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Pakistan's first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated by America Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first Prime Minister, was assassinated on October 16, 1951 while addressing a public meeting in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. His assassin, later identified as Saad Akbar Babrak was shot dead on the spot. Saad Akbar Babrak was an Afghan national and a professional assassin.
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U.S. Muslims condemn killings of American diplomats in Libya American Muslim civil advocacy groups Wednesday strongly condemned the killings of the U.S. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.
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Are we living in Orwell's 1984 Oceania surveillance state? Perhaps, Georg Orwell's worst nightmare has come true in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's startling revelations of secret government surveillance. Writing under the title, "So Are We Living in 1984?" Ian Crouch of New Yorker argued that Edward Snowden, sounded, in the Guardian interview in which he came forward, like he'd been guided by Orwell's pen.
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Saudi Air Force trainee opens fire at Naval Air Station in Florida killing 3 people A Saudi national opened fire on a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola (Florida), killing three people before he was shot to death by sheriff's deputies in the second fatal shooting at a U.S. military installation this week.
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2001-2011: A decade of civil liberties' erosion in America -- Part One In the last ten years we have seen a steady erosion of the fundamental rights and civil liberties, all in the name of national security. The gradual erosion of our civil liberties came in the shape of Warrantless Wiretapping, abuse of the USA PATRIOT Act, the National Security Entry/Exit Registration System, the Real ID Act, the Military Commissions Act, No Fly and Selectee Lists and Abuse of Material Witness Statute.
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2001-2011: A decade of civil liberties' erosion in America -- Part Two In the last ten years we have seen a steady erosion of the fundamental rights and civil liberties, all in the name of national security. Peacemaking and whistleblowing has been virtually criminalized. FBI agents encouraged to search your trash, public databases just to sniff around for crime. Obama administration wants to read your email and search your laptops.
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85 percent Muslims voted for President Obama More than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Obama in Tuesday's election, according to an exit poll released Friday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
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Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights after 9/11 During the last decade when civil rights of citizens were violated in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Congress has proved to be a source of law violations and abuse of civil rights, says Professor David Cole of the Georgetown University Law Center.
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American Muslims ten years after 9/11 The 9/11 attacks have left a lasting and damaging image for American Muslims who to this day are still fighting stereotypes and a negative image. The challenge that most Muslims face is their concern in the way they dress or their name might make them an easy target for stereotyping. Arab and Muslim Americans increasingly feel targeted by negative media portrayals and concerned about profiling.
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Redrawing the map of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan: Independence for the Balochi people Ten days after he chaired a Congressional committee's hearing on Balochistan, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Friday (2/18) introduced a concurrent resolution in the congress, calling for an independent state for the Balochi people living in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
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US officials interrogate Pakistan's Imran Khan on drones Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), who led a massive anti-drone march earlier this month, was Friday deplaned from a New York bound flight at Toronto Pearson International Airport. He was interrogated by the US immigration officials about his views on drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. After four-and-a-half-hour, Imran Khan and other PTI leaders were allowed to catch the next plane to New York.
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Saudi prince reveals 'US conditions' for Mohamed Bin Salman to be the King Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud, who lives in Germany, has revealed what he claims are the US conditions for helping Mohamed Bin Salman to become King of Saudi Arabia before his father's death, the US-based thenewkhalij.org reported on Friday (June 23).
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US Geostrategic Objectives Behind War in Yemen While Saudia has long considered Yemen a virtual subordinate province and as a part of Riyadh's sphere of influence, the US wants to make sure that it controls the Bab Al-Mandeb, the Gulf of Aden, and the Socotra archipelago .The Bab Al-Mandeb is an important strategic chokepoint for international maritime trade that connects the Persian Gulf via the Indian Ocean with the Medit Sea via the Red Sea. Read More
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Foreign Minister Asif says Pakistan alliance with U.S. over Pakistan's alliance with the United States seems to be coming toward an end following the US decision to suspend security aid, Pakistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif told the Wall Street Journal on Friday (January 5).
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Arab Collusion in Israeli Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states may be colluding with Israel, against Hamas
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China quietly helped Saudi Arabia build a secret nuclear site "Saudi Arabia has constructed with Chinese help a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake from uranium ore, an advance in the oil-rich kingdom's drive to master nuclear technology, according to Western officials with knowledge of the site," according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Russia supplies military essentials to Pakistan, Says Russian Minister Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has said that his country was supplying military equipment to Pakistan.Morgulov's statement came on Thursday (Jan 18) in a geo-political conference organized jointly by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and an Indian think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
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Growing Sino-Pakistan military ties ring alarm bells in India India Today reported on January 4, that a secret report prepared by the government's joint intelligence committee has confirmed India's worst fears - China is planning a military base in Pakistan. The paper said that the report, based on inputs from the (Indian Intelligence agency) Research and Analysis Wing, is meant for the Prime Minister, members of the cabinet committee on security and the national security adviser.
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Alleged Norwegian massacre gunman Anders Breivik is a right-wing anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian who allegedly killed at least 90 people, most of them children, in Europe's worst terrorist attack since 2004, was reported Saturday to have a history of hatred of Muslims and of links with Christian fundamentalists and rightwing extremists such as Geert Wilders of Netherlands.
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With $295b defense budget: Saudi Arabia failed to stop a drone attack on oil installations from ragtag Houthi militia With $295 billion 2019 defense budget, Saudi Arabia Saturday failed to stop a drone attack on its oil installations from the Yemeni rebel rag tag militia.Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and another major oil field, sparking huge fires.
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Anti-Muslim protests scheduled nationwide for Oct 9th & 10th Amid increasing anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric, anti-Muslim groups have planned at least 20 rallies this month at mosques and Islamic centers across the Unites States on October 9th and 10th.
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Chinese, Indian foreign ministers discuss de-escalation after bloody border clash in Ladakh The foreign minister of China Wang Yi held telephone talks Wednesday with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, over a bloody border clash that left 20 Indian soldiers killed.The Chinese foreign ministry said. that both sides agreed to "cool down the situation on the ground as soon as possible, and maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with agreement reached so far between both countries.
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Anti-Muslim rhetoric by the Republican presidential hopefuls In the post-9/11 America, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate has become commonplace and increasingly acceptable in political and civic discourse. Anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric or Islamophobia is no longer questioned, even by our elected representatives. During 2011 there was phenomenal rise in anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric particularly by the Republican Party politicians.
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American Muslims 12 years after 9/11 Twelve years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American Muslims remained besieged through reconfiguration of US laws, policies and priorities. Profiled, harassed, reviled, attacked, peeped at by the CIA and the FBI, interrogated and permanently controlled at airports, the whole community felt excluded of American society.
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Russia signs $2 billion deal to supply Turkey S-400 missiles as Duma ratifies expanding Russian naval base in Syria Apparently, in a reconfiguration of positions in the geopolitics, Turkey, a NATO-member, has signed a $2 billion deal to buy the S-400 Russian air-defense missile system while Russian Duma voted on Thursday (Dec. 21) to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Syria for 49 years.
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Israeli factor in the mounting India-Pakistan tension India and Pakistan are once again on the verge of a full-scale war in the aftermath of India's annexation of disputed Kashmir territory. It is an unimaginable scenario as the two South Asian neighbors possess high-tech nuclear arms. India and Pakistan are edging towards a military confrontation. We don't name another entity in the equation that is Israel, which has strategic relations with India.
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Anti-Islam GOP survey alarms American Muslims The seven-million-strong American Muslim community was alarmed at an anti-Islam question included in the Republican Party survey titled as "Listening to America."
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Why Pakistan declines Saudi request to join Arab coalition fighting in Yemen Pakistan has virtually declined Saudi Arabia's request to join the Arab coalition fighting to restore the deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. After days of discussion in media and parliament, a joint session of parliament passed a resolution on Friday saying that Pakistan "should maintain neutrality in the conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis".
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Tracking the American Muslim vote in 2012 election The seven-million strong American Muslim community -- remained under siege since 9/11 tragedy - has decided to actively participate in the nation's political process in a bid to make its voice heard. Muslim community's political activism was reflected at the Democratic National Convention where the number of Muslim delegates had quadrupled since 2004.
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Swiss Newspaper unveils secret Saudi Arabia-Israel military alliance Saudi Arabia is seeking to buy Israeli defense systems and working with Israel to prevent Iran's expansion in the Middle East, according to the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung.
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China becomes world's fifth largest arms exporter China has become the world's fifth-largest arms exporter, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).China replaces Britain in the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012, a group dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports, SIPRI said Monday March 13.
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Kuwait-Turkey military cooperation alarms Saudi Arabia Turkey has recently signed a military cooperation agreement with Kuwait, member of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). According to the agreement, signed during the Turkey-Kuwait Military Cooperation Committee meeting, the two countries are planning to share their military experiences and coordinate their activities beginning in 2019.
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2001-2011: A decade of civil liberties' erosion in America -- Part Three In the last ten years we have seen a steady erosion of the fundamental rights and civil liberties, all in the name of national security. The FBI is now investigating domestic peace activists and under the cover of studying "violent radicalization," the already-fluid definition of "terrorism" is being broadened to encompass political activity and protest by dissident groups.
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The FBI recommended new recruits read anti-Islam books The FBI was teaching new recruits about Muslims with a power point presentation that recommended they read anti-Islam books, according to a grainy copy of the PowerPoint obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union's Northern California chapter and the Asian Law Caucus, a San Francisco-based civil rights group.
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Pakistani troops to defend jittery Saudis The Times of London reported Saturday, August 2, 2014, that Saudi Arabia has deployed thousands of troops from Egypt and Pakistan along its frontier with Iraq, amid fears of invasion by the al-Qaeda splinter group that has declared a radical Islamic state across the border.
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Moscow once again appears on the African continent with the first Russia-Africa summit The first-ever two-day Russia-Africa economic summit ended Thursday in the resort city Sochi, Russia, resulting in over 500 commercial agreements worth $12 billion.
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Pakistan-Russia relations warm up In an unprecedented exchange between Russia and Pakistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Islamabad last week while Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani flew to Russia for consolidating progress in defense cooperation. Lavrov's unscheduled visit was to reassure Pakistani leader-ship that President Putin remained committed to resetting ties despite cancellation of his visit.
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Who attacked Malala Yousufzai? Many people are wondering why media is so selective and gave so much coverage to Malala Yusufzai while 100s of innocent Malalas and women have been killed by drone attacks but we don't even find there names.
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Will Muslim Turkey ever become Christian EU member? Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said that he would start a discussion among European heads of government to quit talks with Turkey about joining the European Union because of the country's democratic and economic deficits.European leaders have voiced concern over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on dissidents after a failed coup attempt month his idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey.
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US Congressional hearing on Balochistan/dismemberment of Pakistan The subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on Wednesday (2/8/2012) to discuss the target killings and human rights situation in Balochistan and termed it a matter requiring urgent attention.
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Civil advocacy groups denounce Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, Tuesday (June 26, 2018) ruled in favor of the third iteration of President Donald Trump's travel ban (known as Muslim Ban 3.0) on five Muslim countries.The Supreme Court decision was widely denounced by civil advocacy, Arab, Muslim and religious groups as well as lawyers. Surprisingly, even the atheists also bitterly criticized the decision.
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500,000 displaced as Pakistan Army continues brutal operation in North Waziristan About half a million people have been displaced in North Waziristan where Pakistan's mercenary army has launched a brutal operation at the behest of Washington.
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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu cancels visit to India Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday (Sept 3) cancelled a planned visit to India on September 9 to meet his counterpart Narendra Modi who last month annexed the disputed territory of Kashmir.
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Pakistan Supreme Court's attempt to destabilize government of Imran Khan The Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday (Nov 28) limited the three-year extension in the term of Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa to six months. On Wednesday (Nov. 27), a three-member court bench led by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, who retires in less than one month, suspended Prime Minister Imran Khan's August 2019 order to extend the term of General Bajwa by three years.
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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.
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India planned a covert military attack on a Pakistani nuclear reactor Indian Express reported on Monday (Oct 26) that the United States warned Pakistan in 1984 about an Indian military attack on the Pakistani nuclear reactor at Kahuta. The paper said that the US warning came in US President Ronald Reagan's letter to General Zia-ul Haq, President of Pakistan.
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First Muslim woman elected to Virginia Senate Ghazala Hashmi on Tuesday (Nov. 5) became the first Muslim women elected to the Virginia Senate. Ms. Hashmi, 55, upset the Republican incumbent Glen Sturtevant to represent a district based in Chesterfield County.
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After troops withdrawal U.S. to maintain seven bases in Afghanistan The US and the Taliban Saturday signed a peace agreement under which the United States, its allies, and the Coalition will withdraw all their forces from five military bases.However, New York Times Sunday reported that the US will maintain seven bases.
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India May Use Nuclear Option First to Preempt Pakistan Amid mounting tension between India and Pakistan after India's annexation of Kashmir New Delhi may reconsider its 'no first use of nuclear option' doctrine. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singhsaid on Friday (August 16) that while India has strictly adhered to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's doctrine of 'No First Use' (NFU) of nuclear weapons, "what happens in future depends on the circumstances".
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Iran, Russia and Turkey to hold 'Syrian people's congress' to bring together all sides Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a "Syrian people's congress" that will bring together government and opposition figures.
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Reaction to General Soleimani's Assassination in Pakistan, and West Asia Pakistani senators have expressed concern over the fall out of tension between the US and neighboring Iran in the aftermath of killing of General Qasem Soleimani.
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Who is Behind the Abduction and Killing of Saleem Shahzad? In Pakistan, where the disappearance and torture of people is not uncommon, Saleem Shahzad, a prominent journalist who wrote about the army's alleged links with al-Qaeda, was tortured and killed after being abducted from Islamabad Sunday, May 29 by unidentified men.
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US refuses to take sides as China again warns India over border dispute The US is "closely and carefully" the month-long border standoff between China and India, the Trump administration said Friday, urging the two Asian giants to engage in direct dialogue to reduce the tension.
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The Politics of oil tankers capture In an apparent retaliation of the capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Gibraltar, a British colony, Iran Friday (July 19) captured a British oil tanker.Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement on Friday that the vessel named "Stena Impero" had been impounded for failing to respect international maritime rules.
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Pakistan resists US pressure to release Dr Shakil Afridi Pakistan government has ruled out release of CIA collaborator Dr Shakil Afridi under pressure from the United States.
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Pakistan successfully tests night launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Amid mounting tension over India's annexation of Kashmir, Pakistan has successfully carried out the night training launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
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Stratfor: Kashmir may provide spark for Pakistan-India nuclear war The specter of nuclear war haunts tensions between India and Pakistan, and the disputed territory of Kashmir could provide the spark that lights South Asia's nuclear fuse, warns Strafor, a geopolitical intelligence think tank that provides strategic analysis and forecasting to individuals and organizations around the world.
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Saudi Arabia teams up with Israel in anti-Qatar lobbying in the US Congress US proposed legislation - Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017 - threatening to sanction Qatar for its support of the so-called "Palestinian terror" was sponsored by 10 lawmakers who received more than $1m over the last 18 months from lobbyists and groups linked to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Al Jazeera reported Friday.
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Russia to start sending S-400 missiles to Turkey in two months Turkey will start getting S-400 Russian anti-missile systems within two months amid escalating dispute between Ankara and Washington over the purchase of Russian anti-missile system.
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Redrawing the map of Syria Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said the United States "does not want to keep Syria as a state in its current borders", accusing Washington of seeking to establish a Kurdish-controlled entity along Turkish and Iraqi border zones.
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American Muslims 13 years after 9/11 The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims.
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When a terrorist is not a terrorist? "Why won't Trump call Austin bomber what he is? A Terrorist," this is the title of the story by Alice Salles of Carbonated TV. The Austin bombing suspect is being called a domestic terrorist by people on social media, but why won't the media and the White House call him that?, she writes.
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2011 another hard year for Muslims in America "Where there are Muslims, there are problems." This alarmingly sweeping comment by the New York Post best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million strong American Muslim community which remains under siege in the post-9/11 era.
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India Again Rejects Trump's Mediation Offer on Kashmir Issue The U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed his concern over the fact that India and Pakistan are both nuclear countries and asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran to settle the dispute over Kashmir.
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Kashmir and Palestine share the struggle for self determination against colonial occupation Mondoweiss, a progressive Jewish media, Friday published a researched article by Zainab Ramahi, a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, comparing the struggle of the people of Kashmir and Palestine.
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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.
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Trump aligns with India his policy towards Pakistan? In an apparent tilt of U.S.-Pakistan policy towards India, President Trump Monday (January 1, 2018) threatened to cut financial aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it.
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US prosecutors close controversial terror case against Hamid Hayat Six months after a federal judge vacated the high-profile 2006 terrorism conviction against Hamid Hayat, prosecutors said Friday they will not pursue another trial against the Lodi, California resident. Hamid Hayat was freed August last after completing more than half his sentence on charges of providing material support to terrorists and lying to FBI agents.
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President Obama's visit to Mosque and Presidential Race The seven million strong American Muslim community has welcomed the visit of President Barrack Obama to Maryland mosque where the President called on Americans to embrace their common humanity and reject the inexcusable political rhetoric emanating from the presidential campaign trail.
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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.
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Turkey to deploy forces in the Gulf of Aden As Turkey expands its geopolitical and economic presence in the Middle East and East Africa, Turkish parliament has approved deployment of its forces in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia, and the Arabian Sea.
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Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis explained: Saudi Arabia in talks with Israel to establish economic ties The British newspaper Times reported Saturday (June 17) that in a dramatic move Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties that perhaps explain why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to force the Gulf state to drop its support for Hamas, who control Gaza.
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Imran Khan leads anti-drones rally: 'Drone attacks only augment hate for US' Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who led an anti-drone attacks rally in northern Pakistan, Sunday reiterated that the higher the number of drone strikes in Waziristan, the more hate they will create for the US.
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India again threatens military action to take Pakistan administered Kashmir Indian Minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir Thursday (Nov 16) said no one can stop India if it wanted to wrest to what he called "Pakistan-occupied" Kashmir from Pakistan, stressing that the territory was a part of India.
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Bangladesh alarmed at India's Citizenship Amendment Act & National Register of Citizens Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said Sunday that the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens are India's "internal issues", but any uncertainty in India was likely to affect its neighboring countries. Momen cancelled his visit to India earlier this month after protests against the citizenship law erupted in India.
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Beijing: Chaos if China follows India's logic and enters Indian territory There will be "chaos" in the Leh region if they follow India's "ridiculous" logic and enter the Indian territory in Kashmir to disrupt construction projects along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China said Tuesday (August 22).
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Hindu extremist gang axing Muslim youth to death video goes viral on social media A video is viral on social media these days showing an Hindu extremist gang axing and brutally murdering a Muslim youth apparently working in a field in Uttar Pardesh ruled by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
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Extra-judicial killings in Pakistan Disappearance of innocent citizens, extra-judicial and target killings are not uncommon in Pakistan but last Wednesday's brutal killing of young Sarfraz Shah by para-military Rangers in Karachi has shocked the nation. The execution-style killing of Sarfraz Shah is not an isolated incident.
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Pak-Afghan border clash amid provoking statements by Indian Army Chief Amid provocative statements by the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat, there are reports of clashes on Pakistan's northern border with Afghanistan.
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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.
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U.S. in talks with Houthi rebels to end bloody Yemen war A high ranking US official said Thursday (Sept 5) that Washington was in talks with the Houthi rebels in a bid to end Yemen's war. "We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen," US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told reporters during a visit to Al-Kharj air base near the Saudi capital Riyadh.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister steps down after Supreme Court disqualifies him for dishonesty Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif's third term in power ended unceremoniously Friday (July 28) after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office in a landmark unanimous decision on the so-called Panama Papers case.
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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.
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China fears fallout from India's citizenship law in Muslim Xinjiang The adoption of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which excludes citizenship for Muslim migrants who had illegally entered India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before December 2014, is fuelling anxiety in China, The Hindu reported Tuesday.
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14 US Congress members urge Indian Prime Minister to lift siege of Kashmir 14 US Congressmen/Congresswomen have urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address concerns over the human rights situation in Kashmir and lift the communications blackout.
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Pakistan establishes China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority for expediting delayed projects Pakistan on Monday (Oct 7) established the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority to speed up the delayed projects as Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing.The establishment of CPEC Authority was aimed at accelerating the pace of CPEC related activities.
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US aid to Pakistan again linked to Dr Afridi's release The US Congress has once again attached the release of Shakeel Afridi to the provision of military aid to Pakistan. In an amendment introduced to the defense spending bill, passed on May 22, the House members overwhelmingly called for the release of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who had helped the CIA by running a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad a month before the US forces raid on Osama bin Laden compound in 2011.
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Russia offers to sell Su-35 jets to Turkey after U.S. ends F-35 deal Russia is willing to supply Turkey with Su-35 supersonic multi-purpose fighters if Ankara wants them, the head of Russia's hi-tech conglomerate Rostec Sergei Chemezov said Thursday (July 18), after the United States expelled Turkey from the F-35 program.
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China opposes unilateral Indian move to modify Kashmir status as India also claims Pakistan administered Kashmir China on Tuesday (August 6) expressed serious concerns over the current situation arising out of Indian decision to strip Kashmir of its special status.Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement: "China is seriously concerned about the current situation in Jammu Kashmir. China's position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent.
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Pakistan army's commercial ventures slammed Awami National Party (ANP), an important ruling coalition party has asked the finance minister not only to provide details of the defense budget, but also give details of income of the commercial institutions being run by armed forces. The ANP says that today the armed forces were involved in construction of plazas, cement and pharmaceutical businesses and even running petrol pumps, CNG stations and marriage halls.
