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Protest rally in Germany denouncing mosque attacks

Protest rally in Germany denouncing mosque attacks

Berlin: A series of attacks on mosques and businesses run by Germans of Turkish origin were condemned in a protest rally held in the northern town of Nordenham over the weekend. Last month the Selimiye Mosque in the town was attacked by unknown assailants who wrote xenophobic slogans on the walls on the house of […]

Italy’s League calls for burqa ban on moms picking up kids from school

Italy’s League calls for burqa ban on moms picking up kids from school

Rome: Deputies from the far-right League party in northern Italy have announced plans to ban mothers from wearing Islamic veils, such as the burqa and niqab when picking up their children from school. Simona Pergreffi and Daniele Belotti, League deputies in Bergamo province, called for the ban, citing the security need for people in schools […]

Amnesty: Israel’s planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar is a war crime

Amnesty: Israel’s planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar is a war crime

London: Today’s planned demolition by Israeli forces of a West Bank village and the forcible transfer of its residents to make way for illegal Jewish settlements is a war crime, Amnesty International (AI) said on Tuesday. Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, denounced Israel’s planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, stressing […]

​Yemen war crimes: Govt ends cooperation with UN rights mission

​Yemen war crimes: Govt ends cooperation with UN rights mission

Aden: Yemen’s government on Thursday announced it will end its cooperation with a UN human rights mission, accusing investigators of bias after a report on alleged war crimes. The government came under fire last month after UN experts highlighted deadly air strikes by the regional Saudi-led coalition supporting it in the war with the Houthi […]

China defends move to block India’s bids at UN to list Azhar Masood as ‘global terrorist’

China defends move to block India’s bids at UN to list Azhar Masood as ‘global terrorist’

Washington: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has defended Beijing’s repeated blockage of India’s bids at the United Nations to list chief of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Azhar Masood as a ‘global terrorist’, arguing that the issue lacks “consensus” among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the “directly concerned” parties – […]

Pak president rakes up Kashmir issue in Parliament speech

Pak president rakes up Kashmir issue in Parliament speech

Islamabad: Pakistan’s new President Arif Alvi on Monday raked up the Kashmir issue in his first address to the joint session of Parliament, saying Kashmiris have a right to “self-determination” as he sought the international community’s help. At the same time, he stressed that Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India. “We want a peaceful solution […]

HRW accuses China of systematic rights violations against Uighur Muslims

HRW accuses China of systematic rights violations against Uighur Muslims

New York: Human Rights Watch (HRW) blamed the Chinese government for a “systematic campaign of human rights violations” against Uighur Muslims in northwestern Xinjiang, an autonomous region in the country. According to a 117-page report published over the weekend, the Chinese government conducted “mass arbitrary detention, torture and mistreatment” of Uighur Turks in the region. The report […]

Uzbek imam sacked after urging president to allow hijabs, beards

Uzbek imam sacked after urging president to allow hijabs, beards

TASHKENT: An Uzbek imam has been sacked after urging President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to lift a ban on personal religious symbols such as women’s hijabs and beards for men, in a case showing the limits of newly-proclaimed tolerance in the mainly Muslim country. Mirziyoyev, who came to power in 2016, has relaxed restrictions on religious freedoms […]