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12 July, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Juba | 12 Jul 2011

South Sudan formed a caretaker government and announced on Monday it will use a new currency that features the image of the deceased founder of the nation's liberation struggle.

The new African nation became an independent on Saturday, breaking away from Sudan after more than 50 years of on-and-off war.

David Deng Athorbie, the new finance minister, said the new currency would be called the South Sudan pound and will replace the Sudan pound currently in use.

12 July, 2011

Source : Xinhuanet
Tehran | 12 Jul 2011

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi opened the Islamic republic's first embassy in Ljubljana on Monday and said that his country is willing to develop ties with Slovenia.

Hours after his arrival in Slovenia, Salehi inaugurated the Iranian embassy in Ljubljana and said that Iran is keen on enhanced trade and cultural ties with Slovenia, the official IRNA news agency reported.

11 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Islamabad | 11 Jul 2011

11 July, 2011

Source : Khalil Hanware | Arab News
JEDDAH | 10 Jul 2011

Jeddah has been ranked as one of the top 10 cheapest cities in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living (2011) survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Karachi was the cheapest, while Tokyo was the most expensive. Jeddah came 128th.

Cities in the Middle East and North Africa make up the bulk of the cheapest locations, said the report.

11 July, 2011

Source : Mushtak Parker | Arab News
Astana | 10 Jul 2011

11 July, 2011

Source : Rod McGuirk | AP
CANBERRA : Australia | 10 Jul 2011

Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive.

11 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
Dhaka | 10 Jul 2011

Riot police in Bangladesh fired tear gas Sunday at thousands of Islamist activists protesting constitutional changes that proclaimed the country a secular state.

Police in Bangladesh on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Islamist activists trying to enforce a nationwide strike over the removal of a Muslim phrase in the constitution, and witnesses said around 50 people were injured and some 100 people were detained.

11 July, 2011

Source: Al Jazeera
Srebrenica | 11 Jul 2011

Thousands of Bosnians are commemorating the Srebrenica massacre by marching along the same route that was taken by Bosnian Muslims who tried to escape the atrocity in 1995.

They marched on Sunday from the city of Srebrenica to the village of Nezuk, about 110km north, where about 15,000 had fled to seeking safety at a UN base there from Bosnian Serb troops 16 years ago.

09 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
BEIRUT | 08 Jul 2011

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Syria’s Hama on Friday against President Bashar Al-Assad as Western envoys visited the city to show support.

Activists said security forces shot dead four people elsewhere, including one in the Damascus district of Midan.

08 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Ankara | 08 Jul 2011

Turkey's prime minister said on Friday it was "unthinkable" to normalise ties with Israel unless it apologised for a bloody raid on a Turkish aid ship bound for beiseged Gaza last year and lifted a blockade on the Palestinian territory.

In a speech to parliament to unveil his new government's programme, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave no sign of softening its terms, as there have been reports in recent weeks that the two sides have been holding secret talks to mend fences.

08 July, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Juba : Sudan | 08 Jul 2011

Juba, Sudan — The southern branch of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has said it will split with the northern party and join the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party in the south.

Riak Gai, the head of the NCP in Southern Sudan, said on Thursday that the split would take effect immediately.

08 July, 2011

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies
Moscow | 07 Jul 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has praised Muslim efforts in fighting extremism, appealing for scholars' help in integrating new immigrants into the society.

"We will fight terror consistently and without compromise," Medvedev said during a meeting with Muslim leaders, Interfax news agency reported.

08 July, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Paris | 08 Jul 2011

A huge hangar, owned by the Ministry of Defence located near Porte des Poissonniers, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, could well become a new place of Muslim worship in Paris.

In an attempt to allieviate the problem of prayer in the streets, the City of Paris is seeking ways of finding more prayer space without violating a 1905 law against the government supporting religions.

08 July, 2011

Source : Mohammed Ghobari & Mohammed Mukhashaf  | Reuters
SANAA/ADEN | 07 Jul 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared on television on Thursday for the first time since an assassination attempt a month ago and said he was ready to share power within the constitution's framework.

