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December, 2018

  • 4 December

    ‘A milestone’: Somaliland adopts legislation outlawing rape

    Activists welcome initial approval of law designed to curb rising sexual violence, but warn scope and implementation could prove problematic By – Verity Bowman Somaliland has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state. Under the Somaliland rape and other related offences bill, all forms of sexual offence would be criminalised, including ...

November, 2018

  • 8 November

    EGYPT considers banning the burqa in crackdown against Islamic extremists

    Egypt is considering a law which would ban the burqa in public places in a crackdown on Islamic extremism.   By – Tim Stickings The Muslim-majority nation has faced a series of extremist attacks including the shooting of six Coptic Christians by ISIS last week. A draft law to be considered by the Egyptian parliament calls for a burqa ban in public spaces including hospitals, ...

  • 4 November

    Sisters committed suicide in New York rather than be sent back to Saudi Arabia

    Police said a pair of Saudi-born sisters who were found dead and duct taped together alongside the Hudson River last week were previously found praying loudly at a nearby park, and expressed that they would rather commit suicide than return to Saudi Arabia. By – Gina Martinez Scroll 4Video Authorities initially believed the sisters, 16-year-old Tala Farea and 22-year-old Rotan Ferea, ...

October, 2018

  • 23 October

    Erdogan: Saudi officials planned Khashoggi’s killing days before his death

    Saudi officials planned the savage murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi days before his death, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. By – Ryan Gaydos Scroll 4Video Erdogan revealed the details of the country’s investigation into Khashoggi’s killing after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, contradicting Saudi Arabia’s explanation that the writer was killed in ...

  • 21 October

    Turkey: Imam discovers everyone in mosque ‘had been praying in wrong direction’ for 37 years

    Worshippers at at Turkish mosque have been praying the wrong way for nearly 40 years. The mosque in Sugoren in the country’s west was built incorrectly in 1981, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. By – Ross Ibbetson The new imam Isa Kaya, 24, addressed rumours of the design flaw and consulted with local muftis, the village elders. The muftis said the Mihrab, a niche built into ...

  • 18 October

    Iranian Official: Women Will Not Be Allowed Into Soccer Stadiums Again

    Yesterday, Iran put together a cheap little PR stunt in order to pretend the government cares about its wildly retrograde prohibition against women attending live soccer matches by allowing a handpicked selection of ladies to enter Azadi Stadium to watch a friendly match between Iran and Bolivia. By – Billy Haisley However, Iranian officials couldn’t even keep up the charade long enough for ...

  • 14 October

    LondonStan: 423 new mosques, 100 Sharia courts

    Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face, with hundreds of official Sharia courts operating in the capital and many mosques dotting many cities. By – saudigazette.com “London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together,” Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, an Islamic preacher, was quoted as saying in the local media. “Terrorists can not stand London’s multiculturalism”, London Mayor Sadiq ...

  • 6 October

    18-year-old Muslim girl in love with Hindu boy tied to tree, thrashed in Bihar

    On panchayat’s diktat a girl, who had fled from her village to be with her boyfriend, was caned by her family members. An 18-year-old Muslim girl in Nawada district, Bihar was tied to a tree and caned by her family members for loving a Hindu boy. Her punishment was allegedly a result of the village panchayat’s diktat. By – Rohit Kumar ...

  • 2 October

    Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity in Europe

    While Turkey’s latest mosque is being inaugurated in Germany, the greatest Christian Orthodox theological school has remained closed for almost 50 years by the order of the Turkish government. Moreover, less than a kilometer away from the shuttered Christian seminary, a major new center of Islamic studies spanning a total area of 200 acres is scheduled to be built. By ...

September, 2018

  • 29 September

    Erdogan opens mega mosque in Cologne Germany

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to open one of Europe’s largest mosques in Cologne on Saturday as he wrapped up a controversial visit to Germany, with police deploying in force to manage the rival rallies. By – AFP Scrooll 4Video The inauguration will mark the closing event of his three-day state visit, aimed at repairing frayed ties with Berlin after ...