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15 October, 2018
In Dagestan, on the right bank of the Chirkei reservoir, more than 70% of the so-called Ancestral Road, Buznasan Nukh, was constructed using the folk construction method. The new transport line will connect the city of Buynaksk with the sacred mountain Ahulgo, the flat Dagestan with its mountainous part, the press service of the administration of the Gumbetovsky district of the republic reports.
 
15 October, 2018
The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 421,411 of which 181,690 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 150,429 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 107,024 in Makkah and 43,405 in Madinah.
 
Most pilgrims — 170,279 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 11,411 entered by land. None arrived by sea.
 
15 October, 2018
The World Bank on Sunday announced funding of up to $1 billion for Indonesia after it was rocked by a string of recent disasters, including a deadly earthquake-tsunami that killed thousands.
 
CEO Kristalina Georgieva unveiled the funds at Indonesian holiday island Bali, where the Bank and the International Monetary Fund have been holding their annual meetings.
 
13 October, 2018
Turkey on Saturday renamed the road where the new US embassy is to be located after the American black Muslim civil rights campaigner Malcolm X, its latest use of a politically-loaded name for the street of a foreign mission.
 
The new embassy building, located in the Cukurambar district on the western outskirts of Ankara, is on what is currently named 1478 Street.
 
But a meeting of the Ankara city council unanimously decided to change the name to Malcolm X Street.
 
13 October, 2018
Crimea has seen the biggest surge in tourism this year since the collapse of the Soviet Union, regional authorities say.
 
“By October 9, we have 6,164,000 tourists. This is 29 percent more than in the same period last year. To date, the number of tourists has reached record levels for the entire post-Soviet period,” said an official for Crimea’s tourism ministry Vadim Volchenko.
 
13 October, 2018
A restaurant in Dubai is doing its business a bit differently by adding a little dose of philanthropy to it.
 
The Kebab Shop located in the Dubai Silicon Oasis has a board outside the shop that is not advertising for food but offering free meals to jobseekers. The board reads: "If you are unemployed and looking for a job, drop by for a meal on us. Don't think of it as charity, you can come back to pay us whenever you can."
 
13 October, 2018
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico have exchanged a diplomatic memorandum of understanding (MoU) on visa exemption whereby citizens with regular passports of both countries will be allowed visa-free entry.
 
13 October, 2018
Britain's prime minister has appointed a suicide-prevention minister as part of a national effort to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
 
Holding its first-ever summit on mental health today to mark World Mental Health Day, the British government announced the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as ministerial lead for suicide prevention.
 
13 October, 2018
The death toll from last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has climbed to 2,088, officials said Friday.
 
The National Disaster Management Agency officials said the research and rescue missions halted as of Friday, but the state of emergency will continue until Oct. 26.
 
The officials added that a total of 680 people are believed to be missing and the number of injured people receiving treatment in hospitals are up to 4,612.
 
13 October, 2018
A 15,343km (9,534-mile) flight from Singapore safely landed at Newark International Airport in the US on Thursday. It has become the world’s longest direct passenger flight.
Flight SQ22 departed at 15:37GMT (11.35pm local time) with 150 passengers and 17 crew members on board. The scheduled 19-hour flight landed 17 hours and 25 minutes later in the US.
 
12 October, 2018

"The experience of de-radicalization and re-socialization of supporters of extremist and terrorist ideologies" conference was held today in Kazan. The event was in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The plenary meeting of the conference was attended by Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin, as well as Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic Ayrat Shafigullin, head of the Office of the Anti-Terrorism Commission in the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Galiev and others.

12 October, 2018
China's western Xinjiang region has written "vocational training centres" for Muslim Uighurs into law amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances there.
 
Xinjiang says the centres will tackle extremism through "thought transformation".
 
Rights groups say detainees are made to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticise or renounce their faith.
 
12 October, 2018
Saudi Arabia on Thursday launched its first-ever railway line linking Mecca to Medina, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
 
“The Haramain Expressway from Mecca to Medina -- via Jeddah -- officially became operational today," the SPA reported.
 
According to Project Director Saad al-Shehri, the railway’s first train set out from Medina on Thursday -- en route to Mecca -- with 417 passengers aboard.
 
