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Muhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration at Florida airport
Miami, Feb 25: Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late legendary boxer, was reportedly detained for several hours by immigration officials at an airport in Florida, a media report said.According to the report on Friday by the Courier-Journal daily, Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali were arriving at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from a Black History Month event in Jamaica on February 7 when they were pulled aside by customs and asked if they were Muslims.Ali's lawyer Chris Mancini told the Courier-Journal that while Camacho-Ali was let go, her son was questioned for almost two hours about his origin, where he was born and his religion.Ali is a Muslim born in Philadelphia and holds a US passport."To the Ali family, it's crystal clear that this is directly linked to Trump's efforts to ban Muslims from the United States," Mancini said, referring to President Donald Trump's executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from enterin...




Trump renews attack on media in Conservative conference
Washington, Feb 25: US President Donald Trump returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference, assuring audience that they have a top advocate for their policy priorities in the White House while also taking aim at the media."All of these years we've been together and now you finally have a President, finally," the ABC News quoted Trump as saying on Friday.The President was notably absent from the annual conservative gathering during his presidential run last year and was criticised in the GOP primary for skipping the event."I would have come last year but I was worried that I'd be at that time too controversial," Trump told the enthusiastic crowd."We wanted border security. We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we're going to get, and people considered that controversial, but you didn't consider it controversial."The President also doubled down on his attacks on the media, repeating his assertion that the "fa...




Hate Crime: Indian Engineer killed in America
New York, Feb 24: An Indian-origin man was killed and another injured by a former Navy serviceman who mistook them for "Middle Easterners", officials said.The man also shot and injured a non-Indian American who is hailed as a hero as he tried to protect the two during the attack on Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas State.Srinivas Kuchibhotla died and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton shot them at a bar after telling them "get out of my country", The Kansas City Star quoted a witness as saying.The Hindu American Foundation's (HAF) called the attacks a hate crime. But officials had not classified it a hate crime as of Thursday night, saying they were investigating the angle.Ian Grillot, 24, who came to their rescue, and Madasani were in hospital recovering from their injuries.Purinton was arrested in Clinton city of neighbouring Missouri state when a bartender reported to police about him saying that he had killed "two Middle Eastern men", acco...




Amnesty denounces 'poisonous rhetoric' of Donald Trump
IndiaTomorrow.net, Paris, Feb 22: "Across the world, leaders and politicians wagered their future power on narratives of fear and disunity, pinning blame on the "other" for the real or manufactured grievances of the electorate," said Amnesty International in its latest Annual Report 2016-17 released here today.   Already facing harsh criticism for his immigration policy particularly visa ban on certain Muslim nations, US President Donald Trump has been singled out by the human rights watchdog for his ‘poisonous campaign rhetoric'.   "Donald Trump's poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics," said Amnesty.   On the political stage in the year 2016, "perhaps the most prominent of many seismic events was the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. His election followed a campaign during which he frequently made deeply divisive statements marked by misogyny and ...




250,000 people could be displaced from western Mosul: UN
Geneva, Feb 22: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday that up to a quarter of a million people could flee western Mosul, as the Iraqi army carries out its offensive to retake it from the Islamic State terror organization.At a press conference on Tuesday, UNHCR spokesman Matthew Saltmarsh said that it is estimated that up to 250,000 people could flee their homes as fighting rages.Since the military operation to recover Mosul began on Oct. 17, 2016, some 217,000 people have left the city, with 160,000 still displaced, but "Others have returned to their homes in newly-retaken areas," according to UNHCR.The UN agency has seven operational refugee camps and one under construction."With the predicted exodus of up to a quarter of a million people, it will be impossible to accommodate such large numbers on existing land. We have identified other land that could be used as camps once frontlines shift," Saltmarsh said.Furthermore, conditi...




"I Am A Muslim Too" rally protests Trump immigration policies
New York, Feb 20: More than a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies.The "I Am A Muslim Too" rally was held at Times Square on Sunday and organised by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, ABC News reported.The protesters waved American flags, held signs saying "No Muslim Ban", and chanted "We are One".Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the peaceful rally: "We have to dispel the stereotypes and America is a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs."Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons said the Muslim community was being used as a scapegoat, but "diversity will prevail".Trump has initiated a crackdown on illegal immigration. He has called for a temporary ban on people entering the US from seven Muslim majority countries.(IANS)




Prominent Australians oppose Netanyahu's visit
Canberra, Feb 20: A group of over 60 prominent Australians have opposed the upcoming visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest of his policies towards Palestine, a media report said on Monday.Netanyahu will begin his five-day trip to Australia on Wednesday, marking the first visit to the country by a sitting Israeli Prime Minister."It is time for the suffering of the Palestinian people to stop and for Australia to take a more balanced role in supporting the application of international law...," Efe news quoted a statement issued by them said.The statement by Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, signed by former politicians, religious and legal experts, denounced Netanyahu's policies citing the demolition of Palestinian homes and illegal settlement building among other issues.Among the signatories are Australia's former Attorney General Gavan Griffith, human rights lawyer and advocate Julian Burnside, and labour politicians Laurie Ferguson, Melissa Parke, ...




