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24 September, 2011

Source : Jeremy Taylor | The Independent/UK | Saturday, 24 September 2011

Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.

Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.

24 September, 2011

By Robert Evans | Reuters | Geneva / 23 Sept 2011

Sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories about how the cosmos works and even allow dreams of time travel and extra dimensions, scientists said on Friday.

Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Manchester University, said the results, if confirmed, would mean it would be possible in theory “to send information into the past.”

24 September, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya | New York / 23 Sept 2011

New sanctions against Syria come into effect on Saturday as Turkey says it has intercepted an arms shipment at sea destined for the protest-wracked country after another day of deadly demonstrations.

24 September, 2011

Source : AFP | Moscow | 23 Sept 2011

Russia believes Israel and the United States were responsible for unleashing the malicious Stuxnet computer worm on Iran's nuclear program last year, a top official said Friday.

“We are seeing attempts of cyberspace being used by some states to act against others ̶ of it being used for political-military purposes,” said the foreign ministry's emerging challenges and threats department chief Ilya Rogachyov.

24 September, 2011

Source : AFP | Washington / 23 Sept 2011

President Barack Obama secretly authorized the sale of 55 powerful bunker-busting bombs to Israel, Newsweek magazine reported Friday.

Israel first asked to buy deep-penetrating GBU-28 bombs in 2005, but were rebuffed by then-president George W. Bush. At the time the Pentagon had frozen joint US-Israeli defense projects, fearful that Israel was transferring advanced military technology to China, Newsweek said.

24 September, 2011

By Andrew Winner : AFP | Washington / 23 Sept 2011

A third member of an alleged rogue US army unit in Afghanistan pleaded guilty in a plea deal over shock killings of local civilians that embarrassed the US army.

Private First Class Andrew Holmes was accused of being a member of a five-person "kill team" implicated in the slaying of three Afghans while stationed in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province in January 2010.

23 September, 2011

By Barbara Ferguson | Arab News | Washington / 22 Sept 2011

The developer of an Islamic cultural center near ground zero says the “biggest mistake” on the project was not involving the families of Sept. 11 victims from the start.

“We made incredible mistakes,” Sharif El-Gamal, founder of Park51, told reporters Wednesday evening at the opening of the Islamic Community Center at 51 Park Place, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

23 September, 2011

By Alexander Dziadosz and Maria Golovnina | Reuters / Sirte / 22 Sept 2011

Libya’s interim rulers said on Thursday they had further consolidated their control over Sahara desert towns that had been among Muammar Qaddafi’s last strongholds, and said Qaddafi himself was running out of places to hide.

23 September, 2011

Source : Agencies / United Nations / 23 Sept 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asks the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, as Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the demand.

Abbas will hand U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an application for full U.N. membership, which the Security Council must then consider.

23 September, 2011

Source : Reuters | Kabul / 23 Sept 2011

Weeping Afghans gathered under tight security on Friday to bury former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, the government's chief peace negotiator killed this week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy with a message about possible talks.

After prayers at the presidential palace, a coffin draped in the black, red and green national flag was taken to a hilltop in the Wazir Akbar Khan district for burial.

23 September, 2011

By Erika Solomon and Mohammed Ghobari | Reuters / Sanaa / 23 Sept 2011

President Ali Abdullah Saleh unexpectedly returned to Yemen on Friday after three months in Saudi Arabia recovering from an assassination attempt, raising the risk of further violence and civil war.

As Saleh’s return was reported on state television and confirmed by Reuters, the sound of gunfire and explosions echoed across the capital of the lawless Arabian Peninsula nation.

23 September, 2011

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | Madinah / 22 Sept 2011

A defective education strategy was a major factor in the spread of the “takfir” ideology among young Muslim men and women, according to two scholars who spoke at a seminar on the phenomenon in Madinah on Thursday.

22 September, 2011

Source : Agencies / Almaty / 21 Sept 2011

Kazakhstan's parliament has voted in favor of a controversial law to ban prayer rooms in all state buildings.

On Wednesday, the lower house of parliament voted in favor of a hastily drafted new law on religious affairs – exactly three weeks after President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his rubberstamp legislature to adopt such a law.

