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New Zealand to accept Islamic State-linked woman

New Zealand announced Monday it would accept a woman linked to the Islamic State group and her two children, after Australia cancelled the former dual national’s citizenship. The New Zealand-born woman – widely identified as Suhayra Aden – moved to Australia at age six and was a dual national until Canberra stripped her of citizenship last year. At the time, ...

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Int’l Umrah pilgrimage resumes Aug 10

Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims living outside the country to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage, starting August 10. The country Sunday announced the resumption of Umrah service for pilgrims worldwide from 1st Muharram 1443 after the end of the Hajj season, according to state press agency SPA. Meanwhile, Umrah for Saudi citizens and residents in the Kingdom restarted today. In early ...

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Imam in France fired over verses recited during Eid prayers

An imam of a mosque in France’s Loire region was fired after verses and hadiths he recited during his Eid al-Adha prayer sermon were considered “contrary to the values of the Republic” by Interior Minister Gerald Darmain. Mmadi Ahamada, the imam of the Great Mosque of Saint-Chamond, who is of Comoros origin, shared a hadith and Surah Ahzab verses addressing ...

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36 dead in India’s rain-hit Maharashtra landslides

Thirty-six people have died in landslides in Maharashtra’s Raigad district as incessant rain continued to batter the Konkan region of the state, leaving thousands stranded in floods and landslides, reports NDTV. Helicopters are being used to evacuate people from the flood-hit regions in Raigad, about 70 km from Mumbai. Authorities have appealed to those trapped to go to the rooftops ...

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Suicide attack in Iraq’s market kills 35, wounds dozens

A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad in Iraq on Monday, the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival, security and hospital sources said. More than 60 people were wounded, a police source said, reports Reuters. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s Nasheer ...

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Kurt Westergaard, Danish cartoonist behind Muhammad (SM) cartoon, dies at 86

Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist whose caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (SM) outraged many Muslims worldwide, has died at the age of 86. His family said he died after a long illness, the Berlingske newspaper reported on Sunday. Westergaard was a cartoonist for the conservative Jyllands-Posten newspaper from the early 1980s. He became world famous in 2005 for his controversial ...

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Nepal’s new prime minister wins crucial vote of confidence

Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba won a crucial vote of confidence in parliament Sunday to cement his grip on power days after his predecessor was ousted by the country’s highest court. Deuba, who was the head of the opposition Nepali Congress, received 165 votes of support in the 275-seat lower house of parliament, reports AFP. “Continuous political confusion, uncertainty, ...

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Myanmar: Human rights defenders under siege, say UN experts

UN human rights experts on Monday (July 19) expressed their utmost concern for the situation of human rights defenders in Myanmar, and called for a stronger international response to the military coup, including coordinated sanctions and an arms embargo against the junta by an ‘emergency coalition of nations’. “The brute force terror campaign we are witnessing in Myanmar continues to ...

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Masked Hajj pilgrims on Mount Arafat pray for COVID-free world

Thousands of face-masked pilgrims performing Islam’s annual Hajj pilgrimage gathered on Mount Arafat on Monday to atone for their sins, expressing hopes for peace and an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites in Makkah and Medina, has barred worshippers from abroad for a second year running and has restricted entry from within the kingdom ...

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30 killed, 40 injured in Pakistan bus-truck collision

At least 30 people were killed and over 40 were injured on Monday when a passenger bus collided with a truck on the Indus Highway in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, officials said. The bus was travelling from Sialkot to Rajanpur, reports DAWN. Initially, Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Dr Irshad Ahmed confirmed that 29 people, including women and children, had died ...

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