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  1. India man lynched over beef rumours (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

    “A 50-year-old man in northern India has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumours that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home.

    Mohammad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh state on Monday night.

    Mr Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son was also seriously injured in the attack, and has been admitted to a hospital.

    Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Police are probing who spread the rumour.

    Slaughter of cows is a sensitive issue in India as the animal is considered sacred by Hindus, who comprise 80% of the country’s 1.2bn people.

    Uttar Pradesh is among a number of Indian states who have tightened laws banning cow slaughter and the sale and consumption of beef.

    The beef ban has also provoked outrage with many questioning how the government decides what is on their plate.

    Mr Akhlaq’s family said the family had stored mutton, and not beef in their fridge. The police have taken the meat and sent it for testing, reports said.

    “Some locals spread rumours that Akhlaq had cow meat at his home and engaged in cow slaughter. Following the rumours, they attacked his home,” senior local official NP Singh told The Indian Express newspaper.

    Senior police official Kiran S told the AFP news agency that the “announcement about the family consuming beef was made at a [local] temple”.

    The incident happened in a village, barely 50km (31 miles) away from the Indian capital, Delhi, where Mr Akhlaq, a farm worker, lived with his family…”

  2. Calais migrant crisis: Man killed on Eurotunnel tracks (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

    “A migrant has been killed on the Eurotunnel tracks trying to make it to the UK.
    The man is the 13th migrant to die trying to get to Britain since late June, and the
    fourth in 10 days.

    The man’s nationality is not confirmed, although the BBC has been told by people in the migrant camps in Calais he was Eritrean.

    A spokesman for Eurotunnel said a man was found unconscious beside the tracks at 01:00 BST on the French side.

    A train driver was receiving “psychological support”, he added…”

  3. Kurds launch offensive against ISIL in north Iraq (hurriyetdailynews, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Kurdish forces attacked the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq on Sept.30 in the latest of several offensives aimed at driving the militants away from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

    The assault began in the early morning to capture the al-Gurra heights to the west of Kirkuk in the direction of the ISIL bastion of Hawijah, Kurdish military sources said…”

  4. US Airstrikes Back Afghan Push to Retake City From Taliban (abcnews, Sep 30, 2015)

    “U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake Kunduz.

    The Taliban were also gearing for the long fight and their fighters were seen planting bombs and mining roads in and out of the city on Wednesday to slow down Afghan forces.

    Also overnight, there was fierce fighting for control of Kunduz’s airport, a few kilometers (miles) outside the city, before the Taliban retreated under fire, several residents said. The airport remained in Afghan government hands.

    U.S. Army spokesman, Col. Brian Tribus, said there were two new airstrikes and that U.S. and NATO coalition advisers, including special forces were at the scene “in the Kunduz area, advising Afghan security forces.”

    The Taliban captured Kunduz, a city of 300,000 people, on Monday. It was the first major urban area they seized since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted their extremist regime….”

    • Taliban attack: Afghan forces struggle to retake Kunduz (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

      “Heavy fighting is continuing in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after government forces launched an attack to reclaim it from the Taliban.

      Two US air strikes on Tuesday halted an attempt by insurgents to seize the airport, the army’s stronghold. The Taliban deny the strikes killed their leader in the province and his deputy.

      An unspecified number of Nato special forces have now reached the city…”

      • Lawmakers demand Ghani’s resignation as Afghan battle rages (tribune, Sep 30, 2015)

        “KABUL: Afghan lawmakers called on President Ashraf Ghani to resign on Wednesday over his government’s “shameful” handling of the battle for Kunduz, the northern city which has fallen to Taliban insurgents in their biggest victory so far in 14 years of war.

        The militants seized control of Kunduz after an audacious assault on the city on Monday, and the promised counter-offensive from Afghan forces has yet to materialize.

        Instead, thousands of exhausted Afghan police and soldiers are holed up at the city’s airport waiting for reinforcements from other parts of the country.

        “It is shameful how they (the government) have dealt with the situation in Kunduz,” said Iqbal Safi, a member of parliament from Kapisa province, during a televised session of parliament.

        “Ghani and Abdullah must step down,” he added, referring to Ghani’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah…”

        • Taliban tighten grip on Afghan city of Kunduz (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

          “Taliban fighters have seized a military hilltop site in Kunduz, tightening their grip on the northern Afghan city.

