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Iraq: UN Secretary-General meets Ayatullah Al-Sistani for the first time in Najaf
24th Jul 2014

Iraq: UN Secretary-General meets Ayatullah Al-Sistani for the first time in Najaf

  (Photo: Ayatullah Al-Sistani)   UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon’s remarks after meeting Ayatullah Al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq Thursday: Assalam Alaikum. Ramadan Kareem. I am extremely honored to have met His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani today for the first time. … Continued

Iraq: Baghdadi attacks Gulf leaders in taped sermon, world powers mull response to ISIS threat
8th Jul 2014

Iraq: Baghdadi attacks Gulf leaders in taped sermon, world powers mull response to ISIS threat

    By: Sami Kleib   Al-Akhbar: There was no mention of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s speech. However, he did make a statement that Gulf leaders should not take lightly. He said: “I do not … Continued

Iraq: ISIS-declared ‘caliph’ al-Baghdadi makes video appearance
6th Jul 2014

Iraq: ISIS-declared ‘caliph’ al-Baghdadi makes video appearance

  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group ISIS that is in control of much of Iraq and Syria, has issued a first video appearance since the group named him “caliph” of what they call an “Islamic State”. … Continued

Saudi Arabia: ‘Hands off Islamic law’
11th Jun 2014

Saudi Arabia: ‘Hands off Islamic law’

   [Photo: Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa] Jeddah, (Arab News): Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa has denounced international rights groups for attacking the Kingdom’s judiciary, saying laws in this country are based on divine precepts contained in the Holy Qur’an. “Any attack … 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

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

Palestine: Israel to hand Muslim holy site to Vatican
23rd Apr 2014

Palestine: Israel to hand Muslim holy site to Vatican

[Safa image] Chris Carlson International Middle East Media Center: Israeli government represented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs seeks to transfer the sovereignty over the Maqam of the Prophet Dawud from occupied Jerusalem to the Vatican, during the Pope’s visit to the … Continued

24th Jan 2014

Egypt’s Salafis: Inheriting the brotherhood and courting the Regime

By Abdel Rahman Youssef Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): In the midst of its scramble to inherit the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafi Nour Party of Egypt is dithering between the challenges of maintaining its ideological consistency and expanding its role. The Nour Party … Continued

India: 18 people killed in stampede after Bohra Muslim leader dies in Mumbai
18th Jan 2014

India: 18 people killed in stampede after Bohra Muslim leader dies in Mumbai

  Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): At least 18 people were killed and 56 others injured in a stampede that broke out early on Saturday near the Mumbai residence of the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohras Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died on … Continued

24th Dec 2013

Syria: ISIS Imposes ‘Shari’a’ on Idlib’s Druze

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: In Syria’s Idlib, it is no longer enough to have Mohammad as a prophet to be considered a Muslim. Though Druze are officially acknowledged as Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Pakistan: 5,000 security men to be deployed for Chehlum in Quetta

QUETTA, (The News):  The security arrangements on the occasion of the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) have been finalized by the provincial government here, Geo News reported on Monday.   Sources said that the Balochistan home ministry has already … Continued

18th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 211,000 Umrah visas issued for new season

Center of attraction: The government expects 6 million foreign pilgrims this season from 70 countries, with an equal number of local pilgrims. (AN photo)   By NADIM AL-HAMID & IRFAN MOHAMMED   Jeddah, (Arab News): The government has issued 211,000 Umrah … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Malaysia: PAS is Sunni as inscribed in constitution, says president

[PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Picture by Saw Siow Feng ] By Zurairi AR KUALA LUMPUR, (The Malay Mail): Not a single PAS member can be a Shi’ite as the Islamist party’s constitution clearly subscribes to only the Sunni … Continued

7th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Sectarianism invades USJ Campus

On the one side, Lebanese Forces and Phalangist students repeatedly provoked Shia students with slogans maintaining that USJ was “Bachir Gemayel’s university. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi).   By Ahmad Mohsen Al-Akhbar: Lebanon’s Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), founded by Jesuits over a century … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Paksitan: Ulema of different schools of thought devise code for harmony

Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Asharfi. — File photo By Khalid Hussain   LAHORE, Dec 2: Ulema of different schools of thought have unanimously agreed on a nine-point code of conduct (COC) to maintain sectarian harmony. They signed … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Lebanon’s Sheikh Hammoud: “The suicide bombers have no religion”

We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   In … Continued

19th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Gujrat University professor shot dead

GUJRAT, (Express Tribune Web Desk/APP/AFP/Reuters): Student services director of the University of Gujrat Professor Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday, Express News reported. The profes­sor was a Shia and had been threat­ened in the past. His driver was also … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Rawalpindi violence kills nine; curfew back on after 4-hour-break

[Photo: Jang] ISLAMABAD (Agencies, Dawn): In order to prevent violent attacks and maintain law and order ahead of the funerals of Friday’s victims today, curfew has been imposed again in Rawalpindi after a four-hour break from 9pm Saturday to 1am … Continued

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens
15th Nov 2013

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens

Attacks against Shia worshipers, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 41 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of … Continued

14th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Security forces foil suicide attack on Islamabad Imambargah

ISLAMABAD, (Express Tribune): A suicide bombing attempt was foiled in Islamabad and the alleged suicide bomber and mastermind were arrested, Express News reported on Thursday. According to initial reports, they were planning to attack the Imambargah in Sector G-6, Islamabad on … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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