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27 September, 2018
The headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait was engulfed by a huge fire today, sending 2,500 workers fleeing from the flames.
 
The blaze broke out in the bank's new skyscraper in Kuwait City at 11am local time, causing thick black smoke to pour into the sky.
 
The bank said there were no injuries but the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate said six construction workers and one fireman were treated at the scene with minor burns.
 
27 September, 2018
An international book fair kicked off on Wednesday in the Jordanian capital Amman under the main theme, "Jerusalem: Palestine's Capital."
 
Bringing together 360 publishing houses from all around the world, the 18th Amman International Book Fair will host numerous Turkish publishers and organizations, including the Yunus Emre Institute (YEE) and the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA). 
 
26 September, 2018
In the wake of growing racism across Europe, a project to counter Islamophobia was launched in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
 
Experts and academics from across Europe gathered at the parliament for the launch of the two-year Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) project funded by the European Commission's Directorate of Justice. 
 
They called on member states and policymakers to play a more active role in the fight against Islamophobia and strengthen legal procedures on the issue. 
26 September, 2018
The Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) has signed sharia-compliant financing agreements with six banks in Uzbekistan, boosting the former Soviet state’s efforts to develop Islamic finance.
 
Uzbekistan, the most populous country in Central Asia where a majority of its 32 million people are Muslim, is introducing Islamic finance rules to expand its banking sector and tap foreign markets.
 
26 September, 2018
Half a million children are in “immediate danger” in Libya’s capital Tripoli due to fighting, the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said on Monday.
 
Clashes that broke out between rival militias in late August had killed at least 115 people and wounded nearly 400 by Saturday night, according to Libya’s health ministry.
 
UNICEF said Monday that “over 1,200 families have been displaced in the past 48 hours alone as clashes intensified in southern Tripoli”.
26 September, 2018
A joint agreement to counter extremism was discussed at a meeting between the Distance Learning and Training Company (DLT) and the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) on Tuesday in Moscow.
 
The meeting between Zuhair bin Ali Azhar, the chairman and CEO of DLT, and Sergei Stepashin, the chairman of IOPS, at its headquarters in the capital, developed grounds for a joint agreement to renounce extremism, promote peaceful coexistence among people of different religions, and to support cooperation in training and education.
25 September, 2018
Burj Khalifa will support the UN Women’s global movement 'HeForShe', which aims to encourage men to support the campaign for gender equality.
 
Burj Khalifa will be joining several major landmarks in turning off half of its lights on the night of 25th September in support of the campaign, expressing solidarity with women, while providing a visual metaphor which illustrates the power lost when the world excludes half its population – women – from society.
 
25 September, 2018
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate in the German city of Cologne one of the largest mosques in Europe on Saturday. 
 
The Cologne Central Mosque, built by Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) after eight years of construction work, has a capacity of 1,200 people. 
 
25 September, 2018
Dubai has retained its ranking as the fourth most visited city in the world for the fourth straight year, according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) 2018.
 
The city welcomed 15.79 million overnight visitors last year and with a projected growth rate of 5.5 per cent, the emirate is expected to witness another year of steady expansion in 2018.
 
25 September, 2018
Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah has won the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year for his individual effort for club team Liverpool against local rivals Everton at Anfield in December last year.
 
Salah topped the vote on the official FIFA website from a list of 10 candidates, with fans opting for the Liverpool striker’s moment of individual brilliance in the Merseyside derby.
 
25 September, 2018
A plenary meeting of representatives of different religions took place in Novosibirsk, with the support of the Ministry of Regional Policy. The participants of the meeting discussed important topics, one of them - the fight against extremism.
 
Orthodox, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims gathered in one hall. The representatives of various religions, honorable guests from Central Asia, Dagestan, Moscow
 
Albir Krganov, chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, the Mufti of Moscow.
 
24 September, 2018
Saudis came together on Sunday for the grandest national celebration yet.
 
With 900,000 fireworks set off simultaneously from 58 platforms across 20 cities in the Kingdom, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is aiming to make the Guinness World Records for the largest fireworks display.
 
