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Iranian movies win major awards at St. Petersburg festival

Source : Tehran Times   
TEHRAN | 18 Jul 2011

Two Iranian movies grabbed major awards at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival Kinoforum that ran from July 10 to 15.

Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Bear winner “Nader and Simin: A Separation” was awarded the Grand Prix of the festival, while “Gesher” by Vahid Vakilifar grabbed Choice of the Jury special award, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Sunday.


Turkey's Erdogan says he wants to visit Gaza

Source : World Bulletin
Ankara | 19 Jul 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the most popular figure across the Arab world due to his staunch support for Gazans, has said he is planning to visit Gaza after his trip to Egypt later this month.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday ahead of his visit to Turkish Cyprus, Erdogan said he wants to visit Gaza, but that plans are not definite yet.


Russia's Muslim Chechnya to ban energy drinks

Source : Reuters
Grozny | 18 Jul 2011

Russia's Muslim Chechnya region is planning to ban the sale of non-alcoholic energy drinks such as Red Bull to under 18s, saying they are un-Islamic and dangerous, health officials said on Monday.

The ban would be the latest restriction from authorities in Chechnya, where shops can only sell alcohol during a small morning time frame, eateries are shut during the Ramadan fasting month and women must wear headscarves in state buildings.


Argentina welcomes Iran's offer on Jewish centre bombing inquiry

Source : Associated Press
Buenos Aires | 18 Jul 2011

The Argentinian government has described as "very positive" an Iranian offer to co-operate with an inquiry into the South American country's deadliest terrorist attack.

Argentinians have long suspected high-level Iranian diplomats were involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.


Russia holds air combat manoeuvres in North Caucasus

Source : Thomas Grove | Reuters
MOSCOW | 18 Jul 2011

Russia began large-scale air force training manoeuvres in the North Caucasus on Monday in a step towards boosting security against an Islamic insurgency raging in the region, a newspaper reported.

The exercise is the largest of its kind in the predominantly Muslim region of Kabardino-Balkaria in 15 years and will involve fighter jets and combat helicopters, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily quoted air force spokesman Vladimir Drik as saying.


On the rise in Tajikistan, Islam worries an authoritarian government

Source : Michael Schwirtz | The New York Times
DUSHANBE : Tajikistan | 16 Jul 2011

Islam is blossoming in Tajikistan. Beards are in style. Headscarves, too. Bazaars are doing a booming trade in prayer rugs, religious audio recordings and gaudy clocks featuring Muslim holy sites.

After decades of enforced secularism, the people of this impoverished former Soviet republic have been flocking to their traditional religion with all the zeal of born-again movements anywhere in the world.


Syrian activists say up to 30 killed in 24 hours

Source : Associated Press
BEIRUT | 18 Jul 2011

The discovery of three mutilated corpses set off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed up to 30 people over the weekend in central Syria, a dangerous escalation in violence stemming from the country’s four-month-old uprising, activists said Monday.


Israeli navy takes over Gaza-bound ship

Source : Amy Teibel | AP
JERUSALEM | 19 Jul 2011

Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized control of a French ship attempting to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, reporting no resistance during the takeover in international waters.

The navy boarded the ship after the pro-Palestinian activists on board ignored calls to change course.


No Russian refuge for Qaddafi

Source : Agencies
MOSCOW | 18 Jul 2011

Russia’s foreign minister says his country will not offer asylum to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi if he steps down.

Sergey Lavrov was asked about the possibility at a news conference Monday and said “the answer is negative.”

Russia’s envoy for Africa Mikhail Margelov visited Libya in June and said that Qaddafi has lost his legitimacy.


Arab Spring not Islamist uprising, says Muslim intellectual

Source : Robert Sibley | Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA | 18 Jul 2011

The future of the Arab Spring is "unpredictable," and, indeed, hopes for democracy in the region could be derailed if the political situation becomes too divisive, says a prominent Muslim intellectual. "It is a very difficult reality we have now in these countries (Egypt and Tunisia)," says Tariq Ramadan. "The polarization . could in fact stop the democratic process itself."


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