12 October, 2018
The capital of China’s Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, has launched a campaign against halal products to stop Islam penetrating secular life and fuelling “extremism”.
 
In a meeting on Monday, the Communist Party leaders of Urumqi led cadres to swear an oath to “fight a decisive battle against ‘pan-halalization’,” according to a notice posed on the city’s official WeChat account.
 
12 October, 2018
The Dubai International Holy Quran award (Dihqa), as part of its 14 diverse branches, has helped 115 inmates of Dubai inmates have their jail terms reduced by six months to 20 years by assisting them in memorising the Holy Quran.
 
Mohamed Al Hammadi, IT & HR director - Dihqa, said a third batch of the aspirant inmates have just finished the tests, which are organised in collaboration with the punitive and correctional institutions of the Dubai Police.
 
11 October, 2018
Head of the Chechen republic Ramzan Kadyrov visited Ingushetia, where he met with head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.
 
"I visited populated areas in the Achkhoi-Martan district of Chechnya today. I met with residents of Bamut," Kadyrov said on his Telegram channel.
 
"The main and a very pleasant outcome of the conversation is that the Chechen and Ingush people are brothers, and there are no issues that could divide them," he noted.
 
11 October, 2018
Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a contract to allow an UAE astronaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.
 
In July, nine UAE candidates arrived in Russia for medical tests and simulation training before returning to the UAE. In September, two of the candidates, Hazza Mansouri and Sultan Niyadi, proceeded with their training in Russia.
 
11 October, 2018
Iran is the top exporter of rose water in the world, the head of Rose Water and Herbal Essences Union in Kashan, Reza Navvabi, said.
 
According to him, Iran exports rose water to 30 countries, mainly to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
 
Navvabi noted that despite efforts to introduce the product to the world, rose water is not in high demand, since many nations are unaware of its use - unlike rose essence which is well-known and widely consumed in perfume industries of Bulgaria and Turkey.
11 October, 2018
The majority of British voters want to stay in the European Union (EU), an analysis of recent polls shows, more than two years after a controversial referendum that triggered the country’s divorce from the bloc.
 
The YouGov study of four common questions regularly included in nearly 150 Brexit surveys showed a steady shift towards the Remain camp.
 
11 October, 2018
About a half of Ukrainian and Russian people want their countries to remain independent but friendly, with open borders and mutual visa-free regimes for citizens, according to a joint poll by Russian and Ukrainian think tanks.
In Russia, 45 percent of respondents supported the idea of a friendly alliance with Ukraine without customs of visa barriers, similar to the relations between the nations of the European Union. Still, 16 percent of Russians said they would prefer their country and Ukraine to exist in the form of a single union state.
 
11 October, 2018
An Istanbul university will host the second edition of the “International Conference on the Muslim Ummah” between Oct. 14 and 16 that will bring together 20 international scholars.
 
The conference, to be organized by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) at its Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), aims to discuss problems across the Muslim world.
 
11 October, 2018
The deportation of seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar by the Indian Government has outraged the United Nations and human rights activists who are accusing New Delhi of deliberately pushing the refugees into the jaws of death.
 
11 October, 2018

The number of Afghans killed or wounded by airstrikes rose 39 percent in the first nine months of 2018, the UN said Wednesday.

The overall number of civilian casualties remained at “extreme levels,” it said. Airstrikes killed or wounded 649 Afghans, more than any full-year period since the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began keeping records in 2009, as US and Afghan forces stepped up aerial bombardments, AFP reported.

10 October, 2018
Egypt and Sudan on Tuesday agreed to establish the first railway line linking the two countries.
 
According to Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA), a delegation from Egypt’s railway authority recently visited Khartoum to discuss the project with Sudanese Transport Ministry officials.
 
The planned railway will begin in Egypt’s southern city of Aswan and end in Sudan’s northern town of Abu Hamad.
 
10 October, 2018
As part of the meeting between spiritual leaders from different countries held this Monday in Barcelona, the principal imams of Europe and Asia area have decided to study the suitability of building a great mosque in Barcelona, according to Voice of Europe.
 
The forum’s president, Malik Abderrahman Ruiz, lamented that Barcelona, despite being “the city with the largest Muslim community in Spain,” does not have a representative mosque, and that is why it is necessary to “carry out a large-scale project”.
 

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