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Congo Senate drops reforms amid protests

Congo Senate drops reforms amid protests

The upper house of the parliament, Senate, in the Democratic Republic of Congo has scrapped a proposed change to a controversial election law that would allow President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in power. The senators on Friday agreed to modify the proposed law, which had already been passed by the lower house — the [&hellip

East Ukraine death toll exceeds 5,000: UN

East Ukraine death toll exceeds 5,000: UN

The United Nations says over 5,000 people have been killed during the ongoing conflict in war-torn eastern Ukraine. UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday that the actual figure is likely to be far higher, because the figures only cover registered deaths. He added that the figures also [&hellip

New Saudi king vows to follow predecessor

New Saudi king vows to follow predecessor

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s successor and half-brother Salman promises to follow in the footsteps of the late Saudi monarch. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” Slaman said in a televised speech on Friday. King Abdullah died earlier in the day at the age [&hellip

Wenger criticises work permits

Wenger criticises work permits

Arsene Wenger believes the FA should scrap work permit regulations, revealing they prevented Arsenal from signing Angel Di Maria at 17. The Gunners are attempting to sign Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, but Wenger is concerned the 24-year-old does not meet the current criteria and the deal will be scuppered. Work permit rules state a player [&hellip

Darfur saw 3,000 villages ruined in 2014

Darfur saw 3,000 villages ruined in 2014

​The UN says in excess of 3,000 villages were razed to the ground due to deadly conflict in Sudan’s Darfur in 2014. According to a new report by the UN which was released on Friday, the villages were destroyed in the targeted attacks on civilians. The report further said the conflict in Sudan’s western region [&hellip

Link between speech and climate found

Link between speech and climate found

Scientists have uncovered a consistent link between speech, climate and geography which is present in various languages all over the world. A team of scientists from the University of Miami (UM) headed by linguist Caleb Everett carried out the research, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The group [&hellip

Qur’anic Reflections, Āyat 16:96

Qur’anic Reflections, Āyat 16:96

Do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks on the hearts? (Q 47:24) For past Qur’anic Reflections click here Bismillāh, January 23, 2015/Rabī‘uth Thānī 2, 1436 Qur’anic Reflections, Āyat 16:96 مَا عِنْدَكُمْ يَنْفَدُ ۖ وَمَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ بَاقٍ Mā ‘indakum yanfad, wamā ‘indallāhi bāq That which is with you will perish, but what is with [&hellip

Wenger: Paulista talks ongoing

Wenger: Paulista talks ongoing

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are holding talks with Villarreal over the signing of defender Gabriel Paulista. The 24-year-old centre-half has a £15m release clause in his contract with the Spanish club. Wenger refused to confirm if Arsenal are willing to meet that in January, but concedes he is keen to secure the Brazilian. “The [&hellip

Odegaard completes Real move

Odegaard completes Real move

Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard has completed his move to Real Madrid. The 16-year-old midfielder signed a contract with the Champions League winners after passing a medical exam. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It is a bit unreal that I’m here at the biggest club in the world. It’s huge for me, an honour.” [&hellip

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 90

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 90

​Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died at the age of 90, according to Saudi media. An announcement, made by state TV early on Friday, also said that his 77-year-old half brother, Salman, has succeeded him. “His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation [&hellip