast of Aleppo, in which tens of the Takfiri terrorists were killed and their military equipment was destroyed.

Sources said on Sunday that a long convoy of ISIL's vehicles with at least 20 military vans was traced and targeted by the Syrian Army on a local road in the Northwestern countryside of Aleppo.

The ISIL convoy, loaded with weapons and ammunition, came under the army attack on the axis of Reytan towards Bashkoy, where most of the militants' vehicles were completely destroyed and their guard were killed or wounded too

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000653

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At Least 37 Terrorists Killed in Idlib

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 37 terrorists were killed in Syrian army operations in Idlib province as the troops continue to tighten noose on the militants in several areas across the country.

At least 17 Takfiri militants of al-Nusra Front were killed during an army operation against terrorists' positions in al-Tama’a town to the South of Idlib city, field sources said Sunday.

The army also killed at least 20 terrorists during military operations against the militants' ammunition distribution center and positions in the Northern parts of Maaret al-Numan.

Also on Sunday, the Syrian airstrikes hit terrorists' fortified positions in Saraqeb town in Idlib province, killing scores of the militants.

Terrorists' machinegun-equipped vehicles were also destroyed in the air attacks.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000357

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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Continues Advances in Multiple Fronts

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army backed by Hezbollah fighters and the Russian air force destroyed terrorists' positions and inflicted heavy casualties on different militant groups in Aleppo, Dara'a, Damascus, Homs, Sweida and Lattakia over the past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and many more were wounded in the Syrian army's military operations across Syria on Sunday.

Aleppo

A long convoy of ISIL's vehicles with at least 20 military vans was traced and targeted by the Syrian Army on a local road in the Northwestern countryside of Aleppo on Sunday.

The ISIL convoy, loaded with weapons and ammunition, came under the army attack on the axis of Reytan towards Bashkoy, where most of the militants' vehicles were completely destroyed and their guards were killed or wounded too.

Also, the Syrian Army alongside Hezbollah fighters had intensified their attacks on militants' positions and military sites in the Northern part of Aleppo, particularly the al-Nusra Front's missile-lunching site.

The pro-government forces launched a fresh round of offensives against the concentration centers of al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Mujaheddin terrorist groups in al-Malaah farms in the Northern countryside of Aleppo.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000642

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Al-Qaeda Ringleaders Killed in Eastern, Southern Yemen

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two al-Qaeda ringleaders were killed in the Eastern and Southern parts of Yemen in the army and popular forces' missile attacks.

"The Yemeni revolutionary committees targeted one of al-Qaeda bases in Ma'rib with advanced missiles, destroyed the base and killed 8 Takfiri terrorists affiliated to al-Qaeda," Hossein al-Houthi, one of Ansarullah commanders, told FNA on Monday.

"Abu Omar, the Saudi ringleader of al-Qaeda, in Ma'rib province was also seen among the dead bodies," he added.

Also in the Southern province of Taiz, the Yemeni forces killed Yousef al-Bukari, nicknamed Abu Khattab, in al- Dhubab region during anti-terrorism operations.

Latest reports from Yemen also said that Ansarullah fighters took more territories in Southern Yemen from the Saudi-backed militants.

Ansarullah fighters, backed by the Yemeni military, clashed with militants loyal to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the province of Lahij, killing four militants and injuring five others.

Ansarullah fighters also took the strategic areas of Dhubab and Bab el-Mandeb from the Saudi-backed militants, and forced them to retreat to some regions in Lahij.

The Yemeni forces also cleared some areas in the provinces of Dhale and Ta'iz from the Saudi-backed militants.

The Yemeni army also destroyed a Saudi armored vehicle in Ta'iz province.

Meanwhile, Yemen's army and popular committees fired mortar shells at the Saudi border city of Najran, and destroyed a number of armored vehicles near a military base.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 236 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,921 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000293

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Syrian Forces Capture More Territories near Douma in Damascus Countryside

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army alongside National Defense Forces (NDF) regained Tal Kurdi village near Douma from the militant groups and brought the Damascus-Homs Highway under their fire-control on Monday.

