31 July 2016

21 July 2016: 15 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:120
Publisher offers apology for Prophet slur in Marathi textbook after Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, SIO bring to notice
Nagpur: A publisher tendered an unconditional apology for publishing certain blasphemous comments on Prophet Mohammed in a Class 5 CBSE approved Marathi textbook here on Wednesday. Proprietor of Emkay & Sons, publishing books under the brand of Orange City Publishers, Parvesh M.Neb on Wednesday issued the apology for the chapter 'Nirmal' Part I to 8, which had hurt Muslim sentiments."I don't have any motive or intention of doing it (hurting sentiments). So I and the team author, editor, illustrator, printer, composer apologise for the same," Neb said in his apology. The regret letter was issued to the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Students Islamic Organisation, Nanded which had brought the matter to the publisher's notice, pointing out certain "blatantly wrong and mischievous content and erroneous photographs" of Prophet Mohammed accompanying the text material. "When we were informed about the contents in the Marathi textbook, we felt it prudent to directly approach the publisher and apprise them. He readily accepted the mistakes and even tendered an apology. We are satisfied by his response," JIH state secretary (education) Zahoor Ahmed told IANS."We are deeply regretful for this unintended lapse on our part and have given a written apology. As a precautionary measure, we have recalled all the copies of the textbook in the market. We shall delete the offensive content and re-issue them within a week or so," Neb told IANS.Neb said in the next edition, he would send the revised manuscript to JIH and other experts for vetting before including it in the textbooks.He appealed to the JIH and SIO to cooperate in the interest of maintaining peace and harmony, to which the two organisations readily agreed. IANS
Marathi book publisher apologises for Prophet’s picture; recalls all books
There Should be 'Plebiscite' in Kashmir: Scindia
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today said in Lok Sabha that there should be "plebiscite" in Kashmir as the situation in Valley has deteriorated and PDP-BJP govt has "insulted" the "crown" of India. "In Kashmir today, there is a need for plebiscite," he said using Urdu word 'rai shumari' while initiating a discussion in the House on Kashmir situation. "PDP-BJP govt has shed all the principles. Administration is divided and the govt, which should support people, is using weapons against them," Scindia said, adding "the wounds there can be healed only through humanity."While attacking the Centre and state govt, the Chief Whip of Congress said, "There is a need to create an environment of peace and tranquality; growth and development.""The reality is that there is an identity crisis in the state govt ...Today it is clear that there is a political upheavel and terrorism is flourishing in J&K. 60% population in the state is below 30 years of age. If we are not able to create opportunities for them, we would be pushing them towards militancy," he said.He said the central govt has failed to provide safety and security to the people of the Valley.PTI
Grant a large degree of autonomy to J&K: Chidambaram
'Do you need 700,000 soldiers to fight 150 militants?': Kashmiri rights activist Khurram Parvez: scroll.in
Khurram Parvez, Kashmiri human rights activist in Srinagar, is programme coordinator of the J&K Coalition of Civil Society.In this interview with Scroll.in before the current spell of tumult in Kashmir, speaks about human rights abuses in the Valley, how the people’s narrative contradicts that of the State, and why the Indian media focuses on the exodus and killing of Kashmiri Pandits, but not of other Hindus. He said, "According to govt  figures, there were only 150 militants in the state last year. Do you need 700,000 soldiers to fight 150 militants?" He added, "150 was the total number of militants present in the entire state. From 2008, the total number of militants has never been more than 250. If you compare the number of soldiers in the State to, say, Afghanistan, or other conflict zones such as Iraq, Kashmir still remains the highest militarised zone in the world."
