American President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia
Trump Turns Politically Correct in Saudi Arabia
Ready to Bring In Legislation to Stop Triple Talaq:
Hezbollah Says ‘Arab Islamic American Summit’ Sign
of Resistance Front’s Victory
Turns Politically Correct in Saudi Arabia
Reach Out to Muslim World after Harsh Campaign Rhetoric
Teen Spat On In the US by Classmate Who Tries To Pull Off Her Hijab
tell Muslim leaders 'this is not a battle between different faiths'
Bring In Legislation to Stop Triple Talaq: Centre
Infiltrators, Two Soldiers Killed In J&K
review bid in Jadhav case untenable, a populist ploy: Harish Salve
quizzes 3 Hurriyat leaders
national arrested in Pakistan
Says ‘Arab Islamic American Summit’ Sign of Resistance Front’s Victory
Turnout in Polls Proves Iranians’ Fondness for Islamic Establishment: Velayati
regime court gives top Shia cleric suspended jail term
Erdogan prepares to regain leadership of party he founded
charity drive aims to raise $850,000 for the needy
Islamic State Members Killed Sneaking Into Mosul Bridge
Wrath” Operation Forces Attack the Last Areas of Presence Of The IS In Syria
Suspected Islamic State Extremists Killed In Turkey Raid
Islamic State members killed in Ankara raid
dangerous driving time in UAE during Ramadan revealed
Varsity Removes Muslim Prayer Space Ahead Of Ramadan
Army to 'Jointly Fight Jadhav Case with Govt' In ICJ: National Assembly Speaker
leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit
fires mortar shells into Pakistan
Troops Battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad Area
of the Republic of Benin: Arab-Islamic-US Summit very important because it
comes at the right time and place
Kills 20 Policemen in Southern Afghanistan
Ramadan, Kaamatan coming, price caps imposed on controlled items in Labuan
by New Age Islam News Bureau
MAY 21, 2017
The president says wildly offensive things when the
objects of his derision aren’t around, but crumples when he actually meets
Donald Trump appears to have envisioned his speech on
Sunday in Riyadh as an answer to Barack Obama’s 2009 address in Cairo. And
reading the two side by side is illuminating. The speeches differ in many ways,
but none more striking than this: Trump’s speech was far more politically
“Political correctness,” as it is used in common
parlance, means avoiding hard truths so as not to offend the people around you.
And Trump made his hostility to political correctness a centerpiece of his
campaign. Nowhere was this more evident than in his discussion of “radical
Islam.” Again and again, Trump blamed America’s vulnerability to jihadist
terrorism on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s refusal honestly to speak
about the pathologies of Muslims and Islam. At a Wisconsin town hall in March
of last year, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked, “Do you trust Muslims in America?”
Trump responded, “We have a problem, and we can try and be very politically
correct and pretend we don’t have a problem, but, Anderson, we have a major,
major problem.” In June, in defending his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to
the United States, Trump declared that, “The current politically correct
response cripples our ability to talk and to think and act clearly” to keep
America safe from terrorism.
Trump's Speech on Islam, Annotated
But for all the pillorying Obama received for supposedly
whitewashing the problems of the Islamic world, his Cairo speech actually
addressed them quite bluntly. Speaking at Egypt’s prestigious Cairo University,
Obama condemned Holocaust denial in Muslim countries, calling it “baseless,
ignorant, and hateful.” He denounced people who “threaten Israel with
destruction” and “repeat vile stereotypes about Jews.” He highlighted the
oppression of women in Muslim lands, declaring that “a woman who is denied an
education is denied equality. And it is no coincidence that countries where
women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.” He referenced
the Middle East’s economic failures, arguing that “no development strategy can
be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while
young people are out of work.” And in a clear challenge to his host, Egyptian
dictator Hosni Mubarak, he insisted that “all people yearn for certain things:
the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed;
confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice;
government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom
to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human
rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.”
Compare that to Trump, who said virtually nothing that
caused his hosts any discomfort. Trump criticized terrorist groups like ISIS
for their “persecution of Jews,” and he condemned Iran for pledging “the
destruction of Israel.” But since ISIS and Iran are Riyadh’s most bitter foes,
those condemnations won’t have bothered the Saudi monarchs at all. Unlike
Obama, Trump avoided the broader problem of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial
in Islamic countries, a problem in which his Saudi hosts are deeply complicit.
Nor did he even hint at the fact that Saudi Arabia still does not recognize
Ready to bring in legislation to stop triple talaq:
PTI | May 21, 2017
BENGALURU: The Centre on Sunday said it would bring in a
legislation to stop the triple talaq, if necessary, "but after allowing
the Muslim community to reach a positive conclusion following internal
"The government has made the stand very clear saying
that we want this (triple talaq) to end."
"If necessary, the (Central) government will bring
in a legislation, but after allowing the community to reach a positive
conclusion after internal deliberations," Union Minister for Urban
Development M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after inaugurating the statue of Dr
M S Ramaiah here.
Dr Ramaiah was an industrialist and philanthropist, who
in 1962 founded the Gokula Education Foundation here, which, in turn,
established numerous institutes of higher learning including the M S Ramaiah
Medical College, noted for its collaborative Child Response Unit that aids
children who are victims of sexual abuse.
Naidu said Muslims, like Hindus who have put to an end so
many social evils, should come forward and move towards ending triple talaq,
which was against the interests of women.
