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30 June, 2011

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 29 Jun 2011

In a monumental step forward, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has established a human rights panel to safeguard basic freedoms for Muslims.

29 June, 2011

Source : Reuters

Manama | 28 Jun 2011

 

Saudi Arabia will withdraw most of its security forces from neighbouring Bahrain, where they helped quell protests in March, a Bahrain government source said on Tuesday.

Security forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were sent into Bahrain in mid-March to help clear the streets of protesters who had been staging demonstrations since February. Emergency rule, imposed at the time, was lifted earlier this month.

29 June, 2011

Source : Arab News
JEDDAH | 26 Jun 2011

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a multilateral organization affiliated with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, is currently engaged in tackling issues related to the financing of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and projects providing food security and housing among member countries.

Aside from SMEs, the ICD is considering the financing of projects for providing food security among member countries on priority.

29 June, 2011

Source : Associated Press
MOSCOW | 28 Jun 2011

A Russian envoy told Syrian opposition members Tuesday that “leaders come and go” — an apparent signal to Syrian President Bashar Assad that he cannot count on his ally’s unconditional support after months of protests demanding his ouster.

It remains to be seen, however, if Mikhail Margelov’s comments indicated a change in Moscow’s opposition to tough UN action on Syria for Assad’s bloody crackdown on his opponents.

29 June, 2011

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 28 Jun 2011

The secretary-general of the renamed Organization of Islamic Cooperation has called for a decade of action on political reforms and peaceful resolutions for Palestine, Libya and Syria.

28 June, 2011

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 27 Jun 2011

Islamic Development Bank President Ahmed Mohamed Ali called for a new economic order to promote global progress and prosperity at the group’s annual conference here Monday.

28 June, 2011

Source : Andre Hammond & Tarek Amara | Reuters
TUNIS | 27 Jun 2011

Tunisia’s key opposition party said on Monday it had withdrawn from a body charged with preparing for elections after this year’s uprising, saying it feared further plans by interim authorities to delay the vote.

28 June, 2011

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 27 Jun 2011

The next few days here could prove to be extremely important for the global standing of both Kazakhstan and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as the foreign ministers of the organization’s 57 member states convene their annual summit.

28 June, 2011

Source : Ali Akbar Dareini | AP
TEHRAN | 28 Jun 2011

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander claimed on Tuesday that his country is capable of producing even longer range missiles than the ones it now has but won’t make them because Israel and US bases in the Gulf are already within its reach.

28 June, 2011

Source : Mohammed Daraghmeh | AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 27 Jun 2011

The West Bank Palestinian leadership formally decided to press ahead with efforts in September to win UN recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, in what could be a blow to efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

28 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
Damascus | 28 Jun 2011

Members of Syria's opposition in exile said they would use a visit to Moscow on Tuesday to urge Russia to condemn a violent crackdown on protests in the Middle Eastern nation.

Opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were due to meet Moscow's Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov, who has been involved in Rusian efforts to mediate in North Africa and the Middle East -- regions that have been hit by a wave of popular uprisings.

27 June, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
West Bank : 27 Jun 2011

Israel's army has begun tearing down a section of the West Bank separation barrier near the village of Bilin, four years after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered them to do so.

The rerouting on Sunday marked a major victory for residents of the town and activists who have held weekly demonstrations at the site for years.

Not all activists were satisfied with the move, however, with many demanding that the structure be removed entirely from the village.

27 June, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Gaza : 27 Jun 2011

Israel has warned journalists that they could be banned from entering the country for 10 years if they travel aboard an aid flotilla scheduled to set sail for the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli government issued the warning on Sunday, saying the journalists could also have their equipment seized in addition to other sanctions.

27 June, 2011

Source : Mike Corder | AP
THE HAGUE : Netherlands | 27 Jun 2011

International judges ordered the arrest Monday’s mission to protect the Libyan people from Qaddafi’s forces,” he said Monday, adding that the Libyan leader and his supporters need to realize that “time is rapidly running out for them.” NATO air forces have been conducting daily air strikes against military targets in Libya for the past 100 days.