The pro-government forces stormed concentration centers of the militant groups in the countryside of Douma and recaptured Tal Kurdi, which was used by the terrorists as a start line of their logistic convoys to drive on the Damascus-Homs highway.

Scores of the terrorists were killed in the army attack and the highway is now under full fire-control of the Syrian mortar units.

Sources said on Saturday that the Syrian army is running military operations to secure the Damascus-Homs international road near the suburb of al-Assad.

The army troops reportedly took two buildings on the international road from the Takfiri militants.

Score of terrorists were killed in the military operations.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940825000764

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Europe

France Bombs ISIS HQ in Raqqa, Hunts Attacker Who Got Away

AP — Updated about 2 hours ago

PARIS: France launched "massive" air strikes on the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group's de facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a militant training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa in Syria, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.

Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defence Ministry statement said.

The jets launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with United States (US) forces.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220050/france-bombs-is-hq-in-raqqa-hunts-attacker-who-got-away

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Paris Suicide Bomber Used Bogus Syrian Passport to Reach France

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Intelligence officials have reported that a Syrian passport belonging to one of the eight terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks was a fake, which was made in Turkey and then used for passage through Europe.

A Syrian passport bearing the name 'Ahmad Almohammad,' found on the body of one of the eight terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks, appears to be a fake. The Takfiri extremist obtained it in Turkey, intelligence officials reported.

According to some reports, two Syrian passports were found on the bodies of two of the terrorists, but Paris police sources say they were both fakes, Sputnik News reported.

On Sunday, the Serbian newspaper Blic printed a picture of the passport reported to belong to a 25-year-old Syrian called Ahmad Almohammad, who carried out a suicide bombing close to the Stade de France.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940824001494

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French PM warns of more attacks on Europe as police launch pre-dawn anti-terror raids

Adam Withnall | The Independent | Nov 16, 2015

A French fighter jet taxis along the runway in an undisclosed location, in this handout picture released by the ECPAD. (Reuters Photo)A French fighter jet taxis along the runway in an undisclosed location, in this handout picture released by th... Read More

PARIS: The French Prime Minister says authorities knew attacks were being prepared and has warned that more are expected to come.

Manuel Valls told the French media Friday's shootings were "planned in Syria", and said Europe should be prepared for a repeat attack in the coming few days and weeks.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that police had carried out a series of pre-dawn raids on Monday morning, making dozens of arrests linked to the atrocities of Friday night's Paris attacks that left 129 people dead.

Speaking in an interview on the RTL radio station, Mr Valls said: "France was not only attacked because we hit Daesh (Isis), but because we are France. We defend secularism, and we have conceptions of equality between men and women."

Asked about the raids in the early hours, Mr Valls said: "Let the police do their job... I am convinced of their professionalism."

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/French-PM-warns-of-more-attacks-on-Europe-as-police-launch-pre-dawn-anti-terror-raids/articleshow/49800564.cms

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After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped through police dragnet

AP | Nov 16, 2015

PARIS: Hours after the synchronized attacks that terrorized Paris, French police questioned and released the suspect who is now the focus of an international manhunt, officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Saleh Abdeslam, 26, was one of three men in a getaway car, headed for France's border with Belgium, when police pulled them over after daybreak Saturday. The French president had already announced new border controls to prevent the perpetrators from escaping. Hours had passed since investigators identified Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that carried hostage-takers to the Paris theater where almost three-quarters of the 189 victims were killed.

It's not clear why the local French police, known as gendarmes, didn't take Abdeslam into custody. They checked his identification, but it's not known whether they had been informed of his apparent connection to the attacks.

"It was a simple check. There was no lookout notice at the time of the traffic stop," a French police official told the AP.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/After-Paris-attacks-fugitive-slipped-through-police-dragnet/articleshow/49796362.cms

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Pakistan

As CII terms surrogacy un-Islamic, man goes to Shariat court

Malik Asad — November 16th, 2015

ISLAMABAD: As the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) declares the concept of surrogacy un-Islamic, the ‘biological father’ of a girl wonders who will be responsible for her upbringing.

