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Britain’s May tours Mideast amid Islam row with Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May met Saudi leaders before leaving for Jordan Thursday on a Middle East tour overshadowed by a high-profile row with US President Donald Trump over Islam. Trump has infuriated British authorities with his tweets on terrorism in Britain, including highly publicised run-ins with London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan. On Tuesday, he drew fierce condemnation at home …

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Trump attacks British PM after criticism of anti-Muslim videos

US President Donald Trump publicly upbraided British Prime Minister and ostensible ally Theresa May late Wednesday, rebutting her criticism of anti-Muslim propaganda in a diplomatic row between the two leaders. Plunging headlong into a high-profile spat with one of America’s closest international partners, Trump suggested May focus on defending the United Kingdom rather than criticising him. “@theresa_may, don’t focus on …

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Dutch probe Bosnian war criminal’s live UN court suicide

Dutch prosecutors are investigating how a Bosnian Croat war criminal managed to dramatically take his own life Wednesday, apparently after drinking poison he had smuggled into a UN court, in scenes that were broadcast live. In shocking footage beamed around the world, Slobodan Praljak drank from a small brown glass bottle and exclaimed he had taken poison moments after UN …

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Europe’s Muslim population to grow strongly, even if migration ends: study

Muslims could make up over 11 percent of Europe’s population in the coming decades, compared with just under 5 percent currently, if legal migration levels are maintained, a report by a US-based think tank said Thursday. The Pew Research Center, in a study entitled “Europe’s Growing Muslim Population” issued three projections based on different migration scenarios – zero arrivals, “medium” …

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Pope flies to Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Pope Francis on Thursday wrapped up a visit to Myanmar defined by his decision not to address the Rohingya crisis in public, and flew on to Bangladesh, where huge numbers of refugees from the Muslim minority languish in refugee camps. Christians make up less than 0.5 percent of mainly Muslim Bangladesh, but have in recent years come under attack from …

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UK: Vending machine to offer 24-hour food and clothing for homeless

The world’s first vending machine for the homeless will start giving out free food and clothes as charities in Britain gear up for a cold winter amid record levels of homelessness. A new charity, Action Hunger, plans to stock the machine in Nottingham with excess produce donated by supermarkets, such as fresh fruit and sandwiches, as well as essentials it …

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Indonesia’s ‘Niqab Squad’ takes aim at face veil prejudice

– Riding a horse or nailing an archery target is tough at the best of times — it’s even harder when you’re wearing a niqab. But that isn’t about to stop a group of Indonesian women who have banded together to combat prejudice against the face-covering veil, which has been at the centre of a heated global debate over religious …

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India: Three men sentenced to death for rape and murder of teenage girl

Three men who had raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl last year have been sentenced to death by the sessions court in Ahmednagar, India on Wednesday. The case had caused massive protests by the Maratha community in the state of Maharashtra, India. According to Hindustan Times, the court sentenced Jitendra Shinde, Santosh G Bhaval and Nitin Bhailume on multiple counts …

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Turkish police move to arrest 333 soldiers over Gulen links

lamed for last year’s attempted coup, state media reported Wednesday. The Istanbul public prosecutor issued arrest warrants for 360 people as part of a probe into followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in the Turkish armed forces, state-run news agency Anadolu said. Those targeted include 333 soldiers, as well as 27 civilians suspected of being so-called “secret imams” who …

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Militants offered rehab at ‘5-star’ Saudi centre

With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre – for violent militants. Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care Centre, a cushy halfway house between prison and freedom, spotlights a controversial Saudi strategy for tackling extremism. While the global fight against …

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