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TSA Logo Friday, April 28, 2017     

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Muslim profiling at US borders escalates during President Trump's first 100 days President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017.

Hosni Mubarak Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Amid human rights violation: Egyptian kangaroo court sentences 20 people to death A court of Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after overthrowing the elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Monday sentenced 20 supporters of Morsi to death.

Friday, April 21, 2017     

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Panama Papers scandal: Pakistan Supreme Court verdict favors Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Pakistan's apex court, which has a history of supporting incumbent governments and military dictators, Thursday (April 20) ruled in favor of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the so-called Panamagate money laundering case. Two months after concluding hearings of the case, the apex court gave a 3-2 split judgment favoring Nawaz Sharif by calling for a fresh probe into the money laundering scandal.

Thursday, April 20, 2017     

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China reinforces border claims within days of Dalai Lama's visit to India China has renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh in retaliation against the Dalai Lama's visit to India's easternmost state. The move is apparently aimed at reaffirming Beijing's territorial sovereignty to the region.

RecepTwit Erdogan Monday, April 17, 2017     

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President Erdogan clinches victory in Turkish constitutional referendum The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday (April 16) achieved victory in a historic referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will introduce presidential form of government like France and the United States.

What about the children? Saturday, April 15, 2017 (3 comments)     

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US drops its most powerful non nuclear bomb on Afghanistan: Muslim lands are testing ground for dangerous weapons? The U.S. Thursday (April 13) dropped a bomb with an explosive force equal to 11 tons of TNT on a cave complex used by the Afghanistan branch of the , the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Pentagon said.The 9,797kg GBU-43 was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, according to the Pentagon.

Thursday, April 13, 2017     

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India-Pakistan relations worsen over espionage episode The already troubled India-Pakistan relationship has been plunged into deep uncertainty after Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian alleged spy, was sentenced on Monday (April 10, 2017) to death for espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan.Monday's development comes at a time when tensions between Pakistan and India run high. The past six months have seen a war of words between officials from the Indian and Pakistani governments.

Monday, April 10, 2017     

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Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt kill 44, wound dozens At least 44 people were killed and more than 100 more were injured in two Palm Sunday (April 9) attacks at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.

Pope Francis Friday, April 7, 2017     

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Pope Francis meets 4 Imams to open a Christian-Muslim dialogue Pope Francis Wednesday (April 5) held a private audience with a delegation of four Imams from England who were accompanied by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.Pope Francis told the imams that listening to each other was essential for the common future of humanity as we walk together in our shared lives.

SiSi-2 Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (3 comments)     

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President Trump welcomes Egyptian dictator, the butcher of Cairo President Donald Trump Monday, April 3, 2017, welcomed the Egyptian military dictator, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after arresting and deposing the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Kurdistan  Maps  Flag KRG Tuesday, April 4, 2017     

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Iraq rejects displaying Kurdish flag in Kirkuk fearing establishment of Greater Kurdistan The Iraqi parliament on Saturday, April 1, 2017, voted against raising the flag of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on public buildings and institutions in the city of Kirkuk. In a session attended by 186 members of the 328-seat parliament, the MPs voted in favor of flying only the Iraqi flag on Kirkuk's public buildings.

Friday, March 31, 2017     

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Hawaii judge extends order blocking Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson extended his order blocking President Trump's travel ban to six Muslim majority countries Wednesday, as the state's attorney general denounced the executive order as a "Muslim ban".

Friday, March 31, 2017     

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German lawmaker accused of links with anti-Erdogan Gulen movement In a new low point in Bonn-Istanbul relations, Turkey has linked Michelle Muntefering, a German lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), with the supporters of self-exiled Turkish cleric Gehullah Gulen accused of master-minding the abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

Maple Leaf Monday, March 27, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Canadian parliament passes motion against rising Islamophobia The Canadian parliament has passed a landmark anti-Islamophobia and religious discrimination motion that calls on politicians to condemn anti-Islamic behavior and rhetoric. It called on the government to recognize the need to "quell the public climate of fear and hate".

Tuesday, March 21, 2017     

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EU-Turkey rift escalates as Germany says Gulen was not behind anti-Erdogan abortive coup The rift between the European Union and Turkey is escalating as President Erdogan has accused the EU countries of persecuting Muslims like Jews were during World War II while the spirit of fascism was running wild on the streets of Europe.

