Indian forces raid banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami in alleged terrorism funding case

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Sunday it conducted raids at nearly five dozen places linked to banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Jammu and Kashmir in an alleged terrorism funding case. The government accuses Jamaat-e-Islami of supporting militancy in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which is at the heart of decades of conflict with Muslim Pakistan.… Read More Indian forces raid banned religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami in alleged terrorism funding case

Nigerian court acquits Shi’ite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, wife of all criminal charges

A Nigerian court on Wednesday acquitted Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a banned Shi’ite group, of all eight criminal charges against him, defence and prosecution lawyers said. Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, had been in detention since 2015 when he was arrested after a clash in which the army killed… Read More Nigerian court acquits Shi’ite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, wife of all criminal charges

Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday

Several prominent Egyptian activists and journalists were released from custody on Sunday following months of detention on charges including joining or aiding a terrorist group and spreading false news, lawyers representing them said. Egyptian authorities have in recent months released detainees ahead of major Muslim holidays. Sunday’s releases come two days ahead of Eid al-Adha,… Read More Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday

Pope Francis returns to Vatican following intestinal surgery

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday, 11 days after surgery to remove part of his colon, starting a period of near-total rest and rehabilitation expected to last at least two weeks. The 84-year-old pontiff left Rome’s Gemelli hospital unannounced, leaving by a side door and travelling through Rome in a simple blue car… Read More Pope Francis returns to Vatican following intestinal surgery

Indonesian court sentences Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab to four years imprisonment for coronavirus misinformation

An Indonesian court jailed hardline Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab on Thursday for four years for spreading false information in a video saying he was healthy despite having tested positive for COVID-19. The verdict comes after an eight-month jail term handed last month to Rizieq, the spiritual leader of the outlawed Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI), for… Read More Indonesian court sentences Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab to four years imprisonment for coronavirus misinformation

Police arrests priest for dousing bishops with acid in Athens

Police have arrested a priest who attacked metropolitan bishops at the Petraki Monastery in Athens on Wednesday by dousing them with acid. The seven bishops, who were meeting to consider deposing the priest, suffered burns on their faces and hands and were rushed to hospital. A guard at the monastery, who managed to catch the… Read More Police arrests priest for dousing bishops with acid in Athens

Pope Francis calls for reconciliation and healing over Canadian indigenous school discovery

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect of the rights and cultures of native peoples. However, Francis stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded. Two days ago,… Read More Pope Francis calls for reconciliation and healing over Canadian indigenous school discovery

Pope Francis meets with Canadian cardinals over indigenous school scandal

Pope Francis met with both Vatican-based Canadian cardinals on Saturday as their country reels from the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former school for indigenous students run by the Catholic Church. The pope met separately with Cardinal Michael Czerny and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Vatican said in its daily announcement of… Read More Pope Francis meets with Canadian cardinals over indigenous school scandal