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America: Muslim voters can influence swing states

By: Aline Barros Source: VOA News At an estimated 3.3 million, Muslim Americans represent a small portion of the American population. But the community could play an important role in  so-called swing states during the upcoming presidential elections. When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based rights organization, launched its 2016 Muslims Vote campaign, the goal was to lead 1 million Muslim constituents to the voting booths. Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at CAIR, said campaign organizers across the nation would work within communities to make sure Islamic community centers have the tools they need to register voters. According to the Pew...

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Syrian forces seize half of Manbij from ISIS

By: Carla Babb Source: VOA News PENTAGON – Syrians battling ISIS fighters in Manbij now have control of about half of the city, a spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition said Friday.Colonel Chris Garver, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, told reporters Friday via teleconference from Baghdad that U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition fighters have control of the western half of Manbij and continue to tighten their circle around the city. Unlike fights for the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, however, where ISIS fighters fled as defeat appeared imminent, Garver said that as IS fighters become overrun in Manbij, they are falling back and reinforcing their positions, making it...

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Police sign blocks the entrance to the main train station following shootings at a shopping mall earlier on July 22, 2016 in Munich.
Six people were killed and several gravely injured on Friday in a shooting rampage at a Munich shopping centre, with the attackers still believed to be at large. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Andreas Gebert / Germany OUT

Munich shooting “classic shooting rampage” not “terrorism”

By: VOA News Source: VOA News An 18-year-old German-Iranian man identified as David Ali Sonboly, who opened fire in a crowded shopping mall in Munich Friday night, killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself, was “obsessed” with mass shootings, German officials said Saturday. Investigators said they searched the suspect’s apartment and have not found any links to terrorism, but instead believe the attack was a “classic shooting rampage,” citing a book found in his room entitled “Rampage on my Mind – Why Students Kill.” They also say the attack was not linked in any way to the recent influx of asylum-seekers that has...

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