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March 23, 2017

Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

Why Nigeria Needs to Refrain From Membership of the Islamic Military Alliance

The Nigerian government must withdraw its steps from joining the alliance, particularly within the context of the “Islamic” label attached to the alliance… The non-inclusion of key players in the region – Iran, Iraq, and Syria – should be a tell-all sign that the intentions of Saudi Arabia for pushing forth the alliance are intrinsically hidden. Therefore, the focus of the government must be to make decisions that not only reflect Nigeria’s commitment to credible international action, but also favour all Nigerian’s irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation. In the joint statement released by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry…

The Need to Check the Recurring Deaths of African Youths in the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert

  It is no longer news that young Africans who are escaping from their countries, to Europe and other continents drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. A few months ago 300 young Africans were reported to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Three weeks later another two hundred also perished near the Island of Malta. Recently, bodies of seventy-one others were found in a lorry in Austria while some two hundred other were feared dead after two boats sank, off the coast of Libya. The Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Ban KiMoon has called for a collective response to avert…

Islamic State murders 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

  Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have released a video apparently showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The footage bears chilling echoes of an earlier mass murder by the group, in which at least 20 Egyptian Christians were beheaded on Libya’s northern shore. The new video shows two separate mass killings. In one, around 15 men are beheaded on a Libyan shoreline. In the other, a similar number are shot in the head in an area of scrubland. The video said the victims were Christians belonging to “the hostile Ethiopian Church”. Ethiopia…

Muslim migrants throw 12 Christians into high sea

  Rome (CNN) Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday. Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said. The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said. Other…

Seven Egyptian Christians found dead in Libya

The bodies of seven Egyptian Christians have been found on a beach near the Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said. They died after being shot in the head and chest, security officials said.  A Libyan interior ministry official told the BBC that authorities could not “at this stage speculate on the motive of the crime”. The Libyan government has struggled to impose order since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and killings and assassinations have become common.  Last month, a British man and a woman from New Zealand were shot execution-style west of the capital Tripoli.