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London mosque offers help and hot meals to homeless

London mosque offers help and hot meals to homeless

Finsbury Park Mosque that had been embroiled in controversies opens its door for the city's invisible population.

  • Terrorism Officers Investigate Death Of Preacher
    Terrorism Officers Investigate Death Of Preacher Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are investigating the death of a Syrian preacher in north-west London. Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, was found in his Volkswagen Passat in Wembley with a gunshot wound to the chest on Tuesday morning. Mr Arwani, a British national born in Syria, was living in west London and was a preacher at the An-Noor Mosque in Acton. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command unit have taken the lead in the investigation because of their "expertise in the management of investigations with international dimensions and an established liaison network abroad", Scotland Yard said in a statement. More »

  • Syrian Preacher Found Shot Dead In London
    Syrian Preacher Found Shot Dead In London Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A Syrian preacher from a west London mosque has been found shot dead in a car in Wembley. Abdul Hadi Arwani was found sitting in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Passat with a gunshot wound to his chest on Tuesday morning. Sources confirmed it was believed to be Mr Arwani, a preacher at the An-Noor Mosque in Acton, west London. The mosque has previously hosted the son of radical preacher Abu Hamza, and was the location for the November 2013 escape of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who dressed himself in a burka. More »

  • Briton pleads guilty in NYC to trying to set up terror camp Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty Monday to U.S. charges he plotted to set up an al-Qaida training camp on a ranch in a remote part of Oregon that was likened to Afghanistan. More »

  • Mentally ill British man pleads guilty to U.S. terrorism charges Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defence lawyer Peter Quijano had disclosed the outline of the deal in the court earlier this month, saying it would resolve the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. Under questioning from U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest before pleading guilty, the soft-spoken Aswat said he had suffered from symptoms of schizophrenia for the last 20 years and was currently being treated for the disorder. More »

  • Pre-election support for anti-EU party at lowest in over a year - poll
    Pre-election support for anti-EU party at lowest in over a year - poll Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Support for Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party has fallen to its lowest level in more than a year ahead of a close-fought May 7 national election, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, after a spate of scandals involving its candidates. The ComRes phone poll found only 10 percent of those questioned planned to back UKIP, down from a peak of 19 percent in October last year and the lowest in the polling series since December 2013. UKIP, which threatens to split the right-wing vote making it harder for Prime Minister David Cameron to win, is keen to limit damage to its image before the election where it is hoping to win a handful of seats. More »

  • Mentally ill British man near plea deal in U.S. terror case - lawyer Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton is near a plea deal to resolve U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999, his lawyer said Tuesday. Haroon Aswat, who faces charges including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, has reached an "agreement in principle" to plead guilty, defence lawyer Peter Quijano said in Manhattan federal court. "We're very close." A deal could be reached within two weeks, Quijano told U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, resolving the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. A spokeswoman for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment. More »

  • Mosques Offer Tea And Cake To Ease Tensions
    Mosques Offer Tea And Cake To Ease Tensions Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Mosques across Britain have opened their doors to the public, in an attempt to bring communities together and alleviate tensions about terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks. More than 20 venues  would be serving tea and cakes to visitors who want to understand more about Islam, said the Muslim Council of Britain, which organised Sunday's Visit My Mosque event. The organisation said it was "to demonstrate unity and solidarity during what has been a tense time for faith communities". "Mosques are not just places of worship. More »

  • UK mosque battles bad reputation with tea and biscuits
    UK mosque battles bad reputation with tea and biscuits Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Could anything be more "British" than meeting the neighbours over a cup of tea and some biscuits? More »

  • British mosques hold open day after Paris attacks
    British mosques hold open day after Paris attacks Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Some 20 mosques in Britain were opening their doors to the public Sunday in an unprecedented gesture of reassurance following last month's Islamist attacks in Paris. More »

  • Europe court backs extradition to US of mentally ill Briton
    Europe court backs extradition to US of mentally ill Briton Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday backed the extradition of a mentally ill British man accused of setting up a jihadist training camp in the United States. More »