Kashmir: Newspapers return after Mufti expresses ‘regret’
Srinagar:Following A meeting with CM  Mehbooba Mufti, during which she “regretted” the ban on publication of newspapers in Valley due to a “communication gap”, newspaper editors and owners Wednesday decided to resume publication.Soon after the meeting with CM,editors and owners of print publications met in Srinagar and decided that their printing presses would start again Wednesday night.“Although there has been no deliberate attempt on part of the govt to impose any restriction on publication of newspapers, whatever has happened, because of some communication gap, is regrettable,” she said. “Complaints of highhandedness against the press, if any, amid the prevailing situation will be looked into.” indianexpress
Apex body of editors condemns 'undeclared censorship' on press in Kashmir
New Delhi:All India Newspaper Editor's Conference (AINEC) has condemned the "undeclared censorship" on press in the Kashmir Valley.The apex body of editors in a resolution passed on Wednesday, criticised the ruling PDP-BJP alliance in the valley, and added that the ban on publications and raids on the newspaper offices and printing presses is a direct attack on the freedom of the press."This new method, of undeclared censorship adopted by PDP-BJP govt has set a new precedent of censorship, and it is totally unacceptable," AINEC said here. It urged J&K govt to refrain from restrictive and undemocratic methods to gag the press in the Kashmir Valley.IANS
What was need to kill Wani, PDP asks govt in Lok Sabha
New Delhi: The political divide over the violence in J&K surfaced sharply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday with Congress and other opposition parties like Trinamool accusing the govt  of mishandling the situation, sparked by the death of Burhan Wani, while the ruling party defended itself against the charge of using excessive force to quell protests.Interestingly, BJP's partner in J&K , PDP, raised questions on the need for Wani's killing and its timing. PDP MP Muzzafar Beg said if Wani was on the radar of intelligence agencies why was he not arrested earlier? He urged the Centre to use its moral authority, instead of military authority.TOI
All-party meet reviews situation in Kashmir, demands ban on pellet guns
Sri Nagar: An All-Party Meeting convened by J&K CM  Mehbooba Mufti was held today to review the situation in the violence-hit Valley where unrest following Burhan wani’s death has left 43 persons dead and 3400 others injured. The leaders who attened the meeting showed concern over the use of pellet guns to control mob and demanded a complete ban on its use.Main opposition NC skipped the meeting saying actions in the recent past have shown that there was no “effective leadership” in the state govt.CM chaired the meet, which was also attended by several ministers including deputy CM Nirmal Singh, leaders from opposition Congress, independent MLAs and leaders of other political parties in the state. indianexpress
Kashmir unrest: Govt to review use of pellet guns, committee to submit reports within 2 months
Kashmir Unrest: JK govt orders probe into killing of 3 persons in army firing
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Srinagar; J&K  govt  ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of 3 persons including two women in army firing at Qazigund in Anantnag district on Monday and asked the inquiry officer to submit his report with 15 days.PTI
Pakistan to seek UNHRC to probe IHK violence, ban pellet guns use: Sartaj
Pakistan will approach the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) to investigate the slaughter of innocent civilians and impose a ban on the use of pellet guns for dispersing the protestors, said Sartaj Aziz on Thursday.  “Indian armed forces are using live ammunition on the mobs which have caused many civilian casualties. Around 50 people have been killed and more than 3500 injured. It has been reported that around 400 injured are in critical condition and more than 70 of the injured may have become permanently blind,” the Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs said.He said Pakistan would approach the Human Rights Council of the UN on its own behalf and on behalf of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, comprising Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.Pakistan Today
Stop Deplorable Interfering, Withdraw From PoK: India's Strong Statement
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After incessant provocation from Pakistan - which included its observing a "Black Day" to commemorate the victims of the recent clashes in Kashmir Valley - India today issued a strong recrimination, stating that the violence was "led by UN-designated terrorists" who get "encouragement and support" from Pakistan.NDTV
Stop inciting, supporting violence in India: MEA to Pak
Avoid trips to Kashmir, US, UK, Oz tell citizens
New Delhi: Nearly two weeks of unrest in J&K has taken its toll on tourism as well, with cancellations galore.With the Kashmir Valley hit by protests and curfew countries like the US, the UK and Australia have issued advisories warning against travel to the state.According to the tourism ministry, foreign tourist arrivals in the state have come down to a three-year low. Travel trade executives said nearly all bookings for the next two months had been cancelled. timesofindia
Kashmir unrest major setback for peace, says NYT, slams AFSPA
New Delhi(IANS) The major cause of the uprising in Kashmir is the resentment among Kashmiri youth who have come under India’s security apparatus that acts against civilians with impunity, The New York Times said in an editorial on Thursday terming the current unrest as a “major setback for peace”.