In the light of the CII decision, the status of the surrogate child will be ‘illegitimate’, legal experts believed.

Farooq Siddiqui lost a legal battle for the custody of his surrogate child, Fatima, in 2012 after the Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed his petition, saying there was no law that would legitimise his claim for giving him the custody of the child, who is now 10 years old. Surrogacy is an act of carrying pregnancy for intended parents.

The man had lost legal battle to get custody of his daughter from her surrogate mother

Siddiqui claimed that he had paid $30,000 to Farzana Naheed under the surrogacy agreement. As per the agreement, he added, Naheed was supposed to hand over the baby to him after the birth.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220009/as-cii-terms-surrogacy-un-islamic-man-goes-to-shariat-court

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Terror attacks: Nisar foresees problems for Pakistanis abroad

November 16th, 2015

ISLAMABAD: In an apparent reference to the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that recent incidents of terrorism may lead to problems for overseas Pakistanis.

He said in a statement that human trafficking was a major problem after terrorism and directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report in 48 hours on its efforts to curb the crime.

The minister has convened a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue of human smuggling.

Take a look: At least 128 dead in Paris terror attacks, IS claims responsibility

He advised the ministry of foreign affairs to prepare a plan to help overseas Pakistanis mistreated in any country.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220037/terror-attacks-nisar-foresees-problems-for-pakistanis-abroad

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Pakistan leaders vow to protect Hindus

Sameer Arshad | TNN | Nov 16, 2015

Sharif underlined he is prime minister of all communities.Sharif underlined he is prime minister of all communities.

In an inherently adversarial political culture, very rarely do rival Pakistani politicians speak in one voice. Diwali was one such rare occasion when leaders of three top political parties, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, echoed each other in supporting minority rights at separate festivities.

Sharif flew to Karachi on Wednesday to take part in Diwali festivities amid war of words with military establishment after it put him under pressure again by publically ticking him off over tackling terror.

An unfazed Sharif spoke passionately about minority rights, insisting all religions in Pakistan enjoyed equal rights while pledging to safeguard them at a function, where Gayatri Mantra was recited along with the Quran.

He told Hindus he will stand by them if they are in distress. "Even if a Muslim commits an injustice, I will stand with the victim," said Sharif.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-leaders-vow-to-protect-Hindus/articleshow/49796129.cms

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Plebiscite only solution to Kashmir issue: Sharif in letter to separatist

TNN | Nov 15, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir is the only solution to the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said in a letter in Urdu addressed to Kashmiri separatist and chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.

Thanking Andrabi for her letter which she wrote after the Pakistan prime minister took up the Kashmir issue at the UN and other international forums recently, Sharif writes: "I am thankful to you for your ideas and sentiments. May Allah give me the strength to live up to your expectations from me and the Islamic Democratic Republic of Pakistan. The faith you have expressed in Pakistan's current stand on Kashmir is a matter of satisfaction for me."

The Pakistan prime minister, while expressing his solidarity with the Kashmiri people, said: "Pakistan, does not consider Kashmir to be a geographical or border dispute but a dispute due to the unfinished business of partition of the subcontinent in 1947. The essence of the principles of partition is that the Muslim majority state of Kashmir should be given the right to self determination. This right has been recognised by the entire world through the forum of United Nations. India itself has promised the world community that Kashmir would be given the right to choose it's political future through the exercise of self determination. Backtracking from this promise would be betrayal of the promise done to the entire world community."

Sharif reiterated Pakistan's stance that Islamabad would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination, acknowledged by the United Nations.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Plebiscite-only-solution-to-Kashmir-issue-Pakistan-Prime-Minister-Nawaz-Sharif-in-letter-to-separatist/articleshow/49794163.cms

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Pakistan has failed to control its population growth: Report

PTI | Nov 15, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has "miserably failed" in controlling its population growth which is likely to exceed 300 million by 2050, a media report said today, highlighting the consequences the country with limited resources may face in future.

