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09 October 2016

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09 Oct. 2016: 07 Muharram 1438: Vol:8, No:06
INDIA: Talaq & uniform civil code
Centre’s affidavit on triple talaq goes ‘against Islam’: Barelvi, Deobandi clerics oppose govt
Bareilly: A day after the Center submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court for abolishing triple talaq, clerics from both Barelvi and Deobandi sects said the affidavit is against Islam and that the points mentioned about women's rights are baseless. Clerics said that though the Centre gave example of a few countries banning triple talaq, these were Muslim countries but not Islamic, as the constitution of Islamic countries is entirely based on the Quran and Hadith. Clerics said that they will present their side in the apex court.National general secretary of All India Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, Maulana Shahabbudin Razvi, said, "Centre should have discussed with clerics before moving an affidavit in SC. The claims made in favour of women in the affidavit are wrong. Though the affidavit says that a few other countries have banned triple talaq, but these countries are Muslim and not Islamic. The constitution of Islamic countries is entirely based on the Quran and Hadith and at present, no country in the world is fully following them." "A delegation of renowned clerics of Sunni Barelvi sect will soon meet PM Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to oppose the affidavit submitted in SC against triple talaq. We will give them a memorandum and inform them why triple talaq cannot be termed illegal," he added.Maulana Asjad Raza Qadri, who is city qazi of Bareilly, said, "We have contacted a lawyer and will soon present our side in the Supreme Court with the help of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Triple talaq is valid according to Islam."Mufti Saleem Noori, spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat - the seat of Sunni Barelvi sect which has influence over Muslims in many districts of the region, said, "A few people who are against Islam have incited a handful of women who are demanding that triple talaq should be termed illegal.However, these few women should not be regarded as the voice of entire Muslim community."Clerics from Deobandi sect also criticized Center's affidavit demanding a ban on triple talaq. Mufti Abu Zafar Nomani Al-Qasmi, Bareilly general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind - said, "We stand with all India Muslim Personal Law Board.Centre has no right to interfere with the Islamic law.""According to the Islamic law, triple talaq is legal. Even if few countries have banned it, we cannot do so considering the faith of the community in the Islamic law," said Mufti Mohammed Mian Qasmi, who runs a Deobandi madrassa in Bareilly.TOI
Govt  affidavit on triple talaq anti-Islamic: Muslim clerics
We will continue to defend triple talaq: Muslim Personal Law Board
New Delhi: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) says it will continue to defend triple talaq, though the Union govt filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday against the practice. AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui said the govt’s affidavit was filed without taking into account the Board’s views, despite it having written to both PM  Narendra Modi and Ministers concerned.“We don’t claim to represent all Muslims, but we do represent some. We wanted our views to be taken on board, and yet we are not surprised that they weren’t,” Farooqui said. He said BJP-led govt was using the personal law to run its “own agenda” against the Muslim community. “Affidavit will be firmly contested by us, it is against the Constitutional rights accorded to us, the SC has no power to legislate on religion. There are at least two statutes that allow application of Shariat,” he said. On whether the AIMPLB was contravening rights enjoyed by women in other communities by opposing the abolition of triple talaq (done by other countries), Farooqui said it was a specious argument to cite feminism. “Talaq is one of the most undesirable of acts mentioned in the Koran, it is not to be easily allowed. Islam is the first institution to bestow women the freedom of walking away from a marriage if they cannot cope with the relationship. It is a contract and women can, if they want, stipulate that the man may not have powers of pronouncing suo motu divorce. Such a provision [to do away with triple talaq] is present in Nikahnaama,” he said. Muslims, he said, were being unduly treated by govt that turned a blind eye to personal laws or religious observances of other minorities.thehindu
