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29 October, 2018
Exposure to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year, the World Health Organization warned Monday.
Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15 -- a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five -- breath dangerously polluted air.
This has tragic consequences: In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, the WHO report found.
28 October, 2018
The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.
MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.
The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.
One MEP said, if no action was taken, "by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans".
28 October, 2018
Indonesia’s government is offering investors $37.3 billion worth of infrastructure projects, $1 billion of which is earmarked for Shariah-compliant financing, Ekoputro Adijayanto, CEO of the ministry of national development’s Center for Private Investment (PINA) told Salaam Gateway. 
Adijayanto said around $300 million of the $1 billion earmarked for Islamic financing will be offered to investors from the Middle East and the remaining $700 million to local investors, including pension funds and insurance companies.
28 October, 2018
The leaders of the four countries gathered for a summit in Istanbul to discuss Syria, where violence this week in the last remaining major rebel stronghold has highlighted the fragility of a deal to avert a massive government offensive.
Ankara, which has long backed rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and Moscow, Assad’s principal foreign ally, brokered a deal last month to create a demilitarized zone in the northwest Idlib region.
28 October, 2018
The US-based tech giant Google will be fined in Russia because it failed to integrate a mandatory blacklist of sites into its architecture. Russian law states that search engines are not to provide links to banned sites.
Google’s failure to abide by the rules, which was reported by the Russian communications watchdog RKN, will cost it between $7,600 and $10,600 under the current legislation, which will probably not be that big of punishment for the multibillion dollar enterprise.
28 October, 2018
Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir said on Thursday he was lifting a partial ban on the import of Egyptian goods, during a visit by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.
In March 2017 Sudan banned the import of all Egyptian agricultural goods amid a range of disputes, including over land and accusations of political meddling.
Tensions have since eased, and Mr Al Bashir backed Mr Al Sisi's re-election earlier this year.
27 October, 2018
he Turkish Red Crescent sends 25 truckloads of aid on a daily basis to needy people in northern Syria, a Kızılay official said Saturday.
More than 4 million Syrians-over 1 million out of them living in camps -- are still in need in the northern part of the country, said Alper Küçük, the group's deputy director general, in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria.
27 October, 2018
Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs said on Saturday.
Oman relies on the United States and efforts by President Donald Trump in working towards this "deal of the century" (Middle East peace), Alawi Bin Abdullah told a security summit in Bahrain a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman.
27 October, 2018
Malang City Administration will build Quran Museum by using four-dimensional (4D) technology which will be integrated with Malang City Islamic Center.
“We will design it like the one in Dubai,” said the Malang Mayor Sutiaji on Tuesday, October 6.
27 October, 2018
To encourage the community to share the peaceful message of the Holy Quran with new Muslims, the Islamic Information Centre (IIC) of Dubai and the Dar Al Ber Society are launching the Quran and Sunnah Memorisation Competition 2018 for new Muslims and children of new Muslims.
For the third year running, the competition offers a platform for new Muslims who have converted within the last 15 years to memorise the beautiful words of Allah. 
26 October, 2018
A former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed a European Court of Human Rights' (ECHR) decision that penalized defaming of the Prophet Muhammed.
"The decision, which shows that disrespect, insults and detestable enmities have nothing to do with the freedom of expression or human rights, deserves admiration," Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
26 October, 2018
Saudi Arabia has signed two agreements that aim to enhance the digital capabilities of services related to Hajj and Umrah, to make the experience easier and more enjoyable for pilgrims. Both were signed on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative gathering in Riyadh.
26 October, 2018
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed is not covered by freedom of expression.
Defaming the Prophet “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate" and "could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace,” the ruling stated.
The decision by a seven-judge panel came after an Austrian national identified as Mrs. S. held two seminars in 2009 in which she insulted the prophet.
24 October, 2018
The famine threatening war-torn Yemen is even worse than previous estimates which already called it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The UN now estimates 14 million people are at risk.
24 October, 2018
Dubai authorities have equipped ten taxis with street monitoring cameras to keep track of activities on streets and enable civic bodies to collect date for better town-planning.
The new system equips taxis with two external cameras, front and rear, and an internal one.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the new technology in the ongoing Gitex Technology Week, saying that the cameras will have artificial intelligence features of face detection and plate-number recognition.
23 October, 2018
resident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ranked first place in the 2019 edition of the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims.
Prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the book notes that Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly-elected president in August 2014 and then secured a second term in the 2018 election with 52.5 percent of the vote.
23 October, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming Istanbul Summit on Syria, according to a top Russian diplomat on Tuesday.
The two leaders will hold a separate bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Oct. 27 summit, Andrey Buravov, deputy director of the European Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said at the 3rd international conference on "Russia and Turkey: Strengthening the Multi-faceted Partnership" in Moscow.
23 October, 2018
The United Arab Emirates has extended their visa system to allow people on tourist or visit visas to apply for a 30-day extension twice without having to leave the country.
Previously, people with tourist or visit visas were obligated to leave the country after the expiration of their three-month visit vise or one-month tourist visa and apply for new visas if they wished to return to the UAE.
People can apply for the extension through travel agents at a fee of 600AED ($163.35).
23 October, 2018
The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and ordered it to review the legislation.
France had failed to make the case for its ban, the committee said, and gave it 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken.
22 October, 2018
Plans to ban the distribution and sale of plastic drinking straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds were laid out Monday by the British government.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a public consultation on the new measures to help protect rivers and seas.
22 October, 2018
The death toll from a landslide in Malaysia's Penang province has risen to nine, local media said Monday.
The landslide occurred on a construction site burying several workers under debris.
Rescue workers have so far recovered five Bangladeshis, 3 Indonesians and one Myanmar national, daily Star reported.
One person is still missing in the landslide that hit the province on Friday evening following torrential rains.
22 October, 2018
A $20 billion sea-crossing bridge, connecting mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau is to finally open on Tuesday. The six-lane bridge has been constructed in just nine years.
22 October, 2018
The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

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