[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A mosque in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi was renamed on Wednesay to "Mariam Umm Eisa" ‐ meaning mother of Jesus in Arabic.
The move was aimed at promoting social connections between followers of different religions and strengthen the common characteristics between them, local media reported.
Goodness. The timing certainly is interesting.
The name of the mosque, previously known as "Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque," was changed by order of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan to "consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions".
UAE's Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi said the move reflected the Crown Prince’s "pure humanity and portrays a bright image of the real tolerance and coexistence in the UAE."
Qasimi explained that the mosque is located in a place that reflects values of tolerance and coexistence, as the area includes "many civilized places of worship."
February last year, the UAE opened the Ministry of Tolerance to "promote tolerance as a fundamental value in UAE society," the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said.
Senior chaplain Reverend Canon Thompson at nearby Anglican church St. Andrews said he was pleased with the renaming. "We are delighted that we are celebrating something that we have in common between both our faiths," he told Gulf News.
To my mild surprise (don't know much about Abu Dhabi), it seems they're building a second, bigger church which will be next door not to this mosque, but -- conveniently for the umpteen denominations they host -- to workers' housing.
[Iran Press TV] North Korea says the US authorities have "literally mugged" its diplomatic delegation in New York, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang soar.
"Diplomats of a sovereign state are being robbed of a diplomatic package in the middle of New York where the headquarters of the United Nations ...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly... is located and that serves as the venue for international meetings including the United Nations General Assembly," the state-run KCNA news agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry front man as saying on Sunday.
He added that the "illegal and heinous act of provocation" occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday as the delegation was returning from a UN conference on the rights of the disabled, officially known as the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
"This clearly shows that the US is a felonious and lawless gangster state," he said, adding that the international community should seriously question the prestige of New York as a place where international meetings are held.
According to the KCNA report on the incident, over 20 officials, who claimed to be with the US Department of Homeland Security and police, "made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats." It added that the delegation was in possession of valid diplomatic courrier certificate.
The White House and the US State Department had issued no immediate comment on the North's statement.
Pyongyang warned that if the White House failed to give due response to the North's "reasonable and fair demand" on the incident, it would be "totally responsible" for all the consequences.
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But first we'd like to know what happened to Otto Warmbier.
[Wash Times] MARIETTA, Ga. -- This neighborhood might have gotten quite a jolt when Bikers for Trump -- sporting tattoos galore, black vests and a massive flag with the group’s insignia -- showed up in this Atlanta suburb to politely ask people to vote for the Republican candidate in this week’s special congressional election.
At one stop, Chris Hummel and his wife, Karen, assured Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, and the six other men and women who were going door to door that they had voted early for the Republican, Karen Handel, over Democrat Jon Ossoff. Mrs. Hummel even shed some tears after learning that three of the bikers had served in the military. Her father served as a battalion leader in the Vietnam War and returned a different man. Years later, when Mrs. Hummel was a baby, he took his own life.
"We have heard about them," Mrs. Hummel said about the group. "I just think it is cool that it is just kind of grass-roots door-to-door, just common folks. Because that is really what America is."
Mr. Cox and his crew of volunteers had visited this well-groomed neighborhood before and returned Tuesday to make certain that its heavily Republican voters planned to -- or already had -- voted for Mrs. Handel. The bikers are hoping to punch a hole in the Democrat-driven storyline that President Trump’s supporters are turning their backs on him.
"For us, it is more about ’Support Donald Trump,’ and by supporting Karen Handel we are supporting Donald Trump," said Mr. Cox, standing in a cul-de-sac next to his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and steps away from a miniature soccer goal. "This is kind of like a crown jewel of the Republican Party right now -- holding on to this thing."
Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 made its first aerial demonstration on Monday at the Paris Air Show, as the defense contractor looks to ink a blockbuster sale for hundreds of the stealth fighter jets.
The F-35 flew late in the afternoon in Paris, where aircraft makers gather each year to show off their latest models and score new orders from airlines and militaries. An F-35A‐the model designed for the U.S. Air Force‐took off in a vertical climb, then made a series of loops, twists and other dramatic maneuvers. In another impressive display, the stealth fighter abruptly cut its throttle to slowly float through the air, simulating the F-35's capabilities in a dogfight.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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