In the 68 years of its existence, Pakistan's population has increased more than five times to an estimated 191 million and is likely to exceed 300 million by 2050.

It is not hard to imagine the consequences of this huge population with limited resources.

"While other nations have successfully restrained their population growth, we have miserably failed in doing so," Lahore-based journalist, consultant and researcher Adnan Adil said in an editorial in The News International.

World population is growing by 1.2 per cent per year while Pakistan has a growth rate of 1.9 per cent. In contrast, Bangladesh has a growth rate of 1.2 per cent, India 1.2 per cent and Iran 1.3 per cent.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-has-failed-to-control-its-population-growth-Report/articleshow/49792209.cms

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Pakistan lodges protest with Iran after border violation

November 16th, 2015

QUETTA: Pakistani officials lodged a protest with Iranian border authorities on Sunday over firing of mortar shells into Pakistani territory reportedly from across the Iranian border.

Several mortar shells fired from the Iranian side landed and exploded in Kachao, a small town along the border in the Chagai district, on Saturday evening. Gunshots were heard soon afterwards, officials said.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Chagai Khuda-i-Nazar Bareach, the mortar shells were fired from across the border. No casualty was reported, he said.

Also read: Iranian forces fire eight mortar shells into Pakistani territory

Mr Bareach said that Assistant Commissioner of Taftan Murad Kasi and senior officials of Frontier Corps held a meeting with the Iranian authorities and informed them about the incident.

He said the Iranians were told that frequent incidents of firing from across the border were causing panic among residents of Chagai and other border areas.

According to Mr Bareach, the Iranian authorities agreed to conduct an investigation into the incident. However, they rejected the notion that Iranian border guards were involved in border violations.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1220029/pakistan-lodges-protest-with-iran-after-border-violation

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China's new Silk Road: boom or dust for Pakistan?

November 16th, 2015

SOST: A glossy highway and hundreds of lorries transporting Chinese workers by the thousands: the new Silk Road is under construction in northern Pakistan, but locals living on the border are yet to be convinced they will receive more from it than dust.

The town of Sost is gateway to millions in customs duties, with its rickety stalls of corrugated iron engraved in Mandarin and Urdu, its cross-border secret agents and its dusty petrol station's abrupt service.

It is the first stop along a new $46 billion "economic corridor" designed by China in Pakistan.

Drivers from China arrive through the Khunjerab Pass, the world's highest paved border crossing at 4,600 metres above sea level, and unload their goods encircled by the magnificent Karakoram mountains, swirled with snow.

From there, Pakistani colleagues pick up the goods and transport them the length of the country — currently to Karachi, some 2,000 kilometres away on the Arabian Sea, but in the future to Gwadar, where Beijing has been given management of the port in a grand project allowing China greater access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

But, until recently, the highway was cut off just south of Sost, blocked for five years by a landslide that dammed the Hunza river and birthed the 10 kilometre long lake of Attabad, with its ice-blue glacier water.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1219852/chinas-new-silk-road-boom-or-dust-for-pakistan

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NAP progress not only reason of tension between institutions

November 16th, 2015

ISLAMABAD: A lack of progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism in the wake of the Army Public School massacre was just one of many reasons behind the civil-military tensions that boiled over last week.

In background conversations with Dawn, military officials and civilian leaders offered their own interpretations for the reasons behind a public spat between the government and the army.

Sources say that there have been a number of recent developments that have strained the ever-sensitive balance of power between the two institutions.

After the corps commanders’ meeting on Nov 10, the military leadership expressed its dissatisfaction with the government’s performance on NAP. This prompted an uncharacteristic response from the PM Office the following day, which emphasised that effective implementation of NAP was the shared responsibility of all national institutions working within the ambit of the constitution.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/news/1220034/nap-progress-not-only-reason-of-tension-between-institutions

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Southeast Asia

China says global war on terror should also target Uighur militants

Reuters | Nov 16, 2015, 08.18 AM IST

BEIJING: The struggle against Islamist militants in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang should become an "important part" of the world's war on terror, China's foreign minister said, following the attacks in Paris.

