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Erdogan says EU on ‘anti-Islam crusade’

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said the EU has started a crusade against Islam with a ruling on Islamic headscarves and warned the Netherlands that Ankara was no longer a friend, in a worsening diplomatic crisis. Turkey and the European Union are locked in their most explosive row in years after key EU members Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to win support for expanding Erdogan's powers in a referendum. Ankara has expressed dismay over the rise of…

Trump travel ban not anti-Islam, says UAE minister

ABU DHABI: US President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations is not anti-Islam, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign minister said on Wednesday. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, whose country like neighbouring Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Washington, said it was "wrong to say" that the decision by the new US administration was "directed against a particular religion". "The United States has made... a sovereign decision," he said at a joint press conference with his Russian…