"Dowry, sati, child marriage - all of these, the
society came forward and finally decisions were made (to end these social
The Muslim women also have taken legal course and the
matter is being heard in the Supreme Court, he said.
Naidu said the issue is of gender discrimination and
gender justice, and so, the community should give proper response to it.
Hezbollah Says ‘Arab Islamic American Summit’ Sign of
Resistance Front’s Victory
May, 21, 2017
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior official at the Lebanese
Hezbollah Resistance Movement Hezbollah slammed an upcoming summit meeting
between the US and a number of Arab states in Riyadh, describing the event as
an indication of the Resistance Front’s victory across the region.
The so-called “Arab Islamic American Summit”, scheduled
to be held in the Saudi capital, shows that Washington and its allies have
failed to achieve their goals, the head of Hezbollah's Executive Council, Seyed
Hashem Safieddine, said in a statement, Lebanese media reported on Sunday.
He added that holding such a summit also demonstrates the
Resistance Axis’ upper-hand over Takfiri militants and their regional and
foreign backers all across the region.
The remarks by the senior Hezbollah official came after
US President Donald Trump arrived in Riyadh on Saturday morning on the first
leg of a nine-day overseas tour.
Saying that the situation in the region will continue to
get worse and worse for the US and its allies following the summit, Safieddine
emphasized that enemies would not be able to strike fear into Hezbollah and the
The US can no longer afford to formulate schemes for
Iraq, Syria, Palestine and the entire region, let alone lead Iran into a
cul-de-sac and eliminate Hezbollah, he added.
Trump is scheduled to outline his vision for US-Muslim
relations to an audience of more than 50 leaders of Muslim countries attending
the "Arab Islamic American Summit” on Sunday.
During his speech, however, he is expected to hail the
Saudi government as a strong Muslim ally and a partner in the fight against
This reeks of hypocrisy as the Saudi-backed clerics
openly preach and practice Wahhabism, a radical ideology that inspires
terrorists around the world. Daesh (ISIL) and other terrorist groups take
advantage of Wahhabism to declare people of other faiths "infidels,"
a justification for their execution.
Trump will make stops next week in the Occupied Palestine
and in Italy.
Trump to Reach Out to Muslim World After Harsh Campaign
By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEARMAY 21, 2017
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — During last year’s campaign,
President Trump said he thought that “Islam hates us,” and, intentionally or
not, he gave many Muslims the impression that it was mutual.
He called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims
entering the United States.” He engaged in a charged exchange with the
Muslim-American father of a soldier killed in Iraq. And he assailed those who
did not acknowledge Islam’s role in terrorism by using the phrase “radical
So when Mr. Trump takes the stage on the second day of an
inaugural overseas trip as president to deliver what aides are calling his
centerpiece speech here in the country that hosts Islam’s two holiest sites, he
faces the challenge of reconciling his past rhetoric with his ambition of
rebuilding relations with the Muslim world.
In effect, he will be addressing not just the leaders
gathered in the Saudi capital, but also the broader population of 1.8 billion
Muslims around the world.
In the days leading up to the speech, aides have been
suggesting that he would pivot from the harsher language of his presidential
campaign even as he condemns extremism and appeals to Muslim leaders to do more
to combat it.
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security
adviser, who has pushed Mr. Trump to stop using the phrase “radical Islamic
terrorism,” hinted that the president may not use it in the speech on Sunday.
“The president will call it whatever he wants to call
it,” General McMaster said in an interview with “This Week” to be broadcast on
ABC News. “But I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize
that these are not religious people and, in fact, these enemies of all
civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under
this false idea of some kind of religious war.”
General McMaster’s framing of the issue was closer in
spirit to the way Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama defined it than
the way Mr. Trump did as a candidate. Both of his predecessors argued that
terrorists had perverted Islam, which they described as essentially a religion
During last year’s campaign, Mr. Obama dismissed Mr.
Trump’s use of the phrase as “yapping” that would “fall into the trap of
painting all Muslims with a broad brush and imply that we are at war with an
entire religion,” thus “doing the terrorists’ work for them.”
Mr. Trump refused to back down, saying that “anyone who
cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country.” He used the phrase
again in his inaugural address in January. Even after General McMaster told his
national security staff that the phrase was problematic and should not be used,
the president cited it again days later in an address to a joint session of
Congress, a move seen as a rebuke of his own national security adviser.
Still, General McMaster said Mr. Trump has been listening
to the Muslim leaders he has been meeting since becoming president and
understands their views better. “This is learning,” he said.
Mr. Trump signed executive orders shortly after taking
office to temporarily ban visitors from several predominantly Muslim countries,
but those orders were blocked by the courts. While his administration is
appealing, the president has made little mention of them lately. The page on
his campaign site calling for the “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim
immigration has been taken down.
Some advisers who advocated stronger action and language
about what they call the Islamic threat have either left the administration or
have faded in influence: Michael T. Flynn was fired as national security
adviser for other reasons, while Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief
strategist, and Sebastian Gorka, a White House aide, are said to have less
The Trump administration and Saudi Arabia announced on
Sunday that they would create a joint Terrorist Financing Targeting Center to
formalize longstanding cooperation and search for new ways to cut off sources
of money for radical groups. Mr. Trump also planned to tour the new Global
Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh.
