Myanmar judge convicts two Reuters reporters in
landmark secrets case
Priest Gives Sermon in Kerala
Mosque, Thanks Muslims for Help during Floods
Economy Need of the Hour: Jamaat-e-Islami
Sultan Agrees To Raise Muslim Marrying Age To 18
Judge Convicts Two Reuters Reporters in Landmark Secrets Case
Calls US ‘Wild Wolves’, Vows To Abandon Dollar in Trade
Bangladesh border forces to hold high-level talks from tomorrow in Delhi
Institution, LDA Trade Barbs over Madrasa, Ownership of Land
Singh Sidhu says optimistic about Indo-Pak ties after Islamabad visit
May Extend Cooperation to New Pakistan Government: Sheikh Hasina
‘Extremism Can Be Defeated By Promoting Punjabi Culture’
bid foiled, three terrorists of banned outfit held
personnel martyred in cross border firing near Pak-Afghan border
spells out terms of engagement with Pakistan
Catholics Shed Fears of Islam through Dialogue
bombing kills one, wounds over a dozen
former police chief, who beat Anwar in jail, raises hackles with new
duo publicly caned six times over lesbian sex attempt
Taliban Commander 7 Killed In Separate Clashes in Kandahar Province
calls Myanmar military’s disinformation regarding Rohingyas ‘disgusting’
Rabbani met with the Ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul
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Miller takes over NATO, U.S. forces command in Afghanistan
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shows Israelis stoning Palestinian village as troops look on
forces fire missile at Saudi military forces in Jizan border region
Boy in 'Extremist Muslim' New Mexico Compound Says He Was Being Trained For
US Official Denied Job over Anti-Muslim Posts On Facebook: Report
protesters clash outside Islamic convention
commando takes helm of forces in Afghanistan
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Army Sends More Military Equipment to Bases in Syria
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escape Ain Zara prison near Libya’s Tripoli
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of Boko Haram suspects, good progress for Nigeria’s justice sector – AI
by New Age Islam News Bureau
priest gives sermon in Kerala
mosque, thanks Muslims for help during floods
a sermon of a different kind, a Catholic priest addressed members of Muslim
community inside a mosque, thanking them for selflessly feeding the flood
victims who had taken shelter at his church.
Sanu Puthussery, belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church, had visited the Juma
Masjid at Vechoor in Kottayam district during jum’ah (Friday prayers) on August
31 and delivered a thanksgiving speech at the prayer hall.
the deadliest floods had lashed the state two weeks ago, over 580 people had
sought refuge at St Antony’s Church at Achinakom where Father Puthussery was
serving as the priest.
a day after, the Church authorities faced some shortage of food and water.
straightaway went to the Masjid, apprised the maulvi about our difficulty and
requested his help. After the day’s prayers, Muslim brothers came to the church
with a large quantity of food and water,” Father Puthussery said.
cannot express my gratitude to them in words. That much help and support they
had extended during the time of difficulties,” he said.
continued bringing essential items to the relief camp at the church.
food and water, the youth attached to the mosque also arranged for medicines,
went to the Masjid to meet the maulvi and other authorities and thank them
personally. But they invited me to their prayer hall and offered me their
platform to speak...,” the priest said.
was a different experience for over 250 believers, who were present at the
mosque to offer Friday prayers.
his about 10-minute speech, the Catholic priest said, though the floods had
snatched away many valuables from people, it also washed away the walls of
Francis had said build bridges, not walls. The devastating floods has now given
us an opportunity to destroy the walls and build the bridges of togetherness,”
the priest added.
to the media after addressing the participants of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI)
Ijtema at Sanghota in Swat on Sunday, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Senator
Siraj ul Haq, has said that it is the constitutional responsibility of the
government to establish an interest-free economy in the country.
Haq said that in order to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, the
government would have to give special attention to education, health,
employment and collective justice. ”The government announcement to create ten
million jobs had given a new hope to the nation” said the JI leader.
on the forthcoming presidential elections, he said that the JI wants a stable
democracy in the country and it also desires that the presidential elections
would be held in a democratic manner.
further said that reliable elections were a basic requirement of a democratic
society. ”The 25th July elections were the elections only of the millionaires
and billionaires and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had failed to
hold fair, free and transparent elections”, added the JI leader.
ul Haq said that Pakistan has lived under both, dictatorship and democracy, but
none of the ruling systems has paid attention to the problems of the general
public and only the interests of small elite have been given preference.
JI leader said that new government should not frame its policies keeping in
view the interest of the feudal lords and capitalists, but serious heed should
also be paid to watch the interest of the poor masses and to ensure that the
children of the poor could also get education and health facilities.
JI chief further said that the biggest task before the government at present is
to start accountability of the remaining 436 people named in the Panama leaks.
”All the corrupt people, howsoever powerful they were, must be brought to
justice”, he added.
on the ongoing situation of load shedding, Siraj ul Haq said that the issue of
load shedding is getting total out of control in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). He
said that the issue is not the power generation but it is in the distribution
and transmission of power.
JAYA, Sept 3 — The legal marrying age for Muslims in Selangor will be revised
from 16 to 18 year old, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said today.
Star reported the Sultan as saying he had instructed the Selangor Islamic
Religious Council (Mais) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais)
to review the existing Islamic laws in the state and propose the necessary
this, Mais and Jais have presented to me information on the proposal to amend
the existing laws.
am in agreement with the suggestion to streamline the minimum age of marriage
for Muslim males and females in Selangor from 16 to 18,” said Sultan
Sharafuddin in his royal address opening the Selangor Legislative Assembly
Sharafuddin said earlier in his speech that he viewed underage marriage as a
serious issue, such as the recent case involving the marriage of young Muslim
girl in Kelantan.
said such cases could impact negatively on the couple's future as well as its
implication on society.
judge convicts two Reuters reporters in landmark secrets case
Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law
on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark
case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian
northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached
the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained
defendants... have breached Official Secrets Act section 3.1.c, and are
sentenced to seven years. The time already served by the defendants from
December 12 will be taken into consideration," the judge said.
freedom advocates, the United Nations, the European Union and countries
including the United States, Canada and Australia had called for the Reuters
is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the
press everywhere," Reuters editor in chief Stephen J Adler said in a
will not wait while Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo suffer this injustice and will
evaluate how to proceed in the coming days, including whether to seek relief in
an international forum."
reporters had told the court two police officials handed them papers at a north
Yangon restaurant moments before other officers arrested them.
police witness testified the restaurant meeting was a set-up to entrap the
journalists to block or punish them for their reporting of a mass killing of
have no fear," Wa Lone said after the verdict.
have not done anything wrong... I believe in justice, democracy and
verdict means Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - who both have young daughters and have
not seen their families outside of prison visits and court hearings for nearly
nine months - remain behind bars.
Soe Oo has a three-year-old daughter and Wa Lone's wife, Pan Ei Mon, gave birth
to their first child last month.
government spokesman Zaw Htay has mostly declined to comment throughout the
proceedings, saying Myanmar's courts were independent and the case would be
conducted according to the law.
verdict had been postponed for a week because Judge Ye Lwin was sick. It comes
amid mounting pressure on the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
over a security crackdown sparked by attacks by insurgents from the Rohingya
Muslim minority on the security forces in August 2017.
than 700,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims fled across western Myanmar's border
with Bangladesh, according to U.N. agencies.
of reporters from domestic and international media organizations and diplomats
were at the court for the verdict.
ambassador Scot Marciel said he was sad for the two reporters and also for
deeply troubling for everybody who has struggled so hard here for media
freedom. I think one has to ask will this process increase or decrease the
confidence the people of Myanmar have in their justice system," Marciel
are disappointed by today's court decision," the UN Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Knut Ostby, said in a statement. "The
United Nations has consistently called for the release of the Reuters
journalists and urged the authorities to respect their right to pursue freedom
of expression and information."
ambassador Dan Chugg, speaking on behalf of his government and EU members, said
he was "extremely disappointed" by the verdict in a case that had
"passed a long shadow" over freedom of expression and the rule of
has dealt a hammer blow for the rule of law," Chugg said.
Reuters reporters were arrested on December 12 while investigating the killing
of 10 Rohingya men and boys and other abuses involving soldiers and police in
Inn Din, a village in Rakhine State.
has denied allegations of atrocities made by refugees against its security
forces, saying it conducted a legitimate counterinsurgency operation against
the military acknowledged the killing of the 10 Rohingya men and boys at Inn
Din after arresting the Reuters reporters.
UN mandated fact-finding mission said last week Myanmar's military carried out
mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal
intent" and called for top generals to be prosecuted. Myanmar rejected the
International Criminal Court is considering whether it has jurisdiction over
events in Rakhine, while the United States, the European Union and Canada have
sanctioned Myanmar military and police officers over the crackdown.
calls US ‘wild wolves’, vows to abandon dollar in trade
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed Ankara would pursue
non-dollar transactions in trade with Russia and other countries, accusing the
US of behaving like “wild wolves.”
