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Name: Maria Hond
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Clinton: I'll say the words 'radical Islamism'

Source: CNN

CNN) — Hillary Clinton said Monday she's not afraid to say "radical" Islam as she countered attacks from Donald Trump that she's too politically correct to use the phrase. "From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say," Clinton said on CNN's "New Day." "And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we -- whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing."

Clinton -- who also reupped her call to restore the assault weapons ban -- was forceful in dismissing Republicans' criticism -- vocally echoed by Trump -- that President Barack Obama and Democrats won't describe such terror attacks as "radical Islamic terrorism."

Clinton's comments went further than she has before in the language she uses to describe radical Islam and swiftly undercut one of Trump's central lines of attack against her regarding the fight against terrorism. Her interview Monday morning also notably separated the former Secretary of State from Obama's approach -- in his remarks from the White House on Sunday about the massacre, he never used the words "radical Islam" and he's made it a point not to do so in similar past domestic attacks.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-orlando-attacks-reaction/index.html

Shooter’s Father Says ‘God Himself Will Punish ... Homosexuality’

Source: CNN

The father of the Orlando shooter said early Monday that his son shouldn’t have killed patrons at the gay nightclub Pulse because God will punish them, The Washington Post reported. “God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality,” Seddique Mateen said in Dari, speaking in a video posted to Facebook early Monday, per the Post’s translation. “This, is not for the servants” [of God].

The elder Mateen said that he was “saddened” by the shooting, which left 50 dead and dozens injured, the Post noted. While he told media outlets earlier that his son, Omar Mateen, was enraged by seeing two men kissing recently and was not motivated by religion, he said in the video that he did not know what pushed his son into committing mass murder.

Seddique Mateen, aka Mir Mateen, has also raised eyebrows for previous videos. The Guardian reported that in one recent Facebook video, he appears to act the part of Afghanistan’s president, telling the “revolutionaries of Afghanistan” to overthrow their current government. On a Facebook page titled “Provisional Government of Afghanistan,” he wears military fatigues and, speaking in Dari, orders the arrest of several political figures, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/shooters-father-god-will-punish-homosexuality_us_575e741de4b0ced23ca87ae1

Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape may face charges

Source: CNN

Abu Dhabi (CNN) — A Dutch woman who reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar has been jailed since mid-March and could face charges of adultery, according to her lawyer.

The 22-year-old woman, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was at a hotel bar having drinks with a friend, but then had a drink that made her feel "very unwell," according to Brian Lokollo, a lawyer who was hired by the woman's family.

She reportedly woke up in an unfamiliar location and realized "to her great horror" that she had been raped after her drink was spiked, Lokollo said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-held/index.html

A young man is skinned alive. A sign of new Taliban brutality?

Source: Washington Post

KABUL — In a remote area of Afghanistan, where thousands of years of hardscrabble tribal culture increasingly mixes with a resurgent Taliban militancy, this is how Fazl Ahmad allegedly died.

Local officials in Ghor province said one of Ahmad’s distant relatives was suspected of killing a former Taliban commander. In December, militants dragged Ahmad from his house and cut out his eyes in retaliation.

Ahmad was still alive and screaming when the attackers began carving the skin off his chest, leaving his heart exposed. Then they threw the 21-year old laborer off a 10-story cliff, officials said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-young-man-was-skinned-alive-in-afghanistan-a-sign-of-new-taliban-brutality/2016/06/10/6b7592fa-2e8a-11e6-b9d5-3c3063f8332c_story.html

Protestors file petition with 11m signatures against Chinese dog-meat festival

Source: Times of India

BEIJING: Animal rights activists demanding end to the slaughter and eating of dogs at a Chinese festival today delivered a petition with 11 million signatures to authorities in Beijing.

The two dozen activists were accompanied by dogs and unveiled banners with pictures of the animals above the message "I'm not your dinner" as they presented the petition at the representative office of Yulin city, where the festival is held.

The annual festival, which is set to begin on June 21, sees residents of the southern city consume dog meat with thousands of dogs expected to be slaughtered.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Protestors-file-petition-with-11m-signatures-against-Chinese-dog-meat-festival/articleshow/52689604.cms?

Islamic State stones woman to death

Source: Times of India

MOSUL: Militants from the Islamic State group stoned a woman to death for alleged adultery in the northern city of Iraq, aided by onlookers, local news site Aranews reported on Friday.

"Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Zahraa mosque in Mosul to witness the execution of the woman," media activist Abdullah al-Malla was quoted as telling Aranews.

The IS militants forced several civilians to take part in the stoning, Aranews cited an eyewitness as saying.

"They called on people to take part in the execution, saying we're in the holy month of Ramadan and we should show commitment to Allah's Sharia and that the woman deserved death for committing adultery," a witness said.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Islamic-State-stones-woman-to-death/articleshow/52692343.cms

Hindu monastery worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

Source: Times of India

DHAKA: A Hindu ashram worker was on Friday hacked to death by unidentified assailants while he was out for the morning walk, days after another priest was killed by suspected ISIS jihadists in the Muslim-majority nation which has seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on religious minorities and secular activists.

60-year-old Nityaranjan Pandey of Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsanga Paramtirtha Hemayetpurdham ashram was attacked by several assailants who hacked him in the neck, said ASP (Sadar Circle) Selim Khan.

Pandey, who was working at the ashram as a volunteer for the past 40 years, was attacked near the ashram in Pabna's Hemayetpur Upazila during his regular morning walk, Khan was quoted as saying by bdnews.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Hindu-monastery-worker-hacked-to-death-in-Bangladesh/articleshow/52683741.cms

ISIS Video Shows Explosion Of A 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Temple

Source: Huffington Post

BAGHDAD, June 9 (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents have posted a video showing a 3,000-year-old temple being blown up at the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, in their latest assault on some of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.

The United Nations confirmed in a statement on Wednesday evening that satellite imagery showed “extensive damage to the main entrance” of the temple of Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom.

Nimrud was a 13th century BC Assyrian city, located 30 km (20 miles) south of the modern city of Mosul, which the hardline Islamic State militants seized control of in June 2014.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isis-video-nimrud_us_57596a0ce4b0ced23ca717d2

12.8%. That's the margin Hillary won CA by. Remember those suspect polls that were

putting Bernie ahead by 10% the weekend before the race? They smelled bad and in fact were bad. Just like the polls that showed Romney would beat us in 2012.

The polls organizations have to stop lying.

Pakistani girl burned alive by mother over love marriage

Source: Times of India

LAHORE: A teenage Pakistani girl was doused in petrol and then burned alive on Wednesday in Punjab's Lahore allegedly by her mother and brother for marrying a man of her choice, in the latest case of so-called "honour killings" in the country.

Zeenat, 18, died on the spot, police said.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-girl-burned-alive-by-mother-over-love-marriage/articleshow/52657173.cms
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