At a news conference on Saturday, Secretary of State Rex
W. Tillerson said Mr. Trump will use his speech to urge Muslim leaders to do
more to counter online recruitment and terrorist financing.
“We have to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, but we really
have to defeat ISIS in the cyberspace,” Mr. Tillerson told reporters, using the
acronym for the Islamic State group.
"This is their recruiting tool,” he added. “This is
how they message to lone wolves around the world. And this center is going to
concentrate heavily on how to enter that space from the standpoint of experts
that live in this part of the world and understand how to message to those who
might be influenced by radical messaging.”
Mr. Trump’s speech will cap a frenetic, whirlwind day of
diplomacy. He was meeting individually with the leaders of five Arab states —
Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar — and then collectively with the leaders
of the Gulf Cooperation Council. He will then gather with dozens of leaders
from around the Muslim world.
Arab leaders who had soured on Mr. Obama after eight
years, complaining that he lectured them without taking a decisive enough
leadership role in the region, were enthusiastic about Mr. Trump’s arrival
despite his past comments about their religion.
Mr. Trump met first with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of
Bahrain, a largely Shiite country led by a Sunni monarchy. The tiny island
nation, which serves as home to the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has taken
harsh measures in recent years to contain a persistent unrest.
Mr. Trump told the king that it was “a great honor to be
with you” and that there “has been a little strain but there won’t be strain
with this administration.” He added that the two countries have “many of the
same things in common.”
The king noted that the two nations have had 120 years of
relations “based on a very good foundation of mutual understanding and strategy
that we all have worked with, led to a great stability in the region.”
In March, the country’s Parliament approved a
constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, a decision
that human rights activists called a move toward martial law.
Not only did the Trump administration not object
publicly; it also signaled shortly afterward that it would lift all human
rights conditions on a major sale of F-16 fighter jets and other arms to
Bahrain. Mr. Trump has suggested he will not make human rights an obstacle to
strong relations with countries that he perceives to be American allies, saying
that any such issues should be worked out in private, which he considers more
He has pointed to the recent release of an
Egyptian-American aid worker from Egypt after he hosted that country’s
strongman president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the White House. Mr. Trump
thanked Mr. Sisi for that on Sunday during their meeting in Riyadh and said he
hoped to visit Egypt soon.
“Egypt is secure and stable and is going very well with
the cooperation of the United States,” Mr. Sisi said.
Mr. Sisi then added of the American president: “You are a
unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”
“I agree!” Mr. Trump responded cheerily, as laughter
rolled through the room.
Mr. Trump emphasized security ties in his meetings. “One
of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful
military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States,” he told the
emir of Qatar. “And for us, that means jobs and it also means, frankly, great
security back here, which we want.”
16-Year-Old Teen Spat On In the US by Classmate Who Tries
To Pull Off Her Hijab
A 16-year-old Muslim girl was spat upon and abused by her
classmate who even tried to pull her hijab off in a city school in the US.
The 15-year-old boy was on an elevator with the victim
inside the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica in the
New York City when he called her a "Muslim b---h!" and spit on her,
He then tugged on her hijab in an attempt to rip it off
her head, they said.
The girl then told school officials, who reported the
incident to police.
Police questioned the teen and charged him with
aggravated harassment and disorderly conduct, New York Daily reported.
He will be charged as a juvenile and so his name was not
released. The victim was rattled but not physically harmed, police said.
"This incident is troubling, and this type of
behaviour has no place in our schools," Department of Education
spokeswoman Toya Holness said.
"We are providing the school with additional support
to ensure appropriate follow-up action is taken," Holness added.
Full report at:
Trump to tell Muslim leaders 'this is not a battle
between different faiths'
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Donald Trump is to offer a message of peace in his
address to Muslim leaders today.
Speaking in Saudi Arabia, the US Presidens to say
"this is not a battle between different faiths" in his headline
speech on Islam, according to AFP.
Trump will also say that every terrorist murder
"should be an insult to every person of faith" and the problem can
only be overcome "if everyone in this room does their fair share."
While America is "prepared to stand" with the
Arab world against this common enemy, Trump will say that "the nations of
the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.
"The nations of the Middle East will have to decide
what kind of future they want for themselves, for themselves, for their
countries, and for their children.
"This is not a battle between different faiths,
different sects, or different civilisations... this is a battle between good
Two infiltrators, two soldiers killed in J&K
M Saleem Pandit | TNN | May 21, 2017
SRINAGAR: Two soldiers were martyred and two terrorists
were killed in crossfire on Saturday evening in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara
district during an infiltration bid.
Sources told TOI that the encounter was triggered after
the Army spotted suspicious movement along the Naugam sector of the Line of
Four to five terrorists were trying to cross over to the
Indian side. "The militants fired at soldiers. In the exchange of fire two
soldiers and two militants and two soldiers also lost their lives," a
Pak’s review bid in Jadhav case untenable, a populist
ploy: Harish Salve
Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | May 21, 2017
Pakistan’s attempt to seek a review is a mere populist
ploy to please domestic audience, Salve said.
He said India could also establish that the denial of
consular access to Jadhav could have seriously impeded his legal defence.
Harish Salve (left) is India's lead counsel in the
Kulbhushan Jadhav case. (Courtesy: Twitter/CIJ_ICJ)Harish Salve (left) is
India's lead counsel in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. (Courtesy: Twitter/CIJ_ICJ)
NEW DELHI: India's lead counsel Harish Salve said on
Saturday that Pakistan's attempt to seek a review of the International Court of
Justice's interim stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution is a mere populist ploy
to please domestic audience and is untenable under international law.
