Monthly Archives: September 2017

Undercover as a Muslim for a Week

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This was the fact Katie Freeman reached after spending a week as undercover Muslim in Manchester. “You could say I followed the herd,” Katie, 43, says today, as she shares tea and cake in the dining room of her new friend Saima Alvi, a 49-year-old religious affairs teacher from Altrincham, Greater Manchester. “I’d …

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Uber CEO apologizes to London users for company’s mistakes

The new CEO of Uber offered contrition for past mistakes on Monday, just days after London’s transport authority said it would scrap the company’s operating license. Dara Khosrowshahi issued a letter to London’s Evening Standard newspaper acknowledging that the company “has got things wrong along the way” as it expanded. He confirmed the company will appeal the London decision but …

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Putin to meet with Erdogan in Ankara on September 28 – Kremlin

Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed in a telephone conversation to meet in Ankara on September 28, TASS reported Monday. “It has been decided… to continue exchange of opinions on the regional and bilateral agenda during a working meeting in Ankara,” according to the Kremlin press service. The two leaders said it is important …

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French unions block fuel depots in protest against labor reforms

French trade unionists blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws, seeking to test the government’s will to reform the economy. In southern France, protesters’ unions set up a road-block in front of Total’s La Mede refinery, while in western France fuel depots were blocked near Bordeaux and the coastal city of …

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Blast near Shiite mosque in Afghan capital causes casualties – officials

Suicide attackers hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday near a large Shiite mosque, causing several casualties, Reuters reported, citing officials and witnesses. The blast hit the Qala-e Fatehullah area, near the Hussainya mosque. Security officials said at least two attackers were killed, who were apparently intending to hit the mosque, just a month after 20 people were killed during …

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US embassy issues warning about neo-Nazi demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden

The US embassy in Sweden has issued a warning to its citizens ahead of a planned neo-Nazi march in Gothenburg on Saturday. The diplomats said the event could turn violent. The demonstration has been organized by the Nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Sweden’s second largest city on Saturday afternoon, the Local reports. Several counter-demonstrations had been planned. The …

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World would ‘breathe sigh of relief’ if Russia, US mended ties – Lavrov

A number of international issues today require cooperation between Moscow and Washington, and the world is expecting this from the two states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. The world would“breathe with relief” if Russia and the US established such cooperation, he told a group of American experts headed by President of the Center for the National Interest …

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Hundreds protest against Catalonia independence vote in Barcelona

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Catalan capital Barcelona on Saturday, to denounce the upcoming referendum on the region’s separation from Spain. The vote is scheduled to take place on Sunday. Anti-independence protesters carrying Spanish flags gathered in front of the Catalan government building in Barcelona. At the same time, hundreds rallied in the Spanish capital Madrid, …

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The Origins and Early Development of Shia Islam

The division of the community of Islam into Sunni and Shi’i branches has commonly been explained in terms of purely political differences. Its origins have been attributed to basically political partisanship with regard to the leadership of the Umma, a partisanship which later exploded into conflict in the civil war between ‘Ali and Mu’awiya. This war not only established the …

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Casey Coffee with a Muslim event aims to promote tolerance

A CASEY-first event that aims to unite Muslims and non-Muslims is being held this month in a bid to ease tensions and help tackle Islamophobia. Muslim woman Inaz Janif, a Casey teacher, will hold a “coffee with a Muslim” event at the Hampton Park Uniting Church. She said Islamophobia was rife in Casey and throughout Melbourne, and was worse after …

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