Turkey and Russia are reeling from punitive economic measures imposed by
behaves like wild wolves. Don’t believe them,” Erdogan told a business forum
during a visit to Kyrgyzstan, in comments translated into Kyrgyz.
said his country was in negotiations with Russia over non-dollar trade.
the dollar only damages us. We will not give up. We will be victorious,”
Erdogan told the meeting, attended by Kyrgyz and Turkish businessmen as well as
between NATO members Washington and Ankara hit a new low last month as US
President Donald Trump announced steep new tariffs on Turkish steel and
aluminum in response to the detention of an American pastor in Turkey.
Turkish lira shed a quarter of its value last month as the trade war with the
US ratcheted up.
meanwhile saw its ruble tumble to two-year lows in August after the US
announced fresh sanctions in connection with a nerve agent poisoning incident
in the British city of Salisbury.
has also used the visit to ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan to demand the Central Asian
country of six million people relinquish all ties to Fethullah Gulen, a
US-based cleric and educator Ankara accuses of fomenting a coup in 2016.
Sunday, Erdogan said Turkish businesses should invest in Kyrgyzstan but “may
face barriers from FETO,” the term Ankara uses to describe the network of
people and institutions linked to Gulen.
refusal of the United States to extradite 77-year-old Gulen to face trial in
Turkey is one of several sore points that have plagued a once-strong bilateral
whose Hizmet movement has led to the creation of schools in dozens of countries
including Kyrgyzstan has always denied any links to the 2016 coup attempt.
July 2016, over 55,000 people have been arrested over coup links in Turkey,
while more than 140,000 public sector employees have been sacked or suspended.
Bangladesh Border Forces to Hold High-Level Talks from Tomorrow in Delhi
DELHI: India will take up issues like BSF personnel being attacked by
Bangladeshi criminals and those related to crossborder smuggling during a
high-level meeting of the border guarding forces of the two countries beginning
here tomorrow, a senior official said on Sunday.
per an official, India and Bangladesh will share updates about movement of
Rohingyas in the meeting.
delegation of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), led by its Director General (DG)
Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam, has arrived in India to hold bi-annual talks with
their counterparts - BSF - as part of their six-day tour.
Border Security Force (BSF) side will be led by DG K K Sharma.
between India and Bangladesh are at an all-time high," a BSF spokesperson
like prevention against attacks on BSF personnel by Bangladeshi criminals,
joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes, action against Indian insurgent
groups (operating from the other side) among others are part of the agenda for
the DG-level talks that begins tomorrow here," he said.
related to border infrastructure, simultaneous coordinated patrol in vulnerable
areas of the border and mutual sharing of information are also part of the BSF
subjects, the spokesperson said.
senior official told PTI that the two sides will also share updates with regard
to the movement of the Rohingyas along the 4,096-km frontier they share.
Dhaka headquartered BGB is expected to take up issues like smuggling of various
types of drugs/narcotics from India to Bangladesh and arrest or apprehension of
Bangladeshi nationals by the BSF among others, the spokesperson said.
joint record of discussion will also be signed between the two forces on
September 7, he added.
is the 47th DG-level conference between the two sides since it began in 1975.
last time the two forces met for such a meeting was in April this year in
Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, an Islamic institution, and the Lucknow Development
Authority (LDA) are locked in a dispute over ownership of a land under Chowk
police station area. Besides, the Islamic institution has also accused the LDA
of trying to demolish a madrasa built there, an allegation the civic body has
officials came here on August 29 to demolish the madrasa Mazharul Islam as,
according to them, it is situated on a government land. We received a notice in
this regard on August 14. However, they couldn’t raze the structure as people
from the locality assembled at the spot to prevent them from doing it,” said Dr
Shoaib Qureshi, a member of both the working committee and the executive panel
of the Ulama. He claimed that the land was purchased by the Ulama through six
registries between 1982 and 1991. The madrasa was built in 2005 after the map
for the same was passed by the LDA, Qureshi said.
land was originally owned by four brothers, one of whom went to Pakistan in
1965. In 1982, we first purchased one-fourth of the land and subsequently the
rest by 1991. The next year, a primary school was constructed on the land and
then a small madrasa was established. In 2005, after the map was passed by the
LDA, the madrasa Mazharul Islam was built. At present, we have two buildings
with hostel and library facilities spread over 20,000 sq ft. The rest of the
land houses an abandoned factory and makeshift houses where people live,”
contacted, LDA secretary Mangala Prasad Singh denied the allegations. “It is
confirmed that the land belongs to the government. However, we are not going to
demolish the madrasa or any other pucca structure on the land. We only have to
construct a boundary wall in the empty space for some government work. Only
those living in makeshift houses will be removed. In fact, many of them have
already shifted,” Singh said.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said Sunday his belief that India-Pakistan
ties were set to improve has strengthened after his return from Islamabad, as
his "friend" Imran Khan has sent a message that he wants peace.
before, when an Indian prime minister's visit to Pakistan was responded with
terrorist strikes, Sidhu said his trip resulted in a message of peace.
his return from Pakistan last month, Sidhu said, there was controversy in
India, but the new Pakistan prime minister said "they want peace".
visited Pakistan to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Khan, a cricketer turned
politician, on August 18.
the visit, Sidhu had hugged Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa,
triggering a torrent of criticism from the BJP and also from within his
Congress party, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Sidhu said, "I will tell you why my hope about the improvement in
relations of both the countries got strengthen."
War happened after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee returned from Pakistan.
Pathankot attack happened after PM Narendra Modi returned from Pakistan, but
when Sidhu returned from Pakistan and some 'nok-jhonk' (bickering) took place,
the message from my friend came that 'we want peace... You take one step and we
will take two'," Sidhu said, referring to Khan.
to a question at 'Soch Se Soch Ki Ladai' event organised by Youth Congress in
Ajmer city of Rajasthan, Sidhu said sportsmen and artists break barrier and
bring people closer.
Punjab tourism minister said dialogue is the only way to improve ties with
is the biggest top (cannon), which conquers the impossible. My hope has
strengthened after my personal friend became the prime minister of Pakistan
after a struggle of years... I can say with full confidence that relations
between both the nations would be enhanced," he said.
to Modi's impromptu visit to Lahore in December 2015 to meet his then Pakistan
counterpart Nawaz Sharif, Sidhu said Modi visited there without any invitation,
and that was because he understands "talks are the only way
except negativity was gained by blood shedding. Thousands of people lost their
lives. So I would say positive - anything is better than nothing.
may extend cooperation to new Pakistan government: Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Dhaka could extend its
cooperation to Pakistan's new government under Premier Imran Khan's leadership
for their mutual welfare.
Khan came to power after making massive struggle. We will extend cooperation to
him if he seeks it from us," she said.
added, "We will do it considering the welfare of the people of Pakistan,
not the conspirators (there). . . We've no objection to share experiences with
them for the welfare of the common people".
said Khan "hit many sixes" on the field but now "it is the time
to see whether he could hit those sixes by remaining in power...we'll be happy
if he can do it".
however, said there were still some "Pakistan lovers" in Bangladesh
who are still conspiring against their own country, in an oblique reference to
fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and its crucial ally BNP of now imprisoned
ex-premier Khaleda Zia.
relations plunged to their lowest ebb since Bangladesh initiated the war crimes
trial in 2010 exposing Bengali war criminals who carried out atrocities while
siding with Pakistani troops in the 1971 war.
a question on the Myanmar military's use of "fake pictures" as part
of their anti-Rohingya propaganda, Hasina blasted the regime there accusing
them of spreading disinformation over their minority Rohingya population.
is a magical trick...What they are doing is disgusting," she said as
foreign media investigations found that the Myanmarese army used fake photos in
their bid to show so-called Rohingya atrocities on Burmese Buddhists decades
said Myanmar committed a heinous act attacking and driving out tens of
thousands of Rohingyas of their homeland but "the biggest matter is that
they tarnished their own image".
premier said Myanmar pledged to take back their displaced people from
Bangladesh, but the reality is that they did not act accordingly.
is Bangladesh's next-door neigbour, so we never wanted any conflicting position
(with them)...the international community gave support to Bangladesh on the
issue and I extend my thanks to them for it," she said.
prime minister said Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas and
made all kinds of arrangements for them while Dhaka was continuing talks with
Myanmar for their repatriation and signed an agreement to this end.
talks are held with Myanmar they don't make any objection on the repatriation
of the Rohingyas. But the reality is different," she said.
The Muslim Sufis have spread the message of peace, love and humanity but,
unfortunately, the younger generation and the political elite in Pakistan are
not aware of their messages.
powerful corridors destroyed the culture of land of Sufis, said Ammar Shah
Kazmi in a seminar on “Importance of Punjabi Language and Culture” held at
Punjab Institute of Languages and Culture here on Saturday.
said religion is totally different from culture. “Saudi Arabia has its own
culture and our Punjabi culture is different from rest of the world.
Unfortunately, our political elite seemed reluctant to promote Punjabi culture
and language”, he said.
shared that according to the Article 3 of the constitution of Pakistan,
government was bound to promote regional languages.
the government of Punjab did not pay heed. He said the government of Sindh
promoted Sindhi language and made it compulsory in schools.
demanded government of Punjab that Punjabi be included in syllabus so that the
children could get familiar with Punjabi culture.
said extremism could be defeated by promoting the Punjabi culture and
languages. Dance, folk songs, folklore, etc, are the beauty of Punjabi culture.
