Monday , September 24 2018


Muslim women fight ‘triple’ divorce – Overwhelming majority favor abolition of practice

BHOPAL, India, June 10, (AFP): Only three words were scrawled on the letter from her husband and posted to her parent’s home in central India, but they were enough to shatter Sadaf Mehmood’s life. Using an ancient and controversial Islamic practice, Mehmood’s husband wrote “talaq, talaq, talaq” or “I divorce …

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Riyadh denies threat to UN funding

UNITED NATIONS, United States, June 9, (AFP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday rebuked Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to “undue pressure” to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators. In his first public remarks about the uproar, Ban said he …

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Ethiopia says army killed 101 jihadists – ‘Militants killing 43 Ethiopian soldiers is an absolute lie’

MOGADISHU, June 9, (AFP): Ethiopia has said that its soldiers deployed in Somalia killed 101 Shabaab fighters who on Thursday attacked an army base used by the African Union force fighting the Al-Qaeda linked group. The Shabaab movement earlier announced a major assault on the base in Halgan in the …

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US apologises to Qatar over military video

DOHA, June 9, (AFP): The US ambassador in Doha on Thursday formally apologised to Qatar after a video was posted online showing laughing American soldiers stationed in the Gulf allegedly insulting the emirate’s flag. Dana Shell Smith took to Twitter to apologise and called on the US military to investigate …

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Kuwait dips in Global Peace Index – Second in MENA

LONDON, June 8: Kuwait is ranked as the 51st most peaceful country in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2016 released Wednesday, a deterioration of 15 from last year’s rank, and is ranked second out of the 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. The tenth edition of …

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Tax fears in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH/DUBAI, June 8, (RTRS): Expatriates in Saudi Arabia and their Saudi employers alike voiced unease about a proposal the government is studying to impose income tax on foreign workers to make up for falling oil revenues. Around a third of the 30 million inhabitants of the world’s top oil exporter …

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12 people killed, 50 abducted in E. Afghan highway attacks

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, June 8, (RTRS): Suspected Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan killed 12 people after stopping their vehicles on a road in the east of the country, while 50 people were kidnapped in the north, the latest in a spate of highway attacks, officials said on Wednesday. The Taleban have made …

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Daughter burned alive for marrying for love in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 8, (AP): A Pakistani woman was arrested Wednesday after dousing her daughter with kerosene and burning her alive, allegedly because the girl had defied her family to marry a man she was in love with, police said. Police official Sheikh Hammad said the killing took place in …

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Amir condoles Turkey on Istanbul terror attack – 11 killed in bomb targeting police

KUWAIT CITY, June 7, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Tuesday a cable of condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he expressed his deepest condolences and sympathy on the victims of the terrorist attack in the district of Beyazit in central …

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Saudi-led coalition taken off blacklist

UNITED NATIONS, June 7, (Agencies): Following a vehement protest from Saudi Arabia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen from a list of government forces that committed grave violations against children last year, pending a joint review of cases. Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador …

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