Uniform Civil Code is a conspiracy against Muslims: Board member Dr. SQR Ilyas
Hyderabad: Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board while reacting on the affidavit submitted by the Central Govt told that implementation of Uniform Civil Code is a conspiracy against the Muslims of this country. He further told that AIMPLB was not surprised at this act of Govt because it is according to the expectations. He also told that Govt of India has prepared a secret plan to implement Uniform Civil Code without caring for Constitution of India and the present laws.He informed that so called individuals and organization which are very less in number are pointing fingers at Muslim Personal Law so that an opportunity could be provided to the Govt for interfering in Personal Law.He mentioned that not a single clause of the Affidavit filed by AIMPB has been responded. He reiterated that constitution of India has guaranteed profession of all the religions but under the pretext of injustice to women, Muslim Personal Law is being targeted. He further mentioned that Islam has done full justice to women. The cases of divorce and polygamy are found more in other religions. He pointed out that in all 4 schools of Islamic though, triple Talaq is similar. Islamic jurists have clearly mentioned that if the husband has an intention to pronounce divorce one time and even if he repeats the word (Talaq) it will be counted as one incidence. If a person is ignorant of Muslim Personal Laws and if he pronounces the word (Talaq), it would be treated once. There is a difference of opinion among the Muslims about triple talaq but all agree that divorce could be given in three stages. Islam discourages the institution of Talaq.Siasat
Bid to oppose Sharia law a Himalayan mistake: IUML
Uniform Civil code a Modi tool to divert attention: AAP
Kozhikode: AAP has criticised Modi govt for using the ‘emotional issue’ of a uniform civil code to deflect the attention of the media and the people from bigger issues facing the nation. At a joint press conference here, senior party leader Somnath Bharti and national spokesman Deepak Bajpai alleged that govt was raking up the ‘divisive agenda’ of civil code now with the intention of politicising the issue. “Modi govt  is using the issue to deflect the media’s attention,”  Bajpai said. “It is using the temple, triple talaq, and uniform civil code issues intentionally to deflect people’s attention from core issues.”He said a uniform civil code was one of the `lighthouses’ in the Constitution along with eradication of poverty and other larger goals. The govt  was now harping on the code issue, which had been debated for so many years, to create divisions among the people and to divert their attention. “Code issue is a farce,” he said. As of the triple talaq issue, Bajpai said the issue was now with the Supreme Court and that the AAP would go with the court verdict.the hindu
Talaq issue: Kashmir chief cleric accuses Centre of interfering into religious affairs of Muslims
Srinagar;Kashmir’s chief cleric Mufti Bashir-u-Din on Sunday said that the Govt  of India (GoI) of direct interference into the religious affairs of Muslims.Din’s comments come a day after the Centre submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court calling for an end to practices like “triple talaq”.“Despite religious freedom guaranteed under the provisions of Indian constitution, Govt  of India is moving to court against triple talaq. It is direct religious interference,” Mufti Bashir-u-Din said. greaterkashmir
RSS blames Nehru for civil code mess: asianage
Mumbai: An internal newsletter of RSS has claimed that the first PM  of the nation, Jawaharalal Nehru, pushed for the Hindu Personal Law because he wanted it to benefit his daughter (Indira). The article alleges that Nehru showed a lot of interest in passing Hindu Civil Code, because he didn’t have a son, and wanted to pass on all his property and royalty from books legally to his daughter Indira.To explain why Nehru wanted the Hindu Civil Code passed, article states:“In 1947, when India got freedom from British, Hindus still practiced the multiple wives system, even child marriage was prevalent and women had no rights in their husband or father’s property”.