Mela at shrines, Kabbadi, cinemas, kite flying, etc, are the essential part of
said the sound of drum beat attracted the people of all religions, creed,
colour and caste, and love was promoted in social gatherings.
alienation promoted hatred, he lamented.
Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC) Director Dr Sughra Sadaf said
love conquers all. Sufis promoted love and worked for the interfaith harmony in
the culture of Punjab has lost somewhere, she said. She said, “Our culture is
different than that of Saudi Arabian culture.”
is a land of Sufism which promotes love only. Hatred could not grow in fertile
land of Punjab, she said.
expression of language have been stopped in the country, she lamented. No
language could compete with Punjabi language, she said.
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) foiled major terror bid and arrested
three terrorists of a banned outfit on Sunday.
CTD spokesperson said that on an intelligence tip-off, the CTD team conducted
an operation in Basti Shorkot of Multan.
operation, three terrorists of a banned outfit identified as Iqbal, Usman and
Husnain Muhavia were arrested.
detainees were planning to conduct a terrorist attack on Defence Day (September
06) but in time action foiled the bid.
FC personnel was martyred and another injured on Sunday in a cross-border
firing at a check post located in Kurram near the Pak-Afghan border.
incident took place when militants in Afghanistan opened fire at the security
FC personnel, identified as Lance Naik Rehmanullah lost his life during the
attack, while the wounded security forces personnel had been shifted to a nearby
hospital for treatment.
was reported that cross-border firing originated from Afghanistan’s Khost
province, which took place early on Saturday at around 6:45 am and was
targeting a picketing party of the Khataka Post.
As the United States and the new Pakistani government prepare for their first
face-to-face talks in Islamabad on Wednesday, the Trump administration has made
it clear that Pakistan will have to back the US strategy in Afghanistan if it
wants good relations with Washington.
strategy — as defined by both the State Department and the Pentagon this week —
is to use a combination of military and diplomatic pressures to force the
Taliban to work with Kabul for restoring peace in Afghanistan.
believes that a working relationship between the Taliban and Kabul can lead to
an honourable withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
sent its first clear message to Islamabad last week when US Secretary of State
Michael Pompeo telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan and asked the latter to
take “decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan”.
Islamabad disputed the US version of this conversation, but later withdrew its
second message came earlier last week when US Defence Secretary James Mattis
said at a news briefing in Washington that Secretary Pompeo and the US military
chief were going to Islamabad to urge Pakistan to play its role in fighting
on Saturday, the Pentagon announced that it was seeking to reallocate $300
million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad’s lack of “decisive actions” in
support of America’s Afghan strategy.
so far, the most detailed explanation of the US terms of engagement came from a
senior Pentagon official — Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific
Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver.
his talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, Mr
Schriver emphasised several key points: no restoration of US security
assistance to Pakistan before the war in Afghanistan ends, more restrictions
may be imposed and Washington has serious concerns about Pakistan’s growing
economic ties with China.
he also said that the Trump administration was willing to give Imran Khan and
his team some “space” to make their policies.
terms of separating what was said during a campaign and what he said since the
election, we want to give him (Mr Khan) space to find the opportunities to
improve things with India,” he said.
Schriver also dispelled the perception that Washington was trying to
are not interested in a failed Pakistan by any stretch of the imagination. So,
we want them to be successful,” said the top US official while indicating that
Washington could also work with international financial institutions to help
boost the ailing Pakistani economy because “economy is going to be the key” to
earlier statements, US officials had indicated that they might not support
Pakistan’s bid to seek an estimated $12 billion from the International Monetary
Fund until what they said Islamabad stopped supporting certain Taliban groups
Schriver not only offered conditional support to Pakistan’s efforts to seek
international or bilateral loans, but also acknowledged the key role that
Islamabad has to play in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.
is no question we need Pakistan’s help in encouraging, persuading, pressuring
Taliban to come to the negotiating table, deal with the national unity
government under President Ghani and talk about a future where they are
included, not through force, but through a political process,” he said.
defended the Trump administration’s decision to suspend security and certain
economic assistance to Pakistan, saying: “We have made decisions on curbing
assistance and putting constraints on our relationship with Pakistan as a means
to try to persuade them to adopt that course and use their influence on the
such decisions were regularly evaluated, he added.
are still evaluating as to the impact of that. It’s certainly not where we want
it to be. But it’s something that, I think, we will stick with and certainly
the end stage should be one that we can all agree on,” he said.
Schriver also said that the US was not yet ready to resume its assistance to
think our approach of cutting assistance and pressuring Pakistan on their
relationship with the Taliban — persuading them to come to the table, dealing
with terrorist networks — will be sustained,” he said. “It is a matter of
dealing with suspicions and distrust and the mix of all this.”
why the Trump administration wanted to end the Afghan war now, Mr Schriver
said: “Seventeen years is long enough to be involved in a war. We need this to
end. We want this to end.”
to a question about the Pakistani economy, Mr Schriver said: “I don’t have a
good answer on the economic difficulties and challenges that Pakistan finds
itself in. What I can say is, if you look at other examples where countries
went all-in or largely-in with China, the results have not been particularly
good. There has been an erosion of sovereignty and an erosion of control. There
are many examples of that.”
US, he said, was willing to help Pakistan.
Catholics shed fears of Islam through dialogue
Setiadi says she often used to feel nervous when interacting with her Muslim
colleagues due to fears of religious extremism and violence.
always thought they would do something bad to me or behind my back," the
29-year-old Chinese-Indonesian Christian from Kelapa Gading in northern Jakarta
told ucanews.com recently. Jakarta has declared 2018 as the "Year of
her admittedly limited knowledge of Islam, she tried to convince herself that
not all Muslims were closet jihadists, or had in some way been radicalized, by
trying to keep an open mind.
her fears would not subside.
didn't give up, however, and decided to learn more about Islam by reading up on
it and watching YouTube videos covering Islamic teachings.
July she heard of a class being hosted by a group of young Catholic writers and
journalists called Agenda 18 that was formed in 2003 to discuss issues like
religious plurality. It has held a short program of classes for six of the last
15 years, with the previous one taking place in 2012.
while the focus in previous years was on writing and literature, it has since
expanded to make Islam the main topic. This was in response to the changing
situation in Indonesia with extremists now looming so large on the radar.
is a catechumen, or a Christian convert who has not yet been baptized. She
decided to register for this year's program as classes had been scheduled every
Saturday throughout August at a venue in Jakarta Archdiocese.
Setiadi wasn't alone. About a dozen Catholic laypeople joined her. Each class
lasted for four hours.
Anjani, the group's spokeswoman, said the point was to deepen local Catholics'
understanding of Islam in a bid to ease misunderstandings and friction due to
religion while fostering greater tolerance.
of violence committed by Muslim groups can create a negative perception about
Muslims in general. This ruins inter-religious relations," she said.
instance, feelings of hatred against Muslims blanketed the hearts of many
Christians following a series of suicide bombings that targeted three churches
in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, in May.
family — a husband, wife and their four children — committed the suicide
bombings in the country's second-largest city. Dozens of people were killed and
don't want Catholics to be trapped [by thinking all Muslims support this
behavior]. We want to create space for mutual understanding," Anjani said.
message of greeting entitled "Christians and Muslims: From Competition to
Collaboration" that was delivered by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for
Interreligious Dialogue in June for the feast of Eid al-Fitr, has also
strengthened the group's goals.
message highlights the negative impact of harboring a spirit of competition
between Christians and Muslims, and the need for both communities to recall their
religious and moral values.
that end, the August classes that Setiadi attended invited Muslim scholars from
organizations that promote religious tolerance and dialogue including the
Inklusif Foundation, and covered topics such as Islam and peace.
of the speakers was Subhi Azhari from the foundation who taught about the
opportunity like this is very important. These classes really do help us to
avoid misunderstandings," he said.
Antonius Benny Susetyo, an activist priest, called the program an "oasis
between religious groups emerges because the faithful don't know each other
well," said the priest, a former executive secretary of the bishops'
Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
to the program, Matheus Kemal Rousdy from St. Laurent Parish in Tangerang,
Banten province, says he now has a much clearer picture of what Islam is all
convinced me not all Muslims sympathize with those who commit violent acts,"
said Rousdy, who studies at Multimedia Nusantara University about 35km west of
echoed similar sentiments, adding she has finally been able to break free of
her misconceptions and fears.
like this should become regular programs at all parishes and include the values
of other religions so we can all get along and understand one another
better," she said.
- A bomb ripped through an internet cafe in the southern Philippines on Sunday,
killing one person and wounding 15 in the second deadly blast to strike the
same city in days, authorities said.
explosion in Isulan was a short distance from where an improvised bomb under a
motorcycle blew up on August 28, killing three and wounding dozens. These
attacks are the latest violence in the south of the majority Catholic
archipelago, where Islamist militants have been fighting a decades-long
was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's bombing, but authorities'
suspicion immediately fell on the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic
Freedom Fighters (BIFF). "It is the BIFF who is responsible," Army
General Cirilito Sobejana told AFP. "This group is out to sow chaos."
mayor's office of Isulan and the military said one person was killed in the
bombing and 15 were wounded, four of whom were in critical condition. The
recent blasts follow President Rodrigo Duterte's government enacting a law to
create greater autonomy for the Muslim minority in the south which is hoped to
help end the conflict.
have expressed worry the law could encourage some militant factions to attack in
an effort to derail the peace efforts. Several armed groups are active against
government forces in the south of the Southeast Asian country, where a
decades-long rebellion has claimed more than 100,000 lives according to a
(BERNAMA) - Former Malaysian police chief Abdul Rahim Noor, who gave politician
Anwar Ibrahim the infamous black eye by assaulting him in 1998, has been
appointed a special government envoy, causing dismay to members of Datuk Seri
Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Sri Rahim, 75, was last week appointed by the Mahathir Mohamad administration
as facilitator for peace talks between southern Thailand's Muslim rebels and
the Thai government.
