Friday 16 November 2018 \

 

Mufti of Dagestan congratulated Abdulrashid Sadulayev

The Mufti of Dagestan Sheikh Akhmad Afandi presented a sword to Abdulrashid Sadulaev.
 
As reported by the press service of the Republican Muftiyat, on October 28, Sheikh Ahmad Afandi took part in a solemn event in which he congratulated the Dagestan fighter on the birth of his first child in the family - his daughter, as well as on his victory at the World Championship in Freestyle Wrestling, held last week in Budapest.
 

Red Cross says over 100,000 missing people

Over 100,000 people around the world are missing, which has created a global “crisis,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday.
 
Agnes Coutou, the organization’s protection adviser, told the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee that “this is the highest number we have ever had.”
 
 

Italy’s League blocks Muslims from buying and converting chapel

Italy’s far-right League party intervened on Sunday to block efforts by a Muslim association to turn a former hospital chapel into a mosque.
 
The Muslim group last week made the highest offer for the chapel in the northern city of Bergamo at an auction organized by a local hospital, outbidding the Romanian Orthodox Church which had been using the building for its religious services.
 
 

Air Pollution Kills 600,000 Children Each Year: WHO

Exposure to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year, the World Health Organization warned Monday.
Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15 -- a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five -- breath dangerously polluted air.
 
This has tragic consequences: In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, the WHO report found.
 

New Istanbul airport among largest in world

The opening ceremony of the first phase of one of the largest airports in the world will take place on Monday with the attendance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several leaders from around the world.
 
The ceremony which will be broadcast live, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. local time (1330GMT) on the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
 
 

Top of the world: Russia to build world's northernmost railway in Arctic

Russian energy giant Gazprom will work with Russian Railways on the construction of a railroad which will run to the new Arctic port of Sabetta, on the western shore of the Ob river estuary, on the Yamal peninsula.
 
The project is set to be transferred to federal ownership so that the federal budget could back the potential investors, according to an unnamed government source, as quoted by Russian business daily Vedomosti. The partners are reportedly in talks with Russia's largest independent natural gas producer Novatek.
 

Indonesian plane crashes into sea with more than 180 on board, all feared dead

A Lion Air passenger plane that took off Monday from Jakarta crashed into the sea with 189 people on board, all of whom are feared dead in Indonesia’s worst air disaster in recent years. 
 
 

UAE’s first Emirati-built satellite KhalifaSat launches from Japan

The UAE's first entirely Emirati-built satellite has successfully launched on Monday morning.
 
KhalifaSat launched into Earth orbit from the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima, a small island off the southern tip of mainland Japan.
 
KhalifaSat was third UAE satellite to be launched into space, after DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.
 
 

Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.
 
MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.
 
The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.
 
One MEP said, if no action was taken, "by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans".
 

Russia, Germany, France and Turkey call for lasting ceasefire, constitutional meeting for Syria

The leaders of the four countries gathered for a summit in Istanbul to discuss Syria, where violence this week in the last remaining major rebel stronghold has highlighted the fragility of a deal to avert a massive government offensive.
 
Ankara, which has long backed rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and Moscow, Assad’s principal foreign ally, brokered a deal last month to create a demilitarized zone in the northwest Idlib region.
 
 
 

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