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Ilyas Kashmiri reportedly killed in US drone attack in South Waziristan Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, the commander of Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (HuJI), was killed in a US drone attack near Wana, South Waziristan, on Friday night, Pakistani officials said Saturday. Shoaib Khan, a political agent, confirmed that Kashmiri had died in the strike at a militant compound in Ghwa Khwa area. "Kashmiri was killed in the late night attack," Mr Khan told journalists.
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Why is India alarmed at US funding of NGOs promoting religious freedom? The Indian government on Thursday said it has sought details about the US announcement to provide nearly USD 500,000 to NGOs to promote religious freedom in India.
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2017: Another difficult year for American Muslims The seven-million American Muslims remained under siege since 9/11/2001 through reconfiguration of US laws, policies and priorities but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim policies alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them.
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Egypt's security forces execute 17 persons in extrajudicial killing Egyptian President Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's security forces have killed 17 pro-Muslim Brotherhood persons in the latest incident of extra-judicial killing. The security forces claimed that the people killed were involved in a car bomb near the National Cancer Institute that killed more than 20 people in Cairo on August 4.
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Muslim Caucus meets in Washington amid Trump's attacks Muslim political leaders and academics gathered in Washington, DC, on Tuesday (July 23) dubbed as the first national gathering of Muslims in politics in US history.The historic gathering, called by the Muslim Caucus America is being held as President Donald Trump and his supporters ramp up attacks on Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women in Congress.
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Ethnic cleansing of Muslims in India Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hinduvta government will reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the coming session of Parliament, to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, after their stay in India for seven years, instead of 12 years at present.
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Check-book diplomacy over shadow's Mini Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday (Dec 21) confirmed what was reported by media earlier that Saudi Arabia pressured Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to boycott the Kuala Lumpur mini Islamic summit called by Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammad from December 18 to 21.
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India-Pakistan: A Spy Exchange in the Offing? Faced with orders from the ICJ to review Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in the light of Pakistan breaching the Vienna Convention, Islamabad plans to use third country diplomatic assistance to explore the possibility of sending him home in return for an official admission from New Delhi that he was engaged in espionage, sources close to the Pakistan government were quoted as saying by the Indian newspaper Firstpost.
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Alarming development for India: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to be extended to Afghanistan In an alarming development for India, after a meeting of foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Beijing on Tuesday (Dec 26), Chinese foreign minister Wang said China and Pakistan are willing to find out ways to extend China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the $57 billion project, to Afghanistan.
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New US study warns: India-Pakistan Nuclear war can kill over 125 million people A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50 to 125 million people. That is more than the death toll during the six years of World War II, according to the research by Colorado University at Boulder and Rutgers University.
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Ambitious Turkish plan to resettle two million displaced Syrians Turkey has an ambitious plan to settle two million displaced Syrians in a 30-kilometer-wide safe zone in northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled the plan at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly last month.
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Peter King's witch hunt continues with second anti-Muslim hearing The Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King (Republican-NY), is back again to exploit fear of American Muslims. On June 15, he continued Muslim witch hunt with another controversial hearing. This was the second in a series of hearings King has said he plans to hold on the issue of the so-called radicalization within the American Muslim community.
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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
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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez: Modi Ethnically Cleansing Religious Minorities US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that Narendra Modi government is ethnically cleansing the country's religious minorities. She was commenting on recent anti-Muslim riots in Delhi.
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Kashmir remains under siege one month after Indian annexation Indian-administered Kashmir has completed a full month under the siege of brutal Indian forces where the unrelenting communications blackout and curfew have brought the normal life to a standstill with markets shut and public transport off the roads since August 5 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the special status of the disputed territory.
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Protests Continue in Egypt Demanding Ouster of US-Client el-Sissi Security forces in Egypt have clashed with hundreds of protesters in the port city of Suez, according to media reports, firing tear gas and live rounds to disperse crowds calling for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to quit, Al Jazeera reported Sunday (Sept 22).
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American Muslims alarmed at Minnesota mosque bombing The seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed over Saturday's mosque bombing in Minnesota, which the community sees as a further evidence of an anti-Muslim backlash that has worsened in recent months.
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Sikkim standoff escalates: China threatens to enter into Kashmir or Kalapani in Uttarakhand A day after editor of leading Chinese newspaper Global Times said military action was inevitable if Indian troops did not withdraw from China's soil in Doklam, Beijing has issued another threat asking what would India do if China enters Kashmir or the Kalapani region in Uttarakhand.
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Pakistan Falls into the IMF-World Bank Trap There are hardly two opinions that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Banks were implementing predatory economic policies of the West.The poor countries are now in the IMF and World Bank debt trap. The rise in debt has been swelled, with external sovereign loans to developing country governments more than doubling from $191 billion per year in 2008 to $424 billion in 2017.
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Copycat bills on anti-Sharia law and terrorism have no effect "These copycat bills on Sharia law and terrorism have no effect. So why do states keep passing them?" This is the title of an in-depth report produced after the two-year investigation. This story was part of a collaboration between USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity.
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Poor Indian Muslims being forced to convert to Hinduism On October 2, 2018, 13 members of a Muslim family in Badarka village of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, were converted to Hinduism. Akhtar Ali, 68, was renamed Dharam Singh. This is the latest case of conversion of Muslims by Hindu extremist organizations backed by Prime Minister Narinder Modi, who came into power in 2014 on the agenda of Hinduvita.
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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.
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Saudi Arabia's relations with China are functional but not strategic Saudi Arabia's relations with China are functional, but not strategic, says Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst. In an article published by Brookings Institution, where he is now a senior fellow, Riedel argues: Saudi Arabia values its relations with China, but it is well aware of their limits. Beijing will not replace Washington even if U.S.Saudi relations falter in the next administration.
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The Politics of American Muslim demographics On Thursday July 26, PEW Research Center released the findings of its 2017 survey of U.S. Muslims which estimated the population of American Muslims at 3.35 million. This estimate is projection of Pew's survey of 2011 which estimated the population of American Muslims at 2.7 million that was actually a projection of the Pew survey of 2007.
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The politics of Textbook Jihad The final version of Turkey's national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of jihad as part of Islamic law in books.
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India alarmed at growing China-Bangladesh relations A prominent newspaper of Bangladesh has reported that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not meet India's envoy despite repeated requests for a meeting in the last four months. Bhorer Kagoj, a prominent daily, also said that all Indian projects have slowed down since the re-election of Prime Minister Hasina in 2019 with Chinese infrastructure projects receiving more support from Dhaka.
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Plight of 200 million Dalits in India Around 500 Dalits from various parts of Gujarat embraced Buddhism on Tuesday (October 8) in three separate programmes held in Ahmedabad, Mehsana and Idar of Sabarkantha district on the occasion of Vijayadashami. It was on a Vijayadashami day on October 14, 1956 that Dr B R Ambedkar famously embraced Buddhism along with lakhs of his supporters in Maharashtr
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The real reasons behind Dilma Rousseff's impeachment Brazil's Senate voted on August 10, 2016 to hold an impeachment trial for the nation's suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against.
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American Muslims remain in the dock 11 years after 9/11 Seven million-strong American Muslim community remained in the dock 11 years after 9/11 with Republican Party's witch-hunt against Muslims in the U.S. government and meteorite rise in anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric in the 2012 election campaign.
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Modi did not ask Trump to mediate Kashmir conflict claims India At a White House press conference Monday (July 22) with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Donald Trump said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the Kashmir conflict. In a press statement released shortly after Trump's press conference, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs stated that Modi had not asked Trump to mediate.
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Romney supports drone attacks on Pakistan During the third presidential debate Monday night, Republican Presidential hopeful, Governor Mitt Romney supported President Barack Obama's drone operations in Pakistan. When the moderator Bob Schieffer asked Romney "we know President Obama's position on this, what is your position on the use of drones?"
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"Anti-Muslim sentiment permeates policies of both India and US" Says Amnesty International as Trump visits India As US President Donald Trump arrived Monday in Ahmedabad to begin a two-day visit to India, Amnesty International said "anti-Muslim sentiment permeates" the policies of both United States and Indian leaders and alleged that the values that the two governments now share are bigotry and hostility.
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The politics of political maps in South Asia Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday unveiled a new "political map of Pakistan" that showed Jammu and Kashmir as well as Junagadh as the territories of Pakistan. The map was released a day before the annexation of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
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Saudi Arabia wants out of Yemen war: Mid East Eye Saudi Arabia's crown prince has told two former US officials that he "wants out" of the two-year war he started in Yemen, and that he is not against US rapprochement with Iran, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday (August 15) quoting leaked emails published by Middle East Eye.
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Indian government admits arresting 144 minors in volatile Kashmir Indian government admitted Tuesday (Oct. 1) in the Supreme Court that 144 minors, including children as young as 9 and 11 years old, have been detained in the Indian-administered Kashmir since August 5, when the disputed territory was annexed.However, the government claimed that the arrest of minors was not illegal.
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To avoid straining ties with Iran: Pakistan may quit command of Saudi-led Muslim military alliance Pakistan is reconsidering its position on the so-called 41-nation Islamic military alliance, led by Saudi Arabia, to avoid straining its relationship with neighboring Iran, according to Pakistan media reports. The military alliance was to be commanded by General Raheel Sharif, the former commander-in-chief of Pakistan army who retired from the Pak army last year.
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Berkeley University study of Islamophobia in India highlights plight of Muslims The last decade has witnesses intensified attacks on Muslim, Christian, Sikh and 'lower castes' in India, according to a study released recently by the University of California, Berkeley.This first of its kind report on the status of Islamophobia in India is meant to provide a groundbreaking collection of evidence and provide a reference point for all future work on the subject.
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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.
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Pakistan urged to recognize Israel A major TV network of Pakistan, SAMA, has strongly advocated for recognition of the Jewish entity, Israel, by the government of Imran Khan.Anchor of a popular SAMA program Khara Sach (Naked Truth), Mubashir Luqman, Monday (Nov 19) called on the government of Pakistan to recognize Israel because Saudi Arabia is about to recognize and "we should do before them."
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Muslim massacre in Indian capital draws global condemnation The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday urged Indian Prime Minister Modi's extreme right-wing government to stop "anti-Muslim violence" and the desecration of Islamic places of worship in the country.
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When terrorism is not terrorism The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked and terrified by the execution-style murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Tuesday.
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Why did the Yemen peace talks collapse? Riyadh-based Yemen government in exile Thursday quitted peace talks underway in after Houthi militants and their allies formed a 10-member "supreme council" to run the war-torn nation." The negotiations have completely ended," said Abdallah al-Olaimi, a member of the exile government team to the talks.
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Three Muslims elected to House of Representatives Three Muslim candidates were elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday's election. Ilhan Omar won in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District and Rashida Tlaib won in Michigan's 13th Congressional District. They are the first Muslim women elected to the Congress. In Indiana, Rep. Andre' Carson (D) won his re-election bid for the 7th District.
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As Trump visits India: India's 200 million Muslims are terrified of being deported Hours before President Donald Trump's arrival in India for a 36-hour visit on Monday, Foreign Affairs Magazine has launched a bitter criticism of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
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Appeals court allows Trump's Muslim ban 3.0 to take partial effect The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday (November 13) allowed President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban 3.0 to go partially into effect, exempting persons with 'bona fide relationships' to the US.
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The Politics of Nobel Peace Prize Take Two A group of 18 GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana have formally nominated President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work toward peace in the Korean Peninsula. The nomination letter states that President Trump has worked "tirelessly to apply maximum pressure to North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region."
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Turkey denies working with Michael Flynn to kidnap Gulen Prime Minister Binali Yildirim Saturday (November 11) denied Turkey's involvement in an alleged plot involving former U.S security adviser Michael Flynn to kidnap U.S.-based controversial cleric Fetullah Gulen, allegedly behind last year's coup attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Trump's strategy may drive Pakistan closer to Russia and China Beijing and Moscow have come to Pakistan's defense in light of President Donald Trump's Afghan and Pakistan strategy unveiled on Monday.
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China irons out high-altitude jet fighter engine faults to boost defenses against India Chinese military releases video of aircraft on smooth runs in country's mountainous southwest, suggesting advances to problem-plagued AL-31F engines, South China Morning Post has reported.
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Pakistan judiciary's attempt to destabilize government of Imran Khan - Take Two Within the last 24 hours, Pakistan's judiciary has issued two verdicts against nation's strong army. On Tuesday (Dec 17) a special court sentenced Retired General Musharraf to death for overthrowing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government. On Monday (Dec 16), the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued the detailed verdict regarding the extension in tenure of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
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A "smart legal coup d'etat" is underway in Pakistan? It is said that power in Pakistan rests on three "A's: America, Allah and the Army. While America was mollified by obedience and Allah by giving in to key demands of religious forces, the army was mollified by following its policies. But for the two years a rift between the Army and the US-client government of President Zardari was widening and the latest Memogate scandal has brought it to an open confrontation.
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The Syrian War orphans one million children As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year, Aljazeera reported Sunday (Nov 19). The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.
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The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity The global 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need but they have widely differing views about many other aspects of their faith.
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Euro-US far-right groups anti-Muslim rally again flops On August 4, far-right anti-Islam fringe but vocal groups from across Europe and the United States staged a rally in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which attracted only 200 people, according to Reuters news agency while the Associated Press put the numbers to 100 only.
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As standoff continues: Chinese experts talks of limited military operation to expel Indian troops Two Chinese academics have warned India that China is planning a "small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks" from the Doklam area while an editorial in the Chinese Global Times on Saturday said that the government of Nerendra Modi is recklessly pushing India into war by adopting a "hard line" towards Beijing.
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Nationwide anti-Islam rallies show convergence of supremacist & Islamophobes Far-right activists held anti-Muslim demonstrations in least 28 cities across the United States on Sunday (June 11). The demonstrators, spurred by one of the largest grass-roots anti-Muslim group, and in many cases were met by larger crowds of counter protesters.
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FBI investigating deadly Pensacola shooting as act of terrorism The FBI said Sunday that it is treating the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as an act of terrorism so it can amass more resources to investigate whether the Saudi gunman was spurred by an "ideology."
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How the American Muslims vote in 2016 election? The seven-million strong American Muslim community has voted overwhelmingly voted for Democrat s since 2004 and a recent poll released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) indicates that the American Muslims will follow this trend.
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2,000 kilometers long march to highlight the issue of Baloch missing persons The families of Baloch missing persons today, Friday Feb 28, 2014, completed more than 2,000 kilometers protest march on foot to highlight the issue of missing persons in Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province.
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Civil advocacy groups denounce Trump's pardon of Shariff Arpaio Civil rights groups and Democrats Friday condemned President Donald Trump's decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of disobeying a court verdict ordering his agency to stop racially profiling Latinos.
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India revokes Kashmir's special status as a prelude to change demography Apparently taking cue from Israeli policy to implant Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government Monday (August 5) revoked the special status of Jammu Kashmir under articles 35A and 370 of the constitution, which forbid Indians from outside the region from buying land or permanently settling in the Muslim-majority territory.
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White House sides with India over dispute with Pakistan Amidst new peace overtures from the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan government after the re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House has said that the onus is on Pakistan for sustained peace in South Asia by putting the "terror groups out of business".
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Crucifying children at the altar of Great Power Game The stunned and shaken people of Pakistan mourned the Peshawar Army Public School massacre of 149 people including 132 children, and the government announced new measures to combat terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the removal of the ban on the death penalty for terrorist offences which had been in force since 2008.
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Hundreds rally in US, Europe against anti-Muslim massacre in Indian capital Indian Americans organize protests after violence in the Indian capital that was worst since 1984.
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Indian ultra-right party honors the assassin of nation's father, Mahatma Gandhi Sixty-nine years after Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, a "shrine" dedicated to his killer Nathuram Godse was set up in Guwalior by the Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday (November 15), Hindustan Times reported.
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Erdogan: Turkey inks deal to buy S-400 Russian missiles President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey has signed a deal to buy Russian S-400 missiles. He made the announcement while addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers in parliament.
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"To attack India, China installs N-weapons in Pakistan" In a new twist in the current India-China border dispute, a leading Indian political leader and former Defense Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Wednesday claimed that China has installed the nuclear bomb on Pakistan soil and is fully prepared to attack India.
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Trump Administration to deport 250,000 Salvadorians The Trump administration announced Monday, Jan 8, that it will end "temporary protected status" (TPS) that was first granted to Salvadorans nearly two decades ago. Roughly 263,000 people from El Salvador are covered by the program, which allowed the immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
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Turkey Defies US Threats, Receives Russian S-400 Missile Defense System Turkey received first shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system hardware from Russia on Friday, July 12, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced. "The first batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, which is procured to meet Turkey's air and missile defense needs, has started to arrive at Murted Air Base in Ankara," the ministry said in a statement.
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American Muslims 14 years after 9/11 * Three American-Muslim were shot to death near the University of North Carolina. * Glendon Crawford is convicted for constructing a "death X-ray machine" to kill Muslims in New York. * Robert R. Doggart, an ordained Christian minister planned an attack on Islamberg in the NY state. These episodes best reflect the dilemma of American Muslims who remain the target of bigotry, hate crimes, discrimination and profiling.
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The Muslim World sees UAE-Israel diplomatic relations as betraying the Palestine cause The Muslim world was dismayed and saw the UAE-Israeli diplomatic relations as betraying the Palestine cause. While Saudi Arabia, at present considered as leader of the Muslim World, remained silent and there was no reaction from the 22-member Arab League, there was sharp reaction from the major Muslim countries.
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Ex-Senator Pressler calls for pre-emptive strikes to destroy Pakistan's N-assets Former US Senator Larry Pressler says that both India and the US need to conduct pre-emptive strikes to destroy Pakistan's nuclear assets.
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A tale of three shootings within one week in U.S. Motives behind the Dayton, Ohio killer are not clear. However motives of El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius, and Gilroy shooter, Santino William Legan, are known. Crusius posted a manifesto on internet saying he was inspired by the New Zealand mosques shooter. The Gilroy shooter Legan just before the shooting urged his Instagram followers to read a 19th-century book "Might is Right."
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Massive Protest Gathering of Madrasa Students Fails to Oust Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Perhaps taking a leaf from Egyptian history of massive anti-government demonstrations in Cairo which culminated in the removal of long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and in the removal of the first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi in 2013, Maulana Fazalur Rehman, head of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI) attempted to dislodge the elected government of Imran Khan through massive protest sit-in.
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Modi, Xi talks end without a joint statement Two days talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended Saturday without a joint statement. The talks were held in the southern Indian town of Mamallapuram. Indian media reported that both countries will issue statements on Modi-Xi talks separately.
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Pakistan: Lt Gen jailed, Brigadier gets death for espionage Pakistan's Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has signed death warrants for two army and one civil officer on charges of espionage and leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudicial to the national security, the army announced Thursday (May 30).
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Yemen war escalates with 116 dead in missile attack In an escalation of the ongoing war in Yemen, at least 116 soldiers of the Saudi, US-backed government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, had died on Saturday (Jan. 18). In one of the bloodiest assaults since the beginning of the civil war, ballistic missiles ripped through the mosque at a military training camp in the central province of Marib.
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Tension mounts on Sino-Indian border as 5,000 Chinese troops enter into disputed territory For the first time since the Kargil intrusions of 1999, Indian territory is in the hands of foreign soldiers, according to Business Standard. Starting in the third week of April, more than 5,000 Chinese soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have intruded into five points in Ladakh - four along the Galwan River, and one near the Pangong Lake, the paper reported on Saturday, May 23.
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Rep. Ro Khanna's tweet rejecting Hindutva splits the Indian American community US Congressman Ro Khanna's tweet rejecting Hindutva echoed at the Cupertino Town Hall meeting called by the congressman earlier this month.
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India, Pakistan and China increasing nuclear arsenals size At the start of 2019, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea had a total of some 13,865 nuclear weapons, according to a new report by the Stockholm-based International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
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Pakistan has around 130 nuclear warheads to deter an Indian military attack: US report Pakistan's nuclear warheads which are estimated to be between 110-130 are aimed at dissuading India from taking military action against it, a US Congressional report says.
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Trump buoyed white supremacists, sparking backlash among black nationalist President Trump's first year in office proved to be just as racially divisive as his campaign -- but even more consequential, says the Southern Poverty Law Center report released on Wednesday (February 21).
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China-India border tensions intensify as PLA builds fortifications in disputed territory India-China border tensions could turn to conflict as Chinese PLA soldiers have built scores of fortifications, prefabricated huts, bunkers and pill-boxes after occupying the 'Finger-4 to 8' area on the north bank of Pangong Lake, according to Eurasia Times.
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Hate crimes -- especially against Muslims -- went up in 2016: FBI Incidents of hate crimes, particularly against African-Americans, Jews and Muslims, went up to 6,121 during 2016, seeing an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday (November 13).
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Another Challenging Year in 2019 for American Muslims i. Republican candidate's letter calls for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be hanged. ii. Muslim NJ mayor detained at JFK airport. iii. Flight of two Muslims canceled because crew 'didn't feel comfortable' flying with them. iv. 40% of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination. These stories symbolize the dilemma of the seven-million American Muslim community which remains at the receiving end.
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Turkey: Two weeks after the abortive coup Erdoganism is a new terminology introduced by the opinion writers against President Tayyib Erdogan who has launched a cleansing operation in the civil and military bureaucracy in the aftermath of July 15 abortive coup blamed on the US-based pro-Israel cleric, Fatehullah Gulen who is described by Pape Escobar as a CIA asset.
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US Religious Freedom Commission says: CAA may lead to disenfranchisement of Indian Muslims Days before US President Donald Trump's visit to India, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued a bitter criticism of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's anti-Muslim Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) which sparked large scale protests across India.
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Former Israeli defense minister says: 'Our conflict is with the Entire Muslim World' Former Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday (July 9) 'Our conflict is with the entire Muslim world, with the entire Arab world.'
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Taliban's open letter asks American people to recognize failure of 16-year war in Afghanistan The Afghan Taliban has published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan backs Qatar in dispute with Saudi Arabia Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Qatar after Saudi Arabia and several other countries severed diplomatic ties with it for supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.President Erdogan is the Chairman of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Ironically, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Maldives are members of the OIC.
