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April 22, 1994 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Lawyers representing an Islamic foundation that wants to establish a mosque on a vacant campus here and neighbors concerned about the mosque's impact said they had reached a tentative agreement regarding use of the property. A zoning hearing on the proposal scheduled for last night was postponed at the request of Rosemont lawyer Fred B. Fromhold, who represents the Foundation for Islamic Education Inc. Fromhold said he wanted to give all parties time to approve the agreement formally before the hearing continued.
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November 4, 1993 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 22-acre campus here occupied by a Christian junior college since 1956 would become a center for Islamic worship and education in a plan outlined last night by representatives of the Main Line's Muslim community. Addressing a standing-room-only audience of about 100 neighbors at Northeastern Christian Junior College's Boone Hall, Elsayed Omran, a Villanova University professor, said that the area's Islamic community included about 100 families. They have been looking for a place to gather for worship and religious education for about two years, Omran said.
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March 26, 1997 | By Ralph Cipriano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Riad Nachef is a man of peace, say his fellow Muslims. He's the president of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, a religious leader at a University City mosque, and a lecturer and radio commentator on his Islamic faith. He has led prayer meetings in Ridley Park, and has cowritten a pamphlet about the correct direction for Muslims to face when they're praying. But police in Chelsea, Mass., say Nachef is one of nine men who invaded the home of Muhammed Al-Arab, the president of the Islamic Association of Massachusetts, this weekend and beat and pistol-whipped Al-Arab and association director Ahmed El-Arab.
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March 7, 1993 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A militant Muslim fundamentalist group led by a blind Egyptian sheik living in New Jersey has threatened to kill business people in Egypt unless they liquidate their assets. A statement by el-Gama'a el-Islamiya - the Islamic Group - warned foreign investors to flee the country "for the sake of their lives," and advised Egyptian businessmen to close up shop. Updating a method used widely by hostage takers in Lebanon, the group faxed its statement to an international news organization operating in Cairo.
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July 30, 2012
Yemen security site briefly seized SANA'A, Yemen - Gunmen loyal to ousted Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh seized a security building near the Interior Ministry in the capital for a few hours on Sunday before vacating it, a security official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a former security official and a relative of Saleh dispatched the gunmen. After taking over the building in Sana'a, they blocked off the airport highway along which it is located. Saleh, Yemen's ruler for more than 30 years, transferred power to newly elected president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in February after a yearlong uprising, as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that gave him immunity from prosecution if he relinquished power.
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May 20, 1994 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Egyptian government has escalated its conflict with the country's lawyers, arresting 10 prominent attorneys, including two officers of the national bar association. Mukhtar Nouh, the association's treasurer, Khaled Badawi and eight other lawyers were arrested Wednesday, a day after security forces used rubber bullets, batons and tear gas to crush protests by lawyers angered by the death of a colleague while in police custody. The death of Abdel Harith Madani has created a makeshift alliance between human rights groups and the banned Muslim Brotherhood, whose members play a leading role in the bar association.
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September 15, 1993 | by Flora Lewis, From the New York Times
Alongside justifiable outrage against the Iranian death sentence pronounced on the writer Salman Rushdie, there has been a deafening silence in response to the dirty new war on Arab intellectuals. It is a more serious threat to hopes for a liberal, peaceable world than the bombing in New York, and there already have been more people killed. Rushdie has been made the symbol of the right to free expression of writers everywhere. All those who support this cause owe it in conscience to speak out against the campaign to silence thinkers who oppose militant fundamentalism.
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August 13, 2011 | By Matti Friedman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - The United States will cut $100 million in U.S. aid money to Palestinians in Gaza if the territory's Hamas rulers continue with "unwarranted audits" of local U.S. nonprofit organizations, a State Department official said Friday. The threat came in response to a growing attempt by Hamas to exert control over the international groups that support the many impoverished Palestinians among Gaza's 1.5 million people. This week, Hamas shut down the U.S.-financed International Medical Corps after it refused to submit to a Hamas audit.