New US entry bar order will likely exempt green-card holders
Washington, Feb 19: US President Donald Trumps revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said."The President is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (executive order)," Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday."I will have, this time, the opportunity...to work the roll-out plan in particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system moving from overseas to our airports, which happened in the first release," he said.The phase-in period, Mattis said, would allow people who are already in transit to the US to still enter the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.He also said it was a "good assumption" that green card permit holders would be allowed into the country."If they are in motion from some distant la...




Trump calls 5 media organisations 'enemy of American people'
Washington, Feb 18: US President Donald Trump on Friday slammed the country's five major media organisations by calling it "the enemy of the American people"."The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!" he tweeted after arriving at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday.However, he quickly deleted the tweet and posted a slightly different version which omitted ABC and CBS. He also included the word "SICK!" at the end of the original post, Xinhua news agency reported."Trump's tweet was a striking escalation in his attacks on the news media," a New York Times report commented.Earlier on Friday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at a press conference: "I've been pretty candid with him and all of you that I'm not a fan of the daily tweets."The President's latest tweet came a day after his first solo news conference in the White House...




Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing sealed after shrine attack
Islamabad, Feb 17: Pakistani authorities have sealed the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan for an indefinite period in the wake of a terror attack at a shrine in Sindh province that killed at least 72 people, the media reported on Friday.According to the authorities, the border crossing has been sealed for all kinds of trade and commercial activities due to security concerns, Dawn news reported.  The military also confirmed the development in a tweet: "Pakistan-Afghanistan border closed with immediate effect till further notice."  The attack on the Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town took place on Thursday.    According to the police, a suicide bomber entered the shrine through its Golden Gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode.  The explosion took place at the spot where the "Dhamaal" Sufi ritual was being performed within the premises of the shrine.  The Islamic State claimed ...




IS bombing hits Pakistan Sufi shrine, kills 72
Karachi, Feb 17: A devastating explosion, claimed by the Islamic State, ripped through a Sufi shrine in Sehwan town of Pakistan's Sindh province on Thursday, killing at least 72 people, including 12 women and four children, and injuring over 250 others.Assistant Superintendent of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine through its Golden Gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he said.The explosion took place at the spot where the "Dhamaal" Sufi ritual was being performed within the premises of the shrine.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ reported.There were conflicting reports about casualties in the blast. Taluka Hospital Medical Superintendent Moinuddin Siddiqui said 72 bodies and scores of injured were brought to the hospital.A stampede followed the blast as a large number of devotee, including women and children, were present...




Exhibition of expressions for Indo-Pak peace held in Delhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 16: Aiming to strengthen citizen diplomacy and peace building efforts between India and Pakistan, an exhibition of letters, greeting cards and paintings made by the schoolchildren from both the countries was organized at India International Center (IIC) here in New Delhi on Thursday.   Through their works, the children shared their thoughts on peace and good relations between the two neighbors.   Along the exhibition, a panel discussion titled "Revitalising Indo-Pak Peace building Efforts" was also organized by Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak Friendship Initiative.   Talking about the future sustainability of peace, Dr. Naresh Verma, the president of IIC said, "The joint declaration at the first ‘Aman ki Asha' meeting noted with concerns that the South Asia remained the world's least economic integrated region; and India and Pakistan should join regional trade and commerce."   "...




Indian techies welcome in Canada after Trump ban
Gurmukh Singh, Toronto, Feb 13: Indian-origin tech leaders in Canada say the controversial visa and travel restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump will be a boon for tech recruitment and investment in Canada."This provides a great opportunity for the best talent from India to come, live and work in Canada," said Shafin Diamond Tejani, the CEO of Fantasy 360, a Vancouver-based global leader in creating immersive experiences and games using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)."We are already getting inquiries from Indian techies, both in India and in the United States, about relocating to Vancouver," said Tejani, whose family is originally from Gujarat.Together with his partner Ray Walia, another NRI in Vancouver who runs the not-for-profit tech incubator Launch Academy, Tejani is working on streamlined avenues to attract top tech talent from India.The duo is part of the Canadian technology community that has written to Prime ...