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Egyptian Junta continues mass executions spree The US-client regime of Field Marshal Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi continues mass executions spree as an Egyptian kangaroo court sentences another 75 anti-government people to death.
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Politics is to Blame for Islamophobia Rise in US, says UCB/ CAIR Report The University of California Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender (CRG) along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has released a report outlining the exponential growth of Islamaphobia in the United States. The report argues that politics is to blame for much of the problem. The UCB/CAIR Berkeley report - called Same Hate, New Target - says Muslim-bashing factored into the 2010 midterm elections.
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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive Muslim travel ban The Trump administration on Thursday (June 1) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his controversial Muslim travel ban executive order which was blocked by lower courts that found it discriminatory.
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Pakistan Briefly Bans Save the Children: The politics of NGOs The government's U-turn in the case of Save the Children has not only embarrassed the government it has humiliated the whole nation as this incident proved that Pakistan is not independent even to take a decision against an NGO which it said has been involved in anti-Pakistan activities. The foreign-funded and dollar-driven NGOs are more powerful than the government of Pakistan and its institutions.,
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White supremacists celebrate President Trump's muddy remarks about the Charlottesville riots White nationalists and neo-Nazis celebrated President Donald Trump's remarks about the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday (August 12), in which he denounced violence "on all sides" rather than explicitly condemning white supremacism, the Business Insider reported.
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India Places Sikh Separatists Under Surveillance The Indian government has empowered eight states, including Punjab and Delhi, with a "sizeable presence of Sikh population" to take action against the US-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) group which calls for a referendum in 2020 for an independent Khalistan state. SFJ was banned on July 10, 2019.
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Nepal-India border tensions rise as one Indian killed by Nepal police firing One Indian farmer was killed and at least three more are injured Friday (June 12) in firing by Nepal police during an altercation with Indian farmers across the border at Sitamarhi district in Bihar, Hindustan Times reported.
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On the eve of Modi's visit, Israel backs India against Pakistan On the eve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "historic" visit to Israel, a senior official from the Israeli foreign ministry said that his country supports India on what he called "terrorism emanating from Pakistan."
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Joe Biden's statement on the rights of Kashmiris alarms Indians Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President, Joe Biden, wants India to take necessary steps to restore rights of Kashmiris under siege since August 5, 2019 when India annexed the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir.Joe Biden has also expressed disappointment over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
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Egypt, Saudi Arabia alarmed over Sudan-Turkey accord on strategic Suakin island A recent deal to lease the Sudanese Red Sea Sawakin island to Turkey for development raises concerns in Cairo and other Arab capitals.
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China denounces latest Indian move in disputed Jammu & Kashmir China has deplored latest move of the extreme rightist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh as Indian Union territories.
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Third-World Victims of IMF Debt Trap You may remember John Perkin's book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man". Perkins says he was actually an "Economic Hit Man" and his job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the United States to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U.S. corporations.
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California judge vacates conviction in 13-year-old Lodi terror case of Hamid Hayat American Muslim community has welcomed a landmark ruling overturning the conviction and 24-year sentence of Hamid Hayat, a Lodi resident convicted in 2006 on terrorism-related charges.
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Academic Freedom Act threatens academic freedom? Congressman Roskam, the Chief Deputy Whip and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Democratic Rep. from Illinois Dan Lipinski have recently introduced the so called "Protect Academic Freedom Act" that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars.
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China links Ladakh standoff with Kashmir issue China has linked the current standoff between Indian and Chinese border troops in Ladakh linked to rightwing government of Narendra Modi's decision to annex the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory into India last year.
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Osama episode reinvigorates China-Pakistan ties Pakistan's Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar announced on May 22 that China had "acceded to Pakistan's request to take over operations" of the Gwadar port while Islamabad also requested Beijing to build a naval base at the same port. This is perhaps the biggest shift in Pakistan's policy in the aftermath of Osama episode.
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China supports Pakistan against Trump's tweet A day after bitter criticism of Pakistan from President Donald Trump, China supported Pakistan by lauding its efforts for "outstanding contribution against terrorism" which should be acknowledged by "the international community".
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India-backed Baloch separatists attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan Three members of the India-backed Baloch Liberation Army launched an attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday (November 23).
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China-India Border Clashes: 20 Indian Soldiers Killed Twenty Indian soldiers were killed during a "violent face-off" with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The incident occurred during a "deescalation process" underway in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Aksai Chin-Ladakh area, where a large troop buildup has reportedly been taking place for weeks now on both sides of the border.
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The House of Representatives denounces Trump 'racist' tweets The Democrats-led House of Representatives Tuesday (July 16) formally condemned President Donald Trump's Twitter posts as racist.
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The Politic of anti-Islam Caricatures Beheading of the French teacher Samuel Paty has once again sparked controversy over Charlie Hebdo's anti-Islam caricatures as the French President Emmanuel Macron exploited the tragedy to push his long-sought agenda against Islam and Muslims. Days before Paty's killing, on October 2, Macron had made a controversial speech. He declared that "Islam is a religion that is in crisis today all over the world."
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American Muslims 18 years after 9/11 18 years after the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, the seven-million strong American Muslim community remains at the receiving end with President Trump's demonization of Muslims to bigotry, to hate crimes, to widespread discrimination, to media coverage that links Islam with terrorism.
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Global Times says U.S. is using India as cannon fodder for its anti-China strategy The Chinese Community Party newspaper, the Global Times (GT) says that the United States is using India as cannon fodder for its strategy to contain China.
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American Muslims fear backlash after New York attack The seven-million strong American Muslim community fears a backlash after the Tuesday (Oct. 31) attack in New York where a driver plowed a truck through crowds in lower Manhattan killing eight and injuring a dozen more.
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Terrorist attacks in Balochistan: The Indian Factor The restive Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan, has witnessed two terrorist attacks within three days.
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Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet amid border tension with India China's People's Liberation Army Sunday (July 17) said it has conducted live-fire exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region to test its strike capability on plateaus, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.
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Turkey and Qatar stage joint military exercises amid Doha blockade Turkish and Qatari navies have carried out a joint exercise as Qatar's economic blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries entered into third month. The Qatari military said the exercise was aimed at exchanging information, training senior military officials, and improving coordination between the two forces to boost security.
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The politics of religious freedom A broad national coalition of more than 60 civil advocacy organizations and individuals have sent a joint letter to Senators Inouye, McConnell and Durbin expressing "deep concern" at the recent controversial appointment of Zuhdi Jasser to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
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50 years of failure of the Organization of Islamic Conference The 14th Islamic Summit Conference ended Friday Night (May 31) in Mecca. A final statement accused Iran of supporting Yemen's Houthi rebel group; illegally occupying three islands in the Persian Gulf; and "interfering" in the domestic affairs of both Syria and Bahrain.
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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?"
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Turkish President Erdogan resets relations with Russia On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in St. Petersburg to hold talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Erdogan's first foreign visit since the July 15 abortive coup against his elected government. St. Petersburg is Putin's hometown.
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Two-front war not a good idea, says Indian general Arguing for a greater role of diplomacy to bring normalcy in tense relations with neighboring Pakistan, Lt. Gen Surinder Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, has said that a two-front war is not a "smart idea".
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Field Marshal el-Sisi of Egypt executes 8 people after murky trial by kangaroo courts In the first executions of 2020, US-client, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi' regime of Egypt Monday (February 24) executed eight people to death sentenced by a military court in May 2019 and accused of attacking three Coptic churches and a police checkpoint that killed 88 people in 2017.
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India Deploys Israeli SPYDER Missiles along border with China as Corps Commanders fail to end Ladakh standoff The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly installed the SPYDER Missile along with the homemade Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) with a range of 30 km as part of strategic planning for a double layer tactic to guard critical resources and locations in the country, the Eurasia Times reported Tuesday.
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Indian Army chief: Bangladeshi influx into north-eastern India is part of Pakistan's proxy war with China's help A planned influx of people from Bangladesh into India's north-eastern region is underway as part of a proxy war being waged by Pakistan, with support from China, to keep the area disturbed, said Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday (Feb 21).
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25 percent of Muslim voters undecided in presidential election At least 25 percent of American Muslim registered voters are still undecided about who to vote for in this November's presidential election, according to a survey released Wednesday (Oct 24, 2012). The survey also indicates that 91 percent of registered Muslim voters will go to the polls on November 6.
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UN report details massive Israeli war crimes in Gaza in 2014 The UN Commission appointed to investigate the Israeli attack on Gaza in July-August 2014, has published its report which strongly condemns the Israeli attacks on civilian targets which may have been war crimes. However, in a bid to 'balance' the findings of the Israeli atrocities, the report also holds Hamas committing war crimes during Israel's aggression on Gaza last summer.
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American Muslims alarmed at Anti-Muslim rhetoric by Rand Paul, Wesley Clark, Franklin Graham The seven-million-strong American Muslim community was alarmed by the recent anti-Muslim proposals by Senator Rand Paul, former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark and Christian evangelist Franklin Graham. Their anti-Muslim proposals came in reaction to the deadly shootings that took the lives of five service members and injured one law enforcement officer in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Florida, Oklahoma poised to pass anti-Sharia bills As anti-Muslim bigotry creeps into state legislatures around the country, Florida and Oklahoma law makers are poised to pass the so-called anti-Sharia bills. On April 8 Oklahoma legislature moved one step closer to passing anti-Sharia bill when the state Senate approved on a 40-3 vote the bill HB 1060. On the same day a committee of Florida Senate passed a similar bill.
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India alarmed at Saudi oil refinery project in strategic Gawadar port Pakistan's latest announcement about Saudi Arabia's investment in an oil refinery at the strategic port of Gwadar has set alarm bells ringing in India.James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, says that Saudi' oil refinery in Gwadar Port could threaten Iran's India-backed Chabahar Port.
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Once Flush With Cash, Gulf Arabs States Head for Record Borrowing The Gulf Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman - will borrow a record amount this year to help cover budget deficits expected to add up to about $490 billion over the next three years, according to S&P Global Ratings reported by Bloomberg.
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MLK: Also a victim of NSA surveillance Martin Luther King Jr. day is being celebrated on January 20th 2014 amid heated debate on massive dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Ironically, he was himself a victim of NSA surveillance as unveiled by declassified documents in September last year. King's status as an NSA target has been known since the 1970s; nevertheless, this was probably the first time that the US govt had declassified it.
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Obama's reset rhetoric is unlikely to translate into meaningful policy change in the Middle East President Barack Obama delivered a major foreign policy speech Thursday on historic changes in the Middle East. This was his second major address about America's relationship with the Muslim world which may be dubbed as Cairo-2. There were at least two parts to the president's speech. In the first part he outlined his administration's response to the "Arab Spring."
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American Muslim civil advocacy groups join international calls for probe into Morsi's death The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a conglomerate of major American Muslim civil-advocacy groups, Tuesday (June 18) joined international calls for an investigation into the death of the former President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo's kangaroo court.
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Pakistan considers dumping dollar for yuan in trade with China The government of Pakistan is considering a proposal to start using the Chinese yuan in trade with China, according to the Minister for Interior and Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal.
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China-India border standoff ends: India pulls troops from disputed area The border dispute between China and India ended Monday (August 28, 2017) as India agreed to China's demand to pull out troops from the disputed Doklam territory. India said on Monday it had agreed with China to pull back troops to end a months-long face-off along a disputed Himalayan region.
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Amid mounting anti-Modi demonstrations, India threatens to seize Pakistan-administered Kashmir Amid massive anti-Modi demonstrations Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has threatened that Indian army will seize Pakistan-administered Kashmir if it gets an order. "There is a Parliamentary resolution, that entire Jammu and Kashmir region is a part of India. If Parliament wants it, then that area (PoK) also should belong to us. If we get orders to that effect, we will take appropriate action," Gen Mukund said.
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China again warns India on border dispute as Sikkim standoff continues India must withdraw its troops on the Doklam plateau or "face consequences", said Liu Jinsong, Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi on Thursday.
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It doesn't end with Babri Mosque: The dispute may casts a long shadow on the future of mosques in India India's Supreme Court on Saturday granted Hindus permission to build a temple at the centuries-old site of Babri Mosque demolished in 1992 by Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) led right-wing mobs.
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Soft Martial Law is being imposed in Pakistan Perhaps following the example of Egypt, the US-client government of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has extended military courts jurisdiction all over Pakistan.
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Don't take your innovative science project to school if you are Muslim! A 14-year old Muslim student takes his science project to school. Instead of appreciating his talent the school teachers call police. The teen ager is interrogated for one and a half hour. Taken to juvenile prison, fingerprinted and photographed like a criminal. During this ordeal he was not allowed to contact his parents.
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In a major power shakeup: Saudi king appoints his son Mohammed bin Salman as new crown prince Saudi Arabia's king Wednesday (June 21) appointed his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.
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Pakistan expels Indian envoy for revoking Kashmir's special status In worsening relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors in the aftermath of India's move to strip Kashmir's special status, Pakistan on Wednesday announced it was expelling the Indian ambassador and suspending bilateral trade.
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American Muslims 17 years after 9/11 17 years after 9/11 terrorist attacks, American Muslims remain on the receiving end since 9/11/2001 but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim policies alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them.
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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.
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American Muslims fear backlash over Paris massacre American Muslim organizations have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people but expressed fear of possible backlash and retribution against Muslims in America and Europe.
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American Muslims alarmed at killing of worshipers in Virginia and United Kingdom The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the killings of worshippers in Virginia and the British capital, London.
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American Muslim groups condemn series of terror attacks American Muslim groups have condemned a series of deadly terror attacks on a US-owned French gas factory, a Tunisian tourist resort and a mosque in Kuwait
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Religion and Politics in Pakistan In a replay of 1977 anti-government demonstration against the government of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing violent protests by religious parties to destabilize the newly elected government.
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Former President Mohamed Morsi dies in Egypt's kangaroo court Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi died in a kangaroo court Monday (June 17). The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old Morsi collapsed in a defendants' cage in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital.
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Bridagier Ali a scapegoat for rising anti-Americanism in Pakistan Army Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Mirza Aslam Beg does not believe that Brigadier Ali Khan and four other officers have been arrested on the grounds of having contacts with a banned organization, the Hizb-ut-Tehrir. "There are some other reasons behind these arrests, which, the present army leadership is concealing," he told The News, a leading newspaper of Pakistan.
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From bloody border clash to trade war between China & India India is reportedly putting some containers from China on hold during clearance for all-round inspection and scrutiny amid the recent stand-off between the two nations, following a fatal border clash, China's Global Times said Thursday.
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Amid Sikkim stand-off, Chinese troops enter into Indian territory, Barahoti Chinese troops entered one kilometer into Indian territory and threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, Indian officials said on Monday, July 31.
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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.
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Pakistan warns: India plans attack on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor installations in Gilgit Pakistan's Federal Ministry of Interior says that India has made a plan to attack the installations of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Gilgit-Baltistan, in a bid to sabotage the multi-billion mega project, the daily Dawn reported Monday (Feb. 5).
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Mass graves discovery gives a new twist to the issue of Baloch missing persons Discovery of three mass graves in Khuzdar has given a new twist to the issue of the missing persons in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The Deputy Commissioner of Khuzdar Abdul Waheed Shah on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of the three mass graves.
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Indian army denies cross-border raid on Pakistan controlled Kashmir Indian Army sources have denied reports in a web magazine that Indian forces had crossed over the Line of Control near Uri to avenge the killing of 18 of its soldiers killed in Uri last week. The Times of India quoted the Indian Army sources as saying that no such action had been undertaken and the account was incorrect.
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Turkey one year after the failed coup Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday there will be no mercy for traitors.Speaking at a rally in Istanbul to mark one year of a failed coup, Erdogan warned to "chop off the heads" of traitors.The opposition says his call for "chopping off the heads" may return the capital punishment abolished in August 2002, in a bid to join the European Union.
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Abandon Islam to make peace with India: Indian General tells Pakistan As the ruling Bhartia Janta Party and its affiliates seek to see India a HINDU state by 2013, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that Pakistan has to abandon Islam and become a secular state for peace with India.
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Pakistan accuses India of sponsoring terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf have accused India for sponsoring Monday's terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange which left the four terrorist and four security official killed.
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Turkey three years after the abortive coup against President Erdogan Turkey commemorated Monday the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, allegedly orchestrated by the US-based self-exiled Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen.Turkey marks July 15 as Democracy and National Unity Day. The day is commemorated with events honoring those who lost their lives beating back the putschists.
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Why Putin virtually forced Armenia to surrender to Azerbaijan? Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian announced on Monday night that he has "painfully" signed an agreement with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia to end the war with Azerbaijan. Russian President allowed the fighting to continue as Armenia suffered heavy losses? Many analysts believe, Putin perhaps wanted to punish Armenia for its pro-US and pro-NATO policies.
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Some 144 people have been executed since US-client Field Marshal Sisi seized power in 2013 Some 144 people have been executed since US-client Field Marshall President Abdul Fatah el-Sisi seized power overthrowing the elected President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013, the Times reported on Sunday (May 26).
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Terrorism in Pakistan -- the Indian factor US Secretary of defense designate Chuck Hagel suggested in a previously unreleased 2011 speech that India has for many years sponsored terrorist activities against Pakistan in Afghanistan. In a speech, delivered at Oklahoma's Cameron University, Chuck Hagel said: "India for some time has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border."
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The Federal CVE program remains cause of concern for civil advocacy groups Civil advocacy organizations and Muslim groups have expressed grave concern about the Federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program that was a focus of Feb 17-19 White House summit on terrorism. Many groups are concerned that countering extremism programs that only focus on Muslim communities ignore the real threat of extremists in other communities while increasing negative public sentiment toward American Muslims.
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Cows are safer in Modi's India than Muslims According to Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, between 2014 and March 2018, 45 people were killed in mob lynchings across nine states in India. In the latest example, a group of villagers beat to death 28-year-old Akbar Khan in Rajasthan's Alwar district, an incident that came to light just five days after the Supreme Court urged the Center to frame a law to curb lynchings.
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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.
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Freedom of Speech V. Freedom of Religion: Anti-Islam armed rally outside Phoenix mosque Amid rthe ecent rise in Islamophobia, an anti-Islam rally was held on Friday (May 29, 2015) outside the Phoenix mosque. This was the second anti-Islam rally outside this mosque within two weeks. The first one, held on May 17, garnered far less public and social media attention. Last Friday's anti-Islam rally gained attention around the country on social media.
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Anti-Muslim bias lawsuit against the US Commission on International Religious Freedom A Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) alleging that she was sacked by the commission because of her religion. Ironically, the commission is assigned to advocate religious freedom globally.
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Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on steps to restore peace in Syria Turkey, Iran and Russia have announced the formation of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution as first step in a political solution to 8-year war in Syria and condemned the U.S. decision to recognize Syria's occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
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All roads lead to Tehran: 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit ends Iran's isolation After staying virtually dormant for years, the 51 year-old Non-Aligned Movement of 120 countries took a center stage in Tehran last week which perhaps put on hold Iran's prolonged diplomatic isolation.The summit adopted a document that condemned unilateral sanctions, backed the right of Iran and other states to peaceful nuclear energy, and supported the creation of a Palestinian state.
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US drone attacks intensify as Pakistan Army continues brutal operation in North Waziristan A US drone strike on Thursday (Oct 9) killed at least four suspected fighters in a restive northwestern Pakistani tribal area on the Afghan border taking the death toll from a flurry of such strikes this week to 25, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.The attack took place at Laman village in North Waziristan where the Pakistani military has been waging a brutal operation since June.
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Taliban join Moscow peace talks on Afghanistan "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests." Henry Kissinger rephrased it: "America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests."This applies to Russia which hosted the Taliban for peace talks in Moscow attended by Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, Pakistan and five Central Asia States with the US as observer.Tellingly, the Taliban is banned from operating in Russia.
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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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Muslim Americans mourn the death of Dr. Jack Shaheen The seven-million-strong American Muslim community Sunday (July 9) mourned the death of Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a prolific author and professor whose career centered on dismantling stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in the US media. He was perhaps most famous for his book "Reel Bad Arabs," where he chronicled over 900 movies where Arabs were represented negatively.
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Fourth Court of Appeal declares Trump's 'Muslim Ban 3.0' unconstitutional A panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., Thursday (February 15) declared Trump's Muslim ban (3.0) illegal and unconstitutional.
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Amid U.S. restrictions, China is closer to microchip independence China has recently made new breakthroughs in its 7nm chip-making process, developing tools and know-how as breakthroughs reported in homegrown semiconductor development and advanced EUV lithography machines. It appears that US attempts to enforce trade restrictions on China over semiconductor chips, has done what many analysts predicted it has awakened a sleeping giant, according to Dave Makichuk of Asia Times.
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Pakistan's tense relations with its three neighbors The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday (May 8) that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants on April 26. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl (the Army of Justice), a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.
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China boosts air defenses in western region as Indian border row simmers China's air force is trying to boost its capability at high altitudes over its far western airbases amid simmering tensions with India, sending more advanced fighter jets to the area, South China Morning Post reported Thursday (Feb 22).
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If a guy named Mohammad blew up Texas church? 'If a guy named Mohammad blew up that church yesterday. O my God, O my God, Washington would be on fire," says MSNBC Moring Joe Host.
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Monitoring mosques on the pretext of keeping America safe The seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at the suggestion of Republican presidential candidates to putting mosques under surveillance on the pretext of keeping American safe.
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American Muslim groups express solidarity with the Jewish community American Muslim civil-advocacy groups have strongly denounced the killing of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh PA. In solidarity with the Jewish community two Muslim organizations have raised around $200,000 to help victims and their families of the synagogue shooting.