Muslim Ban Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Muslim Ban 3.0: Laptops, tablets banned on Middle East-US flights The United States has banned laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games, and portable DVD players on flights from eight Muslim countries. Passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim countries are prohibited from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Friday, March 17, 2017     

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Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's Muslim Ban.2 Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0. In their ruling both judges cited Trump's statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign.

Muhammad Ali Jr. Questioned At Airport For 2nd Time In 4 Weeks CBS Miami's Carey Codd reports. Tuesday, March 14, 2017     

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When dissent is unpatriotic: Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at airport for 2nd time in 4 weeks Agents from the Department of Homeland Security held up the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Friday (March 10) as he was making his way to South Florida, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reported on Twitter.

Monday, March 13, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Fresh bid to declare nuclear-armed Pakistan a terrorist state Ted Poe, a Republican Congressman, has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives proposing that the nuclear-armed Pakistan should be declared a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sunday, March 12, 2017     

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Six U.S. States challenge Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 At least six U.S. states are challenging President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 executive order that bars new visas for people from six Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. On March 8, the state of Hawaii filed suit, arguing the new federal order will harm Muslims living in the state. As of March 10, five other states have joined together in a combined challenge to the latest order.

Kindertransport Thursday, March 9, 2017     

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Hawaii is first to sue over Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 Hawaii Wednesday (March 8) became the first US State to challenge President Donald Trump's new Muslim Ban order rolled out on Monday. The State of Hawaii lawyers have called the travel ban nothing more than "Muslim Ban 2.0" and asked a federal judge to temporarily block the order.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017     

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Donald Trump rolls out Muslim Ban 2.0 President Donald Trump Monday issued a new Muslim ban executive order that will temporarily halt entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim nations who are seeking new visas, though allowing those with current visas to travel freely.

Saturday, March 4, 2017     

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German Chancellor visits Cairo amid severe human rights violations by Egyptian Junta The German Chancellor Angela Markel visits Cairo amid reports of severe human rights violations by the Egyptian Junta led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who overthrew President Mohammad Morsi, the first democratically President of Egypt in 2013.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017     

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Amnesty International warns: Politics of demonization breeding division and fear around the globe Amnesty International says that politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing "us vs them" rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world. The warning came in its 2017 annual assessment of human rights around the world released on Wednesday (Feb. 22).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017     

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Global entry privileges for Muslim-American travelers are quietly revoked While the January 27 travel ban may still be affecting American Muslim citizens, some Muslim travelers outside the seven countries targeted by the controversial ban, including naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders, are indicating that their Global Entry status has been revoked.

Friday, February 17, 2017     

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The number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise in US The number of anti-Muslim hate groups nearly tripled from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. That's just one of the dramatic statistics in a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Thursday, February 9, 2017     

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The plight of 18.8 million war-torn Yemenis The United Nations and humanitarian organizations Wednesday (February 8) launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 18.8 million Yemenis. This is more than two-thirds of the total population of 27.4 million of the war-devastated Yemen. At least 12 million people in Yemen need life-saving assistance in 2017, UN sources said.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017     

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Lawsuits filed challenging Trump's Muslim ban At least two lawsuits were filed Monday (Jan. 30) against against President's Trump's Friday's "Muslim ban" executive order.

India-Pakistan Borderlands at Night Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (1 comments)     

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US National Intelligence Council predicts India-Pakistan nuclear war in 2028 The US National Intelligence Council has predicted a nuclear war between India and Pakistan in 2028. The prediction came in the Council report released recently under the title: Global Trends: Paradox of Progress.

Thursday, January 19, 2017     

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Yemen war death toll reaches 10,000 The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said that the death toll in the Yemeni war had reached 10,000, up from the previous figure of 7,000. The UN envoy's statement came after his talks in Aden with the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Hadi who rejected the UN peace plan.

Internment Camp--Do we learn nothing from history? Saturday, January 14, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Bill introduced in US Congress to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization On January 9, Representative Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL), introduced a bill (H.R. 377) to ask the Secretary of State to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The following day, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced an identical bill (S. 38) in the Senate titled the The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act.

Friday, January 13, 2017     

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Rally to Close Guantanamo at U.S. Supreme Court On January 11, 2017, a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantanamo attorneys, 9/11 family members, and members of diverse faith communities held a "Rally to Close Guantanamo" outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The rally was followed by a march to the Senate Building where the confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General was taking place.

