Bahrain: Aal-e Khalifa forces destroy signs marking martyrdom anniversary of Prophet’s daughter

Security forces of Aal-e Khailfa in Bahrain have destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Local media said Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight. Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women. Her martyrdom anniversary is marked every year in several countries, most importantly in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Pakistan. Religious events held by Bahrain’s majority…

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Saudi Arabia: Shia Muslim Kid barbarously murdered in Medina before mother’s eyes

A Shia Muslim little boy, while on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina with his mother, has been barbarously killed for unknown reasons, fueling speculations that he could have been a sectarian and hate crime victim. According to what circulated on social media, Zakariya Bader al-Jabir — said to be six or seven years old — was savagely murdered by a taxi driver in front of his mother late last month. The New Arab website says his mother’s recitation of salutations for the Prophet (SAWA) and his family (Ahlul Bayt) outraged…

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Imran Khan to meet IMF chief for talks on Pakistan bailout

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to meet the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss issues that have interrupted bailout negotiations, an official says. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that Khan would meet IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of a summit in Dubai on Sunday. “This will give us a chance to understand the IMF views and we will be able to give our version to (Lagarde),” Chaudhry said. The minister, who will accompany Khan to Dubai along with Finance Minister Asad Umar, said Pakistan wants any agreed bailout package to be its…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says US tabloid newspaper tried to blackmail him

The owner of US tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer pushed back on Friday against accusations of “extortion and blackmail” from Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, saying its reporting on an extramarital relationship involving the world’s richest man was lawful and it would investigate his claims. Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI) of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the American supermarket tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated. The…

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Turkey slams ‘concentration camps’ for Muslims in China

Turkey has condemned China’s alleged mistreatment of more than one million Uighur Muslims in “internment camps,” urging Beijing to respect fundamental rights of the Turkic-speaking minority. “The policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said late Saturday. The existence of internment camps was first brought up by the Western media which has been giving extraordinary attention to the subject in recent months amid a growing trade dispute with China. A UN human rights panel has cited estimates that 2…

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COURT DIRECTS OMAN AIR TO REISSUE CANCELLED TICKETS TO PILGRIMS TRAVELLING TO TEHRAN

DELHI: The Court of Ms. Nupur Gupta, Civil Judge, Delhi today directed Oman Air to reissue ticket to 16 pilgrims who had approached the Court seeking directions against Oman Air being aggrieved of unilateral decision of Oman Air to cancel all the discounted tickets sold by it during the Republic Day Sale. During the period of 24th Jan to 26th Jan, Oman Air offered discounted tickets, on various web ticketing portals including www.ixigo.com and www.cheaptickets.in, from Delhi to Tehran on the occasion of Republic Day. Number of Shia Muslims who…

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