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Libyan convoy with gold, cash crossed to Niger - NTC

Source : Reuters | Benghazi, Libya / 06 Sept 2011

Loyalists of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed into Niger late on Monday in a convoy of vehicles, carrying gold and cash, officials from Libya's interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Tuesday.

"Late last night, 10 vehicles carrying gold, euros and dollars crossed from Jufra into Niger with the help of Tuaregs from the Niger tribe," Fathis Baja, head of the NTC committee for political and international affairs, told Reuters.


Turkey’s expulsion of Israeli envoy welcomed

Source : Agencies | Gaza/Ankara | 03 Sept 2011

The Hamas movement on Friday welcomed Turkey’s decision to expel Israel’s ambassador and its criticism of the Jewish’s state blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas welcomes the decision (of Turkey) to expel the Israeli ambassador and considers it as a clear answer to Israeli crimes,” Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the movement, said.


Mataf expansion to accommodate 130,000 pilgrims

By Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News | 30 Aug 2011, Makkah

The expansion project for the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) is designed to accommodate 130,000 pilgrims at a time, an official statement said.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah was given a presentation on the new project early Monday morning. The project will be completed in three years.


Survey: U.S. Muslims have moderate views

By Haya El Nasser : USA Today | 04 September 2011

Almost half the nation's estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists but a vast majority are far more satisfied with the way things are going in the United States than is the overall population, according to the first comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims in four years.


In Libya, former enemy is recast in role of ally

By Rod Nordland : The New York Times | 01 Sept 2011, TRIPOLI

Abdel Hakim Belhaj had a wry smile about the oddity of his situation.

Yes, he said, he was detained by Malaysian officials in 2004 on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur airport, where he was subjected to extraordinary rendition on behalf of the United States, and sent to Thailand. His pregnant wife, traveling with him, was taken away, and his child would be 6 before he saw him.


Qaddafi family homes become looters’ delight

By Karin Laub : AP | 25 Aug 2011 / Tripoli

Muammar Qaddafi’s son Al-Saadi liked fast cars, yachts and soccer, and his beachfront villa was stocked with his expensive toys. His sister Aisha lived in a two-story mansion with an indoor pool and sauna.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashes out at Israel in Quds Day speech

By Ramin Mostaghim : Los Angeles Times | 27 Aug 2011 / Tehran

Establishment of an independent Palestinian state would not stop efforts to wipe out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday.

Palestinians are expected to present a petition to the United Nations General Assembly next month for full U.N. membership, which would confer international recognition of an independent Palestinian state. The United States is seeking to block any action on the bid.


AU refuses to recognize Libya’s NTC

Source : Reuters
TRIPOLI | 27 Aug 2011

Libyan rebels claimed to be close to capturing Muammar Qaddafi on Friday as their NATO backers bombed diehard loyalists in his tribal bastion, but there was no sign of an end to the war, or to international wrangling over Libya's riches.


Adieu to Ramazan: Jumatul Wida

By Dr Irshadul Haq Quddusi : The Nation | Friday, 26 August  2011 / Lahore

Every community of the world celebrates some days as very important in its social setup. It gives them special significance because of political or historical events taking place on those days. The special days that the Muslims observe or celebrate owe their significance due to the occurrence of some religious and spiritual events on those days. As the holy month of Ramazan is considered the most important month in the Islamic calendar the last Friday of this month is also given the same religious importance. The month of Ramazan is more sacred than other months of the Islamic calendar because in this very month commenced the revelation of the Quran-i-Majid which serves as the complete code of life for the Muslims for all times and climes.


Alabama Muslims feed the hungry during Ramadan fast

By Kay Campbell : The Huntsville Times | Friday, 26 August 2011 / Alabama


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