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KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
Pakistan a ‘fly–by-night operator’, misusing UN forum for ‘territorial aggrandisement’: India
UN: Hitting back at Pakistan for again raising the Kashmir issue at the UN, India termed the country as a “fly–by-night operator” saying Islamabad “flagrantly” misuses the forum of the world body for its “territorial aggrandisement”. Exercising the Right of Reply, Minister in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Srinivas Prasad, strongly rejected remarks made by Pakistan’s envoy to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, in which she had said that non-implementation of UNSC resolutions for a plebiscite in Kashmir is the “most persistent” failure of the UN.“We are constrained to take the floor to exercise our Right of Reply because we have just heard one country – Pakistan – make reference to the Indian state of J&K  in a rather self-serving and disingenuous attempt to bring an extraneous issue to this committee,” Prasad said during General Debate of the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee here yesterday.PTI
US says does not support declaring Pak a 'terrorist state'
Washington: US today said it does not support declaring Pakistan a 'terrorist state' but will continue to work with the govt s in the region to eliminate safe havens which also pose a threat to India. US also called for a "meaningful dialogue" between India and Pakistan to address differences including the Kashmir issue and to bring down the recent tensions. State Department spokesperson John Kirby, however, expressed confidence that Pakistan has kept nuclear arsenals safe from terrorists.Asked if the govt  would support a bill in the Congress and an online petition that the US should declare Pakistan a 'terrorist state' , Kirby at his daily press briefing said: "I have not seen anything specifically about the - such a bill, and obviously we don't."He, however, said he would not comment on "whatever pending legislation may be coming in that regard". "What we - what I would say is common threat, common challenge in the region, and we're going to continue to work with Pakistan, with Afghanistan, and the Secretary  just came back from Brussels and Afghanistan conference in Brussels. And obviously it's a threat to the Indian people as well.PTI
Don't expect army not to have role in India policy: Pak high commissioner to India Abdul Basit
Even as he asserted that Nawaz Sharif was in the "driving seat" in his country, Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said the Pakistani army has an important role to play in Islamabad's India policy. In an interview to TOI, he said the army had important inputs to give on India, Afghanistan and all other security-related issues.Media reports from Pakistan have suggested that Sharif 's civilian govt  has asked the army to act against terrorist groups.Basit categorically rejected these reports but said it would be "incorrect" to expect that the Pak army would not have a role on India-related issues.TOI
No breakthrough likely in Indo-Pak ties during Modi tenure: Sartaj Aziz
War not an option for India and Pakistan: Pak envoy to US
Washington: Asserting that war is not an option for India and Pakistan, a top Pakistani diplomat has said Islamabad believes there is a need to resolve all bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue."Going to war is not an option at all. The reason is both the countries need economic development, have to work for the welfare of the people," Pakistan ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani told a group of reporters here at an award ceremony held on the sidelines of the annual fall meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund."So war is not an option at all. Specially among two nuclear-powered countries," he said in response to a question yesterday."Thinking about war is unimaginable. So this is the thinking of the Govt  of Pakistan — to resolve all the issues including that of Kashmir through dialogue as per international legality," Jilani said.PTI
Pakistan calls death of 12-year-old Kashmiri boy ‘state terrorism’
Islamabad:Needling India on the Kashmir unrest, Pakistan today said the death of a 12 year-old Kashmiri boy due to pellet injuries was the ‘worst example of state terrorism’. Condoling the death of Junaid Akhnoon, Foreign Office (FO) claimed the incident was part of ‘continued Indian atrocities’ in Kashmir. “Cold-blooded murder is the worst example of state terrorism of the Indian govt and is indeed deplorable,” it said.PTI
Lessons in hate: Why Kashmiri students are being targeted on campuses across India
J&K: Teargas, pellets at 12-yr-old’s funeral procession, 3 injured
Suspected militants snatch rifles from cops in Kashmir:PTI
Srinagar:Suspected militants have decamped with 2 rifles from cops guarding a minority picket in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said in Srinagar. Militants on Saturday night snatched 2 SLR rifles from policemen guarding the minority picket in Tumlahaal village in Lassipora area of Pulwama, police official said.He said police has taken cognisance of incident and senior police officials have rushed to the spot.