Mr Anwar, commenting on the issue for the first time on Sunday (Sept 2), said
Prime Minister Mahathir should be given leeway in determining the best decision
on the appointment of the former inspector-general of police (IGP).
Anwar, PKR's president-elect, did not deny that the appointment has caused
unhappiness among various groups, especially those who could not forget what Mr
Rahim did when he was the IGP in 1998.
Anwar was sacked as deputy prime minister on September 2 that year, a decision
that led to the Reformasi street protests.
Anwar was arrested by police on Sept 20, 1998, and Mr Rahim assaulted him while
he was in a prison cell that evening.
Rahim was found guilty of the assault in 2000 and received a two-month jail
sentence. He apologised in 2005 to Mr Anwar and his family for what happened.
was formed in 1999, using as its flag a symbol of Mr Anwar's black eye.
Anwar told reporters after an event on Sunday: "I know some consider this
as a personal issue but we need to remember because we are now talking about a
former IGP and criminal behaviour (involving him).
also need to know that space should be given to Tun Mahathir as Prime Minister
to determine what is best.
this regard, it is not just about Anwar's case. On the other hand, lessons can
be learnt by others."
Anwar's daughter, Penang MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, has strongly opposed Mr Rahim's
unequivocally oppose this appointment of a brutal assaulter of an innocent man,
as he lay there blindfolded and handcuffed - left without medical attention for
days," Ms Nurul Izzah wrote on Twitter last week,
PKR Selangor MP, Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, told Malay Mail online news:
"I do not see Rahim Noor's contribution to this post, and why appoint this
person, given what he has done to Anwar, and the fact that Anwar is going to be
the next prime minister?" Former IGP Rahim replaced the former facilitator
in the Thai talks, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim.
LUMPUR, Sept 3 — The two women who was found guilty for attempting to have
lesbian sex was caned six times in public at the Terengganu Syariah Court
today, as around 100 people watched the punishment.
caning officers, one from Kajang Women’s Prison and another from the Pengkalan
Chepa Women’s Prison were deployed to court, but the whipping was carried out
by the former.
two were caned individually, in front of the judge.
whipping started at 10am and ended approximately 20 minutes later, Muslim
Lawyers Association deputy president Abdul Rahim Sinwan said when contacted.
Rahim along with four others from the association held a watching brief over
the case today.
said that the two women were also given private access in and out of court to
protect their identities, in what he said was deemed necessary under Islam.
is out of the question, to hurt the person is out of the question. They were
brought through different doors, they were taken out through different doors,
as the purpose is not to humiliate the person,” he told Malay Mail.
basically when you talk about caning in Shariah courts, the fallacy among
people outside is that the caning is meant to hurt the person. That’s the
Shariah caning, it is not meant to hurt the person. It is to educate the
person. Therefore it’s not painful, it’s not harsh. It’s not meant to hurt the
person” he claimed, insisting that Shariah caning if different to civil ones.
comrade and fellow Shariah lawyer Marlina Amir Hamzah told Malay Mail that the
women were caned in full view of about 100 people in the court, made up of
public onlookers, government agency representatives as well as NGO members.
two women were punished by six strokes of the cane, under Sections 30 and 59(1)
of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001, after
they pleaded guilty to lesbian sexual relations.
August 28, Terengganu Syariah High Court registrar Nurulhuda Abd Rahman
announced that the sentencing, initially set to take place that day, had been
postponed to today, due to technical reasons.
Taliban commander 7 killed in separate clashes in Kandahar province
least seven Taliban militants including a local commander of the group were
killed during separate clashes in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the clashes took place in Nish
and Khakrez districts of the province.
a senior local commander of armed Taliban was killed in a clash with Afghan
National Police and Afghan National Army,” the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said
in a statement.
statement further added that the clash took place in Shin Kian region, Nish
district, southern Kandahar province.
a separate report, six armed Taliban were killed and three other armed Taliban
were wounded in a clash with Afghan National Police,” the statement by MoI
incident took place in Mandigak region, Khakriz district, southern Kandahar
province,” MoI said, adding that “No ANP and civilian was harmed during the
anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not
commented regarding the report so far.
comes as the security situation in southern Kandahar province had improved
comparatively during the recent years where fewer security related incidents
have been reported as compared to the other southern provinces.
Minister Sheikh Hasina has described the Myanmar military’s use of false
pictures as propaganda against Rohingyas which she finds ‘disgusting’.
Myanmar is doing is disgusting,” she said. “They are ruining their own
reputation. They are diminishing their position on the world stage.”
prime minister made the remarks in response to a question regarding the
Rohingya crisis during a news conference on the BIMSTEC summit at the
Ganabhaban on Sunday.
Myanmar military had distributed a book on the ‘True News’ of the Rohingya
crisis in July. A media investigation of the book found that three photographs
in it had been falsely represented as being from the Rohingya crisis.
of the photos were originally taken in Bangladesh and Tanzania. A third was
falsely labelled as Rohingyas entering Myanmar from Bangladesh, when in reality
it showed migrants leaving the country.
of the photographs was of a man recovering the body of Bengalis after a 1971
massacre in Dhaka. The book said the picture showed the brutal killing of
Myanmar’s ethnic population by Bengalis.
700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh from across the border in Myanmar in the
wake of a military crackdown in Rakhine State last August. Nearly 400,000 other
Rohingyas had also fled to Bangladesh at various times in the past few decades.
December, in the wake of international pressure, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed
an agreement on the repatriation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar. But the process
has yet to begin. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested that Bangladesh
is responsible for the delay.
Kyi skipped this year’s summit of the BIMSTEC regional group, which consists of
seven nations with connections to the Bay of Bengal. Myanmar President Win
Myint attended the summit instead.
was asked whether the regional forum had discussed the Rohingya crisis and she
said bilateral issues are usually not discussed at the event. The prime
minister did, however, speak to President Myint on the matter briefly.
acknowledged the agreement that we have signed. They say they are ready to take
them back. We discussed that much. I also spoke to the Thai prime minister.”
has never wanted conflict with Myanmar, she said.
are always continuing discussions regarding the return of Rohingyas. Myanmar
never objects. They say they will take them. But the reality is that they say
it, but don’t do it.”
prime minister said she was in favour of testing the electronic voting machines
or EVMs during the impending parliamentary elections.
made the statement amidst the BNP and most other parties’ opposition to the use
cannot suppress it,” she said at news briefing on Sunday. “It is a matter of
practice. We must test them out.”
EVMs first came into use in Bangladesh in 2010, but they have only been used
during local government elections.
Election Commission has recently proposed a change to election laws to use them
for the general elections in December. A proposal was put forward to use EVMs
for one-third of the parliamentary seats, but has yet to be finalised, said
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.
EC’s sudden decision has led to a backlash from political circles. The BNP has
vocally opposed the move, saying that the government was planning ‘digitally
rig’ the polls with the EVMs.
want to begin using them in some places to test them,” said Hasina during
Sunday's briefing. “We need to see if there is any system loss in the
technology. If we see any indication of problems we will remove them. But this
is not the final word on the matter. Let's start using the technology on a
talks with BNP’
once again ruled out the possibility of having dialogue with the BNP or taking
measures to make sure the party contest in the next general elections.
BNP says it will not join the next parliamentary polls if the Awami League
government does not step down and release BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from
up to the parties whether they will contest in elections. What do we have to do
here?” Hasina asked.
can neither obstruct them from contesting in the election nor can we invite
them to the polls,” she added.
being asked if she was considering any response to the BNP’s call for talks,
she referred to the refusal of Khaleda to meet her after the former prime
minister’s son Arafat Rahman Coco died in 2015.
way! No matter what you say. It doesn’t matter whether I am in power or not,”
prime minister said Khaleda’s lawyers failed to prove her innocence in Zia
Orphanage Trust graft case and the government has nothing to do with the case.
can free Khaleda through the court. And if they want it quick, they must seek
the president’s pardon,” Hasina suggested.
praised at Nepal summit
prime minister said Bangladesh was praised at different levels of the Fourth
BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu.
went to Nepal on Thursday to attend the summit. After addressing the opening
session, she joined the retreat.
also met India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
and Bhutan’s advisor to interim government Tshering Wangchuk on the sidelines
of the summit.
BIMSTEC Summit and the other related meetings were important for Bangladesh on
the whole. All the quarters praised my participation in the summit and
Bangladesh’s role in the other meetings,” Hasina said.
Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Ambassador of Pakistan
in Kabul to discuss the issues of bilateral interest, including the recent
developments in Jalalabad city which resulted into the closure of the Pakistani
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Mr. Rabbani congratulated the Pakistani
Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan for the successful conclusion of the parliamentary
elections in Pakistan.
further added that Islamabad’s support from an Afghan-led peace process could
have positive impact on the bilateral relations between the two countries.
his turn, the Pakistani Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan said the government of
Pakistan supports the Afghan government’s stance regarding the Moscow summit.