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Hate crimes against minorities continue in the aftermath of Modi's landslide victory While the entire country was seeing a video clip of Muslim youths being thrashed black and blue on the suspicion of carrying beef, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a meeting of National Democratic Alliance's newly elected members of Parliament, Times of India reported.
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Kabul regime offers amnesty to the Taliban in a bid to end 16-year war US-client Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday (Feb 28) proposed the recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group, as part of a process that could lead to peace negotiations and put an end to more than 16 years of war.
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Tension erupts as Chinese troops enter Indian territory destroying bunkers A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight with Indian troops, who were guarding the border at the location.
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Pakistan Army seeks Iran's assistance in dealing with militants after six soldiers killed in Balochistan Pakistan Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday sought Iran's cooperation in dealing with Baloch militants allegedly operating from its soil.General Bajwa called Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri against the backdrop of last Friday's attack on a Frontier Corps patrol in Balochistan's Kech district in which six troops, including Major Nadeem Bhatti, were killed.
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Hagia Sophia opens as mosque after 86 years as Saudi Arabia accuses Erdogan of misreading the history Turkey's iconic Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque reopened for worship on Friday for the first time in 86 years as Saudi Arabia accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of misreading the history. "Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is a cultural heritage of humanity as a whole. It was a mosque and was reverted back into a mosque," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said following the prayers.
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Pakistan factor in China's border clashes with India Tensions between China and India over the border go back decades and erupted into war in 1962, but observers say that this time the main driver of the conflict was not the line dividing the two players but wider strategic interests involving a third country - China's "iron brother" Pakistan, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP).
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American Muslims shocked at Newt Gingrich call to test and deport Muslims The seven million strong American Muslim community was shocked at the impractical, inhuman and unconstitutional suggestion of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calling for Inquisition-style religious "testing" and possible deportation of "every person here who is of a Muslim background."
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Peter King continues anti-Muslims witch hunt Republican Rep. Peter King continued his anti-Muslim witch hunt Wednesday with his congressional hearing on the so-called "radicalization" of American Muslims. This time the focus of his hearing was the Somali community. This was King's third such hearing that came five days after the Oslo Massacre by the right-wing terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik who was perhaps radicalized by a group of anti-Muslim American bloggers.
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Pakistan joins China's Beidou Satellite System; abandons GPS Pakistan has become the first foreign country to use China-based global positioning system, BeiDou, following a bilateral agreement aimed at strengthening cooperation in satellite navigation system, Chinese officials have said.
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American Muslims 16 years after 9/11 The seven-million strong American Muslim community, though, remains under siege since 9/11/2001 but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim policies alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them.
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Yemen - Five years after catastrophic US-backed war Fighting in Yemen continues, five years after Saudi Arabia launched indiscriminate air strikes against Yemen to re-install the government of President Hadi who fled to Saudi Arabia in March 2015. Hadi's government was overthrown by Houthi rebels.
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Major American Muslim civil advocacy group receives extermination threat The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) said Wednesday (June 28) it received a letter threatening extermination, torture, and rape just hours before receiving an award from the New York City Council for the civil rights organization's work helping hate crime victims, mobilizing against President Trump's 'Muslim Bans,' and fighting for social justice.
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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.
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China-Iran mega economic, security deal is bad news for Israel With Iran and China working on a multibillion-dollar 25-year economic and security deal, Israel has many reasons to be concerned and even alarmed, says Lahav Harkov of Jerusalem Post. China would gain power and influence in Iran, a diplomatic card it can play with respect to the US and garner greater leverage in the Gulf. For Israel, the potential for damage from such an agreement is clear, Harkov said.
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'Butcher of Kabul' returns to Kabul in an Afghan peace deal Lord Palmerston, the 19th-century British Prime Minister, has famously said: "The Great Britain has no friends, no enemies, but only interests." It was rephrased by Henry Kissinger as "America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests." This applies to current Afghan politics where Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former anti-Soviet "mujahideen" commander, arrived in the capital on Thursday (May 4) under a peace deal.
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India's nuclear strategy shifting from Pakistan to China India continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, with at least three new weapon systems now under development to complement or replace existing nuclear-capable aircraft, land-based delivery systems, and sea-based systems. Several of these systems are nearing completion and will soon be combat-ready, Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda, the authors of the study "Indian nuclear forces, 2020", have pointed out.
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Ibaadatkhana movement launched to promote peace in South Asia Ibaadatkahna, a non-partisan movement, has been launched at a unity dinner held at the Chandni Restaurant, Newark CA, to promote peace in South Asia.The Unity event was attended by people from various faiths.
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Hindu mob lynched Indian Muslim over refusal to praise Hindu gods Yet in another instance of Hindutva terrorism, a mob in the Indian state of Jharkhand thrashed and lynched a Muslim man for refusing to chant "Jai Shri Ram" (hail the deity Ram) and "Jai Hanuman" (hail the deity Hanuman).
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Paris attacks foment anti-Muslim sentiments globally Paris terrorist attacks, which killed 130 people, have fomented anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiments (Islamophobia) in Australia, Europe and the United States.The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an organization of 57 Muslim majority states, says that in the wake of attacks in Paris, hatred and Islamophobia had reached "alarming levels."
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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.
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Putin offers Russian missile defense system to protect Saudi oil installations In the aftermath of Houti rebels drone attack on Saudi oil installations, President Vladimir Putin Monday offered Russian missile system to Saudi Arabia which now relies on American armaments including Patriot Missile system.
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American Muslims dismayed at Supreme Court decision to implement Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 The seven-million strong American Muslim community was dismayed Tuesday (Dec 4) over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow President Trump's "Muslim Ban 3.0" to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality.
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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".
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Iraqi politicians denounce Trump's visit to Baghdad, demand pullout of US troops Several Iraqi political leaders Thursday (Dec 27) condemned US President Donald Trump's unannounced brief visit to Iraq as a violation of their country's sovereignty and demanded the departure of American troops from their country.Politicians from both blocs of Iraq's divided Parliament called for a vote to expel U.S. troops and promised to schedule an extraordinary session to debate the matter.
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BJP MP Vinay Katiyar says: Muslims should not stay in India, migrate to Bangladesh or Pakistan Vinay Katiyar, a leading Member of Parliament (MP) of the ruling Bharatiy Janata Party (BJP), said Wednesday that the Muslims should not stay in India and should go to Bangladesh or Pakistan.
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The Post-Abortive-Coup On Wednesday, July 20, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup. The state of emergency was needed "in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt," he told a press conference.
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United Nations panel calls for end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory The United Nations has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for Palestinian self-determination and end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory since 1967. The resolution was approved on Thursday by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs. It was passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions.
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China reaffirms claim to Galwan Valley that was a flashpoint in 1962 war A day after India rejected China's claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley, at the heart of a tense border standoff between the two sides, Beijing on Friday said the region is on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and had been patrolled by its troops for "many years".
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Three Days after bloody clash, China frees 10 Indian soldiers Three days after bloody clashes in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh which left 20 Indian soldiers dead, the Chinese on Thursday released 10 Indian Army personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel and three Majors, from their custody.
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'Turkey is the actual target of the Israel-UAE deal' An asymmetric alliance of countries that share the common goal of limiting Turkey's influence in the region has been brewing for some time and the heralding of existing clandestine ties between these two countries (UAE and Israel) only goes to show that the alliance is now solidified, leading Turkish Daily Sabah said in an opinion piece on Saturday.
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District Judge Strikes Down Texas Anti-Israeli Boycott Law Judge Pitman of the Western District of Texas Thursday (April 25) issued a 56-page opinion striking down H.B. 89, the Texas Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Act, as facially unconstitutional.
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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.
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Egypt's executions spree alarms UN HR Commissioner The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep shock over the execution of 20 people in Egypt within one week, amid concerns that due process and fair trial guarantees did not appear to have been followed.
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China, Arab countries adopt action plan to deepen cooperation The 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, held via video link on Monday, adopted the Amman Declaration and an action plan for the forum to deepen cooperation and ties between China and Arab states, Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The forum was established in 2004 by then-Chinese President Hu Jintao when he visited the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.
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Scandal escalates to defame the Chief Justice of Pakistan Not surprisingly, the scandal to defame the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry through a conspiracy to entrap his family has escalated with the conspirator, Malik Riaz - a real estate tycoon - accusing the Chief Justice of knowing his business dealings with his son Dr.Arsalan Iftikhar.
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Attacks against minorities by Hindu extremist groups continue in India: US Report The US State Department in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report says mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef and the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution.
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Amid border standoff: Chinese expert warns of troops entering Indian-controlled Kashmir India has exposed itself to China's interference in (Indian-controlled) Jammu & Kashmir by sending Indian troops to disrupt Chinese soldiers from building a road in the Donglang region, a Chinese expert said Saturday (July 9).
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Trump administration appeals Hawaii court ruling on Muslim travel ban The administration late Friday appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court against the latest decision by a Hawaii District Court to limit the scope of President Trump's Muslim travel ban.
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The Politics of Jerusalem & the Arab World Fulfilling his election promise, President Donald Trump announced, on December 6, recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, this reversal of long-time U.S. policy did not come out of blue. A series of reports published since December 6 unveil the role of major Arab countries in Trump's not-unexpected announcement.
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2013: Another hard year for American Muslims Year after year we wrote about the eroding civil rights as the biggest challenge for the seven-million strong American Muslims in the post-9/11 America. However, after the Snowden revealations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting data on each and every US citizen, the civil rights of everybody now stand abriged.
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Saudi Arabia approves India-Israel flights via its airspace Saudi Arabia has granted Air India approval to operate direct flights from Delhi to Tel Aviv using Saudi airspace, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday (Feb 7).
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Cynthia McKinney held briefly on return from Pakistan On December 12, former six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was detained briefly at Atlanta airport while entering the United States on her return from a visit to Pakistan where she campaigned for the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui who is serving 86-year imprisonment for her alleged attempt to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Pakistan Commission Failed to Complete Probe of bin Laden Assassination With the majority of Pakistanis skeptical about the assassination of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's judicial commission entrusted to probe the assassination had failed to do so until now.
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After annexing disputed Kashmir territory: India reiterates claim over Pakistan-administered Kashmir Pakistan occupied (read administered) Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and New Delhi expects to have physical jurisdiction over it one day, Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday (Sept 17). "Our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it," he told reporters in New Delhi.
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Toward a Kashmir Endgame? How India and Pakistan Could Negotiate a Lasting Solution Kashmir has once again emerged as a major flash point between South Asia's nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan, says a report released by the US Institute of Peace on August 5. The Indian government's insistence on Kashmir being a purely domestic issue is "a fiction maintained only by a large security presence", said a USIP report.
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Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's 3rd Muslim travel ban A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's third Muslim travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect on Wednesday October 18. Trump issued a proclamation on September 24 restricting travel to the US from nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.
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Indians disappointed at sparse reference to India in John Bolton's new book The voluminous book mentions India twice along with China, twice along with Pakistan, twice with reference to Iran's oil sales, once with reference to trade, once with reference to nuclear non-proliferation, once with reference to Russian sale of S-400 missiles and once in the context of a comment by President Donald Trump on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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American Muslims reject Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec 7) vehemently opposed President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
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Pakistan forms Commission to probe external debt The government of Pakistan on Friday (June 21) appointed an 11-member Commission of Inquiry to determine if increase in external debt between 2008 and 2018 was justified by infrastructure development program or misused by public office-holders of the last two governments of the Pakistan Peoples' Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
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Pakistan Supreme Court to decide the fate of Prime Minister after damning corruption probe report The Supreme Court of Pakistan is expected to decide the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when it takes up the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on Monday, July 17. The JIT has charged the ruling family with perjury, having disproportionate income and living beyond their means.
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Trump is a winner; Modi is a loser ! The grand welcome organized by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for US President Donald Trump beginning from Gujarat, a home state of Modi, was expected, writes Counter Current columnist Dr. Rahul Kumar. Modi, is an event-manager, this is a well known fact.
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Biden administration likely to maintain CIA Death Squads in Afghanistan As the U.S. withdraws its forces from Afghanistan, the unaccountable militias it has nurtured are beginning to look like a valuable proxy for regular military forces under the leadership of Joe Biden, who as vice president advocated a lighter military footprint and greater focus on counterterrorism in Afghanistan, says Andrew Quilty of The Intercept.
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American Muslims fear demonization of Islam after San Bernardino mass shooting American Muslim groups have expressed fear that San Bernardino mass shooting on Wednesday would add fuel to the rising anti-Islamic feeling. The FBI announced on Friday (Dec. 4) that the mass killing is probed as an act of terrorism. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire on attendees at a holiday party for county workers, killing 14 and injuring 21.
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In a strategic move: Beijing to build Bhasha Dam as part of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor In a strategic move, China has signed a staggering contract worth $5.8 billion for constructing Diamer-Bhasha Dam as part of $60 billion China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC).
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US condemns brutal lynching of Tabrez Ansari, urges Modi govt to curb violence The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Wednesday strongly condemned lynching of Tabrez Ansari, a Muslim, in Jharkhand and called on the government to take concrete actions to prevent this kind of violence and intimidation.
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China provides powerful tracking system for Pakistan's ICBM program China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military's development of multi-warhead missiles, South China Morning Post has reported.
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Pakistan warns India against any misadventure Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Saturday (January 13) that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks about Pakistan amount to "invitation for nuclear encounter".
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ICJ rejects urgent verdict on India's appeal to stay execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Monday (May 15) reserved its judgment on India's appeal for a provisional stay on the execution of its citizens, Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to death last month by Pakistan.
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Fabricating a fig leaf of democracy in Egypt A fig leaf of democracy is being developed in Egypt amid persecution of opposition, mass executions and imposition of state of emergency to give wide powers to suppress all kind of dissent of a quazi-military government of US-client President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who deposed Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013.
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US lawmakers voice concern on bloodshed in Indian capital as death toll mounts to 27 dead, 200 injured Several US lawmakers have raised concerns over the bloodshed that has erupted in the Indian capital, New Delhi, since Sunday, claiming at least 27 lives in the last three days. Around 200 people were reported injured in the communal violence since Sunday February 23.
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Indian police absolved of murky encounter killing 8 escaped Muslim prisoners Not unexpectedly, a commission of enquiry has absolved the Indian police in the infamous murky Bhopal encounter wherein eight alleged SIMI activists were gunned down 12 kilometer from Bhopal city after they allegedly escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail.
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China intruded in Ladakh and Arunachal but Modi's govt is in Denial says The Quint India has become a little smaller and China just got a bit bigger, Rohit Khanna of the Quint says, adding: "It is now clear we have lost control of the land on our side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Depsang, at the Galwan Valley, at Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh and at least 3 areas along our border with China in Arunachal Pradesh as well."
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It is a Confluence of Civilizations: Beijing Conference refutes Huntington's Clash of Civilizations worldview China hosted a two-day Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC), to boost exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations. The CDAC theme was "Exchanges and Mutual Learning among Asian Civilizations and A Community with A Shared Future." Alluding to Huntington's theory of Clash of Civilizations, Chinese Prsident Xi Jinping told the inaugural session that no civilization is superior over others.
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China slams Indian Army chief's remarks on Doklam border dispute China on Monday (Jan 15) slammed comments by the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat for calling Doklam a disputed territory. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said his "unconstructive" comments not helpful for maintaining peace at the borders.
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Civil Advocacy groups disappointed by Supreme Court Order on Muslim Ban 2.0 Civil advocacy groups are disappointed at the Supreme Court order on Muslim Ban 2.0. The Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday (Oct 10) issued an order in Trump vs. International Refugee Assistance Project dismissing the case from its docket. The case had been before the Court after a lower court blocked the President's second attempt to impose a Muslim ban.
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Pakistan, Russia hold third round of joint military exercises Russian troops are participating in joint exercises with the Pakistani army in the northern Pakistani town of Pabbi, 20 miles from the historic town Peshawar.A statement from the Pakistan army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) pointed out that this is the third round of joint Pak-Russia exercise since 2016.
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Qatar signs $12 billion deal to buy 36 F-15 jets as US warships arrive in Qatar for military exercise In a paradoxical development in the current Saudi-Qatari dispute, Qatar and the United States Wednesday signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets for $12 billion while two US warships arrived in Qatar for joint exercise. Tellingly, the $12-billion-dollar deal was signed despite Qatar being criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting "terrorism."
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Ladakh Standoff: PLA troops continue building infrastructure along LAC China's intension of disengaging from the troop confrontation in eastern Ladakh seems to be very meek as it appears to be further digging in its heels by continuing to build roads, bridges, helipads among other military infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control in its bid to cover for its troops along the LAC, the Times Now Digital reported on Sunday.
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Trump's deportation priorities aim at creating fear The Trump administration is implementing new deportation priorities with the aim of creating fear as people are lifted from highly sensitive locations like schools, courts and places of worship, says Julia R Wilson of OneJustice. She was of the view that the Trump administration doesn't believe in ANY immigration.
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Chinese Troops conduct maneuvers in high-altitude NW China amid border tensions with India The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has organized a large-scale maneuver operation featuring thousands of paratroopers plus armored vehicles to the country's high-altitude northwestern region over a long distance from Central China's Hubei Province amid border tensions between China and India, Global Times, an organ of the Chinese Community Party reported Sunday (June7).
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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.
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Shooters of color are called 'terrorists' and 'thugs.' Why are white shooters called 'mentally ill'? Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religion and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, commenting on the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, asks why white shooters called 'mentally ill' while African American or Muslim shooters are called terrorists.
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Why Saudi Arabia declines relations with Israel? To stem growing perception in the Arab and Muslim Worlds, after UAE recognized Israel, that the Arab states are abandoning the Palestine cause, Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that the kingdom would not establish diplomatic ties with Israel until internationally recognized peace was achieved with the Palestinians.
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Egypt executed 32 people since military coup as dozens remain on death row Egyptian military junta led by US-client Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has executed 32 people since al-Sisi overthrew the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. At least 64 people are on death row.
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Pakistan's self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain arrested in London after 25 years Pakistan's self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain was arrested on Tuesday (June 11) from his residence in London. He was arrested in an early morning raid by a team of the Scotland Yard.
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Alarming rise in religious hate crimes in India: Muslims are victims in 58% incidents Religious hate crime cases have increased in India since Narendra Modi's pro-Hindu government came into power in 2014 while more than 50% victims of these incidents are Muslims.
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Hardliner Mullah Fazlullah, Who Ordered Shooting of Malala, Chosen as New Pakistani Taliban Leader The Pakistani Taliban Thursday elected Mullah Fazlullah, a fiery cleric from Swat, to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone attack on November 1. Sheikh Khalid Haqqani from Swabi was elected as his deputy by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
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Saudi Arabia is normalizing relations with Israel? A drama series telecast on the Saudi-controlled MBC during the holy month of Ramadan is being seen as a clear signal from Saudi Arabia about its growing ties with Israel, the Brussels Times said Tuesday. The TV series, 'Umm Haroun' (mother of Aaron), begins with a long monologue in Hebrew, in which a Jewish character says "we are the Gulf Jews who were born in the Gulf lands."
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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.
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Chinese, Indian generals' meeting fails to defuse border standoff Chinese and Indian generals meeting Saturday (June 6) failed to end the latest border standoff between the world's two most populous nuclear nations that has seen thousands of troops sent to both sides of the disputed border. The talks were requested by India and were held at the Border Personnel Meeting Point in Maldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.
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Only those Muslims will stay in India who assimilate into Hindu culture Surendra Singh, a legislator of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has said that once India becomes a "Hindu rashtra", only those Muslims will stay in the country who assimilate into the Hindu culture. "There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate into our culture will stay in India.
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Ladakh stand-off: India, China move heavy weapons close to disputed border The Chinese and Indian Army military are moving in heavy equipment and weaponry including artillery and combat vehicles to their rear bases close to the disputed areas in eastern Ladakh. The two sides remain engaged in a standoff along the troubled region for over 25 days, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported military sources as saying Sunday.
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Cyprus sold passports to criminals, corrupt politicians for $2.5 million A huge leak of confidential Cypriot government documents obtained by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit called The Cyprus Papers reveals that dozens of high-level officials and their families bought so-called "golden passports" from Cyprus between late 2017 and late 2019, Al Jazeera reported Monday.
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American Muslims alarmed at CIA-NYPD covert surveillance The seven-million strong Muslim American community is alarmed at the revelation that the New York City Police Department have carried out covert surveillance on Muslims with the help of the CIA.
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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).
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Military option on table if talks fail: Indian General warns China With diplomatic and military talks on resolving the military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh not making much headway, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat Monday said India has "military options" available, but these will be used only if talks fail.
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China and India reject President Trump's mediation in Ladakh face-off China and India have rejected President Donald Trump's offer to mediate between China and India to end their border standoff in Ladakh. Trump on Wednesday offered to "mediate or arbitrate" the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was "ready, willing and able" to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants.
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24th anniversary: Srebrenica genocide remembered July 11 marks the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since the World War Two. In July, 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia.
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Iran expels India from strategic Chahbahar railway project as China-Iran finalize $400 billion deal India was kicked out of key Iran railway project as China finalizes a $400 billion deal with Iran. Iran said that India was delaying funding. The unexpected development comes four years after the two sides had reached an agreement to construct the 628 km rail line along the Iran-Afghanistan border.
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President Obama's speech on national security policy draws mixed reaction President Obama's speech on national security has drawn mixed reaction.The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence panel, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, dismissed the speech as rewarding detainees at Guantanamo who are carrying out hunger strikes. Human rights groups said moving toward a smaller, more transparent drone program would be a positive step, but called on the president to do more.
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Turmoil in Balochistan and the debacle of East Pakistan It is said that history repeats itself. Perhaps it is true in the ongoing strife in Pakistan's largest province, Balochistan. The current wave of socio-economic and political turmoil in Balochistan resembles with the social and political unrest that had led to the separation of East Pakistan and establishment of Bangladesh in December 1971.
