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Benedict Koehler writes that the khulifah rashidun, the first caliphs, promoted innovative and dynamic economies. Would-be pretenders who wish to bear their mantle ought to keep in mind that the benefits from enlarged markets are far greater than those from rapine and intolerance": Canada  "fears that the country is suffering reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria" ... ... The shooter was once ejected from a mosque "because of his 'erratic' behavior", like the alleged Boston Marathan bomber  "who has since been implicated in a 2011 triple homicide that targeted a drug-dealing friend of his, [and] was once ejected from his neighborhood mosque" ... ... and the shooting requires care that any changes in the law "be done ... with an understanding of the limited scale of the threat, ...  and not as a panicky reaction to a very small number of men who ... pose no threat whatsoever to the survival of Canada" ... More reasons to doubt the government's optimism about release of the abducted girls: "The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group": "A 3-month-old baby killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians was an American" ... ... while in the U.S. attacks on Iraqis,  "[s]ix of the civilians were children and five were women" ... "Pakistani American Aizzah Fatima was disillusioned with stereotypical roles for Muslim actors, so she wrote her own one-woman play, Dirty Paki Lingerie": "Europe's fear of radical Islam appears to be feeding extremism": Successful "attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces aimed at defeating the ultra-radical Sunni jihadist group": “Every major Western power involved in the fight against IS is now speaking to the PYD. [The Turks] are trying to convince everyone that they’re a terrorist group who should be treated the same as IS, and no one’s listening”: "Ghulam Azam, 91, died late on Thursday after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, Dhaka":

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