Kashmir: No school reopens despite govt diktat
Srinagar: Despite govt order to reopen schools in four districts in the Valley, the schools continue to remain closed on Thursday as the parents didn’t allow their wards to attend the classes due to the current unrest in Kashmir.The govt had earlier announced that the schools in four districts including Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam and Ganderbal in Kashmir division will reopen on 21 July. kashmirreader
Dalits are ‘soft target’ for cow vigilantes: fact finding team
Ahmedabad;A fact finding team which visited Gujarat’s Una town in connection with the brutal assault of Dalits, has claimed to have found a new trend among ‘cow vigilantes’ to show bravado by making a particular Dalit community as their “soft target”.The incident of beating up of seven Dalit youths in Mota Samadhilya village of Gir-Somnath district last week has triggered large scale protests across the state. The protests worsened yesterday at least seven youths attempted suicide with violence and arson spreading to various places in the state. 8-member fact finding team, comprising Dalits from various city-based NGOs including Dalit Adhikar Manch, which went to the village from here a few days back, found out that the incident was brutal as the alleged beating of youths started from 9.30 AM and continued unabated till 1.30 PM, and inspite of the victims’ kin repeatedly calling police, the latter allegedly did not act.PTI
Gujarat: Muslim group expresses solidarity with Dalits, seeks ban on gau raksha samitis
Ahmedabad: Expressing solidarity with Dalit victims of Una, Ahmedabad Muslim Youth Group submitted a memorandum to Ahmedabad collector, seeking banning of gau raksha samitis across the state and registration of criminal cases against policemen for their alleged dereliction of duty.Activist and advocate Shamshad Pathan, who led the delegation to the collector, alleged that the “connivance” of the police in the brutal flogging of Dalit youths in Una was quite “clear”.He said that a police control van with PSI Kanchan Kumar went to the spot where Dalits youths were being flogged. But the PSI returned, asking the accused to bring the Dalit youths to the police station.“The suspension of police personnel is not enough. They should also be booked for the offence for which the accused belonging to the gau raksha samiti have been booked. The policemen should be arrested because they collaborated with the accused,” said Pathan. indianexpress
Dalit fury spills over to Gujarat streets, 9 more try to end lives
Ahmedabad:Gujarat bandh called by Dalit groups was near total Wednesday as protesters took to the streets, downing shutters, attacking public transport and halting trains and vehicle traffic. Police said Dalits groups clashed with police teams at several places.CM Anandiben Patel met Balu Sarvaiyya who, along with his family members, was flogged by gau rakshaks on July 11 in Una in Somnath district but there was little respite on the streets where anger was directed at authorities. Dalit and Muslim groups sought justice, handing memorandums to authorities at various places.Police lobbed tear gas shells and lathicharged mobs in Dani Limda, a largely Dalit neighbourhood in Ahmedabad, while in Botad district, a Dalit youth doused himself with kerosene and tried to set himself ablaze outside the collector’s office. indianexpress
Opposition slams BJP for ‘Taliban-like attitude’ towards Dalits
New Delhi: Opposition in Rajya Sabha on Thursday launched a frontal attack on the BJP over growing attacks on Dalits and other sections, saying a “Taliban-like attitude” was prevailing in some parts of the country and the ‘Gujarat model’ had been thoroughly exposed.PTI
Dalits thrashing, suicide attempts, arson: All you need to know about Una protests
It is Mahatma, Patel and Ambedkar versus RSS, Gowalkar and Modi: Rahul in Gujarat
Protests continue in Gujarat over thrashing of Dalits
First Muslims, Now Dalits Being Oppressed, Especially In BJP States, Says Mayawati
PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Petrapole ICP; initiative to promote bilateral trade
New Delhi;PM  Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM  Sheikh Hasina on Thursday jointly inaugurated Petrapole Integrated checkpost, the biggest land port in South Asia, through video conferencing. PM Modi listened as Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina spoke through video conferencing. In a statement, PM Modi said the inauguration of Petrapole checkpost will not only promote bilateral trade but also help in economic growth of both countries. 
