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Moroccan voters approve curbs on king's powers

Source : Agencies
Rabat | 02 Jul 2011

Morocco's King Mohammed scored a landslide victory in Friday's referendum on a new constitution he proposed to placate "Arab Spring" protests as voters defied critics who said it did little to curb his powers.

Taib Cherkaoui, the interior minister, announced shortly after the voting closed on Friday that the poll showed 98 per cent in favour of the changes, with 94 per cent of stations reporting.


Qaddafi’s son denies he ordered civilians killed

Source : AP
TRIPOLI : Libya | 01 Jul 2011

The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who like his father is a wanted man under an international arrest warrant, denies that either of them ordered the killing of civilian protesters in Libya as prosecutors charge.

Seif Al-Islam Qaddafi told Russian news channel RT in an interview posted online Friday that “most of the people” died when they tried to storm military sites, and that guards fired on them under standing orders to protect the bases and themselves.


Jordan’s Islamist opposition urges toppling of PM

Source : AP
AMMAN : Jordan | 01 Jul 2011

The leader of Jordan’s largest Islamist opposition group is calling on people to topple the country’s prime minister as 2,000 protesters took to the streets demanding he resign.

Anger has been rising over a decision by Jordanian lawmakers to clear Prime Minister Marouf Al-Bakhit of involvement in a casino scandal during his previous 2005-2007 term.


Syrian army sweeps through villages as protests gather pace

Source : The Guardian
Jebel Zawiya | 01 Jul 2011

Demonstrations intensified and a government crackdown continued on Thursday despite attempts by the Syrian regime to reclaim the reform agenda and boost its international credibility.

Activists dismissed the moves as a public relations campaign as the army swept through villages in the north-western province of Idleb. Tanks entered the villages of Ihsim and forces were gathered close to several other villages in the district of Jebel Zawiya, activists reported.


International Weightlifting Federation changes uniform rules to allow hijab

Source : Islam Today
Kuala Lumpur : 01 Jul 2011

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has modified its policy on competitor apparel to allow modest Islamic attire.

In a statement released today in Malaysia announcing the change, IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan said:


Turkish scientists develop drugs against Hepatitis C, AIDS

Source : Anadolu Agency

Pennsylvania | 30 Jun 2011

Turkish scientists working in the United States have developed drugs against Hepatitis C and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Dr. Ercem Atillasoy and Dr. Dalya Guris, Turkish doctors working at Merck Search Laboratory in Pennsylvania, said the medicine they developed against Hepatitis C achieved full treatment of resistant patients.


Over 325 Indonesian inmates win royal pardon

RIYADH : 28 Jun 2011

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has pardoned more than 325 Indonesian inmates, including housemaids, said an Indonesian official in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The decision to set free the workers followed talks between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Saudi Ambassador Abdulrahman M. Amen Al-Khayyat in Jakarta Tuesday.


OIC urged to press India on Kashmir issue

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 30 Jun 2011

A delegation representing Kashmiri interests urged members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to keep the disputed territory in mind while expanding economic ties with India.


Refugee group finds 250,000-plus Afghans displaced

Source : Deb Riechmann | AP
KABUL : Afghanistan | 28 Jun 2011

More than 250,000 Afghans have fled their villages during the past two years of fighting, Refugees International says, in a report critical of US Special Forces and other international and Afghan military operations for exacerbating the displacement of civilians.


Return of Yemen's Saleh "uncertain"

Source : Reuters
Sanaa : 29 Jun 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was so severely injured in an assassination attempt that it is uncertain when he will return to the country, Yemen Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said.

Saleh was injured in an attack on his palace in early June and is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Yemen has been shaken by months of protests against his three-decade rule.


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