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Roger Waters, Alan Parsons Spar Over Israel Concerts

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Roger Waters Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters has engaged in a war of words with Dark Side of the Moon engineer Alan Parsons, who leads the Alan Parsons Project, over the latter's decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. On Saturday, Waters, Floyd's "pimply bass player," by his own estimation, published two letters he had written "the ...

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Canadian Muslim chosen best mayor in world for 2014

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Ottawa (IINA) – Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary in Canada, was voted the best mayor of the world in 2014 by the international firm City Mayor Foundation. Nenshi, a Canadian Muslim, is well known for his integrity, honesty and generosity. The prize was awarded on February 2 after he was picked from among a list of 933 mayors, surveyed by ...

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Obama: ‘People committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ’

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AP/Evan Vucci President Barack Obama while being recognized at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama wants Christians to know Islam is not the only religion that has inspired violence and terror. "Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed ...

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French Parliament Recognizes Palestinian State

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CAIRO – French lawmakers voted in favor of recognizing Palestinian state on Tuesday, December 02, reflecting a growing European impatience with a stalled peace process. The motion, proposed by the ruling Socialists and backed by left-wing parties and some conservatives, asks the government to "use the recognition of a Palestinian state with the aim of resolving the conflict definitively". Echoing ...

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Qur’an is Book of Peace: Pope

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CAIRO – Concluding his three-day visit to Turkey, Pope Francis has confirmed that Islam is a religion of peace, rejecting rants targeting Muslims over acts committed by a minority group. “The Qur’an is a book of peace. It is a prophetic book of peace,” Pope Francis said, The Washington Post reported on Monday, December 1. During his visit to Turkey, ...

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Tunisian computer scientist crowned World Muslimah 2014, calls for free Palestine

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Prambanan (Indonesia): A Tunisian woman called for a free Palestine as she won a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia on Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests. Eighteen finalists, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, paraded in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world's most populous Muslim-majority ...

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Trial run of Haramain Railway next year

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Experimental operation of the 480-km Haramain Railway that links the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah will take place in the beginning of next year, said Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry. He said the first train from a total of 35 trains for the railway would arrive in the Kingdom by the end of this year. “We need sometime to ...

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Umrah applicants’ biometrics before travel

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Visa applicants for Umrah will soon have to record their biometrics before traveling to the Kingdom. Under the new rule, which comes as part of efforts to streamline the visa process and reduce waiting time at entry points, biometrics will be recorded at select agencies through registration centers in foreign countries. The new system has been a subject of contention ...

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People of Cold Lake act with warm heart

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While Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting whether the gunman is a jihadist or a drug addict, there is evidence emerging how he was evicted from a mosque where Zehaf-Bieau tried to make it his temporary residence. The Imam of the mosque learnt that he was a drug addict and his involvement in nefarious activities. The motive for the Ottawa ...

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French far-right politician embraces Islam.

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Paris, Monday, 03 Muharram 1436/ 27 October 2014 (IINA) – In a shocking decision to Marine Le Pen's party, a French far-right councilor has reverted to Islam, sending a video message to officials of the anti-immigration party to praise the Muslims’ holy book, the Qur’an, and asking them to join him. "Both are demonized and very far from the image ...

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