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A "century after Muslim soldiers from South Asia, North Africa and elsewhere went to war for their colonial masters, a U.K.-based campaign is working to shed light on their oft-overlooked sacrifices": An Israeli social media expert was present at meetings held a "year before the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, [between] senior Saudi intelligence officials close to [MbS and] ... a group of businessmen to discuss the potential use of private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies" ... ... and now among those stepping forward to help MbS "to escape consequences for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi ... have been fellow Arab dictators, such as Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi[,] ... cynical opportunists, like Russia’s Vladi­mir Putin," and, of course, Benjamin Netanyahu: Advising followers not to fear accusations that they are "bigots or racists" the proposer of the purge declares, "We’re patriots who don’t allow jihadists to play in the fields of the lord,” while their critics within the Republican party ask "what message is being sent to other minority communities?" "Qatar ... has no grievance with Washington and little sympathy for Tehran but has come in different ways to depend on both. ... [M]easures ... designed to force Doha to break its links with Tehran ... have had the opposite effect" ... ... and "Iranian sanctions complicate matters for New Delhi and Tokyo in their relationship with Washington, as neither shares the intense US dislike for Tehran" ... ... and "Iraq's president said on Sunday talks with the United States were continuing and his country's special conditions regarding sanctions on Iran should be taken into consideration" ... ... while three small Caucasus countries that buy no Iranian crude oil "have to various extents relied on Iran for natural gas, and stand to be affected – if only by uncertainty until the exact scope of the sanctions becomes clearer"  ... ... and the Trump administration exempts an important Iranian port being developed by India in order to prevent China from benefiting:

"Indonesian Ulama Council’s followers are obeying" its nonbinding opinion that "vaccines use a gelatine as a stabilising agent which is based on ‘illicit’ substances derived from pigs" even though "Jewish and Muslim organisations around the world have ruled this not to be a problem":

Ms. Helal says the "idea of ‘the poor Muslim woman’, the poor oppressed woman who has used sport to overcome that” is "an insincere and inauthentic way of engaging with Muslim women": Israel's lethal raid may sabotage its indirect understandings with Hamas "backed by Qatar and Egypt, to allow cash and fuel into Gaza ... [as] part of a broader effort to alleviate deteriorating conditions in the impoverished territory after 11 years of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade":
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