1. Swedish police: Suspect in massive mosque arson “had no political or religious motive”
2. Danish immigration minister reveals a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad on her iPad
Denmark's immigration minister has posted a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad on Facebook, one of the satirical cartoons that caused outrage among Muslims around the world a decade ago.
Inger Støjberg, 44, posted a screenshot of her iPad to reveal that she uses one of the satirical cartoons, showing the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, as the background on her handheld device.
Støjberg wrote that having the cartoon on her iPad reminds her that Denmark is a country with freedom of speech, which includes the right to criticise religions.
3. Saudi government issues edict allowing women to drive cars
King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them
Women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive, overturning a cornerstone of Saudi conservatism that had been a cause celebre for activists demanding reforms in the fundamentalist kingdom.
King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers licences be issued to women who wanted them.
The decision comes amid a broad reform program that last week led to women being allowed into a sports stadium for the first time.
2013 video of activists demanding the right to drive:
Women still have to have a man’s permission to leave the house. So driving rights have to be viewed through that filter.
4. “Only eight women were allowed to live… mostly the young and the beautiful”: Forced conversions of Hindus reported at Rohingya refugee camps
Hindu Rohingyas living in Bangladesh relief camps have become a soft target for those looking to enforce religious conversions on those vulnerable and alone, fighting for survival in Cox's Bazar.
Both Hindu and Muslim Rohingya have taken shelter after fleeing from Myanmar, but with far more Muslims than Hindus seeking refuge, the women from the community - who have already lost their homes and loved ones - are now faced with the real danger of losing their identity, dignity, and way of life.
India also seeks to deport “Rohingya” Muslims for connections to terrorist organizations.
5. CAIR pressures retired general, critic of Islam, to back out of West Point event
The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Monday night that it had successfully prevented retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin from speaking at an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“We welcome Mr. Boykin’s withdrawal from this event and hope that the speaker who replaces him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.
West Point initially balked at the calls to remove Boykin — a former military intelligence officer — from the event.
6. Philippine troops rescue “Father Chito” from IS jihadis
A priest held hostage by jihadis in Marawi has been freed by Philippine troops. His rescue comes as the Philippine military makes fresh advances against Islamist militants. Ana P. Santos reports from Manila.
Father Teresito Soganub, a Catholic priest held hostage for nearly four months by Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi, was rescued on Saturday after a fierce gun battle between the "Islamic State"-linked militants and government troops.
Delfin Lazaro, secretary of the department of national defense (DND), told reporters at a press conference on Monday in Manila that Soganub and another hostage were rescued when government forces ousted the fighters from Bato Mosque, one of the militant group's strongholds.
7. Muslim jihadis shown leading children to war with the Burmese
8. Israeli Jew goes looking for Nazis at a celebration for the newly elected AfD party
9. Hindus killed, dumped in mass graves by Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
Rika Dhar watched as her husband, two brothers and countless neighbours were brutally hacked to death with machetes by masked men who stormed their Hindu village in western Myanmar and frogmarched the terrified inhabitants to the hills.
“After the killing, they dug three large pits and threw them inside. Their hands were still tied behind them and their eyes blindfolded,” said 25-year-old Dhar in a Hindu camp inside Bangladesh where she fled with her two children.
Eyewitnesses told AFP the bloodshed occurred outside their small Hindu village in Kha Maung Seik in northern Rakhine state, where Myanmar authorities have exhumed 45 corpses from mass graves since Sunday.
The army says the grim discoveries are evidence of a massacre by Muslim Rohingya militants on August 25, the same day the insurgents launched coordinated raids on police posts that unleashed a surge of communal bloodshed.
10. Myanmar says 163 killed in Rohingya attacks in past year
At least 163 people have been killed and 91 others have gone missing over the past year in attacks carried out by Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, Myanmar government officials said.
The comments Tuesday came after the bodies of at least 45 Hindus were discovered in three mass graves earlier in the week. The government blames Muslim insurgents for the killings, although they denied responsibility in a statement Wednesday.
The government's Information Committee released a statement on its Facebook page saying that from October 2016 to August 2017, at least 79 people were killed in the attacks and 37 have gone missing, including local officials, public servants and security forces. Another 84 were killed and 54 have gone missing since Aug. 25, when the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, launched attacks on at least 30 police outposts.
The government had previously said that nearly 400 alleged insurgents had been killed since Aug. 25.