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Many ethnic Kurds and Turks hope that an ongoing investigation into an undercover organization may help explain hundreds of unsolved murders, disappearances and bombings which rocked..

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s religious life and her beliefs have become a topic of intense interest and scrutiny here — due to her recent meteoric rise from relative obscurity..

Fayez Shweikh, one of Gaza's up-and-coming businessmen, shakes his head as he considers his mixed fortunes. In the past year, he had significantly increased his household income by..


Turkish PM: Islamophobia should be a crime of humanity

Defining Turkey as not only a geographical but also a cultural, social and political bridge, Erdogan said that Turkey was therefore an important country for the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative. The Turkish prime minister said on Monday that countries should express their peace and justice demand. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that countries should express the universal demand of humanity, i.e. the demand for peace and justice, beyond economic and military.. More

Casualties of another war

The deadly blast in Islamabad was a revenge attack for what has been going on over the past few weeks in the badlands of the North-West Frontier. It highlighted the crisis confronting the new government in the wake of intensified US strikes in the tribal areas on the Afghan border. Hellfire missiles, drones, special operation raids inside Pakistan and the resulting deaths of innocents have fuelled Pashtun nationalism. It is this spillage from the war in Afghanistan that is now.. More

Israel stocks up local cluster bombs instead of heeding calls for ban

Israel has cut purchases of U.S.-made cluster bombs, defense officials said on Tuesday, stocking up on supplies from a state-owned Israeli company rather than heeding calls for an outright ban.     More than 100 countries have banned the bombs because they can kill indiscriminately.     Cluster bombs have a relatively high failure rate compared to more conventional explosive munitions, but are used by armies as a way of hitting enemy combatants.. More

Tunnels feed besieged Gaza

Hundreds of tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt are keeping many of the Palestinian territory's 1.5 million impoverished residents supplied with food and fuel.   On Saturday, Egyptian authorities found the entrances of three tunnels and confiscated a large amount of fuel about to be smuggled into the territory.   Sources say there are more than 6,000 Palestinians employed in the clandestine industry, which merchants say is heavily controlled.. More

Secrets of Iraq's Death Chamber

Prisoners are being summarily executed in the government's high-security detention centre in Baghdad.   Like all wars, the dark, untold stories of the Iraqi conflict drain from its shattered landscape like the filthy waters of the Tigris. And still the revelations come.   The Independent has learnt that secret executions are being carried out in the prisons run by Nouri al-Maliki's "democratic" government.   The hangings are carried out regularly.. More

'Toxic waste' behind Somali piracy

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an 8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.   The ransom demand is a means of "reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years", Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland,.. More

Palestine ignored

Richard Falk, the UN special reporter on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, recently delivered his report to the General Assembly.   He cited continued "abuse of international humanitarian law" associated with the "separation wall", "children fatalities due to Israeli use of excessive force" to quell nonviolent demonstrations, and abuses at border crossings.   Despite the details and warnings in the report, Israel's.. More

'Replace capitalism with Islamic system’

Board members of the Al Quds (Jerusalem) International Institution including Attallah (second from left), Mishal (fourth from left) and Qaradawi (third from right   Doha-based Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has urged Muslim countries to take advantage of the global financial crisis and build a new fiscal system which is compatible with Islamic principles. “We have our own economic philosophy and system which others do not have. The collapse of the capitalist.. More

High food costs 'a global burden'

Almost two-thirds of people - 60% - in 26 countries say higher food and energy prices this year have affected them "a great deal", a BBC report has found.   The BBC World Service global study said that while all nations had felt the burden of the higher costs, the problem was most acute in poorer countries.   The Philippines was one of the worst hit of those nations questioned.   Elsewhere, the aid agency Oxfam said more than 900 million people.. More

The American crescent

In a special two-part film Rageh Omaar traveled across the US exploring the roots and influence of Islam in America.   Abdi says he would sacrifice his life for the country he calls home.   The taxi driver taking me to the airport in Minneapolis is not referring to his birthplace, Somalia, but to the US – the place where he has lived for the last 13 years.   Abdi is part of a 44,000-strong Somali community in the liberal western state of Minnesota, most.. More

Will next US president rethink Afghanistan?

Ravaged by war and in the grip of a terrible drought, the people of Afghanistan are in desperate need of foreign help. The BBC's Damian Grammaticas travels to the central highlands to assess the situation and asks whether the next US president will need to rethink America's strategy against al-Qaeda and the Taleban.   In the hospital in Bamiyan a nurse is examining Mohammed Hakim. He is almost two years old, but his tiny figure is shriveled and weak, little more than skin.. More

Warning on 'dire' Iraq conditions

The Red Cross is warning that despite some improvements in security in Iraq, the condition of the country's infrastructure remains dire. In a statement issued from their headquarters in Geneva, the Red Cross said it was particularly concerned about poor water supplies. It estimates that over 40% of Iraq's civilian population still has no access to clean mains water. The organization says that the health of millions Iraqis is at risk. The International Committee of the.. More

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Glossary of Hajj and Umrah terms

Abtah: A place formed after flood, which is usually level and containing no pebbles or stones. The term is given to every place that becomes leveled by a water stream. It is also Al-Abtah, Al-Bat-haa... More

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