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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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
Emirati national Waleed Al Marzouqi bagged the third position at the 19th edition of the Moscow International Holy Quran Award (Zayed Edition).
The global competition, organised in Moscow on October 17-21, saw participation from contestants representing over 30 countries and Islamic communities around the world.
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.
21 October, 2018
Egypt has resumed the restoration of Cairo’s monumental 13th century al-Zahir Baybars mosque, a sign that vital cultural work is finally getting back under way after seven years of political turmoil.
Workers removed dried weeds from inside the mosque and restored fittings. The mosque was built by the Mamluk Sultan al-Zahir Baybars bin Abdullah Al-Bindakari between 1266 and 1268.
21 October, 2018
An Emirati man has proven that age is just a number after getting his master's degree at the age of 75 from a university in Dubai.
Ali Mohammad Naji was all smiles at his graduation ceremony that took place on October 19 - photos of the event went viral after his son posted selfies with his father, saying how proud he was of him.
21 October, 2018
Turkish cultural center, Yunus Emre Insititute (YEE), launched a new Turkish literacy program for orphans in Pakistan's northeastern city of Lahore.
Provincial Information Minister Fayyaz Ul Hassan Chohan, Turkey's Consul General Emir Özbay, Yunus Emre Institute's Director in Lahore Ulaş Ertaş and other officials were also present at the launching ceremony.
"This language program would help students study the very rich culture and history of Turkey," Chohan told at the ceremony.
21 October, 2018
The groundbreaking ceremony for Uzbekistan's first nuclear power plant was held on Friday with the participation of the Russian and Uzbek leaders, taking part remotely from the capital Tashkent
Speaking at the ceremony alongside Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plant would provide cheap and clean electricity to Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries while also boosting the safety of energy supplies for the entire region.
19 October, 2018
One person was killed in an explosion at the Avangard fireworks factory in the town of Gatchina near St. Petersburg , a regional emergency services official told Sputnik
"A body has been found [at the site of the blast]," the official said.
"Two more people could still be under the rubble," he added.
19 October, 2018
The Dubai government has launched a free e-learning education platform to cater for more than 50 million Arabic speaking students across the region and beyond.
“Madrasa” was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, prime minister of the UAE, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).
19 October, 2018
Muslims in a Turkish village of Yalova have discovered they had performed their prayers in the wrong direction for 37 years. 
The Sugören mosque, which was built in the Sugören village of the Yalova province in 1981, appointed İsa Kaya as an imam in 2017.
After local rumors that his congregation had been praying facing the wrong direction, Kaya recently applied to the mufti’s office in Yalova to check if the rumors held truth, Demirören News Agency reported.
18 October, 2018
indigentAt its commissioning, the mosque was deemed the most modern and costliest ecclesiastical edifice in British West Africa.
The Shitta-Bey mosque, one of Nigeria’s national monuments, retains its unique architecture and interior designs, which were credited to Senghor Baptista Da Costa.

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