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Uzbek imam sacked after urging president to allow hijabs, beards

Uzbek imam sacked after urging president to allow hijabs, beards

TASHKENT: An Uzbek imam has been sacked after urging President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to lift a ban on personal religious symbols such as women’s hijabs and beards for men, in a case showing the limits of newly-proclaimed tolerance in the mainly Muslim country. Mirziyoyev, who came to power in 2016, has relaxed restrictions on religious freedoms […]

​Trump wants to stop subsidies to China, India

​Trump wants to stop subsidies to China, India

Washington: Attacking the World Trade Organization (WTO), US President Donald Trump said he thinks that the World Trade Organization was probably the worst of all. President Donald Trump on Friday said he wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China have been receiving as he wants the US, which he considers as a […]

Families of jailed Myanmar reporters appeal for release

Families of jailed Myanmar reporters appeal for release

Yangon: The wives of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar jailed for seven years on official secrets charges insisted on Tuesday the men were innocent and called for them to be released and reunited with their young families as soon as possible. A court found the two journalists guilty on Monday in a landmark case seen […]

Israel troops open fire on Palestinians protesting US UNRWA decision

Israel troops open fire on Palestinians protesting US UNRWA decision

Gaza: A number of Palestinians were injured after the Israeli soldiers opened fire on their demonstration against the US decision to end its funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Nabil Diab, a higher committee member of the Great March of Return, said the protest expressed the people’s reply […]

Nurseries and kindergartens educate 111 children of pilgrims

Nurseries and kindergartens educate 111 children of pilgrims

Makkah:A total of 111 children, consisting of 60 boys and 51 girls, were provided with education and entertainment while their parents were busy completing their Hajj rituals. The ministries of Hajj and education have established special nurseries and kindergartens to look after the children of the pilgrims. Tahani Qudsi, the project manager, said about 85 […]

Rohingya in US mark first year of Rakhine massacre

Rohingya in US mark first year of Rakhine massacre

Washington: A group of Rohingya Muslims gathered in front of US Capitol building Saturday to mark the first anniversary of violence against their community by the Myanmar army in Rakhine state and their exodus to Bangladesh. The demonstration was coordinated by multiple Muslim and Rohingya organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Dar Al-Hijrah […]

Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat to mark most important ritual of Hajj

Pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat to mark most important ritual of Hajj

Makkah: More than two million pilgrims have begun ascending the plains of Mount Arafat shortly after sunrise on Monday to perform the most important ritual of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. Standing on Mount Arafat until the sunset on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah is the most important pillar of the Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims […]