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Thousands protest "secularism" in Muslim Bangladesh

Source : Agencies
Dhaka | 10 Jul 2011

Riot police in Bangladesh fired tear gas Sunday at thousands of Islamist activists protesting constitutional changes that proclaimed the country a secular state.

Police in Bangladesh on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Islamist activists trying to enforce a nationwide strike over the removal of a Muslim phrase in the constitution, and witnesses said around 50 people were injured and some 100 people were detained.


New Australian law to make Muslim women lift veils

Source : Rod McGuirk | AP
CANBERRA : Australia | 10 Jul 2011

Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive.


Bosnia set to bury massacre victims

Source: Al Jazeera
Srebrenica | 11 Jul 2011

Thousands of Bosnians are commemorating the Srebrenica massacre by marching along the same route that was taken by Bosnian Muslims who tried to escape the atrocity in 1995.

They marched on Sunday from the city of Srebrenica to the village of Nezuk, about 110km north, where about 15,000 had fled to seeking safety at a UN base there from Bosnian Serb troops 16 years ago.


US, French envoys in Hama, 4 killed in Syria

Source : Reuters
BEIRUT | 08 Jul 2011

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Syria’s Hama on Friday against President Bashar Al-Assad as Western envoys visited the city to show support.

Activists said security forces shot dead four people elsewhere, including one in the Damascus district of Midan.


Israel must apologise to normalise ties: Turkish PM

Source : Reuters
Ankara | 08 Jul 2011

Turkey's prime minister said on Friday it was "unthinkable" to normalise ties with Israel unless it apologised for a bloody raid on a Turkish aid ship bound for beiseged Gaza last year and lifted a blockade on the Palestinian territory.

In a speech to parliament to unveil his new government's programme, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave no sign of softening its terms, as there have been reports in recent weeks that the two sides have been holding secret talks to mend fences.


Russia hails Muslims on fighting extremism

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies
Moscow | 07 Jul 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has praised Muslim efforts in fighting extremism, appealing for scholars' help in integrating new immigrants into the society.

"We will fight terror consistently and without compromise," Medvedev said during a meeting with Muslim leaders, Interfax news agency reported.


Sudan's ruling party in the south splits

Source : Al Jazeera
Juba : Sudan | 08 Jul 2011

Juba, Sudan — The southern branch of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has said it will split with the northern party and join the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party in the south.

Riak Gai, the head of the NCP in Southern Sudan, said on Thursday that the split would take effect immediately.


Washington appears to have OK'd attack on unarmed flotilla

Source : Stephen Zunes | Foreign Policy In Focus
Wednesday : 06 Jul 2011

The Obama administration appears to have given a green light to an Israeli attack on an unarmed flotilla carrying peace and human rights activists — including a vessel with 50 Americans on board — bound for the besieged Gaza Strip.


City of Paris seeks out new prayer spaces for Muslims

Source : Islam Today
Paris | 08 Jul 2011

A huge hangar, owned by the Ministry of Defence located near Porte des Poissonniers, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, could well become a new place of Muslim worship in Paris.

In an attempt to allieviate the problem of prayer in the streets, the City of Paris is seeking ways of finding more prayer space without violating a 1905 law against the government supporting religions.


Saleh pleads for power sharing

Source : Mohammed Ghobari & Mohammed Mukhashaf  | Reuters
SANAA/ADEN | 07 Jul 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared on television on Thursday for the first time since an assassination attempt a month ago and said he was ready to share power within the constitution's framework.

Saleh, who is being treated in a Riyadh hospital after the June 3 attack, was barely recognizable and sat stiffly as he spoke in the pre-recorded statement broadcast on Yemeni television.


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