Author: ainullah

Hijabi in US Congress

Ilhan Omar, a Muslim refugee from Somalia who came to the US at the age of 14 was elected to the US House of Representatives at the mid-Term election held on Tuesday 6 November 2018. Ilhan, whose mother passed away when she was a child, arrived US in 1994 after fleeing war torn Somalia with her father, grandfather in 1991 and then spending the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. She attended Edison High School, and then graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies in 2011. On 5 June 2018, Ilhan...

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Court doubles jail term for opposition leader Zia

A Bangladeshi court has doubled the jail term of opposition leader Khaleda Zia from five to 10 years in a corruption case following an appeal by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The opposition contends that the case against her is politically motivated to stop her from contesting the upcoming elections in Bangladesh. The two-time former prime minister was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in February in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. She has been in jail since then. “She cannot contest the elections unless the conviction is set aside by a higher court,” Bangladesh’s attorney general Mahbubey Alam...

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Recognition of Israel should be suspended

The Palestinian Central Council (PCC) has authorised the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to suspend recognition of Israel and stop security coordination with Tel Aviv. The suspensions should be in place until Israel recognises the Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Following a two-day meeting in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, the council said the PLO and Palestinian Authority will also end security coordination and suspend economic agreements as set out under the 1994 Paris Economic Protocol. It also decided to revoke the validity of the Oslo Accords. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas...

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Turnbull advice not to move Australian Embassy

Australia should stick to policy of more than 40 years that its embassy be in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, the former PM Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday 30 October while holidaying in Bali. Australia is to expect a “very negative reaction” from Indonesia if it follows the United States by moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that no decision had been made yet on the embassy’s location. The Trump administration turned its back on decades of US policy last December by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and in May it...

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National Mosques Open Day celebrates Australian diversity

The National Mosque Open Day was held all across Australia on Saturday 27 October 2018. It provided an opportunity for Australians from all backgrounds and walks of life and of different faiths and no faith to know about Islam and engage with Muslims in a respectful, family friendly environment. Various mosques in different states of Australia organised a variety of displays, programs, festivities and feasts in order to welcome fellow Australians in their house of worship and community centres. Many Australians found the mosques a welcome place and made comments on their most positive experience. Ella Haddad MP Labor...

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