Netflix backs ‘Master of None’ despite misconduct claim

Aziz Ansari
Updated 31 July 2018
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Netflix backs ‘Master of None’ despite misconduct claim

CALIFORNIA: Netflix is standing by “Master of None” and Aziz Ansari despite a sexual-misconduct allegation against him earlier this year.
Cindy Holland, a programming executive for the streaming service, said Sunday there has been thought given to a third season for the comedy starring and co-created by Ansari.
She added that Netflix would “certainly be happy” to make another “Master of None” season with Ansari, but did not commit to it or indicate what the production or release timeline might be. The show about a young, single actor in New York last aired in 2017.
The allegation that Ansari acted improperly on a date was published in January of this year by website Babe.net, which did not identify the accuser. The report sparked a public debate, with some saying the claim shed light on aggressive sexual behavior and others dismissing it as a bad date that should have remained private.
In a January statement, Ansari acknowledged that he apologized to a woman in 2017 when she told him about her discomfort during an encounter in his apartment that he believed to be consensual.


Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

Updated 18 July 2019
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Archaeologists find mosque from when Islam arrived in holy land

  • Authorities estimate the mosquer dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries
  • Rare to find house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers

RAHAT, Israel: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land, they said on Thursday.
The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.
There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.
Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.
“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.
“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”