Pakistan Nukes Monday, January 9, 2017     

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Pakistan fires 'first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile' Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 on Monday, January 9, 2017. The Pakistani cruise-missile test came two weeks after India successfully tested its Agni-V intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile on December 26, 2016.

Ghosts of U.S. Japanese Interment Camps during WW2.  "Never Again" Saturday, January 7, 2017     

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Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump Muslim registry On January 5, 2017, nine Democratic senators filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality.

Saturday, December 31, 2016     

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India alarmed at Russia, China, Pakistan talks on Afghan Taliban India is alarmed at Russia, China, Pakistan talks on restoring peace in the war-torn Afghanistan. The Times of India said as Russia, China and Pakistan work towards building a new axis in Afghanistan to accommodate Taliban as a tool against the Islamic Sate terror group, it could have unforeseen consequences for the Russia-India relationship.

Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica, New York Tuesday, December 27, 2016 (2 comments)     

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2016 the worst year for American Muslims since 2001 Three mosques in California were sent anonymous hate-mail in November warning them that Donald Trump would "cleanse" Muslims from the US the same way "Hitler did to the Jews." This story best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million-strong Muslim American Community during the presidential election year. The year 2016 was perhaps the worst year for American Muslims since 2001 . Read More

Sunday, December 25, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Putin orders expansion of Russia's naval base in Tartus, Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday (Dec. 23) ordered the expansion of the Russian naval base in the Syrian port city of Tartus, according to the Russian media.The expansion of the naval base comes days of the capture of the Syrian city of Aleppo by the Russian-backed Syrian forces. This comes also four days after the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov.

Deportation Destroys Families Thursday, December 22, 2016 (5 comments)     

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American Muslim groups welcome decision to end program once used to track Muslims American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) welcomed President Barrack Obama's decision to permanently dismantle the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). CNN quoted Neema Hakim, a DHS spokesman, as saying: "The Department of Homeland Security is removing outdated regulations pertaining to the NSEERs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara: Fall out of Allepo or abortive anti-Erdogan coup The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed Monday (12/19) by a sacked police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire. The ambassador was giving a speech at an Ankara art gallery. In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia must know for sure who was behind the assassination of Russian Ambassador.

Thursday, November 24, 2016     

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Muslim Turkey abandoning hopes to join Christian EU An upcoming vote by the European Parliament on whether to end EU membership talks with Ankara has "no value in our eyes," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Wednesday (Nov 23), accusing Europe of siding with terrorists.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Nearly 200 organizations demand rescinding of Muslim registry law In a letter, sent to President Barack Obama, nearly 200 organizations Friday (Nov. 21) called on his administration to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016     

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Extra-judicial killings continue in Karachi, Pakistan, behind smoke screen A brutal anti-Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) military operation continues behind the smoke screen as electronic and print media has been barred from reporting the extra-judicial killings by the paramilitary forces in Karachi and elsewhere in the volatile Sindh province.

Sunday, November 13, 2016     

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USA Today reports: Post-election spate of hate crimes worse than post-9/11 "What may seem like a dramatic rise in the number of hate harassment and hate incidents happening across the country in the wake of Tuesday's general election is not in anyone's imagination," USA Today quoted experts as saying.

Thursday, November 10, 2016     

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Muslim groups call on President-Elect Trump to respect the rights of all Americans Like millions of voters and minorities, the upset victory of Donald Trump on Tuesday night was not a pleasant situation for the seven-million-strong American Muslim community that was at the receiving end during the controversial 2016 presidential election campaign.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016     

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India: Murky police encounter killing 8 escaped Muslim prisoners seems fake There is an uproar in Indian on a new murky police encounter killing 8 "escaped" Muslim prisoners in Bhopal. The incident has kicked up a raging controversy with the government and the opposition parties locked in a war of words over the issue. Raising doubts, Congress and left parties have sought a judicial probe into the incident.

Monday, October 31, 2016     

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Saudi bid to limit damage caused by bombing of funeral gathering in Yemen In an apparent bid to limit damage caused by its bombing of a funeral gathering in Sanaa, Yemen, killing 140 mourners and injuring hundreds, Saudi Arabia has claimed that the Houthis have targeted the holy city of Mecca with a ballistic missile that was "intercepted and destroyed" 65 kilometers from Mecca.

