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Pakistan angered at ‘hellhole’ depiction in ‘Homeland’ – report

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Source: rt.com

The Emmy-winning ‘Homeland’ series portrays Pakistan as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole,” the country’s officials have complained to the New York Post, stressing “nothing is further from the truth.”

The Pakistani authorities reportedly complained directly to the show’s producers at Showtime, noting every detail they found irrelevant to the modern Pakistan, including the lack of green landscapes in the depiction of the capital, Islamabad.

“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US <…> is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US, but also to the people of the US,” Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana told the New York Post.

Season four of ‘Homeland’ tells a story of a CIA station chief on a mission in Pakistan. The show explores the twists and turns of intelligence operations on the ground, as well as the troubled relations between the CIA and Pakistan’s security services.

The biggest concern of the country’s authorities is that Pakistan is depicted as undemocratic and linked with militants.

“Repeated insinuations that an intelligence agency of Pakistan is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians is not only absurd, but also an insult to the ultimate sacrifices of the thousands of Pakistani security personnel in the war against terrorism,” one source said.

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UN: Syrian refugees now more than 3 million

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Source: VOA News

By: Lisa Schlein

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency says more than three years of civil war in Syria has forced three million people to flee their homeland, and the fighting is only intensifying. UNHCR reports the flight from Syria has created the world’s largest population of refugees under that U.N. agency’s care.

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Chelsea Muslim Footballer Builds Mosque

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LONDON – Senegal national team and Chelsea Muslim striker Demba Ba has offered money necessary to fund the construction of a mosque in his parents’ hometown in Senegal.

“Being a Muslim is more important than me being a footballer,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Independent by sen24heures website reported on Friday, May 9.

“A good Muslim is a good person, so I try to be a good person,” he added.

Being a devout Muslim, the Chelsea star usually celebrates his goal to performing prostration. Ba is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Chelsea and the Senegal national team.

It is also known that he was brought up in a religious home.

The news about his contribution to fund a new mosque hit the Senegalese media last week.

The new mosque is expected to be inaugurated within the coming weeks.

Ba is one of 40 other Muslim stars in the English Premier league.

The Muslim existence on English football pitches dated back to 1992 Tottenham’s Spanish midfielder Nayim was the only Muslim player in the league.

Seeking new talented players for the league, scouts brought new players from West Africa and Paris to become global stars.

The growing influx of Muslim players has been fuelled by the internationalization of football.

Ba’s homeland, Senegal, is a country in West Africa where Islam is the predominant religion. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s population is estimated to be Muslim.