Hundreds of people have died in unrest in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people, and other parts of China over the past three years.

Beijing has blamed the violence on Islamist militants, led by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a group it says has ties to al Qaeda. More recently China has reported that some Uighurs have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State and other groups.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-says-global-war-on-terror-should-also-target-Uighur-militants/articleshow/49796955.cms

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'Small but active' support for Islamic State in Indonesia: officials

Nov 16, 2015

A former Indonesian counterterrorism official said the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris are a wake-up call for the country, while faith leaders, including Catholics, are also urging the public not to link terrorism with Islam.

Ansyaad Mbai, the former director of Indonesia's counterterrorism agency, told ucanews.com that Indonesians must not "fall asleep" when it comes to terrorism.

He claimed 302 Indonesian jihadists have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. Of these, 145 jihadists have returned home to Indonesia, 54 are dead, and the remainder are still fighting, Mbai said.

"Terrorists will continue to operate (in Indonesia)," he said. "Although we have intelligence, the agencies can also make mistakes."

Mbai said terrorism can easily grow in Indonesia, because there are already radical groups that promote violence against minority religions.

Full report at: http://www.ucanews.com/news/small-but-active-support-for-islamic-state-in-indonesia-officials/74623

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Muslims Around The World Condemn Paris Attacks Claimed By ISIS

by Jack Jenkins Nov 14, 2015

Muslim leaders the world over are condemning the horrific terror attacks that struck Paris Friday night, expressing outrage and shock at an onslaught of shootings and bombings that left at least 120 dead and hundreds wounded.

The outpouring of support for the victims and and disgust for the attacks began even before ISIS, the militant terrorist group current terrorizing entire sections of Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the carnage. Muslim imams, scholars, commentators, and average Muslims expressed grief and horror using social media. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, an Islamic movement founded in British India in the 19th century, released a statement rebuking the “barbaric attacks.”

In Ireland, the Imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre and Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council, offered prayers for the victims and dismissed terrorist’s claims to Islam.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris and every other place on earth plagued by sick men with weapons and bombs,” Imam Umar Al-Qadri said. “Terrorists have no religion whatsoever. Their religion is intolerance, hatred for Peace.”

    Terrorists terrify people. That's what they do. What will we do? Help people. Respect people. Comfort people. Protect all people. #Paris

    — Ingrid Mattson (@IngridMattson) November 14, 2015

Shuja Shafi, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, repeated Al-Qadri’s rejection of ISIS.

Full report at: http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/11/14/3722277/muslims-condemn-paris-attacks-pope-francis/

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Myanmar’s Muslims win no seats in new parliament

Oliver Holmes in Yangon

Sunday 15 November 2015

No Muslims in majority-Buddhist Myanmar were elected to parliament, final election figures show, with all the current representatives losing their seats and new Muslim candidates defeated in their constituencies.

Officially making up 4% of the country’s 51 million people – although others say the figure is much higher – Muslims found themselves a target of hatred in the lead up to the polls.

The hardline nationalist movement the Committee for the Protection of Race and Religion, or Ma Ba Tha, has led rallies across the country declaring Islam a threat to Buddhism.

The country’s official Union Election Commission disqualified several Muslim candidates ahead of the polls, questioning whether their parents were born in Myanmar. A longstanding prejudice against members of the faith – who go back generations – is that they are immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Full report at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/15/myanmars-muslims-win-no-seats-in-new-parliament

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India

Adopt a comprehensive convention on terrorism: Modi to G20

Surojit Gupta,TNN | Nov 16, 2015

ANTALYA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged G20 leaders to urgently adopt a comprehensive convention on international terrorism and called for restructuring the international legal framework to deal with the unique challenges of terrorism.

