About 500 military and civilians are on trial in connection with the 2016 coup. Proceedings focused on events inside the Akinci Air Base, near the capital. Dozens of defendants will serve harsh prison terms for trying to overthrow the government and kill Erdoğan.
The country's multi-ethnicity, its religiosity, are being questioned. Above all, the new charter allows the president to run several times in the elections. According to political scientist Askat Dukenbaev, all these discussions are "a weapon of mass distraction".
Attacked by a crowd and handed over to the provincial police authorities. The province is governed by Islamic law, which prohibits homosexual relations. If convicted, the two men will be flogged in public.
Security agents arrested Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer, members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). There is no news on their fate and the charges. Paris expresses concern and proposes dialogue on rights. The Egyptian foreign ministry denounces attempts to meddle in internal affairs.
Two months after the death of his predecessor, 40-something Ali Alyas, became the new “Baba Sheikh” yesterday. His father also held the title in the past. The ceremony was held at the stone shrine in Lalish, the Yazidis’ holy place. For some, the choice risks causing further rifts in a community still reeling from Islamic State violence.
Educational experts, politicians and human rights activists vetted school textbooks, curricula and educational policy, dominated by stereotypes and wrong views of religious minorities, often described in a derogatory way or not named at all. In violation of the Pakistani constitution, some students are forced to learn a religion other their own. A collection of essays titled “Quality Education vs Fanatic Literacy” is presented.
In Kolkata Shakib al-Hasan allegedly took part in a ritual at a pooja mandap (small Hindu temple). This led to one man posting a video on social media threatening to kill the cricket champion and dismembering his body. Fearing retaliation, the player said he was misunderstood and apologised. In Bangladesh, public opinion is divided over the case with some lamenting Shakib’ capitulation to extremists.
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
Despite its limitations, Lebanon’s example provides a model for divided societies, like France torn between new secularism and Islamic religious extremism, and warring Armenia and Azerbaijan and the flight of a population in tears, forced to abandon homes and churches. In the absence of true citizenship, people must find ways to live together to overcome hatred.
Tomorrow a trilateral meeting will be held between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Pompeo and Manama's Foreign Minister Abdellatif al-Zayani. Future bilateral and diplomatic relations are on the table, as well as commercial agreements. A direct link between the two countries is also expected.
Those already executed were all Iraqis. Their crimes are not known. 11 French and one Belgian also among those sentenced to death, former Islamic State fighters. Iraq is the fifth country in the world for the number of executions.
Armenia got ten more days to evacuate the Kalbajar district, for “humanitarian” reasons, said an Azerbaijani spokesperson. The timetable for the evacuation of Agdam and Latchin remains the same. Residents are setting fire to their homes and removing their graves to avoid desecration. Russian forces have been deployed to protect the Dadivank monastery where three priests remain.
The Maronite patriarch accuses the ruling class of selfishness and personal interests. The aim of undermining the nation "to get one’s hands on what's left". We need an executive composed of "independent figures" to repel the onslaught of "internal and external forces". Greek Orthodox Metropolitan: they are dragging Lebanon "to the bottom of a chasm".
A man interviewed in the street is placed under house arrest and eventually goes to prison for criticising the government’s economic policies. His son says he was arrested for speaking his mind, and wants him freed “as soon as possible.” A playground in Istanbul is targeted because its redesign somewhat is a reminder of the outlawed PKK. Prosecutors open an investigation.
The Vatican Nuncio George Kocherry also took part in the meeting. The prelates expressed concern over the persecution Christians endure; they praised the government for the hospitality given to Rohingya refugees. They also paid tribute to Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation.