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Day: March 25, 2017

Woman photographed in hijab on Westminster Bridge responds to online abuse
ENGLISH, London

Woman photographed in hijab on Westminster Bridge responds to online abuse

    A woman whose image became an Islamophobic meme after the Westminster terror attack has told of her horror and distress at the incident and the abuse she suffered afterwards. The picture shows the woman wearing a hijab and looking at her phone on Westminster Bridge as people gathered around an injured person nearby. It was circulated on Twitter and by anti-Islam blogs as supposed evidence of her lack of concern. One social media user posted it alongside a photo of the Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood performing CPR on a victim with the caption the main difference between Muslims and Christians. Another picture in the sequence made clear that she was distressed when it was taken. Now the woman has approached Tell Mama, a group which monitors anti-Muslim incidents, and asked t...
Donald Trump suffers bruising defeat over healthcare bill after Republican support to pass it
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump suffers bruising defeat over healthcare bill after Republican support to pass it

    President Donald Trump has suffered a bitter defeat as one of his cornerstone campaign pledges, to repeal and replace Obamacare, failed to pass in Congress. Mr Trump instructed that a vote on the "Trumpcare" bill be "pulled" moments before it was due to take place, as support among Republican congressmen evaporated. It was a huge setback for the president and instilled doubts about his ability to enact his wider agenda, not only on healthcare but other major promises like tax reform and infrastructure investment. Speaking in the Oval Office Mr Trump squarely blamed Democrats for unanimously opposing the bill, and said Obamacare would soon explode. He said: Now the Democrats own Obamacare 100 per cent. They own it. It's exploding now and it's going to be a very bad year. Th...
Westminster attacker Khalid Masood persuaded daughter to convert to Islam: sparking furious rows with ex
ENGLISH, London

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood persuaded daughter to convert to Islam: sparking furious rows with ex

    The terrorist who left four dead and many injured in an attack outside Parliament reportedly persuaded his daughter to convert to Islam, sparking furious rows with his ex-girlfriend. According to the MailOnline Khalid Masood born Adrian Elm – persuaded his daughter, now aged 24, to change her name and wear a full burka after converting to Islam himself. It caused conflict between him and the mother of his two daughters, businesswoman Jane Harvey, who had previously separated from him following his convictions for GBH. A friend of Ms Harvey said: “The elder daughter converted to Islam and is living in Birmingham. She wears a full face veil and I think had changed her name. It was her father who had helped convert her. He wanted the younger daughter to convert but Jane was a...
Gunshots rock Sylhet Shibbari as raid on militant den continues
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Gunshots rock Sylhet Shibbari as raid on militant den continues

    Explosions and gunshots rang out as members of joint forces led by army commandos stormed the 'den of militants' in a building at Shibbari in South Surma upazila of Sylhet on Saturday afternoon after rescuing 69 members of 28 families trapped in the building. Sound of gunshots and big explosions rocked the area during the army-led operation that began at about 2:00pm and continued till filing of this report at 5:30pm. After about 30-hour siege to the ‘militants’ den’ by joint forces , a team of Para Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army, led by GOC Major General Anwarul Momen, launched operation, 'Twilight', in the building named ‘Atia Mahal’ at about 8:46am, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (Media) of SMP Jedan Al Musa. The team rescued all the 69 residents of the bu...
Three hurt in shooting near Lille station in northern France
ENGLISH, Europe

Three hurt in shooting near Lille station in northern France

    At least three people, including a teenager, have been hurt in a shooting near a metro station in northern France, say reports. Witnesses said a number of shots were fired, possibly as many as 10, in the attack in the city of Lille. A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg, while a second victim was hit in the neck and was described as more seriously injured. A third wounded person was also taken to hospital following the shooting close to the Porte d'Arras metro station in the south of the city. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening, according to French news website La Voix Du Nord. The motive for the attack has not been confirmed but there is speculation that it could be a "settling of accounts" by the gunman, who is said to be on the run. Media reports, c...