"The world must speak in one voice and act in unison against terrorism, without any political considerations. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between states," the PM said in his speech at the dinner session of G20 leaders on Sunday to discuss terrorism and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Economic issues took a backseat on the opening day of the G20 leaders summit in this golf resort Turkish town as world leaders sought stance against terrorism against the backdrop of the deadly Paris attacks.

"Terrorism is a principle global challenge. From regions in conflict to the streets of distant cities, terrorism extracts a deadly price. Old structures of terrorism remain. There are countries that still use it as an instrument of state policy," said Modi.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Adopt-a-comprehensive-convention-on-terrorism-Modi-to-G20/articleshow/49800066.cms

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Paris Attacks a Reaction to US Actions in Syria, Iraq: UP Minister Azam Khan

Mrigank Tiwari,TNN | Nov 16, 2015

BAREILLY: In a controversial statement on Friday's Paris attacks, senior Samajwadi Party leader and UP minister Azam Khan said the global superpowers must realize that the terror attack was a reaction to their action in Syria and Iraq. Khan, who condemned the terror attack as unfortunate, however, added that European cities "cannot be lit up with the ill-gotten wealth from the oil reserves of Middle East".

Maintaining that the root cause of the recent global crisis is economic interests of US and its allies in West Asia, Khan said, "Do you want to light up cities like Paris, known for their wine and party culture, with the money earned through illegally occupying oil reserves in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran? The bombardments in Iraq and Syria on suspected IS strongholds apart from killing innocent civilians are also rendering thousands homeless. What justification do they have for this?"

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paris-attacks-a-reaction-to-US-actions-in-Syria-Iraq-Azam-Khan/articleshow/49796515.cms

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Education is most critical to uplift Muslims: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Posted on 15/11/2015       

CHENNAI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said “educational backwardness” of Muslims was the reason for their inability to progress economically and insisted that education was “most critical” for the uplift of the community.

There is no doubt that educational backwardness is the main reason why we have not been able to progress economically,” he said in his keynote address at the inaugural United Economic Forum Summit-2015 at ITC Grand Chola here. He was one of the start speakers at the Summit where he spoke on the topic of “education and employment: critical requirements to minority community upliftment”.

Sayeed said he had always believed education is “most critical to uplift our community”. The “decline” in the socio-economic and education status of the Muslims started as early as the 18th century, he said while recalling that “pioneers and geniuses” like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had advocated education for development.

Full report at: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/education-is-most-critical-to-uplift-muslims-mufti/

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Maulana Wahiduddin Khan: Statement on Paris Attacks

On November 13, 2015 a group of terrorists mounted unprecedented attacks on several sites in and around the French capital, killing about 150 people and seriously injuring scores of others. Without doubt, an attack of this kind is highly condemnable.

A witness to one of the shootings at a concert hall, where at least 110 people were killed, said that one of the gunmen shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ as he indiscriminately fired at the crowd gathered for the concert. These self-styled mujahideen were practically saying, ‘Violence is great’, but used ‘God is great’ as their slogan. This incident reminded me of a saying of the Prophet of Islam, who one said to his companions that a day would come when Muslims would commit unlawful acts. His companions asked with surprise how this would happen. He replied: ‘They would give it a name other than its real name and thus make it lawful.’

The present-day violence in the name of jihad is a clear example of the above Hadith. These so-called mujahideen have given their acts of violence the name of ‘jihad’ and are thus engaged in perpetrating terror.  Since these people have sought justification for their violence, their conscience does not refrain them from killing others. Taking the lives of innocent people is an act for which there is no excuse whatsoever. In the Quran, killing an individual is regarded as the most heinous crime: ‘Whoever killed a human being—except as a punishment for murder or for spreading corruption in the land—shall be regarded as having killed all mankind.’ (5:32) This verse certainly applies to people who went on a killing rampage in Paris. Those engaged in this self-justified violence should know that no self-styled justification can make an unlawful act lawful.