Speaking to TOI from London, Salve said, "There is
no appeal or review procedure provided under the ICJ statute or rules against
the orders already passed by it. India had pressed for provisional measures
citing urgency to save Jadhav on the ground that Pakistan had grossly and
continuously violated the mandate of Vienna Convention on Consular Access. The
ICJ had heard Pakistan in detail before accepting India's plea."
India was also able to convince the ICJ that there was an
impending danger to Jadhav's life after a military court sentenced him to death
on the charges of spying, Salve said.
Salve added, "ICJ has lot of other work to do too.
Once it has given a detailed hearing to both sides and arrived at a decision on
provisional measures, it would naturally, at its convenience and depending on
its work exigencies, proceed in due course to hear India's plea and Pakistan's
counter. Till the final hearing followed by final decision of ICJ becomes a
reality, the provisional measures asking Pakistan to hold its hand on execution
of Jadhav will remain in force."
He said India had provided robust proof of continuous
violation of VCCA by Pakistan in repeatedly denying India consular access to
Jadhav, when he was in detention, when he was put to trial and even after he
was convicted and condemned. "Pakistan had cited the 2008 bilateral treaty
to step around its obligations under VCCA, which was rejected by the ICJ,"
ICJ took this seriously and sought an assurance from
Pakistan about non-execution of Jadhav, he said, adding Pakistan attempted to
step around this question from ICJ by citing that till 150 days from the death
sentence, Pakistani law permitted Jadhav to seek clemency. Salve said ICJ
viewed this as no assurance against possible execution of Jadhav.
NIA quizzes 3 Hurriyat leaders
SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA)
questioned three Hurriyat leaders on Saturday to investigate the role of
Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in fuelling unrest in the Kashmir
Sources said that the NIA team questioned Nayeem Khan,
Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate' and Gazi Javed Baba, who had featured in
a news channel sting operation where they allegedly confessed that Lashkar
provides funds to Hurriyat to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir.
Indian national arrested in Pakistan
May 21, 2017
NEW DELHI: An Indian national was arrested in Islamabad,
allegedly over incomplete travel documents, news agency ANI reported on Sunday.
The Indian national, whose name has not been disclosed,
was arrested from the F-8 area of Pakistan's capital for not having complete
travel documentation, Samaa TV reported. A case has been filed under Article 14
of the Foreign Act and the man has been transferred to jail on judicial remand.
The arrest comes days after the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) stayed the death sentence awarded to former Indian Navy officer
Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and
High Turnout in Polls Proves Iranians’ Fondness for
Islamic Establishment: Velayati
May, 21, 2017
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of the Strategic Research Center
of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati praised the people’s massive
presence in the country’s recent elections and said the more than 70-percent
participation proved that Iranians are still interested in their Islamic
Speaking to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
(IRIB) on Saturday night, Velayati said the main factor behind the Islamic
Republic’s power is the massive presence of the people in various scenes,
ranging from the “Sacred Defense” during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on
Iran to different political areas.
The higher than 70-percent turnout and participation of
Iranian expatriates living in more than 100 countries in the polls indicate
that the people are still interested in the Islamic Establishment four decades
after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, he said.
The official further emphasized that even Western
scholars and thinkers have acknowledged the democracy in Iran, adding that “the
epic participation of the people” in the elections was the country’s main
response to the enemies.
Iranians headed to the polls as soon as the stations
opened on Friday to elect the country’s 8th president.
Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani emerged victorious and
secured a second term by winning 57 percent of the votes.
More than 56,400,000 Iranian people were eligible to
vote. With the participation of more than 41 million voters, the turnout stood
at 73 percent.
Bahraini regime court gives top Shia cleric suspended
Sun May 21, 2017
A court in Bahrain has sentenced distinguished Shia
cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim to one year in prison, suspended for three years, and
ordered him to pay a fine.
The court issued the ruling on Sunday against Qassim, the
spiritual leader of Bahrain’s dissolved opposition bloc the al-Wefaq National
Islamic Society, Bahrain's al-Wasat newspaper reported.
Qassim had his citizenship revoked last June over
accusations that he used his position to serve foreign interests and promote
sectarianism and violence. The cleric has denied the allegations.
The report said the Bahraini court had also ordered
Qassim to pay a fine of 100,000 Bahraini dinars (over $265,000).
The court further ruled to confiscate Qassim's properties
worth 3 million Bahraini dinars (almost $8 million) and two of his homes.
Additionally, Hussain al-Qassab and Mirza al-Dirazi, the
cleric office's staffers, were sentenced to one-year imprisonment.
Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets on Sunday to
denounce the ruling against the Shia cleric.
In a statement, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society
accused the Bahraini regime of having dragged the country into a new crisis,
eliminating all possible political opportunities and depriving most citizens of
their right to security, stability and justice.
It also called on the international community to help
guarantee stability and contribute to a comprehensive democratic political
process meant to bring Bahrain out of crisis and reflect the popular will.
People protest in the village of Diraz, where Sheikh isa
Qassim's home is situated, to denounce the court ruling against Sheikh Isa
Qassim on May 21, 2017.