Gujarat HC refuses to ban book mocking PM Modi; author to publish it in 6 languages
Ahmadabad: The Gujarat high court refused to ban the sale of the book on PM  Narendra Modi - 'Fekuji Have Dilli Ma' (Feku is in Delhi now) which mocks and criticises him for the tall promises and claims he made during his campaigning in the parliamentary polls 2014. The book refers to PM Modi as Feku meaning a boastful person.Justice SH Vora rejected the writ petition filed by Modi supporter Narsinhbhai Solanki at the stage of admission itself, saying the court did not agree with the reasons cited by the petitioner for imposing a ban.TCN
Does Najma Heptulla want to be the Vice-President?
Ex-Union minister for Minority Affairs, Najma Heptulla has now approached BJP leaders, and said that even though presently she may be sent to a RajBhawan as governer, Vice-presidential elections would be her aim, next year.Heptulla who recently resigned from the post of Union minister of Minority Affairs, speculations have been rife that about her been made a governer, reason been her being more than 75 years of age which seems to be an unwritten criteria for cabinet ministers. She resigned on July 12 and it had been expected for some time, although her name still appeared in the list after PM Narendra Modi’s reshuffle. financialexpress
NIA chargesheet against 16 men names preachers who influenced them are Salman Nadvi, Suhail Ahmed, Shamsuddin Qasmi: TOI
New Delhi: While Zakir Naik's speeches are under the scanner for alleged radical content to influence Muslim youth, NIA chargesheet against 16 men on Tuesday mentioned the names of a few other Islamic preachers whose speeches/lectures influenced them towards violent jihad. NIA chargesheet said one Suhail Ahmed received lectures on Islam and jihad delivered by one Salman Nadvi of Nadvathul Ulama in Lucknow on WhatsApp. Nadvi, NIA said, was a known supporter of Khilafat and IS. Suhail also read jihadi magazines like 'Mahaana Shariyat', 'Afghan jihad' etc. Asif Ali, listened to the 'bayans' (sermons) of Maulana Shamsuddin Qasmi in Tamil. Qasmi is imam of Chennai Mecca Masjid, the NIA chargesheet said. NIA also claimed a Pakistani weekly newspaper, Al-Qalam, which propagates anti-India agenda and publishes material in favour of terrorists like Maulana Masood Azhar, was read by them. Most of the news in Al-Qalam, NIA said, was rabidly anti-India and pro-terrorists like Azhar.Azhar Khan, arrested by the NIA from Bhopal, read some books of Masood Azhar and got influenced by his thoughts. Then, one of his classmates, Abdul Rashid from Assam, brought him books written by a Kashmiri girl, Sadia, wife of famous mujahideen 'Gazi Baba' (according to arrested men) apart from reading the history of Afiya Siddiqi, a Pakistani scientist. Azhar Khan was influenced by these books, the agency said.Shareef Moiunuddin, read published material like 'Jihad ke Maasail', 'Al-Furkan Wal Mizzan', 'Hijra to the Islamic State' and 'Book on Daesh'. Apart from that, they were radicalised by Delhi-based Mufti Abdus Sami. While Sami has been arrested, the NIA said other Islamic preachers referred to in the chargesheet were not under the scanner or accused.
