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Saturday, January 30th, 2016


Egypt losing $250m monthly after Russian plane crash

Cairo – An Egyptian government official says Egypt has lost hundreds of millions of dollars since last year’s suspected bombing of a Russian plane, which crippled the country’s vital tourism industry. South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda was quoted by the state-run Al-Ahram daily on Friday as saying that hotel occupancy in the resort cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada stands at less than 20% and that the cities lose nearly 2 billion Egyptian pounds (more than $250m) each month. Russia suspended all flights to Egypt and Britain halted flights toRead More

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops

Addis Ababa – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders on Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit hoping to end armed crises across the continent. African Union leaders face an unprecedented vote on deploying a 5 000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi’s vehement opposition, but Ban was clear troops were needed to stem violence. “Leaders who stand by while civilians are slaughtered in their name must be held responsible,” Ban said, adding the crisis in Burundi required the “most serious and urgent commitment”. HeRead More

Pakistan Upper dir receives heavy rain, snowfall

Our Staff Reporter DIR – The Upper Dir received three to five millimetre rains and snow fall on the upper parts on Friday which turned the weather chilled and increased difficulties for the inhabitants. According to Met Office about five to six millimetres rain and snowfall were recorded at the hilly areas. People in the district complained of the WAPDA official and said whenever there is rain or snow fall, the duration of load shedding were increased from 15 to 20 hours to some of the far-flung areas including upperRead More

Israel’s Image Issue

Roger Cohen This is an interesting moment in relations between the United States and Israel. Call it a poisonous lull. The vitriol around the Iran nuclear deal has subsided. But something is rotten in the special bond. The American ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, was recently dismissed as a ‘little Jew boy’ by a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying that ‘two standards’ seem to apply in the way the law is applied to Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and that ‘too much Israeli vigilantismRead More

The right way to address Islamic schools in the UK

Muhammad Abdul Bari While prejudiced comments on Muslims by the United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sickeningly help his popularity within the US political right, Britain’s overwhelming rejection of his comments sends a clear message that discrimination and bigotry are not acceptable in our robust democracy. In many ways, Britain surpasses others when dealing with minority and disadvantaged people. Successive Race Relations Acts since 1965 and the inclusion of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 – guarded by the robustness of our judiciary and watchful citizens – have contributed toRead More

40% Germans want Merkel to quit over refugees: poll

Web Monitoring Desk / Forty percent of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to quit over her refugee policy after nearly 1.1 million refugees have arrived in the country in the past year, according to a new poll. The poll for Focus magazine, conducted by the independent opinion research institute Insa, showed on Friday a sign of rising dissatisfaction with Merkel’s welcoming stance towards asylum seekers fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa. Yet, 45.2 percent out of the 2,047 German citizens questioned said they did notRead More

Man tonsured, paraded for ‘feeding beef’ in India

Afroasia Web Monitoring Desk / KANPUR/JHANSI: A man was on Friday tonsured, garlanded with shoes, and paraded on the streets of Orai in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists who accused him of converting three Hindu men to Christianity and forcibly making them consume beef. Deputy inspector general (DIG), Jhansi range, Sharad Sachan said three FIRs had been lodged in connection with the incident, including two against Bajrang Dal members, who have not been named, and one against the alleged victim, Awdhesh Savita. No arrest had been made atRead More

UN Security Council slams Saudi mosque attack

AFROASIA NEWS WEB DESK / UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack at a mosque in the Ehsaa Region of Saudi Arabia, which resulted in many deaths and injuries. In a statement, the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The Security Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and to the government ofRead More

عزیر بلوچ کی گرفتاری پر ڈی جی رینجرز نے مجھے اعتماد میں لیا، وزیراعلیٰ سندھ

سکھر: وزیراعلیٰ سندھ سید قائم علی شاہ کا کہنا ہےکہ ڈی جی رینجرز نے عزیر بلوچ کی گرفتاری پر مجھے اعتماد میں لیا جب کہ امید ہے کہ اس معاملے پر شفاف تحقیقت ہوں گی۔ سکھر میں پریس کانفرنس کرتے ہوئے وزیراعلیٰ سندھ سید قائم علی شاہ نے کہا لوگ کہتے ہیں کہ عزیر بلوچ کو پہلے تحویل میں لیا گیا تھا پھر گرفتاری ظاہر کی گئی لہٰذا اس کا فیصلہ تو عدالت نے ہی کرنا ہے تاہم عزیر بلوچ کی گرفتاری پر ڈی جی رینجرز نے مجھے اعتماد میں لیاRead More

