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Church to appeal Asia Bibi death penalty

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Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.

“Like it or not, we have to accept the court order,” Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace, told Catholic News Service.

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Canadian soldier killed by convert to Islam in hit and run

Martin Couture Rouleau shot dead by Quebec police after driving his car into two soldiers in act ‘linked to terrorist ideology’

Terrorist ideology inspired a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one, before he was shot dead by police, authorities said on Tuesday.

Quebec police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. There were no other suspects.

Jihad in the global village and the Balkans?

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Jihad in the global village and the Balkans?

"Terrorists, hijackers, these are people minus identity. They are deter mined to make it somehow, to get coverage, to get noticed." You'll say that the author of these words watched a black-clad man from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) beheading Americans. Nothing of the kind. The quote is from 1977. Its author is the well-known media researcher, Canadian Professor of English Marshall McLuhan.

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ISIS's weirdest Western jihadi: Australian 17-year-old who vows to fly Islamist flag over Buckingham Palace and calls himself Abu Khaled (but his family call him 'idiot')

  • Abdullah Elmir, 17, condemned by relatives after appearing in ISIS video
  • White Muslim convert is seen flanked by jihadists while ranting at West
  • Titled 'Message Of The Mujahid 4', video taunts US-led coalition fighting ISIS
  • Now calling himself Abu Khaled, Elmir left his Sydney home in June this year
  • Australian national told his mother he was going fishing but never returned
  • Now relatives brand him a 'stupid idiot', adding he has been brainwashed
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Relatives of a ginger Australian jihadist have condemned him for appearing in an Islamic State propaganda video in which he says the terror group will not stop their murderous campaign 'until the black flag is flying high in every single land'. 

In chilling footage published on YouTube, white Sydney-born Muslim convert Abdullah Elmir, 17, calls himself 'Abu Khaled from Australia' and is seen flanked by other militants. 

Speaking directly to the camera, the jihadist tells Western leaders their efforts to defeat ISIS will fail, adding that the terrorists aim to raise their black flag over Buckingham Palace and the White House. 

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BREAKING NEWS: ASIA BIBI’S APPEAL AGAINST DEATH SENTENCE REJECTED

Barnabas Fund has today received the sad news that the appeal made by Pakistani Christian mother Aasia Bibi against her conviction under Pakistan’s “blasphemy law” has been rejected and the death sentence she was given confirmed.

Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009
Aasia Bibi has been languishing in jail since June 2009

Aasia’s appeal was dismissed this morning at a hearing held at the High Court in Lahore. She has been languishing in prison since being falsely accused of defiling the name of Muhammad during an argument with Muslim co-workers in 2009.

Please pray for Aasia and her family at this extremely difficult time, and please also consider writing to your elected representative on Aasia’s behalf. Guidance for how best to do so can be found here.

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Pakistani Christian woman is sentenced to hang for 'blasphemous' comments about prophet Mohammed during row with Muslim women who refused to share water

  • Asia Bibi, 46, was accused of blasphemy after dispute with Muslim women 
  • Women told her Christians make Muslims' water 'unclean' by drinking it 
  • Tired of insults and calls for her to convert, Ms Bibi defended her religion 
  • She was then accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, before an angry mob arrived at her home and savagely beat her and her family
  • She was ordered to convert to Islam or face death on 'blasphemy' charges
  • Despite international outrage she this week lost an appeal against sentence

 

 

Shocking: Christian woman Asia Bibi, pictured, has seen her appeal against the death sentence denied

A Pakistani Christian woman has been sentenced to hang after she was accused of making 'blasphemous' comments about the prophet Mohammed during an argument. 

While working as a berry picker in 2009, 46-year-old Asia Bibi got into a dispute with a group of Muslim women who objected to her drinking their water because as a Christian she was considered 'unclean'.

Hours after the incident one of the women reported mother-of-five Ms Bibi to a local cleric, claiming she had made disparaging remarks about the prophet Mohammed during the row.

As a result of the allegations, a furious mob arrived at Ms Bibi's home and savagely beat her and members of her family. 

She was later arrested, charged with blasphemy and eventually sentenced to death - with her entire family forced to go into hiding after receiving threats on their lives.

 

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ISIS Jihadists Line Streets of Kobane with 'Hundreds' of Severed Heads, Gouged Eyes

In an exclusive report, the Daily Mail cites the testimony of multiple witnesses, now Kurdish refugees who managed to escape the wrath of Islamic State terrorists. "Headless corpses litter the streets of the besieged Syrian border town, they say, and some of the mainly Kurdish townsfolk have had their eyes gouged out," writes author Sam Greenhill, adding severed limbs, cut-out tongues, and a diverse array of torturous behavior carried out on Kurdish bodies.

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In Britain, Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary proves elusive

Anjem Choudary has become one of Britain's most outspoken defenders of the Islamic State. Critics say he's helped indoctrinate dozens of impressionable young men who have gone on to plot or carry out attacks. (Griff Witte, Karla Adam and Casey Capachi/The Washington Post)

LONDON — As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation’s most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his radical vision between bites of dessert.

 

'Up to 2,000 Brits fighting with IS in Syria and Iraq'

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As many as 2,000 British jihadists are fighting with Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, Labour MP Khalid Mahmoud claims.

