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Finland introduces Islamic studies textbooks into public schools

Source : IslamToday / Agencies | Helsinki / 11 Oct 2011

Finland has introduced its first officia; textbook to teach Islam in its public school system.

Salam – islamin polku, or "Salam - the Path of Islam" is is intended for children in the first and second grades. Books for higher grades are currently under development.

 

Kingdom seeks closer ties with China

By ARAB NEWS / 11 Oct 2011

King Abdullah Prize for Translation distributed in Beijing

 

Drugs worth SR1.71 billion seized, 475 arrested

By MD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS / 11 Oct 2011

JEDDAH: Security forces have arrested 475 people for being allegedly involved in smuggling and trafficking drugs worth more than SR1.71 billion into the Kingdom during the last four months, the Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.

 

US ties Iran to major terror plot

By NEDRA PICKLER | AP / 11 Oct, 2011

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department on Tuesday accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, with help from a purported member of a Mexican drug cartel.

 

Israel agrees to swap 1,027 Palestinians prisoners for Shalit

By Jeffrey Heller and Nidal Al-Mughrabi | Reuters | Jerusalem/Ghaza / 11 Oct 2011

Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers agreed on Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking his cabinet to approve the lopsided swap and under constant public pressure to bring Shalit home, said the soldier would be reunited with his family “in the coming days.”

 

Libya government forces corner Qaddafi loyalists in Sirte

By Rania El Gamal & Tim Gaynor | Reuters | Sirte / 11 Oct 2011

Libyan transitional government forces said they had cornered Muammar Qaddafi loyalists in the center of the deposed leader’s hometown on Monday, but many desperate civilians were still trying to flee the fierce street fighting.

 

Moroccan imams protest government control

By AP | Rabat | 10 Oct 2011

Dozens of imams from mosques across Morocco have protested in the capital over tight controls on their preaching.

Morocco’s government keeps a close watch on the nation’s mosques as a hedge against extremist thought like that of Al-Qaeda.

Police attempted to disperse the protest Monday in front of the parliament, tussling with the imams and briefly detaining three of them.

 

UN: Detainees tortured in Afghanistan

By Patrick Quinn | AP | Kabul / 10 Oct 2011

Prisoners in some Afghan-run detention facilities have been beaten and tortured, a United Nations report said Monday, but the international organization said that the mistreatment was not the result of government policy.

The 74-page report found that detainees in 47 facilities in 24 provinces run by the Afghan National Police and the Directorate of Security suffered interrogation techniques that constituted torture under both international and Afghan law.

 

Analysis: Wall St action part of global "Arab Spring?"

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent : Reuters | London / 11 Oct 2011

After the "Arab Spring" and unrest in Europe, New York's "Occupy Wall Street" movement may be the latest sign of a global, popular backlash against elites with increasingly shared rhetoric and tactics.

 

Syrian cleric warns U.S., Europe against attack

By Reuters : Beirut | 11 Oct 2011

Syria's most senior Sunni Muslim cleric has warned the United States and Europe that his country would unleash suicide bomb attacks in their countries if they launched military strikes against Syria.

Mufti Ahmad Hassoun, whose son was shot dead by gunmen in the northern province of Idlib a week ago, made the comments to a visiting Lebanese delegation late Sunday.

 
 

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