Missing Kerala youth and the state's connections with a Salafi town in Yemen
Malappuram: There is a good chance that you may not have heard of Dammaj, a small town in the Sa'dah Governorate of North-western Yemen. However, this town has been brought to attention by the recent news from Kerala, where 15 youths have gone missing and are said to have fled to Dammaj, although many media houses used this to claim that these youths had joined ISIS.Over the last one decade, Dammaj and the Salafi centre Dar Al-Hadith in the town have turned home to many young Salafis from the state.“Being attracted by the spiritual teachings taught there, some of the youngsters have been fleeing to Dammaj, where they lead a spiritual life abstaining from the modernity. The trend dates back to 2004,” says Shabeel TN, functionary of Mujahid Students Movement, students outfit of Kerala Nadwathul Mujahideen (KNM).TCN
Maharashtra govt has rolled out ‘deradicalisation policy’ for Muslim youths
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Mumbai:After almost a year of deliberations, the Maharashtra govt  has rolled out its “deradicalisation policy” for Muslim youth. The initiative is being called “Guidelines regarding, Economic, Social and Education Development of Minority Youth and Remedy for positive change.”“For ensuring the integration of boys and girls from the minority community into the mainstream of development is necessary to create an awakening among them and explain to them the hurdles in their development. It is also necessary to facilitate a positive change in them and increase their role in social development,” the policy states. It also lists the steps that each department should take to ensure better integration of the community.For schools, the policy says the school education department should draft such chapters in the syllabus that teach the essence and “true teachings”of every religion. “Include chapters in text books with the aim of inculcating ideas essential for a democratic society as per the provisions of the Constitution. Also include chapters which will help in increasing tolerance in society,” it says. indian express
10 months after 3 Muslim men arrested on terror charges from Yavatmal , their bail hearings repeatedly delayed
Throughout July, reports on the arrests of Muslim terror suspects have been hitting the headlines with alarming regularity. On Sept.25, 2015, in Yavatmal’s communally charged Pusad town, 20-year-old Abdul Malik attacked 3 police constables with a kitchen knife in the presence of several eye-witnesses, allegedly to avenge the state govt for introducing a ban on beef. Over the next month, after interrogating Malik, the state’s anti-terrorism squad made two more arrests from the town: that of 24-year-old Shoaib Khan, an alleged sympathiser of the banned SIMI, and 26-year-old Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, a priest and teacher at the local madrasa, accused of radicalising young Muslims through his sermons. All three have been lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.When Scroll.in visited Pusad in Dec.2015, no charge sheets had been filed in the cases, but the police claimed to have evidence that Malik’s attack on the constables was part of a larger terror conspiracy masterminded by Rahman. 3 men’s lawyers, however, claimed that Malik’s assault on the constables was an isolated incident and that Rahman and Khan are innocent.Nearly 10 months later, the 3 men are still waiting to be granted bail and their applications for the same have remained unprocessed due to several delays. “The charge sheets against them were filed in February and we began applying for bail soon after,” said Mir Nagman Ali, an advocate with the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court and one of the lawyers representing the three men. scroll.in
Turkey declares 'state of emergency' after failed coup
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the country will be placed under a "state of emergency" for three months, in response to the failed coup.Erdogan said the decision was made following a meeting with members of the national security council. The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt," he said at the presidential palace in Ankara.In an interview with Al Jazeera earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan has expressed doubts the coup attempt was entirely over. aljazeera
Putin, Erdoğan to meet soon in bid to start new era in Turkey-Russia ties: hurriyetdailynews
Ankara: Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet in a face-to-face meeting in August as part of mutual efforts to normalize bilateral ties following months of tension due to the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish Air Forces in November. Putin called Erdoğan on July 17, a day after Turkish security forces quashed a coup attempt staged by a group of high-ranking officers within the army, telling him that “Russia found anti-constitutional acts and violence unacceptable and is hoping for the restoration of order and stability in Turkey.”In the phone call, the two leaders agreed to meet in person soon.