24 September, 2018
The number of converted Muslims in Norway increased to at least 3,000 in the recent years, a researcher at Oslo University’s Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages said.
 
Norway’s leading Verdens Gang newspaper reported on Sunday that the number of Norwegians choosing to become Muslim since 1990s have increased.
 
The report said the number of converted Muslims in the country during 1990s were around 500 while this number has reached around 3,000 in the recent years.
24 September, 2018
Staff at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest against job losses and US funding cuts.
The one-day strike closed more than 250 UNRWA schools in Gaza, as well as medical centers and food aid distribution points.
 
The United States has traditionally been UNRWA’s largest funder, providing around $350 million (300 million euros) a year.
 
But President Donald Trump has cut all support, sparking a funding crisis.
24 September, 2018
Two mosques in Birmingham were attacked with catapults Thursday in the wake of a car crash outside the U.K. parliament that injured three people.
 
No one at the Al-Hijrah and Qamarul Islam mosques was injured as a result of the attacks which lasted 20 minutes. The buildings' windows were smashed with ball bearings while worshippers were attending the evening prayers.
 
Armed police were deployed to the area to prevent further assaults on the mosques.
 
22 September, 2018
Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 29, including 12 members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard, and wounding 53 others, state-run IRNA news agency reported.
 
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in southwestern Iran on Saturday, according to the group's Amaq news agency.
 
Amaq said Daesh’s fighters had carried out the attack in Ahvaz city. The group provided no evidence for the claim.
22 September, 2018
All government schools in the UAE are now teaching boys and girls side-by-side in Grade 1 (pupils aged five to six) from this academic year which began in September. The move was following a decision by the education authorities in the country.
 
This major policy change from the Ministry of Education (MoE) will be upgraded to other grades in all public schools on a yearly basis. The new strategy will include Grade 2 next academic year and then continue until mixed classes are in operation up to Grade 4.
 
22 September, 2018
Britains UK Independence Party (UKIP) presented plans Friday to establish all-Muslim prisons, enhanced screening for migrants coming from abroad and to abolish some equality and anti-racism laws at a conference in Birmingham.
 
The party has claimed extremism is "actively fostered" in jails, where "Muslim gangs hold sway" and "non-Islamic prisoners are converting for their own protection."
 
21 September, 2018
The Russian Supreme Court recommends that judges, who preside over trials concerning internet reposts of extremist material, estimate the suspects’ level of threat to society and stop using experts’ assessments in final rulings.
 
21 September, 2018
The Mufti of Dagestan, Sheikh Ahmad Afandi, met with a delegation who arrived in Dagestan to attend the All-Russian Theological Conference today.
 
The delegation included the Mufti of the Chechen Republic Salakh-haji Mezhiyev, the Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin, scholars from the Arab countries, and others. The guests of honor thanked Ahmad Afandi for the invitation to this important event, the Muftiyat of RD press service reported.
 
21 September, 2018
Gulf Cooperation Council countries have pledged $10 million to help fund the printing of textbooks in Yemen, Saudi state TV channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
 
The pledge came in response to the deterioration of the educational process in Yemen.
 
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre launched an educational campaign two months ago to support the Yemeni government, and to stand with the Yemeni people in their ordeal.
21 September, 2018
Muslim children are being falsely accused of radicalization by the British government as part of its counter-terrorism strategy Prevent, a report said Thursday.
 
The report released by the human rights advocacy group Cage details how Prevent has erroneously targeted Muslim communities throughout the U.K. on the pretext of tackling radicalization and extremism and has even separated Muslim children from their families. 
 
21 September, 2018
The World Bank approved the $80 million Niger Refugees and Host Communities Support Project (PARCA), which will improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for refugees and host communities in 15 communes in the Diffa, Tahoua and Tillabéri regions, and provide institutional support to local, regional and central government entities in those 3 regions, as well as the Agadez region.
 
 

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