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Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit arrives in Israel in swap with Palestinian prisoners

By Ernesto Londoño|

TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, ISRAEL — Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel Tuesday morning after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

His release by the militant Palestinian group Hamas was the first and crucial step of a prisoner swap that will include the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.


What is money?

By : Dan Hind | Al Jazeera / 16 Oct 2011

We spend a lot of time thinking about money, one way or another. We think about how to get our hands on it, how to keep it safe and how to spend it. When we aren't asleep, there's a good chance that we're paying attention to money. But while money is never far from our thoughts, there is something curious about our relationship with it. For all that we use it to get through the day, most of us don't know what it is.


Libyans bulldoze Qaddafi’s Tripoli compound

By Kim Gamel | AP | Tripoli / 17 Oct 2011

Libyan revolutionary forces bulldozed the green walls surrounding Muammar Qaddafi’s main Tripoli compound, saying it was time “to tear down this symbol of tyranny.”

The sprawling, fortress-like compound known as Bab Al-Aziziya has long been hated by Libyans who feared to even walk nearby during Qaddafi’s more than four decades in power and its capture was seen as a turning point in the civil war as revolutionaries overran the capital in late August.


Challenges loom as world population hits 7 billion

By David Crary | AP | 16 Oct 2011

She’s a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.

“I regret to have made all those children,” says Godelive Ndageramiwe. “If I were to start over, I would only make two or three.”


US drops keeping troops in Iraq

By Lara Jakes | AP | Baghdad / 16 Oct 2011

The US is abandoning plans to keep US troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of US involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability.


Jews, Christians learn Islam

By : OnIslam & Newspapers | Cairo / 17 Oct 2011

Bringing followers of different faiths together, Muslims in the US state of Pennsylvania have invited Jews and Christians to know more about Islam and highlight commonalities between the three religions.

"Abraham had two sons," Lee Phillips, a member of the Zubaida Foundation, told the Philly Burbs local newspaper.

"One line became the Jews and Christians. The other line, the Muslims."


Arab League stops short of suspending Syria

By Aya Batrawy | AP | Cairo / 17 Oct 2011

Gulf countries seeking to suspend Syria’s membership to the Arab League over its bloody crackdown on protesters failed to gain enough support to push the measure through, reflecting deep divisions among the body’s 22 nations.

Arab foreign ministers met Sunday at the group’s Cairo headquarters behind closed doors for an initial 3-hour session without Syria’s representative, then took a break and reconvened for talks with Syrian diplomats that lasted late into the night.


AQAP's media official, al-Awlaki's son killed in airstrike in southeast Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-born Yemeni al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-AWlaki's son, who is also the media official of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was among the seven terrorists killed in an airstrike in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa, a security official said Saturday.


Wall Street sit-in protest goes global

By Michel Rose | Reuters | Milan / 15 Oct 2011

Protesters worldwide geared up for a cry of rage on Saturday against bankers, financiers and politicians they accuse of ruining global economies and condemning millions to poverty and hardship through greed.

Galvanized by the past month’s Occupy Wall Street movement, the global protest began on a sunny spring day in New Zealand and is due to ripple round the world to Alaska via Frankfurt, London, Washington and New York.


Media campaign to educate pilgrims about smooth Haj


JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will launch on Saturday the media awareness campaign titled: “Haj ... Worship & Civilized Conduct.”


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