Iraqi security announce capture of two Islamic State members in Nineveh

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Nineveh ( – Iraqi security forces announced on Sunday the capture of two members of Islamic State in the group’s last bastion of Mosul city.

“The two terrorists were arrested while trying to escape from Tal Afar district to Mosul city using a stolen car with fake IDs in their possession,” Dijlah TV quoted the Nineveh Police Command as saying in a statement.

According to the statement, the pair have been taken to the headquarters of the Nineveh Police Command for interrogation.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced last August that Nineveh province has been “fully liberated” from Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was re-captured.

IS militants seized control of much of Nineveh, including the provincial capital of Mosul, in June 2014. Victory was declared in the city last July.

The Iraqi government launched an operation to retake Tal Afar last August involving some 50,000 personnel from the army, air force, federal police, special forces and the Shia Muslim-led


Source :  Iraqi News

Rights activists call for stringent laws to stop premature marriages

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national July 23, 2018 01:00



CHILDREN’S RIGHTS defenders are calling for legal actions and a legal amendment to tackle the increasing number of “premature” marriages throughout the country. Such marriages harm the children involved, say the activists.

Many Thais were shocked to hear of a marriage ceremony held in Thailand in mid-June between a 41-year-old Malaysian imam and an 11-year-old Thai girl.

“This isn’t just a marriage, but may be child abuse,” Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, said yesterday.

An unofficial medical examination report from Malaysia suggested signs of sexual intercourse had taken place “several years” before the marriage, she said.

Angkhana Neelapaijit

“Child abuse is a criminal offence. Authorities, along with religious leaders, must come forward to protect the child,” she said, and added that Narathiwat’s governor as well as police investigators must also intervene.

“Thailand has promised the world it will stop child brides,” Angkhana said.

Thailand is bound by Article 16 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women to outlaw child marriage.

“All Malaysian men crossing the border to have their marriages held in Thailand must pay marriage fees,” Angkhana said.

But the problem is much wider than this one case. Thailand has one of the highest rates of youth marriages in the region, with Unicef figures showing one of every seven Thai teen aged 15 to 19 being married.

Premature marriage in Thailand occurs for many reasons, including cultural and economic. While the legal age of marriage is 18, the Thai Civil Code allows parents to approve marriage at age 17, and younger with a court’s permission.

An exception is made for the four predominantly Muslim provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Satun where girls can get married after menstruation – which usually occurs at around 12 – under Islamic law.

“While some progressive Muslim communities want to set a clear standard [for a minimum marriage age], some religious leaders who benefit from organising these marriages don’t want to change and they use religious faith as their explanation,” Sanphasit said.

“This has led to many Malaysian men exploiting the loopholes to marry children,” he said. In Malaysia, a religious court must approve a marriage involving a Muslim girl under age 16.

Gary Risser, chief of child protection for Unicef Thailand, said he wanted to see the government set a clear standard. He encouraged religious leaders to engage with the issue.

“Evidence around the world shows that child marriage is harmful to children in the long run. We need to work together towards finding solutions,” he said.

Risser said Thailand had the second-highest rate of premature marriage in Southeast Asia, after Laos. He noted that some countries, including Malaysia, do not report marriage data.

Also, one in seven (14.1 per cent) of Thai females aged 15-19 were married or in a union, according to Unicef’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey for 2015-16.


Source :  The Nation Multimedia

Hotline for Indians in UAE wishing to avail amnesty

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Staff Report/Dubai Filed on July 22, 2018 |

Last updated on July 22, 2018 at 07.49 pm

The 24/7 helpline number is 056 546 3903 and the email is

The Consulate General of India in Dubai has set up a hotline mobile number and an email address for undocumented Indian migrants wishing to avail the forthcoming amnesty.

The 24/7 helpline number is 056 546 3903 and the email is

A helpdesk has also been made available at the consulate premises.


Source :  The Khaleej Times

Logan mayor bailed on obstruction charge

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By Tracey Ferrier


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Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith has been released on bail after being charged with obstructing police.

The 48-year-old sported a large bandaid on his forehead when he faced Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.

Suspended Logan City mayor Luke Smith (right) is driven from the Logan Police Headquarters on Friday afternoon following his arrest.

Suspended Logan City mayor Luke Smith (right) is driven from the Logan Police Headquarters on Friday afternoon following his arrest. Photo: AAP – Darren England

He had spent the weekend in custody following an incident at a Logan property on Friday morning.

Magistrate Athol Kennedy granted bail on the condition Cr Smith report twice a week to Logan Central police station, and live at his father’s home at Meadowlands.

He is also banned from drinking alcohol and will be subject to random testing.

Two male friends and a female were in court to support the embattled suspended mayor.

One man, dressed in a black tracksuit top, told the clerk of the court: “We’re here to support the mayor”.

None of the trio spoke to reporters when they left, and Smith’s barrister Polina Kinchina also refused to comment.

The matter will return to court on August 21.

Smith is fighting unrelated perjury and corruption allegations after being charged in May by the Crime and Corruption Commission.



Source :  The Brisbane Times

Makkah entry ban in force

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Saudi Gazette

Jeddah — As many as 72,037 people and 30,449 vehicles were turned back from various entry points to Makkah as of Friday as the security authorities intensified their campaign to stop unauthorized entry into the holy city ahead of Haj.

The ban on the entry of unauthorized people to Makkah began on July 9 and will be in force till the end of Haj.

Only three categories of expats are being allowed to enter Makkah. They are the holders of Haj permits, those with Iqamas (residence permits) issued from Makkah, and those having permits to work during Haj season.

The Emirate of Makkah said on its Twitter account that 5,933 vehicles and 710 people were turned back from the Taneem check post near Aysha Mosque in Makkah.

The Buhaitia check post near Sayl in Taif prevented 626 unauthorized vehicles and 1,202 people from entering Makkah.

The security authorities are carrying out inspections around the clock at checkpoints located at Shumaisi new and old, Kakiah, Sharayah to prevent the entry of unauthorized people.

Permits to work in Makkah and holy sites during Haj season have been issued through web portal this year.


Source :  Saudi Gazette

Western Japan rain disaster causes ¥120 bil in agricultural damage

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Torrential rain in western Japan earlier this month and the preceding downpour brought by Typhoon Prapiroon caused 119.8 billion yen in damage to the agricultural and fishery sectors, far more than previously estimated, the government said Sunday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries previously estimated the damage at 76.8 billion yen.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government’s disaster response team Sunday to compile relief measures for affected industries using a 400 billion yen reserve fund and other sources.

As for small businesses in nonfarm sectors, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters losses caused by the rain disaster exceed 470 billion yen.

The National Police Agency said Sunday the death toll from the rain in western Japan has been reduced by one to 224, after a death in Hiroshima Prefecture turned out to be unrelated to the disaster.

Of the 224 deaths reported in 15 prefectures, 112 occurred in Hiroshima, while 61 people died in Okayama and 26 in Ehime.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, there were still about 4,400 people living away from their homes in 13 prefectures, including those staying in shelters such as school gymnasiums, after floods and landslides destroyed or damaged more than 38,000 homes across Japan, according to the internal affairs ministry.

Water outages continued to affect 17,000 households in the three hardest-hit prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime as of 6 a.m. Sunday, a health ministry tally showed.



Source :  Japan Today

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