Kashmir: Locals rescue army man injured in Srinagar road accident
Srinagar:Locals on Sunday rescued an injured army man who met with an accident on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Lasjan locality of Kashmir capital Srinagar.In a video captured on a cellphone, locals could be seen helping the injured army man to come out of the truck where he got stranded following the accident.An army spokesman confirmed that the local youths helped the injured army man.The act of caring and hospitability assumes more significance in view of the ongoing civilian uprising in which 94 people have been killed and over 10, 000 injured in forces’ action since the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. greaterkashmir
Watch how Kashmiri youth rescued a trapped army jawan in Valley
Day 93:Restrictions in Srinagar; shutdown across Kashmir
Srinagar:Authorities on Sunday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent protests in the wake of a 12-year old boy's death due to pellet injuries."Restrictions have been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar to maintain law and order," a police official said. "Adequate deployment of forces have been made at other places," he said here.Authorities had clamped curfew in seven police station areas here on Saturday as Junaid Ahmad Bhat, 12, died in a local hospital after he was admitted with pellet injuries sustained in Saidpora area on Friday.IANS
Operation Ginger: Tit-for-tat across LoC: The Hindu
New Delhi: Over a few weeks in the summer of 2011, India and Pakistan staged two of the bloodiest cross-border surgical strikes in which at least 13 soldiers were killed, and six of them decapitated. 5 of those heads were carried across the border as trophies — 2 to Pakistan and 3 to India.Official documents, video and photographic evidence accessed by the The Hindu, chillingly capture the two cross-border raids and the brutality of the tit-for-tat cycle which seems far deadlier than what is publicly acknowledged.Major General (retired) SK Chakravorty, who planned and executed the operation as the chief of Kupwara-based 28 Division, confirmed the raid to The Hindu. However, he refused to discuss further details.Pakistani raiders struck a remote army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara, on the afternoon of July 30, 2011, surprising the 6 soldiers from the Rajput and Kumaon regiments. 19 Rajput Battalion was to be replaced by 20 Kumaon around the time the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) struck. Attacking team took back the heads of Havildar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of 20 Kumaon. A soldier of the 19 Rajput, who reported the attack, died later in a hospital. thehindu
Unclear if Operation Ginger was surgical strike or ambush: Defence expert Major General (Retired) RK Arora
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Waqf Board dissolved because of fight against corruption:Kejriwal
New Delhi: A day after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the move came because its chairman Amanatullah Khan was targeting "big vested interests" responsible for corruption in the religious endowments body. "Everyone knows that Waqf Board had become the centre of corruption. But after taking over as the chairman of the board, Amanatullah Khan increased its income from Rs 26 lakh to Rs 1 crore by taking several measures," Kejriwal said at a press conference."He was targeting big vested interests and that is why he was removed and the board dissolved," he said.IANS 
Bigwigs illegally occupying Waqf Board land; Board is at mercy of RSS, BJP Congress: Amanatullah
New Delhi: AAP has accused Delhi BJP, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung and the Congress of having orchestrated a joint move to get the Delhi Waqf Board (DWB) sealed as several Delhi bigwigs were “illegally occupying land belonging to the Board”.At a press conference, the party attributed the move to the fact that its ex-chairman and AAP Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan had ensured that it was “working honestly” under him, which shook BJP-LG, Congress combine.“Govt s in Delhi when BJP or Congress were in power had ensured that the Board remained a den of corruption, which we tried to change. This is the first time in history that a Muslim body has been put under a lock and key arrangement and put directly at the mercy of the RSS, the BJP and the Congress whose bigwigs have illegally occupied land that belongs to the Board,”  he said. thehindu
Lt Guv running RSS agenda, targeted me because I'm Muslim: Amanatullah Khan
SIO Conference: Freedom of Religion was a revolutionary concept in the field of Knowledge