To those who, based on such incidents, form an opinion that Islam is a religion of violence, I will say that Islam should not be judged by the acts of Muslims. Islam should be judged through its scripture and not through the practice of Muslims.

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South Asia

Drone strike kills 12 militants including Taliban shadow district governor in Nangarhar

Sun Nov 15 2015, 8:02 pm

DroneA drone strike has killed 12 militants including a Taliban shadow district governor in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to the spokesperson of Nangarhar police HQ, the drone targeted a “Datsun” model vehicle in Landi Kambo area of Khogyani district on Saturday night.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal says everybody riding in the vehicle including the Taliban so-called governor for Khogyani District were killed and the vehicle completely destroyed.

He said besides Noor Rahman, the Taliban shadow district governor, the deaths include a local Taliban commander by the name of Sayedajan.

A statement released by Col. Mashriqiwal on Sunday states that security forces have detained a member of Daesh group in Achin District.

The statement identifies the detained terrorist as Hayatullah, a Pakistani national.

For legal procedures, he was handed over to the officials of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) taking part in the ongoing security operation in the district, the statement.

Security operation in Achin District has been ongoing since two weeks and spokesperson for the province’s governor told reporters today that security forces have killed around 150 insurgents so far.

http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-12-militants-including-taliban-shadow-district-governor-in-nangarhar-4120

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Suicide car bombing leaves 1 dead, 12 others wounded in Helmand

Sun Nov 15 2015

Helmand car bombingAt least one person was killed and twelve others were wounded following a suicide car bomb attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan this afternoon.

According to the local government officials, the suicide bomber targeted a vehicle convoy of the security forces in Lashkargah, the capital city of Helmand province.

Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak, said the suicide bomber detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Bolan area of the city.

In the meantime, eyewitnesses in the area said the vehicles of the Afghan and foreign forces were crossing the area when the incident took place.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

http://www.khaama.com/suicide-car-bombing-leaves-1-dead-12-others-wounded-in-helmand-1690

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Exchange of fire erupts at Pak-Afghan border in Paktika after Pakistan opens gate inside Afghanistan territory

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Nov 16 2015

An exchange of fire has taken place on Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Paktika province after Pakistani forces opened the gate they had built inside Afghanistan territory.

Reports suggest that Pakistani forces have fired indiscriminate shells on border police in Shkin and Barmal district of Paktika province.

Full report at: http://www.khaama.com/exchange-of-fire-erupts-at-pak-afghan-border-in-paktika-after-pakistan-builds-gate-inside-afghanistan-4121

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146,000 Afghans left to Europe this year

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Mon Nov 16 2015

After the rapid increase in number of citizens leaving Afghanistan, Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Parliament on Monday summoned the Minster of Foreign Affairs Salahudin Rabbani and Minister of Refugees and Repatriations Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi to respond to lawmakers.

Both the ministers hailed the security situation and lack of employment opportunities as the biggest causes behind the flee.

Full report at: http://www.khaama.com/146000-afghans-have-left-to-europe-so-far-this-year-4124

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North America

Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US presidential race

AP | Nov 16, 2015

WASHINGTON: The bloody attacks in Paris are putting the Syrian refugee crisis at center stage in US politics as migrants from that war-torn country surge toward the West and security concerns rise.

Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio on Sunday said the United States should no longer accept Syrian refugees because it's impossible to know whether they have links to Islamic militants - an apparent shift from earlier statements in which the Florida senator left open the prospects of migrants being admitted with proper vetting.

"It's not that we don't want to, it's that we can't,'' Rubio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Because there's no way to background check someone that's coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?"

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Syrian-refugee-policy-takes-focus-in-US-presidential-race/articleshow/49796409.cms

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Obama Calls Paris Terrorism an 'Attack on Civilized World', Forgets Lebanon

November 16th, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Following President Obama's statement that Friday's Paris attacks were "an attack on the civilized world," a trickle of criticism turning into a flood appeared on social media, with commentators offended over the fact that the president did not make any similar statements following Thursday's deadly ISIL attack in Beirut.

