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Obama says praying for ‘persecuted’ Christians

HONOLULU, Dec 24, (RTRS): President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he and his wife Michelle are praying for persecuted Christians as the world prepares to celebrate Christmas. Obama noted that the Islamic State’s occupation of some areas will mean Christians there will have to keep their beliefs and celebrations …

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Syrian ‘jihadist’ brothers arrested in Austria – 18 migrants drown off Turkey

ANKARA, Dec 24, (Agencies): At least 18 migrants drowned when their overcrowded boat sank in the Aegean Sea on Thursday on the way to the Greek island of Lesbos in the latest tragedy involving refugees seeking to enter Europe. The wooden boat capsized in high waves two miles off the …

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Fearful Christmas for Syrian Christian town threatened by IS

SADAD, Syria, Dec 24, (AFP): As military vehicles roll by, Syrian boys and girls gingerly decorate a large Christmas tree in the Christian town of Sadad, at the front lines with the Islamic State jihadist group. Most residents of the ancient Syriac Orthodox-majority town in central Syria have fled, and …

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Saudi King Salman blames Assad for ISIS rise in Syria – ‘Security, economy top priorities’

RIYADH, Dec 23, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday of having aided the rise of the Islamic State group and called for a political settlement with moderate forces to end the war there. The solution would be to form “a transitional government made up of moderate …

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Pakistani minorities live in fear after mob killings – Blasphemy allegations unproven

KOT RADHA KISHAN, Pakistan, Dec 23, (AFP): Four-year-old Aliya’s life collapsed last year when her illiterate Christian parents were falsely accused of tossing out pages of the Holy Quran in their rubbish, and then lynched and burnt on a brick kiln by an angry mob. The mob killing of Shama …

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Police arrest man in Islamist terror probe

LONDON, Dec 23, (AFP): Police in Britain said Wednesday they had arrested a 31-year-old man in London in connection with suspected “extremist Islamist terrorism”. “The man was detained by offi cers at a business address in south London” on Tuesday, London’s Metropolitan Police said. “The arrest is being linked to …

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Somalia bans Xmas festivities – Celebrations may provoke attacks

MOGADISHU, Dec 23, (AFP): Somalia’s government has banned celebrations of Christmas and New Year in the Muslim majority country, saying the festivities might attract Islamist attacks. “All events related to Christmas and New Year celebrations are contrary to Islamic culture, which could damage the faith of the Muslim community,” the …

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US Muslim leaders organize in response to bias, harassment

American Muslim leaders are planning voter registration drives and open-house days at mosques to fight a rise in anti- Muslim harassment. US Muslim leaders also pledged to counter recruitment efforts by extremists such as the Islamic State group. The plans were announced Monday in Washington, one day after an emergency …

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Human Rights Watch has release a set of guidelines for construction companies in Gulf Arab states

DUBAI: Human Rights Watch has released a set of guidelines it says construction companies in the oil-rich Gulf Arab states should follow to ensure basic rights for migrant workers. The New York-based rights group’s recommendations released Tuesday are aimed at tackling some of the biggest abuses involving millions of migrant …

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Bosnia arrests ‘11’ over IS connection

SARAJEVO, Dec 22, (RTRS): Bosnian police said on Tuesday that several locations have been raided and 11 people arrested in a search for suspects believed to be connected with Islamic State. The raids in the wider Sarajevo area targeted around 15 individuals, the statement from the office of the Bosnian …

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