Former IS slaves try to rebuild lives

For Yazidi women like Laila Taloo, the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate meant death to their men, rape and slavery for them. IS no longer holds any territory in Iraq and Syria, but many Yazidis are still missing. (May 21)

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Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi mourn fighter killed in IS attack | AFP

Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi and mourners hold a funeral for a fighter in the central holy city of Najaf, a day after he was killed in an Islamic State group attack. He was among ten Iraqi paramilitaries who were killed in the deadliest operation by jihadist sleeper cells in months.

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Spain arrests one of Europe’s most wanted Daesh terrorists | AFP

The Egyptian terrorist from the Islamic State group, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a former London-based rapper, is arrested in south-western Spain. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Streets leading to Mecca’s holy sites still closed | AFP

Streets leading to the Islamic holy sites of Mecca in Saudi Arabia remain closed, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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At least 25 dead in Sikh-Hindu temple attack in Afghanistan | AFP

People mourn outside hospital after more than 20 people were killed when gunmen stormed a Sikh-Hindu temple in central Kabul in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. IMAGES

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Iranians fear government cover-up for coronavirus death toll | AFP

Iranians fear government cover-up for the coronavirus death toll amid a shortage in protective face masks after Iran’s government dismissed claims the toll could be as high as 50. The authorities in the Islamic republic have come under mounting public pressure since it took days for them to admit to “accidentally” shooting down a Ukrainian airliner last month, killing 176 people.

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Sex workers break taboo with ‘honourable’ funeral at Bangladesh brothel | AFP

A former sex worker in one of the world’s biggest brothels, Daulatdia in Bangladesh, has been given a formal Islamic funeral after police in the Muslim-majority nation break a long-standing taboo.

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Cannabis coffee: Indonesia’s Sharia stronghold sidesteps drug ban | AFP

Marijuana coffee is a hit with locals in Indonesia’s Aceh province and buyers in other parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago, who pay 1.0 million rupiah ($75) for a kilo of it. But this is risky business in Aceh, where even drinking alcohol or kissing in public can earn you a painful whipping under its strict Islamic law.

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Indonesia province unveils new female flogging squad | AFP

In Aceh, the only region in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law, flogging remains a common punishment for a range of offences, including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or pre-marital sex. Local government says it’s trying to honour Islamic law by calling for more women to whip female perpetrators. N°1NR5ZYN°1OG742

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Mnuchin announces US sanctions against Iranian metals industry | AFP

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces sanctions against more than a dozen leading producers of metals in the Islamic republic, in addition to fresh sanctions against eight top Iranian officials Washington is accusing of working to destabilize the region. SOUNDBITE

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Pakistani Shiite Muslim women hold candlelight vigil for slain Iranian commander Soleimani | AFP

Pakistani Shiite Muslim women hold a candlelight vigil in Islamabad for top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani after his assassination at the age of 62 in a US drone strike in Baghdad. The powerful Iranian commander was hailed as a “living martyr” in the Islamic republic for his military and strategic exploits that included halting the Islamic State group as it rampaged across Iraq and Syria.

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Iran supreme leader prays over coffin of general Soleimani | AFP

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays over the coffin containing the remains of top military commander Qasem Soleimeni in an emotional ceremony in Tehran. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike Friday near Baghdad international airport, shocking the Islamic republic and raising fears of a new Middle East war. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, December 29th: Five stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration; Officials say poor condition of wreckage will slow plane crash probe; Iraqi authorities start a military operation against Islamic State group fighters; Bear stuck inside UT baseball stadium. (Dec. 29)

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Islamic leaders gather for summit shunned by Saudi Arabia | AFP

Leaders of Muslim nations, including Saudi rivals Iran, Turkey and Qatar, attend a summit in Kuala Lumpur, which analysts say is aimed at rivalling the OIC, a 57-member pan-Islamic body headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday mounted a veiled attack on the summit, saying such gatherings would weaken Islam. IMAGES

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Residents return after IS losses in east Afghanistan | AFP

Afghans in Nangarhar province had seen their share of hardship after war ravaged their country for decades — but few were prepared for the arrival of the Islamic State group. Now some have begun returning home after Afghan military officials announced that IS’s Afghan branch had been completely defeated in Nangarhar.

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Trump, Macron clash over Islamic State fighters

Increasingly tense relations between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron were on display when the subject of Islamic State fighters surfaced on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London. (Dec. 3)

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Video shows UK stabbing suspect on London Bridge

Video posted on social media showed a man, suspected of stabbing several people, being wrestled to the ground by citizens before police shot him dead on London Bridge. British media report the suspect had links to Islamic extremist groups. (Nov. 29)

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Trump honors dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid

President Donald Trump is honoring the U.S. military dog that participated in the operation that ended with the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Nov. 25)

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Yazidi women and children arrive in France for new life | AFP

Twenty-seven Yazidi women and their children, victims of the Islamic State group in Iraq, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris to start a new life in France, following the government’s promise in 2018 to welcome 100 Yazidi families.

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Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali’s torn heart | AFP

Since 2012, Mali has slowly slid into chaos as Islamic terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda have gained ground. Over the years, the violence has swept from the country’s north. With many young people, mostly Fulani herders, now also struggling with unemployment, they are turning to the jihadist groups and joining their ranks in a bid to escape poverty.

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Michigan mosque aims to address U.S. imam shortage

Some communities in the U.S. are dealing with an Islamic clergy shortage. A Detroit-area mosque is working to address the problem by operating a seminary, one of just a few such schools in North America and one that offers English-only classes. (Nov. 4)

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