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Nepal's updated political map sparks controversy in India The Nepali government on Wednesday, May 20, issued a new, map of the country which shows disputed Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own.
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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".
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Pakistan's dirty war in Balochistan The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday (August 8) has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year's bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan. The massive explosion occurred when nearly 100 lawyers and some journalists reached the Civil Hospital with the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Balochistan Bar Association, who was killed earlier.
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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.
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August 2 marks 30th commemoration of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait On August 2, 1990, I woke up from the boom of a low-flying aircraft. I realized that there is something wrong because last night the Kuwait TV news, where I was chief editor, had reported that talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on defusing an explosive crisis in the Persian Gulf collapsed because "Kuwait did not give in to Iraqi demands to write off ... debts and to relinquish some of its territory."
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American Muslims 15 years after 9/11/2001 In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, U.S. Muslims were targeted by a slew of hate crimes, some tragically resulting in loss of life. But 15 years after the attacks, religious tolerance and assimilation into the fabric of the country continues to largely elude Muslims in America, whether they are from Middle Eastern or Asian countries, American-born and bred, white or black.
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China releases new map to buttress its claim over territorial dispute with India as boarder stand-off continues China Friday released a new map to buttress its claim that India had trespassed into Chinese territory earlier last month amid reports that both countries have deployed more troops in the area.
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Kashmir could be next big flashpoint between India and China: US Expert Tensions between India and China have not even cooled down and experts have already warned that Kashmir could emerge as the next big flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. And this time, India and China would be joined by the third claimant to Kashmir - Pakistan, EurAsian Times said Friday.
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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.
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China reaffirms claim over Indian-state of Arunachal Pradesh China has reaffirmed its territorial claim over Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh by destroying 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory. The destroyed maps also did not mention Taiwan as part of Chinese territory. Like Taiwan, China claims the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.
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Egyptian Kangaroo Courts on death sentences spree An Egyptian kangaroo court Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) confirmed the penalty after being convicted in the death of Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a car bombing in eastern Cairo in 2015, according to the official MENA news agency.
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Prime Minister of Pakistan hints at nuking India in 'surrender-or-death' scenario Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has warned of "consequences" if nuclear-armed Pakistan ends up losing a conventional war to its nuclear-armed neighbor India.In an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday (Sept 14), Imran Khan said he "absolutely" believes war with India could be a possibility.
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FBI training material portrays Islam as an indicator of terrorist activity The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked to know that the FBI has been using anti-Muslim instructors and Islamophobic materials in counterterrorism training. An article published on Wired Room.com on Wednesday revealed that the FBI training materials teach counterterrorism agents that mainstream American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers.
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China extends border dispute from Ladakh to Uttarakhand As China-India standoff continued in Ladakh, China has extended the dispute to Uttarakhand, the Central Sector of the 3488-km-long Line of Actual Control that is divided into three sectors; viz Eastern, Central and Western. The Chinese military has raised objections on a structure near the borders in Lipulekh area. Nepal had earlier objected to the new road to Lipulekh Pass, Indian Express said.
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San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce Indian Citizen Amendment Act San Francisco Wednesday became the sixth US city to pass a resolution against India's anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The resolution, reaffirming San Francisco as a "welcoming city," comes in the wake of five other cities (Seattle WA, Albany NY, St. Paul MN, Hamtramck MI, Cambridge MA) having passed similar resolutions denouncing the CAA and NRC.
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India's "Far Right, Hate Filled" 2019 Election Results Puts 200 Million Muslims in Danger Washington Post: Modi's win is a victory for a form of religious nationalism that views India as a fundamentally Hindu nation and seeks to jettison the secularism promoted by the country's founders; The Guardian: Indian politics has likely entered a new era of Hindu nationalist hegemony fuelled by Modi's extraordinary popularity; New York Times: Narendra Modi is one of the most divisive leaders in India.
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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.
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On the pretext of Malala episode: Pakistan parliament refuses to launch military operation in North Waziristan As the hype created by the US-client government of Zaradi on the assassination attack on Malala Yusufzai and two of her schoolmates - Kainat and Shazia - fizzled out, Pakistan's Foreign Office said Thursday that the attack should not be linked to other matters. On Tuesday, the government failed to seek the National Assembly's approval to launch a military operation against militants in Northern Waziristan.
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Emergency-like conditions prevail in India Former Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha Wednesday alleged "emergency-line" conditions are prevailing in the country under the present regime and the arrest of five activists on suspicion of Maoist links shows that any voice of dissent is not safe.
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Pakistan alarmed at Indian nuclear submarine patrol Pakistan Thursday (Nov 8) expressed concern over Indian nuclear submarine patrol.Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, said on Monday (Nov 5) the INS Arihant was a "fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail".
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Hezbollah, Hamas leaders discuss Arab-Israeli ties Leaders of Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement have met to discuss diplomatic normalization between Israel and Arab countries, media report said Sunday. They stressed the "stability" of the "axis of resistance" against Israel, the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV channel reported, without saying where or when the meeting took place.
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Memogate Scandal Escalates in Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan Sunday after assurances from the Army Chief General Ashfaq Kiyani that he will not be implicated in the so-called Memogate scandal that has destabilized Zardari's U.S.-installed government.
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Undeterred by US sanction threat, Turkey to buy Russian S-400 missiles Turkey is preparing for US sanctions after going ahead with the purchase of Russian military hardware, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday (May 22).
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Rising attacks by Baloch separatists increase risks, costs of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project The security risks - and costs - of Belt and Road Initiative projects in Pakistan are rising amid a resurgence of deadly attacks by separatists in southwest Balochistan province, home to the Chinese-operated port of Gwadar, according to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.
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Trump offers to mediate in China-India showdown in Ladakh President Donald Trump offered on Wednesday (May 27) to mediate in what he called a "raging" border showdown between India and China in the Himalayas.Trump, who has sought closer ties with India in recent years while also being involved in a tense trade showdown with China, made his offer in a Twitter statement.
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American Muslims alarmed at White Supremacist terror attacks in New Zealand The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the White Supremacist terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand where gunmen entered the mosques and began to shoot and kill Muslim parishioners indiscriminately during the Friday prayer services. At least 49 Muslims were killed and another 48 injured. New Zealand Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed children among shooting victims.
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Rewriting Indian history in the image of Hindu chauvinists The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a right wing Hindu nationalist political party in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, released a Hindu New Year calendar which says that Taj Mahal along with several mosques and monuments from the Mughal era, are "Hindu Temples," Times of India reported Monday (March 19).
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The US mounts pressure on Pakistan Army as Washington-Islamabad relations get worse Washington's latest accusation against the Pakistani spy agency ISI and the purported North Korean letter, claiming transfer of millions of dollars to Pakistani generals, came amid reports that the United States has been pressing the Pakistan Army to allow the posting of a Security Liaison Officer (SLO) at every corps headquarters of the military but the army has rejected the demand considering it a security threat.
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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.
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The Supreme Court partially unblocks Trump's Muslim Travel ban The Supreme Court Monday (June 25) allowed parts of President Donald Trump's controversial Muslim ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.
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Another round of India-China talks to end border impasse fail India and China held another round of talks on Thursday in an effort to end the more than a three-month-long Ladakh standoff. This was the fifth diplomatic-level talk since the stand-offs started in early May when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a fist fight.
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China again urges India to abide by historic border treaty After a lull of five weeks in the China-India border dispute in Sikkim region, China reiterated Sunday (Oct. 8) that "the Sikkim section of the China- India border has been demarcated by the historical boundary."
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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.
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It is no longer Pakistan seeking Chinese support for its adventurism as much as it is the other way around It is no longer Pakistan seeking Chinese support for its adventurism as much as it is the other way around says Retired Lt. General Syed Ata Hasnain. In an article published by the Indian Express General Hasnain argued that the mutuality of interests has increased and military coordination between China and Pakistan has become a larger part of the overall strategy.
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After fig leaf polls: Field Marshall el-Sisi sworn-in for second term as President of Egypt Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been sworn for a second four-year term in office as President of Egypt. US-client El-Sisi was army chief when he overthrew Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013. Field Marshall el-Sisi was sworn in following the so-called elections in March last when he received 96.9 percent of the votes.
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White House hosts anti-terrorism summit The White House held a three-day anti-terrorism summit dubbed as "Countering Violent Extremism Summit," from Tuesday to Thursday (Feb. 17-19). Addressing the summit on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said the United States is not at war with Islam. He told the summit that he wants to discredit the belief that Americans and Westerners in general are at odds with Muslims.
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40,000 Chinese troops remain on the Indian territory in Ladakh: NDTV It seems that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is not in a mood to de-escalate the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as it has continued deployment of around 40,000 troops in its front and depth areas for the Eastern Ladakh sector, NDTV of India reported Wednesday.
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China-India border standoff: The Russian Connection It is true that, unlike the US, Russia is not willing to be directly involved as a go-between, but a reduction of tensions and launching talks on border demarcation would be an ideal scenario that it wants to see happen, says Retired Colonel Andrey Akulov.
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The legacy of Pakistan's 'Father Teresa' Abdul Sattar Edhi Abdul Sattar Edhi, a celebrated famed philanthropist who achieved a saintly status in Pakistan has passed away at the age of 88 on July 8 in Karachi.Motivated by a spiritual quest for justice, over the years Edhi and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters and homes for the elderly -- all aimed at helping those who cannot help themselves.
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917 Egyptians sentenced to death since 2013 coup An Egyptian court sentenced eight people to death Tuesday and 50 others to life in prison for their role in a case known as the storming of Helwan police station.
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Burqa stunt failed to stir anti-Muslim sentiments in Australian Senate Perhaps taking cue from the Trump-fomented rising tide of ultra-rightists, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Australia's right-wing One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson Thursday staged a burqa stunt to stir anti-Muslim sentiments.
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China-India standoff in Ladakh may drag on for months The China-India standoff in Ladakh is likely to drag on through the summer as troops dig in on both sides, Times of India reported Tuesday.At this point, the two sides are facing off at four points three points in Galwan, and the fourth face-off point is at Pangong Tso, according to the paper.
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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.
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Pakistan declares US-based Gulen's group a terrorist organization Days before Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Turkey, Pakistan has declared US-based Fethullah Gulen's FETO group a terrorist organization.The Supreme Court on Friday (Dec 28) directed the Ministry of Interior to declare Pak-Turk International Cag Education Foundation (PTICEF) of Gulen group as a 'proscribed organization.'
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Norway terrorist Breivik sentenced to 21 years in prison Norwegian terrorst Anders Behring Breivik was jailed for a maximum term on Friday when judges declared him sane enough to answer for the massacre of 77 people last year.
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Religion & Politics: US, Vatican clash over China-Vatican agreement The Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has asserted the Vatican's right to pursue an accord with Beijing on the appointment of bishops that has been strongly criticized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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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.
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Manufacturing an anti-Taliban icon: Project Malala Just like opinion polls, Year End listing of prominent people in various fields by media is an effective propaganda tool to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist. Perhaps, this in mind, the Washington Post Company's agenda driven magazine, the Foreign Policy, has listed Malala Yousefzai, a 14-year-old student from Pakistan as the sixth among the 100 top Global Thinkers.
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China rebuffs US meddling in CPEC, Pak-China ties China has rejected the 'interference' by the United States into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Pakistan-China ties.A spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Islambad said China was "more than glad" to see the US develop its relationship with Pakistan, "but we strongly oppose the US interferes into China-Pakistan relations and the CPEC."
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NYPD declares mosques as terrorist organizations The seven-million strong America Muslim community was shocked to know that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly designated mosques as "terrorist organizations." The Associated Press reported on August 28, 2013 that the designation allowed the police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, even without any evidence of criminal activity.
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Trump's racist Tweets against 4 Congresswomen draws wide condemnation President Donald Trump's racist tweets against four congresswomen saying go back to their "totally broken and crime infested" countries of origin, were widely condemned Sunday (July 14).
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Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkish financial markets as Ankara-US relations hit new low On Wednesday (August 15) Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held talks in Ankara with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and announced a 15bn investment into the Turkish financial markets and banks."We stand by the brothers in Turkey that have stood with the issues of the Muslim world and with Qatar," Sheikh Tamim said in a tweet.
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9th Circuit Court Upholds freeze on Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 In the latest legal setback for the Trump administration, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday (June 12) upheld an earlier decision by a federal judge in Hawaii to block President Donald Trump's executive order known as Muslim Ban 2.0.
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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.
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Turkey two years after the abortive coup Turkey last week commemorated the second anniversary of an abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded.
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Pakistan Supreme Court case highlights plight of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh The Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally admitted for hearing a petition filed in 2009 seeking repatriation of around 230,000 stranded Pakistanis from Bangladesh.
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Keeping alive the ghost of Osama Bin Laden A dubious website, the SITE Intelligence Group, has quoted Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama Bin Laden, as threatening revenge against the U.S. for assassinating his father.The SITE Intelligence Group referred to an audio message of Hamza posted online.
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After 61-day brutal border stand-off: China and India begin border-disengagement process under way After 61-day intense stand-off, China and India announced Monday that they had made progress in disengaging frontline troops along a disputed part of their border where a brawl in June left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The disengagement came after China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and India's national security advisor Ajit Doval spoke by phone about the issues along the frontier known as the Line of Actual Control.
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Fallout of New Zealand Mosque massacre? Christchurch attack note left at fire at California mosque Perhaps in the first attack on a mosque in the USA directly linked to the massacre of worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, a mosque in the Southern California city of Escondido was briefly lit on fire on Sunday (March 24) in an apparent arson attempt.
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Egyptian Kangaroo Court sentences 75 pro-Morsi protesters to death An Egyptian Kangaroo Court Saturday (July 28) sentenced 75 supporters of the former President Mohammad Morsi to death. Egyptian Kangaroo courts are on death sentences spree since the overthrow of Mohammad Morsi, the first democratically election president of Egypt by US client General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi who has since assumed the title of Field Marshall.
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Western reaction to Hagia Sophia exposes hypocrisy on 'religious tolerance' There has been a sharp reaction to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into mosque.The Spectator of UK said: Will the Hagia Sophia be a wake-up call to a West that has so far tolerated far too many transgressions? The Telegraph said making the Hagia Sophia a mosque is a political slap in the face for the West and it is a blow to the foundations of Turkey's alignment with the West.
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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.
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With hundreds on death row: Egyptian court sentences 10 to death ahead of presidential election An Egyptian Kangaroo court Saturday (March 10) sentenced 10 people to death and five others to life in prison for allegedly forming a "terrorist group" to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions.
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40,000 sign petitions backing Jacinda Ardern for Nobel Peace Prize as NYT says America deserves a leader like her More than 40,000 people had by Sunday morning signed two petitions calling for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to get the Nobel Peace Prize. As Ardern has been widely praised for her leadership in response to last week's terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques, The New York Times has published an editorial, titled "America Deserves a Leader as Good as Jacinda Ardern."
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Indian Americans hold protests against Citizenship law Indian Americans have joined fellow Indians in protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which discriminates against Muslims. The CAA excludes citizenship for Muslim migrants who had illegally entered India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before December 2014.
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U.S. resumes drone attacks after six-month lull The United States Wednesday (July 11) resumed drone strikes against targets in Pakistan with two successive strikes in North Waziristan, killing 16 people.
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Pakistan develops low-yield nuclear weapons to counter India's limited war doctrine Foreign secretary of Pakistan, Aizaz Chaudhry, has confirmed that his country has made low-yield nuclear weapons to deal with India's so-called cold-start doctrine that envisages limited war against Pakistan.
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Afghan peace talks postponed indefinitely as Taliban Spring Operation rages in 25 provinces Afghan peace talks in Qatar were postponed Friday (April 19) as Taliban's Spring Operation continues in at least 15 provinces of Afghanistan.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani sacked for protecting President Zardari's corruption The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday (6/19/2012) sacked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from office for protecting President Asif Ali Zardari's corruption. In April 26, the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, convicted Gilani of contempt for refusing to write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening multi-million-dollar graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
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Former President of Pakistan Asif Zardari arrested in mega money laundering case Former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was arrested Monday (June 10) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in mega money-laundering case.
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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.
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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.
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor takes a military turn? New York Times says Pakistan has eagerly turned more toward China as the chill with the United States has deepened and some of China's biggest projects in Pakistan had clear strategic implications.
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Militants storm prison in Afghanistan killing 29 people Afghan forces say they have retaken Jalalabad prison after at least 29 people were killed in hours-long battle following a Daesh-claimed attack on the facility, Afghan Ariana TV reported Monday. Another 50 people were wounded in the attack.
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India is alarmed at growing China-Maldives ties The Maldives' ambassador to China Mohamed Faisal says that the country would push ahead with Chinese projects and seek more investment from the country, regardless of concerns raised by regional power India.
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India alarmed at Imran Khan's sweep in Pakistani elections Hours after the initial results of Pakistan's general elections on Wednesday (July 25, 2018) indicated that Tehrik-e-Insaaf party is sweeping the polls, India started a vicious campaign against the emerging Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, claiming that he is backed by the military of the nuclear-armed Pakistan.
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India-China disengagement in Ladakh on Chinese terms Indian Defense Expert, Pravin Swahney, says that July 5 Disengagement agreement between India's national security advisor Ajit Doval and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was reached on the Chinese terms.He said Wednesday that disengagement plan was agreed on June 30, between the military leadership talks where Indian side by led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh while Chinese was represented by Major Geneeral Liu Lin.
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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
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Trump signs Tibet bill to preempt Chinese move on Dalai Lama's succession President Donald Trump Sunday signed into law a bill that reaffirms the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama and calls for establishing an American consulate in Tibet. Not surprisingly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the act will seriously disrupt and hurt China-US relations.
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Extra-judicial killings mount in BJP-ruled India The Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government of Yogi Adityanath continued allowing police encounters since BJP came to power in the state in March 2017, Caravan News of India reported Monday (Feb. 26, 2018).
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India encourages Hindus in Pakistan to migrate to India amid nationwide protests against Citizenship Act About 100 Pakistani Hindu families crossed over to India through the Attari-Wagah border on Monday (Feb 3), Indian officials said amid indications that several travelers did not wish to go back.
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The politics of Nobel Peace Prize On Friday (Oct 10) the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace to a Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai and an Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi. At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The teenager was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 when she was on her way home from school. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.
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40 percent Republicans want to outlaw Islam in America The New York Times Tuesday published the result of a poll in North Carolina by Public Policy Polling, or PPP indicating that 40 percent Republican voters answered yes when asked: "Do you think the religion of Islam should be legal or illegal in the United States?
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US-led NATO attack on Pakistan worsens Islamabad-Washington ties The already frayed US-Pakistan relations have fallen to their worst point after US-led NATO helicopters destroyed two Pakistani military check posts killing 25 soldiers and injuring 13 others. The checkposts - located about 2.5 kilometres inside the Pakistan-Afghanistan border - were set up to stop the cross border violation and infiltration of militants from Afghanistan into Pakistani area.
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American Muslims alarmed at anti-Muslim response to Paris attacks The seven-million-strong American Muslim community was alarmed at the Islamophobic anti-Muslim response to Paris, France terrorist attacks which claimed 129 innocent lives and left around 300 people injured. American Muslims were deeply troubled that many American politicians have used the tragic terror attacks in Paris as a justification to promote xenophobia against Syrian refugees.
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Egypt: Five years after President Morsi's overthrow by military junta Five year after the overthrow of first democratically elected President Mohammad Morsi on July 3, 2013, Egyptian President, Field Marshall Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi's government continues to rule with worst human rights violations as police systematically used torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent.
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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.
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India takes over Iran's strategic Chabahar port India Monday (Dec 25) formally took over operations at Iran's strategic Chabahar Port, a move that, observers believe, could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region.The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated last year, is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia.
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Terrorist, a forbidden jargon when you are writing about the Norway terrorist Breivik Perhaps terrorist is a prohibited jargon when you are reporting about the Norway terrorist Anders Behring Breivik whose trial began on Monday for killing 77 people last July. He killed eight people by detonating a bomb in Oslo and a further 69 during a shooting spree at political youth camp on nearby Utoya island.
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Sudan rejects US request to normalize ties with Israel Sudan's transitional government Tuesday rejected the US request to normalize its ties with Israel. The decision comes as the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a rare visit to Sudan Tuesday, meeting Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdul Fatah Alburahn.
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Trump's inflammatory rhetoric foments Kansas Mosque attack plan Three members of the Kansas militia - Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen - who were convicted of planning to massacre Somali Muslim refugees by bombing a mosque and apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, should be granted leniency in their sentence because they were inspired by President Donald Trump's rhetoric that encouraged the violence, lawyers for the men said in court documents.
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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).
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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.
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Field Marshall el-Sisi of Egypt plans to stay in power until 2034 Amid unprecedented crackdown on opposition, US Client President of Egypt, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, plans to stay in power till 2034 by pushing constitutional changes.
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Amnesty India accuses Modi's government of treating human rights groups like criminals Amnesty International India has accused the government of Prime Minister Narendar Modi of treating human rights organizations like criminal enterprises.
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Around the San Francisco Bay Area, you're being watched Across the Bay Area -- from Pittsburg to San Francisco, from Tiburon to Gilroy -- you're being watched, the San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday adding: "It's not just the National Security Agency secretly vacuuming up your personal data but local police agencies are increasingly adopting Big Data technologies such as automatic license-plate readers that gather information about everyone, whether they've broken the law or not
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Balochistan: The Indian Connection: India offers political asylum to Baloch secessionist leaders Indian government of Narinder Modi has offered political asylum to secessionist Baloch leaders, CNN-News18 reported the top Indian sources as saying. The sources said they wanted the Baloch leaders to formally apply for asylum and that this would be granted in a matter of a few weeks.
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Fearing backlash on Christians in Egypt: American Coptic Church denounces the anti-Islam movie Fearing backlash of the American Coptics' produced anti-Islam movie on the Christians in Egypt, the Los Angeles Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church has denounced the movie and emphasized that no religion or group should be blamed for the actions of one. Copts in Egypt constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East accounting for an estimated 10% of the Egyptian population.