          The capture of the Bala Hisar fortress came despite efforts by government reinforcements, backed by Nato airstrikes and special forces, to retake the city.

          It leaves the airport as the army’s last stronghold…”

  5. Series of bombs in China kills at least three: CCTV (reuters, Sep 30, 2015)

    “A series of package bombs exploded in the southwestern Chinese city of Liuzhou on Wednesday, state television reported, killing at least three people.

    The blasts injured at least 13 people in the city, in Guangxi province. Photographs posted by China Central Television on its microblog showed a damaged building.”

  6. Weapons bound for Yemen seized on Iran boat: coalition (reuters, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Arab coalition forces waging a military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons in the Arabian Sea on its way to deliver supplies to the group, the Saudi-led alliance said on Wednesday.

    The announcement was made a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from Houthi forces following weeks of fighting in the area east of the capital Sanaa.

    The coalition, which also includes Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, has been battling the Iranian-backed Houthis for more than six months, trying to shore up President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and contain what the Gulf Arab states see growing Tehran’s influence in their backyard.

    As part of the campaign, Saudi-led naval forces have imposed a near-blockade to prevent weapons supplies from reaching the Houthis, resulting in long delays and mandatory searches for shippers in the region.

    A coalition statement said 14 Iranian sailors were detained on the boat, which was carrying 18 anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank shells, shell-battery kits, firing guidance systems, launchers and binoculars’ batteries…”

  7. France investigates Syria’s Assad for crimes against humanity (reuters, Sep 30, 2015)

    “France is investigating Bashar al-Assad over alleged crimes against humanity, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday, launching a case that highlights divisions among major powers over relations with the Syrian leader.

    The investigation, which is also examining claims of torture and kidnapping by Assad’s forces, was opened “on the basis of indications received from the foreign ministry” on Sept. 10, an official at the prosecutor’s office said.

    An estimated 250,000 people have been killed in Syria’s four-year civil war between Assad’s troops, rebel groups and Islamic State militants, and a further 11 million displaced.

    The ministry’s dossier drew on some 55,000 photographic images smuggled out of the country by a former Syrian army officer, showing 11,000 alleged victims of forces loyal to Assad, according to various media reports.

    The competence of French courts to try those held responsible may hinge on the identification of French nationals among the victims. Even in that event, the prospect of a trial in France would appear remote.

    In the face of sustained Russian support for the Syrian president, France recently joined other western powers in softening earlier demands that Assad leave office as a precondition for peace talks…”

  8. Russia parliament approves military move in Syria (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Russia’s upper house of parliament has voted to allow the military to be deployed in Syria, paving the way for air strikes on the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

    The vote followed a request from Syria for military aid, senior Kremlin official Sergey Ivanov said.

    Mr Ivanov ruled out the use of ground troops and said the step involved only the use of the air force.
    President Vladimir Putin called this week for a broad anti-terror coalition.

    He told the UN it should be similar to the alliance that opposed Hitler in World War Two.

    A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for more than a year.

    But Mr Ivanov, the president’s chief-of-staff, said US and French airstrikes in Syria circumvented international law, since they had not been authorised by a UN resolution or by the Syrian government.

    President Bashar al-Assad, he said, had officially requested military assistance from Moscow…”

  9. U.S. stops sending new Syria recruits to troubled rebel training program (reuters, Sep 30, 2015)

    “The United States has stopped pulling new recruits from the battlefield in Syria for training outside the country as the U.S. military program to forge a force of moderate rebels undergoes review, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.

    The program has been troubled from its inception, with some of the first class of less than 60 fighters coming under attack from al Qaeda’s Syria wing, Nusra Front, in their battlefield debut. Some were killed or captured, and the whereabouts of 18 fighters in the first class are unknown, a U.S. military spokesman said this month.

    Some of the U.S.-trained rebels handed over some of their equipment to Nusra last week in return for safe passage, in violation of program guidelines.

    Despite the problems, the Pentagon said the program was still active, with recruiting and training ongoing.

    “As we review the program, we have paused the actual movement of new recruits from Syria,” said Peter Cook, the Pentagon spokesman. “We also continue to provide support for current forces on the ground and to train the cohorts currently in the program.””

