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05 July, 2011

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05 July, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya
Karachi | 05 Jul 2011

Just when it seemed relations between the US and Pakistan couldn’t get worse, a new wrinkle has developed, this time over US sponsorship of a gay pride event in Islamabad.

05 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
ADEN | 04 Jul 2011

Some 54,000 Yemenis have fled the flash point southern province of Abyan since militants took over its capital last month, a government official said on Sunday, as fighting intensified in the area.

Mass protests demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three-decade rule and a political impasse continue to paralyze Yemen, as he recovers in Riyadh from an assassination attempt.

05 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
Urumqi | 05 Jul 2011

Amnesty International on Tuesday slammed an ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in their homeland, "East Turkistan", what China calls Xinjiang", two years after deadly riots rocked the region.

More than 200 people were killed and 1,700 injured -- according to official figures -- when street battles between ethnic Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs exploded in capital Urumqi on July 5, 2009.

04 July, 2011

Source : Syed Faisal Ali | Arab News
JEDDAH | 02 Jul 2011

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are working on a mechanism to jointly fight terrorism, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said here on Saturday.

“Terrorism is our common enemy and we want to eradicate it from the face of the earth. The enemies of the Kingdom are our enemies too. We are working to put in place an effective mechanism to fight them,” Malik said.

04 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
SANAA : Yemen | 02 Jul 2011

Senior Yemeni officials say President Ali Abdullah Saleh has had “very limited” access to the outside world since he was flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

Facing months of protests calling for his resignation, Saleh suffered serious burns and other wounds in a June 3 attack on his palace in the Yemeni capital. Little information about his condition has been released.

04 July, 2011

Source : Malkhadir M. Muhumed | AP
NAIROBI : Kenya | 02 Jul 2011

US military forces landed in Somalia to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants after a US drone strike targeted a group of insurgents, Somalia’s defense minister told The Associated Press on Friday.

The operation is at least the second time US troops have landed in Somalia after a targeted strike, though no forces have been stationed there since shortly after the “Black Hawk Down” battle that left 18 Americans dead in 1993.

04 July, 2011

Source : Md Rasooldeen | Arab News
COLOMBO | 03 Jul 2011

The Kingdom donated 150 metric tons of dates to Sri Lanka last week for distribution at mosques during the coming holy month of Ramadan.

Ministry of Finance official Mansour Al-Yousef handed the consignment at a simple ceremony at the Saudi Embassy in Colombo on Friday to Abdul Hameed Mohammed Fowzie, Sri Lankan senior minister for urban affairs, in the presence of Farouk Mohamed Wazeer Ali, charge d’affaires of the mission.

04 July, 2011

Source : Selcan Hacaoglu | AP
BENGHAZI : Libya | 03 Jul 2011

Turkey’s foreign minister recognized Libya’s rebel leaders as the country’s legitimate representatives and promised them an additional $200 million in aid during a visit Sunday.

02 July, 2011

Source :  Lutfi Abu-Aun | Reuters
TRIPOLI | 30 Jun 2011

Russia said on Thursday France’s arms drop to opposition fighting Muammar Qaddafi violated a UN arms embargo on Libya, a stance that could deepen divisions within a NATO alliance that wants him ousted from power.

02 July, 2011

Source : Suadad Al-Salhy | Reuters
BAGHDAD | 30 Jun 2011

Muqtada Sadr is leading a campaign to bar US troops from cities and government buildings to pressure Baghdad and Washington to remove American forces from Iraq by year-end, officials said.

Members of Sadr’s political movement have asked about 10 provincial councils in central and southern Iraq, including the capital, Baghdad, and the oil hub, Basra, to pass resolutions to keep US forces out of cities and Iraqi facilities.

02 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
Perama | 01 Jul 2011

American activists set sail from Greece on Friday aboard a boat set to take part in an aid flotilla to Gaza, braving threats from Israel, a ban by Athens and sabotages.

The boat, dubbed "The Audacity of Hope", left Perama port for the open seas, a Reuters witness said.

The boat is part of a flotilla of nine vessels and several hundred activists who say they want to deliver aid to Israel-besieged Palestinian territory.

