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New wave of Islamophobia hits Australia

A fresh wave of Islamophobia has swept through Australia, threatening the country’s Muslim community as they witness a rise in racially-motivated hate crimes, Press TV reports.

Community leaders have urged Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to condemn Islamophobia in the country, after reports of Muslim women being verbally abused and mosques defaced.

A number of Muslim figures in the country have also reportedly received death threats.

On Wednesday, Australia’s grand mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, as well as other religious leaders called on the Muslim community to exercise restraint and reject the ISIL Takfiri cult's call for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/24/379892/fresh-wave-of-islamophobia-hits-australia/
 
India's top court scraps illegal coal blocks

Supreme Court cancels 214 of 218 permits for coal mines allocated since 1993 after licensing process was deemed illegal.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/india-top-court-scraps-illegal-coal-blocks-201492485842197211.html
 
Lebanon detains Syrian diva singer Assala Nasri

Lebanese airport authorities have detained singer Assala Nasri and confiscated her passport.
 
Hamas, Fatah begin Cairo talks to resolve disputes

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah began talks in Cairo on Wednesday aimed at resolving internal disputes and reviving their unity government.

The two-day talks will focus on "the return (of the unity government) in the Gaza Strip and the implementation of its authority without obstacles," said the head of Fatah's delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad.

The talks come after a joint Palestinian delegation and Israel agreed to hold indirect talks in late October to thrash out a lasting truce in Gaza.
Under Egyptian mediation, Israel and the Palestinians agreed on August 26 to a ceasefire that ended a 50-day war between Hamas and Israeli forces.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/09/24/Kerry-Abbas-meet-in-NY-to-discuss-Gaza.html
 
Ebola cases could reach 1.4m next year

New report suggests Ebola cases could rise in the coming months if urgent measures are not taken to curb the outbreak.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/09/ebola-cases-may-reach-14-million-next-year-2014923163038427875.html
 
The differences between the terror groups

What's the difference between ISIS, al Nusra and the Khorasan Group?

Not long ago, the threat of terrorist attacks against the United States boiled down to two words: al Qaeda.
But this week's U.S. airstrikes against al Qaeda offshoots show the president is playing whack-a-mole against a new generation of terrorists.
The attacks Tuesday inside Syria came in three waves and targeted ISIS, the Khorasan Group and, apparently, the al-Nusra Front.
The groups share a similar ideology. But there are key differences.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/24/world/meast/isis-al-nusra-khorasan-difference/index.html?hpt=imi_c2
 
Islamic State crisis: New strikes near Syria-Turkey border

New air strikes have targeted Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, hitting areas close to the border with Turkey.

Syrian activists reported strikes around the Kurdish town of Kobane, which has been besieged by IS fighters for several days.

Witnesses saw two military aircraft approaching from Turkey but Turkish officials denied its airspace or bases had been used in the attack.

The US-led coalition expanded its raids against IS into Syria on Monday.

But the aerial bombardment near Kobane, which happened at about 01:00 local time (22:00 GMT), has not been confirmed by the US or any coalition member.

Turkish military sources said neither its air force nor the US airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey had been used.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29341111
 
Egypt delays trial of 240-day hunger striker
Court ignores plea from lawyer of Mohamed Soltan, a dual US-Egyptian citizen, whose health remains critical.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/09/egypt-delays-trial-240-day-hunger-striker-2014923135422514333.html
 
Man accused of using Twitter to defame UAE

A man who defamed the country and several government entities also spread false information on the UAE’s laws and state security procedures through his personal Twitter account, a court heard yesterday.
It was also claimed that Emirati O N, 25, who had allegedly referred to previous court procedures and hearings as “a comical theatre”, had communication with members in a secret organisation, part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and of later joining them.
O N, who denied the charges, said what he tweeted was based on his feelings towards his father who had received a 10-year sentence in July last year.
His father was accused of having connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, and collecting donations to support the illegal organisation.
O N said that he had more than 1,000 tweets on Twitter, although he could not remember the content, but he said he did not glorify the Muslim Brotherhood.
“I was merely supporting my father. I didn’t participate or show victory to any sect or party like the Muslim Brotherhood or any other,” O N said.
Judge Mohammed Al Jarah Al Tenaiji questioned O N about devices found in his house.
“A black iPhone 4 was found in your house with information about previous court trials and other illegitimate organisations,” he said.
O N told the judge that the mobile phone did not belong to him.
The trial was adjourned until October 14.
 
'ISIL bombings kill 700 Iraqi soldiers'

ISIL Takfiri militants have unleashed a set of bombing attacks on a military base in central Iraq, killing some 700 soldiers, witnesses say.

According to reports on Tuesday, two attackers detonated their explosives-laden vehicles in Camp Saqlawiyah, north of the city of Fallujah, while three others set off their explosive vests there.

Some 200 soldiers survived the attack, mostly injured. The survivors said the terrorists also kidnapped a number of army troops.

Hundreds of soldiers were stationed at the base at the time of the attack.

The army forces were stranded at the base without ammunition and supplies after the sole supply route to the camp was cut off by the ISIL terrorists.

"There were no reinforcements, no food supplies, no medicine, no water, and then our ammunition began to run out," a surviving soldier said.

Iraq’s military, backed by volunteers, launched a major operation against the ISIL militants in Fallujah on Sunday.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people.

Senior Iraqi and Syria officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and some other Persian Gulf Arab states for the terrorism in their country.