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22 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
WASHINGTON | 22 Jun 2011

A majority of Americans now want US troops to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible, according to a poll released on Tuesday, underscoring fading public support for the 10-year-old war as President Barack Obama gets ready to announce his Afghan drawdown plans.

The Pew Research Center poll found a record 56 percent of Americans now favor the 100,000 US forces currently stationed in Afghanistan be brought home as quickly as possible.

22 June, 2011

Source : Julhas Alam | AP
DHAKA | 22 Jun 2011

Bangladesh will retain Islam as the state religion in amendments the government is proposing to its constitution, a government minister said Tuesday.

A former military ruler declared Islam the state religion in 1988 by amending the charter, but it barely affected Bangladesh’s secular legal system mainly based on British common law.

21 June, 2011

Source : ABNA
Kotabato : 21 Jun 2011

For the second time this year, the Maranao Muslim Community (MARCOM) has sent some 2,000 kilogrammes of dates for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao for the holy month of Ramadan.

Dates are precious to Muslims in the Philippines, who have not received such kind of gifts during Ramadan from any Islamic country except from the UAE, said Ibrahim Marohumbsar, chairman of the Maranao Muslim Community in Dubai.

21 June, 2011

Source : The Guardian
Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011

21 June, 2011

Source : World Bulletin
Beijing : 21 Jun 2011

Turkey and China have signed a protocol envisaging cooperation in religious affairs.

Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Authority, met Wang Zuoan, director of State Administration for Religious Affairs of China, in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday.

Following the meeting, a cooperation protocol was signed between Turkey and China on religious education, services and publications.

21 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
Tehran | 21 Jun 2011

Iran's nuclear energy chief said on Tuesday he had invited the head of the U.N. atomic agency to visit the Islamic state's nuclear facilities.

The rare meeting in Vienna between Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) follows increasingly strained ties between Tehran and the U.N. body over the last year.

21 June, 2011

Source : AP
CAIRO | 20 Jun 2011

Calls are growing in Egypt for a delay of September’s parliamentary elections to give parties formed in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster more time to organize.

The push, which now has the prime minister’s backing, is aimed at keeping the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood from dominating the next legislature and exerting disproportionate Islamist influence over the drafting of a new constitution.

21 June, 2011

Source : Tarek Amara | Reuters
TUNIS | 21 Jun 2011

A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail, six months after his ouster in a revolution helped inspire the “Arab Spring.”

Ben Ali was found guilty after just one day of deliberation of theft, illegally possessing jewelry and large sums of cash.

20 June, 2011

Source : Abdi Guled | AP
MOGADISHU | 19 Jun 2011

Somalia’s prime minister said Sunday that he would resign, reversing a pledge he made last week that he would not step down after Somalis took to the streets in support of the Somali-American politician.

A recent UN-backed deal reached at political meetings in Uganda called for Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within a month to pave the way for the formation of a new Mogadishu government.

20 June, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

According to the head of the British government's Equality and Human Rights Commission, Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips (pictured) accused Christians, particularly evangelicals, of being more militant than Muslims and more likely to complain about discrimination, arguing that many of the claims are motivated by a desire for greater political influence.

20 June, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

Jerusalem’s municipal council on Sunday approved the expansion of 2,000 homes in the settlement district of Ramat Shlomo, allowing each home to add a room, the interior ministry said.

“Jerusalem’s planning and urbanization committee on Sunday authorized the enlargement of 2,000 homes in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo,” it said in a statement.

20 June, 2011

Source : Agencies
Moscow | 20 Jun 2011

Russia on Monday emphasised its opposition to a U.N. resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urged the opposition to sit down with President Bashar al-Assad's government for talks on reform.

In an interview with the Financial Times, President Dmitry Medvedev strongly suggested Russia would not back any resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council but stopped short of vowing a veto.

20 June, 2011

Source : Michael Koplow | FP
02 Dec 2010

As the explosive, ongoing release of hundreds of thousands of State Department diplomatic cables shows, official Washington is anxious about the direction that Turkey's government is taking the country -- and particularly the influence of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, long credited as the architect of its foreign policy. And judging by the academic-turned-international-strategist's doctoral dissertation, they have good reason to worry.