This photo shows tires burning in the Bahraini city of
Jidhafs as people take to the streets to denounce the ruling against Shia
cleric Isa Qassim on May 21, 2017.
Numerous demonstrations have been held to condemn the
persecution of the top Bahraini figure over the past months.
Since the revocation of Qassim's nationality, more than
80 Shia clergymen have been interrogated in Bahrain and at least nine convicted
over exercising their right to freedom of assembly and expression.
The Manama regime has set up barriers around the village
of Diraz, where Qassim’s home is situated, only allowing locals to pass.
Friday prayers have also been banned in the largest Shia
mosque in Bahrain where Sheikh Qassim preached.
Tayyip Erdogan prepares to regain leadership of party he
Reuters | May 21, 2017
ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan pledged his commitment
to leading Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) as he prepared to be elected on
Sunday as the first Turk in nearly 70 years to serve simultaneously as head of
state and of a political party.
"We were separated, but today we are together
again," he told a crowd of applauding supporters outside the sports hall
in the capital Ankara, where the party congress was being held amid tight
"We will work hard," he added before entering
the arena, where thousands of party faithful cheered and waved AKP flags.
Erdogan, who founded the Islamist-rooted AKP in 2001 and
led it to victory in an election a year later, was forced to surrender
leadership nearly three years ago when he was elected president, a position
traditionally above party politics.
That changed with last month's referendum, in which Turks
narrowly backed a constitutional change to create an executive presidential
system that would give Erdogan sweeping new powers and allow the head of state
to be a party member or leader.
He is the first president to lead a party since Ismet
Inonu, who succeeded modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and was
head of state until 1950. He replaces Binali Yildirim, who is set to remain as
prime minister until elections in 2019.
Such sweeping political changes, Erdogan says, are vital
to ensure stability in Turkey as it battles Kurdish and Islamist militants and
after an attempted coup last year that Ankara attributed to supporters of
U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
On the eve of Sunday's AKP congress Turkish police killed
two suspected Islamic State militants in a clash during a raid on an apartment
in Ankara, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The two men killed were
believed to be planning an attack, the agency said.
Opposition parties, which want the referendum annulled
because of alleged irregularities, say the reforms push Turkey towards one-man
rule. Some of Turkey's NATO allies and the European Union, which it aspires to
join, have also expressed concern.
Erdogan's return to the party coincides with growing
foreign policy challenges and tensions with NATO allies.
Ramadan charity drive aims to raise $850,000 for the
May 21, 2017
SINGAPORE - An annual charity drive for the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan was officially launched at Joo Chiat Complex on Sunday (May
The Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) Trust Fund, a
collaboration among 17 Malay/Muslim organisations, installed two donation boxes
at the shopping centre in Geylang Serai.
TAA has set a fundraising target of $850,000 for this
year's campaign, which runs until June 30 and has the theme "Meringankan Beban,
Membina Harapan" (Lightening the Load, Building Hope).
TAA Trust Fund executive committee head Muhammad Harmizan
Abdul Hamid said: "TAA, as a body that focuses on providing assistance in
the month of Ramadan, can continue to play a role to give hope to recipients of
TAA and thus ease the burden on them."
The fund disburses its collection by direct debit to its
beneficiaries at the end of Ramadan.
Mr Harmizan also said that TAA is looking into
partnerships with other agencies that can give needy beneficiaries assistance
Last year, TAA raised almost $800,000 for its roughly
3,000 beneficiaries - a record sum for the fund. Out of that, $135,195 came
from the donation boxes at Joo Chiat Complex.
In all, TAA will have around 70 donation boxes islandwide,
and is also collecting money through appeal letters, telepoll calls and Friday
collections at mosques.
The Joo Chiat Complex Traders Association, which has
around 60 members, will take part in the fundraising campaign again this year.
It has been doing so for the last eight year.
Miss Tan Sai Ngin, 57, who runs Kim Textiles &
Garments at Joo Chiat Complex said in Mandarin: "We give according to our
ability... People of all religions can give."
In addition to donating to the fund, shopkeepers also
help to keep an eye on the donation boxes, such as storing it under lock and
key in their premises after hours.
Twenty Islamic State members killed sneaking into Mosul
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Twenty Islamic State members were
killed trying to reach an old bridge in Mosul, an officer was quoted saying
Sunday as security operations near a total recapture of the group’s largest
stronghold in Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Jubouri, from the Iraqi Joint
Operations Command, said the twenty militants killed included senior leaders of
Arab nationalities as well as Western nationals. They were bound to a security
deployment near the Old Bridge, said the officer.
On Saturday, Iraqi forces recaptured the 17 Tamuz (July
17th) district, Islamic State’s largest entrenchment in western Mosul and the
first district the group took over in Mosul in 2014.
The JOC said last week it controls 89.5 percent of
western Mosul and had killed more than 16000 militants since operations
launched in October to retake the city. Some generals had predicted to liberate
the city before the end of May.
