Friday , September 21 2018


Mosques ‘too conservative’ – “Good Muslims grow beards, not moustaches,”

COLOGNE, Germany, Oct 28, (RTRS): Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried. The men’s appearance reminded him of Jaish …

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Experts uncover hidden layers of Jesus’ tomb site – ‘Astonishing’: Hiebert

JERUSALEM, Oct 28, (AP): In the innermost chamber of the site said to be the tomb of Jesus, a restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was …

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Mayor among 10 killed in shootout – Drug war enters new phase

MANILA, Oct 28, (Agencies): A mayor on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s wanted list for alleged drugs links was killed along with nine of his guards in a shootout on Friday, police said, as a new phase of a bloody narcotics crackdown zeroed-in on high profile targets. The 10 men succumbed …

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‘Up to 900 Mosul extremists killed’

ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 27, (AFP): The United States said Thursday up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians. Iraqis who fled their homes expressed joy at escaping IS’s brutal rule as they …

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RIYADH, Oct 27, (Agencies): The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states have pressed the US government to mitigate any detrimental effects induced by the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said on Thursday. In a statement to the press after a meeting of GCC …

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Delhi expels Pak official

NEW DELHI, Oct 27, (Agencies): India announced Thursday it was expelling a Pakistani visa official for suspected spying after he was briefly detained carrying sensitive defence documents, with tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours already running high. New Delhi police said the official had been recruiting Indian nationals for two and …

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Abu Sayyaf pockets $7.3m – Kidnap for ransom

MANILA, Philippines, Oct 27, (AP): Abu Sayyaf pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants’ mobility, a confidential Philippine government report said. The joint …

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‘Girls’ in Bangladesh forced into marriage – Education deprived

DHAKA, Oct 25, (RTRS): It was after fl oods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka. “We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was …

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Somali extremist gunmen kill 12 ‘non-Muslims’ in northern Kenya – Attackers used grenades, homemade explosives

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25, (Agencies): Islamic extremist gunmen from neighboring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said Tuesday. Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels claimed the responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians, according to …

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Extremists kill 61 in Pakistan attack

QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 25, (AFP): Pakistan on Tuesday mourned the killing of at least 61 people in a brutal gun and suicide bomb assault on a police academy, the deadliest attack on a security installation in the country’s history. Three masked gunmen burst into the sprawling academy in the southwest, …

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