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Kenya: Prominent Muslim scholar killed in Kenya
11th Jun 2014

Kenya: Prominent Muslim scholar killed in Kenya

  [Photo: Mohamed Idris, 64, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, was shot dead by gunmen in Mombasa, Kenya] By Mohammed Yusuf NAIROBI, (VOA): Gunmen shot and killed a prominent Muslim cleric in Mombasa — the … Continued

UK: Angelina Jolie spearheads London summit against rape in war zones
11th Jun 2014

UK: Angelina Jolie spearheads London summit against rape in war zones

Actress Angelina Jolie has called for “real commitment” and “proper protection for vulnerable people” to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict zones. The four-day summit in London even attracted papal interest. Angelina Jolie on Tuesday said she hoped … Continued

Sudanese mother facing apostasy death sentence ‘to be released soon’
1st Jun 2014

Sudanese mother facing apostasy death sentence ‘to be released soon’

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, who gave birth to a daughter in custody this week, may receive a reprieve. A Foreign Ministry official has said that he expects “her to be released soon.”  An under-secretary in the … Continued

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters
1st Jun 2014

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters

      Within 24 hours, Italian authorities have seen thousands of asylum seekers nearing their coastline near Sicily. Most of the refugees were said to be Syrian and Egyptian.  The Italian navy confirmed on Saturday that roughly 3,000 asylum … Continued

Pakistan Ulema Council declares ‘Honor killing’ un-Islamic
31st May 2014

Pakistan Ulema Council declares ‘Honor killing’ un-Islamic

    [Photo: CII member Tahir Ashrafi. Photograph by Minhaj Ahmed Rafi for Newsweek] Newsweek Pakistan: The Pakistan Ulema Council, led by Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, on Friday issued a fatwa declaring so-called “honor killings” un-Islamic and inhuman. Reacting to the … Continued

India: Badaun gang-rape more gruesome than Dec 16 Delhi rape case
31st May 2014

India: Badaun gang-rape more gruesome than Dec 16 Delhi rape case

  [Photo: Villagers and policemen gather at the spot where two teenage cousins were found hanging from a mango tree in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh] Badaun, (PTI): Family members of the two teenage cousins who were gang-raped and hanged, on … Continued

India: Public outrage in India grows after new rape cases
31st May 2014

India: Public outrage in India grows after new rape cases

      Public outrage has grown in India after a series of rape crimes. Two police officers have been fired for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls, who were later raped and found hanging from a … Continued

India: Police officers arrested over gang rape
30th May 2014

India: Police officers arrested over gang rape

    Police say they have arrested four men charged over the rapes and murders of two girls found hanged in northern India. Neighbors of the victims accuse police of ignoring a complaint that the girls had gone missing.   … Continued

Pakistan: Victim of ‘honour killing’ had wed a man who had strangled his first wife
30th May 2014

Pakistan: Victim of ‘honour killing’ had wed a man who had strangled his first wife

[Photo: Farzana Iqbal] WASHINGTON, (The News): On Tuesday, Farzana Iqbal, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, was confronted by a mob of 20 or so of her family members near the steps of the top court in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-biggest city.   … Continued

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed
25th May 2014

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed

  Bahrain released one of the Arab world’s best-known activists on Saturday after he served a two-year jail sentence for his role in pro-democracy protests in the US-allied kingdom, his son said and his lawyer said. Nabeel Rajab, co-founder and … Continued

UN committee criticizes Vatican over its handling of abuse allegations
24th May 2014

UN committee criticizes Vatican over its handling of abuse allegations

    The United Nations anti-torture watchdog has called on the Vatican to prosecute all members of the clergy suspected of sexual abuse. The Holy See has rejected the body’s criticism.  A report released by the UN Committee Against Torture … Continued

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions
21st May 2014

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions

  Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama … Continued

ICC reopens probe into alleged British war crimes in Iraq
14th May 2014

ICC reopens probe into alleged British war crimes in Iraq

The ICC has said it will reopen an initial investigation into alleged war crimes carried out by British forces during the Iraq War. Burning, sexual assault and electrocution of detainees are among the alleged abuses.   The Hague-based International Criminal … Continued

Myanmar: Chinese tensions dominate ASEAN summit
11th May 2014

Myanmar: Chinese tensions dominate ASEAN summit

    The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on Sunday at a historic summit hosted for the first time by Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — in its remote showpiece capital Naypyidaw. Concerns over a stand-off … Continued

US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution
30th Apr 2014

US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution

A US inmate in the state of Oklahoma has died during a botched execution 40 minutes after officials ordered proceedings. His death raises questions about new drug cocktails used to carry out the death penalty. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared … Continued

Vatican rejects accusations against Pope John Paul II ahead of canonization
23rd Apr 2014

Vatican rejects accusations against Pope John Paul II ahead of canonization

Less than a week before former Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint, critics want answers about an abuse scandal involving an order of priests he had championed for years. The Vatican has refuted the claims. The … Continued

Yemen: US drone strike kills several people including civilians
19th Apr 2014

Yemen: US drone strike kills several people including civilians

A US drone strike has suspected militants travelling in a vehicle in Yemen. Civilians in a nearby car were also reported killed. Military officials in Yemen reported an  American drone strike in the al-Bayda province of central Yemen early on … Continued

Pakistan: Murder charge against Pakistani baby dropped
13th Apr 2014

Pakistan: Murder charge against Pakistani baby dropped

A nine-month old boy from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, who had been charged with attempted murder, has been freed. The case drew widespread outrage and ridicule.  A judge in Lahore freed Mohammad Musa on Saturday after all charges … Continued

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government
8th Apr 2014

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government

  Relatives of victims from the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia have sued the Netherlands. They say the Dutch government should have done more to prevent the 1995 killings, which left more than 8,000 people dead. The Mothers of Srebrenica on … Continued

Central African Republic: Ban visits Bangui, warns against genocide
6th Apr 2014

Central African Republic: Ban visits Bangui, warns against genocide

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has visited refugees housed at a mosque in strife-torn Bangui in the Central African Republic. He also urged UN members to back his call for a peacekeeping force to end inter-religious violence.  Ban briefly visited the … Continued

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