User: Iram Topic: Muslim Women
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Scarf-less Michelle angers Saudis 29.1.2015 Telegraph: International
In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India and led a parade of American dignitaries in Riyadh yesterday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death.
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Michelle pays homage to King Abdullah without wearing headscarf 28.1.2015 Sify News
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FLOTUS forgoes headscarf in Saudi Arabia, sparks outrage 28.1.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Did Saudi state television blur Michelle Obama's face?
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Michelle Obamas missing headscarf creates controversy in Saudi Arabia 28.1.2015 Hindustan Times: Top Stories
For first lady Michelle Obama just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women ...
Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission becomes instant No 1 in Germany 26.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The novel, in which a near-future France elects a Muslim fundamentalist government, tops German book charts in first week on sale

Still at the top of the charts in France, Michel Houellebecq’s divisive new novel Soumission has now conquered Germany, shooting to the top of the charts in its first week in shops, with more than a quarter of a million copies now in print in German.

Translated as Unterwerfung (Submission) in German, Soumission tells of a near-future France which votes in the “Muslim Fraternity” party, rather than the far-right Front National, headed by Marine Le Pen. Once the change is effected, women begin to wear veils in public.

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Jewish leaders call for Europe-wide legislation outlawing antisemitism 25.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Proposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial

European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and government, are to call for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority.

A panel of four prestigious international experts on constitutional law backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) have spent three years consulting widely and drafting a 12-page document on “tolerance”. They are lobbying to have it converted into law in the 28 countries of the EU.

