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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 ... 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 »

Anwar Ibrahim found not guilty of sodomy Al Jazeera and agencies

  Malaysian politician says justice has been served and pledges to topple the government in next elections. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett spoke to Anwar Ibrahim after the verdict at the Kuala Lumpur High Court   Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been acquitted in a surprise end to a politically charged sodomy trial. The popular leader has called the trial a government ... Read More »

The Royal House is Rattled Too

IN NORMAL times a government sitting on $440 billion in foreign reserves would have few cares. Even in the present season of turmoil in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is lucky. With the price of oil up by $10 a barrel since January, and the Saudis squirting out spare stuff to make up for the slump in Libya’s output, the ... Read More »