Sun, sea and single-sex beaches: Turkey’s halal tourism boom

Sun, sea and single-sex beaches: Turkey’s halal tourism boom

Istanbul, Turkey - When Mohamed al-Sanee and his wife were planning their summer holiday, they looked for a destination that could accommodate their lifestyle and dietary needs. After trawling through hotel comparison sites, the young Muslim couple decided on an all-too-familiar destination for Arabs from the Gulf. "Turkey was the first and last choice. It…
Russia and Syria vow to ‘wipe out terrorists’ in Idlib

Russia and Syria vow to ‘wipe out terrorists’ in Idlib

The Syrian government and its major ally Russia have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in Syria is only a matter of time, raising fears over a major humanitarian crisis. Speaking at a press conference in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem following a closed-door meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey…
Toronto gun violence: ‘A product of what we didn’t do right’

Toronto gun violence: ‘A product of what we didn’t do right’

Montreal, Canada - Louis March has seen this before. So, too, have many community activists in Toronto, who have urged officials to take concrete steps to address the root causes of gun violence in Canada's largest city for years. "The gun violence that we're seeing right now is a product, a consequence, of what we didn't…
Israel ‘caught off guard’ by Trump’s offer to meet Iran’s Rouhani

Israel ‘caught off guard’ by Trump’s offer to meet Iran’s Rouhani

President Donald Trump's offer to hold talks with Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has taken Israel's intelligence community by surprise, Israel's debkafile news website said. Israel's diplomatic and intelligence services were "struck dumb for two days," after Trump announced on Monday his readiness to meet Rouhani with no set preconditions. The report notes that Israeli officials…
‘We are not wildlife’: Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

‘We are not wildlife’: Kibera residents slam poverty tourism

Kibera, Kenya -  Sylestine Awino rests on her faded brown couch, covering herself with a striped green shuka, a traditional Maasai fabric. It's exactly past noon in a noisy neighbourhood at the heart of Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, and the 34-year-old has just finished her daily chores. Directly opposite Awino, her two daughters are busy studying for an…
Report: Saudi’s King Salman blocked public listing of Aramco

Report: Saudi’s King Salman blocked public listing of Aramco

The king spoke - and a $2 trillion dream went up in smoke. For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place up to five percent of its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO) with international exchanges, global banks and US President…
US Senator John McCain dies at the age of 81

US Senator John McCain dies at the age of 81

US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for US president in 2008 and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his office said. He was 81. McCain, a US senator from Arizona for over three decades, had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer,…
Sudan’s Bashir vows reforms as protesters demand resignation

Sudan’s Bashir vows reforms as protesters demand resignation

Sudan's embattled President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to introduce some "real reforms" even as trade unions and professional associations plan a mass rally in capital, Khartoum, asking him to step down. In his first public comments since the anti-government protests began in Atbara city seven days ago, Bashir on Monday warned the protesters to not respond to attempts…
Kashmir: Tension rises as citizenship rights law under threat

Kashmir: Tension rises as citizenship rights law under threat

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Tension is growing in Indian-administered Kashmir amid fears India's top court will revoke a law on Monday protecting exclusive citizenship rights. Article 35-A empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define "permanent residents" and provide them with special rights and privileges. It also bars non-state subjects from purchasing property and…
Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis

Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis

Zamfara state, Nigeria - Besides Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and the pastoralist crisis across the central region's lush vegetation belt, a lesser-known conflict is brewing in the northwest, and casualties are rising. Cattle thieves are carrying out daily killings and kidnappings in Zamfara state.  Hundreds have died this year alone. In early August,…

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