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French Parliament Recognizes Palestinian State


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 ... Read More »

Qur’an is Book of Peace: Pope


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, ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Trial run of Haramain Railway next year


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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

People of Cold Lake act with warm heart


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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Japan To Import Halal Products From Malaysia


Japan will import Halal food products from Malaysia in prepration for the thousands of atheletes that will descend upon the country to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games, WAM news agency reported. “The entry of Halal products into Japan is a move to prepare for the Olympic Games to be held in Japan in 2020,” Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries ... Read More »

The ’Pearl of the Orient’ begins to lose its luster. By TARIQ A. AL-MAEENA


Sri Lanka, nicknamed the "Pearl of the Orient", has begun to lose its luster following the brief spell of harmony that came at the end of a decades-long civil war, a war that claimed countless victims and ravaged the countryside, threatening to split the country into many factions. The government understood that reconciliation with its minorities including the Tamils and ... Read More »