New Delhi: In the inaugural session of the Indian International Islamic Academic Conference, president Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Sayed Jalauddin Umari said that Islam’s direction of freedom of religion was a revolutionary concept in the field of Knowledge. Islam asserted on the way of debates, discussions and preaching for conveying the message rather than forcing anyone for it. It was a revolutionary things in the field of knowledge. He was addressing a session at India Islamic Cultural Centre on Saturday. This 2 day conference is organized by Student Islamic Organization of India in order to address the issues of Indian society through Islamic perspectives.Describing the importance of education and knowledge, He said that the knowledge develops human being. It enable the human being to serve humanity. It increases status of human being to the angel. Those communities and nations who are leading the world are developed in the field of knowledge. Urging the youth and students to match the present standard in research, He explored that Islam is based on nature and reason and Its teaching appeals to the human nature and reason.Addressing the gathering, Islamic Scholar Salman Husaini Nadwi urged students and youth to follow the prophetic role model and to sacrifice the life in the way of Islam.He also criticized modern ideologies secularism, liberalism and communism. He took on the US govt for military aggression in Afghanistan, Syrian and Middle East. Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor-in-Chief of Milli Gazette, criticized the present situation of Muslim community for its backwardness and called for self-introspection. Professor Dietrich Reetz, University of Berlin, said that Prophet Mohammed’s the constitution of Madeena is an example of tolerance, integration and pluralism in Islam. On a question he said that there is biased about Muslims and Islam in Media that should be solved by the communication.Ameen Usmani, general secretary of Islamic Fiqh Academy, Professor Mohsin Usmani, and Dr. Eric Winkle Faculty, Ibn Arabi Foundation also addressed the session. Milli Gazette
Calcutta HC lifts Puja curbs on the eve of Mohram, slams Bengal ‘bid to appease minorities’
Kolkata:  Calcutta High Court has held the time limits set by the West Bengal govt  for Durga idol immersion next week, on account of Moharram, as “arbitrary” and said the order was a “clear endeavour” by the state to “appease the minority section of the public”.While noting that “we live in difficult times” and it would be “dangerous to mix politics with religion”, the order of October 6 by a single-member bench of Justice Dipankar Dutta said no decision should be taken that could pit “one community against another”, and that “intolerance would rise in the event of such arbitrary decision” of the govt .“There has been a clear endeavour on the part of the state govt to pamper and appease the minority section of the public at the cost of the majority section without there being any plausible justification. The reason therefore is, however, not far to seek,” the court added. Bijoy Dashami, the day of the Durga idol immersion, falls on Oct.11 this year. The tazia procession for Muharram is to take place the next day.Directing the police and civil administration to work together to identify routes for immersion processions and for tazia to be taken out by Muslim community, taking care to “ensure that the routes do not overlap”, Justice Dutta said that “no effort” had been made to “satisfy” the Bench that “processions (tazia) on eve of Moharram are an inseparable part of the mourning” associated with Moharram.Noting that “there has never been a holiday” declared by the state or Centre on the eve of Muharram to “facilitate processions (tazia)”, the court said, “Administration has failed to take note of the fact that Moharram is also not the most important festival of people having faith in Islam… To put it curtly, the state govt  has been irresponsibly brazen in its conduct of being partial to one community, thereby infringing upon the fundamental rights of people worshipping Maa Durga.” indian express
West Bengal appeasing minorities by setting time limit on Durga immersion ahead of Moharram: HC
RTI to make public probe report on Vemula’s death declined
New Delhi:Centre has declined to make public a panel’s report on the death of research scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad University. Replying to an RTI query, it said that the file concerned is “under submission” and copy of the report cannot be provided. “File concerned is under submission. Therefore, copy of report cannot be provided at this point of time,” HRD Ministry said in reply to the RTI query filed by PTI. It did not cite any provision of the RTI Act in declining the information. A govt department is expected to mention relevant provision of the RTI Act under which information is being withheld.PTI
MP towns where Ravana worshipped,his death is mourned
In the districts of Mandsaur and Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Ravana is revered. Mandsaur, for instance, is believed to be the home town of Mandodari, Ravana's wife.Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj of Mandsaur believes that since Mandodari was a native of the town, Ravana is respected as the learned son-in-law. A 35-feet tall statue of Ravana is installed in the Khanpur area of Mandsaur. "We remember Ravana for his knowledge of all the Vedas and his devotion towards Shiva. Burning his effigy is seen as a sign of disrespect towards him and so, 'Ravana dahan' is never done in this town," said Ravi Ranka, a cloth merchant in Mandsaur.As per Hindu customs, women cover their heads in front of their in-laws. And interestingly, since the town treats Ravana as their son-in-law, women cover their heads while passing-by or praying at the Ravana temple. On the day of Dussehra, the locals in Mandsaur start praying to Ravana in morning.Prayers end with chants of "Hail Dashanan, Hail Ravana". Dashrath Dubey, a local priest said, "We worship Ravana like all other gods and goddesses, as we believe in him and pray him.TOI
