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Gates says NATO alliance in danger of breaking

Source : Robert Burns | AP
WASHINGTON | 16 Jun 2011

Robert Gates calls it “aging out.” He’s not referring to his imminent retirement as defense secretary. He’s talking about a generational expiration date on the American embrace of Europe as a pillar of US defense strategy.


Easing tawaf: Proposal floated to expand mataf

Source : Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News
MAKKAH | 17 Jun 2011

Three Saudi engineers attending the Haj Research Forum in Makkah have called for expanding the mataf, the area surrounding the Holy Kaaba, in order to accommodate more worshippers.

Abdul Haleem Khouj, head of the team that made the proposal, said it would help the mataf accommodate 128,000 worshippers per hour, increasing its capacity by 160 percent.


Olive oil lovers show lower stroke risk

Source : Reuters | Thursday | 16 Jun 2011

Older people who use olive oil in their cooking and on their salads may have a lower risk of suffering a stroke, researchers reported Wednesday.

In a study that followed older French adults for five years, researchers found that those who regularly used olive oil were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who never used the oil.


Turkey to issue "Halal" certificates as of Fall 2011

Source : Agencies
Ankara : 16 Jun 2011

Chairman of the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), Hulusi Senturk, said Thursday that a list of standards for "halal food" was accepted by 33 Islamic countries in a meeting that took place in Cameroon on May 16 and 17.


US lawmakers file suit over Obama's Libya war

Source :
Washington | 16 Jun 2011

The White House will deliver a report to Congress Wednesday explaining its involvement in Libya, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed suit charging US military action in the war-torn nation is unconstitutional.

The report will include legal analysis arguing that President Barack Obama did not overstep his powers in the conflict in the north African nation.


Israeli police names first Muslim lieutenant-general

Source : Xinhuanet
Jerusalem | 16 Jun 2011

In the latest round of appointments, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has approved the first promotion of an Israeli-Arab to the rank of lieutenant-general.

Jamal Hakrush, acting head of the Coast (Hof) Police district, will receive his new rank this week, making him the first Israeli- Arab and Muslim in Israel to be promoted to the position.


14th century Alhambra Gardens replicated in New York

Source : Islam Today
New York | 16 Jun 2011

The New York Botanical Garden has reproduced the medieval Alhambra gardens for its most recent exhibition.

This year's summer exhibition is entitled: Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. For this purpose, the Garden's Enid A Haupt Conservatory has been into a microcosm of 14th century Islamic Spain.


Eco-friendly mosque planned for Germany

Source : Siobhan Dowling | Guardian
Berlin | 16 Jun 2011

A small Muslim community in northern Germany is pioneering renewable energy sources by planning to build a mosque with wind turbines in its minarets.

The €2.5m (£2.2m) project would see the mosque in Norderstedt, near Hamburg, become one of the first to turn the minaret, the place from which the muezzin called the faithful to prayer, into a wind-fuelled power source.


Clinton recognizes ‘proud history of innovators Muslim world has’

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 15 Jun 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially opened recently an award-winning exhibition about the scientific achievements of Muslim Civilization at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.


Shanghai meeting condemns US missile shield

Source : Reuters
Astana | 15 Jun 2011

Russia won the backing of China and other members of a regional security body in criticising U.S. plans for a missile shield, saying on Wednesday it could undermine global security.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security bloc grouping Russia, China and four ex-Soviet Central Asian states, signed a declaration condemning any unilateral build-up of missile defences after their leaders met in the Kazakh capital.


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