  10. ISIS cut out healthy captives’ kidneys and corneas and drain their blood for transplants… while others are forced to endure daily torture, reveals prisoner who escaped their clutches (dailymail, Sep 30, 2015)

    “ISIS doctors are harvesting organs and draining the blood of healthy captives’, a former prisoner has revealed.

    Abo Rida said surgeons for the terror group removed kidneys and corneas from prisoners and treated them as ‘blood banks’ for wounded fighters.

    He also revealed how those not strong enough for organ donation were forced to endure daily torture at the hands of barbaric IS militants in Raqqa, Syria…”

  11. Woman who was forced into marriage at 16 is raped and beaten for 13 YEARS by abusive husband who was angry that she hadn’t given him a son (dailymail, Sep 30, 2015)

    “A woman has told how she was subjected to 13 years of violence at the hands of her own husband, who raped her, beat her and tried to poison her.

    Sajida, who has Pakistani heritage but lives in Manchester, was forced into marriage with her cousin when she was just 16 and her new husband was 23.

    Now in her 30s, Sajida was only 17 when she fell pregnant and went on to have four daughters, which angered her husband as he wished to have boys…”

  12. Now Libyan soldiers jailed for sexually assaulting three teenage girls in drunken rampage in Cambridge are ‘seeking asylum in UK’ (dailymail, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Three Libyan soldiers have claimed asylum in Britain days after they were released from prison for sexually assaulting three teenagers after going on a drunken rampage, it was revealed today.

    Ibrahim El Maarfi, 21, Khaled El Azibi, 19, and Mohammed Abdalsalam, 27, worked ‘in a pack’ on the streets of Cambridge looking for victims to attack, their trial heard.

    The three men were among 300 Libyan trainees stationed at Basingbourn army base and have now been transferred to an immigration centre after they served around ten months in prison.

    A lawyer for one of their three victims said today that the woman was ‘dismayed’ that the men have asked to stay in Britain permanently…”

  13. Syria crisis: Russia ‘begins air strikes’ (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Russia appears to have begun carrying out air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, a US defence official says.

    The official said the strikes reportedly came in the area of the western city of Homs.

    Washington was informed in advance that they were about to take place.

    The US and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russia has backed its ally remaining in office….”

  14. Arabs Spurn Military Push by Moscow Inside Syria
    Saudis’ strong stance highlights Obama’s dilemma, with some allies supporting Russian role and others opposing one

    While Russia’s stated goal in moving into Syria is to fight the Islamic State, NATO’s top commander believes Russia’s new presence includes the first pieces of an intricate layer of defensive systems deployed to hinder U.S. and coalition operations in the region. “As we see the very capable air defense [systems] beginning to show up in Syria, we’re a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created in the eastern Mediterranean,” said Gen. Philip M. Breedlove on Monday. A2/AD stands for anti-access/area denial.
    Breedlove suggested that Russia’s presence in Syria had little to do with fighting the Islamic State and a lot to do with propping up Syrian President Assad. “These very sophisticated air defense capabilities are not about [the Islamic State], they’re about something else,” said Breedlove.

  15. Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

    A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership. One of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded to the throne in January. “The king is not in a stable condition and in reality the son of the king [Mohammed bin Salman] is ruling the kingdom,” said the prince, who wrote two letters earlier this month calling for the king to be removed. “The public are also pushing this very hard, all kinds of people, tribal leaders,” the prince added.

    Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince, is a new arrival to the Saudi senior leadership team. Still very young by Saudi standards – officially 35 but rumored to be much younger – he is minister of defense, responsible for Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, where rebel Houthis have come under attack from Saudi aircraft and ground forces.

  16. Western racism gives the Arab Gulf states a free pass

    While hundreds of millions of refugees all over the world have been successfully resettled and integrated into their new worlds, the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of these Palestinian refugees have been cynically kept hostages to hate and to the blind rejection of the reality their own leaders imposed. These same wealthy Arab states also renege on their pledges to support the Palestinian Authority operating budget, shifting yet another Arab obligation onto the shoulders of Europe and the U.S.

    Why do world leaders not demand that these rich Arab states take care of their own brother Arabs and fellow Muslims? . . . Why are these Arab refugees, running from Arab hostility and Arab cruelty, a European responsibility?