Iraqi troops’ primary and final target is the Old City,
an ancient neighborhood impassable for Iraqi security vehicles where hundreds
of thousands of civilians are believed to be held by the extremist group as
Iraqi troops took up a new axis of operations earlier
this month, aiming at the Old City from the northwest rather than from the
“Euphrates Wrath” Operation Forces Attack the Last Areas
Of Presence Of The IS In Syria
Al-Raqqah Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the
operation forces of “Euphrates Wrath” and having managed to reach the villages
located in the outskirts of al-Raqqah city which is the stronghold of the
“Islamic State” organization in Syria, and after being able to advance in
villages to the east of this line of advancement, are still continuing their
operations towards the eastern countryside of al-Raqqa, where the Syrian
Observatory learned that violent clashes are taking place between the Syria
Democratic Forces and the Syrian Elite Forces supported by the International
Coalition and US Special Forces against members of the “Islamic State”
organization, after an attack by the first mentioned on villages in the eastern
countryside of al-Raqqa, where the sources confirmed to the observatory that
the clashes are taking place between both parties in the vicinity and outskirts
of the villages of Hamrat al-Nasser “Hamrat Jmasa” and Hamrat Blasem, which are
the last remaining villages under the control of the organization in the
eastern countryside of al-Raqqa, and if they were controlled by the forces of
the “Euphrates Wrath” then these forces would have been imposed full control of
the eastern countryside which is to the north of Euphrates River from the
administrative border of al-Raqqah city until about 3 km east of the city.
2 Suspected Islamic State Extremists Killed In Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says two
people suspected of being members of the Islamic State group have been killed
in an Ankara police operation.
Ankara's governor told the Anadolu news agency Sunday the
suspects may have been planning an attack on Turkey's capital. Police recovered
weapons and explosives in the raid. Governor Ercan Topaca said the two men, in
their 20s, have not been identified yet.
The nighttime police operation was conducted after a man
from Azerbaijan, thought to be an IS member, was detained in Istanbul. The
unnamed suspect allegedly drove the two men to Ankara.
Suspected Islamic State members killed in Ankara raid
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Turkish police have killed two suspected members of the
so-called Islamic State militant group believed to have been planning an attack
in in Ankara.
The two were killed during a police operation on their
residence in the Etimesgut district of Ankara after a gunfight with officers,
state-run news agency Anadolu quoted regional governor Ercan Topaca as saying.
The raid was launched on the basis of testimony from a
suspected Azerbaijani IS member who was detained by Istanbul police after
allegedly driving the two men to Ankara.
"This [police] operation was quickly planned after
this suspect said they and the two others he left in Ankara were Daesh [an
alternative name for IS] members and planning an attack," Mr Topaca said.
He said police opened fire after the two suspects
themselves fired on the security forces.
After "neutralising" the two men, guns and hand
grenades were found, Mr Topaca said.
Although the identities and nationalities of the two men
have yet to be confirmed, Mr Topaca said they believed they were aged between
25 and 30.
"We believe they were planning an attack likely in
the next few days. The weapons, explosives were effective and powerful,"
During the past 18 months, Turkey has been hit by a wave
of attacks blamed on IS and Kurdish militants, killing hundreds in cities like
Istanbul, Ankara and the southeastern city of Gaziantep.
The raid comes nearly six months after an IS gunman
killed 39 people in attack on the elite Reina nightclub during New Year
celebrations in Istanbul.
Most dangerous driving time in UAE during Ramadan
ABU DHABI // Motorists are being warned to "expect
the unexpected" when behind the wheel this Ramadan as the number of tired,
hungry and fasting drivers on the road increases the risk of accidents.
A survey of 1,835 accidents reported last year during the
month of Ramadan found the majority of crashes took place in the late morning
rush hour between 11am and noon, as companies allow Muslim staff to work
The survey by RoadSafetyUAE, QIC Insured and Gargash
Insurance Brokers, also found that between 9am and 10am on a Wednesday was the
most dangerous time to be on the road while Sundays were the safest day for
More than a third of the accidents (39 per cent) were
caused by Indian drivers. The figure for Pakistanis was 15 per cent, Emirati 11
per cent, Egyptian 11 per cent, Jordanian 4 per cent, and others 25 per cent.
Men were significantly more accident-prone (82 per cent)
than women (18 per cent). Thirty-one per cent of insurance claims were made by
drivers aged 40 and above. These were over-proportionally more involved in
traffic accidents than drivers aged 18 and 24, who accounted for 8 per cent of
claims in Ramadan.
"As always, and even more so during Ramadan, drivers
should be very attentive to their environment and basically drive with a
mindset of ‘others being illogical’ in the sense that you should expect
unexpected lane changes and abrupt braking," said Frederik Bisbjerg,
executive vice president of Qatar Insurance Company Insured.
"Drive with the philosophy that it’s better showing
up five minutes later than not showing up at all. We cannot say if the
accidents were caused by drivers being tired as they rarely state this as a
cause for the accident.
"The main cause of accidents are distracted driving,
primarily by drivers being on their phones," he said.
Thomas Edelmann, managing director of Road Safety UAE,
said motorists should be aware of their own limitations, watch out for others
and drive defensively. They should plan and manage their time to avoid the need
to rush and drive over the speed limit and always wear a seat belt.
UK varsity removes Muslim prayer space ahead of Ramadan
Sun, 21 May 2017
Ahead of Ramadan, a top UK university has decided to
remove prayer space available on campus for Muslims, citing a "lack of
space" during exam season as the reason behind its move.
The only daily prayer space available on campus of the
University of East Anglia (UEA) is to be permanently removed and replaced with
a corridor to the university Library, Independent reported.
Muslim students at the university were told that their
Friday prayer space was to be taken away due to a "lack of space"
during exam season, the paper said.
Students yesterday took part in a public prayer session
in the main university square in peaceful protest against the move.
