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In Trumps America, neighbors stand with Muslims

In the third week of the first Ramadan of the Donald Trump presidency, seven Muslim families gathered for an iftar dinner to conclude the day’s fast at a spacious home in a recently developed suburb of Easton, Pennsylvania. Men and women congregated in separate rooms. Children with iPhones and fidget spinners ran down a hallway and through the kitchen, where …

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An insight into American society

An insight into American society

America’s cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values. On few issues are they more at odds than immigration. The political divide between rural and urban America is more cultural than it is economic, rooted in rural residents’ deep misgivings about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, …

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French president Macron wants to make his country next technology hub

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron wants to make his country the next technology hub and has launched a new technology visa programme to lure in international talent. Speaking at the Viva Tech conference in Paris, the French president outlined how his government aimed to cut down on regulations that would make it easier for foreign talent to work and support …

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Terror strikes London again!

Corbyn to attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is also the MP for the area, said he will be attending prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque later today. In a statement he said: “I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. “I …

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Pakistan, Afghanistan and the USA: Is three a crowd?

US calls for reducing tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan

To assess the future relationship between Trump led USA and Pakistan, and their respective policies in Afghanistan, Washington needs to view the bigger picture; political, economic and the security dynamics in Afghanistan. There are many players in Afghanistan today; Russia, India, China, Saudi Arab, the local drug mafia and warlords. Russia and Iran are reportedly funding the Taliban. India has …

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How the Saudi – Qatar crisis is impacting students

Young people from across the Middle East come to Qatar to study at various universities. But the air, sea and land blockade imposed by Qatar’s neighbours is disrupting their education. Some of the students taking summer school courses at universities in Doha are from countries locked in diplomatic dispute with Qatar. Their future looks uncertain. Aljazeera

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Will Saudi Arabia be able force Muslim nations to side against Qatar

Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African nations with threats of reduced financial aid and restricted quotas for the haj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, to follow its lead in taking punitive steps against Qatar. The Saudi effort in Africa suggests …

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Chinese “preachers” killings, investigation launched

China will continue to verify the reported killing of two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan last month and will cooperate to investigate their alleged illegal preaching activities, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. Spokesperson Lu Kang made the remarks in a press release in response to reports that Pakistan has confirmed the death of the two Chinese nationals and that …

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Latest updates on the Gulf – Qatar crisis

Latest updates on the Gulf - Qatar crisis

The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. (All times GMT 3) 7am – Bahrain human rights lawyer arrested for suing over Qatar blockade Issa Faraj Arhama al-Burshaid was detained after challenging Manama’s sanctions against Qatar, which include blocking Qataris from staying in the country along …

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Eritrea- The other North Korea in Africa

On September 18, 2001, as the world reeled from the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and international attention focused on the United States, the president of a tiny African country decided journalists were no longer needed in his country. Isaias Afwerki, the president of Eritrea— which borders Ethiopia and lies 20 miles across a strategic shipping canal from Yemen—announced …

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