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China’s Hui Muslims fearful after Chinese New Year education ban

Saturday, 17 February 2018

For some in China’s ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives. Their big fear is the Chinese government may be bringing in measures in this northwestern province of Gansu that are similar to some of those used in the crackdown on Uighur Muslims in the giant Xinjiang region further to the west.Well-integrated into society and accustomed to decades of smooth relations with ...

Opposition leader: Women should assume role of furthering Iran uprising

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Women played a key role in recent protests in Iran, taking to the streets to eliminate the clerical regime and to liberate the entire nation, said Maryam Rajavi, an Iranian opposition leader on Saturday. She added that this was “a goal that would certainly be realized”. Rajavi said that present circumstances provide the potential for continuing protests and that Iranian women should assume the responsibility of furthering the uprising. This responsibility is two-fold: First, ...

Saudi Arabia citizens celebrate Valentine’s day for the first time

Friday, 16 February 2018

An old tradition but kept in the dark for too long has made its appearance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this month. Markets and shops in Al Khobar in east Saudi Arabia have been filled with all sorts of red. Valentine’s day is no longer an occasion that is hidden, and the ban on shops is no longer being enforced. Selling red gifts is now widely seen as an occasion reflecting the depth of human sentiment. This has allowed people to exchange red gifts and beautiful memories among their ...

EXCLUSIVE: Human genome editing raises philosophical questions, Ellen Jorgensen

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ellen Jorgensen, Co-Founder of Biotech Without Borders, has said that there isn’t enough connection between the biotech industry and the general public. Speaking to Al Arabiya English on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai, Jorgensen said that people don’t understand that we are inundated with products of the biotech industry. “We are all wearing GMO cotton, our medicines are produced by biotechnology and even our laundry detergent enzymes are produced in ...

WATCH: Iranian policewoman scolds girl for not wearing hijab ‘properly’

Friday, 16 February 2018

Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad has posted a video on her Twitter account showing an Iranian moral policewoman scolding a girl for not wearing her hijab ‘properly.’ Despite wearing a long headscarf, the woman claimed that she wore it improperly since she showed the front of her hair. READ ALSO: Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab In the video, the woman is purportedly seen asking the girl to wear it as she has instructed. However, the girl ...

How publishers in India tap underage writers to book profits

Friday, 16 February 2018

Wealthy Indians are spending a small fortune to get their 9-16 year olds’ books published to give them a head start in life. The new parental obsession has come as a boon for paid publishing - firms which charge wannabe authors a fat fee for making their books see the light of day instead of paying them royalties. Mainline publishers are aghast at what they call crass commercialization of the noble profession of publishing. Paid publishing is, in any case, called ‘vanity’ ...

‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter’, said Florida massacre accused

Friday, 16 February 2018

The 19-year-old man accused of shooting 17 people to death at a Florida high school legally purchased the assault rifle used in the killings and may have foreshadowed the attack in a social media comment investigated by the FBI last year, authorities said on Thursday. New details about the troubled background and gun ownership of the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, emerged as he appeared in court to face formal charges of carrying out the second-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in US history. ...

VIDEO: On track to provide universal renewables access by 2030, says IRENA chief

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Adnan Z Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has said that the cost of renewables has come down so much that there is now a viable business case to take renewables to poorer regions of the world. He said that the technology is improving and we think we are going to be able to address the access (to renewables) issue in light of the sustainable development goals. “Providing universal access by 2030, I think we are on track for that,” he said. ...

Pakistan Senator: Demands on Hajj, Umra absurd, politically motivated

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The demand made by Iranian leadership and other countries for taking the Hajj and Umrah services away from Saudi control and handing over to any international committee is absurd and politically motivated, Senator Professor Sajid Mir, a prominent Islamist leader of Pakistan and President of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, has said. Speaking exclusively to AlArabiya.net, Mir said that the enemies of Saudi regime spare no effort in trying to damage its reputation. “Citing lack of security and ...

Tillerson considers Hezbollah as ‘part of political process’ in Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the “political process” in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washington’s tone ahead of a visit to the country. “We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This is influence that we think is unhelpful in Lebanon’s long-term future,” Tillerson said at a press conference in Jordan. “We ...

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