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US Muslims facing problem with ‘halal meat’

International Desk The reliability of the establishments claiming to possess a ‘halal meat certificate’ is raising concerns among Muslims living in the United States since the owner of the biggest halal slaughter facility said 60 percent of ‘halal’ certified meat was not actually halal. The demand for ‘halal meat’ from millions of Muslims in the US is met by many ... Read More »

Explosion kills10 at Pakistan rally

International Desk An explosion at a political party rally in Pakistan on Tuesday has killed at least ten people and wounded dozens more, including a provincial candidate in the upcoming elections. The target was a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) rally in a bazaar in Hangu District which was being lead by provincial candidate Mufti Seyd Janan who was reportedly injured in ... Read More »

India agrees to Chinese demands to end Himalaya stand-off

International Desk India has agreed to a Chinese demand to demolish bunkers near their de facto border in the Himalayas. Indian military officials said, as part of a deal to end a standoff that threatened to scupper slowly improving relations, reports The Straits Times. Indian and Chinese soldiers faced off 100 metres apart on a plateau near the Karakoram mountain ... Read More »

Malaysia polls close, counting begins

International Desk Polls for Malaysia’s closely-fought general election closed at 5:00pm (local time) on Sunday, with the counting of the ballots beginning immediately. The first results will be known within two hours while the next government is likely to be announced by midnight or 1am. The Election Commission is expected to announce the first results for state constituencies with a ... Read More »

16 militants killed in Pakistan

International Desk Pakistani troops overran two militant hideouts and killed 16 insurgents after heavy overnight fighting at a flashpoint near the Afghan border in which two soldiers also died. The military said Sunday, reports The Straits Times. The fighting took place in the wake of a fresh military push in the Tirah valley in the tribal Khyber district, where the ... Read More »

Pope encourages protection of children from abuse

International Desk Pope Francis is calling for courageous defence of children to protect them from abuse. Francis made no mention of the church scandals in many countries in which clergy abused children and hierarchy covered up for them. At a Mass he celebrated on Sunday in crowded St Peter’s Square, Francis said abuse victims are in his prayers. He stressed ... Read More »

Iran’s call to stand against Israel after Syria attack

 International Desk Iran called on the region to unite against Israel after a reported attack on Syria and said it was ready to train the Damascus government’s army. Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, targeting Iranian-supplied missiles headed for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a Western intelligence source said. Tehran on Sunday denied the attack ... Read More »

China arrests 900 over rat meat scandal

World News Desk  China has detained 900 people for meat-related crimes including selling rat and fox meat as beef and mutton, the public security ministry says. News of the three-month operation added to a string of scandals that have galvanised public concern from recycled cooking oil to dangerous chemicals in baby milk powder. Altogether there were “382 cases of water-injected ... Read More »

38 feared dead in Russian psychiatric hospital fire

Agency from Russia A fire raged through a psychiatric hospital north of Moscow on Friday and 38 people were feared dead, Russian emergency officials and media reports said. There were believed to have been 41 people in the building when the fire broke out – 38 patients and three staff members – and three were evacuated, the Emergency Situations Ministry ... Read More »