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Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani: “There is no issue more critical and more important than the hijab issue”

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani: “There is no issue more critical and more important than the hijab issue”

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani has met with a group of women members of the Council of Basiji Professors. During the meeting they discussed the issues of poor veiling (hijab) and the problems surrounding marriage in Iranian society.  “We did not think that this one Islamic mandate would be stretched out for so long. We need to remind [&hellip

US nurses to protest over Ebola

US nurses to protest over Ebola

A California-based nurses union has organized nationwide strikes and protests over what it describes as insufficient protection for health workers caring for Ebola patients. The National Nurses United and its affiliate, the California Nurses Association (CNA), announced that in addition to the walkouts, thousands of registered nurses would participate in the stoppages to be held [&hellip

​Search continues for victims in Sri Lanka landslide

​Search continues for victims in Sri Lanka landslide

Hundreds of rescue workers have been searching for victims of a landslide in central Sri Lanka that is thought to have claimed more than 100 lives. More than 150 houses were washed away in the disaster. Some 500 soldiers and volunteers on Thursday resumed their search for victims of a landslide in central Sri Lanka that [&hellip

Burkina Faso president refuses to quit

Burkina Faso president refuses to quit

Burkina Faso’s embattled President Blaise Compaore has rejected a demand by the opposition to resign amid angry anti-government protests in the West African country. Compaore said in a Thursday televised speech that he is ready to hold talks with the army and the opposition on “a period of transition after which power will be transferred [&hellip

Ukraine, Russia, EU sign gas deal

Ukraine, Russia, EU sign gas deal

Russia has signed a deal with the European Union and Ukraine on the resumption of natural gas supplies to Ukraine after a hiatus that lasted for several months during the conflict in Ukraine. The three-party signing ceremony was held in the Belgian capital Brussels on Thursday after talks among the three countries. The talks had [&hellip

Clubs want Qatar World Cup in spring

Clubs want Qatar World Cup in spring

​Europe’s leading clubs will next week ask Fifa to hold the Qatar 2022 World Cup between 28 April and 29 May. Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010 but an inquiry over moving games from the hot summer months has been ongoing. The European Club Association (ECA), includes Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern [&hellip

Closure of al-Aqsa ‘declaration of war’

Closure of al-Aqsa ‘declaration of war’

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has warned that a decision by the Israeli regime to block the access of all visitors to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound amounts to a “declaration of war.” “This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” [&hellip

Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

​Tel Aviv has recalled its ambassador to Stockholm after Sweden’s official recognition of the Palestinian state. The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that it has recalled the regime’s ambassador to Stockholm for consultations with regard to the Scandinavian country’s decision to recognize the state of Palestine. Meanwhile, the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed [&hellip

Billionaires ‘doubled’ since 2008 crisis

Billionaires ‘doubled’ since 2008 crisis

London-based charity organization Oxfam says the number of dollar billionaires has doubled worldwide since the financial crisis of 2008. In its recent “Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality” report, Oxfam said that the number of billionaires around the world doubled to 1,645 over the past six years. The report also said that the world’s [&hellip

Syria-bound fighters reach Turkey town

Syria-bound fighters reach Turkey town

​Two groups of Iraqi Kurdish fighters have arrived in the Turkish border town of Suruj on their way to join their fellow fighters defending the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani. Earlier, another group of Iraqi fighters arrived by air and now have joined their comrades. The convoys are now waiting in a storage facility that [&hellip