Turkey moves to shutter hundreds of Gulenist schools
Turkey has begun the process of shutting down hundreds of schools and other institutions administered by Gulen movement in the wake of last week’s failed coup, an Education Ministry source said Wednesday.The source, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said a total of 626 institutions, including 524 private schools and 102 other institutions such as dormitories and test preparation centers, will be closed down by the ministry. Anadolu Agency
Western media criticized over coup coverage
Ankara: After the failed coup by the Fetullah Gulen movement in Turkey that martyred at least 240 people and wounded over 1,500 others, the Western media seems to be trying to trivialize the actual coup attempt while instead focusing on criticizing the elected govt 's response to the would-be putsch.While the Turkish govt  says the Gulenist Terror Organization or Parallel State Structure (FETO/PDY) is behind the failed coup, which aimed to overthrow the country's democratically elected govt , the Western media overlooks the fact that Turkish people took to the streets to protect democracy and the rule of the law against the illegal coup-plotters. Rather, it has focused on the ruling party's "authoritarian" reaction to the coup.AnadoluAgency
Kerry to Turkey: Send us evidence, not allegations on Gulen
Washington: Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Turkey to provide hard evidence that a US-based cleric was behind a foiled coup attempt last weekend if it wants him extradited. Kerry said he had made that clear in several phone calls with Turkey's foreign minister in recent days that mere allegations of wrongdoing against Fethullah Gulen would not meet US extradition requirements.AP
Muslim Brotherhood hails Turkish defense of democracy
Missouri: Islamic relief agency shut down after it admits to illegally transferring funds worth $1.4 mn to Iraq:AP
Kansas City:A Missouri-based Islamic charity that was shut down after being identified by the federal govt  as a global terrorist organization admitted in federal court on July 20 that it illegally funneled $1.4 million to Iraq in violation of US sanctions. A representative of the Islamic American Relief Agency pleaded guilty in Jefferson City, Missouri, to conspiring to violate International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The agency, once based in Columbia, also pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and obstructing the administration of internal revenue laws.At least three former IARA principals the groups chief, a fundraiser and a board member have previously been sentenced in the wide-ranging scheme to illegally transfer money, and a former Michigan congressman went to prison for lobbying efforts for the group.IARA, which served as the US office of the Sudan-based Islamic Relief Agency, took in between $1 million and $3 million in contributions annually from 1991 to 2003, federal authorities said.The original indictment alleged the charity sent about $130,000 to help Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the United States has designated as a global terrorist. AP
US: Man removed from flight for identifiably Arabic and Muslim name
In a case of alleged discrimination in US, a 40-year-old Muslim man was removed from a plane after a flight attendant publicly announced his name, seat number and said she would be watching him.The matter came to light on June 20  when the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained to transport authorities that Mohamed Ahmed Radwan was removed from the American Airlines Flight last Dec.because of his identifiably Arabic and Muslim name. According to federal law, airlines are prohibited from discriminating against passengers based on religion, ancestry and national origin, among other criteria.CAIR sent a letter to the Dept.of Transportation (DOT) on June 20  urging an investigation and also called for a thorough examination into prevailing practices of major airlines, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Israel to demolish 14 Palestinian homes to expand settlements
Israeli occupation authorities distributed demolition orders for 14 Palestinian houses and two agricultural structures in the West Bank city of Nablus, Safa news agency reported yesterday. Director of settlement department in the Palestinian Authority Ghassan Daghlas said that the Israeli occupation is to demolish seven houses in Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, and seven others in Majdal Beni-Fadel, in the south of the city.He also said that the orders to demolish two agricultural stores were submitted to farmers in two different neighbourhoods in the south of the city. middleeastmonitor
At least 30 Muslims among victims of Nice terror attack
Paris: At least 30 of the 84 victims killed in the attack last Thursday in Nice were Muslim, the French Catholic daily La Croix said on Tuesday.The newspaper added that 20 of those killed were of Tunisian nationality, the same as the truck driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who carried out the attack during the Bastille Day celebrations, Efe news reported.india tv
Israel renews diplomatic relations with Guinea after 49 yrs
Israel announced on Wednesday that it is resuming diplomatic relations with the Republic of Guinea after nearly half a century of estrangement, according to a statement by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.The ministry said in an official statement: This is an important moment, as Guinea renews its diplomatic relations with Israel after 49 years.The Ministrys Director-General Dore Gold was quoted in the statement as saying: I am happy to inform you that Mr. Ibrahim Khalil Kaba, Chief of Staff of the Guinean Presidency, and I signed a joint declaration announcing the renewal of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Guinea and Israel.
Israel demolishes Palestinian structures in Jerusalem
Israeli bulldozers yesterday demolished a Palestinian commercial structure near the industrial park of the illegal Israeli settlement of Atarot, north of occupied Jerusalem, Quds Press reported.Owner of the structure, Kamal Abu-Sneineh, told the news site that the Israeli occupation demolished his property claiming it was built on land owned by the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem. “This land is mine and I have proof of that,” he said.“The Israeli police started the demolition when I was not there. When I arrived, they forced me to remain far away.” He said that his property consisted of two rooms, used as offices, four containers, used as stores, a vehicle, diesel tank and two trucks.
