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Turkey orders arrest of cleric Gulen over killing of Russian envoy

Turkey orders arrest of cleric Gulen over killing of Russian envoyTurkey has ordered the arrest of the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and seven others over the 2016 assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey, the Haberturk newspaper said on Monday, a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the country.



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Saudi cleric says abayas 'not necessary' for women in ultra-conservative kingdom

Saudi cleric says abayas 'not necessary' for women in ultra-conservative kingdom Saudi women need not wear the abaya – the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith – a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernisation. On his radio programme, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said Muslim women should dress modestly, but this did not necessitate wearing the abaya. "More than 90 percent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas," Sheikh Mutlaq said on Friday. "So we should not force people to wear abayas." While not necessarily signalling a change in the law, the statement is the first of its kind from a senior religious figure. It follows the recent pattern of freedoms the Kingdom has been witnessing with the ascent of young Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to power. Women in face-covering niqabs Credit: David Rose for the Telegraph Only the government-appointed clerics associated with the Council of Senior Scholars are allowed to issue fatwas, or Islamic legal opinions. Their interpretations of Islamic law form the basis of Saudi Arabia’s legal system. Saudi women have started wearing more colorful abayas in recent years, the light blues and pinks in stark contrast with the traditional black. Open abayas over long skirts or jeans are also becoming more common in some parts of the country. The trend marks a major change in the last couple of years. In 2016, a Saudi woman was detained for removing her abaya on a main street in the capital of Riyadh. Local media reported that she was detained after a complaint was filed with the religious police. The Kingdom has seen an expansion in women's rights recently, such as the decision passed to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events and the announcement that Saudi Arabia would grant them the right to drive. These are some of the many changes the country has undergone in recent months, hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim Kingdom. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) and his British counterpart Boris Johnson (L) pose for a picture during a tour of the historic quarter of Jeddah Credit: AFP But despite these changes, the gender-segregated nation is criticized for its continued constraints on women. Activists have blasted the country’s guardianship system which requires a male family member to grant permission for a woman to study abroad, travel and other activities. On Thursday, a London-based Saudi rights group, ALQST, reported the detention last month of activist Noha al-Balawi, saying she was questioned by Saudi authorities on her involvement with women's rights and human rights movements. The government's Center for International Communications did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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Minister: Norway to extradite cleric if Italy convicts him

Minister: Norway to extradite cleric if Italy convicts himCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's justice minister said Saturday that an Iraqi-born cleric suspected of enticing recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria will be extradited if a court in Italy convicts him.



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Turkey's Erdogan links fate of detained U.S. pastor to wanted cleric Gulen

Turkey's Erdogan links fate of detained U.S. pastor to wanted cleric GulenPresident Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that Turkey could free a detained U.S. pastor if the United States hands over a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Ankara blames for a failed military coup last year. Turkey has been seeking the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan whose supporters are blamed for trying to overthrow Erdogan’s government in July 2016.



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Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimage

Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimageBy Mahmoud Mourad MECCA (Reuters) – The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque denounced those who “cause conflict among Muslims” in his last Friday sermon before the annual haj pilgrimage, as rifts widen among Gulf neighbors and wars rage across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, which hosts and supervises the haj, has with other Arab governments imposed sanctions on Qatar and cut all transport links with the country in recent months, accusing it of supporting Iran and backing Islamist terrorism – charges Doha denies. Relations between Shi’ite Muslim-led Iran and predominately Sunni Saudi Arabia are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and supporting opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.



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ISIS Chief Cleric Killed By US-Led Coalition Forces In Syria

ISIS Chief Cleric Killed By US-Led Coalition Forces In SyriaTurki al-Binali was a close confidant of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had a central role in provoking terrorist attacks around the world,said Combined Joint Task Force.



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Iran cleric says bad driving a sin as 700 die over new year

Iran cleric says bad driving a sin as 700 die over new yearSome 700 people were killed over the Persian new year on roads in Iran, which are among the deadliest in the world despite Islamic leaders declaring bad driving a sin. The two-week break for Nowruz that ended at the weekend actually saw a 12-percent improvement on last year’s death toll, police chief Taghi Mehri said on Tuesday. “Violating traffic laws is a sin, and following these rules is a religious duty,” said Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi last week.



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Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from USWASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States.



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Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericBEIRUT (AP) — France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.



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Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

Blind cleric behind 1990s terror plots dies in US prisonOmar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 and spiritual guide to a generation of Islamic militants, has died in a federal prison. He was 78.



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