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rabbani also discussed the issues
surrounding the closure of the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad city and emphasized
on immediate steps to resolve the issue.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs also added that the two sides also discussed
bilateral political and economic relations, Afghan peace process, regional
cooperation and the issues of Afghan refugees.
least four people were wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion in Kabul city late
Sunday, the security officials said.
incident took place in the vicinity of 10th police district of the city in
police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said a magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle
went off at around 7pm local time local time.
further added that four people were slightly wounded in the explosion.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
anti-government armed militants are attepting to carry out similar attacks in
Kabul city and other key provinces and cities of the country during the recent
comes as at least two Air Force personnel lost their lives in an attack by
unknown gunmen in Kabul city last week.
U.S. Military General Austin Scott Miller took over the command of the NATO-led
Resolute Support Mission and the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
former NATO and U.S. forces Commander Gen. John Nicholson handed over the
command to Gen. Miller during a ceremony organized in Kabul today.
during the change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters, Gen.
Miller hailed the NATO and Afghan partners for their sacrifices in the past 17
Miller emphasized on the need for a sustainable solution to end the ongoing
violence in Afghanistan.
Afghan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, National Security Adviser Dr.
Hamdullah Mohib, and some other senior Afghan officials had also participated
in the change of command ceremony.
high level dignitaries included the UNAMA Chief, Ambassadors, and the commander
of the US Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel.
Rights Watch demands that Iran investigate killing of 30 protestors
Rights Watch has called on Iran to open impartial investigations into the
killing of 30 protesters since January.
human rights organization said in a statement published on Saturday that the
Iranian authorities did not show any sign of conducting impartial
investigations, either into those deaths, or into law enforcement officials’
use of excessive force to repress protests.
called the Iranian regime to drop all charges brought against protesters for
peaceful assembly and release those detained on that basis.
August 2, 2018, authorities have detained more than 50 people during protests
Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said: “The Iranian
government is using the authoritarian playbook to respond to protests,
criminalize peaceful dissent, and protect security forces from scrutiny.”
added: “Rather than blaming ‘foreign elements’ for protests, Iranian
authorities should allow citizens to critique the government through their
right to peaceful dissent.”
July 31, a new wave of protests against the deteriorating economic conditions
and perceptions of government corruption began in the city of Esfahan and
quickly spread to other cities, including Karaj in Alborz province and Tehran,
said that since December, 2017, protests swept over many Iranian cities, during
which the authority arrested around four thousands protesters, while the
Intelligence ministry detained 150 students, with 17 given prison terms.
legitimate army continues to advance in several areas west of Saada, a military
source confirmed that the army carried out a wide-scale operation during which
several key areas were liberated including the Hbeish and al-Safiah mountains
that look over Miran.
forces also continue to advance in the Hajjah governorate, where they have taken
control of several villages and valleys, while intense battles continue in
areas adjacent to the Haidan directorate in Saada.
military commander stated that over 140 Houthi militiamen were killed during
battles in the Zaher directorate, while hundreds more were wounded and Houthi
weapons and equipment were destroyed by Arab Coalition air raids.
Palestinian Authority (PA) reportedly “completely rejects” an offer by the
United States for formation of a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation as an
apparent substitute for an independent Palestinian state.
chief Mahmoud Abbas, who was speaking to Israeli movement Peace Now and Israeli
lawmakers in Ramallah on Sunday, said he had been offered a “political plan” by
the United States negotiating team that was based on formation of the
federation, Ha’aretz reported.
told the team, which includes US President Donald Trump’s advisor and
son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, that
“he would agree to such an offer only if Israel is a part of the
confederation,” the paper added.
was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan," Abbas said, adding,
"I answered: Yes, I want a confederation with Jordan and Israel. I have
asked the Israelis if they would agree to such an offer."
US is to unveil a proposal targeting the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which
Trump has hailed as the “deal of the century.”
in May, Israeli intelligence website DEBKAfile reported that the plan gave the
Palestinians limited sovereignty over about half of Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank
and set Abu Dis, east of the occupied holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds, as their
capital. Palestinians have historically sought east al-Quds as the capital of
their future state.
year, Trump recognized al-Quds as Israel's "capital," and moved the
US embassy to the city in May.
PA stopped recognizing the US negotiation role afterwards, saying it could no
longer trust Washington.
likewise said the US was "hostile towards the Palestinians.”
US plan would also reportedly give Palestinians’ sovereignty over the Gaza
Strip on the condition that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas gave up
to the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Washington did not have an exact
deadline for unveiling of its plan, and would not present it at the upcoming
United Nations General Assembly session.
to the air of secrecy surrounding the plan, Greenblatt, meanwhile, said,
"We will not discuss any specific ideas or private conversations that may
or may not have been had with leaders in the region.” He was referring to the
US team’s talks about the plan with regional states.
targeting entire UNRWA’
the PA chief remarked on Washington’s cutting all its aid to the UN agency for
Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
Houthi missile expert was killed on Sunday when Arab Coalition fighter jets
struck an area in the Duraihami district, southwest of Hodeidah province.
Aly Ahmad Al-Hamli is considered one of the militia group’s main field
commanders, who has contributed in developing certain types of ballistic
missiles, according to security sources.
was also the colleague of the militia group’s security leader, Taha Al-Madani,
the younger brother of Yusuf al-Madani who was killed in 2015 in the province
Houthi leader, Abdel Khalek Al-Houthi, was killed on Friday, news reports have
said, along with several militants in an airstrike on a farm in the Bajil
district in Hodeidah.
new video taken by a human rights group shows Israelis hurling stones at a
Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank in the presence of troops.
rights organization Yesh Din filmed a group of 15 settlers attacking a house on
the outskirts of Burin south of Nablus on Saturday while soldiers stood nearby
and looked on.
reports said the attackers originated from Givat Ronen outpost, which is
located near the settlement of Yitzhar. Local residents said some 18 olive
trees had also been cut down in the village.
attack is not the first of its kind, with Israel's Haaretz newspaper reporting
that the past year had witnessed several such incidents during which settlers
attacked Palestinians or activists under the protection of troops.
month, at least ten Israeli settlers physically assaulted four activists from
the anti-occupation Ta'ayush organization in the South Hebron Hills and threw
them to the ground while they were documenting illegal construction at Mitzpe
video released last month also showed an Israeli soldier attacking an activist
from Ta'ayush in the occupied West Bank.
rights group B'Tselem released the video showing the soldier taking pictures of
the activists who had gathered near the settlement of Pnei Hever to help
Palestinians tend to their orchards and plow their land.
soldier suddenly hit one of the activists who was filming him with his camera.
In another footage, the Israeli soldier was seen hitting the activist in the
recent months, several videos have gone viral online in which Israeli troops
have been caught on camera killing Palestinians in cold blood and sparking
in June, a controversial Israeli bill, which criminalizes any photographing,
recording or filming of the regime’s soldiers while on duty, passed its first
reading in the Israeli parliament.
the measure, those found photographing, recording or filming Israeli troops
“with the intention of undermining the spirit” of the army “shall be liable to
five years of imprisonment” and those “intending to harm Israel’s
security" could be given 10 years in jail.
also prohibits the publication of photos or video content in the media or
army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have
launched a domestically-designed and –manufactured ballistic missile at a
military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan in
retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s devastating military aggression against
Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the short-range Zelzal-1
(Earthquake-1) missiles hit Mashal base with great precision on Sunday.
were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage
in the day, Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular
Committees, fired a barrage of mortar shells at Saudi-backed Yemeni militiamen
loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had gathered in a
military camp on Jabal al-Qais mountainous area in Jizan region. No reports of
fatalities were quickly available.
Saudi fighter jets carried out a string of airstrikes against residential
buildings and properties in the Shada'a district of the northwestern Yemeni
province of Sa’ada, leaving substantial damage behind. There were no immediate
reports about possible casualties.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military
campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government
of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of
the Saudi-led aggression.
boy in 'extremist Muslim' New Mexico compound says he was being trained for
13-year-old boy on what investigators have described as an extremist Muslim
compound in New Mexico said he was being trained to commit "jihad"
against people with different beliefs, according to a report Saturday.
teen told investigators that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, wanted to "get an army
together" and train the group of 11 children for jihad, Reuters reported
citing federal court documents.
was the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the 3-year-old boy whose body turned up
in an underground tunnel at the compound and whose disappearance led
investigators to the group.
teen said his mother was dating Wahhaj, and that the man trained him and
another teenager on the compound "in firearms and military techniques,
including rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat," according to an
— whose father reportedly was linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center as an unindicted co-conspirator and is an imam at a mosque in New York
City — allegedly told the teens that jihad meant they were to kill those who
did not believe in Allah.
teen's mother believed that God had sent her messages, according to the teen,
who also said he watched her and Wahhaj perform "exorcism" rituals
over the 3-year-old boy. In one of the rituals, the boy reportedly choked and
his heart stopped.
adults at the compound, including the boy's mother, Jany Leveille, 35, told
everyone not to talk about Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj ever being at the compound
because they would "all go to jail," the 13-year-old boy also said.
raid of the compound on Aug. 3 — in search of the 3-year-old's body — showed
that 11 children and five adults were living on the premises.
judge on Wednesday dropped child neglect charges against three of the adults
because of a missed deadline on behalf of local prosecutors.
