Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was “found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment,” head judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the south Jakarta court. Ahok provoked the ire of muslims after he cited the Al Maidah 51 verse from the Qur’an during a campaign visit to the Thousand Islands in September. He said the verse had been used to deceive voters and justify the assertion that Muslims should not be led by non-Muslims. Source Reuters, The Guardian
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Pakistan’s top court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office after a damning corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power. Source: France 24
Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 missile defense systems from Russia should not be worrying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, as he announced the deal with Russia has been signed Source Daily Sabah
Media reports claiming that Turkey would buy Russian S-400 air defense systems were not true, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said at a security forum in Aspen, Colorado on July 23. Source Hurriyet Daily