TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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FRANCE VOWS TO ROOT OUT ISLAMIST EXTREMISM IN WAKE OF TEACHER’S BEHEADING

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On Monday 19 October, French police raided numerous homes across France as part of its probe into the killing of Samuel Paty. About 15 people were taken into custody and 51 Islamic organisations are under investigation. On Friday 16 October, French history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb by…

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KYRGYZSTAN’S PRESIDENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN POST-ELECTION CHAOS

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By Donnelly McCleland Kyrgyzstan’s president on Monday [12 October] ordered a new, week-long state of emergency in the country’s capital after parliament failed to consider and approve his previous order within the legally required three days. The confusion reflected the chaos that has engulfed the country after a disputed parliamentary election triggered mass protests. According…

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CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS DRAMATICALLY DOWNSIZED HAJJ

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Only 1,000 people will be allowed to participate in the Hajj – the Muslim journey to Mecca – this year as Saudi Arabia continues to struggle with the coronavirus. The annual pilgrimage usually brings millions of Muslims to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. The week-long celebration usually brings in, on average, $12 billion for the Saudi…

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EXPANSIONIST TURKEY RECONQUERS ONE OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY’S BIGGEST SYMBOLS

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkey and the European Union (EU) clashed on Monday [13 July] over Ankara’s decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters. After their first face-to-face meeting in months, the 27 EU foreign ministers said that they “condemned…

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V.N. VRA VIR EMPATIE NÁ STERFTES IN ROHINGYA-SEERAMP

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Die V.N. het barmhartigheid bepleit vir Rohingya-vlugtelinge uit Mianmar wat dringend skuiling soek nadat die boot waarin hulle vir bykans twee maande op see was, in die Baai van Bengale gesink het. Minstens 30 mense het volgense berigte in dié ramp gesterf. Bangladesh se kuswag het ’n verdere 396 verhongerde vlugtelinge uit die vaartuig gered….

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’N ANDER SOORT RAMADAN TYDENS KORONAVIRUS-PANDEMIE

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As gevolg van die voortslepende COVID-19-uitbraak is die meeste Ramadan-vieringe (wat op Donderdag 23 April ’n aanvang neem), hierdie jaar óf gekansel-leer óf gaan via die internet plaasvind. Ramadan, Islam se heiligste maand, word gevier deur gedurende die dag te vas, wat tradisioneel saans opgevolg word deur gemeenskaplike feesmaaltye. As gevolg van die koronavirus staar…

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF RAMADAN DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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Most of this year’s Ramadan celebrations – beginning on Thursday 23 April – have been cancelled or moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, is celebrated by fasting during daylight hours, followed traditionally by large communal feasts in the evening. However, due to the coronavirus many countries are…

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SAUDI COUNCIL APPROVES ROYAL DECREE TO REFORM GUARDIANSHIP SYSTEM

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By Mike Burnard On Thursday [1 August 2019], Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers announced their approval of a royal decree to reform the Kingdom’s wilayah, or guardianship system, a jumble of regulations that Human Rights Watch has said constitute “the most significant impediment to realising women’s rights in the country”. The new laws, at least some of which are expected…

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