Sunday, April 19, 2015

Malta: 700 migrants feared dead in Libyan waters after fishing boat capsized

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The boat capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the Times of Malta reported.

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By Staff report | April 19, 2015

Seven hundred people are feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe capsized off Malta, the UNHCR said Sunday.

Spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told the Skytg24 news channel that only 28 people had survived the shipwreck.

"At the moment, this is still a search and rescue operation, but in time it will be a search [for bodies] only," the Italian coastguard's spokesman said, according to the BBC.

The survivors indicated there had been more than 700 on board, she said.

Italian ships, the Maltese Navy and commercial vessels are all involved in the rescue operation in Libyan waters, the BBC has reported.

The boat capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the Times of Malta reported.

The emergency was declared at about midnight. The boat is believed to have capsized when migrants moved to one side of the vessel when a merchant ship approached.

Italy: Turin Shroud to go on display again at city's cathedral, over one million booked for public view

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"So far we already have more than a million visitors booked to come to the city to see the Shroud. The display opens just days ahead of Expo 2015 so visitors in Italy will be able to see both events."

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By Tian Shaohui | April 18, 2015

A new exhibition of the Turin Shroud, the alleged burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will kick off Sunday in northern Italian city Turin.

Millions of tourists and pilgrims are expected to flock to the city's cathedral to see the relic, which is made of herring-bone linen cloth and appears to carry the front and back impression of a bearded man with long hair.

The body imprinted on the 4.42-meter-long and 1.13-meter-wide shroud seems to bear numerous injuries consistent with crucifixion, plus a gash in its side.

Arguments about the relic's authenticity have been raging for decades. Carbon dating tests reported in 1998 in the prestigious research journal Nature showed that the cloth was made between 1260 and 1390, and therefore nothing more than a medieval hoax.

Shroud believers countered with claims that the researchers had mistakenly tested modern inserts on the cloth, and that other tests suggested it contained pollen grains from plants that could only be found in the Holy Land.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

USA: FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

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FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

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By Spencer S. Hsu | April 18, 2015

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The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions. [ more ... ]

Perspective: Sharing the peaceful teachings of Islam | Nameer Bhatti

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We have started “Stop the CrISIS” events across the country, aimed at conveying the correct teachings of Islam. Unlike the Caliph of ISIS who desires bloodshed and havoc, this leader desires peace and harmony.

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By Nameer Bhatti | April 18, 2015

I am a young Muslim man who recently traveled overseas to visit the Khalifa of Islam. Unlike some other young Muslim men who travel to join ISIS and learn to spread violence in the name of Islam, I learned to spread the peaceful teachings of Islam.

I travelled with 200 of my fellow Muslim brothers of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association from across the United States, to London, England, to visit the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mizra Masoor Ahmad. He advised us to return with a message to encourage people to establish a relationship with their God. He advised us to proactively share the true, harmonious teachings of Islam to the people of America. He himself has spoken at many places, like the US Capitol Hill, urging leaders toward reconciliation and rejecting injustice.

We have taken this advice and have started “Stop the CrISIS” events across the country, aimed at conveying the correct teachings of Islam. Unlike the Caliph of ISIS who desires bloodshed and havoc, this leader desires peace and harmony.

USA: Muslim Terrorists Don't Know What Allah Has Given Them, says Imam Naseem Mahdi

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"Jesus Christ is my prophet, and I believe in him as I believe in Abraham, as I believe in Krishna of Hindu and as I believe in all other prophets that were sent, but I do not know their names."

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By Laurinda Joenks | April 18, 2015

Naseem Mahdi issued a salam -- a greeting -- "from God, who is the source of peace and security."

Mahdi, an imam and national vice president and chief missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United States, spoke April 10 in a program presented by the Al-Islam Student Association at the University of Arkansas.

Recent actions by ISIS and other terrorist groups present a negative image of Islam, said Nassir Naseem, president of Al-Islam. "We want to clarify that Islam is not a message of war, but rather, peace."

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Islam is in crisis, Mahdi said, because "there is a very acute ignorance about Islam by both non-Muslims and Muslims. Islam is in crisis because Muslims don't know what Allah has given them."

The world holds 1.5 billion Muslims, making Islam the second-largest religion in the world or 23 percent of the world population, according to a 2010 report by the Pew Center. "So the majority are non-Muslims," Mahdi pointed out.

Perspective: Mourning the loss | Mahir Osman

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To murder a fellow human being simply because he or she insults you, whether they be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or an atheist, is simply barbaric.

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By Mahir Osman | April 17, 2015

And so the carnage continues. A Bengali blogger, Oyasiqur Rhaman, was hacked to death on Monday morning by three assailants after posting satirical comments against extremist Muslims. These so called "Muslims" should be punished by the full extent of the law, and those that have been promoting and influencing people to commit such hateful acts should also be prosecuted.

The fourth successor of the Prophet Muhammad, Ali ibn Abi Talib, once stated, "Know that people are of two types. Either they are your brothers in faith, or your equals in humanity." To murder a fellow human being simply because he or she insults you, whether they be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or an atheist, is simply barbaric.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Metro Detroit mourns the loss of our fellow human being and grieves with all Bengalis.

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