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Stockholm has plans to add six new mosques to the city's current two

Source : Islam Today
Stockholm | 19 May 2011

Stockholm's Muslims pray in overcrowded mosques. The Stockholm region presently has only two mosques to accommodate all of its Muslim residents.

Now six new mosques are being planned for the metropolitan area. Three mosques are planned for the city itself: in Skärholmen, Rinkeby and Tensta. A three further mosques are planned to be built in the Stockholm suburbs of Haninge, Botkyrka and Nacka.


Obama to deliver a speech on 'Arab Spring'

Source : Al Jazeera
Washington : 19 May 2011

US president Barack Obama will announce economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia during a speech on the Middle East on Thursday, but White House officials are saying little about how he will address key policy issues after months of revolution and unrest in the region.


Turkey's ruling party heading for another election victory

Source : Xinhuanet
Ankara | 19 May 2011

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is heading toward an easy victory in the upcoming June 12 elections as an opinion poll showed Wednesday that 45.5 percent of voters support the party.

The AKP, led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saw its votes decrease by one percentage point from the votes its scored in the last general elections in 2007, the daily Aksam ( Evening) reported, citing the survey of polling company IKSara.


Is it worth it? Pakistan, US weigh aid calculus

Source | Reuters

Muhammad Farooq waits by his truck outside the Pakistani border town of Chaman, the main crossing into southern Afghanistan. He has driven several hundred kilometers from the port city of Karachi carrying supplies for NATO forces, along with a couple of dozen other tankers and trucks.

“We will start moving soon in a convoy,” says Farooq. “We are regularly attacked in this area. We are attacked with sticks, stones and even fired upon.”


Heritage show highlights Kingdom's historical importance: Sultan

Source : Arab News
ST. PETERBURG | Russia : 17 May 2011

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev jointly opened a Saudi heritage exhibition at Hermitage museum here Monday and said the show reflected the Kingdom's historical importance.


US troops face increasing dangers in southern Iraq

Source : Rebecca Santana | AP
BAGHDAD | 17 May 2011

American forces are facing an increasingly dangerous environment in southern Iraq, where Shiite militias trying to claim they are driving out the US occupiers have stepped up attacks against bases and troops.

The uptick in violence serves as a warning about what American forces could face if US and Iraqi officials come to an agreement about keeping more US troops in the country past Dec. 31.


Turkish govt "boycotts" Israeli celebrations

Source : Agencies
Ankara | 17 May 2011

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Israeli Ambassador Gaby Levy was summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry and warned against recent developments.

"What Turkey expected to prevent repetition of similar incidents to Mavi Marmara attack have been relayed to the ambassador," Davutoglu said while speaking at a tv program.


Palestinians test tactic of unarmed mass marches

Source : Karin Laub | AP
RAMALLAH : West Bank | 17 May 2011

Palestinian activists are calling it a preview of new tactics to pressure Israel and win world support for statehood: Masses of marchers, galvanized by the Arab Spring and brought together by Facebook, descending on borders and military posts — and daring Israeli soldiers to shoot.


World Bank declares Islamic finance a priority area

Source : Mushtak Parker | Arab News
Monday : 16 May 2011

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), the prudential and supervisory standard-setting organization for the global Islamic financial industry, embarked on a new phase of its development which may lead to a review of its mandate to facilitate a wider reach including those countries and organizations that are not currently members of the board.


World's largest university for women opened

Source : Ghazanfar Ali Khan | Arab News
RIYADH | 16 May 2011

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah inaugurated Sunday the SR20-billion Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), 25 km east of the Saudi capital, amid cheers of over 2,000 students and faculty members. With a capacity to enroll about 50,000 students, the PNU is the largest women-only university in the world and part of an ambitious education plan of the Saudi government.


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