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‘Pilgrimage to Mecca’: The first British Muslim woman on record to have visited the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah

Source : Lisa Kaaki | Arab News
17 Aug 2011

During the 19th century, many women, particularly Englishwomen, were fascinated by the Arab world. Most of these female travelers, like Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady Ann Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt and Freya Stark, to name but a few, are known to us through their impassioned travelogues.

 

Mubarak slams Syria’s Assad, advises him to step down: report

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies
Cairo | 17 Aug 2011

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has criticized President Bashar Al Assad’s crimes in Syria, advising him to respond to the will of his people and step down, Egyptian newspaper Al Gomhouria reported on Wednesday, quoting a “source close” to Mr. Mubarak.

Mr. Mubarak reportedly made the comments from a special wing of the International Medical Center where he is being held during his trial.

 

Netanyahu snubs Clinton over Turkey apology

Source : Agencies
JERUSALEM | 18 Aug 2011

Israel has rejected a US request to apologize to Turkey over its 2010 commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists, local media reported Wednesday.

Reports by Israel's two main radio stations said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with a direct request that he make an apology, but he turned her down.

 

Yemen’s opposition meets to elect council to take power

Source : AFP
Sanaa | 17 Aug 2011

Yemen’s opposition met on Wednesday to elect a “national council” aiming to take over power from President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in Riyadh for 10 weeks recovering from a bomb blast.

“The national council will lead the forces of the revolution, determined to stand strong until Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure,” said a key opposition leader, Soltan Al Atwani.

 

Iran says Russian plan could revive nuclear talks

Source : Reuters
TEHRAN | 16 Aug 2011

Iran welcomed on Tuesday a Russian attempt to revive talks with six world powers that are concerned about the its uranium enrichment program, a potential pathway to nuclear weapons, but was vague about what the agenda should be.

After meeting Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev, his Iranian counterpart said a proposal by Moscow — details of which have not been made public — could be used to re-launch the talks that stalled in January.

 

Syria forces "hold hundreds in Latakia stadium"

Source : Reuters
Latakia | 17 Aug 2011

Syrian troops raided houses in a Sunni district of the besieged port of Latakia on Wednesday, residents said, arresting hundreds of people and taking them to a stadium after a four-day tank assault to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Haram expansion to accommodate 1.2m more worshippers

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 16 Aug 2011

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will lay the foundation stone for a new expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday, it was announced on Tuesday.

The new project, covering 400,000 square meters, will create prayer space for an additional 1.2 million worshippers.

 

Days numbered for Qaddafi, says US

Source : Agencies
BENGHAZI : Libya | 16 Aug 2011

Rebels fighting to topple Muammar Qaddafi scorned reports of secret talks with the Libyan leader as their forces fought to secure gains and the US said Qaddafi’s days were numbered.

After 41 years of supreme power in his desert state 69-year-old Qaddafi was isolated in Tripoli, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in from the West and South.

 

Indonesians hold Independence Day celebrations in Moscow

Source : Ibrahim Abdulaev | IslamDag.info
Moscow | 17 Aug 2011

(IslamDag) - Indonesian Ambassador Hamid Awaluddin hoisted the national flag on Wednesday to mark the beginning of the 66th Independence Day celebrations of his country in Russia. Embassy officials, Indonesian students and expatriates, invited guests and dignitaries around 200 guests were present.

 

China bans Ramadan, continues clampdown on Uyghur Muslims

Source : Eurasia Review   
BEIJING | 12 Aug 2011

China is placing restrictions on its Muslim Uyghur population during the fasting month of Ramadan, following a string of violent attacks in its northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, said Ramadan, which runs roughly from Aug. 1 to 30 this year, has brought a fresh clampdown on Muslims in the wake of violent attacks in the Silk Road cities of Kashgar and Hotan.

 
 

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