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April 21, 1993 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Militant fundamentalists claimed responsibility yesterday for an assassination attempt on an Egyptian cabinet minister, days after he accused them of sacrilege. Information Minister Safwat el-Sherif appeared on Egyptian television last night with gauze bandages covering his right hand, which was injured by shattered glass yesterday morning when gunmen fired at his limousine outside his house in suburban Cairo. Sherif's injuries were minor, but his bodyguard and driver suffered more serious wounds and were hospitalized.
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September 1, 2012
Results confirmed in Mexican vote MEXICO CITY - Mexico's highest electoral authority declared Friday that Enrique Pena Nieto was the legitimate winner of the country's July 1 presidential election, formally opening the transition to a new government despite continuing claims of fraud by the second-place candidate. The Federal Electoral Tribunal said leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had failed to prove claims that vote-buying affected the results of the election. Lopez Obrador told reporters Friday that he refused to recognize the results of the election and was calling for a peaceful protest Sept.
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April 25, 2012 | By Laura Cofsky, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A recent wave of bank holdups and a homicide committed by men dressed as Muslim women has prompted the Philadelphia-area Islamic community to offer a $20,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. The Majlis Ash Shura, an organization representing the membership of 71 masajids and congregations in the Philadelphia area, was joined by elected officials at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall. The message from the District Attorney's Office and the Islamic community: zero tolerance.
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March 16, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man was arrested Thursday and charged with aiding a group that has conducted terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said. Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Jumaev was caught on a wiretap saying he wanted to "join the wedding," which prosecutors say was a reference to terrorist attacks. But his only real contribution, they say, was a $300 check.
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December 1, 2011 | By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CAIRO - Partial results Wednesday showed the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the biggest winner in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections, and leaders of the once-banned Islamic group demanded to form the next government, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the ruling military. The generals who took power after the February fall of Hosni Mubarak have said they will name the government and the parliament would have no right to dissolve it. They have also sought to wrest from the new parliament the more long-reaching and crucial role of running the process for writing the new constitution.
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August 13, 2011 | By Matti Friedman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - The United States will cut $100 million in U.S. aid money to Palestinians in Gaza if the territory's Hamas rulers continue with "unwarranted audits" of local U.S. nonprofit organizations, a State Department official said Friday. The threat came in response to a growing attempt by Hamas to exert control over the international groups that support the many impoverished Palestinians among Gaza's 1.5 million people. This week, Hamas shut down the U.S.-financed International Medical Corps after it refused to submit to a Hamas audit.
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January 5, 2008 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last spring, an Islamic group came to Temple University with an extremely generous offer: $1.5 million for an endowed chair in Islamic studies to honor religion professor Mahmoud Ayoub. But after months of talks, the deal fell apart when trustees and others raised concerns about the donor, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a nonprofit research organization that was included in a government probe into funding of suspected terrorists. "They did not want a chair of Islamic studies funded by a Muslim organization," said Ayoub, a blind, 69-year-old Islamic and interreligious scholar who was to be the first occupant of the chair.
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October 1, 2005 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Boeing Co., Bell Helicopter and the National Journal magazine apologized yesterday to an Islamic advocacy group for creating and publishing an ad for the Osprey depicting American troops descending from the aircraft above a mosque. "It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell," the ad's headline read. The ad copy also said: "The CV-22 delivers Special Forces to insertion points never thought possible. " The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, asked Boeing, Bell Helicopter, and its parent Textron Inc. on Thursday to pull the ad for the CV-22 Osprey, an airplane with rotors that tilt so it can maneuver like a helicopter.
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July 4, 2004 | By Tom Lasseter INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
A radical Islamic group in Iraq said yesterday that it had beheaded U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun in a videotaped execution. If true, it would mark the third beheading of a hostage in Iraq in about two months. Military officials in Baghdad could not say whether Hassoun was dead or alive. Hassoun, of West Jordan, Utah, was assigned to the First Marine Expeditionary Force and was reported missing on June 21. He was seen last Sunday in a video aired by the Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.
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