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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.


OIC sets up its own rights watchdog

Source : Siraj Wahab | Arab News
ASTANA : Kazakhstan | 29 Jun 2011

In a monumental step forward, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has established a human rights panel to safeguard basic freedoms for Muslims.


NATO warships fire on Qaddafi forces — Libyan rebels

Source : Hamuda Hassan | Reuters
MISRATA : Libya | 29 Jun 2011

NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

More than 90 days into a NATO bombing campaign, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is refusing to relinquish power, leaving Western states counting on a combination of rebel advances on Tripoli and an uprising in the city itself to dislodge him.


Malaysia state mulls rewarding good polygamous men

Source : Eileen Ng | AP
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia | 29 Jun 2011

A Malaysian state governed by a conservative Islamic party plans to reward “good” Muslim men who declare their polygamous marriages and are able to take proper care of their multiple households, an official said Wednesday.

Muslim men in mainly Muslim Malaysia can have up to four wives at one time but must fulfill various requirements, including obtaining consent from existing spouses and from the state religious department.


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Saudi troops "to start leaving Bahrain"

Source : Reuters

Manama | 28 Jun 2011


Saudi Arabia will withdraw most of its security forces from neighbouring Bahrain, where they helped quell protests in March, a Bahrain government source said on Tuesday.

Security forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were sent into Bahrain in mid-March to help clear the streets of protesters who had been staging demonstrations since February. Emergency rule, imposed at the time, was lifted earlier this month.


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