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Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu get married! 25.1.2015 DNA: Money
Actress Soha Ali Khan today tied the knot with longtime partner Kunal Khemu in an intimate ceremony here.  The 36-year-old actress chose to keep it minimal on her D-day as she donned an off-white lehenga-choli set teamed with an orange dupatta and a traditional passa tikka adorning her head. Khemu, 31, looked regal in a white-gold sherwani and a silk safa during the registry marriage, which was attended by close family members including Soha's mother Sharmila Tagore, brother Saif Ali Khan, sister Saba and sister-in-law Kareena Kapoor Khan, who donned a pink Manish Malhotra saree. Saif maintained his nawabi look in a pure white achkan and churidaar as he attended to the guests at the ceremony. White seemed to be the favourite colour of the day as Sharmila, 70, opted for a traditional Assamese garb mekhela chador in the pale shade. Soha's mehendi ceremony, which took place on Friday, was attended by her family and B-Town celebs like Neha Dhupia, Salman Khan's sister Arpita among others. Soha and Khemu got ...
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Punish three consecutive divorce declarations: Pakistan cleric 22.1.2015 Sify News
The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan decreed Wednesday that a husband who uttered "divorce" thrice consecutively would liable to punishment as it was un-Islamic.
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After Paris: It’s time for a new Enlightenment 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
We must move past the tired debate that pits the modern west against its backward other and recover the Enlightenment ideal of rigorous self-criticism The perpetrators of the unconscionable massacre of Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, and the gratuitous killing of French Jews at a supermarket, were the sort of young men who might have been little more than petty criminals in another era – disaffected drifters who are now susceptible to the pied-pipers of jihad. They preen in the costume of the pious for their propaganda videos, and betray easily their very modern brand of criminality. The Paris murderers claimed to be redeeming the honour of the Prophet Muhammad, but they made the most venerated figure in Islam seem like a small-time mafia boss. Yet many commentators on the attacks have revived the very broad discourse of the clash of civilisations, which was fatefully deployed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to justify the war on terror, and resulted in the latter’s catastrophic imprecisions. Once again ...
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Uber rape case: Victim says driver had forced upon her 17.1.2015 Rediff: News
The woman executive, who was allegedly raped by the driver of the United States-based cab service provider Uber, on Saturday told a city court that the accused had forced upon her and it was not a 'consensual' act.
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Uber cab rape: Victim says driver had forced upon her 17.1.2015 DNA: Money
The woman executive, who was allegedly raped by the driver of the US-based cab service provider Uber, on Saturday told a city court that the accused had forced upon her and it was not a "consensual" act. Standing firm on her stand during her cross-examination which concluded today, the woman, who appeared in the court wearing a black burqa, remained calm, stood firm on her stand and deposed confidently before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja. Court sources said that the 25-year-old victim, whose statement was recorded in an in-camera proceeding, was cross-examined for over four hours, spanning two consecutive days, by the counsel for accused Shiv Kumar Yadav. The sources said the victim denied the suggestion of the defence counsel that the whole act was "consensual" and told the court that Yadav had forced her and she was not able to open the door of the car. She stuck to her version on the lines she had earlier deposed during her examination by special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava. The ...
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Promoting tolerance in Germany could define Angela Merkel’s leadership 16.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
German chancellor once said multiculturalism had failed. Since the attacks in Paris, she’s among its biggest supporters Continue reading...
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Uber cab rape case: Victim firm on her stand 16.1.2015 CNN-IBN: India
A 25-year-old woman, who was raped allegedly by the driver of US-based cab service provider Uber, on Friday stood firm on her stand in a Delhi court that it was the accused who had sexually assaulted her in December, 2014.
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Al-Qaeda video shows public execution of woman accused of adultery 16.1.2015 DNA: Wide Angle
A shocking footage of the public execution of a woman accused of adultery has reportedly been posted online by al-Qaeda. According to Mirror, in the video, the Muslim woman, dressed in a black robe and hijab (headscarf), is forced to kneel down with her hands behind her back. The video shows the woman surrounded by masked jihadi fighters, many of whom can be seen filming the execution on their phones. Before the woman is shot at point blank range, the executioner preaches to the watching crowd and explains that the she has been convicted by a Sharia court of being unfaithful to her husband and for allegedly running a brothel. The video has drawn condemnation from across the globe and rival militant groups, including the Islamic State (IS). The masked fighters are believed to be from Jabhat al-Nusra - an Al-Qaeda affiliated group based in Syria, the report ...
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Uber cab rape case victim sticks to her words 16.1.2015 DNA: Wide Angle
A 25-year-old woman, who was raped allegedly by the driver of US-based cab service provider Uber, today stood firm on her stand in a Delhi court that it was the accused who had sexually assaulted her in December last year. The woman executive, who appeared in the court wearing a burqa, was cross-examined by the counsel for accused Shiv Kumar Yadav before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja. The hearing took place in-camera and, according to court sources, the woman remained calm and deposed confidently. The woman stuck to her version which she had deposed yesterday during her examination by special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava. During the day's hearing, on being asked by Yadav's counsel Aalok Dwivedi whether it is correct that on the night of the alleged incident on December 5, 2014, no sexual intercourse was established between her and the accused, the woman denied, saying she had raised an alarm but could not save herself as the driver had overpowered and raped her. The recording of statement ...
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Review: American Sniper can't see beyond its own nose 16.1.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Despite being intrinsically American, American Sniper might actually appeal to a certain section of the political spectrum, says Paloma Sharma.
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Uber rape victim identifies accused in court 16.1.2015 Hindustan Times: India
A 25yearold woman allegedly raped by an Uber cab driver December last year on Thursday identified her assailant before a Delhi court and corroborated her statement given to the police against ...
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China bans burqa in major Muslim city 15.1.2015 Rediff: News
Lawmakers in China have reportedly approved a ban on women wearing burqa in public in Xinjinag province, a region with a large Muslim population.
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China bans wearing of burqas in public in Muslim majority Xinjiang province 14.1.2015 Sify News
Lawmakers in China have reportedly approved a ban on women wearing burqa, a traditional Islamic garment, in public in Xinjinag province, a region with a large Muslim population.
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My inspiration: Vivian French on her own father – and Rudyard Kipling 13.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Vivian French grew up in a world full of crazy stories, limericks, inaccurate nursery rhymes and dreadful poetry thanks to her inspirational father, who also introduced her to the genius of the Just So Stories – and that’s how she fell in love with writing her own

Who, or what, inspired me? H’m… to be honest, I have a bit of a problem with the word “inspiration.” To me it smacks of unicorns and rainbows and tinkly silver bells, and lady authoresses (is that a word?) draped with gauzy veils gazing out at misty sunsets, and I’m not happy with that. I think of myself as someone who works with words, as against wood and glue and nails; it’s what I do - I’m no different from a carpenter.

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