Religious leader denies calling for gang rape of Syrians
RIYADH -- Prominent Saudi cleric Muhammed al-Arifi "has called for a gang rape of Syrian women so warriors of Islam could have sexual relief”, according to reports.
Al-Arifi has in the meantime denied that he issued a fatwa in which he specified that the “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn”.
“Any female over the age of 14 is an eligible bride,” he was quoted as saying.
Al-Arifi, who is a leading jihadist religious figure according to AlterNet, reportedly stressed that Islamist had not had an opportunity to “make love to women” for the past two years.
He was also quoted as saying that his fatwa would “boost the determination of the mujahideen in Syria” and that such “marriages” were the “holy duty of Syrian women that will secure them a place in heaven”.
But according to msn.com, AlterNet, which was one of several outlets reporting on the allegations, has issued a retraction on this story after Muhammed al-Arifi denied he made these comments in a new YouTube video and on his Facebook page, saying that "no sane person" would have said said such a thing.
January 3, 2013 | 18:20 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
LONDON -- There is documentary proof that the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has received more than EUR 50mn from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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NEW YORK -- If Russia grants asylum to Syria's Bashar al-Assad, he may settle in the town of Barvikha – the same town that is now a home to Slobodan Milošević’s family.
December 30, 2012 | 15:21 | Source: Ria novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
DAMASCUS -- At least 397 people were killed in Syria on Saturday in what could be the country’s bloodiest day since the start of the uprising 21 months ago.
January 1, 2013 | 11:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PYONGYANG -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a rare New Year's address and called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas.
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MOSCOW -- At least three people were killed when a Russian Tupolev Tu-204 medium-haul airliner overshot the runway while landing at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport Saturday.
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NEW YORK -- Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been hospitalized in New York because of a blood clot.
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TEL AVIV -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that he will disband Palestinian Authority if there is no Israeli movement towards renewing peace talks.
January 2, 2013 | 13:06 | Source: Anadolu | Comments: (5) | Send comment
VIENNA -- The International Press Institute (IPI) has released that 132 journalists were killed in the line of duty or as a consequence of their reporting in 2012.
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted late on Tuesday night to approve a Senate last-minute deal averting the so-called fiscal cliff.