    It seems to me that this is a manifestation of raw racism. . . . It’s as if the world does not hold Arabs to accepted norms of human compassion, empathy, and moral obligation. It’s as if the world does not expect Muslim Arabs to care about their own brothers and sisters. No one dares mention their obligations and their naked repudiation of responsibility. Is the underlying premise that they are somehow different or inferior, or that their culture and code of conduct cannot be judged by Western standards? Do we implicitly discredit their culture and unthinkingly excuse them from humanitarian and international responsibility?

  17. Iranian General Blames Israel for Mecca Disasters

    The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces blamed Israel for the disasters in Mecca this month, in which more than 100 people died when a construction crane collapsed and more than 700 died in a stampede.

    Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazzayeri said that tragedies, in which more than 150 Iranians pilgrims died, may have been caused by Israel, in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

    “Given the usurper Zionist regime’s infiltration and influence on the al-Saud, there is a growing possibility that the crane crash incident at the Grand Mosque (in the holy city of Mecca) and the death of thousands of people in Mina were the result of deliberate crime,” Jazzayeri told the semi-official Fars News Agency. He went on to say that “fact-finding groups from all Muslim states have the responsibility to decrypt this al-Saud crime.”

    Jazzayeri is no stranger to conspiracy theories. He has previously said that the Islamic State was formed as part of an American plot to “defame Islam” and “create a new Middle East…in line with the illegitimate interests of the Zionist regime.” After the Klos-C, an ship filled with Iranian rockets and arms bound for Gaza, was intercepted by the Israeli Navy last year, Jazzayeri denied Iranian involvement, claiming that “the Americans and the Zionists probably ordered (from) Hollywood the production of a movie with the scenario of a cargo ship carrying Iranian weapons to Gaza in Palestine.”

  18. UN: “This is not a refugee crisis” – Hungary FM tells reporters at UN

    «This is a mass popular movement actually; mass popular movement with unlimited sources of supply of people.”»

  19. Russia: Putin speaks out as airstrikes on IS positions begin in Syria

    “The only right way to fight against international terrorism in Syria and in the neighbouring states, where groups consisting exactly of international terrorists commit outrages, is to act preventively, to fight and annihilate militants on the territories that they have already occupied, not to wait when they come to our homes. It is well known, that among members of the so-called terrorist organisation, Islamic State, and I want to stress once again that it has nothing to do with real Islam, thousands of people from European countries, Russia and post-Soviet countries are now involved. There is no need to be an expert in these questions in order to understand that if they succeed in Syria they will inevitably return to their homelands and Russia as well. It is not a secret that so-called Islamic State has long ago declared our country as enemy.”

  20. IS conflict: French raid in Syria ‘kills 12 child soldiers’ (BBC, Sep 30, 2015)

    “An activist group has said France’s first air strike on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syrian territory killed 30, including 12 child soldiers.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday’s strike on an IS camp in eastern Syria had also wounded about 20 fighters.

    French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday six jets had destroyed the camp in the province of Deir al-Zour.

    France had previously limited its strikes on IS to Iraqi airspace…”

  21. Police nab migrant trafficking suspect (ansa, Sep 30, 2015)

    “(ANSA) – Milan, September 30 – Milan police on Wednesday arrested a 29-year-old Eritrean national on charges of abetting illegal immigration. Investigators say Mahmoud Kar Mahamud Seid belongs to a migrant trafficking gang that between May and September organized 23 Mediterranean crossings from Libya, two of them deadly – a May 13 shipwreck that killed 17 out of 206 passengers, and a June 27 boat disaster in which all 244 on board perished.
    Another nine Eritrean members of the gang are already in custody, police said.
    Seid has a residency permit, and his job was to get asylum seekers from Milan to northern Europe.”

  22. MECCA STAMPEDE – Several high-ranking Iranian officials missing after Hajj stampede

    A number of Iranian high-ranking officials were killed and gone missing as a result of the stampede in Mina valley outside the Saudi city of Mecca, Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian supreme leader’s top adviser on international affairs said.

    Earlier on Sept. 24, a stampede occurred in the Mina valley, where Muslims were performing the Hajj rites.

    Velayati said Saudi Arabia should carry out the necessary work on investigating this issue, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported Sept.30.

    The names of the killed and missing Iranian officials have not been revealed.

    Meanwhile, aside from Iran’s former ambassador to Libya Ghazanfar Roknabadi, the head of institute for IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) strategic studies Ali Asghar Fouladgar is also among the missing, according to the official website of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization.