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At Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit: India rejects China's One Belt One Road project In the joint Qingdao Declaration of the Council of Heads of State of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, India was the only member in the eight-nation bloc to refuse to endorse China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, according to Indian Express. India claims that OBOR or the Silk Road project a threat to its sovereignty over concerns on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which goes through Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.
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Bosnia marks 25th anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. Every year on July 11, newly identified victims of the genocide are laid to rest at a memorial cemetery in Potocari, eastern Bosnia. On Saturday, nine Bosnian men and boys were laid to rest, 25 years after they were killed.
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Pakistan rules out any kind of ties with Israel as Netanyahu visits Oman Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Sunday (Oct 28) ruled out establishing any kind of relations with Israel as he strongly rejected reports that an Israeli aircraft carrying some officials secretly landed in Islamabad and flew away after several hours at the airport here.
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China helps Pakistan upset military balance against India With the help of People's Liberation Army, Pakistan Air Force has established the Center of Artificial Intelligence and Computing (CENTIC) which has very serious implications of military balance between India and Pakistan, according to Indian Defense Analyst Pravin Sawhney.
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1st China-bound freight train departs on 12-day journey from Istanbul In a major milestone, the first train carrying goods from Turkey to China departed from Istanbul Friday, according to daily Sabah. Covering 8,693 kilometers (5,402 miles) and passing through two continents, two seas and five countries, the train will forward its freight to China in 12 days.
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The politics of gas pipelines in Asia On November 14, Pakistan and Turkmenistan signed an agreement to build the $7.6 billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project under which Pakistan will get 1.3 billion cubic feet per day of gas. The agreement was signed during a visit by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan to Islamabad.
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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.
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China- India border tensions flare up again ahead of Modi's visit to China A fresh war of words has broken out over the long-simmering border dispute between Beijing and New Delhi just weeks before an expected visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China, according to South China Morning Post.
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Trump may not back India against China in case of conflict: John Bolton Former United States National Security Adviser John Bolton has said if the Sino-India border tensions escalate, there is no guarantee that US President Donald Trump will back India against China.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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To prevent reopening of graft cases: President Zardari clips powers of the Supreme Court Pakistan's National Assembly Monday (July 9) approved the Contempt of Court Act aimed at shielding top leaders from contempt charges and curbing the Supreme Court's efforts to push Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf into reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The Contempt of Court Act was introduced in a special session of the parliament before the apex court takes the issue of reviving graft cases.
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Iran opens 32nd International Islamic Unity Conference with a harsh attack on U.S. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday (Nov 24) called for Muslim unity and resistance against what he called "hostile" policies of the United States and Israel.
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Pompeo fails to convince Oman to establish relations with Israel US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday concluded a Middle East tour after talks in Oman with Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al-Said which apparently failed to convince Sultan to follow the UAE's move and normalize relations with Israel.
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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).
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President Obama meets American Muslim leaders President Barack Obama met on Wednesday (Feb 4, 2015) at the White House with 14 Muslim Americans for an hour-long discussion about civil rights, anti-Muslim bias and extremism.
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After Ladakh Standoff: China opens another front against India Opening another front against India along the Line of Actual Control, China has mobilized People's Liberation Army soldiers near Uttarakhand's Lipulekh Pass, Times Now News (TNN) reported Saturday. Several media reports have indicated that China is bolstering its position in the depth areas along the LAC.
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Killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in drone attack described as a fatal blow to peace process Killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in drone attack is described as a fatal blow to peace talks between the government and the Pakistani Talibans. Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said the death of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader, Hakimullah Mehsud was in fact a fatal blow to the peace process in the region.
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Pakistan Taliban attack on school kills 132 students in Peshawar At least 132 students and nine staff were killed in an eight-hour onslaught at the army-run school in the city of Peshawar Tuesday (December 16). The 141 death toll makes it the country's deadliest ever terror attack. Another 124 people were injured.
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Indian Defense Minister visits Moscow to seek faster delivery of S-400 missile system Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Moscow Monday on a visit to Russia where he is expected to apprise the Russian officials of the on-going situation at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and ask for speedy delivery of spare parts and associated equipment for Indian fighter planes, battle tanks and submarines.
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Saudi Arabia pledges $6 billion to ease Pakistan's economic crisis After weeks of speculation, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (Oct 23) stepped forward with a $6 billion bailout package for Pakistan's ailing economy. The package includes $3 billion balance of payments support and another $3bn in deferred payments on oil imports.
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After Ladakh Face-off, China may intrude in Himachal Pradesh says Gen Katoch Even as the PLA remains adamant against withdrawing its troops who intruded into Eastern Ladakh and BJP MP Tapir Gao indicates PLA intrusions in Arunachal Pradesh, China also appears to be eyeing the border of Himachal Pradesh with China Occupied Tibet (COT) with a view to create more mischief, says retired Lt. General PC Katoch.
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Kashmiri American Council leader begins two-year imprisonment Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Executive Director of Kashmiri American Council, began a two-year prison term on June 26 for violating tax laws related to non-profit organizations. On March 30th he was sentenced to two-year imprisonment for conspiracy and violations of certain tax laws. He was initially charged with conspiring to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) but the prosecution dropped these charges.
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As Bahrain, UAE sign Trump Touted peace deals with Israel, Protests Erupt in Bahrain, UAE and Palestine President Donald Trump on Tuesday said five or six more countries are ready to make peace with Israel, Times of Israel reported. However, he did not name those countries. Shortly before the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Trump said, "We're very far down the road with about five additional countries" Frankly, I think we could have had them here today."
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After 17 years: Arab American activist removed from terror list The U.S. Treasury Department has de-listed Muhammad Salah as a "specially designated terrorist," lifting onerous restrictions on the Palestine-origin American now living in Bridgeview, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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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.
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Israel was behind President Morsi's overthrow says Israeli General Israel was behind the 2013 coup in Egypt that toppled Mohammad Morsi, Egypt's first ever democratically-elected president, an Israeli general has revealed.
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Obama's provocative remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama personally added a reference to the Crusades in his speech this week at the National Prayer Breakfast, hoping to add context and nuance to his condemnation of Islamic terrorists by noting that people also committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ, the New York Times quoted presidential aides as saying on Friday.
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Serbian leader to face genocide charge for Srebrenica massacre While the Bosnians observed the massacre anniversary with the burial of 409 victims of the Srebrenica massacre 18 years after their death, the International Criminal Tribunal in the Netherlands Thursday reinstated a genocide charge against the Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic linked to the massacre at Srebrenica.
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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".
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Forty-two percent Americans say Islam 'is incompatible with US values' A large proportion of mainstream Americans think Islam is incompatible with American values, according to a survey by the New America foundation and the American Muslim Institute.
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China, India to hold Lt Gen-level talks as China declines to exchange maps of Western border sector The Indian Army and the Chinese PLA are expected to hold another round of high-level talks on Tuesday or Wednesday to thrash out modalities for the next phase of de-escalation as part of complete disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh, Indian military sources were quoted saying by the Press Trust of India.
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Trump: All American troops should be out of Afghanistan by Christmas President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that all American troops should be out of Afghanistan by Christmas, a new goal post for ending the long-running conflict that caught his own Pentagon flat-footed, the Wall Street Journal reported Thusday.
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After Sudan, Bahrain also rejects US push to normalize relations with Israel Bahrain has declined a US push to normalize relations with Israel, Al Jazeera reported Wednesday. Bahrain told the visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state, implicitly rejecting his push for Arab countries to swiftly normalize ties with Israel.
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2014: Another hard & difficult year for American Muslims Discrimination and hate crimes against the Muslims in America increased after the beheading of American journalists by the so-called " ISIS or Islamic State" terrorists whose sudden meteorite rise remains questionable.
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China expands military at India border as Modi accused of surrendering land: Newsweek Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing domestic criticism for allegedly surrendering land to Chinese forces along the disputed Himalayan border between the two nations, where dozens of soldiers are believed to have died in hand-to-hand fighting last month, the Newsweek has said.
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Blanket surveillance of Muslims in Japan Japan's Supreme Court has rejected a second appeal by the country's Muslim community against nationwide surveillance of Muslim groups, mosques and even halal restaurants.
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China's Belt and Road Forum ends with signing of deals worth $64 billion China's high-profile 2nd Belt and Road Forum ended Saturday (April 27) with the signing of deals worth billions of dollar.The forum attended by 37 heads of the state and governments concluded with an announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping that cooperation agreements worth $64 billion were signed at a CEO conference during the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) meeting.
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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.
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'Doklam belongs to China, India should have learnt from last year's standoff' China on Monday (March 26) asserted that Doklam belongs to it and India should have learnt lessons from the stand-off last year.
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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.
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Christchurch mosques attacker charged with terrorism New Zealand police Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against white supremacist Brenton Tarrant accused with killing 51 worshippers in attacks on two Christchurch mosques in March 2019.
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Pre-election rigging in Pakistan: Zardari regime's plan to damage independent judiciary unveiled In a pre-election rigging attempt, the regime of President Asif Ali Zardari conspired to damage the independent judiciary in Pakistan that may not allow rigging in the forthcoming elections which are due some times later this year or early next year. The conspiracy was revealed by a renowned journalist, Shaheen Sehbai who said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry's family was trapped in the conspiracy.
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US House passes bill to sanction Turkey over S-400 missile purchase The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a defense bill that paves the way for imposing sanctions on Turkey over the country's purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia, the Daily Sabah reported.
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Three Muslims Re-Elected to House of Representatives Three Muslim candidates were re-elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday's election. Ilhan Omar won in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District and Rashida Tlaib won in Michigan's 13th Congressional District. In Indiana, Rep. Andre' Carson (D) won his re-election bid for the 7th District.
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Biden keeps Indian-Americans with RSS-BJP links out President Joe Biden has nominated around 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration. However, the list has excluded some Indian-Americans who had worked on the Biden campaign, due to their RSS-BJP links. According to a report in The Tribune, Sonal Shah and Amit Jani have not made to Biden's list of nominated Indian-Americans to be appointed in his administration.
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An economic planner of Zardari regime calls for dismantling of Pakistan's nuclear program With the US-client Zardari regime at loggerheads with the powerful army on the Memogate Scandal, The News, a leading English newspaper of Pakistan, reported Monday that the government economic planners are promoting an economic growth strategy based on major cuts in the country's nuclear budget or completely giving up the nuclear program.
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Churches in India accused of conspiring with the Vatican to destabilize Modi's government Right-wing Hindu nationalist organization, The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has accused the Indian churches of conspiring with the Vatican to destabilize Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
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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.
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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.
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Greeting card turns veiled Muslim doll into terrorist doll In the latest sign of rising Islamophobia in the country, the seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked at the fabrication of a birthday card that depicts a veiled girl doll as a suicide bomber who'll "Blow Your Brains Out."
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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.
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China pledges to protect freedom of religion amid reports of religious repression China pledged to continue to respect and protect its citizens' freedom of religious belief in a white paper published Tuesday (April 3).
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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.
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Pakistan names team to hold peace talks with Taliban Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif, has announced that his government would pursue peace talks with Taliban militants despite a recent spate of attacks. Addressing a session of the National Assembly, on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif said "Since the other side has shown intent to negotiate, we also wish to give peace yet another chance."
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The Muslim World denounces French President's remarks against Islam, its prophet The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned continued attacks and incitement against Muslim sentiment and insults of Prophet Muhammad, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. A statement by the 57-member OIC criticized the "discourse from certain French politicians, which it deems to be harmful to the Muslim-French relations, hate-mongering and only serving partisan political interests".
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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.
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Amid brewing boarder tension China briefly detains Indian soldiers Amid mounting tensions between India and China along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) some Indian troops were detained and later released by the Chines Army after a skirmish broke out between the two sides in Ladakh recently, according to Indian media report.
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US drones also targeting mourners and rescuers in Pakistan The US drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal belt has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, the British newspaper Sunday Times has reported. The Sunday Times Bureau Investigative report says that since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed including more than 60 children.
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2015: The deadliest year on record for American Muslims The year 2015 was perhaps the deadliest year on record for the seven-million strong American Muslim community, with 63 recorded attacks on mosques till the first week of December. Tellingly, 17 of those attacks took place in November after the Paris terrorist attacks. At least six attacks and vandalism against the mosques were reported after the San Bernardino, CA terrorist attack on Dec 2nd.
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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.
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Sudanese political parties reject normalization of relations with Israel Sudanese political parties have rejected the government's decision to normalize relations with Israel, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement, Al Jazeera reported Saturday.
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India staging massive military exercise for two-front threat posed by China, Pakistan With an eye on the two-front threat posed by China and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning for Gagan Shakti, a country-wide training exercise, scheduled to take place during April 11-21, the Indian Express reported Saturday, April 7.
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Oslo massacre exposes the nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing extremism More details have emerged on the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik and now we have enough details to piece together what's behind Friday's massacre which saw car bombings in Oslo and a mass shooting attack on the island of Utoya that caused the deaths of more than 90 people. Hours before his terrorist acts, Breivik left a 1550-page manifesto on internet. Its title is 2083: A European Declaration of Independence.
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Memogate scandal: Zardari regime again fails to control the powerful army The so-called memogate scandal, that cost the job of Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, is perhaps a sequel to the July 2008 abortive attempt by the US client government of President Zardari to put the powerful military-run spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), under civilian control.
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Karma attack and Pakistan army's operations in volatile tribal areas Wednesday's terrorist attack on heavily guarded Kamra aeronautical complex came days after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's statement that Pakistan military plans to launch combat operation in Northern Waziristan. Kamra attack and Panetta's statement have sparked heated debate on Pakistan military's operations in the volatile tribal territories along the Pak-Afghanistan boarder.
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Joe Biden visits Istanbul for solving pressing Turco-US issues U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought to reassure Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of American support during his visit to Ankara on Wednesday. Biden is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Turkey since the July 15 failed coup.
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Pakistan elections do not augur well for President Zardari Many surprises sprung by Saturday's elections in Pakistan will have grave repercussions for the political spectrum with the Pakistan People's Party confined to Sindh, the Awami National Party facing a split and President Asif Ali Zardari denied a second term in office, says Shaheen Sehbani of The News.
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India Fears losing Siachen Glacier as Ladakh standoff continues with China Fearing losing Siachin Glacier, India's national security planners are pushing hard to complete an all-weather strategic route to Ladakh that will link Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Nimu via Padum in Kargil's Zanskar valley, the Hindustan Times has reported. Senior military commanders were quoted as saying that the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently needed given Pakistan and China's interests in Siachin.
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Anti-Turkey alliance emerging in the Arab World The intended target of the UAE-Israel alliance is not Iran but Turkey, whose regional clout poses a threat to Gulf rulers, says David Hearst, the editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. In an article titled - A new message resounds in the Arab world: Get Ankara - Hearst wrote Saturday: Israel had been saying for some time to Arab diplomats that it no longer regarded Iran as a military threat.
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Pakistan imposes reciprocal restrictions on US diplomats Pakistani authorities have imposed "reciprocal" restrictions on the movement of U.S. diplomats in the country after Washington took similar measures, the Associated Press reported Friday. A letter sent to the U.S. Embassy
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Saudi Royal Family divided over relations with Israel: WSJ Saudi Arabia's monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been at odds with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over establishing relations with Israel, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
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Four years after the failed coup: Turkey detains 34 suspects Turkish police on Wednesday (July 8) detained at least 34 suspects over their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016, Xinhua news agency reported. Acting upon the order of Turkish prosecutors in the western city of Izmir, police launched simultaneous operations in five provinces across the country to catch 19 suspects, Xinhua quoted Turkish news agency Anadolu as saying.
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'Bring the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh home' The government of Nawaz Sharif is again under pressure to bring home the stranded Pakistanis living in miserable conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday asked the government to submit a reply by February 18 regarding the repatriation of 300,000 Pakistanis stranded in some 70 camps in Bangladesh.
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After Netanyahu's Oman visit, a spate of Israeli ministers visit Gulf Arab States Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent secret visit to Oman, a spate of Israeli ministers are visiting Gulf Arab countries that do not formally recognize Israel. Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, coinciding with Netanyahu's trip to Oman, where he met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
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Indo-Chinese marathon military commanders talks fail to resolve differences Talks between senior military commanders of India and China on the second and more complex phase of de-escalation and disengagement which started on Tuesday lasted 15 hours, concluding in the early hours of Wednesday, Indian media reported. A statement about the talks is unlikely from the Indian side on Wednesday, as it engages "internal deliberations" over the discussions, the media said.
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Manufacturing a facade of democracy in Egypt On Sunday (June 24, 2012), Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, was declared the winner of Egypt's presidential election run-off. He won 51.73% of the vote, beating former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. However, shortly before the presidential vote, with the help of a Mubarak-era judiciary, Army dissolved the parliament and gave itself the legislative power, which cuts into Mursi's powers to act.
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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.
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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.
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'China has further transgressed into Indian territory in Ladakh' India and China will hold eighth round of military-level talks next week to resolve the ongoing standoff along the border in eastern Ladakh amid reports that China has occupied more territory in the disputed area. India and China are locked in an over five-month-long bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh that has significantly strained their ties. A series of diplomatic and military talks failed to resolve the dispute.
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American Muslims in 2020 2020 was an election year. The seven-million-strong American Muslim Community was very active in participating enthusiastically in the US political process. A record number of American Muslims ran for public office in the 2020 US general election and 84 percent of the Muslim community voted this year. 170 candidates were on 2020 ballots across 28 states. Sixty-two candidates were successfully elected to office.
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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.
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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.
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US-led NATO deadly attack on Pakistani posts aimed at gauging response of nuclear Islamabad? With more details coming out about last Saturday's US-led NATO attack on two Pakistani posts in the remote area of Pak-Afghanistan border analysts in Pakistan believe that the unprovoked two-hours attack was aimed at gauging the response of nuclear armed Pakistan.
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The Indian connection in dreadful Easter bombings in Sri Lanka Sri Lankans have slammed Indian Media for 'Politicizing' the Easter blasts. Sri Lankan Twitter has been quick to call out Indian media and politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for using the series of blasts in the island nation as "election fodder."
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India's disproportionately high population of Dalits, Adivasis lodged in jails A report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says, "Dalits and Adivasis - two of the most vulnerable sections of Indian society - make up a considerable number of India's prison population."
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Dreadful Easter bombings and Christianphobia in Sri Lanka A series of coordinated bombings struck three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday killing 290 people in the worst attacks in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.Washington Post said: "the suicide bombings on the holiest day of the Christian calendar were widely viewed as targeting Sri Lanka's small Christian community, a minority that regularly faces discrimination."
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Iran nuclear deal: The devil may be in interpretation Russia Wednesday submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on the outcome of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
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President Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul's Hagia Sophia a mosque on Friday hours after a top court ruled the ancient building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal.
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Despite international outcry, Field Marshal el-Sisi of Egypt executes 9 political prisoners US-client, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi' regime of Egypt has executed nine young men convicted over the 2015 killing of the country's top prosecutor, a prison source and a lawyer confirmed this morning, despite international condemnation from rights groups over the death sentences.
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Fabricating a fig leaf of democracy in Egypt: Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with 92 percent votes Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won re-election as Egypt's president, according to preliminary results reported by a number of state media outlets, showing el-Sisi winning 92 percent of the vote.
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Anti-Islam, anti-Muslim rallies 'Fizzle' nationwide "Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim rallies ended up inspiring acts of love and service": This headline of the Huffington Post best describes the fizzle of the nationwide anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rallies organized by what Carol Kuruvilla calls a loosely affiliated group of armed protesters.
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2012: Another hard year for American Muslims The seven-million strong American Muslim community was shocked at the horrendous murder of Sunando Sen, who was pushed by a women to his death on the tracks of a New York subway station because she thought he was Muslim.
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Pakistan rules out handing over Dr Shakeel Afridi to US No proposal is under consideration to hand over Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped CIA in Osama Ben Laden compound raid in May 2011, to the United States, says chief of Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
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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.
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UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state. There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries -- Australia, Britain and Germany - did not take part in the vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations to "non-member state" from "entity."
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Russia concerned over India's alliance with Quad Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, recently tweeted that the annual summit between India and Russia has been cancelled due to Moscow's unease with Quad. This is the first time the Annual Summit has been postponed since 2000.
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Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia reject Kushner's bid to establish ties with Israel Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain reportedly rejected special White House advisor Jared Kushner's push for normalization with Israel, as the US tries to seize on the momentum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) move, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday.
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Pakistan Army launches long-awaited operation in N Waziristan The Pakistan Army Sunday launched a long-awaited operation against militants in North Waziristan Agency.
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7 US legislators urge Pompeo to raise the issue of Indian farmers' protest Seven US legislators have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting him to raise with his Indian counterpart the issue of farmer's protest continued for the last four weeks.
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Any plot to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor won't succeed: Beijing China said Friday that any scheme to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) won't succeed. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian pointed out that the CPEC is a pilot program under the Belt and Road Initiative that will not only boost economic development in the two countries, but also promote interconnectivity and common prosperity in the region.
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Modi threatens Pakistan with "Mother of Nuclear Bombs" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has threatened Pakistan to wipe out with the mother of nuclear bombs.
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Russia has security obligations to Armenia, not Nagorno-Karabakh: Putin In a major setback to Armenia in fight over Nagorno-Karaback, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremllin said Wednesday that the Armenia-Azerbaijan military conflict was not taking place in the Armenian lands. Russia may stand up for Armenia under its Collective Security Treaty obligations, but these obligations do not cover the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
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Turkey to soon start work on controversial Kanal Istanbul waterway project Construction of huge Kanal Istanbul is set to begin in the very near future, Turkey's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Adil Karaismailoğlu, announced Tuesday. "The Kanal Istanbul will serve as an international waterway that will complement Turkey's logistics power and infrastructure by performing an important function in global maritime trade," Karaismailoğlu was quoted by Sabah newspaper as saying.
