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Ramadan in Dubai: a month of soaring food waste?

Source : Jason Benham & Warda Al-Jawahiry | Reuters
DUBAI | 16 Aug 2011

Hundreds of Asian laborers sit silently on the floor outside Dubai’s Fatima Hassan Mosque in front of plates laden with fruit, pakoras and biryani as they wait patiently in the energy-sapping humidity to begin their Ramadan iftar.


Explosives detectors to be installed at gates of Mecca's Holy Mosque

Source : Riazat Butt | The Guardian
Mecca | 15 Aug 2011

Explosives detectors are to be installed at the entrances to the Holy Mosque in Mecca as the Saudi authorities boost security around the city's holy sites.

Around 180 people work on a shift pattern to man the gates leading to the Masjid al-Haram, which surrounds the Ka'aba, the black granite cube that Muslims turn to when praying.


Tank, navy attack on Syria’s Latakia kills 24

Source : Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Reuters
AMMAN | 14 Aug 2011

Syrian tanks and navy ships shelled the main Mediterranean port city of Latakia on Sunday, residents and rights groups said, killing 24 people as President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces launched an offensive by land and sea to crush protests against his rule.


Another Turkish aid ship set to depart for Somalia

Source : Anadolu Agency
Ankara | 14 Aug 2011

A Turkish aid ship will depart from Istanbul for Somalia on August 14.

Somalia aid ship "Gaza" will carry humanitarian assistance comprised of flour, sugar, baby food, rice, corn, pasta, milk powder and medicines as part of the aid campaign initiated by IHH Humanitarian Aid Foundation.


Israelis take to streets for 4th week of protests

Source : Aron Heller | AP
JERUSALEM | 14 Aug 2011

Tens of thousands of Israelis poured into streets across the country Saturday for a fourth consecutive week, expanding their protest movement against the nation’s high cost of living from major central cities to smaller ones in outlying areas.

 The mass demonstrations have become a weekly ritual this summer, delivering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government its most serious domestic crisis.


Iranians protest over UK police 'savagery' in riots

Source : Reuters
TEHRAN | 14 Aug 2011

Some 200 students held a demonstration outside the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday to protest at what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the “savage” police treatment of people involved in street unrest in London last week.

Watched by around 50 riot police, some students threw eggs toward the embassy compound and at the end of the protest they held up masks of Mark Duggan, the man whose shooting by police sparked the protests and riots in Britain.


Pakistanis celebrate Independence Day with fervor

Source :
Moscow | 15 Aug 2011

Russia' Pakistani community marked the 65th Pakistan Independence Day on Sunday with fervor and enthusiasm at the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow.

Various functions were held in this regard.
The start of the day was solemnized with recitations from the Holy Qur’an and flag hoisting ceremonies.


Ramadan Recipes: Sambusak (Samosa)

Source : Selma Roth | Arab News
Jeddah | 03 Aug 2011

The month of Ramadan is a month of fasting and spiritual reflection. It is also a month in which family comes together. The breaking of the fast, or Iftar, usually occurs with family and starts with eating dates and drinking water or Qahwa (Arabic coffee). After that, some families go to the mosque to pray Maghrib, after which the main meal is served, while others have the meal directly after sunset. The breaking of the fast comes with several traditional Iftar-delights. Sambusak is probably the most popular dish in Saudi Arabia.


Egyptian sufis reject rise of Islamists

Source : Elizabeth Arrott | VOA
Cairo | 13 Aug 2011

Some of Egypt's minority Sufi Muslims are warning against the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism in national politics.  Adherents of the mystical form of Islam are holding a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday to make the case for a tolerant, civilian Egyptian state.  


Nobel winner Yunus promotes social business

Source : Matthew Pennington | Associated Press
WASHINGTON | 13 Aug 2011

The bruising dispute with Bangladesh's government that saw Muhammad Yunus ousted as chief of the Grameen Bank has not diminished the Nobel laureate's enthusiasm for business projects to help the Asian nation's poor.


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