FBI then on Friday arrested all five of the adults on firearms and conspiracy
charges, and the Taos County District Attorney said his office would seek grand
jury indictments involving the 3-year-old boy's death.
five defendants are scheduled to appear in court in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
US official denied job over anti-Muslim posts on Facebook: report
A US Army director who was recently offered a top position with US Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reportedly no longer take the post after
BuzzFeed unearthed his previous anti-Muslim Facebook posts.
to details, Guy Sands-Pingot, a brigadier general, was reportedly slated to
start as a new USCIS deputy director in September. But the news outlet unearthed
some of his old anti-Muslim Facebook posts
in which he compared Islam to the Nazi party. When media outlet asked USCIS about the
posts, a spokesman said the candidate would no longer be hired.
per report, in his Anti-Islam articles, that are no longer available publicly,
Sands-Pingot allegedly bashed Muslim intellectuals and the “political axis” for
describing terrorists attacks as solitary acts of violence, and not the
teachings of Islamic beliefs.
would undermine their fantasy of their not being an Islamic threat to the
non-islamic world and peoples," Sands-Pingot wrote two years ago,
according to BuzzFeed.
is similar to saying crimes committed by nazi storm troopers had nothing to do
with the Nazi Party even though every propoganda point of the Nazi Party
political and social platform clearly spelled out what they would do and why
they would do it, and to whom they would do it to." Sands-Pingot also
commented on or shared several anti-Muslim Facebook posts, BuzzFeed reported.
the outlet asked the USCIS about Sands-Pingot’s anti-Muslim posts, spokesman
Michael Bars said the new hire would not be coming to the agency after all.
flared Saturday when more than 100 protesters and counterprotesters squared off
outside a large Islamic convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Texas Patriot Network member ran across barriers erected by police around noon
and began punching a counterprotester outside the 55th annual Islamic Society
of North America convention. Three people were handcuffed, briefly detained and
released under the condition they leave the protests for the day, said L.J.
Satterwhite, assistant chief of homeland security for the Houston Police
want to make sure that whatever happens, it happens peacefully and no one gets
harmed,” Satterwhite said. “We have been very blessed to avoid a lot of the
problems that other cities have seen. We want to keep that track record going.”
convention, which runs through Monday, will draw thousands of Muslims to
downtown for talks, prayers, workshops, arts, entertainment and festivities.
Greene, a local radio talk-show personality, helped organize the protest that
drew roughly two dozen members from the Texas Patriot Network and white
supremacist groups. “We’re clearly outnumbered,” he said. “But we’re never
the police barriers, a group of roughly 80 counterprotesters held signs and
chanted phrases, including “Nazis, go home.”
included members of the Houston Socialist Movement, International Socialist
Organization, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Refuse Fascism, Socialist
Alternative, Young Communist League, Huey P. Newton Gun Club and New Black
wanted to let them know that Houston is a majority black and brown city and
they are not welcome here. They are not wanted here. We will be here as long as
they are here,” said Brother Maitreya, chairman of the Houston chapter of the
Huey P. Newton Gun Club. “We are going to be here until we run them out of our
Mohammad, member of the New Black Panther Party, criticized Greene and his
were ridiculous. They looked weak,” Mohammad said. “They are anti-American.
They are going against the First Amendment that guarantees people freedom of
religion. They are going against basic human rights and are trying to deny
someone’s religion, and that’s why we were here.”
Olguin said he attended the counterprotest to speak out against the
you read the history books, you see the Jim Crow era, you see Japanese
detainment camps, you see all these atrocities that happen,” he said. “A lot of
people say to themselves, ‘If I were there, I would have done the right thing.’
It’s happening right now, and that’s why everybody is out here. We’re seeing
the oppression of a lot of people. When people are not doing anything and they
stay silent, they are complicit in that.”
Ridhwaan, who came from San Antonio to attend the conference, said he didn’t
feel intimidated by the anti-Islamic protestors.
are vastly outnumbered, so that feels pretty good,” Ridhwaan said. “There are
always going to be people who don’t like Muslims, and I’m OK with that,”
defended the views of the Texas Patriot Network, which he said was wrongly
being identified as Nazis and racists.
Scott Miller took command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, as
worsening violence erodes hopes for peace in the war-torn country.
who has commanded special operations units in Afghanistan since 2013, succeeds
General John Nicholson, who is rotating out of the post after more than two
handover comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war that has seen little
progress by Afghan or US forces against the Taliban, Afghanistan's largest
and international players have been ratcheting up efforts to hold peace talks
with the Taliban, which was toppled from power by US-led forces in 2001.
unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and
Taliban representatives in Qatar in July fuelled hopes for negotiations to end
a recent spate of attacks by Taliban and the smaller but potent Islamic State
group that left hundreds of security forces and civilians dead has almost
extinguished that optimism.
is a tough fight,” Miller acknowledged during an outdoor change of command
ceremony in Kabul attended by top Afghan officials and foreign diplomats.
no room for status quo, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must be aware of
bias and easy conclusions — they don't exist here.”
the past two years Miller has headed up the secretive Joint Special Operations
Command (JSOC) and has lengthy experience working with some of America's most
who will return to the Pentagon, is the longest-serving US commander of NATO
and American Forces in Afghanistan.
had been concerns that militants would shower Kabul with mortar or rocket fire
to spoil Sunday's handover, as they did during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's
speech on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday last month.
the ceremony passed off uninterrupted.
takes up his new role more than a year after US President Donald Trump unveiled
his Afghanistan strategy, which increased the US troop presence and now
includes a renewed push to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
there are fears that Trump is growing frustrated with the pace of progress in
Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to
negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.
is speculation that another meeting between US and Taliban representatives
could be held this month. “We known the military component is only one part of
this conditions-based strategy,” Miller said.
added that it was necessary to “create space for the political process” to end
US government has no plans to pull US troops from Afghanistan because the
years-long war in the country provides the Pentagon with an “endless” source of
money, an American analyst says.
Becker, the national coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition made the remarks
in an interview on Sunday, after US Army General Scott Miller replaced General
John William Nicholson as the new
commander of more than 16,000 US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
taking the post, Miller said at the headquarters of the NATO-led Resolute
Support mission that Washington and its allies needed to “adapt to the enemy”
in order to defeat it.
said the remarks by Miller shows “the thinking of the dominant faction in the
Pentagon that is committed to continue the war in Afghanistan endlessly.”
2001 the US has occupied Afghanistan, bombed Afghan villages, killed Afghan
soldiers and civilians, continued to abuse and violate the basic rights of
self-determination of the people of Afghanistan,” the analyst said.
US invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent occupation of the country has
dragged on for 16 years, costing the US economy more than $714 billion dollars,
according to the Pentagon's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
second longest war in the US history has also killed over 2,000 American
soldiers and injured 20,000 more.
described as “illusion” remarks by US commanders that Washington knew how to
achieve victory in Afghanistan.
is no idea within the Pentagon establishment that military victory is either at
hand or can be achieved anytime in the coming years or even decades,” he
fact of the matter is the Pentagon wants to keep the war in Afghanistan going
endlessly because it is a cash cow for the Pentagon and it is a source of
endless financing from American taxpayers and gives the Pentagon a pretext to
maintain military bases in most strategic parts of the world,” he explained.
lawmakers in Israel support Corbyn’s fight against racism
a dozen Arab members of Israel’s parliament (Knesset) have announced their
support for UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn amid an anti-Semitism row
affecting the British politician and his party.
13 Arab Knesset lawmakers wrote a letter to the British newspaper the Guardian,
in which they praised Corbyn for his fight against all forms of racism,
stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and we recognize him as a principled
leftist leader who aspires for peace and justice and is opposed to all forms of
racism, whether directed at Jews, Palestinians, or any other group,” read the
letter from the Joint List coalition, which is Knesset’s third largest faction.
Israeli lawmakers also hailed Corbyn for “his long-standing solidarity with all
oppressed peoples around the world, including his unflinching support for the
letter comes amid a continued row within the Labour Party over a new code of
conduct on anti-Semitism which rejects certain pro-Israeli statements existing
in a multi-national pact.
and several senior Labour leaders have been targeted for their refusal to adopt
a broader definition of anti-Semitism. However, they insist adopting a full
definition would restrict the rights of those Jews who are critical of Israel
and its actions.
Israeli lawmakers reiterated in their letter that they endorse Corbyn’s view
that being anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist would not necessarily mean an affront
to the Jews. They said that the definition of anti-Semitism “goes far beyond
anti-Jewish animus to include anti-Zionism”.
lawmakers' declaration of support for Corbyn comes despite repeated attempts by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to draw international condemnation
against Labour leader’s policies.
