Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mali: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Holds 8th Annual Convention

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It is a training environment to create social cohesion, unity and brotherhood among the members of the community. 

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By  staff report | March 29, 2015
Adopted loosely from report by Ibrahima Traore for Lefaso.net

Imams encouraged to cultivate the values ​​of the Prophet Muhammad

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Mali organizes their 8th "Jalsa salana (Annual Convention)" on the 27, 28 and 29 March 2015 in Bamako, under the theme: "Muhammad -- A mercy for all mankind."

The opening ceremony of the convention was held Friday, March 27, 2015.

According to the president of the Community, Saqib Mahmood Nasir, the Convention aims to strengthen the relationship of members with God. It is a training environment to create social cohesion, unity and brotherhood among the members of the community.

Germany: 70 women, including 9 schoolgirls, left to join ISIS – report

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They write blogs with “romantic descriptions” of life in extremist camps, and the females have no idea about the future they are actually agreeing to.

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By RT News | March 29, 2015

More than 70 German women, nine of whom are schoolgirls, have left their home country for Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State, the president of the German Domestic Intelligence Service (BFV) said.

According to Hans-Georg Maassen, 40 percent of those women are under the age of 25, Zeit Online reported.

While the recruitment of young girls and women by the Islamic State is not a rare phenomenon, Maassen warned that jihadists have lately focused on luring females to join the 'caliphate' via social networks.

India: Religious beef ban in Maharashtra forces captive lions to feed on chickens at Mumbai national park

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Among them are the tigers, lions and leopards in captivity at Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, who have been off their regular diet for two weeks now.

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By Mridula Chari | March 19, 2015

With meat traders on strike to protest the new prohibition, tigers, lions and leopards in a city animal safari attraction have been subsisting on poultry.

Maharashtra’s ban on beef has had an unexpected consequence. With beef suppliers across the state on strike to protest the new move, even legal water buffalo meat is not available. As a result, Maharashtra’s captive carnivores have been forced to subsist on chicken.

Among them are the tigers, lions and leopards in captivity at Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, who have been off their regular diet for two weeks now.

“The natural diet of carnivores is anyway beef,” said Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar, veterinarian officer at the park. “In the wild, they eat animals like chital and buffalos and it is the same in all zoos in India. They all feed their carnivores beef.”

India: Ahmadi student from Qadian tops in Bachelor of Physiotherapy, wins Gold Medal

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Ms. Taiba Munawwar, daughter of  Munawwar Ahmad, of Ahmadiyya Mohalla, took the first position in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and won a Gold Medal.

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By Staff report | March 28, 2015

Qadian: An Ahmadi Muslim student from Qadian has won a Gold Medal in Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Guru Nanak Dev VishwaVidyalaya, it is reported by Punjab Kesari, a local newspaper in Punjab, India.

According to the newspaper, Ms. Taiba Munawwar, daughter of  Munawwar Ahmad, of Ahmadiyya Mohalla, took the first position in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and won a Gold Medal.

Speaking in Qadian, an uncle of the student, Mehmood Ahmad Varaich, said that Ms. Taiba worked very hard after the death of her father and the family members are very proud of her achievement.

Waraich offered congratulations to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and the community's spiritual leader Hazrat (His Holiness) Mirza Masroor Ahmad for this high achievement by one of the young member.

USA: Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act To End Government Spying On Americans

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"I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security -- we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties."

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By Lydia O'Connor | March 24, 2015

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to reauthorize the law's most controversial provisions before a June deadline.

The Surveillance State Repeal Act, introduced by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), would overturn the 2001 Patriot Act that allowed for mass government surveillance in the name of anti-terrorism and the destruction of any information collected under it. The bill also would repeal the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which allows Internet spying, and would stop the government from forcing tech manufacturers to compromise encryption or privacy features to allow spying on their devices. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency's mass surveillance in 2013, would have additional protections.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Dozens During Presidential Election

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All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers...

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By Associated Press | March 28, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria: — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic caliphate.

Nearly 60 million people have cards to vote, and for the first time there is a possibility that a challenger can defeat a sitting president in the high-stakes contest to govern Africa's richest and most populous nation.

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