Fears of forced hijab fuel alarm over Turkey’s Islamic school surge

ISTANBUL (AFP) – When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received a surprise that was unpleasant to him.

His daughter had been assigned to a religious high school, like thousands of other students under a new system that caught many parents off guard.

According to Aquila Style,  parents, educators and civil society groups have decried the move as another attack on Turkey’s secular principles by the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) co-founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing the government of imposing religion on students.

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Egypt ‘gay marriage’ video detainees to face trial

 According to Gulf News, eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a “gay marriage” video that went viral on the Internet have been referred to trial for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said on Monday.

Homosexuality is not included in a list of sexual offences explicitly outlawed by Egyptian law, but it can be punished under several different statutes on morality.

Seven of the nine men identified from the video were arrested on September 6. They tested negative after they were put through medical exams to detect whether they were homosexuals.

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Egypt orders arrest of men over "gay marriage" video

According to Zee News, Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country`s first gay marriage, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals.

Gay marriage is not legal in Egypt, a conservative Muslim society where the footage, which went viral on social media sites last month, has caused a stir online.

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ISIS Sells 300 Yazidi Women As Brides To Fighters In Recent Weeks

The Islamic State has sold some 300 Yazidi girls and women captured in Iraq to its fighters in Syria in recent weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group. The woman were forced to convert to Islam, and SOHR reported it has documented cases where girls and women were sold to fighters for $1,000 each.

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Arrests in Saudi Arabia over atheist video

Saudi Arabia’s religious police has threatened to jail those behind two videos, including one promoting atheism, according to local media.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (the Haia) has denied a man who appears to be one of its personnel in a clip is a member of the Haia, according to Arabian Business.

In the video, the man, standing next to a Haia-marked vehicle threatens homosexuals and men who blackmail young women.

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Amerli: Iraqi town besieged by IS starving to death

By Lydia Green

According to BBC, Amerli is surrounded by towns and villages taken by the Sunni jihadist militants of Islamic State (IS), the residents of this small Shia Turkmen community about 180km (110 miles) north of Baghdad have been living under siege for two months.

There is no electricity, little medicine and food supplies are dwindling. Unlike recent US intervention to help save members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped on Mount Sinjar in north-western Iraq, there is no dramatic plan to rescue people here.

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Saudi Businesswoman Condemned To Prison & 50 Lashes For Insulting Morality Police

According to Reuters, a Saudi Arabian judge has upheld a barbaric sentence against a business woman for exercising free speech. Her crime, as reported by The Arabic-Language Daily, was “cursing the morality police” and calling them “liars”. Her punishment is one month in prison and 50 lashes. The sentence was officially passed by a district court in Jeddah and has now been upheld by an appeals court in Mecca.

Members of the morality police entered the business woman’s cafe to ensure “…there were no breaches of morality or other laws in the conservative Muslim kingdom, and that some of her employees had then run away because they were breaking immigration rules.” It was at this point the woman cursed members of the morality police and called them liars.

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