Monday, 23 October 2017

Asia

Muslims Gather Worldwide on Ashura Against Terrorism

Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, left, and the holy shrine of Imam Abbas, right, during the Muslim month of Muharram, in Karbala, south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Iraqi security forces take extra security measure during Muharram, a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

LONDON: Millions of Muslims around the world gathered to commemorate the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, thousands of which used the Ashura event as an opportunity to stand against terrorism at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Pilgrims flocked to Karbala, where Hussain ibn Ali was killed by the ...

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8th Muharram processions underway across Pakistan

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KARACHI/LAHORE: Mourning processions are being taken out and majalid are being held across the country to observe 8th Muharram to pay solemn respect and recall the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain (A.S) and his family in Karbala. The day of 8th of Muharram is dedicated to Hazrat Abbas (A.S), the ...

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22 killed in suicide attack outside mosque in Kabul

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KABUL: At least 22 people were killed and dozens more injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday. The explosion occurred at 2pm local time in Qala-e-Fathullah area of Kabul as worshippers were leaving the mosque after weekly ...

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Mumbai train station stampede kills at least 22 people

MUMBAI: A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report. The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain, they said. The injured have ...

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U.S. yet to announce exact troop number deployment in Afghanistan

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KABUL: The visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday that the exact number of additional U.S. troops to be deployed in Afghanistan was not still clear. “Afghan security forces continue to take the lead but we are going to give them more advantages,” Mattis responded to a query when ...

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Rocket attacks on Kabul airport after Mattis arrives

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KABUL: At least 20 rockets landed near the Kabul international airport on Wednesday hours after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital. Kabul airport Chief Yaqub Rassouli said the rockets hit the Air Force hangars in the northern part. The missiles were fired from Deh Sabz district ...

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Indian fireworks factory blast kills nine

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NEW DELHI: A blaze at an illegal fireworks factory in eastern India killed nine workers who were stocking up ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali next month, police said Monday. The fire broke out at the factory in Jharkhand state late Sunday after an explosion. “The unit was being ...

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Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance: UN

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UNITED NATIONS: Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said there were “immense” challenges after visiting the overflowing camps around Cox’s Bazar ...

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UK state minister Greg Hands for trade policy visits GSK Pakistan

Greg Hands

LONDON/KARACHI: Pakistan is a vibrant economy, open for business. I want to see more of Britain’s leading companies doing business, creating jobs and supporting economic growth in both the UK and Pakistan,” said UK’s Minister of State for Trade Policy Greg Hands. As a part of his three-day visit to ...

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