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Passport-free regime between Turkey, Georgia to begin on Tuesday

Source : Cihan News Agency
Konya : 27 May 2011

Citizens of neighboring Georgia and Turkey will be able to travel to each other's country with only their state identity cards, beginning on May 31.

A ceremony will be held at the Sarp land border gate on the very same day with the participation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri.

 

Muslims rush to restore torched Egypt church

Source : Sami Aboudi | Reuters
CAIRO | 26 May 2011

Mohammed Fathi worked his brush gently over an icon, removing soot from its surface inside a church gutted in an attack by hard-liners this month.

“It takes a lot of careful work to do that,” Fathi said. “We have to do a lot of tests with chemicals to try to restore the icon to its original condition.”

 

Serb Mladic arrest revives Muslim pain of Srebrenica massacre

Source : Reuters
Srebrenica | 27 May 2011

Many victims recall vividly how Mladic presented himself to them as their protector, then slaughtered thousands.

Muslim mothers and relatives of men and boys slaughtered at Srebrenica in 1995 by troops under the command of Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic shed tears for their loved ones again on Thursday after his arrest.

 

Russia in contacts to discuss Gaddafi departure

Source : Reuters
Moscow | 26 May 2011

Russia has contacts in Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's entourage with whom it can negotiate his departure, Moscow's special representative on Africa Mikhail Margelov said on Friday.

"We shouldn't talk to Gaddafi himself but with members of his cabinet, possibly with his sons. And we are making such contacts, so there is a hope for a political resolution," Margelov told reporters at the G8 summit in northern France.

 

Kuwaitis sued for denouncing Saudi scholars

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 27 May 2011

Kuwaiti lawyer Mufrih Ghareeb Al-Mitairi has filed a lawsuit at the office of the prosecutor general in Kuwait against two of his compatriots, a businessman and a lawyer, for defaming the late Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz (the Saudi grand mufti for most of the 1990s) and Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab (the 18th century Islamic scholar) linking their Islamic ideologies to terrorism, the local Arabic daily Al-Eqtisadiah reported Thursday.

 

Egypt to open Rafah crossing permanently

Mark Lavie | AP
CAIRO | 25 May 2011

Egypt's decision Wednesday to end its blockade of Gaza by opening the only crossing to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory this weekend could ease the isolation of 1.4 million Palestinians there. It also puts the new Egyptian regime at odds with Israel, which insists on careful monitoring of people and goods entering Gaza for security reasons.

 

Iraq’s Sadr rallies supporters against US troop extension

Source : Reuters
BAGHDAD | 26 May 2011

Anti-US Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr brought thousands of Shiite supporters onto the streets of Baghdad on Thursday in a show of force against any extension of the US military presence in Iraq past a year-end deadline.

Sadr’s threats to revive his Shiite militia and protests by his Sadrist bloc are testing Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s fragile coalition government over the divisive issue of whether American troops should remain on Iraqi soil.

 

Could Muslim Brotherhood Take Over Egypt?

Source : Mohamed Elshinnawi | VOA
Cairo | 24 May 2011

As political Islam grows as a force in post-revolution Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is forming its first political party and getting ready for a good showing in upcoming parliamentary elections. And this has liberal and secular parties scrambling.

 

Yemenis flee capital as clashes rage

Source | Reuters
Sanaa | 25 May 2011

Yemenis fled the capital on Wednesday to escape escalating clashes between loyalists and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who said he would make no more concessions to those seeking his ouster.

Sporadic machinegun fire rang out for the third day in the sandbagged streets around the mansion of an influential tribal leader who has backed protesters seeking to overthrow the longtime ruler after repeated international mediation failed.

 

What is Islam's Gulen movement?

Source : Edward Stourton | BBC
25 May 2011

Turkey's Gulen movement, which promotes service to the common good, may have grown into the world's biggest Muslim network. Is it the modern face of Islam, or are there more sinister undercurrents?

From Kenya to Kazakhstan, a new Islamic network is attracting millions of followers - and billions of dollars.

 
 

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