Masked gangs attack migrants in Sweden: police

Dozens of masked men believed to belong to neo-Nazi gangs carried out a number of assaults on migrants in Stockholm overnight amid rising tension over immigration, Swedish police said Saturday. Police had beefed up their presence in the city centre, deploying anti-riot and helicopter units after learning that extremists were planning “aggression on unaccompanied migrant minors” in the city late on Friday. “I was passing by and saw a masked group dressed in black… start hitting foreigners. I saw three people molested,” the Aftonbladet daily quoted one witness as saying.Read More

U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in the South China Sea on Saturday to counter efforts to limit freedom of navigation, the Pentagon said. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade is shipped every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said no ships from China’s military were in the vicinity of the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis WilburRead More

افغان نیشنل آرمی کے وفد کا کورہیڈ کوارٹر پشاور کا دورہ، آئی ایس پی آر

راولپنڈی: افغان نیشنل آرمی  کے 8 رکنی وفد نے کور ہیڈ کوارٹر پشاور کا دورہ کرکے کورکمانڈر سے ملاقات کی جب کہ وفد نے  یادگار شہدا پر پھولوں کی چادر بھی چڑھائی۔ پاک فوج کے شعبہ تعلقات عامہ (آئی ایس پی آر ) کے مطابق افغان نیشنل آرمی کے 8 رکنی وفد نے کور کمانڈر  لیفٹیننٹ جنرل محمد شریف کی قیادت میں ہیڈ کوارٹر پشاور کا دورہ کیا اور یادگار شہدا پر پھولوں کی چارد بھی چڑھائی۔ آئی ایس پی آر کے مطابق افغان نیشنل آرمی کے وفد نے کور کمانڈر پشاور لیفٹیننٹ جنرلRead More

ملائیشیا میں حکومتی فنڈز سے 4 ارب ڈالر کی خرد برد کا انکشاف

کوالا لمپور: سوئس پراسیکیوٹر نے ملائیشیا کی حکومت کی کمپنیوں کے فنڈز سے 4 ارب ڈالر کی کرپشن کا انکشاف کیا ہے اور ملائیشیا کی حکومت سے درخواست کی گئی ہے کہ وہ اس کی تحقیقات میں تعاون کرے۔ سوئس تفتیش کاروں کا کہنا ہے کہ ملائیشیا کی سرکار کے زیر اثر چلنے والی کمپنیوں کے فنڈز میں 4 ارب ڈالر کی کرپشن کے ثبوت سامنے آئے ہیں جب کہ یہ وہ رقم تھی جسے ملائیشیا میں معاشی اور دیگر ترقیاتی منصوبوں کے لیے مختص کیا گیا تھا۔ غیر ملکی خبررساں ادارےRead More

Juvenile solitary confinement ban: ICNA CSJ commends

By Imam Khalid Griggs, Chairman of ICNA Council for Social Justice In a recent Washington Post op-ed, President Obama explained the reasoning behind his Executive Order to ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles stating: “Research suggests that solitary confinement has the potential to lead to devastating, lasting psychological consequences. It has been linked to depression, alienation, withdrawal, a reduced ability to interact with others and the potential for violent behavior…Prisoners in solitary are more likely to commit suicide, especially juveniles and people with mental illnesses.” The President’s ExecutiveRead More

شام میں غذائی قلت کے باعث 16 افراد جاں بحق

دمشق: شام میں جاری خانہ جنگی کے باعث شہر مضایا میں غذائی اجناس کمی کے باعث 16 افراد اپنی جان سے ہاتھ دھو بیٹھے جب کہ بھوک کی وجہ سے 33 افراد کی حالت انتہائی تشویشناک ہے۔ غیر ملکی خبر رساں ادارے کے مطابق شام میں کام کرنے والے فلاحی ادارے کا کہنا ہے کہ شام کے شہر مضایا میں غذائی اجناس کی قلت کے باعث 16 افراد ہلاک ہوگئے جب کہ شہر میں مزید 33 افراد کی حالت کھانے پینے کی اشیا نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے انتہائی تشویشناک ہے۔Read More