Saleh, who is being treated in a Riyadh hospital after the June 3 attack, was barely recognizable and sat stiffly as he spoke in the pre-recorded statement broadcast on Yemeni television.

07 July, 2011

Source : Omar Nuhov
Makhachkala | 07 Jul 2011

(IslamDag) - Heart of any Muslim cannot be indifferent to the Quran and therefore, with the hope for understanding and help of all who get this message, we search for hand-written Quran of village Chuni of Levashinsky district, Dagestan.

The unique Quran which was kept away from anti-religious bodies during the communist regime in USSR, when mosques were closed and the religious literature was destroyed, could not have been protected presently.

07 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
TRIPOLI | 06 Jul 2011

Opposition fighters in western Libya seized two mountain towns from government troops Wednesday, while the embattled regime of Muammar Qaddafi said it would set up a special court to try opposition leaders for treason.

The opposition advances mark small progress in a largely deadlocked civil war. Fighting began nearly five months ago when a popular uprising against Qaddafi quickly escalated into armed conflict.

07 July, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Thursday : 07 Jul 2011

Israeli officials are allegedly boycotting a UN official in Lebanon after he wrote a report criticising the country's response to a border incursion by Palestinians protesters in May.

Media in Israel reported on Wednesday that the government had cancelled a visit and cut ties with Michael Williams, UN special co-ordinator for Lebanon, in response to the report.

07 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Vladikavkaz | 05 Jul 2011

Muslim leaders in Russia asked President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday to press Saudi Arabia to increase the number of worshippers allowed to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Almost three million Muslims flock to Mecca every year for Haj, a duty every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must perform at least once in their lifetime. Riyadh allocates quotas for Muslims around the world.

07 July, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Flemington Park | 07 Jul 2011

The Toronto District School Board says it is meeting its obligation to accommodate students' religious beliefs by allowing an imam to lead students in prayer on school property.

The board came under criticism this week when a Hindu group that regularly criticizes Islam raised objections to Muslims observing Friday congregational prayers, which have been held inside a cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School in Flemingdon Park for about three years.

07 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Baghdad | 07 Jul 2011

Iraq's cabinet approved a $365-million contract with Iran last Wednesday to build a pipeline to move gas from Iran to Iraq for power generation.

Iran aims to boost trade and investment with neighbouring Iraq to $10 billion this year as it looks to further strengthen economic ties, especially in the oil sector, an Iranian official said on Wednesday.

06 July, 2011

Source : Steve Gutterman | Reuters
MOSCOW | 05 Jul 2011

Russia urged the United States on Tuesday to give more scrutiny to allegations of human rights violations by US soldiers and agents during conflicts abroad, pointing to reported abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Foreign Ministry’s human rights representative said information from activist groups “gives reason to believe serious violations of international rights protection norms have occurred during US military operations” in those countries.

06 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
KABUL : Afghanistan | 05 Jul 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Tuesday to maintain an enduring partnership with Afghanistan, promising to increase aid even as British troops begin to withdraw next year.

At a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Cameron also said Britain’s experience of drawing Irish Republican Army terrorists into Northern Ireland’s political process could guide Afghanistan’s own efforts to reconcile Taleban insurgents.

06 July, 2011

Source : Mike Corder | AP
THE HAGUE | 05 Jul 2011

The Netherlands is liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men slain by Serbs during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, appeals judges ruled in a civil suit Tuesday, ordering the Dutch government to compensate the men’s relatives.

06 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
GENEVA | 05 Jul 2011

The United Nations says many Somali children are arriving at refugee camps in neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia in such weak shape that they are dying within 24 hours despite emergency care and feeding.

A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency says an unknown number of children under the age of five are dying from hunger and exhaustion as their families flee violence compounded by drought in Somalia.

06 July, 2011

Source : Md Rasooldeen | Arab News
RIYADH | 05 Jul 2011

The Saudi Kingdom will host the first ever international conference on halal food in the Saudi capital on Feb. 12, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference held at SFDA headquarters on Tuesday, the organization's Chairman Mohammed Al-Kanhal said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has consented to offer his patronage to the summit which is to be held for the first time in the Kingdom.

 

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