    Moreover, several employees of the Foreign Ministry, Education Ministry, as well as the Office of the Supreme Leader are also on the list of those missing.

    Over 240 Iranian pilgrims missing and 239 more were killed as a result of the stampede in Mina valley, according to the latest data.

  23. ITALY – Moroccan gets 30 years for David Raggi murder

    Amine Assoul had been expelled in 2007, returned in 2014

    Terni, September 29 – A court in the Umbrian city of Terni on Tuesday sentenced a Moroccan national to 30 years in prison for murder.
    Amine Aassoul, 29, was found guilty of slashing the throat of David Raggi, 27, with a broken bottle outside a bar on the night of March 12 this year. The defendant did not know the victim and was drunk at the time of what police who witnessed the incident said was a random attack on a passerby.
    He had been deported in 2007, only to return to claim political asylum in 2014.
    That claim had been turned down twice, but the second rejection came only after he had committed murder.

  24. Ahmed Mohamed’s Qatari Vacation with the Muslim Brotherhood

    Teenage clockmaker invited to Qatar by an organization linked to the terror group.

    The story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Dallas schoolboy made famous by the reaction to his arrest for bringing a homemade clock that resembled a suitcase bomb to school, has taken another curious turn. According to the Dallas Morning News, Ahmed and his family have accepted an invitation extended by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to visit Qatar. Their sister institution, the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) was founded by Sheikh bin Al Thani, who also created Al Jazeera. QFI has links to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

    The trip is another leg on what is best described as a celebrity-like tour. On Monday, Ahmed’s newfound status took him to New York’s City Hall, where he received a proclamation from Public Advocate Letitia James. James referred to Ahmed as a role model and allowed him to sit in her council chamber chair. Ahmed was also given a tour of City Hall by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and was presented with framed commendation by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. “All students should engage w/ science and technology – Ahmed Mohamed is a role model for all NYers,” Stringer tweeted after the meeting. […]

    Suspicious activity is a term that might be aptly applied to the Muslim Brotherhood-linked QFI. In 2012 QFI launched the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics. The Center’s director is Professor Tariq Ramadan, who is the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, Hassan al Banna. Ramadan was banned from coming to the United States until 2010 when the Obama administration granted him a visa to lecture at a school in New York. QFI has also instituted Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi Scholarships, named after the notorious Egyptian cleric who twice turned down offers to be the MB’s highest-ranking official. Al Qaradawi has been documented endorsing the “abduction and killing of Americans in Iraq,” and the desire to end his life as a martyr by shooting “Allah’s enemies, the Jews.”

    “Qaradawi has personally attended scores of foundation events, including conferences at which he served as a keynote speaker,” World Net Daily reveals.

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  25. Ban Ki-moon -UN chief on migrant crisis: Do not ‘build walls or exploit fears’/strong>

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday opened a meeting on Europe’s migration crisis with an appeal to keep borders open and combat xenophobia.

    “The future does not belong to those who seek to build walls or exploit fears,” Ban told the meeting of some 70 countries at UN headquarters.

  26. The economic migrants leaving Africa for a better life (BBC, video, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Not all of the migrants arriving in Europe are fleeing from war and violence in the Middle East, some are simply looking for work, opportunities and better living conditions. Many economic migrants come from Africa, and the city of Agadez in Niger is a major junction en route to Europe. From Agadez, migrants travel to Libya and further into Europe…”

  27. Government: Afghan forces retake Kunduz from Taliban (CNN, Sep 30, 2015)

    “Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Afghan forces have retaken the major city of Kunduz from Taliban militants, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, said early Thursday.

    The city has been “cleared of terrorists who suffered heavy casualties,” Sediqqi said in a tweet.

    The government lost control of Kunduz on Monday, the first time the Taliban have taken over a provincial capital since 2001.

    Security forces had struggled in their attempt to wrest Kunduz back. As the fighting raged, civilians were stuck in the middle.

    Doctors Without Borders said its trauma hospital in the city has been overwhelmed with patients. The aid organization reported that its doctors treated at least 171 wounded people, including 46 children, in the first 36 hours of the fighting.

    “The majority of patients had sustained gunshot wounds, and surgeons have been treating severe abdominal, limb and head injuries,” Doctors Without Borders said in a statement. Anticipating more casualties, the organization is rushing medical supplies by road and air to the embattled city….”

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