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Muslim teacher killed in Russia's North Caucasus

Source : AFP
Makhachkala : 08 Jun 2011

A Muslim teacher who had publicly criticised radical Islamists was shot dead along with his nephew in Russia's volatile southern region of Dagestan, investigators said on Wednesday.

Maksud Sadikov, the principal of the Institute of Theology and International Relations, was shot in the yard of his home in the regional capital of Makhachkala late Tuesday, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.


Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood legalized as party

Source : AP
CAIRO | 07 Jun 2011

Egypt’s official news agency says the long banned Muslim Brotherhood has been recognized as the Freedom and Justice Party.

The announcement Tuesday would allow the group to run in parliamentary elections set for September.

The Brotherhood is considered one of Egypt’s best organized blocs following the fall of longtime President Hosni Mubarak in February. It was founded in 1928 but outlawed since 1954.


Fresh fighting threatens cease-fire in Yemen

Source : Mohammed Ghobari & Jason Benham | Reuters
SANAA | 06 Jun 2011

A cease-fire in Yemen's capital was at risk of unraveling Monday as regime supporters opened fire on opposition fighters in renewed clashes that killed at least six. The violence raises fears over the potentially explosive situation after the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country, creating a deep power vacuum.


Palestinian mosque vandalized in West Bank

Source : AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 07 Jun 2011

Officials say that vandals have set fire to a West Bank mosque and scrawled Hebrew graffiti on one of its walls.

The Palestinian mayor of el-Mughayer village says a tire was burning inside the village mosque in an apparent attempt to set the entire building ablaze.


Bulgaria mosque voice silenced

Source : Agencies
Sofia | 05 Jun 2011

Bulgarian Muslims will have to remove loudspeakers at Sofia mosque during Friday prayers, in another setback for locals that far-right party members attacked during the prayers.

The ban came after supporters of Bulgarian party ATAKA or "Attack" attacked Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia May 20.


Saudis considering proposal to finance construction of SR600M Albanian parliament

Source : Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
RIYADH | 05 Jun 2011

Saudi Arabia is currently discussing a proposal to finance the construction of a new SR600 million parliament complex in Albania, a nation with a predominantly Muslim population in southeast Europe.

The Kingdom, in a gesture of solidarity and support for Albania, is willing to finance the parliament project, which will cover an area of 28,000 square meters in the capital city of Tirana, said a senior Albanian parliamentarian in Riyadh Sunday.


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.


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