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‘I’m holding my death certificate’

International | Shiite Muslims fear extermination in Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/06/18, 03:15 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigerian security forces last week shot and killed 42 members of a Shiite Islamic movement during a violent crackdown on protests in the nation’s capital. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) staged a religious procession to coincide with a three-day protest demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky.

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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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Terror before elections in Afghanistan

International | Analysts say more attacks expected ahead of weekend parliamentary vote
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/16/18, 04:28 pm

Running for office or even registering to vote can be deadly business in Afghanistan, where six candidates have died, three have sustained injuries, and two have been abducted—all in separate attacks leading up to the parliamentary vote scheduled this weekend, according to the country’s Independent Election Commission. About 100 others died and hundreds more were injured in the attacks, which the Taliban has vowed to continue until the elections.

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