A spokesperson from the UEA Islamic Society said:
"We are shocked and appalled that the University, who re-located us...
on the condition that they would investigate a permanent
solution which they have failed to produce, would take away our only prayer
spaces during exam period and before Ramadan".
Over the past few years, Muslim students at the
university have used a lecture theatre for prayer and worship.
The larger Friday worship sessions take place at a
separate location by the Blackdale student residences.
Both arrangements were set up as a temporary solution
while the university discussed plans for a permanent prayer space.
From Sunday, however, the Muslim student community are to
be left with no designated prayer space, a move students say they had not been
invited to discuss.
UEA's Student Union has accused the university of
discrimination, failing its duties under the Equality Act.
Union spokesperson for welfare, community and diversity,
Jo Swo, was quoted as saying by the report that the situation had caused
"a tremendous amount of anxiety and inconvenience for Muslim students as
it has made them feel observed and treated like an inconvenience to the
UEA has begun dramatic plans for expansion over the next
few years, pledging to recruit up to 3,000 new students by 2030 a rise of 20
A UEA spokesperson said the Vice Chancellor would be
meeting with students imminently to discuss the matter.
In a statement, the university said: "As part of a 2
million pound investment in new library study spaces and the complete
refurbishment of the University's main lecture theatres the use of a prayer
facility near Lecture Theatre 2 will be temporarily unavailable for safety
reasons during the building works".
(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team
and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Pakistan Army to 'Jointly Fight Jadhav Case with Govt' In
ICJ: National Assembly Speaker
Shailaja Neelakantan | TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May
NEW DELHI: First, a Pakistan military court tried,
convicted and sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav+ , and now it appears the country's
powerful army will "jointly fight" the Indian national's case with
its government in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan state
radio reported a top ruling politician as saying.
What the politician meant by "jointly" wasn't
explained in Radio Pakistan's article.
Of course, it is by no means a secret that the Pakistan
military has, arguably, an equal say as the civilian government in national
matters there. What's striking, though, is that a ruling party politician made
this statement publicly, that too at a time when tensions are running high
between the Nawaz Sharif civilian government and the Pakistan army.
Pakistan has seen military rule via coups as many as
three times since 1947.
"Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says
the government and Pakistan Army will jointly fight the case of Indian spy
Kulbhushan Jadhav" in the ICJ, reported Radio Pakistan quoting a speech
the politician made yesterday.
In fact, it wasn't state media alone that reported this.
Pakistan's The Nation newspaper, said to be close to the establishment - that
could mean the civilian government or the army - also reported Sadiq as saying
the same thing about the military joining the ICJ case.
"It is time to be united," Sadiq said in an
address to his parliamentary constituency yesterday. And it was clear from the
context that he was talking about the civilian government and the army being
Referring to Jadhav, whom Sadiq called a terrorist, he
said politics shouldn't be played "on the issue of a terrorist". He
also criticized what he described as a "trend" of harming the
national interest for the sake of scoring political gains.
"Anything said by the politicians must always
safeguard the national interests," he said. "We have already suffered
much in the past" because of "this trend of causing damage to the
national interest in order to protect the personal" interest of some, said
"He (Sadiq) said legal points should be discussed
but there should be no politics on the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav," wrote
Radio Pakistan in its report.
Two days after India filed a plea at the ICJ requesting
it grant a temporary stay on Pakistan executing Jadhav, Pakistan's army chief
Qamar Bajwa met with Sharif.
"If the ICJ requests Pakistan anything about Jadhav,
then the government of Pakistan will respond to it at an appropriate
level," said Pakistan army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, after
that meeting with Sharif.
What he didn't say, at least not explicitly, was that the
the army would get directly involved, although now it appears clear that's what
he likely meant.
Pakistan says it arrested Jadhav last year from
Balochistan, while India says Pakistan kidnapped the former naval officer from
Iran, where he'd gone to conduct business. Last month, a Pakistani military
court sentenced Jadhav to death.
India took the case to the ICJ asking for a stay on that
execution, anchoring its arguments on the fact that Pakistan violated the
Last week, the ICJ stayed Jadhav's execution pending its
verdict in the case.
PM leaves for Saudi Arabia to attend US-Arab-Islamic
MAY 21ST, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left here
Sunday on a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in
the first trilateral US-Arab-Islamic Summit, being held at Riyadh.
The Prime Minister, who is participating in the Summit at
the invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is accompanied by his Advisor on
Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and First Lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
In addition to King Salman and US President Donald J.
Trump, 55 Heads of State and Government from the Muslim world have been invited
to participate in the Summit.
The Summit in Riyadh will provide an opportunity for the
participating countries to discuss how to overcome the menace of terrorism and
extremism across the world. The Summit is expected to delink 'terrorism' from
any particular religion, culture, civilization or region.
In his address at the Summit, Prime Minister Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif will focus on Islam's message of peace, tolerance and unity. He
will highlight the great sacrifices and major successes achieved by Pakistan in
defeating the scourge of terrorism and extremism in the region.
Iran fires mortar shells into Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Mortar shells were fired into Pakistan's
territory from across the Iranian border, reports Samaa TV.
Pakistan shares a 900 kilometre long porous border with
Iran and the two countries had in 2014 decided to boost intelligence
coordination to wipe out terrorists from the border region.
Work on the Rs 20 million Pakistan Gate in Taftan along
the Pak-Iran border was completed in 2016.
