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Trump travel ban not anti-Islam, says UAE minister

Trump travel ban not anti-Islam, says UAE minister

US President Donald Trump´s travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations is not anti-Islam, the United Arab Emirates 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 […]

Iran confirms new missile test, says not against nuclear deal

Iran confirms new missile test, says not against nuclear deal

Iran’s defence minister said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic had tested a new missile, but added the test did not breach Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers or a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the pact. Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but this is the first during US President […]

Indonesian Islamic council to issue fatwa against fake news

Indonesian Islamic council to issue fatwa against fake news

Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council is to issue an edict, or fatwa, declaring the spreading of fake news un-Islamic, the organisation‘s chairman said on Wednesday. Indonesia has one of the world’s highest number of Facebook and Twitter users, and the biggest Muslim population, and concern is growing that fake news is fuelling religious and ethnic […]

Iran tested medium-range ballistic missile: US official

Iran tested medium-range ballistic missile: US official

WASHINGTON: Iran on Sunday carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile that exploded after 630 miles, a U.S. official said on Monday. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, which is east of Tehran. The official added that the last […]

Pakistanis third among Dubai’s top earning real estate brokers

Pakistanis third among Dubai’s top earning real estate brokers

DUBAI (Yes News) – Real estate brokers earned a commission of over Dh1.5 bn in 2016 from 32,932 transactions, stated Dubai Land Department (DLD) in its latest report. According to a report published by Khaleej Times, Dubai’s real estate market attracted 5,933 active brokers and 2,285 registered brokerage offices. The Dh1.5 bn figure describes the […]

Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

GENEVA (AFP) – The timing of the next Syria talks in Geneva was thrown into doubt on Friday after the UN said it could not confirm a Russian announcement that they had been postponed. Meeting in Moscow with minor Syrian opposition figures, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UN-hosted talks planned for February 8 had […]

Canadian wingsuit jumper dies in China: report

Canadian wingsuit jumper dies in China: report

BEIJING (AFP) – A Canadian man has died after attempting a wingsuit jump in China, state media reported, the latest fatality in the extreme sport that involves leaping from a plane or mountain while wearing a bodysuit with wings. The body of 28-year-old Graham Dickinson, a wingsuit specialist, was found Thursday on a cliff in […]

Death toll from deadly occupied Kashmir avalanches climbs to 20

Death toll from deadly occupied Kashmir avalanches climbs to 20

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – Rescuers retrieved the bodies Friday of another four Indian soldiers buried beneath tonnes of snow in occupied Kashmir, taking the death toll from a series of avalanches to 20, the military said. The disaster struck an army post and a patrol along the de facto border that divides the disputed territory […]

Syria talks in Geneva postponed from Feb 8 until end of the month: Lavrov

Syria talks in Geneva postponed from Feb 8 until end of the month: Lavrov

MOSCOW (AFP) – UN-hosted negotiations on the Syrian conflict planned for February 8 in Geneva have been postponed until the end of that month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. “The date of February 8 has been put back until the end of next month,” Lavrov told a meeting with minor Syrian opposition representatives […]

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

RIYADH (Web Desk) – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that the employers who hold back the passports of workers without their written consent will be penalized. According to the spokesman of the ministry, Khalid Abalkhail, a fine of 2000 Saudi riyals per worker will be imposed on the employer. “The […]

Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan has announced fresh initiatives to bring more women into the army, weeks after the country’s first female pilot sparked a national debate on insecurity and women’s rights by seeking asylum in the US. The defence ministry wants to boost the proportion of women in the army to 10 percent, deputy ministry […]

India’s top court says no to national ban on cow slaughter

India’s top court says no to national ban on cow slaughter

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s top court Friday rejected a petition seeking a nationwide ban on cow slaughter, a flashpoint issue for Hindus who consider the animal sacred. The Supreme Court dismissed an activist’s proposal to prohibit the slaughter of cows across India, a measure that would have effectively banned beef consumption in the nation […]

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