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Israel approves expansion of 2,000 settler homes in Occupied East Jerusalem

Source : Al Arabiya
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

Jerusalem’s municipal council on Sunday approved the expansion of 2,000 homes in the settlement district of Ramat Shlomo, allowing each home to add a room, the interior ministry said.

“Jerusalem’s planning and urbanization committee on Sunday authorized the enlargement of 2,000 homes in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo,” it said in a statement.


Muslims better integrated in Britain than many Christians

Source : Islam Today
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

According to the head of the British government's Equality and Human Rights Commission, Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips (pictured) accused Christians, particularly evangelicals, of being more militant than Muslims and more likely to complain about discrimination, arguing that many of the claims are motivated by a desire for greater political influence.


Somalia's prime minister resigns in line with deal

Source : Abdi Guled | AP
MOGADISHU | 19 Jun 2011

Somalia’s prime minister said Sunday that he would resign, reversing a pledge he made last week that he would not step down after Somalis took to the streets in support of the Somali-American politician.

A recent UN-backed deal reached at political meetings in Uganda called for Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within a month to pave the way for the formation of a new Mogadishu government.


Marriage breakdowns: A disturbing trend

Source : Arab News
JEDDAH | 19 Jun 2011

There were 500,000 divorce cases in Saudi Arabia in less than two decades, Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, reported Friday quoting a field study that claimed the figures represented a worrying trend.

The study, conducted by researcher Salman bin Muhammad Al-Amri, said divorces were particularly common among young couple and asked for establishing special offices for marriage counseling under the umbrella of Shariah courts.


Yemenis look to tribes as force for change, unity

Source : Judith Spiegel | The Media Line
SANAA | 20 Jun 2011

It is early morning in Change Square, as the opposition has dubbed the epicenter of their months’ long sit-in in the Yemeni capital. Abdulmajid Ali, a sheikh of the Arhab tribe, is standing at the front of the tent his tribe has set up at the site as tribesmen start the day by sweeping the floors and folding blankets.


Costly Afghan weddings under government scrutiny

Source : AP
KABUL : Afghanistan | 20 Jun 2011

Some brides in Afghanistan change their outfits up to 10 times. Throw in the six-hour trips to the beauty parlors and the meals for 1,000 guests — and one wedding alone could bankrupt many Afghans.

Now the Justice Ministry is proposing limits on the lavish events to cut down on the pressure poor Afghans face to match the elite’s elaborate weddings. The government is specifically targeting party halls — and threatening to fine owners who flout the austerity rules.


Hiding in plain sight

Source : Michael Koplow | FP
02 Dec 2010

As the explosive, ongoing release of hundreds of thousands of State Department diplomatic cables shows, official Washington is anxious about the direction that Turkey's government is taking the country -- and particularly the influence of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, long credited as the architect of its foreign policy. And judging by the academic-turned-international-strategist's doctoral dissertation, they have good reason to worry.


Conflicting reports about Saleh's return

Source :  Agencies
SANAA | 17 Jun 2011

Yemen's president plans to return home within days after treatment in Saudi Arabia for serious injuries in an attack on his palace, Yemeni officials said Friday, but Agence France Presse quoted a Saudi official as saying Ali Abdullah Saleh will not go back home.


IMF warns of crisis, cuts US growth forecast

Source : Reuters
SAO PAULO | 17 Jun 2011

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for US economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are “playing with fire” unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits.

The IMF, in its regular assessment of global economic prospects, said bigger threats to growth had emerged since its previous report in April, citing the euro zone debt crisis and signs of overheating in emerging market economies.


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.


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