Joint List condemned in its letter Netanyahu’s racist policies towards the
Arabs living in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying such policies had
in fact helped weaken sympathy for “the Palestinian historical plight” among
members of the British political class.
faces German murder verdict amid tensions in Chemnitz
IN DER PFALZ, Germany: A failed asylum seeker accused of stabbing his
15-year-old ex-girlfriend to death faces a court verdict on Monday, in a case
that Germany’s far-right has seized upon in its campaign against migrants.
verdict in the western German town is due at a time when anti-migrant protests
have erupted in the eastern city of Chemnitz over the fatal stabbing of a man,
allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi.
as Abdul D., the accused in the teen killing has admitted to the court to
stabbing the girl at a drugstore in the town of Kandel on December 27.
believe that he acted out of jealousy after the girl broke up with him.
convicted, Abdul D., who claims he is from Afghanistan, faces up to 15 years in
his nationality, doubts have been raised about his age, which he said was 15 at
the time of the crime.
expert had estimated his age as between 17 and a half and 20, nevertheless, the
court hearing took place behind closed doors and under juvenile penal rules.
D. arrived in Germany in April 2016 and his request for asylum was rejected in
February 2017 although he was not immediately deported.
case is one in a string of high profile crimes allegedly committed by asylum
seekers that has stoked popular anger against the new arrivals and put pressure
on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her liberal refugee policy.
party AfD has been mobilizing regular demonstrations over the killing in the
small town with a population of just 9,000, as it sought to bolster its
the peak of the protests, thousands marched in Kandel. But they appear to have
since lost momentum.
Saturday, a demonstration in the town attracted 350 people, local police said.
of the small town frustrated by the far-right rallies also lined the
demonstration route, carrying banners like “Stop hate and incitement” or
“Kandel is colorful, not brown” — in reference to the Nazi’s khaki uniforms,
according to national news agency DPA.
state premier Malu Dreyer accused the far-right of exploiting the teenager’s
death for political gains, saying it was “intolerable.”
is the hope of all of us that once the trial is over, peace will return to
Kandel,” she said.
the country in Chemnitz, tensions were also running high over another stabbing
rallies in the eastern city on Saturday drew 11,000, with far-right
demonstrators outnumbering counter-protesters by 8,000 to 3,000, police said.
people were reported injured, police said, with a Social Democrat MP also
saying that his team was “attacked by Nazis” as they were heading toward their
against the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers since 2015 is
particularly strong in Saxony state, where Chemnitz is located.
against asylum seekers, the AfD has won strong support in the state, and
surveys suggest that it is poised to become Saxony’s second biggest party in
next year’s regional elections.
Sunday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Germans to “get off our sofas and
open our mouths” against xenophobia.
Police in Germany's southern state of Bavaria are investigating two officers
suspected of performing the illegal Hitler salute.
German constitution makes it a crime to exhibit Nazi symbols and the incident
is likely to feed into a heated debate about racism and the rise of the far
right after a record influx of mainly Muslim migrants three years ago.
said in a statement on Saturday the two policemen had shouted anti-immigrant
remarks and made the salute in a pub in the city of Rosenheim on Thursday. It
based its information on a witness who was in the same beer garden as the two
third man, described as a security guard in the police statement, had also
taken part and made the salute. The policemen have been suspended.
politicians have been urging action to combat a rise in hostility toward
foreigners after skinheads last Sunday clashed with police in an eastern city
where a man was fatally stabbed and two migrants were identified as the main
raised their arms in Nazi salutes, chased people who appeared to be outsiders
and wrestled with police in Chemnitz after police identified the suspects as a
Syrian and an Iraqi.
leaking of the arrest warrant for one of the two stabbing suspects to the
anti-Islam group PEGIDA raised concerns that some justice officials in the
state of Saxony, where Chemnitz is located, were sympathetic to the far right.
will not allow the extreme right to infiltrate our society," Justice
Minister Katarina Barley told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, urging
authorities in Saxony to investigate far-right groups.
Angela Merkel's liberal immigration policy remains deeply divisive in a country
that has taken in more than 1.6 million people over the last four years.
influx contributed to the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party,
which entered parliament for the first time in an election last year with a
campaign that proclaimed Islam to be incompatible with the German constitution.
8,000 people took part in a demonstration organised by the AfD and the
anti-Islam group PEGIDA in Chemnitz on Saturday. About 3,000 people attended a
rival protest by leftist groups.
said on Sunday that the demonstrations were largely peaceful.
19-year-old Afghan man who was shot and wounded by Dutch police after allegedly
attacking bystanders at Amsterdam's Central Station will briefly appear in
court on Monday, police said.
suspect, identified by authorities as “Jawed S”, “will appear before a judge
and until then no further details will be released,” the Amsterdam police said
in a statement on Sunday.
American citizens — both believed to be male — were seriously injured when a
knife-wielding man attacked bystanders around noon on Friday at the busy
station next to the Dutch capital's historic city centre.
quickly reacted and shot the man in the lower body. He and the two injured
bystanders were taken to hospital.
US State Department on Sunday condemned what it called an “unprovoked,
horrifying attack” and offered full support to Dutch authorities both in their
investigation and “in our common fight against terrorism in all forms”.
of the wounded Americans were in a satisfactory condition, officials said on
was no update on the victims' condition, which police on Saturday described as
an initial statement by the suspect it has emerged that the man had a terrorist
motive,” Amsterdam City Hall announced after police questioned the suspect.
S has a German residency permit and German police on Saturday raided his
apartment. The police did not release details about its exact location.
suspect will make a brief first appearance behind closed doors and according to
Dutch criminal legal procedures will not be asked to plead.
is likely that the judge will remand him in custody for two more weeks, in
order for detectives to continue their investigation,” a Dutch prosecution
service official told AFP.
process could take up to three months, the official added.
of commuters and tourists were evacuated from the rail terminus after the
witness said he saw a young man “stumble” into his flower shop at the station
with a bleeding wound to his hand, before hearing shots ring out.
Netherlands has so far been largely spared the terror attacks which have rocked
its closest European neighbours in the past few years.
amputees take the plunge to forget horrors of ISIS
artificial limbs in the place of legs they lost to extremists, a group of
Iraqis plunged into a swimming pool for a special race aimed at helping them
overcome the horrors of war.
Zahra Kazem, a soldier from southern Iraq who was wounded in an attack in
Baghdad, said getting back in the pool had helped him to rediscover one of his
passions in life.
swum since I was a child and today I can start again,” he said by the poolside
at a hotel in Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern
Abdellatif lost a leg in an attack by ISIS in Iraq’s second city Mosul, which
was left in ruins by the government’s battle against the extremist group.
to his artificial limb, he said he has recovered “80 percent of my capabilities
from life before”.
can drive my car. I can work,” he told AFP, his swimsuit and cap still dripping
the side of the pool, half a dozen men with artificial legs waited in the shade
for their turn splashing in the water.
were watched by officials from Kurdistan and Kuwait, which has provided funding
for the rehabilitation of civilians and fighters from Iraqi Kurdish and federal
aim, said Erbil governor Nawzad Hadi, is to “give life and hope” to victims of
of thousands of Iraqi security personnel were wounded in the three-year battle
against ISIS, which at its peak controlled nearly a third of the country as
well as swathes of neighboring Syria.
of thousands of civilians have also been wounded in attacks perpetrated for
years by extremist groups across Iraq, which declared victory over ISIS in
police fires teargas at anti-corruption protest in Basra
used teargas to disperse around 3,000 protesters who gathered on Sunday outside
the provincial government headquarters in the southern oil hub of Basra, amid
growing unrest in southern cities over poor public services and corruption.
protesters also set fire to tires outside the building and there were minor
clashes with riot police who fired tear gas to try to quell the protest. No
serious injuries were reported.
on Sunday, police used tear gas to disperse around 150 protesters at the main
entrance to Iraq's giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield, police sources said.
have swept cities in the long neglected south, Iraq's Shia Muslim heartland,
over widespread electricity outages during the blistering hot Iraqi summer, a
lack of jobs and proper government services, and entrenched graft.
sources said that Abu Wasef and Abu Maria, two field commanders of the National
Liberation Front, were killed by unknown attackers in the Southern part of
further said that the bodies of the two commanders were discovered along a road
connecting al-Mastouteh to Araiha.
fresh wave of tension and insecurity has covered Idlib as the Syrian Army is
preparing to kick off a large-scale operation in Northwestern Syria.
sources reported earlier today that at least five senior commanders of Tahrir
al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) were killed
in a chain of blasts in the Northwestern province of Idlib.
Fo'ad Dayb, a commander of Tahrir al-Sham, was killed after a bomb, planted in
his vehicle, went off in the town of Saraqib in Idlib.
the meantime, local sources reported that four blasts in the towns of Samin,
Salqin, Qah and al-Dana near the border with Turkey killed at least five
commanders of Tahrir al-Sham.
artillery and missile units pounded the strongholds of Tahrir al-Sham and its
allies near the small towns of al-Sarminiyeh and al-Qarqour between Hama and
Idlib provinces, destroying several positions equipped with missile platforms
and rocket launchers.
artillery and missile units shelled heavily the positions of al-Turkistani
Islamic Party in the village of al-Mashik in the Eastern strip of al-Ghaab
Plain, damaging terrorists' rocket launchers and killing a number of militants.
a number of Tahrir al-Sham's vehicles were damaged in the army's artillery fire
North of Khirbet al-Naqous and also a position of Kata'eb al-Izzah was
detonated in the artillery attack West of the town of al-Latamina.