  • Accused bin Laden spokesman faces U.S. trial on terror charges
    Accused bin Laden spokesman faces U.S. trial on terror charges Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man whom U.S. authorities accuse of helping Osama bin Laden disseminate calls for Muslims to wage war on Americans went on trial on Tuesday on terror charges related to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Khalid al-Fawwaz, a 52-year-old Saudi national, faces up to life in prison if convicted on five counts, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals. More »

  • Death Threats Received At London Mosque
    Death Threats Received At London Mosque Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    A north London mosque has received death threats and Islamophobic hate mail following last week's Paris attacks. Mohammed Kozar, the general secretary at Finsbury Park Mosque, told Sky News that despite many messages of support, there has been a spike in abuse. More »

  • Insight - French attacks inquiry centres on prison 'sorcerer' Begha … Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    By Alexandria Sage and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) - The French investigation into last week's Paris shootings is exploring the possible role of Djamel Beghal, an Islamist suspected of first bringing the gunmen together and putting them on the path from impressionable youths to cold-blooded killers. "Beghal is the crux of the case," said a source close to the inquiry, which on Tuesday ordered searches in the cell in the high-security prison in the western city of Rennes where he is now serving time for an unrelated conviction. "He is a sorcerer, a seducer," Louis Caprioli, deputy head of France's DST anti-terrorist intelligence unit from 1998 to 2004, told Reuters on Wednesday of a man whose own journey to radicalisation passed through London's Finsbury Park mosque during spells living in Britain in the late-1990s. Barely a week after attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli, French authorities are scrutinising security, intelligence and penal structures to see how the three days of violence could possibly have been averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and other officials have said. More »

  • France Attackers: What We Know So Far
    France Attackers: What We Know So Far Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Three of the group were killed by SWAT teams and the remaining suspect is now the most wanted woman in France. More »

  • Islamic cleric gets life in plot to kidnap tourists in Yemen
    Islamic cleric gets life in plot to kidnap tourists in Yemen Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian-born cleric who turned a London mosque into a training ground for extremist Islamists was sent to prison for life on Friday by a judge who cited his lack of remorse for "barbaric" acts that included aiding kidnappers who killed four tourists in Yemen in 1998 and sending two men to the United States to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon. More »

  • 'Evil' Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced To Life
    'Evil' Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced To Life Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    A New York judge has told radical preacher Abu Hamza he is "evil" as she sentenced him to life in prison for supporting terrorist organisations. More »

  • London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison
    London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison on Friday for his conviction on terrorism-related charges, including his role in the 1998 kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen that left four hostages dead. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors found guilty last May of providing a satellite phone and advice to the kidnappers. ... More »

  • 'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US
    'Evil' British preacher Abu Hamza jailed for life in US Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    A US judge on Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling him "evil" and his crimes "barbaric." More »

  • Abu Hamza receives life sentence in US
    Abu Hamza receives life sentence in US Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Egyptian-born imam was convicted last year for a range of terrorism offences. More »

  • London imam Abu Hamza to be sentenced for U.S. terrorism conviction Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For years, the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri delivered incendiary sermons at a London mosque, using words that U.S. and UK authorities say helped inspire a generation of militants, including British would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid. On Friday, he will have one final chance to convince a U.S. judge that he should not spend the rest of his life in prison, eight months after a federal jury in New York convicted him of terrorism charges. Abu Hamza, 56, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan at 10 a.m. (3.00 p.m. BST) to be sentenced. ... More »

  • Abu Hamza Due To Be Sentenced In New York
    Abu Hamza Due To Be Sentenced In New York Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The radical preacher Abu Hamza will be sentenced in New York later after being found guilty of supporting terrorist organisations. More »

  • Hamza Too Disabled For Jail, Lawyers Claim
    Hamza Too Disabled For Jail, Lawyers Claim Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    London hate preacher Abu Hamza should be sent to a prison hospital because he is too disabled to spend life at a high-security US jail for terror offences, lawyers have claimed. More »

  • NY defense lawyers seek leniency for London cleric
    NY defense lawyers seek leniency for London cleric Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Islamic cleric convicted of terrorism charges should be sent to a prison medical facility because of severe disabilities instead of spending life in prison at a high-security federal prison in Colorado, according to his lawyers. More »

