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24 May, 2011

Source | Arab News
JEDDAH | 23 May 2011

The internationally renowned “1001 Inventions” exhibition, which is touring the world in partnership with ALJ Community Initiatives (ALJCI), was crowned Best Touring Exhibition of the year at the annual Museums and Heritage Excellence Awards in London on May 11.

24 May, 2011

Source : AP
JAKARTA | 23 May 2011

Amnesty International is urging Indonesia to stop the growing use of caning as a punishment in Aceh province.

The London-based rights group says at least 21 people have been publicly caned in Aceh this month for gambling. Sixteen people were caned last year.

The group's director for Asia and the Pacific, Sam Zarifi, said Sunday that caning is a cruel and inhumane punishment that can cause permanent injury. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that permits caning.

24 May, 2011

Source : Ahmed Al-Haj | AP
SANAA | 23 May 2011

Security forces and opposition tribal fighters battled with automatic weapons, mortars and tanks in the Yemeni capital on Monday, blasting buildings and setting government offices on fire in violence that hiked fears of an armed confrontation after the collapse of efforts to negotiate a peaceful exit for President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

24 May, 2011

Source : Reuters
ANKARA | 23 May 2011

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi should quit in order to allow a peaceful transition of power, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday, standing alongside the head of Libya’s revolutionary movement.

A major Muslim partner in NATO, Turkey earlier this month proposed a timetable for a cease-fire that could allow a political transition to take place.

23 May, 2011

Source : Karin Laub | AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 21 May 2011

Senior Palestinian officials say that negotiations with Israel have become pointless after Israel’s prime minister rejected President Barack Obama’s call to base Mideast border talks on the pre-1967 war lines.

23 May, 2011

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 21 May 2011

Saudi Arabia has pledged $4 billion in aid to Egypt, the chief of Egypt's ruling military council said Saturday. The aid will be in the form of soft loans, deposits and grants, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the council, was quoted by Egypt's MENA news agency as saying. The agency did not provide a time frame or other details.

23 May, 2011

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 21 May 2011

The number of foreign pilgrims coming to the Kingdom for Umrah is increasing year after year and is expected to reach four million next year, said Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy on Saturday while meeting with Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.

Al-Farsy said Prince Khaled, who is chairman of the Central Haj Committee, urged Haj-related institutions and top officials of Tawafa organizations who attended the meeting to provide the best possible services to pilgrims.

23 May, 2011

Source : Rebecca Santana | AP
BAGHDAD | 23 May 2011

A rapid-fire series of explosions in and around Baghdad killed 18 people Sunday, including 12 people who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police officers, officials said.

In total, at least 12 bombs exploded as Iraqis were headed to work in a reminder of the dangers Iraq still faces despite a drop in violence since the height of the war.

23 May, 2011

Source : Saeed Al-Batati | Arab News
SANAA | 22 May 2011

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a GCC-brokered power transition deal for the third time Sunday, prompting the Gulf political bloc to suspend mediation in Yemen.

20 May, 2011

Source : Joseph Logan | Reuters
TRIPOLI | 19 May 2011

The head of the NATO military alliance said on Thursday that military and political pressure were weakening Muammar Qaddafi’s hold on power in Libya and would eventually topple him.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivered his message as Libya’s government denied persistent rumors that Qaddafi’s wife, daughter and top oil official had left the country.

20 May, 2011

Source : Agencies
Sofia | 20 May 2011

Racist Ataka Party sympathizers attacked Muslims during prayers when they reciting their ordinary Friday sermon in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Attack came when Muslim prayers reciting Friday sermon in the Khatip Mosque in Bulgarian capital.

20 May, 2011

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 18 May 2011

Executives from more than 20 US defense and security companies came to Riyadh May 14-17 in search of investment opportunities.

“The size and quality of the delegation demonstrate the eagerness of US companies looking to expand their role in developing the Saudi defense industry, ” said US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) President and Managing Director Edward Burton.

20 May, 2011

Source : Barbara Ferguson | Arab News
WASHINGTON | 19 May 2011

US President Barack Obama, in a major Mideast policy speech Thursday, said the political changes in the Middle East and North Africa mark a "new chapter" in American diplomacy, and that the future of the US is bound to the Middle East and North Africa by the forces of economics, security, history and fate. He also called on the Israelis to withdraw to pre-1967 borders.