20 June, 2011

Source : Judith Spiegel | The Media Line
SANAA | 20 Jun 2011

It is early morning in Change Square, as the opposition has dubbed the epicenter of their months’ long sit-in in the Yemeni capital. Abdulmajid Ali, a sheikh of the Arhab tribe, is standing at the front of the tent his tribe has set up at the site as tribesmen start the day by sweeping the floors and folding blankets.

18 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
SAO PAULO | 17 Jun 2011

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for US economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are “playing with fire” unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits.

The IMF, in its regular assessment of global economic prospects, said bigger threats to growth had emerged since its previous report in April, citing the euro zone debt crisis and signs of overheating in emerging market economies.

18 June, 2011

Source :  Agencies
SANAA | 17 Jun 2011

Yemen's president plans to return home within days after treatment in Saudi Arabia for serious injuries in an attack on his palace, Yemeni officials said Friday, but Agence France Presse quoted a Saudi official as saying Ali Abdullah Saleh will not go back home.

18 June, 2011

Source : Reuters
Friday | 18 Jun 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, trying to break a deadlock over a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Russia and China dislike the idea of any U.N. Security Council judgment on Syria and have played little role in discussions on a draft resolution to condemn Syrian bloodshed against protesters.

17 June, 2011

Source : Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
MAKKAH | 17 Jun 2011

Three Saudi engineers attending the Haj Research Forum in Makkah have called for expanding the mataf, the area surrounding the Holy Kaaba, in order to accommodate more worshippers.

Abdul Haleem Khouj, head of the team that made the proposal, said it would help the mataf accommodate 128,000 worshippers per hour, increasing its capacity by 160 percent.

17 June, 2011

Source : Robert Burns | AP
WASHINGTON | 16 Jun 2011

Robert Gates calls it “aging out.” He’s not referring to his imminent retirement as defense secretary. He’s talking about a generational expiration date on the American embrace of Europe as a pillar of US defense strategy.

17 June, 2011

Source : Middle East Online
MOSCOW | 17 Jun 2011

Russia and China oppose Western interference in the unrest in the Arab world, the two presidents said Thursday in a declaration.

"The sides believe that the search for settling the situation in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa should take place in the legal field and through political means," said the declaration signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao.

17 June, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
17 Jun 2011

A son of Muammar Gaddafi has announced that his father is willing to hold elections and step aside if he loses, an offer which could test the unity of the Western alliance trying to force the Libyan leader out.

Saif al-Islam's proposal, which follows a string of concessions offered by Gaddafi that Western powers have dismissed as ploys, came on Thursday amid mounting frustration in some NATO states at the progress of the military campaign.

17 June, 2011

Source : Middle East Online
THE HAGUE | 17 Jun 2011

Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halaal and kosher slaughtering rituals.

"We are against any form of stunning because it's against our religion," Yusuf Altuntas, president of the CMO -- an organisation that links the Muslim community with the Dutch government -- told a parliamentary commission.

16 June, 2011

Source : Islam Today
New York | 16 Jun 2011

The New York Botanical Garden has reproduced the medieval Alhambra gardens for its most recent exhibition.

This year's summer exhibition is entitled: Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. For this purpose, the Garden's Enid A Haupt Conservatory has been into a microcosm of 14th century Islamic Spain.

16 June, 2011

Source : Xinhuanet
Jerusalem | 16 Jun 2011

In the latest round of appointments, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has approved the first promotion of an Israeli-Arab to the rank of lieutenant-general.

Jamal Hakrush, acting head of the Coast (Hof) Police district, will receive his new rank this week, making him the first Israeli- Arab and Muslim in Israel to be promoted to the position.

16 June, 2011

Source : Commondreams.org
Washington | 16 Jun 2011

The White House will deliver a report to Congress Wednesday explaining its involvement in Libya, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed suit charging US military action in the war-torn nation is unconstitutional.

The report will include legal analysis arguing that President Barack Obama did not overstep his powers in the conflict in the north African nation.

 

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