UP: Shamli village tense over ‘missing’ cow: thehindu
Meerut: A village in Babri in Shamli district remained tense on Saturday morning after Hindutva groups alleged that a cow, which had gone missing, was slaughtered. Even as they got the local market closed in protest, some cow vigilante groups attempted to take out a demonstration over the incident. Police registered FIR in the case related to the missing cow. thehindu
Noorul Islam University hands over nano satellite to ISRO
Thiruvananthapuram: Noorul Islam University (NIU), Kanyakumari, on Saturday handed over a nano satellite, NIUSAT, to ISRO which will launch it into space along with 20 others using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) next month. Satellite will help in disaster management and can also map pollution and crop patterns across the globe. Around 145 students, mostly of aerospace and aeronautical engineering department of the varsity, have worked on the project for several years. The satellite has been equipped with a multi-spectral camera with 30 m resolution and 60 square km area of coverage. Once the solar panels of the satellite are deployed after launch, it can monitor the stress on crops caused by diseases or lack of proper irrigation. “Varsity wanted to focus on a programme that could help in disaster management as areas such as Kanyakumari and Nagapattinam were devastated by the tsunami. Hence, programme was kick-started in 2007,” said programme director AE Muthunayagam. A specialised control station has been set up in a four-storey building inside the varsity premises to control 15 kg satellite. As per conservative estimates, around Rs 40 to 50 crore has been earmarked to realise the project. The varsity and students can help NGOs and entities from across the globe to monitor their assets in land. The satellite has an expected lifespan of over a year. Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam ceremonially handed over the documents of the satellite to University Chancellor A.P. Majeed Khan. Deccan Chronicle.
Noorul Islam University bets big on NIUSAT
1 Lakh people marched in Malegaon for Muslims  for quota
Malegaon: After the enormous display of unity by Maratha community, Muslims in the textile town of the state marched along the street in a huge number demanding reservation for their community. As many as one lakh people, including some Hindus took out a rally on Friday evening here in the Malegaon and raised their demand of reservation for Muslims in education and govt jobs. Rally was headed by Syed Mansoor Ali Tipu who is the descendent of Tipu Sultan.TCN
Faizul Hasan elected AMU student union’s president
Aligarh:Faizul Hasan, a doctoral student in the Aligarh Muslim University’s department of sociology, was today elected as the president of the varsity’s students’ union. The results were announced early this morning after the polling for AMU Students Union was held yesterday. MSW student Nadeem Ansari was elected as vice president while Nabeel Usmani, a student in the Faculty of Management, was elected secretary of the students’ union.PTI
In a first, 3 women elected to AMU students' union cabinet
Proposal for yoga, culture courses in JNU rejected again
New Delhi: JNU’s plan to introduce short-term courses in Indian culture and yoga is unlikely to take off with the university’s top decision making body rejecting a proposal in this regard for the second time. The proposal to introduce 3 short-term courses in these subjects had come last year against the backdrop of right-wing organisations, including RSS, insisting on propagation of culture in educational campuses to promote India’s rich heritage and restore its cultural identity. Following various communications from the HRD Ministry and UGC, JNU had last year circulated a draft of three courses among its various schools and departments for their feedback. The proposal was rejected by Academic Council,JNU statutory decision making body, in November. PTI
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Sabarmati Ashram trustee Hamid Kureshi dies at 89; cremated according to his wish, infomrs family
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World
Saudi coalition announces probe of Yemen airstrike that killed over 140 people
Sanaa: Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Sunday promised an immediate investigation into an airstrike on a funeral that killed more than 140 people.In a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition said the probe would be conducted with US experts“Our troops have clear and explicit instructions not to target civilians and to spare no efforts to avoid them dangers,” the statement said.It added:“Required information will be provided for the probe team, including those related to the military operations carried out on Saturday by our forces in the area of the incident and the surrounding areas.”Saudi Arabia earlier denied claims from Houthi rebel govt that the coalition was responsible.The attack targeted the funeral of the father of Houthi Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan in capital Sanaa on Saturday evening. More than 500 were injured in the attack.UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien said he was “horrified and extremely disturbed” by the attack.Anadolu agency
