Cornered by activists in Paris, Qatari diplomat says he’s against Muslim Brotherhood

Friday, 16 March 2018

The second secretary of the Qatari embassy in France was cornered by a group of activists in Paris who were asking him about the Muslim Brotherhood’s relations with Qatar and his stance on political Islam.In the video, Khater al-Khater, seeming a bit anxious yet with a sarcastic tone in his voice, said that he is against the Muslim Brotherhood.“Me? Personally? I am against the Muslim Brotherhood for sure,” he replied to the activist.The activist then asked al-Khater if he is ...

Despite ‘blockade’, Tamim witnesses in Paris another failure of his PSG

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Neither the giant tifo displayed in the park nor the overoptimistic communication campaign have managed to turn the tide for the Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after the football club bowed out of the Champions League. Three weeks after its unfortunate 3-1 loss to Santiago at Bernabeu in the first leg, the Parisian club was once again tamed by Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo, who scored three goals against them in two games. The match was played in the presence of Qatar’s ...

France says it foiled two terror attacks this year

Sunday, 25 February 2018

France has foiled two terror attacks this year targeting a leading sports team and the armed forces, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Sunday.Paris is still on its highest level of alert after a string of Islamist attacks over the last three years.“Since January 1, we have foiled two planned attacks which had not been totally finalized but a number of people were in the process of trying to execute them,” Collomb said on Europe 1 radio.One was “in the east” of the ...

Air France says strike disruptions to hit flights on February 22

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Air France on Wednesday said it would only carry out three in four planned flights on Thursday and warned of travel delays and disruptions after worker unions called a strike over pay.Only half of the long-haul flights leaving Paris on Thursday would be going ahead, according to the airline’s forecast, which said it would cover 75 percent of middle distance flights to and from the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport.Disruptions to short flights would be less onerous, though the airline ...

Medical report shows Tariq Ramadan’s health compatible with his continued detention

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Muslim academic and rape-accused Tariq Ramadan will remain in custody following the emergence of new details related to the charges against him, according to Agence France-Presse.A medical report ordered by the court on Monday to examine his appeal against his detention found that Ramadan's state of health was compatible with his continued detention.Ramadan has been indicted with rape on February 2 and has since been imprisoned at the Fleury-Mérogis prison, south of Paris.His lawyers have ...

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan’s lawyers request release, claim health reasons

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan's lawyers have claimed that the Swiss Islamist scholar was suffering from multiple sclerosis and have therefore requested his release under bail. But an appeals court in Paris which was examining his appeal against his detention on remand ordered an independent medical report on his health situation. The court refused as well to issue him a special visit permit, according to French outlets quoting his lawyers, outside what the law grants him with in regards to his ...

UAE embassy in Paris issues warnings to citizens, Eiffel Tower forced to close

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The UAE’s embassy in Paris has issued a warning on Wednesday alerting citizens in the country to take all necessary procedures against the icy weather conditions that have greeted the French capital. The embassy cautioned UAE travelers to Paris in light of unstable weather conditions. It also urged citizens to keep an eye out for updates and instructions from concerned parties. The embassy’s announcement comes after heavy snowfall caused major travel disruptions in the northern half ...

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam refuses to reappear in court

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks on Paris, is refusing to re-appear in a trial that victims had hoped would shed light on the ISIS network that struck again in Brussels. Abdeslam appeared on Monday, defying the court and refusing to answer any questions about the March 2015 shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture. It was his first public appearance. But the Brussels court said Tuesday that Abdeslam didn’t wish to appear at the next ...

Graphic testimony in Paris court by Tariq Ramadan’s second victim

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Three judges are tasked with the complex case investigation of the charges against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan after his indictment on Friday when he was charged with rape. Ramadan, who while in police custody was confronted by one of the women who he is alleged to have sexually attacked and physically tortured and humiliated, had asked his defense to discuss with the judge the possibility of relieving him from pre-trial detention, which the prosecution had asked for. This judicial decision ...

Rape-accused Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan detained in Paris

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Rape-accused Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan has been detained in Paris, on Wednesday, reported AFP. A complaint was filed in France against the Islamist philosopher and theologian Tariq Ramadan, October 2017, for rape and sexual assault, following accusations of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari. This complaint was filed with the public prosecutor's office in Rouen, north-west of France for "criminal acts of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment, threats", ...

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