Palestinian Child beheading in Syria triggers backlash against US.backed rebels
Beirut: A US-supported Syrian rebel group said Wednesday it will open an investigation into the beheading of a Syrian boy on spy accusations, calling it an "individual mistake" that does not represent the overall policies of the group.Nour el-Din al-Zinki group, a relatively moderate group that fights Syrian govt  and the Islamic State group, condemned the beheading which was captured on video and triggered an instant backlash against the group.  It is not clear who the boy was or why he was beheaded on camera. He was identified by activists on social media as Mahmoud Issa, a 12-year-old Palestinian. AP
Syria war: ISIL given '48 hours' to leave Manbij: aljazeera
US-backed Syrian rebels have given the ISIL 48 hours to leave their stronghold of Manbij in Syria. Thursday's announcement comes two days after strikes launched by US-led coalition fighting ISIL reportedly killed at least 56 civilians in the Tokhar area in the northern city of Manbij of the Aleppo governate.
40 defence ministers discuss anti-Daesh war
The defence ministers of an international coalition led by the United States met in Washington yesterday as part of a two-day event to discuss the fight against Daesh.The event comes in response to a number of attacks which have taken place on an international level for which the group has claimed responsibility.International Alliance Special Presidential Envoy Brett Makourk said the attacks will undoubtedly be the main topic of concern during the talks.Over 2 days,US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will meet with 40 defence ministers and leaders. middleeastmonitor
We want US Marines in Iraq: Iraqi Foreign Minister
US Marines are in Iraq under the will of the Iraqi govt , the countrys Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said. Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported Al-Jaafari saying in a statement: The operation undertaken to clean Iraqi cities of terrorism are purely Iraqi operations, in coordination with other parties, being advisors or those who support us with air cover, but the real will to gain liberty stems from Iraqis.Fallujah operation was an Iraqi achievement in its entirety, he said, conducted by Iraqi arms and planned by Iraqi minds. middleeastmonitor
Bangladesh court jails opposition leader's son Tarique Rahman
Bangladesh's High Court has sentenced the son of the country's main opposition leader to seven years in prison for money laundering.The decision against 51-year old Tarique Rahman was handed down on Thursday by a two-member bench.The High Court overturned a 2013 acquittal, in which a Dhaka court had cleared Rahman of charges that he and a friend siphoned off millions of dollars to Singapore between 2003 and 2007. aljazeera
Chinese, Pakistani troops launch 1st joint border patrols near Xinjiang
BEIJING: Chinese and Pakistan border troops have for the first time launched joint patrolling of the border connecting PoK with Xinjiang province amid reports that over 100 Uighurs have fled the restive region to join ISIS.The state media reported about the joint patrol even as Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the Chinese Muslims to practice their religion ‘as part of Chinese society and direction’PTI
Census data shows Muslim population falls in Myanmar
Yangon:After a two-year-delay, the govt  of Myanmar has finally released controversial data on religion from a 2014 census.The results of the Myanmar Population and Housing Census had been on hold since results were compiled, due to fears that they may inflame tensions between the country's Buddhist and Muslim populations.Figures released Thursday show that the country's Muslim population has fallen from 3.9 %  of the overall population in the 1983 census to just 2.3 %  -- a figure that does not include around 1.2 million mostly Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine State -- who were not enumerated.AA
Top Saudi clerical body renews fatwa against Pokemon: Reuters
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokemon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokemon GO mobile game.Nintendo's augmented reality app, in which players walk around real-life neighbourhoods to hunt and catch virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens, has become an instant hit around the world.The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars said it had revived a 2001 decree against a Pokemon card game in response to queries from believers.The Council argued that the mutations of the creatures in the game, who are given specific powers, amounted to blasphemy by promoting the theory of natural evolution.“It is shocking that the word 'evolution' has been much on the tongues of children,” the fatwa read.It also said the game contained other elements prohibited by Islamic law, including “polytheism against God by multiplying the number of deities, and gambling, which God has forbidden in the Quran and likened to wine and idols".The fatwa added that symbols used in the game promoted Japan's Shinto religion, Christianity, Freemasonry and “global Zionism".

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