INTERNATIONAL

‘He was a great father’: Family seeks justice in beating death of Somali elder

A distraught family is pleading for justice after their 75-year-old father died of a serious head injury suffered during an assault. The family says he was a well-respected elder in the Somali community and they are devastated and in disbelief over the death of their father.   Charges say the man, Shirwa Hassan Jibril, told a group of boys on ...

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Syria’s Assad says ‘resistance’ will force US troops out

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks broadcast Friday that the American presence in Syria will lead to armed “resistance” that will eventually force the U.S. troops to leave his country. Assad spoke in an interview with Russia24 TV and Rossiya Segodnya news agency saying Americans should remember the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that “Syria will not be ...

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No, Muslim Women Don’t Need Careers To Be Empowered

We have some voices in the western Muslim community, both online and in real life, with well-intentioned but ultimately vacuous ideas about Muslim women, ideas that play right into the hands of the very Islamophobes they are trying to fight. This type of mindset is especially visible on social media. Some Muslim men see the stigma that Muslim women face ...

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UK: 25 Tory councilors posted Islamophobic content

Exclusive by British daily identifies councilors sending Islamophobic messages on social media Allegations of Islamophobia within Britain’s leading Conservative Party reached a new high Tuesday after 25 current and former party councilors were identified as having posted anti-Muslim and racist remarks on social media. An exclusive story by the Guardian daily suggested that 15 sitting and 10 former councilors sent ...

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Germany’s Protestant Church to probe sexual abuse

Commission to be set up to deal with sexual abuse claims which will also include victims At least 770 people were sexually assaulted at care facilities and institutions run by the Protestant Church in Germany, officials confirmed Tuesday. Bishop Kirsten Fehrs, who is the spokeswoman for a special commission of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) to fight against sexual ...

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Qatar, Nato sign agreement to protect classified information

The State of Qatar and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) signed an agreement on administrative arrangements to protect classified information between the two sides at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. President of the International Military Cooperation Authority Brigadier General Abdulaziz Saleh Al Sulaiti and Director of NATO Office of Security and Deputy Assistant of NATO’s Secretary-General of Security Donald ...

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South Africa’s sacred salt spices up top cuisines

With a sleek swish of his knife, Germaine Esau, the head chef at Cape Town’s award-winning Myoga restaurant, slices open a freshly caught tuna, tops it with seaweed and delivers his masterstroke: a sprinkling of sacred Baleni salt. “It’s like nothing you’ve tasted before,” he says. “It brings all the flavours out and just lifts everything.” Hand-harvested from the banks ...

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Egypt: ‘Credible evidence’ that ‘brutal’ prison conditions prompted Morsi’s death, thousands more at risk

“Dr. Morsi was held in conditions that can only be described as brutal, particularly during his five-year detentions in the Tora prison complex”, said Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, together with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. “Dr. Morsi’s death after enduring those conditions could amount to a State-sanctioned arbitrary killing”, they added in apress release. #Egypt: UN independent experts denounce #Morsi brutal ...

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‘It’s mindblowing’: historic wins for two Somali-Americans amid ugly smears

Safiya Khalid and Nadia Mohamed, ages 23, came to the US as refugees, and won city council seats in Lewiston, Maine, and in St Louis Park, Minnesota When 23-year-old Safiya Khalid was elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine last week she nabbed a collection of “firsts” – youngest person ever elected to the council, and its first Somali-American – but ...

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Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount

The result of the Afghan presidential election may be further delayed, two officials said, after the main challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday he would not agree to the addition of hundreds of thousands of what he called suspicious votes to a planned recount. The Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday that it would recount ballots ...

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