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An officer takes pictures of a boat, which Australian police have seized in Cairns, Queensland, Australia in this still image taken from video, May 11, 2016.    Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Handout via REUTERS TV

Australia: 5 detained on suspicion of plotting to sail to ISIS

By: Matt Siegel Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian police have detained five men suspected of planning to sail a small boat from the far north to Indonesia and the Philippines en route to joining Islamic State in Syria, officials said on Wednesday. The men were held on Tuesday after towing the seven-meter boat almost 3,000 km (1,865 miles) from Melbourne to Cairns in Queensland state, police said. Australia has come under criticism for its tough immigration policies aimed at stopping asylum seekers taking boats from Indonesia to Australia, but few are believed to have attempted the journey in the opposite direction. “We’re investigating the...

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Australia warns citizens about travel to Turkey

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net The Australian government on Thursday, March 31, warned its citizens against traveling to the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul because of the terrorist threat, the Associated Press reports. The heightened travel warnings followed the deaths of more than 80 people in four separate suicide bombings in the two cities this year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Australians are advised to “reconsider your need to travel” to the cities — the second-highest danger warning on a four-tier scale. “Terrorist groups continue to threaten further attacks, including targeting tourists and westerners,” Bishop said in a statement,...

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Federal funding revoked for Sydney’s Malek Fahd Islamic school

By: The Guardian Source: The Guardian The federal government has pulled funding to Australia’s largest Islamic school after the education department revoked its approval. The Malek Fahd school in Greenacre in southwest Sydney has had $19m in federal funding revoked. The federal Department of Education says it issued a notice revoking the school’s approval on Monday, due to “non-compliance” with the Australian Education Act. The education minister, Simon Birmingham, said the funding had been stopped because the money was not being spent exclusively on education. In November the government accused six schools affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, inlcuding Malek...

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