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Islamist rebels launch deadly attack on Chechen president's village | World news | The Guardian

Islamist rebels launch deadly attack on Chechen president's village | World news | The Guardian: "At least 19 people were killed today after Islamist rebels launched an audacious attack on the heavily defended residence of Chechnya's pro-Kremlin president, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Chechen officials said that 12 insurgents and two guards were killed after the rebels slipped into Tsentoroi, Kadyrov's home village, also known as Khosi-Yurt, in the early hours of this morning . Russian TV reported that five civilians had also been killed in fierce fighting.

The main rebel website, www.kavkazcenter.com, claimed 60 'mujahideen' had stormed Kadyrov's village at 4.30am, destroying two checkpoints and blowing up an armoured personnel carrier. It said five of its fighters from three units were 'martyred' during the operation.

TV footage showed a burnt-out car 150 metres from the entrance to Kadyrov's residence. The rebels claim they carried out a 'sweep' of …

Somali fighters attack capital - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Somali fighters attack capital - Africa - Al Jazeera English: "Somalia's al-Shabab fighters say they have called in 11 truckloads of their armed forces to reinforce newly acquired positions in the capital, Mogadishu.

The call for reinforcements comes less than a week after the group declared a 'final, massive war' to take over the Somali capital.

But government forces have said they are still in control of the airport, sea port and the presidential palace, adding that attacks on the presidential palace have been resisted.

Al Jazeera's correspondent in Mogadishu, Gama Nour, said that the fighting between al-Shabab and government forces had calmed down by Friday morning.

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Muslim Men Attack Somali Church Leader in Ethiopia

Muslim Men Attack Somali Church Leader in Ethiopia: "WASHINGTON, DC - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on August 21, two Somali Muslim men attacked a well-known Somali church leader in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Mohamed Ali Garas, a convert from Islam, was returning home at 9 PM when two Somali Muslim men called his name. Garas went to meet them and one of the men struck him on the head with a wooden club. Garas fell on the ground and continued to be hit. The other Muslim man joined in, kicking Garas in the chest and stomach. The Muslim men fled after an Ethiopian neighbor came to the scene.

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Suicide bomber attacks Somali hotel, killing 32

Suicide bomber attacks Somali hotel, killing 32: "MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a hotel near Somalia's presidential palace Monday, sparking a running gun battle with security forces. At least 32 people were killed, including six Somali parliamentarians.

A parliamentarian who was at the Muna Hotel said there were 'dead bodies all over' and he labeled the scene a massacre.

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Amy Goodman: Mosque-Issippi Burning - Truthdig

Amy Goodman: Mosque-Issippi Burning - Truthdig: "There is another hole that needs to be filled, namely, the absence of people in the U.S. in leadership positions in every walk of life, of every political stripe, speaking out for freedom of religion and against racism. As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Does anyone seriously say that there shouldn’t be a Christian church near the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, just because Timothy McVeigh was a Christian?

People who are against hate are not a fringe minority, not even a silent majority, but are a silenced majority. They are silenced by the chattering classes, who are driving this debate throughout the media.

Hate breeds violence. Marginalizing an entire population, an entire religion, is not good for our country. It endangers Muslims within America, and provokes animosity toward America around the world.

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Governor seeks 9/11 mosque talks - Americas, World - The Independent

Governor seeks 9/11 mosque talks - Americas, World - The Independent: "The governor of New York, David Paterson, is seeking face-to-face talks with the Imam and developer who are behind plans to build a new Muslim community centre and mosque close to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan with the hope of persuading them to build elsewhere.

Mr Paterson, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election and leaves office at the end of this year, means to defuse a controversy that has abruptly taken over political conversation in the US and threatens to linger as a highly polarising issue in the run-up to midterm congressional elections in November.

A spokesman confirmed that the Governor, who has already expressed his view that the centre should be moved away from the 9/11 site, is hoping for talks. 'We are working with the developers on a staff level,' said Morgan Hook. 'However, we expect to have a meeting scheduled in the near future.'

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Dem Leaders Join in Condemnation of ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ -- News from Antiwar.com

Dem Leaders Join in Condemnation of ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ -- News from Antiwar.com: "With a number of Republicans hoping to make political hay out of President Obama’s brief expression of conditional support for the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, Democratic leaders are looking to jump on the bandwagon as well, publicly condemning the construction of the community center on “hallowed ground.”

Top Democrat Howard Dean condemned the mosque as a “real affront,” joining Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV), who condemned it yesterday. Dean said he was open to the idea of the mosque being opened somewhere else.

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    The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger         : Information Clearing House -  ICH

The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger : Information Clearing House - ICH: "Tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, have begun to dismantle the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment. They are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy. This movement, veering closer and closer to traditional fascism, seeks to force a recalcitrant world to submit before an imperial America. It champions the eradication of social deviants, beginning with homosexuals, and moving on to immigrants, secular humanists, feminists, Jews, Muslims and those they dismiss as “nominal Christians”—meaning Christians who do not embrace their perverted and heretical interpretation of the Bible. Those who defy the mass movement are condemned as posing a threat to the health and hygiene of the country and the family. All will be purged.

The followers of dev…

Key WikiLeaks Figure Detained, Phones Seized by US Customs -- News from Antiwar.com

Key WikiLeaks Figure Detained, Phones Seized by US Customs -- News from Antiwar.com: "A top volunteer with WikiLeaks, Jacob Appelbaum, was detained by US customs officials in New York today, following his return to the nation from a trip to the Netherlands. During the three hour detention, officials rummaged through his belongings, photocopied all of his receipts, searched his laptop computer, and seized his cellular telephones.