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Hamburg becomes 1st German city to recognize Islamic holidays

BERLIN – Hamburg has become Germany’s first city to recognize Islamic holidays, a move meant to encourage the integration of a religious minority often vilified by opponents of immigration. Muslim employees and students will be allowed days off to celebrate their holidays and Islamic classes will be allowed in state …

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Protest Against Rape Paralyzes Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Shops and businesses shut down Saturday in Indian Kashmir to protest an alleged abduction and rape that triggered two days of violent anti-India demonstrations. The protests, held in the alleged rape victim’s village south of the main city of Srinagar, kindled concerns of a return to the deadly …

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AFSPA issue very sensitive, need mature decision: AK Antony

NEW DELHI: Terming the issue of withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as “very very sensitive”, defence minister AK Antony today said the matter has to be handled in a “mature and cool” manner. Antony said he had “very frank” and “very fruitful” discussions with Jammu and Kashmir …

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UAE launches food safety campaign for Ramadan

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has announced the launch of a major food safety awareness campaign for the month of Ramadan. The drive is aimed at drawing consumer attention to these aspects to help prevent food-borne illnesses during this holy month. It is part of the authority’s many efforts …

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Women Dress Gets Toronto Imam in Trouble

TORONTO: A Muslim imam has ended up in hot water after calling for changing Canadian laws to require women to cover themselves to prevent sexual assaults, amid accusations that his views reflect men’s desire for control of women. “This is not about what women wear,” Tarek Fatah, a Muslim writer, …

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Allama Iqbal’s 134th birth anniversary observed in Pakistan

LAHORE:The 134th birth anniversary of national poet Allama Iqbal was celebrated with much fervor in Lahore on Wednesday. A large number of people visited the poet’s tomb to pay their respect and offer fateha. Celebrations began with the change of guard at the tomb. The ceremony, which began at 7:45am, involved the …

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Women-only ‘Romantic café’ in Saudi

Two Saudi sisters had thought of embarking on a small venture which does not exist in their area in the conservtive Gulf Kingdom so they can invest their savings before deciding on opening a women-only coffee shop. Nuwair and Namsha had feared that their “Romantic Café” could not be as …

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Reem Assad: Hero of Saudi women

http://timesofummah.com/2012/01/06/reem-assad-hero-of-saudi-women/ JEDDAH: Reem Assad, an investment analyst at Saudi Fransi Capital with over eight years of experience in investment management, was one of the first in 2008 to initiate the elimination of male staff from the female intimate clothing sector. “The contradiction is in the fact that we are supposedly …

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