Pakistan premier vows to rid country of assault weapons

News Room : October 19, 2017 7:51 am

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has made it his personal mission to rid the country of automatic weapons in a bid to control crime. Abbasi promised to take action against “private militias” wielding automatic weapons. It means the premier is setting himself against the widespread acceptance of gun culture in a country in more »
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Umm Zakiyyah Story-Telling tour

News Room : October 18, 2017 2:19 pm

Umm Zakiyyah is an acclaimed novelist, motivational speaker and community activist from the USA. She has written 15 novels and is the bestselling American Muslim author of If I Should Speak trilogy, Muslim Girl, and Let’s Talk About Sex and Muslim Love as well as internationally acclaimed blogs and stories at She writes about more »
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India to investigate death of schoolgirl by starvation

News Room : October 18, 2017 2:09 pm

NEW DELHI: India ordered an investigation Tuesday into whether the death of a young girl was caused by a government error that saw her family denied food rations. The girl’s mother and social welfare activists said the 11-year-old from Jharkhand state died of starvation last month after officials refused to give the family food because more »
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Activist arrested for calling Mugabe ‘dead man walking’

News Room : October 12, 2017 12:59 pm

HARARE: A Zimbabwean activist has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe “a dead man walking,” lawyers said in the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Sten Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor’s union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted more »
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Murdered N.Korean Kim Jong Nam had $100,000 in backpack, police witness says

News Room : October 12, 2017 12:58 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack at the time of his murder, the police officer investigating the case told a Malaysian court. Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam by smearing more »
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No Congo election until mid-2019, says electoral commission

News Room : October 12, 2017 12:57 pm

KINSHASA: A long-delayed election in Democratic Republic of Congo to replace President Joseph Kabila cannot take place until at least April 2019, the electoral commission said, a schedule certain to enrage opponents who say Kabila is clinging to power. The polls were originally scheduled for November 2016. The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would more »
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Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh poll

News Room : October 12, 2017 12:55 pm

NAIROBI: A Kenyan judge ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month’s election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the new vote ordered by the Supreme Court. At the same time, lawmakers approved amendments to the electoral law that have been criticized by the more »
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France, Qatar neck-and-neck for UNESCO chief

News Room : October 12, 2017 12:54 pm

PARIS: France and Qatar were running neck-and-neck in the race to lead the UN’s troubled cultural body after a third round of voting Wednesday whittled the field down to five. Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari and France’s Audrey Azoulay — both former culture ministers — had 18 votes apiece in the battle to replace outgoing more »
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