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US and Russia discuss Syria U.N. resolution

Source : Reuters
Friday | 18 Jun 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, trying to break a deadlock over a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Russia and China dislike the idea of any U.N. Security Council judgment on Syria and have played little role in discussions on a draft resolution to condemn Syrian bloodshed against protesters.

 

Dutch Muslims and Jews unite against slaughter plan

Source : Middle East Online
THE HAGUE | 17 Jun 2011

Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halaal and kosher slaughtering rituals.

"We are against any form of stunning because it's against our religion," Yusuf Altuntas, president of the CMO -- an organisation that links the Muslim community with the Dutch government -- told a parliamentary commission.

 

Gaddafi son offers Libya elections

Source : Al Jazeera
17 Jun 2011

A son of Muammar Gaddafi has announced that his father is willing to hold elections and step aside if he loses, an offer which could test the unity of the Western alliance trying to force the Libyan leader out.

Saif al-Islam's proposal, which follows a string of concessions offered by Gaddafi that Western powers have dismissed as ploys, came on Thursday amid mounting frustration in some NATO states at the progress of the military campaign.

 

Russia, China warn against West interference in Arab spring

Source : Middle East Online
MOSCOW | 17 Jun 2011

Russia and China oppose Western interference in the unrest in the Arab world, the two presidents said Thursday in a declaration.

"The sides believe that the search for settling the situation in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa should take place in the legal field and through political means," said the declaration signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao.

 

Gates says NATO alliance in danger of breaking

Source : Robert Burns | AP
WASHINGTON | 16 Jun 2011

Robert Gates calls it “aging out.” He’s not referring to his imminent retirement as defense secretary. He’s talking about a generational expiration date on the American embrace of Europe as a pillar of US defense strategy.

 

Easing tawaf: Proposal floated to expand mataf

Source : Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
MAKKAH | 17 Jun 2011

Three Saudi engineers attending the Haj Research Forum in Makkah have called for expanding the mataf, the area surrounding the Holy Kaaba, in order to accommodate more worshippers.

Abdul Haleem Khouj, head of the team that made the proposal, said it would help the mataf accommodate 128,000 worshippers per hour, increasing its capacity by 160 percent.

 

Olive oil lovers show lower stroke risk

Source : Reuters | Thursday | 16 Jun 2011

Older people who use olive oil in their cooking and on their salads may have a lower risk of suffering a stroke, researchers reported Wednesday.

In a study that followed older French adults for five years, researchers found that those who regularly used olive oil were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who never used the oil.

 

Turkey to issue "Halal" certificates as of Fall 2011

Source : Agencies
Ankara : 16 Jun 2011

Chairman of the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), Hulusi Senturk, said Thursday that a list of standards for "halal food" was accepted by 33 Islamic countries in a meeting that took place in Cameroon on May 16 and 17.

 

US lawmakers file suit over Obama's Libya war

Source : Commondreams.org
Washington | 16 Jun 2011

The White House will deliver a report to Congress Wednesday explaining its involvement in Libya, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed suit charging US military action in the war-torn nation is unconstitutional.

The report will include legal analysis arguing that President Barack Obama did not overstep his powers in the conflict in the north African nation.

 

Israeli police names first Muslim lieutenant-general

Source : Xinhuanet
Jerusalem | 16 Jun 2011

In the latest round of appointments, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has approved the first promotion of an Israeli-Arab to the rank of lieutenant-general.

Jamal Hakrush, acting head of the Coast (Hof) Police district, will receive his new rank this week, making him the first Israeli- Arab and Muslim in Israel to be promoted to the position.

 
 

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