Day: April 20, 2012

Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany

(Reuters) – A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country. “Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in […]

For I.M.F., Pledges, and Demands, Are Rolling In

WASHINGTON — Major emerging powers stood ready Friday to pledge money to bolster the International Monetary Fund’s crisis-fighting war chest, though Brazil was holding out for promises that the bloc’s voting power would increase at the global lender. Russia said Thursday that the Group of 20leading advanced and emerging economies […]

Ahmadiyah mosque in Tasikmalaya under attack

Hundreds of people attacked an Ahmadiyah mosque in Babakan Sindang village, Tasikmalaya, West Java, prior to a Friday prayer, showing further evidence of attacks against minorities in the country. According to Ahmadiyah follower Enda Juanda, initially there were dozens of people gathering around the mosque at around 9 a.m., with […]

Deaths put Siachen standoff into sharp relief

Credit: Asia Times By Sudha Ramachandran BANGALORE – An avalanche near the Siachen Glacier, which buried around 140 Pakistani soldiers and civilian contractors a fortnight ago, has triggered debate in India and Pakistan over the huge costs of keeping troops in a stand-off at its icy heights. Pakistan’s army chief […]