22 September, 2011

By William Maclena and Maria Golovnina | Reuters / Tripoli / 21 Sept 2011

Libya’s interim rulers said on Wednesday they had captured most of one of Muammar Qaddafi’s last strongholds, a boost to an administration struggling to assert full control over the fractured country.

Sabha — deep in the Sahara desert — had been holding out along with Bani Walid and Qaddafi’s hometown Sirte since the fall of the capital Tripoli a month ago.

22 September, 2011

By Elaine Ganley | AP / Paris 22 Sept 2011

Kenza Drider’s posters for the French presidential race are ready to go, months before the official campaign begins. There she is, the “freedom candidate,” pictured standing in front of a line of police — a forbidden veil hiding her face.

22 September, 2011

By Agencies : United Nations | 21 Sept 2011

US President Barack Obama, trying to avert a showdown on Palestinian statehood, told the United Nations on Wednesday there was no substitute for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations or a short cut to peace.

With US credibility and influence in the Middle East at stake, Obama wants to dissuade the Palestinians from asking the UN Security Council for statehood in defiance of Israeli objections and a US veto threat. But they have shown no sign of renouncing their plan to stake their claim on Friday.

22 September, 2011

Source : Xinhua | Kuwait City / 21 Sept 2011

Thousands of Kuwaitis Wednesday night staged a rally to press for the resignation of the prime minister amid an ongoing corruption scandal involving several lawmakers.

The rally came as Kuwait's public prosecution last week launched a probe into the suspicious huge cash deposits of at least nine lawmakers which analysts said would plunge the oil-rich Gulf emirate into a deeper political crisis.

22 September, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera | Sanaa | 22 Sept 2011

At least nine people have been killed after positions occupied by opposition demonstrators and army forces were shelled in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, medical officials say.

Less than 24 hours after a truce was declared, witnesses reported clashes had taken place in several areas of the capital on Wednesday. Medical officials told the AP news agency that mortars had been fired at Change Square, a central site which anti-govenrment protesters have occupied since February, when a movement for the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh first began.

22 September, 2011

By Ibrahim Abdulaev : / Grozny / 22 Sept 2011

(IslamDag) - Thousands of believers gathered today since early morning near the Ahmad Haji Kadirov central mosque awaiting the arrival of a sacred relic - bowl of Prophet Muhammad [pbuh]. Live corridor of Grozny residents was formed from the airport to the Islamic Complex.

21 September, 2011

Source : Reuters | Cairo / 20 Sept 2011

A Arab parliamentary body called on Tuesday for suspending the membership of Syria and Yemen in the Arab League to put pressure on the two countries to heed popular demands for reforms.

An Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sept. 13 had called for "immediate change" in Syria and an end to a crackdown on protesters demanding that President Bashar al-Assad step down.

21 September, 2011

By Rahim Faiez | AP / Kabul / 21 Sept 2011

The suicide bomber who killed the head of an Afghan peace council struggling to start meaningful negotiations with the Taliban delivered a potentially fatal blow to the efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.

21 September, 2011

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | Madinah / 20 Sept 2011

Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif opened an international conference on "The Phenomenon of Takfir (branding opponents as infidels)...Reasons, Impact and Treatment" here on Tuesday.

Earlier on arrival at the conference venue, Prince Naif was greeted by Prince Saud bin Naif, adviser to Prince Naif and assistant interior minister for general affairs, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed, governor of Madinah, and other senior officials.

20 September, 2011

By News Agencies | New York / 20 Sept 2011

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe accused the Syrian regime Monday of “crimes against humanity” and slammed the UN Security Council for failing to take a strong stand on the unrest.

“Crimes against humanity are committed in Syria. The silence of the Security Council is unacceptable,” Juppe told the Council on Foreign Relations, at a talk held on the sidelines of a week of UN summits.

20 September, 2011

By Barbara Ferguson | Arab News / Washington / 20 Sept 2011

Former US President Jimmy Carter has called on Washington not to veto a Palestinian application for the UN recognition of their state in the Security Council.

Carter, the first American president to call for the creation of a Palestinian “homeland” in 1977, brokered the landmark Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1988.

20 September, 2011

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News | Riyadh / 20 Sept 2011

The Council of Ministers on Monday gave the go-ahead to implement the $25 billion Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network.

“The Cabinet approved a request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.

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