02 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
Rabat | 02 Jul 2011

Morocco's King Mohammed scored a landslide victory in Friday's referendum on a new constitution he proposed to placate "Arab Spring" protests as voters defied critics who said it did little to curb his powers.

Taib Cherkaoui, the interior minister, announced shortly after the voting closed on Friday that the poll showed 98 per cent in favour of the changes, with 94 per cent of stations reporting.

02 July, 2011

Source : World Bulletin
Ankara | 02 Jul 2011

Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey saw its future in Europe.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had the will to integrate to the European Union (EU) in the possible shortest time.

"Turkey-EU relations require a new strategic perspective, and this strategic perspective is very obvious for Turkey," Davutoglu told a joint press conference with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Istanbul.

02 July, 2011

Source : AP
AMMAN : Jordan | 01 Jul 2011

The leader of Jordan’s largest Islamist opposition group is calling on people to topple the country’s prime minister as 2,000 protesters took to the streets demanding he resign.

Anger has been rising over a decision by Jordanian lawmakers to clear Prime Minister Marouf Al-Bakhit of involvement in a casino scandal during his previous 2005-2007 term.

02 July, 2011

Source : AP
TRIPOLI : Libya | 01 Jul 2011

The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who like his father is a wanted man under an international arrest warrant, denies that either of them ordered the killing of civilian protesters in Libya as prosecutors charge.

Seif Al-Islam Qaddafi told Russian news channel RT in an interview posted online Friday that “most of the people” died when they tried to storm military sites, and that guards fired on them under standing orders to protect the bases and themselves.

01 July, 2011

Source : The Guardian
Jebel Zawiya | 01 Jul 2011

Demonstrations intensified and a government crackdown continued on Thursday despite attempts by the Syrian regime to reclaim the reform agenda and boost its international credibility.

Activists dismissed the moves as a public relations campaign as the army swept through villages in the north-western province of Idleb. Tanks entered the villages of Ihsim and forces were gathered close to several other villages in the district of Jebel Zawiya, activists reported.

01 July, 2011

RIYADH : 28 Jun 2011

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has pardoned more than 325 Indonesian inmates, including housemaids, said an Indonesian official in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The decision to set free the workers followed talks between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Saudi Ambassador Abdulrahman M. Amen Al-Khayyat in Jakarta Tuesday.

01 July, 2011

Source : Anadolu Agency

Pennsylvania | 30 Jun 2011

Turkish scientists working in the United States have developed drugs against Hepatitis C and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Dr. Ercem Atillasoy and Dr. Dalya Guris, Turkish doctors working at Merck Search Laboratory in Pennsylvania, said the medicine they developed against Hepatitis C achieved full treatment of resistant patients.

01 July, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Kuala Lumpur : 01 Jul 2011

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has modified its policy on competitor apparel to allow modest Islamic attire.

In a statement released today in Malaysia announcing the change, IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan said:

01 July, 2011

Source : Deb Riechmann | AP
KABUL : Afghanistan | 28 Jun 2011

More than 250,000 Afghans have fled their villages during the past two years of fighting, Refugees International says, in a report critical of US Special Forces and other international and Afghan military operations for exacerbating the displacement of civilians.

01 July, 2011

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 30 Jun 2011

A delegation representing Kashmiri interests urged members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to keep the disputed territory in mind while expanding economic ties with India.

30 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
Sanaa : 29 Jun 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was so severely injured in an assassination attempt that it is uncertain when he will return to the country, Yemen Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said.

Saleh was injured in an attack on his palace in early June and is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Yemen has been shaken by months of protests against his three-decade rule.

30 June, 2011

Source : Eileen Ng | AP
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia | 29 Jun 2011

A Malaysian state governed by a conservative Islamic party plans to reward “good” Muslim men who declare their polygamous marriages and are able to take proper care of their multiple households, an official said Wednesday.

Muslim men in mainly Muslim Malaysia can have up to four wives at one time but must fulfill various requirements, including obtaining consent from existing spouses and from the state religious department.

30 June, 2011

Source : Hamuda Hassan | Reuters
MISRATA : Libya | 29 Jun 2011

NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

More than 90 days into a NATO bombing campaign, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is refusing to relinquish power, leaving Western states counting on a combination of rebel advances on Tripoli and an uprising in the city itself to dislodge him.


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