This border crossing point is the oldest trade route to
Iran and Europe and thousands of foreigners and locals travelling to Europe and
Iran by road each year use this crossing point.
Recently, the ties between the two neighbours got
stressed after ten Iranian border guards were killed at Mirjaveh on the
Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish
al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".
Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area
AP | May 21, 2017
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in
the Lake Chad area on Saturday, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and
arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to have helped smuggle supplies
to the insurgents, said an army spokesperson.
Soldiers of the of 8 Task Force Battalion spent 72 hours
clearing the location where the Boko Haram fighters were hiding, said battalion
spokesman Col. Timothy Antigha. Many other Boko Haram fighters were wounded by
gunfire, he said.
The troops, operating in the Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami
and Tumbuma Baba areas recovered three AK 47 rifles and one pump-action rifle,
assorted rifle magazines and 306 rounds of ammunition, a tool box, a freezer
and a Toyota truck, he said.
In a related development, army troops, acting on a tip
off, rounded up 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers, he said. The suspects, six
females and four males, are being investigated to determine the extent of their
involvement with Boko Haram, he said.
Since the army regained control of most of the Sambisa
Forest area in northeastern Nigeria from Boko Haram in December 2016, Nigerian
troops have pursued the extremist fighters in areas where they have fled.
Boko Haram's violent campaign to seize Nigerian territory
to enforce strict Islamic Shariah rule is responsible for the deaths of
thousands and has displaced about 3 million people, mostly women and children,
since 2009. Thousands have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, including nearly 300
schoolgirls in Chibok in 2015.
Joyous scenes occurred in the capital, Abuja, Saturday
when 82 newly freed Chibok schoolgirls were reunited with their families.
Nigeria's government negotiated with Boko Haram, with help from Swiss officials
and the International Committee of the Red Cross, to secure the freedom of the
young women from Chibok in return for the release of five extremist commanders.
President of the Republic of Benin: Arab-Islamic-US
Summit very important because it comes at the right time and place
President Patrice Talon of Benin described the
Arab-Islamic-US Summit to be held tomorrow in Riyadh as a very important summit
because it is a summit that has come at the right time and place.
Taliban raid kills 20 policemen in southern Afghanistan
AFP | May 21, 2017
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters stormed multiple
security outposts in southern Afghanistan early Sunday, killing at least 20
policemen, officials said.
"This morning, a group of Taliban fighters armed
with heavy and light weapons launched coordinated attacks on several police
checkpoints in Shah Joy district of Zabul province, killing 20 policemen,"
provincial governor Bismillah Afghanmal told AFP.
With Ramadan, Kaamatan coming, price caps imposed on
controlled items in Labuan
LABUAN: With Ramadan and Kaamatan approaching, the
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK), Labuan branch,
has launched the first ever Ramadan Price Control Scheme and Kaamatan Price Control
Scheme to avoid indiscriminate hike in prices of goods.
It announced the price caps for 10 controlled items in
conjunction with the Ramadan month and 13 items for the Kaamatan Festival.
Its director Arun Fazhillah Hamdan said the Ramadan Price
Control Scheme would run from May 22 to 31, and the scheme for Kaamatan, which
falls on May 30, from May 25 to 31.
"The Ramadan Price Control Scheme is the first ever
held from this year, as we have heard many complaints from consumers during the
previous Ramadan on indiscriminate hike in prices of goods," he told
The controlled items (for Ramadan) are groundnuts with
the wholesale and retail prices set at RM8 and RM9 per kg respectively, green
beans (RM7.50/RM8.50), chicken eggs grade A (RM0.40/RM0.42 each), chicken eggs
grade B (RM0.39/RM0.41), chicken eggs grade C (RM0.38/RM0.40), whole coconut
(RM1.30), grated coconut (retail price at RM6 per kg), coarse grain white
refined sugar (RM2.87/RM2.95), fine grain white refined sugar (RM2.95/RM3.05) and
wheat flour (retail price at RM1.35 per kg).
"This will enable consumers to obtain the necessary
items during the fasting month at reasonable prices, check excessive price
hikes and reduce the burden of cost of living," he said.
The controlled items in conjunction with the Kaamatan
Festival are live chicken (wholesale price RM6/retail price RM6.60 per kg),
standard chicken (RM8.80/RM9.80), super chicken (RM9.30/RM10.30), chicken wings
(RM10/RM11), chicken eggs grade A (RM0.40/RM0.42 each), chicken eggs grade B
(RM0.39/RM0.41), chicken eggs grade C (RM0.38/RM0.40), imported beef [India]
(RM20/RM21 per kg), shallots [India] (RM5.60/RM6.50), garlic [China]
(RM14/RM15), pork [stomach] (RM21/RM23), pork [meat and fat] (RM18/RM20) and
live pigs (RM9.80 per kg).
Arun Fazhillah said the prices were set after consulting
the traders, retailers, farmers, consumers and other relevant stakeholders.
He said the schemes would be enforced under the Price
Control and Anti-Profiteering Act and individuals selling the items above the
price ceiling could be penalised with a fine of up to RM100,000 and a compound
not exceeding RM50,000.
For companies, the fine is up to RM500,000 and the
compound up to RM250,000 for the same offence.
"I wish to remind all traders to obey these instructions
and be ethical in conducting their business, and the consumers to be
responsible and to know their rights," Arun Fazhillah said.
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