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American Gay Imam: ‘Nowhere in the Quran Does it Say Punish Homosexuals’

The first gay Imam Daayiee Abdullah claims the Quran does not specifically mention punishment of homosexuals. His statement comes in light of crackdowns of gay pride rallies in Muslim countries. “Nowhere in the Quran does it say punish homosexuals,” he declared. “And historians have also never found any case of the Prophet Muhammad dealing with homosexuality.”

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Petra Kvitova, Novak Djokovic All Smiles at Wimbledon

As rain sprinkled down at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, defending Wimbledon champions Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic brightened the rooms with huge smiles as they addressed the press on Sunday. Both expressed excitement and motivation to defend their titles at tennis’s most prestigious event.

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Eurozone Says No to Greece Bailout Extension

The Eurozone rejected Greece’s request for one-month bailout extension only a day after the bankrupt country turned down an extension offer from their creditors. “It looks like we are heading for Grexit,” exclaimed one person who participated in the meetings.

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Russia Denounces UN Tribunal for MH17 Suspects

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov blasted a call by five countries to form a United Nations tribunal to prosecute those who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine last July. “We are against it,” he claimed. “We think it is not timely and counterproductive.”

Clarion Project, Reuters

ISIS Koran Recital Contest Offers Teen Sex Slaves as Grand Prizes

A pamphlet from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) surfacing on Twitter and allegedly floating around ISIS-controlled territories is advertising a Koran-recital contest for men, offering Yazidi sex slaves as grand prizes to the most well-versed in the religious text. It expires on June 27.

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European Union Extends Sanctions on Russia

The European Union extended sanctions on Russia until January 31, 2016, as the crisis in Ukraine continues to worsen. EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijančič said the group hopes the sanctions will push Russia to comply with the Minsk peace agreement.

AP

Report: ISIS Floods Ancient Ruins at Palmyra with Land Mines

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recently reported that the Islamic State (ISIS) has placed mines within the ruins of Palmyra, Syria. “They have planted it yesterday,” explained Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the British group. “They also planted some around the Roman theatre, we still do not know the real reason.”

AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli

Israeli Policeman Injured in Terrorist Attack Two Days After Hiker Murder

Another terrorist attack occurred in Israel only a day after family and friends laid to rest engineering student Danny Gonen, 25, on Saturday night after he died from wounds he suffered in a terrorist shooting.
A Palestinian man, aged 18, stabbed and seriously injured an Israeli policeman at the entrance of Jerusalem’s Old City. The policeman managed to shoot and injure his attacker.

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