India President greets Khameini on Iran revolution anniversary
New Delhi, Feb 10: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday greeted Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, on the 38th anniversary of Islamic Revolution and praised the sacrifices of people of Iran."I extend warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and to the friendly people of Iran on the occasion of 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran," Mukherjee said in a statement issued here.The Islamic Revolution stands testimony to the great valour and sacrifices of the people of Iran, he said.The President added that India-Iran relations were rooted in history and "are based on our close cultural and civilisational linkages that span millennia. We consider Iran as an important partner and look forward to strengthening our bilateral cooperation across diverse areas on the basis of our shared interests".He said he was confident that "such engagement will bring stability and prosperity to the entire region".The Islamic Revolution...




Rohingya Muslims have right to 'live their faith': Pope Francis
IndiaTomorrow.net, Standing strongly in defence of Burma's Rohingya Muslims, Pope Francis said they have right to ‘live their faith', and criticised Burmese government for an alleged campaign of persecution.   As per a report in Independent, the Pope said the Rohingyas have been tortured and killed "simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith".   However, Burma has denied carrying out atrocities against the Muslim minority who are around 1.2 million in number in the northern Rakhine state of Burma.




Over 100 tech firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft file legal brief against Trump's travel ban
New York, Feb 7: Technology giants, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter and Uber have filed a legal brief opposing the administration's travel ban, a media report said."The move represents a rare coordinated action across a broad swath of the industry -- about a hundred companies in total -- and demonstrates the depth of animosity toward the Trump ban," The Washington Post reported on Monday.The brief was filed with the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which is expected to rule within a few days on an appeal by the administration after a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order putting the entry ban on hold.The brief comes at the end of a week of nationwide protests against the plan as well as a flurry of activity in Silicon Valley -- a region that has many immigrants who are responsible for many innovations in the world.Companies backing the filing also include Lyft, Pinterest, Yelp, Square, Reddit, Kickstarter, Github,...




US court rejects appeal against stay on Trump's travel ban
Washington, Feb 5: A US court has rejected the Justice Department's appeal asking to pause the sweeping decision that temporarily halted enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.The Ninth Circuit Court has asked to file legal briefs before it makes a decision, CNN reported.Just after midnight on Sunday, the Justice Department filed an appeal asking the court to put on hold its sweeping decision that temporarily halted enforcement of Trump's travel ban nationwide, saying in a strongly-worded filing that blocking the travel ban "harms the public" and "second-guesses the President's national security judgment".The legal battle, which now moves up to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, surrounds a Friday ruling issued by US District Court Judge James Robart, who halted the implementation of several key provisions of Trump's executive order.Trump's policy banned foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority -- Syria...




Trump's visa ban: Indian scientists ready to welcome stranded peers
Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Feb 5: Refusing to bow before US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, scientists across the world, including India, have opened up their lab spaces to counterparts stranded outside America. Under the Science Solidarity List (SSL) initiative, researchers from over 30 countries have agreed to host the affected.What began on social media as spontaneous offers of help from scientists to accommodate banned peers awaiting US clearance, following Trump's January 27 order, has emerged as a clarion call to support those in need of immediate work spaces.Anchored by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), the SSL is a "list of scientists offering temporary bench or desk space, library access and possibly even accommodation for US-based scientists who are stranded abroad due to the White House Executive Order 13769, 'Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States' of 27 January, 2017."On Friday, a US judge i...




US suspends travel ban, reinstates thousands of visas after court order
Washington, Feb 5: The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday said it will stop flagging travellers from the countries under the Trump administrations travel ban, following a federal judges ruling to suspend the executive order, even as the President termed the order "ridiculous".A spokesperson for Homeland Security said in a statement that the decision was made in order to comply with a Friday ruling by a federal judge, adding that the department will resume its standard procedures in its inspection of travellers."We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas," a State Department official said in a statement. "Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid."The Justice Department will lodge an emergency stay to reverse the court order at the earliest possible time, the spokesperson said.Earlier, President Donald Trump responded to the judge's block of his travel ban, tweeting that ...




US judge blocks Trump's travel ban, White House vows to fight ruling
Washington, Feb 4: A federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked President Trump's week-old immigration order from being enforced nationwide, reopening America's door to visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries.Following the ruling on Friday, government authorities immediately began communicating with airlines and taking steps that would allow travel by those previously barred from doing so, the Washington Post quoted a US official as saying.At the same time, though, the White House said in a statement that the Justice Department would "at the earliest possible time" file for an emergency stay of the "outrageous" ruling from the judge. Minutes later, it issued a similar statement omitting the word "outrageous"."The President's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people," the White House said.In his opinion, US District Judge James L. R...




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