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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."

 

No plans to ban niqabs at schools — Dagestani leader

Source : RIA Novosti
YESSENTUKI | 14 Jul 2011

The wearing of face-covering Islamic garments by female students is not favored in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, but there will be no ban on such veils, Dagestani leader Magomedsalam Magomedov has said.


"We are not introducing any bans [on full-face Islamic veils], but this is not our traditional cloth, and we are not in favor of wearing niqabs at schools and universities," Magomedov said.

 

UAE to donate 3 mln barrels oil to Yemen: minister

Source : Reuters
SANAA | 16 Jul 2011

The United Arab Emirates has pledged 3 million barrels of oil to Yemen, which faces a fuel crisis due to attacks on a pipeline during widespread political unrest, a Yemeni deputy minister said on Saturday.

Deputy Information Minister Abdo Al-Janadi, speaking to reporters, did not give details about the delivery of the oil from the UAE, the world’s third-largest crude exporter.

 

US is ‘real enemy’ of Pakistan, says Iran’s top leader

Source : AP
TEHRAN | 16 Jul 2011

Iran’s state TV says the country’s supreme leader has told Pakistan’s president that the United States is Pakistan’s real enemy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Saturday during a meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. It was Zardari’s second visit to Iran in less than a month.

Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran.

 

OIC, West pledge to combat intolerance

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ISTANBUL | 16 Jul 2011

In what can rightly be described as a seminal step in relations between the Muslim world and the Western world, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the leading nations of the Western world led by the United States and the European Union agreed Saturday to take concrete steps to combat intolerance, negative stereotyping and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief.

 

Israel considering apology to Turkey over Gaza flotilla raid

Source | World Bulletin
Ankara | 17 Jul 2011

The defense establishment is showing increased support for resolving the crisis between Israel and Turkey following the Mavi Marmara affair, even at the price of an apology to Ankara by Jerusalem, Haarets reported.

Internal discussions between defense officials and Justice Ministry officials over the past few weeks have suggested that a cautious apology could stop possible lawsuits by Turkish organizations against Israel Defense Forces officers and bring the affair to an end.

 

Belgium to ban the burqa next week

Source : Al Arabiya
Brussels | 16 Jul 2011

Belgium will enforce a burqa ban from July 23 with a fine and possible jail time for women who wear it, joining France as the second EU nation to forbid full veils, Belgian media said Thursday.

The new law was published Wednesday in the kingdom’s official journal after deputies approved it unanimously in parliament in April.

 

US troops start leaving Afghanistan

Source : Reuters
KABUL | 15 Jul 2011

The first US troops have left Afghanistan as part of US President Barack Obama’s planned drawdown of about a third of the 100,000 US forces there during the next year.

Facing growing political opposition to the nearly decade-old war, Obama announced in June the withdrawal plan, which was a faster timetable than the military had recommended.

The first 10,000 troops will come home by the end of the year, but Obama left the details up to his commanders.

 

US mosques urged to share Ramadan

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies
Washington | 15 Jul 2011

As the clock is ticking to the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a US advocacy group is calling on mosques across the United States to open doors to non-Muslims during iftar to share the spirituality of the holy month and enhance Islam understanding in the country.

 
 

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