Yemen air strikes :US says no blank cheque to Saudi
US on Sunday said its security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a "blank cheque" as the Obama Administartion strongly condemned its key ally's air strikes on a funeral in Yemen which killed over 140 people."US security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank cheque," said Ned Price, Spokesman of the National Security Council, White House.PTI
UN chief demands 'impartial' probe into Yemen attack
Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria truce
New York: Russia on Saturday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution submitted by France that proposed restoring a cessation of hostilities in Syria's Aleppo.Moscow submitted a draft resolution of its own, which also urged for the end of violence in Aleppo but with an emphasis on continued fight against terrorists, term used by Russia and Syria in reference to all groups opposed to the Bashar al-Assad's regime.UK's UN envoy Matthew Rycroft called the Russian resolution "a sham"."There can be no justification for aerial attacks that indiscriminately hit civilians, their homes and their hospitals," he told the Security Council.After the failure of the French resolution, the one tabled by Moscow, which was limited to humanitarian aid and did not stipulate an end to Aleppo bombings, was shot down collectively by Western powers. AA
Syria's war: UN Security Council votes on Aleppo
Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean: The Guardian
Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles to NATO doorstep
Egypt: Court delays hearing of Mohamed Morsi's appeal
Cairo: An Egyptian Court has postponed a hearing of an appeal by Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president in Egypt, in the case known in the media as "Itehadeya Palace incidents", a judicial source said.Morsi, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, appealed -- along with 8 others -- the verdict against them in the so-called "Itehadeya Palace incidents” case, in which they were accused of "incitement to violence", including killing protesters, outside the presidential complex. Judicial source, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to media, added that the Court of Cassation,highest court of appeals in Egypt, postponed the hearing to Oct. 22.Morsi's defense team had requested to postpone the court’s hearing in order to view a memorandum of the prosecution which rejects their appeal.AA
2 Israelis, Palestinian shooter killed in attack
Jerusalem: 2 Israelis died after they were shot at a tram station in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, officials said.At least 6 others were wounded, Magen David Adom emergency service said. Palestinian attacker was killed by police after opening fire on a crowd, local media, which identified the 2 dead Israelis as a woman in her 60s and a male police officer, reported. Anadolu
Palestinians urge US to deliver on settlement stance
'New York: US must follow through on a firm stance against Israeli settlements, the Palestinian envoy to UN Riyad Mansour said. Praising a "strong reaction" from Obama administration on renewed "illegal" settlement efforts by Jewish state, Mansour said:"We ask the US administration to follow on what they have stated during the last few days.Anadolu Agency
5 Mosuqes in Italy banned, Muslims offer prayers on streat
Rome: Govt of Italy has closed down 5 masajid. As a protest of this step of the Govt, Muslims offered prayers on the roads. A large number of Muslims gathered on the road and joined the prayers.There have been campaigns against Islam and the Muslims in many countries of Europe. Siasat
Muslim woman’s hijab pulled off, UK police seek help on ‘racially motivated’ attack
Growing list of republicans call for Trump to step down; Trump apologised, but said would "never withdraw"
Republican Party plunged into an epic and historic political crisis Saturday with just a month to go until Election Day, as a growing wave of GOP lawmakers called on defiant presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race in the wake of a video showing him make crude sexual remarks.The fallout from the tape published by The Washington Post - in which Trump bragged in obscene language about forcing himself on women sexually - threatens to endanger the party's hold on both houses of Congress in addition to White House, which many Republicans now fear is lost. The episode also comes ahead of Sunday's second presidential debate in St. Louis, which was already a crucial moment but could determine how widely the damage spreads.By mid-afternoon Saturday, more than 2 dozen Republican lawmakers had called on Trump to leave the race, often touting vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as an alternative. Trump, who offered a qualified apology for the remarks in an overnight video statement while also attacking former president Bill Clinton, told The Post he would not drop out under any circumstances."I'd never withdraw. I've never withdrawn in my life," Trump said in a Saturday morning phone call from his home in Trump Tower in New York. "No, I'm not quitting this race. I have tremendous support."WashingtonTimes
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