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Islam alive in Chile

This article is the first in a series focusing on Muslim minorities around the world. There are few places and communities in the world where Islam has yet to permeate; a sure sign of the growing influence of the religion at a time where global perceptions of Muslims are at[…]

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Israel shelling in Gaza war ‘unprecedented’

The unprecedented number of Palestinians killed in the 2014 war in Gaza was linked to changes in the military rules of engagement regarding civilian protection measures by Israel’s army, a London-based NGO said this week. In a new report entitled ‘Under Fire,’ Action on Armed Violence found that Israel has[…]

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Gaza counts cost of failed reconstruction promises

Six months after a ceasefire agreement ended Israel’s 50-day military offensive on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the war-torn territory remain hostage to a UN-brokered reconstruction mechanism which has failed to deliver. On Sept. 16, Robert Serry, the UN envoy for the Middle East, announced a deal to ease restrictions[…]

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South African spies wary of Iran operations

Iran’s efforts to use official and unofficial channels in South Africa to beat western-imposed sanctions have raised concerns within South African security services, according to leaked intelligence documents obtained by Al Jazeera. The Spy Cables provide a detailed account of Tehran allegedly using secret front companies, as well as open[…]

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Progress toward Guantanamo closure

Thirty-five-year-old Abdalmalik Wahab had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for nearly 14 years without charge when he got some good news: The U.S. government was no longer interested in holding him. A panel made up of representatives of six government agencies, including the Defense Department and the Office of the[…]

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A look at the IS reach into North Africa

The mass beheadings of Egyptian Christians by rebels in Libya linked to the Islamic State group have thrown a spotlight on the threat the radicals pose beyond their heartland in Syria and Iraq, where they have established a self-declared proto-state. Rebels in several countries – including Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen[…]

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Gaza youths joining Hamas training camps

Hatem is only 14 but has already lived through three wars with Israel. Now the young Palestinian says he is making sure he’ll be ready to fight in the next one. “The Israelis killed my niece last summer. Now I want to kill them,” he told AFP after completing a[…]

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Jailed schoolgirl becomes Palestinian symbol

A 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl jailed by Israel has become a symbol of Palestinian anger over the arrests of children in the occupied territories. The two-month sentence for Malak al-Khatib, who was accused of stone-throwing and possession of a knife, has unleashed a wave of solidarity and support among Palestinians. “My[…]

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Moulood, a firm Cape tradition

Since the early days of Islam in the Cape, traditions and teachings from our Muslim forefathers have been passed down to future generations and remain entrenched in Cape Malay society today. One of these popular traditions is the annual Moulood or Mawlid celebrations; a time for Muslims to come together[…]

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