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Egyptian President Sisi Calls for Reform of Islam

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President Sisi visited Al-Azhar University on January 1, 2015, and addressed Egypt’s religious leadership. Sisi said, inter alia: I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing – and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It is inconceivable that the thinking (fikr – in this ... Read More »

Sarkozy: Crimea cannot be blamed for joining Russia

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Crimea cannot be blamed for seceding from Ukraine – a country in turmoil – and choosing to join Russia, said former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. He also added that Ukraine “is not destined to join the EU.” (Photo: Reuters) READ MORE: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E. Ukraine “We are part of a common civilization with ... Read More »

Syria: Young people ‘deliberately targeted’ in Homs bomb blast

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Syrian university students in Homs were the target of a terror attack that left 15 people dead and at least 50 injured, according to a priest based in the city when the blast took place The car bomb exploded in a busy street in the centre of Homs – the third largest city in Syria – on Wednesday, 21 January around ... Read More »

UN report: 5.5 million displaced by war in first half of 2014, setting record

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Syria360 reports: War across large swathes of the Middle East and Africa in the first six months of 2014 forcibly displaced some 5.5 million people, signalling yet another record, the United Nations reported today. (Photo: Syrian boy, Homs. Rediff) The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in its new Mid-Year Trends 2014 Report showcases that of the 5.5 million who were newly ... Read More »

Iran stops trading in US Dollar

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Iran is stopping mutual settlements in dollars with foreign countries and agreements on bilateral swap in new currencies will be signed in the near future, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said. (Photo: Reuters) “In trade exchanges with foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won,” Gholamali Kamyab, CBI deputy ... Read More »

Al-Sisi New Year Speech is Revolutionary Tolerant

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks on as he delivers a speech in Cairo

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!” – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Al-Azhar, January 1. (Photo: Reuters) “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness ... Read More »

Why only focus on Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram’s ‘deadliest massacre’ reportedly kills 2,000 in Nigeria

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“Hundreds of bodies still litter the bushes of Baga, Nigeria — mostly women, children and elderly victims too slow to outrun Boko Haram fighters who stormed the town with explosives and assault rifles in recent weeks, in the Islamic extremists’ bloodiest massacre yet.  (Photo: The Guardian) Amnesty International called Boko Haram’s recent attacks in Baga — near the Nigeria-Chad border ... Read More »