  • U.S. seeks life in prison for London imam convicted on terror charges
    U.S. seeks life in prison for London imam convicted on terror charges Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday urged a federal judge to sentence London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison following his conviction on terrorism charges. In a court filing ahead of his Jan. 9 sentencing, prosecutors said Abu Hamza should be held accountable for his role as a "global terrorist leader who orchestrated plots around the world to further his deadly mission." "The seriousness of this defendant's offences and the need for just punishment and deterrence cannot be overstated," prosecutors under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote. ... More »

  • Syria's southern rebels take step towards unity
    Syria's southern rebels take step towards unity Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebels in southern Syria say they have taken a step towards unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defence pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. The south is the last major stronghold of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad following the expansion of Islamic State in the east and north and gains by the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in the northwest. ... More »

  • Egypt group claims responsibility for attack Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's main terror group on Friday claimed responsibility under the name of the Islamic State for an assault against the army last month which killed 31 in the northern Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Syria rebels in south emerge as West's last hope as moderates crushed e …
    Syria rebels in south emerge as West's last hope as moderates crushed e … Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - With moderate rebels facing defeat by al Qaeda in Syria's north, groups holding a corner of the south are seeking a higher profile and more help, as the last Western-backed forces holding out against both President Bashar al-Assad and the jihadists. The southern rebels, described by Western officials as the best organised of the mainstream opposition, say they are the last hope for a revolution hijacked by jihadists. In recent days they have laid out a transition plan for a Syria without Assad, taking on a political role that in the past they left to others. ... More »

  • Special Report - The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran
    Special Report - The fighters of Iraq who answer to Iran Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    By Babak Dehghanpisheh BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle militant group Islamic State over the summer was Qais al-Khazali. Like the fighters, Khazali wore green camouflage. But he also sported a shoulder-strapped pistol and sunglasses and was flanked by armed bodyguards. When he was not on the battlefield, the 40-year-old Iraqi donned the robes and white turban of a cleric. Khazali is the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq that is backed by Iran. ... More »

  • Mentally ill Briton extradited to U.S. over alleged plan for militant camp Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    By Joseph Ax and Stephen Addison NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - A mentally ill Briton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with notorious London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999. Haroon Aswat, 40, was arraigned in federal court in New York on four counts, including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support, after his extradition from Britain earlier in the day. ... More »

  • UK suspect pleads not guilty to US terror charges Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon has pleaded not guilty to four terrorism charges just after arriving in New York from Great Britain, where he had fought extradition for years. More »

  • Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY
    Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A mentally ill British man accused of supporting Al-Qaeda and conspiring to set up a terror training camp in the United States pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom Tuesday. More »

  • Judge urged to accept guilty plea in U.S. embassy bombing case
    Judge urged to accept guilty plea in U.S. embassy bombing case Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge to accept a plea deal for an Egyptian man charged in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, pressing for no more than 25 years in prison despite the judge's concern that it might be too lenient. In court papers filed late on Monday in New York federal court, the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Adel Abdul Bary was less involved in the bombings than other members of the conspiracy. ... More »

  • Adel Abdul Bary Admits Embassy Bombings Role
    Adel Abdul Bary Admits Embassy Bombings Role Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    An Egyptian man has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. More »

  • Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea
    Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. However, U.S. ... More »

  • Insight - Islamic State's financial independence poses quandary for its …
    Insight - Islamic State's financial independence poses quandary for its … Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Sometimes they texted, sometimes they called, but the message was always the same: "Give us money." Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islamic State militants were already busy collecting money to finance their campaign of setting up a 7th century-style caliphate. In return, he was given a receipt that says: "Received from Mr. ...., the amount of ...., as support to the Mujahideen." The shop keeper's tale illustrates how Islamic State has long been systematically collecting funds for a land grab that already includes a stretch of northern Iraq and Syria. Another Mosul worker corroborated the account of IS tactics. Learning from their previous incarnation as the Islamic State of Iraq, when they received money from foreign fighters, Islamic State has almost weaned itself off private funds from sympathetic individual donors in the Gulf. More »