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Why American singer Cher wants this elephant in Pakistan zoo freed

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

American singer Cher has appealed to the mayor of Islamabad to free a 30-year-old lone elephant and give the animal due dignity. According to a Dawn news report, Mark Cowne, a representative of the singer met with Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shift Kavaan, the lone elephant at Marghazar Zoo. They also discussed ways to improve the condition of the zoo. Cowne, who is a long-time friend of Cher, said she has formed a charitable foundation called Free The Wild, which ...

VIDEO: Nurses fired after inappropriately handling newborn babies

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hospital staff members who shared offensive footage on social media of a baby being flipped off and inappropriately handled, were fired announced The Naval Jacksonville hospital. The hospital has reportedly removed multiple employees after their shocking video surfaced online, reported Miami Herald. A Facebook post of a screen shot from the nurse’s Snapchat account was shared over 200,000 times with the caption “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.” The second nurse is ...

‘Killing is easy for them:’ Egyptian girl exposes her family’s big secret

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

An girl’s heroic story has won the hearts of the Egyptian people, to the extent that they are demanding the government to protect and care for her.They have also asked that she is provided with a residence and granted a monthly pension. The girl, Mariam Abduljalil al-Asawi, reported members of her family to authorities.She reported her father, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and her mother and brother, who are both ISIS members, she said. Asawi also revealed insight on other ...

Dubai introduces world’s first smart police station

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The world’s first Smart police station, launched by Dubai Police this week, will be in every neighborhood in the emirate according to a senior officer. “We plan to open up a Smart Station in every neighborhood and we are in discussions with developers in Dubai to achieve that,” the general director of smart services at Dubai Police, Brig Khalid Al Razooqi, told Al Arabiya English. The aim, he said, is to open up police services to a larger portion of the public in the ...

Egyptian preacher who issued ‘sex with dead wives’ fatwa banned from TV

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Regulation issued a decision to ban preacher Dr. Sabri Abdel Raouf from making TV appearances after he issued a fatwa (religious edict) granting husbands the right to have intercourse with their dead wives. The decision bans Sheikh Sabri from appearing on private or public satellite channels or to be hosted on radio stations. Makram Mohammed Ahmed, chairman of the media body, said on Monday that the council had taken the decision because Sheikh Sabri ...

‘Cruel joke’ on Indian farmers; less than a rupee waived off 100,000 loan

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A new controversy has erupted in India over farmers getting miniscule amounts – as low as 1 paisa or one hundredth of a rupee – against outstanding farm loans in a scheme trumpeted by the government to bring them relief. Various news reports reveal that even certificates are being issued to farmers announcing these pennies worth of waivers when they actually owe hundreds of thousands of rupees. Farm loans are a major challenge for poor farmers in India and cases of suicides due to ...

Malaysia scraps beer festival following angry objections

Monday, 18 September 2017

Malaysian authorities scrapped an annual beer festival on Monday after an Islamist party objected to the event that had been planned for the first weekend of October in the country’s capital. Though there are plenty of beer drinkers among the sizable Chinese and Indian minorities, protests against events deemed to be “western” and unIslamic - such as concerts and festivals involving alcohol - are common in Muslim-majority Malaysia and are usually led by the Pan-Malaysian ...

Mosul school named after Iran’s Khomeini raises eyebrows

Monday, 18 September 2017

Despite the warnings of several Iraqi politicians regarding the consequences of the Iranian interference in Iraq, still the provocations continue. The most recent of these events occurred last week with the opening of a school named "Imam Khomeini" in Mosul, north of Iraq. The establishment of the school incited controversy calling it a "provocation" for the people of the city. Hussein Hamid, director of the school buildings department at the Education Directorate of Ninawa ...

Cairo University students performing Zumba dance for minister draws criticism

Monday, 18 September 2017

A video showing a group of Egyptian female students performing a dance at the heart of their university campus in Egypt has gone viral this week. The footage showed a group of hijab-wearing students in sports attire perform Zumba-like dance steps at the Cairo University campus on the first day of classes. Thoroughly unfazed by the crowd, the female students danced in harmony and with confidence. A few male students can also be seen performing in the background. Local reports said the ...

This Egyptian sandwich shop owner in NYC acts as a ‘political pundit’ for TV

Monday, 18 September 2017

Egyptian expat in the US Hatem el-Gamasy has become a victim of social media attacks, mocking his credibility as a spokesperson on political matters. The 48-year-old sandwich shop owner was shocked by the negative opinions he was receiving, after his story was published in the New York Times. English teacher Gamasy is a former English teacher from the Monufia governorate in Egypt. He came to the US to pursue studies in English as a second language. He has since been a resident in the US for ...

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