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Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj’s pinnacle

Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj. Some 2 million pilgrims packed shoulder to shoulder early Monday for an emotional day of repentance and supplication. It was on this day some 1,400 years ago that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is said to ...

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Muslims flock to Makkah as hajj begins

Over 2 million Muslims from across the world have gathered at Saudi Arab’s Makkah for the official start of the Hajj pilgrimage on Sunday. The Standing (wuqoof), the climax of the pilgrimage, is to be held at the Arafat Maidan on Monday. Hajj will officially end on Tuesday, when Saudi Arabia celebrates Eid-ul-Azha, with the Korbani sacrifices. According to Saudi ...

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Government admits role in Birmingham prison failure

Prisons minister takes share of blame for poor state of G4S-run jail being taken over by MoJ The government bears a share of the blame for the state of HMP Birmingham, the prisons minister Rory Stewart has said, after the Ministry of Justice was forced to undertake an emergency takeover of the G4S-run jail. A report by the chief inspector ...

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Superdry founder gives $1.28 million to anti-Brexit campaign

London, Aug 19 : The co-founder of the fashion brand Superdry said Sunday he has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to a group seeking a new referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, as the U.K. government prepares to publish its assessment of the impact of leaving the bloc without an agreement on future relations. Julian Dunkerton, whose ...

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Baby boom at Arizona hospital with 16 pregnant nurses

Mesa, Aug  19 : A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant. The nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa outside Phoenix joked Friday they thought there was something in the water when it became clear they were all expecting babies between October and January. Nurse ...

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UK has not ‘woken up’ to far-right threat, says ex-counter-terror chief

Mark Rowley urges politicians and media not to underestimate threat of domestic extreme rightwing groups The UK has not “woken up” to the threat posed by the far right, the former head of the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism unit has said. Mark Rowley urged politicians, the media and communities not to underestimate the threat of far-right groups, citing how National Action, ...

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Muslim women call for more equality in running UK mosques

Activists challenge lack of prayer spaces and exclusion from management roles Muslim women in Scotland are campaigning to be given more equal facilities for praying and to be involved in running mosques. Scottish Mosques For All was set up to highlight the importance of including women in decision-making. More than a quarter of mosques in the UK have no facilities ...

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Sadiq Khan: London planners must prepare for no-deal Brexit

Mayor instructs resilience forum to assess impact of food and medicine shortages Sadiq Khan is to instruct the body tasked with planning for terrorism attacks and disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire to start making preparations for a no-deal Brexit, to assess whether London could face potential shortages of medicines and food. The London mayor said the government was ...

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Home Office pressed for details over use of child spies

Committee seeks explanation of how practice complies with international law Parliament’s human rights committee has asked the government to explain how the police and security services’ use of child spies is reconciled with international law. In the first step of a potential investigation into child spies, the joint committee on human rights has asked the Home Office to explain how ...

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England rugby player Cipriani fined for nightclub assault

St. Helier, Aug 17 : A court has fined England rugby player Danny Cipriani 2,000 pounds ($2,500) after he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting arrest following an incident at a nightclub on an island in the English Channel. Cipriani, who made his 16th appearance for England against South Africa in June, was fined 1,500 pounds for resisting arrest and ...

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