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18 October, 2018
Three mosques built by a Turkish aid agency in Kyrgyzstan were inaugurated on Wednesday.
 
The Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) built the mosques in Jalal Abad and Chuy regions. The mosques are named as Haji Nigar Yunus, Esref Ors and Omur.
 
18 October, 2018
Nearly 12 million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine, the  World Food Program (WFP) said Tuesday.
 
Herve Verhoosel, WFP's spokesperson, explained the concern to reporters in Geneva saying: "Yemen is currently facing the world's worst hunger crisis, with almost 18 million people throughout the country not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
 
18 October, 2018
Meeting in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Russian and Egyptian presidents have signed what officials describes as a strategic cooperation treaty designed to increase trade, military, and other ties between the two nations.
 
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was completing a three-day visit to Russia, hailed his talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on October 17 and the cooperation agreement as opening a "new chapter in the history” of the countries’ bilateral relations.
 
18 October, 2018
The Syrian government gave approval for the United Nations to deliver aid next week to thousands of desperate civilians stranded near a US garrison in southeastern Syria on the Iraqi-Syrian border, aid workers and camp officials said on Wednesday.
 
A siege earlier this month by the Syrian army and a block on aid by Jordan has depleted food in the camp and led to at least a dozen deaths in the last week among its over 50,000 inhabitants, mainly women and children, residents and UN sources told Reuters. 
18 October, 2018
A man convicted of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
 
Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas.
In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime charges.
 
Mark Di Carlo, Perez’s defense attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
 
17 October, 2018
 Some 12 million Yemenis could soon be on the brink of famine if the security and economic situation in the war-ravaged country does not improve, the UN warned Tuesday.
 
“Yemen is currently facing the world’s worst hunger crisis, with almost 18 million people throughout the country not knowing where their next meal is coming from,” World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Herve Verhoosel told reporters in Geneva.
 
17 October, 2018

At least 18 people died in a blast in a technical college on the Crimean peninsula, with dozens more injured, Crimean head Sergei Aksyonov said on state television on Wednesday.

17 October, 2018
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday allowed the Palestinians to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019 when they will chair the group of 77 developing nations.
 
The United States, Israel and Australia voted against the move, which won 146 votes in favor. There were 15 abstentions and 29 countries didn’t vote.
 
17 October, 2018
A city in one of India's most populated states is having its Muslim name changed to a Hindu one as its nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government seeks to ‘correct the mistake’ made by Muslim Mughal rulers in the 1500s.
Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, will now be called Prayagraj, a source from the area's ruling BJP party told reporters on Tuesday.
 
17 October, 2018
Dubai remains the world's most cosmopolitan city in 2018 with 83 per cent (2.6 million) of its residents foreign-born who speak over 140 different languages.
 
16 October, 2018
The number of recorded hate crimes in England and Wales has more than doubled in the past five years, official data shows, with a substantial rise in offenses directed at Muslims.
Religiously-motivated hate crime has risen by 40% in just the past two years with more than half (52%) being directed at Muslims in the community, according to the Home Office.
 
16 October, 2018
Russian delegation of foreign and defense ministry officials travelled to Saudi Arabia and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the crisis in Syria, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
 
The ministry said the two-day visit started on Sunday.
 
The delegation from Russia, whose influence in the Middle East has risen after it launched a military intervention in Syria in 2015, also held talks in Saudi Arabia with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the ministry said.
16 October, 2018
The Crimean delegation has discussed with Syrian President Bashar Assad the possibility of operating regular flights between Syria and the peninsula, as well as possible business missions, Andrey Nazarov, the Yalta International Economic Forum's organizing committee co-chairman, said on Tuesday
 
16 October, 2018
A Chatham councilman running for re-election apologized for anti-Muslim statements he made that were condemned Monday by an Islamic organization.
 
Peter Hoffman said that 10 years ago he made a post on the anti-Islam website BarenakedIslam that read, “Islam is a sick, backward faith practiced by low life scum ... until the 'moderate' Muslims rein in their sick brethren and stop this type of behavior, Islam will always be the religion of beasts in my mind.”
 
16 October, 2018
The top official in China's Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims.
 
In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the "vocational education" centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism.
 
He said "trainees" were grateful for the opportunity to change their ways and make their lives more "colourful".
 
15 October, 2018
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi discussed a number of measures aimed against spreading extremist ideology in the world. It was announced by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan in an interview with Egyptian TV journalist Amro Abdel-Hamid, who heads the TEN TV television channel.
 
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
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
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
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
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
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.
 
 

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