The politician said more UK youngsters than ever were being recruited by the terror group.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "The official figures are a huge understatement. The true figure of British radicals in Syria and Iraq is closer to 2,000. Still the numbers are rising."

 

Teenage girl jihadis 'want to come home' after joining Islamic State

Sabina Selimovic, 15, (left) and Samra Selinovic, 17 (right).
Sabina Selimovic, 15, (left) and Samra Selinovic, 17 (right). Credit: Interpol

Two teenage girls who fled home to join Islamic State militants reportedly want to come home after being married to foreign fighters and falling pregnant.

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and Samra Kesinovic, 17, left their families in Austria in April and were believed to have traveled to Turkey before crossing over to Syria.

However, the Telegraph reports that the pair have grown disillusioned with the restrictions of life under the radical Muslim group, which forbids women to talk with whomever they like.

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Vatican Summit on Christian Persecution in Mideast Affirms Military Action Against ISIS; Blames Trafficking of Arms for Problems

BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate Mass in

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank, on his way to celebrate Mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014.

A three-day summit of Vatican ambassadors from the Middle East and North Africa, called upon by Pope Francis to discuss persecution of Christians by Islamist extremists in the region, concluded this weekend with a call for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reaffirmation of military force against ISIS.

Vatican envoys from Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Turkey met in the Vatican for three days to discuss how persecution of Christian minorities in the region could be better prevented.

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Qatar and Saudi Arabia 'have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam'

General Jonathan Shaw, Britain's former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, says Qatar and Saudi Arabia responsible for spread of radical Islam

Gen Jonathan Shaw is a former commander of British forces in Basra

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a "time bomb" by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq.

General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.

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Attacks on Church in East Jerusalem Grow More Intense

 

Palestinian militants seek to stop ministry and seize property, Christians say.

By Our Middle East Correspondent

http://morningstarnews.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ec6d7eb2533a90581f839110&id=21849cd5a3&e=b2cec00157ISTANBUL, Turkey, September 30, 2014 (Morning Star News) – In the latest of several attacks on a congregation in East Jerusalem, young men with ties to a Palestinian militant group wired shut a church door and sprayed a gaseous substance at those inside hours before dawn on Monday (Sept. 29), church sources said.
 

 
Blair: Radical Islam Is A 'Global Problem'
    
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The former prime minister warns a global campaign to defeat the forces of radical Islam will take a generation. 

Tony Blair has told Sky News that radical Islam is a "global problem" that will take a generation to defeat.

Speaking to Sky's Adam Boulton from New York, the former prime minister said defeating the forces of radical Islam will need a "global response".

"I think President Obama is doing absolutely the right thing in assembling the broadest alliance against Isis," Mr Blair said, referring to Islamic State militants.

"(But) even if we deal with this Isis group, you've got a plethora of these types of groups, not just in the Middle East but in North Africa and elsewhere in the world.

"Looking at this broader issue of radical Islam ... this is a global problem.

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UK to place 'curbs' on Muslim Brotherhood

   

UK to place 'curbs' on Muslim Brotherhood

Although it is unlikely the movement will be banned in the UK, it is highly speculated that restrictions will be put on the group especially by the Charity Commission.

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The United Kingdom is on the verge of introducing curbs on the Muslim Brotherhood and organizations linked to it after senior diplomat and ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, filed a report raising concerns over their connections to 'extremist' groups in the Middle-East.


 

Australia raids Islamic center, arrests two for militant links

Australian police Wednesday raided an Islamic center and seized two men for alleged involvement in recruiting and sending militants to Syria.

The raids involving 180 police came a day after the country’s spy chief said he was “actively considering” raising the terror threat level over Australians’ involvement in overseas militant groups.

Australian Federal Police said the men, aged 21 and 31, were arrested for terrorism offences, alleging they were “involved in recruiting, facilitating and funding people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities”.

 

Christian, Hindu in Custody in Pakistan on Accusation of Defiling Koran

Family of convert from Hinduism says Muslims retaliating for refusal to convert to Islam.

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

School in southern Punjab Province where defiling of Koran allegedly occurred. (Voice Society)LAHORE, Pakistan, September 9, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan have taken into custody a Christian convert from Hinduism and his Hindu co-worker for allegedly burning a Koran and a chart of Koranic verses.
 

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Isis: British women led by Aqsa Mahmood 'running sharia police unit for Islamic State in Syria'

The al-Khansaa brigade reportedly upholds the strict religious rules implemented by the Islamic State (Isis) in the city of Raqqa  

  

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As many as 60 British women have joined an all-female sharia police unit for the Islamic State (Isis), reprimanding those who fall foul of the jihad’s strict rules.

The al-Khansaa brigade is believed to be operating in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by Isis militants and works as their Syrian headquarters.

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Woman beheaded: 'Muslim convert' known as Fat Nick suspected of slaughtering grandmother pictured for first time

Horrific: victim Palmira Silva and her alleged attacker Nicholas Salvadore

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Details have begun to emerge about the man arrested for the murder of a great grandmother beheaded in her back garden.

He was named locally as Nicholas Salvadore, a 25-year-old would-be cage fighter who is believed to be a Muslim convert, who had been living a few doors from 82-year-old Palmira Silva.

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Exclusive: Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt's most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation.

Confirmation that Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region's jihadi groups, is extending its influence to Egypt will sound alarm bells in Cairo, where the authorities are already facing a security challenge from home-grown militants.


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