Buddha’s not for sale in Iran –
Iran bans Buddha statues from being sold in Tehran to stop religion being promoted in the country calling the Buddha statues symbols of ‘cultural invasion.’ In the past Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons have been banned in Iran. An interpretation of Islamic law bans the depiction of the human form in art.
Sandhurst renames hall after Bahrain King –
The British army officers training facility Sandhurst controversially renames Mons Hall to the King Hamad Hall after the King of Bahrain gave £3 million towards its refurbishment. Mons Hall was named in memory of a 1914 battle when 1,600 British soldiers were killed. An accommodation block at the Royal Military Academy has also been named after the first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a £15 million donation from the country.
Boko Haram takes foreign hostages in Nigeria –
Terrorist group Boko Haram attack a construction company at Jama’are in north Nigeria killing a security guard and abducting 7 foreign workers. The site is run by Setraco who is building a major road in the area. Boko Haram wants to impose Sharia (Islamic law) across Nigeria.