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H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world. The adviser, Lt. Gen. H. …

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CNN, NY Times, BuzzFeed barred from White House briefings

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WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The White House excluded several major US news organisations, including some it has criticised, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary on Friday. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session …

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Florida mosque set on fire

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FLORIDA: (Web Desk) A mosque in Tampa, Florida was set on fire early Friday morning. This is the third time in a year that an Islamic center has been set on fire in the Tampa area. The fire department responded at 2:00am to the automatic fire alarm call. No one …

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Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport

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LOUISVILLE, KY: (Web Desk) A son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported late on Friday. Muhammad Ali Jr, 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US …

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Migrants Face Deportations and Walls in Europe, Too

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BERLIN:(Web DesK) Just hours after the German cabinet approved tapping cellphones and attaching electronic bracelets to illegal migrants who might be deemed a threat, a group of Afghan men were put on a plane at a Munich airport Wednesday night and deported. The deportation was only the third such mass …

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Joint military operations conducted with Afghan forces, says China

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing

BEIJING: (Web Desk) China’s defence ministry on Thursday dismissed reports that Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, saying the two countries were only carrying out counterterrorism operations along their common border. This month, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst think-tank said in a report on its website that Chinese troops were …

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China finds India talks of positive significance

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) China said on Thursday that the strategic dialogue with India was of positive significance to ties and that extensive agreements were reached. It however, skirted any reference to the persisting differences over issues like India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid and efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) …

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UK asylum claims drop despite rising refugee crisis

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LONDON: The number of people applying for asylum in Britain in 2016 was just over 38,500, falling for the first time in six years, official data showed on Thursday. But refugee advocates said the drop was no cause for celebration, with ever more people fleeing their homes in an increasingly …

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Muslim constable takes battle for his beard to Indian court

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AHMEDABAD, INDIA: (Web Desk) A Muslim police constable has filed an application at the Gujarat High Court after the police department asked him to shave his beard off, the Times of India reported on Thursday. Mohammed Sajid Sabirmiya Shaikh, 25, joined the Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD) in March 2016 and …

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