20 May, 2011

Source : AP
MOSCOW | 20 May 2011

An Israeli military attaché to Moscow who was expelled from Russia last week was carrying secret information when he was detained, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Vadim Leiderman was apprehended in Moscow on May 12, caught red-handed receiving classified information from a Russian citizen, the statement said.

Leiderman was declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave the country, which he did, the statement said.

19 May, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Washington : 19 May 2011

US president Barack Obama will announce economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia during a speech on the Middle East on Thursday, but White House officials are saying little about how he will address key policy issues after months of revolution and unrest in the region.

19 May, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Stockholm | 19 May 2011

Stockholm's Muslims pray in overcrowded mosques. The Stockholm region presently has only two mosques to accommodate all of its Muslim residents.

Now six new mosques are being planned for the metropolitan area. Three mosques are planned for the city itself: in Skärholmen, Rinkeby and Tensta. A three further mosques are planned to be built in the Stockholm suburbs of Haninge, Botkyrka and Nacka.

19 May, 2011

Source : Fars
TEHRAN | 17 May 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the US allegations about the hunt down of the Al-Qaeda Leader, Osama bin Laden, as an act staged on the world scene to secure a victory for the US ruling party in upcoming elections.

19 May, 2011

Source : Xinhuanet
Ankara | 19 May 2011

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is heading toward an easy victory in the upcoming June 12 elections as an opinion poll showed Wednesday that 45.5 percent of voters support the party.

The AKP, led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saw its votes decrease by one percentage point from the votes its scored in the last general elections in 2007, the daily Aksam ( Evening) reported, citing the survey of polling company IKSara.

19 May, 2011

Source : Arab News
ST. PETERBURG | Russia : 17 May 2011

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev jointly opened a Saudi heritage exhibition at Hermitage museum here Monday and said the show reflected the Kingdom's historical importance.

19 May, 2011

Source | Reuters
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON : 19 May 2011

Muhammad Farooq waits by his truck outside the Pakistani border town of Chaman, the main crossing into southern Afghanistan. He has driven several hundred kilometers from the port city of Karachi carrying supplies for NATO forces, along with a couple of dozen other tankers and trucks.

“We will start moving soon in a convoy,” says Farooq. “We are regularly attacked in this area. We are attacked with sticks, stones and even fired upon.”

18 May, 2011

Source : Rebecca Santana | AP
BAGHDAD | 17 May 2011

American forces are facing an increasingly dangerous environment in southern Iraq, where Shiite militias trying to claim they are driving out the US occupiers have stepped up attacks against bases and troops.

The uptick in violence serves as a warning about what American forces could face if US and Iraqi officials come to an agreement about keeping more US troops in the country past Dec. 31.

18 May, 2011

Source : Karin Laub | AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 17 May 2011

Palestinian activists are calling it a preview of new tactics to pressure Israel and win world support for statehood: Masses of marchers, galvanized by the Arab Spring and brought together by Facebook, descending on borders and military posts — and daring Israeli soldiers to shoot.

18 May, 2011

Source : Agencies
Ankara | 17 May 2011

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Israeli Ambassador Gaby Levy was summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry and warned against recent developments.

"What Turkey expected to prevent repetition of similar incidents to Mavi Marmara attack have been relayed to the ambassador," Davutoglu said while speaking at a tv program.

17 May, 2011

Source : Arab News
JEDDAH | 17 May 2011

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on Monday launched a master’s degree program in Islamic finance and banking in cooperation with Malaysia’s Insaniah University.

IDB President Ahmed Muhammad Ali, who launched the program, said it was aimed at training qualified manpower required for the Islamic banking industry.

17 May, 2011

Source : Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
RIYADH | 16 May 2011

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah inaugurated Sunday the SR20-billion Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), 25 km east of the Saudi capital, amid cheers of over 2,000 students and faculty members. With a capacity to enroll about 50,000 students, the PNU is the largest women-only university in the world and part of an ambitious education plan of the Saudi government.

 

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