Thursday, the army units launched heavy attacks on the bases of Tahrir al-Sham
and other affiliated terrorist groups West of the town of al-Latamina and the
villages of al-Jisat, al-Janaberah, Hasraya and Kafr Zita in Northern Hama.
army's artillery and missile attacks also targeted the moves of the Turkistani
group in the two towns of al-Ziyarah and al-Mashik in Eastern Sahl al-Iqab.
field sources reported that during the attacks, tens of terrorists were killed
and wounded and several of their vehicles and military equipment were smashed.
SOHR said that the US-led coalition forwarded a sum of 150 vehicles carrying
military-logistic equipment to the SDF-held regions on the Eastern bank of the
Euphrates River via Simalka passageway at Iraq-Syria border.
further said that the convoy has been sent to the coalition bases in Raqqa,
Aleppo, Hasaka and Deir Ezzur provinces, adding that more convoys will be sent
to the US bases in Syria in coming days.
Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting earlier
today that the US-led coalition has reinvigorated its military presence on the
Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the second half of the current year via
setting up 18 bases in the Northeastern and Eastern provinces of Syria.
US-run bases are in Ein al-Arab (Kobani), Kharab Ashak, Manbij, Ein Issa, Raqqa
and Tabaqa in Raqqa province, al-Shadadi, al-Houl, Tal Tamar, Tal Bidar and
Romeilan in Hasaka province and al-Amr oilfield and al-Bahrah region in Deir
Ezzur province, al-Watan went on to say, adding that some of the bases have
runways for the take-off and landing of military aircraft.
Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Ankara-backed terrorists are
reinvigorating their combat capabilities via fortifying positions and
concentrating militants in Aleppo to kick off a surprise attack against the
further said that the terrorists' upcoming attack has been directed by the
Turkish army command, adding that the terrorists are to start the offensive by
suicide attacks and artillery fire on Aleppo city.
report comes as the Syrian Army is preparing for a major operation in Southern
and Western Aleppo to open the Lattakia-Aleppo road as a prelude to the major
offensive on terrorists in Idlib.
Saturday, Hawar News quoted field sources in Aleppo province as reporting that
the Turkish army dispatched a sum of 500 Ankara-backed militants to the Bab
al-Hawa border-crossing between the town of Reihanly in Hatay province and
al-Artab region in Aleppo.
further said that a fresh wave of tensions and defections covered the terrorist
front over participation in the upcoming final battle with the Syrian army as a
part of the Ankara-backed militants intend to surrender and some others are
fleeing the region.
army units stormed ISIL's strongholds in the Eastern deserts of Sweida and
captured several positions that were used by the terrorist group to monitor and
launch ambush operation against government forces.
the meantime, other units of the army seized control of a large depot of arms,
ammunition and logistical equipment of ISIL in their operation in Qasr Samsam
in Toloul al-Safa.
the army's artillery and missile units pounded ISIL's positions and movements
in Toloul al-Safa, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.
today, the army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Toloul al-Safa in
the Eastern deserts of Sweida, and imposed control over several key points in
the meantime, the army's artillery and aircraft pounded ISIL's positions and
movements in Toloul al-Safa, and destroyed several strongholds after inflicting
heavy casualties on the terrorists.
units of the army managed to repelled ISIL's heavy offensive aimed at lifting
the government forces' siege in the newly-freed Hatil Dam in Toloul al-Safa.
Iraqi political groups, including those led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Prime
Minister Haider al-Abadi, announced an alliance on Sunday that would be the
majority bloc in the newly elected parliament.
alliance includes 177 lawmakers from 16 electoral lists, a document published
by the state news agency showed. It is now in pole position to form the
country’s next government.
parliament contains a total of 329 seats and is set to convene for the first
time on Monday, when it will elect a new speaker and launch the process of
forming a government.
new alliance includes the blocs of Vice President Ayad Allawi and Shiite Muslim
cleric Ammar al-Hakim, as well as several Sunni Muslim lawmakers and ones
representing Turkmen, Yazidi, Mandaean and Christian minorities.
does not include Kurdish groups. Since Saddam Hussein was toppled in a 2003 US
invasion, power has been shared between Iraq’s three largest ethnic-sectarian
components. The prime minister is a Shiite Arab, the speaker of parliament a
Sunni Arab, and the president a Kurd.
voted in May in their first parliamentary election since the defeat of ISIS,
but a contentious recount process delayed the announcement of final results
until last month.
over the make-up of the new government has raised tensions at a time when
public impatience is growing over poor basic services, high unemployment and
the slow pace of rebuilding after the war with Islamic State.
muslims attack Christian homes in Egypt
group of Muslims attacked several Christian homes in a village in Upper Egypt,
injuring three people, officials with a Coptic Christian diocese have
assailants objected to the presence of a church in the area, the Minya Coptic
Orthodox Diocese said in a statement.
to attack Copts in the village had circulated days before the incident and were
reported to authorities but security only arrived after the attacks, it said.
wounded, including two Copts and a firefighter, were all hospitalized.
similar assault for the same reason had taken place in a neighboring village
weeks earlier, the diocese said, blaming authorities for a lack of deterrence
for Friday’s attacks and calling on them to take punitive measures against the
constitute 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population and sectarian
violence occasionally erupts, mainly in rural communities in the south. Minya
province has the highest Coptic Christian population in the country.
Minya diocese said Copts there usually opt to use “a house, hall or simple
room” to hold services as a temporary solution to avoid attacks on worshippers
en route to churches in neighboring villages.
authorities often refuse to issue building permits for new churches, fearing
protests by hard-line Muslims. Christians sometimes build churches illegally or
set up churches in other buildings.
Orthodox Coptic Christians strongly supported general-turned-president
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi, who
hails from the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
car bomb kills at least six in central Mogadishu
least six people were killed when a suicide car bomb struck a local government
office in central Mogadishu on Sunday, destroying the building and a Quranic
militant group Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack on Hawlwadag district
office, which also blew off the roof of a mosque and damaged houses nearby.
least six people had been killed, including soldiers, civilians and the suicide
bomber, and a dozen injured, according to police officer Mohamed Hussein.
school was open but at the time of the blast most children were away from the
building on a break.
the director of the Amin ambulance service told Reuters that at least 14 people
had been injured, including 6 children.
Reuters journalist on the scene saw a human hand and blood stains in the rubble
as people searched for survivors.
Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the group had
carried out the attack.
are behind the suicide attack. We targeted the district office in which there
was a meeting. We killed 10 people so far, we shall give details later.”
has been wracked by lawlessness and violence since 1991. Extremist group al
Shabaab is fighting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by
African Union-mandated peacekeepers.
chief condemns escalating violence in Libya
NATIONS - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an end
to violence in Libya in accordance with a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.
According to a health ministry toll at least 39 people have been killed and some
100 injured in five days of clashes among rival militias, which broke out
Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli. "The Secretary-General condemns the
continued escalation of violence in and around Libya's capital and, in
particular, the use by armed groups of indiscriminate shelling leading to the
death and injury of civilians, including children," a statement from
Guterres' office said. "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to
immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by
the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees." In a joint
statement Britain, France, Italy and the United States have said they
"warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that
they will be held accountable for any such actions."
400 detainees escaped after a riot on Sunday at a prison in the southern
suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli, theatre of a week of deadly battles, the
detainees were able to force open the doors and leave” as fighting between
rival militias raged near the prison of Ain Zara, the police said in a statement,
without specifying what crimes the escapees had committed.
were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own
lives, the statement said.
police official contacted by AFP was unable to provide further details.
detainees at the prison have been convicted of common crimes or were supporters
of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi, found guilty of killings during the
uprising that toppled his regime in 2011.
to a health ministry toll, at least 39 people have been killed and some 100
injured since clashes, including rocket fire, broke out among rival militias
Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli.
internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya has
announced a state of emergency in Tripoli where violence has led to at least 39
Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an end to violence in
Libya in accordance with a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.
to a health ministry toll at least 39 people have been killed and some 100
injured in five days of clashes among rival militias, which broke out Monday in
suburbs south of Tripoli.
Secretary-General condemns the continued escalation of violence in and around
Libya's capital and, in particular, the use by armed groups of indiscriminate shelling
leading to the death and injury of civilians, including children," a
statement from Guterres' office said.
Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and
abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the
a joint statement Britain, France, Italy and the United States have said they
"warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that
they will be held accountable for any such actions."
International has commended the Federal Government over the trial of suspected
Boko Haram terrorists, describing the ongoing trial as ”good progress for the
commendation was contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice and
Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami , by Osai Ojigho,
Country Director, Amnesty International Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement on
Sunday in Abuja said that a copy of the letter was made available to his office
by the AGF.
minister said the Amnesty International Nigeria said its delegates, who were
invited to observe the proceedings at the third phase of the trial at Wawa
Military Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State from July 8 to July 11,
”were treated with respect and decorum”.
International has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the
by members of Boko Haram.
have repeatedly urged the Nigerian government to conduct thorough and
independent investigations into the alleged human rights violations and abuses.
is with a view to bringing suspected perpetrators to justice in a fair trial
without recourse to the death penalty and this indeed is a good progress for
the justice sector,” the minister quoted the global rights campaigner’s letter.
said Amnesty International Nigeria expressed the hope that it would also be
to observe future trials.
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