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Malaysia’s ‘obedient wives’ anger rights groups

Source | Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR | 05 Jun 2011

A Malaysian group urging wives to avoid marital problems by fulfilling their husbands’ desires has angered politicians and women’s rights groups, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday.

The Obedient Wives Club, which was set up by a group of Muslim women, said domestic violence, infidelity and prostitution stemmed from a lack of belief in God and a failure of women to satisfy their husbands.

 

Russia: NATO ‘one step’ from land war in Libya

Source : Diaa Hadid | AP
SINGAPORE | 05 Jun 2011

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says NATO is “one step” from sending troops into Libya in a bid to help rebels remove Muammar Qaddafi from power.

Ivanov said Sunday at an Asian security conference in Singapore that Russia didn’t know that a United Nations resolution it supported to protect civilians and shut down Libyan air space would lead to a land operation.

 

Israeli troops kill 20 Arab protesters in Golan Heights

Source : Daniella Cheslow | AP
MAJDAL SHAMS : Golan Heights | 05 Jun 2011

Israeli troops on Sunday battled hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to burst across Syria’s frontier with the Golan Heights, killing 20 people and wounding scores more in the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border area in less than a month.

 

From Guantanamo to Makkah

Source : Nasim Chowdhury | Arab News
JEDDAH | 04 Jun 2011

The Grand Mosque in Makkah is a very long distance in every sense of the word from Camp Delta, the infamous US Navy detention center at the base at Guantanamo Bay, but life has its ironies and this one involves the journey made by former Guantanamo prison guard Terry Holdbrooks, who performed Umrah last week.

 

German President declares at National Church Gathering: "Islam is part of modern Germany"

Source : Islam Today
Dresden | 06 Jun 2011

Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany and necessary to develop a vibrant society, President Christian Wulff said in a panel discussion on 2 June at the German ecumenical gathering called the Kirchentag (Church Day).

 

Yemeni protesters celebrate Saleh's departure; surgery successful

Source : Ahmed Al-Haj | AP
SANAA | 06 Jun 2011

Protesters danced, sang and slaughtered cows in the central square of Yemen’s capital Sunday to celebrate the departure of the country’s authoritarian leader for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after he was wounded in a rocket attack on his compound.

 

Pakistan attacks militants near Afghan border

Source : Riaz Khan | AP
PESHAWAR : Pakistan | 03 Jun 2011

Pakistani helicopters and artillery on Friday forced back militants who crossed over from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed at least 63 people, an official said. The incursion prompted Islamabad to demand that NATO and Afghan troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long, porous border.

 

Saleh injured in rocket attack

Source : Ahmed Al-Haj | AP
SANAA | 03 Jun 2011

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when opposition tribesmen determined to topple him hammered his palace with rockets Friday in a major escalation of nearly two weeks of fighting with government forces. At least six guards were killed and eight top officials wounded, an official said.

 

Syrian opposition demands Assad's resignation

Source | Agencies
Antalya | 03 Jun 2011

Syria's exiled opposition called on President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday to resign immediately and hand power to the vice president until a council is formed to transform the country to democracy at the end of the "Change in Syria Conference" held in Turkish province of Antalya on Thursday.

 

Unsure about Islam? Thanks to Austin woman, there's now an app for that

Source : Eileen Flynn | The Statesman
Friday | 03 June 2011

Amanda Quraishi wants to assure you that downloading 365muslim, her new smart phone application, will not cause you to be "converted, indoctrinated, hypnotized, browbeat, jihad-ed, or added to an FBI watch list."

Well, she might not be able to guarantee the last one, but Quraishi's disclaimer on the Web site promoting the app captures both her relentless humor and some people's troubling perceptions of Islam.

 
 

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