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ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCES WASEEM AHMAD AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  Waseem Ahmad has been appointed as the new CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).  Waseem is currently the Director of IRW’s International Programmes Division, managing the design and delivery of the organisation’s global humanitarian and development work. Last year this work provided vital support to 9.5 million people in more than 40 countries – including life-saving aid for people affected by humanitarian crises; transformative water and ...

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Hundreds wounded in new Jerusalem clashes

Hundreds were wounded in new clashes on Monday between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem as a planned march marking Israel’s 1967 takeover of the holy city threatened to further inflame tensions. Palestinians hurled projectiles at Israeli officers in riot gear who fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas, an AFP correspondent at the scene said, following a ...

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India’s COVID-19 cases rise by over 400,000

India’s total COVID-19 cases rose by over 400,000 for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday even as several states imposed strict lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus. India’s health ministry reported 4,092 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 242,362. Cases rose by 403,738, increasing the total since the start of the pandemic ...

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25 killed, 52 wounded in blast near Afghan school

A blast outside a school in the Afghan capital on Saturday killed at least 25 people and wounded another 52 including students, the interior ministry said. “Sadly, 25 martyrs and 52 wounded people have been evacuated to hospitals from the site,” ministry spokesman Tareq Arian told reporters. “The casualties could rise.” The blast occurred in the west Kabul district of ...

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Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed in critical condition after bomb blast

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following a bomb attack. A British national was among four others injured in the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. No-one has claimed the attack. Australian police are travelling to the Maldives to help investigate.   Mr Nasheed was elected in 2008 but ousted in a coup ...

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WHO tells G7 vaccine inequity ‘unacceptable’

The WHO chief on Friday implored the G7 to prioritise equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines around the globe, branding the current imbalance morally inadmissible. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the uneven distribution of vaccines among rich and poor nations would not help to end the coronavirus pandemic. “For the G7 now, the most important and the immediate ...

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Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque, at least 184 injured

Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers. At least 178 Palestinians and six officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli ...

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Malaysian ex-PM Najib fined for breaking virus rules

Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak, who has been convicted over the mammoth 1MDB scandal, is in trouble with the law again — this time for breaking coronavirus rules in a restaurant. He was fined 3,000 ringgit ($730) for failing to register at the eatery or have his temperature taken, police said. It came after footage circulated on social media showing ...

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WHO warns of new Covid wave in Africa

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned of a new wave of Covid-19 infections in Africa due to delayed vaccine supplies, a slow rollout and new variants. The African bureau of the UN agency said the continent had to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of vaccine rollouts. “The delay in the delivery of vaccine doses ...

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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed injured in bomb blast

Mohamed Nasheed, former President of Maldives and the current Speaker of Parliament, sustained injuries in a bomb blast near his home on Thursday night. Ahmed Mahloof, Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment in Maldives, said they were yet to ascertain details of his injuries. Talking to The Indian Express, Mahloof said the incident was reported at around 8.30pm (Maldives Time). ...

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