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Cairo's military is the best friend the U.S. has got: Indyk Amid violent demonstrations orchestrated by Tamaroud group, Egypt's pro-US army Wednesday deposed and arrested the elected President Mohammad Morsi. Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constititonal Court, with which Morsi had repeated confrontations, was sworn in as interim president.
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Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile Pakistan has successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 900 kilometres, the Army said.
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Global tax havens or havens for dirty money The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leaked massive documents known as "Panama Papers" which reveal the shadowy world of hidden offshore finances of presidents and prime ministers. The biggest leak of financial data in history exposes offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and provides details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 more politicians and public officials around the world.
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Egyptian Kangaroo Court jails 65 Morsi supporters up to 10 years Egypt's top kangaroo court upheld on Saturday (May 12) jail terms from seven to 10 years against 65 loyalists of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group over committing acts of violence in 2013 in the capital Cairo, official MENA news agency reported.
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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.
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What is behind rumors about bitter Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations? Pakistan Foreign Office Thursday denied a social media report on Saudi Arabia's role in the assessment of Pakistan's Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan. "Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong fraternal ties and the two countries have always cooperated with each other on all matters of bilateral, regional and international importance," said the FO spokesperson.
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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.
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Turkey's defense industry keeps growing in 2020 Despite difficulties caused by Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Turkish defense industry kept growing, according to a report published by Sabah. Ankara fostered a defense industry from scratch now capable of exporting products worldwide while also driving the development of cutting-edge systems, like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
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Pakistan's Mega Corruption Cases: Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif jailed for 7 years The Anti-Corruption Court in Islamabad on Monday (December 24) sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison for graft, while a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court to investigate the multi-billion rupees fake-accounts scam, has held former President Asif Zardari responsible for the suspicious transactions.
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Murder of Dr Shah highlights the insurgency in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province In an apparent attempt to erase key forensic evidence in the Kharotabad, killing of five unarmed foreigners by Army led para-military force, Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down Thursday in Quetta, the capital of the strife-torn Balochistan province where a nationalist insurgency is underway.
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New Zealand mosques gunman sentenced to life imprisonment The gunman of last year's terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court on Thursday. The sentence came after three days of the final hearing of the case. The 29-year-old Australian gunman, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, killed 51 people and injured 40 others on March 15, 2019.
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Why Macron rules out official apology for colonial atrocities in Algeria? French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria, his office said on January 20. There will be "no repentance nor apologies" for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended French rule, Macron's office said, adding that the president would instead take part in "symbolic acts" aimed at promoting reconciliation.
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'Pakistan becoming pawn in Chinese policy to enter Afghanistan' Indian Air Force Chief R.K.S. Bhadauria has said that Pakistan has increasingly become a pawn of Chinese policy and the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan has opened options for Beijing to expand its influence in the region through Islamabad.
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'The Sino-Indian disengagement deal in Eastern Ladakh is a bad deal' The Sino-Indian disengagement deal in Eastern Ladakh is a bad deal. Make no mistake it is an agreement on terms of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Unfortunately, it was perhaps the only one on the table and thus a fait accompli, says Mahesh Tewari, a former Minister.
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City Council votes to increase oversight of New York Police Amid a growing national debate over security and privacy ignited by the National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden, the New York City Council this morning approved by veto-proof majorities a pair of bills aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and expanding New Yorkers' ability to sue over racial profiling by officers.
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Pakistan shelves talks with Taliban amid controversy over martyrdom? Pakistan government has virtually abandoned the projected peace talks with the Pakistani Talibans after the killing of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a US drone attack on November 1, 2013. The killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud has not only resulted in the rupture of plans of peace talks with the Taliban but also sparked a heated debate on who is a martyr?
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American Muslims 19 years after 9/11 Nineteen years after the ghastly tragedy of 9/11, civil rights remain the major problem for the seven-million-strong American Muslim community. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down the economy and disturbed the social life, but even in these challenging times American Muslims were victims of hate crimes, discrimination and Islamophobia. Almost two decades after 9/11, Muslims are still dealing with the fall-out.
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Saudi Foreign Minister hints at normalization of ties with Israel Saudi foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan, says normalization with Israel will eventually take place within the framework of a Palestinian-Israeli peace plan, the Anadolu news agency reported Friday.
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Amid border tension: Indian Prime Minister Modi visits China Friday for one-on-one summit with Jinping Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit to China Friday (April 27) for an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, to reset relations between the two Asian giants.
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China building digital Silk Road stretching from Asia through Africa to Europe The final stretch of a cross-border fiber-optic cable is set to be laid by China in Pakistan to create the Digital Silk Road (DSR), serving the geostrategic interests of both countries, RT has reporting Nikkei Asia as saying. It will connect to a submarine cable in the Arabian Sea to service countries participating in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Europe.
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China is fortifying defenses across all Ladakh border: Hindustan Times Contrary to media reports, the Peoples Liberation Army is not moving back from Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso in disputed Galwan Valley and the PLA is widening and carpeting a road between Finger 6 and Finger 8 to enable faster deployment of troops, according to Hindustan Times.
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Far-right attacks targeting Muslims on rise in Germany Germany has witnessed growing racism and Islamophobia in recent years, fueled by the propaganda of far-right groups and parties, which have attempted to stoke fear of Muslims and immigrants to win more votes. More than 900 Islamophobic hate crimes were recorded in 2020 and there has also been an increase in attacks targeting migrants, according to German Interior Ministry report Monday.
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Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis deepens: Qatar rejects any talks until blockade is lifted Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Monday (June 19) ruled out any talks to resolve the current Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis unless blockade is lifted.
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Anti-France protests draws tens of thousands across Muslim world A rift between the Muslim world and France is widening, as leaders and the public in Muslim countries respond to the October 2 speech of President Emmanuel Macron saying Islam was "in crisis" globally. The fallout deepened with renewed Macron support to show caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and anti-France demonstrations on Friday in several Muslim countries.
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2018: Another challenging & tough year for American Muslims The seven-million American Muslims remained at the receiving end since 9/11/2001 through reconfiguration of US laws, policies and priorities but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim, anti-immigration policies and rhetoric alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them.
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Govt remains adamant to reopen graft cases against President Zardari in Swiss court Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has again refused to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in a Swiss court. Gilani appeared before the Supreme Court on Thursday (1-18-2012) to explain his refusal to ask Switzerland to re-open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
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India attempts to delete 26 verses of the Quran Perhaps taking cue from the US semi-official think tank, the Rand Corporation, the Hinutva government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attempting to edit the Quran, the holy book of Islam. In 2004 the Rand Corporation questioned the authenticity of the Quran by claiming that some verses may have been falsely or inaccurately recorded in the Quran. Modi's government is using Waseem Rizvi to attack the Quran.
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Silicon Valley Has Long Had Ties to U.S. Military and Intelligence Agencies The Mercury News (CA) reported today that disclosures about a secret government intelligence effort called Prism have rocked some of Silicon Valley's leading Internet companies, but the program is hardly the first instance of U.S. military and intelligence officials turning to the tech industry for help.
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Putin, Macron express concern on Nagorno-Karabakh fighting as Armenia suffers loses Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed in a phone call the ongoing fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed their concern about the involvement of extremists from Syria and Libya in the conflict, Tass quoted the Kremlin press office as saying Saturday.
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Chinese scientists claim quantum computer breakthrough Chinese scientists claim to have built a quantum computer which is 100trillion times faster than the world's most advanced supercomputer - Japan's Fugaku, the Daily Mail has reported.
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India's bid to link Pakistan with deadly Sri Lanka bombings India is apparently trying to implicate Pakistan in Sri Lankan Easter bombings amid reports that Mohammad Zahran Hashim, the suspected mastermind of the Easter bombings, spent a "substantial amount of time in south India."
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India accuses China and Pakistan of creating border dispute under a mission Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that after Pakistan, China is also creating a dispute at the border "as if it was part of a mission". The minister's comments came at a time when tensions are simmering along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, where Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have been locked in a border row for over five months.
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Egypt arrests top Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat The acting leader of of the Muslim Brotherhood was arrested on Friday after seven years of speculation on his whereabouts, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced. Ezzat had been at large since the summer of 2013, after the military removed Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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71 Percent American Muslim Voters Support Joe Biden 71 percent of Muslim voters are likely to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a survey of American Muslim voters released Monday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
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Sudan denies holding talks on normalization ties with Israel The Sudanese Minister of Information and transitional government spokesman, Faisal Muhammad Saleh, Tuesday denied media reports saying that a Sudanese delegation currently visiting the United Arab Emirates had discussed normalizing relations with Israel.
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China threatens India with 'Liquid Bomb' that could be much more dangerous than Ladakh standoff After troubling India militarily in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Beijing could now hurt the South Asian country by drying up the crucial rivers that flow into the country through Tibet, as China is going ahead with building mega-dams on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo, which flows from Tibet into northeast India, according to Eurasia Times.
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With BECA India becomes "a junior military ally of the US" The United States has finally convinced India to sign their third and final foundational agreement called BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation), which is being touted as the pact that will deepen the "cooperation" between the armed forces of the two countries. But the US embedded more than cooperation into this agreement.
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Indian Defense Minister admits: China occupies 38,000 sq km of Indian territory China is in illegal occupation of 38,000 square km of Indian land and it considers another 90,000 square km as its own, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Tuesday.
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Myanmar's military seizes control of country over election fraud Myanmar's military Monday seized control of the country due to the government's failure to act on the alleged massive voter fraud in last November's election - eerily similar to the claims of the Donald Trump campaign in the United States. A military statement cited a section of the constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency.
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Sudan becomes 3rd Arab country to normalize relations with Israel Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months, Anadolu News Agency reported. Trump's aides have been pressing Sudan to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, following similar U.S.-brokered moves in recent weeks by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
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The Great Reset is being rolled out under the guise of covid-19 Prof. Michel Chossudovsky argues: We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the sequence of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".
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Dr. Fai's arrest tit-for-tat move by the US US-Pakistan relations took a new twist Tuesday when Washington arrested the Kashmiri leader, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, on charges of working for the Pakistani spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) which purportedly gave $4 million to Dr. Fai for years to lobby for the Kashmir issue.
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Nagorno-Karaback war missiles hit Iran's East Azarbaijan Missiles fired by opposing sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh war hit a district in Iran's East Azerbaijan province, south of the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, Anadolu News agency quoting the Iranian state media as saying Thursday. Ten missiles landed in two villages in the Khudaferin district, injuring a civilian when rockets hit a house, IRNA News Agency quoted the district's Governor Ali Emiri Rad.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan clash over Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks that reportedly killed and wounded dozens, according to the media reports.
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In the aftermath of New Zealand Mosques massacre: UN General Assembly condemns Islamophobia In the wake of the horrific attack at two New Zealand mosques, in which 50 people were killed and 50 others injured, the UN General Assembly Tuesday (April 2, 2019) unanimously adopted a resolution strongly condemning Islamophobia.
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President Erdoğan questions US-NATO alliance with Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday questioned the United States' alliance with Turkey following the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on Turkey over the purchase of S-400 Russian missiles. The Turkish president pointed out that the bond between the two countries was established largely through NATO membership, and asked: "What kind of alliance is this?"
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U.S. poised to designate Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terror group The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, the Wall Street Journal Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying.
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Expert warns: India v Pakistan war is more likely than India-China Daniel Markey, a senior research professor in international relations at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, has warned war between India and Pakistan is more likely than an outbreak with China. "A true war scenario between India and China, though is quite possible, is less likely than an India Pakistan one even now."
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Carnage at Pakistan church after Sunday mass: 81 killed in suicide bombing A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar after Sunday Mass, killing at least 81 worshippers while injuring 145 in the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan. Among the dead were 38 women and 7 children, according to official sources.
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Kashmiris seek China's help to restore special status of Kashmir Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Congress president Farooq Abdullah has expressed hope that special status of Kashmir will be restored with the help of China. In an interview with India Today on Sunday, Abdullah said that the Modi government's move to abrogate Article 370 which granted special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, had angered China and the Ladakh standoff is a result of that.
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Indian, Chinese defense ministers in Moscow to ease border tension in Ladakh In a bid to break the continuing deadlock in the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh since early-May, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow,. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting which is attended by Indian and Chinese Defense Ministers.
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What prompts Saudi Arabia to end blockade on Qatar? The Saudi foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, has announced that Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates, agreed to restore full ties with Qatar. His remarks came after Gulf leaders signed a "solidarity and stability" agreement in Saudi Arabia as they met for the Gulf Cooperation Council annual summit on Tuesday.
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Indian General says no compromise with China in Ladakh standoff India's Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has said India would not compromise its position in Ladakh and that the restoration of status quo ante as it was in April 2020 was the only way ahead. "It has been spelt very clearly that there will be no compromise," General Rawat was quoted by India Today on Thursday.
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The politics of resolutions on Nagorno Karabakh The Belgian House of Representatives (Federal Parliament) adopted a resolution Friday calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the Nagorno Karabakh region, conquered during the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that ended with a Russia-brokered agreement on November 10.
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Chinese border villages in disputed territory alarms India A Chinese push to create civilian settlements along disputed borders in the Himalayan region has emerged as a major new concern for India as, analysts in India say, it replicates Beijing's strategy to consolidate claims in the South China Sea, the Voice of America reported Friday. The latest red flag has been raised by a new village built by China in a disputed area in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
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International Day to Combat Islamophobia The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to designate March 15 as the "International Day to Combat Islamophobia" each year. The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) has passed a resolution in this respect in their meeting in Niamey, Niger.
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China Calls Indian Minister's remark on border violations an unwitting confession by India The former Army Chief and Union minister VK Singh said Sunday: "Let me assure you, if China has transgressed 10 times, we must have done it at least 50 times." In response to Singh's remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that this was an acknowledgement of encroachment by India.
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The politics of Covid-19 vaccines According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of October 2020 over 200 COVID-19 vaccines were under development globally. Thanks to the joint efforts of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies, it was possible to develop and authorize several COVID-19 vaccines within a year.The Pfizer / BioNTech's vaccine was the first to be authorized in the US and Europe to prevent Covid-19 infection.
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Another round of Chinese, Indian marathon military talks fail to break Ladakh standoff The ninth round of military talks between the Chinese and Indian military officials on Sunday failed to break the Ladakh standoff. In the military talks, India has all along been demanding restoration of status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh prior to April.
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Despite Saudi pressure, Imran Khan reaffirms Pakistan has no plans to recognize Israel The defining situation in Palestine is "exactly the same situation" in Indian-administrated Kashmir, Pakistan's prime minister has said, stressing that his country cannot recognize Israel and what Israel has done to Palestine. In an interview with a Turkish television station, Khan said there are two reasons why Pakistan cannot recognize Israel?
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Karabakh war defeat sets Armenian army and prime minister against each other Armenian President Armen Sarkissian Saturday refused to sign Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's order dismissing army chief of staff Onik Gasparyan. Yerevan has not calmed since Prime Minister Pashinyan signed the declaration accepting defeat from Azerbaijan's operation to rescue its occupied territories in Karabakh.
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US pressuring Saudi Arabia to join Israel-UAE meeting in Abu Dhabi An Israeli media report says that the Americans are mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia to join a trilateral summit of Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the US, which is due to be held in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
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Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end Yemen war President Donald Trump has rejected a resolution from the Congress to end the 4-year old Yemen war which has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine.
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264 detained in nationwide operations against Gulen supporters in Turkey More than four and half years after the abortive coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish security forces continue arrest of supporters of the so-called Gulenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen accused of orchestrating the coup attempt.
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Republican Congressman broad-brushes American Muslims The American Muslim community was alarmed by Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo's statement that the Muslims here have not condemned acts of terrorism against the U.S. and therefore are complicit in those and any future attacks.
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Indian farmer leaders condemn deadly violence but won't call off protests Farmer leaders in India have condemned deadly violence in the capital Delhi during a massive protest against agricultural reforms on Tuesday where one person was killed and around 300 policemen were injured. Thousands of farmers clashed with police as protestors forced to the Red Fort where a Khalsa flag was raised along with Indian national flag.
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104 Admirals urge Erdogan to abandon Istanbul Kanal project More than 100 retired admirals have called on the Turkish government to abandon plans to build Kanal Istanbul. A total of 104 retired admirals signed a declaration urging the government to maintain its commitment to the Montreux Convention, which regulates the shipping in the Bosporus and Dardanelles.
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Fighting flares between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh The worst clashes since 2016 have raised the specter of a new war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which have been locked for decades in a territorial dispute over the Armenia-backed breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A major confrontation between Muslim Azerbaijan and Christian Armenia threatened to embroil regional players Russia and Turkey, according to Al Jazeera.
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Egyptian Kagaroo court sentences 35 Morsi supporters to life imprisonment An Egyptian Kangaroo Court Wednesday (April 4) sentenced 35 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for allegedly forming "terrorist cells" to attack security forces and state institutions.
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Bosnia-Herzegovina 25 years after the Dayton Accords December 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the US brokered Dayton Accords between Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, which officially ended the deadliest conflict on European soil since World War II. The three-and-a-half-year Bosnian war, which resulted in about 100,000 deaths, left another two million people displaced, and paved the way for the Srebrenica genocide.
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US, Pakistan appear to make little headway in intelligence chiefs talks Pakistani and US intelligence chiefs held their official meeting in Washington on Thursday but it was unclear if the two uneasy allies made any progress to end deep divisions on militants living in Pakistani tribal areas or on US drone strikes.
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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.
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor power plant provides one-third of Pakistan's electricity supply The electricity generated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) energy projects accounted for about one-third of Pakistan's electricity supply, according to the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan. As of Sept 2019, under CPEC 12 power generation projects have either entered the construction phase or have begun their commercial operations.
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Moscow to host peace conference on Afghanistan Moscow is set to host a conference on Afghanistan on Thursday, March 18, and has invited several regional players, including Taliban representatives. Moscow has said its conference next week is meant to support peace talks held in Doha, which have struggled to yield any breakthroughs.
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Militants' attack oil company convoy in Balochistan kills Pakistani soldiers At least 20 people, including 13 soldiers, were killed Thursday in two separate terrorist attacks in Pakistan's restive province Balochistan and in North Waziristan tribal district.
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China-India defense ministers fail to ease Ladakh standoff "We must remind the Indian side that China's national strength, including its military strength, is much stronger than India's. Although China and India are both great powers, when it comes to the ultimate competition of combat capability, the Indian side will lose. If a border war starts, India will have no chance of winning", the Global Times said Saturday.
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Putin calls for peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh involving Turkey Russian President Vladimir Putin said Turkey should be among countries involved in talks to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, as Azerbaijan and Armenia again accused each other on Thursday of shelling civilians in and around the mountain enclave, Reuters reported Thursday.
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Twitter blocks over 500 accounts after Indian government warning The social-media giant Twitter said on Wednesday it has taken action on more than 500 accounts and reduced visibility of some hashtags in India to comply with orders from the rightwing Indian government of Narendra Modi after it threatened legal action against executives with Tweeter in India.
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127 civil-advocacy groups urge nation's political parties to repeal Trump's Muslim ban A coalition of 127 national and state civil-advocacy groups Monday (April 22) issued an open letter addressed to the heads of national political parties, calling on them to include repealing the Muslim ban and reversing the historic-low cap on admitted refugees as signature issues in their 2020 party platform.
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56 US Congressmen urge Egyptian president to release political activists Activists, journalists, lawyers, and prisoners of conscience are warning that they risk death in Egyptian custody due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The warning comes two weeks before US elections in which President Donald Trump, who has formed a close alliance with Al-Sisi, is trailing in polls to Democrat Joe Biden.
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India alarmed at Chinese Defense Minister's visit to Nepal China has vowed to strengthen its military relationship with Nepal and support its territorial integrity at a time when its small Himalayan neighbor is embroiled in border disputes with India, according to South China Morning News (SCMN).
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India alarmed at political turmoil in Nepal Nepal's president Bidhya Devi Bhandari has dissolved Parliament at the request of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's cabinet and announced that general elections would be held in April and May, more than a year ahead of schedule. Sandwiched between China and India, politics in Nepal are also influenced by the priorities of its giant neighbors.
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Nagorno-Karabakh inseparable part of Azerbaijan, says Putin Nagorno-Karabakh is an inseparable part of Azerbaijan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. According to Daily Sabah, Putin told Rossiya 1 TV, the fact that Armenia has not recognized the sovereignty of occupied Nagorno-Karabakh has proven that the area is an inseparable part of Azerbaijani territory.
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China and Iran sign 25-year strategic cooperation agreement China and Iran Saturday signed a 25-year long cooperation agreement. The accord was signed in Tehran by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China's visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The agreement is said to have been in the works since Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Iran in 2016, also agreeing to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600bn in the next decade, according to Al Jazeera.
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Armenia agrees to end war with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said Monday night that he has "painfully" signed an agreement with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia to end the war with Azerbaijan on Tuesday.
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Amid Ladakh standoff: Chinese, Indian troops in fresh skirmish on eastern border Indian and Chinese troops clashed last week in an incident that caused minor injuries on both sides, Indian officials said Monday, underscoring the persistent border tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors Washington Post has reported. The latest incident took place hundreds of miles from that standoff at a different section of the frontier in the eastern border in Ladakh.
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The case of disappeared persons in Pakistan Two proceedings this week highlighted the issue of thousands of disappeared persons in Pakistan. On Wednesday the subcommittee of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the human rights situation in Balochistan that included target killing and disappearance of people. Pakistan's Supreme Court Friday issued directives to produce seven missing prisoners before the court on February 13.
