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What Happens When You Join ISIS – Then Change Your Mind

As soon as his cab arrived in an Islamic State safe house in December 2015, his lawyers say, Mohamad Khweis realized he had made a huge mistake. The 27-year-old Fairfax County, Virginia native fled the group three months later and was captured by Kurdish forces in Iraq. Now, as his …

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Taiwan to become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of making same-sex marriage legal in the country, saying the current laws violate its citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of marriage and equality. The Taiwanese Parliament has been given two years to change the provisions of its civil code that say a marriage should …

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Religiosity: To save not suffer, Muslims are to blame-yet Muslims help the victims

Stories of random acts of kindness are emerging in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, with Muslim taxi drivers and Sikh temples offering free food and rooms for the night. Social media users defended and praised Muslim community after the city’s Muslim began helping victims and concert-goers following the explosion. “’Muslims are …

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Cyber attack: Ransom-ware cripples computers in 70 countries

At least 70,000 attacks reported, including Russian Interior Ministry, by programme that demands $300 to unlock data. A ransom-ware virus has reportedly targeted organizations in more than 70 countries, including the Russian Interior Ministry and the NHS in the UK. Security software company Avast reported “more than 57,000 detections”. Hospitals …

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Horrid Prison Conditions: Palestinian mass hunger strikes in Israel

Approximately 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are on their fourth week of a hunger strike, risking their lives in hopes of gaining basic rights in Israeli jails. Spread across several prisons in Israel, Palestinian prisoners embarked on the dangerous journey of an open-ended fast to pressure Israel – to improve prison conditions. The prisoners …

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Myanmar: Buddhists accused and arrested of targeting Muslims

Myanmar police have arrested two hard-line Buddhist nationalists and are seeking several more after they clashed with Muslims in the country’s commercial capital Yangon, underscoring the authorities’ growing concern over rising religious tensions. The arrests came after nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union (PMU) raided flats on Tuesday in …

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FIBA allows Hijab in professional basketball

Basketball governing body FIBA ratifies proposal overturning ban on head coverings including hijab. Headgear, including the hijab and yarmulkes, will be allowed in professional basketball following the approval of a proposal by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that overturns a ban on such head coverings and the new rule was …

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A twist on the Father-Daughter Dance: It’s in Prison!

This father-daughter dance isn’t your ordinary formal affair—as the venue is prison. The Richmond City Justice Center of Virginia hosted a dance for convicted fathers and their young daughters to exemplify that they can turn their lives around. This dance marked the 6th annual father daughter dance that requires 30 …

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