27 June, 2011

Source : Mushtak Parker | Arab News
LONDON | 26 Jun 2011

The global Islamic capital market is once again focused on Malaysia with the recent launch by Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank, of its new Islamic monetary management instrument, the Bank Negara Monetary Notes-Istithmar (BNMN-Istithmar).

25 June, 2011

Source : Mitra Amiri | Reuters
TEHRAN : 25 Jun 2011

Iran, long labeled by the US as a supporter of terrorism, accused the West on Saturday of being the main sponsor of political violence against civilians.

25 June, 2011

Source : P. K. Abdul Ghafour & Sarah Abdullah | Arab News
JEDDAH | 23 Jun 2011

Finance, economy and planning ministers from 56 Muslim countries will attend a major Islamic economic and finance conference here next week, which is likely to be opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at Jeddah Hilton on Monday.

25 June, 2011

Source : Abdul Jalil Mustafa | Arab News
AMMAN | 24 Jun 2011

Hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets in several cities on Friday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit’s Cabinet and the formation of a national salvation government to be tasked with the required political and economic reforms, witnesses said.

The rallies also called for the abrogation of the peace treaty which Jordan concluded with Israel in 1994 and adopting a clear strategy for fighting corruption.

25 June, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya
Karachi | 23 Jun 2011

Pakistan is decorating bus stops with Quranic verses and Islamic calligraphy to give a more spiritual flavor to the capital Islamabad, long considered one of the country’s most liberal cities.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) plans to roll out 100 new bus shelters -- known locally as sunshades -- painted with flowers and religious verses to spruce up the 1960s purpose-built capital.

25 June, 2011

Source | Islam Today
Thursday, 23 Jun 2011

Reports of incidents againsts Muslims increased in 2010, according to a new report.

Racial violence, particularly against black people, is also on the rise.

The report, by the Federal Commission Against Racism and an anti-racist NGO, said both recent migrants and people with Swiss citizenship were affected, and the majority of victims are men. The racist attacks are mainly serious verbal abuse, it said.

25 June, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya
Montreal : Canada | 23 Jun 2011

A dispute between FIFA and Iranian and Jordanian women soccer players over the right to wear religious Muslim headdresses during matches is expanding as it spreads across the Atlantic.

A Canadian soccer referee, Sarah Benkirane, was barred this week by Quebec’s Lac St. Louis Regional Soccer Association because she wears a hijab, a religious headdress that covers a woman’s hair, neck and ears in accordance with conservative Muslim dress code.

25 June, 2011

Source : Middle East Online
Baghdad | 23 Jun 2011

Iraq's parliament speaker, who is on a visit to Washington, will query American officials about $17 billion in missing oil money, a lawmaker in Baghdad said on Wednesday.

Osama al-Nujaifi, who left for Washington on Tuesday, will bring up the question of the missing billions, which have been under investigation for years, said Baha al-Araji, head of parliament's anti-graft committee.

25 June, 2011

Source | Arabnews
RAMALLAH | 23 Jun 2011

A UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is contributing $70 million for new housing units in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has authorized construction of the 1,200 new homes and 18 badly needed schools in Gaza, in what would be one of the largest housing projects in the seaside territory in years, according to The Associated Press.

25 June, 2011

Source | Reuters
Cairo | 25 Jun 2011

Finance Minister Samir Radwan said on Saturday Egypt would not need funds from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, although a deal had been agreed, after budget revisions cut the forecast deficit.

"We do not need to go at this stage to the bank and the fund," Radwan told Reuters, adding Egypt still had the "best relations" with the institutions.

22 June, 2011

Source : Ahmed Al-Haj | AP
SANAA : Yemen | 22 Jun 2011

The head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation warned Tuesday that Yemen could plunge into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh is allowed to return home.

Saleh is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries from a blast early this month at his palace in the Yemeni capital that left him with severe burns and chunks of wood in his chest.

 

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