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Indian conspiracy behind 2019 Pulwama terrorist attack exposed Arnab Goswami, chief editor of India's Republic TV, has revealed that February 2019 Pulwama attack in Indian-administered Kashmir was a false-flag operation, in which 44 security personnel were killed while India had blamed Pakistan for this attack. According to Indian media, Goswami, a journalist close to the Modi govt, was happy at the Pulwama attack and knew about retaliatory attack on Balakot, Pakistan, beforehand.
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Seven more receive preliminary death sentence by an Egyptian Kangaroo Court An Egyptian Kangaroo Court has preliminary sentenced to death another seven members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death.
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Over 75 global civil advocacy groups & activists publish full-page ad in NYT in support of Indian farmers' protest Extending solidarity with the ongoing farmer protests against the three farm laws in India, more than75 civil rights, legal, and community organizations from across the world published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Tuesday. "To Indian farmers: You have ignited one of the largest protests in human history," read the statement in the advertisement.
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Jaish-Ul-Hind' claims responsibility for Israel embassy India blast An unknown and unheard organization named 'Jaish-Ul-Hind' has claimed responsibility for the blast outside Israel embassy in New Delhi on Friday evening, India Today said adding: Jash-Ul-Hind was previously unheard of and no information is available about this organization. A screenshot claiming to be from messaging service Telegram has gone viral on social media in which 'Jaish-Ul-Hind' claims behind the blast.
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Donald Trump's rhetoric horrifies American Muslims Seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed at the mounting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican Presidential hopefuls, particularly leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. An unprecedented wave of Islamophobia is now sweeping the United States as the Republican Party has become the epicenter of Islamophobia this election season.
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Saudi Arabia is pressuring Pakistan to recognize Israel? Saudi Arabia is pressuring Pakistan to recognize Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday quoting a Pakistani journalist. Prominent Pakistani journalist Mubasher Lucman believes that Saudi Arabia is one of the countries pressuring Islamabad into recognizing Israel, he said in an interview with an Israeli TV network, i24 News.
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Middle East Defense Organization: World Jewish Congress President calls for Arab-Israeli defense alliance In the past few weeks, I have held numerous conversations with opinion makers and decision takers in the Middle East, says Ronald S Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress. "As I finished this exhilarating round of talks, I had a thought: Isn't it time to combine the monumental struggle against Iran with this blossoming Arab-Israeli partnership?"
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Terrorist attack on Karachi airport: Taliban claim responsibility Heavily armed militants launched an assault on Pakistan's busiest Karachi airport, leaving at least 24 dead including 10 militants in a six-hour siege that army commandos quelled on Monday morning.
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Pakistan-Russia for joint military exercise begin The 5th round of military exercise of Pakistani and Russian forces began on Sunday. A contingent of 150 Russian forces arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to participate in the two week exercise named 'Bruzhba-5' (Friendship-5). The Russian troops, which include 70 special forces, are participating in the exercise that would continue till 21st November.
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'India is now only partly free under Prime Minister Modi' India, the world's most populous democracy, dropped from Free to Partly Free status, according to US-based non-profit Freedom House report Democracy under Siege. Since 2014, the report says, increased pressure on human rights organizations, intimidation of journalists and activists, and a spate of attacks, especially those against Muslims, had led to a deterioration of political and civil liberties in the country.
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Saudi FM denies Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan denied Israeli media reports Monday that a meeting occurred between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), in the Saudi town of Neom. Israel's Army Radio and Kan Radio both claimed that Netanyahu and the Mossad, Yosef Meir Cohen, secretly flew to Neom from Tel Aviv to meet Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince.
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Indian farmers protest gain momentum as Modi govt's repressive measures fail to disperse the farmers Indian farmers protest entered the 67th day on Sunday as repressive measures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to dislodge the protesting farmers at different borders of the national capital, New Delhi.
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100 days and 248 deaths later, protesting Indian farmers remain determined The 'Delhi Chalo' (Go to Delhi) farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has been on for 100 day now. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi's borders. The Time Magazine has described it as the world's largest ongoing demonstration and perhaps the biggest in human history which has prompted thousands to make their voices heard.
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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.
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Imran tells Kerry drones helping terrorists Pakistan Tahreek Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, in a one-on-one meeting in Islamabad Thursday, told visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry that US drone attacks in Pakistan's volatile tribal territory were helping the terrorists.
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Russia and Turkey to continue military cooperation despite US sanctions Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday Moscow and Ankara's military cooperation would not be deterred by the United States imposing sanctions on Turkey earlier this month for acquiring a Russian missile defense system. "We have confirmed our mutual intention to develop military ties with Turkey" despite "Washington's illegitimate pressure," Lavrov said.
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Armenia says ready to work towards ceasefire as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting enters into sixth day Armenia has said it is prepared to work with international mediators to reach a ceasefire with Azerbaijan as the two rivals fight over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fierce clashes spilled into a sixth day.
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Blackwater tried to topple UN-backed Libyan govt: UN report Erik Prince, the founder of security firm Blackwater, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya by supporting Libyan rebel general Khalifa Haftar against the legitimate government, Anadolu News Agency quoted a confidential U.N. report as saying. According to the report, delivered to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), Blackwater tried twice to overthrow the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in 2019.
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India leased two US Predator Drones amid Ladakh standoff with China In a sign of growing closeness between India and the United States amid conflict with China, the Indian Navy has inducted two Predator drones from an American firm on lease for carrying out surveillance in the Indian Ocean region and which can also be deployed along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, the Asian News International (ANI) of India reported Wednesday.
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Jailbreaks new phenomena in political struggle? Last week, Pakistan elected little-known Mamoun Hussain as the 12th president to replace Asif Ali Zardari, whose term expires next month. Hours before the election of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's loyalist (read crony) the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sent a strong message to the ruling elite about the precarious security situation in the strife-torn country with a military-precision raid on the Dera Ismael Khan prison.
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Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting escalates Azerbaijan said Wednesday it destroyed missile launchers inside Armenia that were targeting its cities, an escalation that threatens to further draw regional powers Russia and Turkey into the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the AFP reported. Armenia confirmed that military positions inside the country were hit but denied its forces had been firing into Azerbaijan.
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A tale of three Islamic parties Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has been elected Ameer (National President) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (India). In Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq Monday began second term as Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan. Ironically, in Bangladesh, the High Court declared in August 2013 as illegal, ruling that the party is unfit to contest national polls because its charter puts God above democratic process.
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China, India accuse each other of border violations In a further escalation of tensions, India and China on Monday accused each other of violating a "consensus" reached between the two sides after recent clashes on the border in the Ladakh region, Anadolu News Agency reported. The Indian Defense Ministry statement said that its troops thwarted "provocative military movements" in border areas where the two countries have witnessed a heightened face-off since this May.
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Austin hints India's purchase of Russian S-400 missile system could trigger sanctions U.S Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, during his visit to New Delhi hinted Saturday that India's planned purchase of an advanced Russian S-400 missile system could trigger U.S. sanctions. "We certainly urge all our allies and partners to move away from Russian equipment " and really avoid any kind of acquisitions that would trigger sanctions on our behalf," Austin said.
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Bahrain, Israel establish relations as Arab League approves UAE-Israel ties President Donald Trump announced Friday that Bahrain and Israel agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as the 25-member Arab League approved the UAE-Israel relations by rejecting a move to denounce the ties established on August 13.
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India has a powerful pro-American lobby: Amb. Bhadrakumar India has a powerful pro-American lobby clamoring for forever wars, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. In an article published by the Counter Current on Thursday, Bhadrakumar argued: "This lobby will only gain ascendancy, as India develops a defense industry and the corporate interests and their eventual nexus with the defense establishment come into full play, inevitably, in the domain of foreign and security policies.
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China and Pakistan form potent threat, warns Indian Army Chief Indian Army Chief General M M Naravane has said Indian forces would have to be prepared to deal with a "two-front" threat scenario as there was "increasing cooperation" between China and Pakistan in both military and non-military sectors.
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Iran accuses Israel, U.S. for killing of its nuclear scientist Iran accused Israel and the U.S. of being behind the assassination of one of its top nuclear scientists on Friday and vowed revenge, sharply escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf in the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, Bloomberg reported. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60 kilometers east of central Tehran.
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At least 5 killed in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh At least five people were killed and dozens more injured Friday when police attempted to disperse protests in various cities against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh.
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India needs to show sincerity to implement Moscow consensus: China China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Thursday with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Moscow and reached a five-point consensus. However, in a comment on the 5-point consensus, China's official Global Times Friday questioned how the consensus should be implemented.
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US accuses China of escalating tension with India The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) has accused China of escalating tension with India. In 2020, Sino-Indian relations suffered their worst year in decades, USCC said in its report '2020 report to Congress. " In June, Chinese and Indian soldiers engaged in a deadly clash on their border, the first confrontation since 1975 that resulted in loss of life on either side."
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Pained by Indian farmers' plight, Sikh priest commits suicide The death of Sikh priest Sant Baba Ram Singh near the Singhu border in Delhi Wednesday gave a new twist to more than three weeks protest by thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states have been protesting near the Delhi borders demanding that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government should repeal the controversial farm laws.
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Modi's extreme rightwing regime criminalizing free speech in India People's Union for Civil Liberties (PULC) Monday said that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is criminalizing free speech. Commenting on detention of the editor-in-chief of news portal, NewsClick, Prabir Purkayastha and his partner, Gita Hariharan, at their home in Delhi as the 113-hour "search" by the Enforcement Directorate continued.
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Obama's cosmetic changes for NSA surveillance President Obama's Friday speech on NSA surveillance was a calculated endeavor to calm a furor at home and abroad over the US dragnet surveillance. However, the proposed changes do not provide any fundamental changes in the intelligence gathering activities.
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More than seven years after Gaddafi's brutal murder, Libya remains in turmoil More than seven years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011), the situation remains in flux as former CIA-asset General Khalifa Haftar's forces launched an offensive against the forces loyal to the western-installed Libyan government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
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Amid violation accusations Nagorno-Karabakh truce under severe strain A Russian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh was under severe strain on Sunday a day after it was agreed, with Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians, Reuters reported.
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Terrorist attack in India heightens tension with Pakistan The terror attack in Indian Punjab on Monday, July 27, 2015, has heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. Media reports indicated that ten people, including three civilians and a police superintendent, were killed when gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a police station in northern Indian town of Gurdaspur near the border with Pakistan, sparking a shootout lasting almost 12 hours.
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Pakistan fears false-flag operation by India to divert attention from internal problems Tension is mounting between nuclear neighbors, India and Pakistan as Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Sunday warned that India will be given a "befitting response" if it was reckless enough to carry out a "false-flag operation" against Pakistan.
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China's move on Doklam could cut India's access to its northeastern states Satellite images appear to show China developing areas along a disputed border with Bhutan, igniting deep strategic and demographic ramifications for India, the TRT has reported. India-China tensions flared after the release of new satellite images which revealed the Chinese construction of a village along a disputed border shared by India and Bhutan, previously the site of months of military standoff.
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Anti-Muslim fever goes viral after Paris and San Bernardino attacks Anti-Muslim fever goes viral after Paris and San Bernardino attacks. To borrow Andrew O'hehir of Salon, Muslim fever has spread through our national bloodstream and replaced all thought. Many U.S. leaders have unleashed discriminatory rhetoric in the name of counterterrorism.
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Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to ceasefire: Russian Foreign Minister Armenia and Azerbaijan Friday agreed to a ceasefire to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the fighting between Azeri and Armenian forces over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced after marathon talks in Moscow.
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Indian special forces soldier killed in China border skirmish A soldier of Tibetan origin with India's special forces has reportedly been killed in the latest border confrontation between India and China on their contested Himalayan border, fuelling concerns of a wider military confrontation between the two nuclear powers.
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Azerbaijan claims seizing villages in fighting with Armenia Fighting continued in and around the contested Nagorno-Karabakh enclave Saturday as the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia set seemingly impossible terms for agreeing to calls from the leaders of the US, France and Russia for a cease-fire, Alarabiya reported.
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Indian media claims: Turkey-Pakistan in discussion over nuclear weapon program A series of recent developments have attracted the eyes of the world on an emerging phenomenon wherein Turkish President Erdogan is banking on Pakistani nuclear and missile technologies to fulfill his geopolitical aspirations, Zeenews has claimed adding: Erdogan sees Pakistani nuclear and missile capabilities as an important weapon in achieving his caliphate aspirations.
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'Indian army is being politicized' Addressing the top commanders of the three services at the Combined Commanders Conference in Gujarat's Kevadia, on March 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for enhancing indigenization in the armed forces, not just in sourcing equipment and weapons but also in the doctrines, procedures and customs practiced in the three services.
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Ladakh Standoff: China says Indian troops illegally trespassed LAC China on Tuesday said that Indian troops "illegally trespassed" the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which "damaged" peace and tranquility along the border. Indian troops intruded in the China-controlled Galwan Valley on August 31, which broke the promises and consensus reached by two sides after rounds of dialogue, Western Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili said in a statement.
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Fresh call for ceasefire as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalates The foreign ministers of the US, France and Russia condemned Monday the "unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence" between Armenia and Azerbaijan, calling for the parties to institute a ceasefire.
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'Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews' Pakistan's minister for human rights has accused Emmanuel Macron of treating his country's Muslim population like Jews in Nazi Germany, after the French president called for new measures to crack down on Islamic extremism. Minister Shireen Mazari did not hold back with her criticisms of Macron's insistence that Muslim leaders in France agree to a "charter of republican values."
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Ladakh Standoff: Indian General accuses China of causing mutual distrust A day after India confirmed the start of troops disengagement process at Pangong Tso as a first step to resolve the nine-month military standoff in Ladakh, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane accused China of attempting to unilaterally alter the status quo along our disputed borders that has created an environment of confrontation and mutual distrust.
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Special CBI court acquits all 32 accused in Babri Mosque demolition case Not surprisingly, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The demolition of the 16th century mosque in 1992 sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead.
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The U.S., Russia, China, Pakistan Call for Ceasefire in Afghanistan The United States, Russia, China, and Pakistan have jointly called on Afghanistan's warring sides to reach an immediate cease-fire and specifically urged the Taliban not to pursue a spring offensive. "At this turning point, our four countries call on the sides to hold talks and reach a peace agreement that will end more than four decades of war in Afghanistan," said a joint statement issued after the talks Thursday.
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Pakistan abandons Plans to reform controversial blasphemy law Pakistan government has abandoned plans to amend the country's blasphemy law following protests in its capital Islamabad that left the city paralyzed for almost four days.
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'Indian judiciary is no longer sacred cow' Congress Party Member of Parliament, Mahua Moitra, has sparked a controversy when she said that judiciary was no longer a "sacred cow" from the day "when sitting chief justice of this country was accused of sexual harassment, presided over his own trial, cleared himself and then proceeded to accept a nomination to the Upper House of Parliament within three months of his retirement replete with Z plus security".
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Taliban, Afghan forces continue to clash even as peace talks start in Qatar Taliban and Afghan government forces clashed across Afghanistan hours after the start of long-awaited peace talks in Doha on Saturday, underscoring the uphill challenge of settling a 19-year insurgency, Reuters reported from Kabul Sunday.
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Pakistan says it has evidence of India sponsoring terrorist attacks Pakistan on Saturday unveiled a dossier containing what is called an "irrefutable evidence" of India's sponsorship of terrorism in the country and called on the international community to take notice and make efforts for peace and stability in South Asia.
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To break two-month old farmers protest: Modi govt. files criminal charges against 37 farmer leaders As many as 37 farmer leaders, including Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav and Bharatiya Kisan Union's Haryana unit President Gurnam Singh Chaduni, have been named in the first information report filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence during the Republic Day tractor rally. The case against them was registered under Indian Penal Code sections related to rioting, criminal conspiracy and attempted murder.
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Russia to build naval base in strategically vital Sudan President Vladimir Putin has approved the setting up of a Russian Navy logistics hub on the Red Sea, lying between Africa and Asia, tasking the Ministry of Defense with signing a previously discussed agreement with Sudan, RT reported Monday.
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Ladakh Standoff: China unveils details of June 2020 bloody border clash while blaming India for the encounter Five Chinese frontier officers and soldiers stationed in the Karakoram Mountains in Ladakh have been recognized by the Central Military Commission of China for defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity in the border confrontation with India, which occurred in the Galwan Valley in June 2020, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported on Friday.
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India alarmed at celebrities tweet to support farmers protest In response to comments by pop singer Robyn Rihanna and environmental activist Greta Thunberg, India Wednesday said criticism of the government's handling of the farmers' protests against three farm laws by foreign individuals was "neither accurate nor responsible." A statement issued by the external affairs ministry claimed that "vested interest groups" are trying to enforce their agenda on the protests to derail them.
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China-India military-level marathon talks again fail to ease border standoff The 6th round of China and India marathon military talks ended Monday with India insisting for an early and complete disengagement of Chinese troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh while China rejected the Indian demand but "agreed to stop sending more troops to the frontline".
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Probe commission finds Haqqani behind the memo seeking US support against Pakistan's powerful army A judicial probe commission has found that Husain Haqqani, the sacked Pakistan's ambassador to US, is the author of the secret memo to Admiral Mike Mullen seeking US help for removing the top military leadership in Pakistan. The memo commission's report submitted in the Supreme Court Tuesday stated that Haqqani, was not loyal to the country and that the memo seeking US support was indeed real and authored by Haqqani.
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Morocco, Israel normalize relations in US-brokered deal Morocco and Israel agreed on Thursday to normalize relations in a U.S.-brokered deal. As part of the agreement, US President Donald Trump agreed to recognize Morocco's sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara, where Polisario Front, seeks to establish an independent state.
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EVM scandal exposes rigging in Indian elections Bhanu Partab Singh, a Supreme Court attorney, told DS4 News that the Election Commission is responsible for holding fair and free elections but this is not the case. He argued that elections in Asam, where EVMs were found in a BJP lawmarker's car, are being held in eight phases, which should have been conducted on one day. This shows the intention of the Election Commission, which is in cohort with the ruling BJP.
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Turkey speeds up works on anti-ballistic missiles Turkey has stepped up efforts to develop anti-ballistic missile systems, a critical technology owned by few countries, the Turkish daily Sabah reported Tuesday.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of shelling despite cease-fire A new cease-fire aimed at stopping the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh appears to be in jeopardy with Armenian forces and Azerbaijan accusing each other of renewed shelling, according to Radio Free Europe.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan reject peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh as fighting continues Armenia and Azerbaijan vowed to keep fighting and rejected international calls for negotiations on Wednesday as clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region raged for a fourth day. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday that the atmosphere was not right for talks with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev has also rejected any possibility of talks with Armenia.
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Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of attack on Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline with cluster bombs Armenia has fired a cluster rocket at the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. In vicinity of Yevlakh region, a rocket landed 10 meters away from the pipeline," Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's aide Hikmet Hajivev said in a tweet late Tuesday as local media reported that a resident of the Goranboy district had been killed due to the explosion of the internationally banned bomb, Turkish daily Sabah reported.
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Pakistan Premier Imran Khan wins vote of confidence after murky Senate election Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, Saturday won vote of confidence three days after murky Senate (the Upper House) election. He got 178 votes from the National Assembly (the Lower House), after his party lost a crucial seat in the Senate election from Islamabad. Imran Khan required 172 votes to win the confidence vote in the 342-member House.
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NYPD coerced Muslim immigrants to become spies Seven million strong American Muslim community was alarmed by the New York Times Saturday (May 11, 2014) report that the New York Police Department (NYPD) coerced Muslim immigrants who were arrested for infractions as minor as an argument over a parking ticket to become informants to spy on their community.
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Violent protests erupt in Armenia rejecting the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal Chaotic scenes erupted inside Armenia's parliament in the early hours of Tuesday as protesters angry at the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal with Azerbaijan seized control of its chamber to denounce the country's leadership as they lynched the parliament speaker, Daily Sabah reported. Hundreds of people stormed into the building after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian announced the agreement to end six weeks of fighting.
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After 20 years, Indian court acquits 122 Muslims A court in Gujarat's Surat on Saturday acquitted all the 127 accused arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for participating in a meeting organized in December 2001. Five accused had died during the pendency of trial. Most of the accused were in jail for over 20 years since their arrest over the allegations of being members of Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) that was banned in September 2020.
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12 killed as India, Pakistan exchange fire in disputed Kashmir Indian and Pakistani troops clashed anew in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving 12 people dead, including three Indian and one Pakistani soldiers, and wounding at least 36 on both sides, the Associated Press quoted officials as saying.
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Chinese, Indian troops start disengagement in eastern Ladakh The Chinese and Indian armies started to disengage simultaneously on Wednesday after a months-long border standoff. "The Chinese and Indian frontline troops at the southern and northern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake start synchronized and organized disengagement from February 10," spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense Senior Colonel Wu Qian said in a brief statement in Beijing.
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Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to a new humanitarian ceasefire The United States on Sunday said a new humanitarian ceasefire will take effect on Monday in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, even as fresh fighting erupted between the two sides, Reuters said.
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Refugees Stranded in Malacca Strait highlight plight of Rohingyas Indonesian fishermen on Tuesday spotted a boat carrying Rohingya refugees off the country's northwestern coast, sparking calls for urgent rescue efforts, Anadolu Agency has reported.
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Muslim community alarmed at the NSA spying of leading American Muslims Seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at Wednesday's revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) covertly spied on leading American Muslims, including lawyers, and civil rights activists.
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Amnesty International stops operation in India, accusing Modi government of witch hunt Amnesty International, which has been a watchdog of human rights in India, on Tuesday halted all its activities in India due to freezing of its accounts and said that it is being subjected to an "incessant witch-hunt" over unfounded and motivated allegations.
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Trump working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a 'terror' group After declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization, the Trump administration is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign "terrorist" organization.
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India, China accuse each other of firing shots at tense border Tensions have escalated between Indian and Chinese forces along their disputed Himalayan border after accusations that shots were fired for the first time in 45 years. China and India Tuesday accused each other of firing shots on their flash point Himalayan border in a further escalation of mil