On Sunday, following his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Antalya ahead of the 2015 G-20 Summit, Obama said that "the killing of innocent people based on a twisted ideology is not just an attack on France, not just an attack on Turkey, it is an attack on the civilized world."

Acccording to Sputnik, Twitter users, including several analysts and journalists, quickly began criticizing the president over his selective expression of outrage, given that the terrorist attacks in Lebanon, occurring only a day ahead of the horrific events in Paris, received no such grand words about 'an attack on civilization'.

Full report at: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940824001503

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Death Threats At Virginia Tech: How Should Muslims Respond?

11.15.15 • HASNAA MOKHTAR

The Washington Post reported that Virginia Tech found graffiti inside a bathroom stall in Price Hall that stated, “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all muslims (sic)”. According to the institute’s publication The Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech Police Department is investigating the death threat and are collecting information via phone and online.

President of the Muslim Student Association at Virginia Tech Obaid Rehman blamed rising Islamophobia in the US as a contributor to the potential for violence against Muslims.

“Unfortunately, this rhetoric has become acceptable in many ways that people talk about Islam,” he told the Washington Post. “Islamophobia is becoming normalized in many ways in our society. But there are many more good people than bad, as we can see from the university reaction to this event.”

How should the larger community of Muslims respond to this? In the larger scheme of things, how should we deal with the increasing number of hate crimes and death threats as a result of normalized Islamophobia?

Since 9/11 and every time a horrific event happens where the perpetrators are identified as “Muslim” I feel as though I have to apologize to the entire world. I feel that I’m wearing my guilt or Hijab as a statement that holds me responsible for all the murders happening in the name of Islam. Well, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA Caner K. Dagli says that Muslims must stop feeling a necessity to disassociate themselves from and denounce crimes that “Muslims” commit elsewhere, because in doing so we are maintain social hierarchy.

Full report at: http://muslimgirl.net/16010/death-threats-virginia-tech-muslims-respond/

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Africa

Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa joins the world in condeming the Friday France massacre

16 Nov 2015

I am a Zimbabwean staying and working in South Africa. I am freelancing as a journali...

The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa (MJCSA) joins the rest of the world condemning the recent France massacre that claimed more than 120 lives wounding several patrons at the Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald (Smh),

• Islamic State claims responsibility for terrorist attack

• France vows to retaliate mercilessly

“We condemn these senseless, violent, and callous acts of aggression against innocent civilian. An unscrupulous barbaric act of vengeance has no place in society.

We hope and pray that the perpetrators will be held fully accountable for this heinous crime and that they will realize that violence does not lead to peace,” says MJCSA.

The organization calls for amicable means of bringing lasting peace to ensure that revenge and tit for tat attacks do not become the order of the day.

Full report at: https://www.the-newshub.com/international/muslim-judicial-council-of-south-africa-joins-the-world-in-condeming-the-friday-france-massacre

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SA Muslims angry over new marriage law

Waheeda Amien

16 November 2015

The debate relating to the recognition and regulation of Muslim marriages in South Africa raises many complex issues, some of which I wish to address in this article.

The first, and it appears the most contested issue, is whether or not a secular state should be regulating a religious family law system that has for centuries been regulated within the private domain by members adhering to that religion.

Those adopting the position that the state should not be interfering in the private matters of a religious community echo the laïcité approach of the northern and western hemispheres.

Ironically, it is precisely the laïcité approach that is being used today to discriminate against Muslim women in many European countries. A similar approach was previously used to advocate against state intervention in domestic violence because the latter was perceived to fall within the private sphere of the family and not within the domain of the state.

Yet, whenever members of a community or society suffer negative consequences as a result of discriminatory practices and beliefs, the state has an obligation to intervene and provide protection to those marginalised members. In the case of Muslim family law in South Africa, those marginalised members are Muslim women.

Full report at: http://www.rdm.co.za/lifestyle/2015/11/16/sa-muslims-angry-over-new-marriage-law

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