Saturday, October 29, 2016     

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Human Rights group alarmed at extra-judicial killings of MQM workers' by para-military force in Pakistan Human right groups are alarmed at the spate of deaths of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers in the custody of para-military force in Karachi. The MQM has called these brutal deaths as extra-judicial killings.

Friday, October 28, 2016     

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Egyptian kangaroo court confirms 20-year-prison sentence on Morsi Amid mounting anger against the US-client government of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi because of tax rises, soaring food prices, inflation and cuts in state subsidies, a kangaroo court in Cairo has confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President who was deposed by Al-Sisi in July 2013.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016     

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Terrorists attack police training college in Pakistan: 60 cadets killed and 120 injured At lease 60 cadets were killed and more than 116 injured as terrorists attack the Police Training College in Quetta, Pakistan, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year.The IG FC said "terrorists were communicating with their handlers in Afghanistan". "There were three terrorists and all of them were wearing suicide vests," he added.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016     

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Libya: Five years after Gaddafi's brutal murder Five years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011), the situation is now far worse than it was five years ago as rival militias fight for control.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashaban Tuesday, October 18, 2016     

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Is BRICS a crumbling bloc? The 8th summit of BRICS, a bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, ended in Goa, India on Sunday (October 16) with a lengthy communique' dubbed as Goa Declaration.The 7,000 plus words document covers a range of measures, including establishing a new credit ratings agency, fighting tax evasion and combating terrorism.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016     

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Pakistan's Gwadar Port is now operational as first Chinese ship docks First Chinese ship, named Tianfu, finally docked on Sunday (Oct 16) at Pakistan's Gwadar port that is center of $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project between Beijing and Islamabad

Secretary Kerry Participates in Meeting Focused on Yemen Thursday, October 13, 2016 (1 comments)     

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US-backed Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen The killing of 140 people by a Saudi airstrike, on October 8, in Yemen has renewed focus on the Saudi atrocities and war crimes in Yemen. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2015 -- half of them civilians and more than 1,100 of them children, according to the UN.

Thursday, October 13, 2016     

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Islamophobia in Romania: Lawsuit filed against building of a mosque in Bucharest Amid anti-Islam and anti-Muslim euphoria, fomented by opportunist right-wing politicians, a lawsuit has been filed in Bucharest against building a mosque in the Romanian capital.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016     

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Russia and Turkey sign strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline deal Turkey and Russia Monday (Oct 10) signed the Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement.The signing of the strategic deal came after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian n President Vladimir Putin who was in Istanbul to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which gathered 10,000 participants, including four presidents, 250 energy ministers, academia, policy makers and CEOs of top energy companies.

Muslim Brotherhood Flag Wednesday, October 5, 2016     

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Mysterious killing of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders once again highlights brutal policies of Egypt's military govt The mysterious killing of the two Muslim Brotherhood leaders once again highlights the brutal policies of the US-backed military government of Filed Marshall Abdel Fatah el-Sisi who came to power in July 2013 by overthrowing the elected President Mohammad Morsi.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016     

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The politics of Petitions: White House archives petition seeking to declare Pakistan a 'terror sponsor' The White House Monday (Oct 3) stopped accepting signatures for a petition of the Indian-Americans that sought to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, saying it has been archived as it did not meet the "signature requirements".

Monday, October 3, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The myth of India's surgical strike on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir A Japanese magazine has questioned the Indian claim of conducting surgical strikes on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, maintaining India does not have capacity to do so. Diplomat magazine has carried an article under the title: "Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?"

Sunday, October 2, 2016     

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River water dispute between China, India & Pakistan As the war of words continued between the two nuclear neighbors many Indian defense experts advised hawkish Prime Minister Naendra Modi to use the water as a weapon against Pakistan by scrapping the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). While India mulled scrapping of Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan China blocked tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet to build dam.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 (1 comments)     

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India alarmed at Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise India is alarmed at the first Pakistan-Russia two-week joint military exercise which began Saturday, September 24. Around 70 Russian soldiers and officers along with some 130 Pakistani counterparts are taking part in the war games called Friendship 2016. The Russian Television (RT) said the name is a symbolical reference to the old Cold War tensions between Moscow and Islamabad.

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